ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, and Managing Director Greg Patterson today announced details of the 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory. In past years, the Conservatory for children and teens, held at the Addison Theatre Centre, was structured for students to present a fully-realized performance of a published play or musical at the end of the two-week program. In the new restructured two-week Conservatory, students will be cultivating their skills in three intensive courses, each led by a different professional theatre artist. This training will offer a more well-rounded experience, and will provide the students with a strong artistic foundation that can be used in the classroom or on the professional stage. The students will also gain valuable interpersonal communication skills that will benefit their day-to-day lives. The Conservatory will culminate in a performance showcase for friends and family focused on utilizing the skills and crafts learned over the two-week program.
Conservatory enrollment is now open. The cost is $500 per student (tuition assistance and scholarships are available). For more information or to enroll contact Kyle Eric Bradford, Patron Services & Community Engagement Manager, at 972.450.6228, email@example.com or visit www.watertowertheatre.org/education_programs.aspx.
The 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory introduces children 8-16 years old to others who share their love of acting, singing, and dancing! The two-week Conservatory offers a unique, non-competitive, nurturing program that caters to students who want to immerse themselves in all aspects of theatre arts.
The Conservatory is made possible, in part, through the support of The Town of Addison, The Civic League and The Texas Commission on the Arts.
About the Teaching Artists
M. Shane Hurst (Music)
Kyle Igneczi (Puppetry)
Kelly McCain (Dance)
Jeff Swearingen (Acting)
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About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.
WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors names Joanie Schultz as new Artistic Director
(Addison)… Paul Shultz, President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Search Committee, today announced the appointment of Joanie Schultz as Artistic Director. Ms. Schultz will assume her new position on January 1, 2017 and will immediately begin planning the Company's 2017-2018 Season with the intent to announce it in May 2017.
When WaterTower Theatre's longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin resigned last May, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to evaluate the Company and make significant changes in organizational structure – specifically, creating a bifurcated management model with a Managing Director to head the Company’s business and operations, and a parallel Artistic Director to serve as WaterTower Theatre’s artistic visionary and manage the productions of the Company. Longtime Director of Development and Marketing Gregory Patterson was elevated into the position of Managing Director, and a Search Committee was formed to begin the process of identifying the future Artistic Director.
The Search Committee, chaired by Derek Blount, consisted of WaterTower Theatre Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, Paul Shultz, and Managing Director Gregory Patterson. The executive search consulting firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates was engaged to lead the process. Margaret Genovese acted as lead consultant in the national search that ultimately garnered more than one hundred candidates from across North America. Following an extensive interview process, Joanie Schultz was unanimously recommended by the Search Committee to the Board of Directors for this important leadership position.
Joanie Schultz is a director of theatre and opera based out of Chicago, IL, where she has lived for the last 20 years. Ms. Schultz’s work includes directing for The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, The Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and 30 other theater and opera companies throughout Chicago. Joanie holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and a BA in directing from Columbia College Chicago. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, the SDCF Denham Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab participant, and was 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake.
Joanie was co-Artistic Director of Estrogen Fest, Associate Artistic Director of The Building Stage and co-Founder/Artistic Director of Flush Puppy Productions. Most recently, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre; associate artist with Victory Gardens; and an artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She has been on the theater faculty of Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago, the opera faculty of Roosevelt University, and has taught for the School at Steppenwolf, the Audition Studio, and Italian Operatic Experience.
Her extensive directing credits include world premieres, regional premieres, and re-envisioning of classic work. Select credits include directing the smash hit and long-extended Hand to God (Studio Theatre); Venus in Fur (Goodman Theatre); the world premieres of Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked (Victory Gardens Theater), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Steppenwolf Theatre), and The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists); the critically lauded The Whale and Rest by Samuel D. Hunter (Victory Gardens Theater); the Jeff Award winning productions of In Arabia We’d All be Kings and The Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep Theatre), site-specific performances of the operas Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center) and Bluebeard’s Castle (New Millennium Orchestra), and co-creating and directing a 6-hour theatrical adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (The Building Stage).
"Joanie is a phenomenal choice to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic vision into a new era," said WaterTower Theatre Board President Paul Shultz. “She has the unique combination of being a successful director of both new works and classics in the worlds of theatre and opera.”
"We set out on a lengthy search to find the ideal candidate, someone who has both a passion for theatre as well as an understanding of the business side of arts management," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Search Committee. "We also sought a leader who would bring new vision, new focus, and new creative energy to WaterTower Theatre, someone with a track record of developing transformative theatre, and someone who is in sync with ideas and events that are shaping people's consciousness across the country. Joanie meets and exceeds all these requirements and is the perfect choice to lead WaterTower Theatre into a new chapter in its history."
"Joanie is one of the most gifted young directors working in our business today and I very much look forward to partnering with her," said Managing Director Gregory Patterson. "She will bring a daring new perspective to the work we produce on our stage while respecting the work we’ve done in the past and the incredible community which has supported us for 20 years. She is passionate, creative, genuine, insightful, and intuitive, possessing an artistic maturity that will fuse beautifully with the culture here at WaterTower Theatre that makes us unique in our community."
"I am so excited by the opportunity to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic contributions to a new level in an already dynamic cultural landscape in the DFW Metroplex," said Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director-designate. "WaterTower Theatre has a rich history and deep roots in the community and I'm looking forward to building on the solid foundation established by former Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin.”
"It is my belief that creating plays that express our contemporary moment is the greatest contribution we can give to the world as theatre artists," said Schultz. "By our attempt to articulate our unique experiences in this place now, we are fostering desperately needed conversation in the most needed human way, through the live experience of other people. The consciousness created in the empathy of the shared experience an audience has with the actors on stage is irreplaceable by anything on a screen. And it is my passion for this expression and what it fosters that drives my work as a director and producer of theatre."
"I look forward to getting to know the Addison community and its leaders," said Schultz. "The Town of Addison is so generous in its support of the arts, in particular WaterTower Theatre. I look forward to partnering with them on our collective desire to produce an exceptional theatrical experience that is unique, innovative, and entertaining, opening doors to bring greater understanding to the many challenges that face our community."
About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz has been serving as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization. She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater.
She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She is currently on adjunct faculty in directing at Columbia College and University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.
About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2016-2017 Season. The Company has consistently been recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.
WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS. Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations allow WaterTower Theatre to consistently produce world-class live professional theatre.
Announcing Details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival
(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival. Performances will take place on WaterTower Theatre’s Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm.
WaterTower Theatre will begin taking submissions from local playwrights between December 6, 2016 and January 13, 2017. Submissions can either be in the form of one ten minute play, or a ten page selection from a full-length play. Four playwrights will be chosen from the submissions, and will be notified of their selection by January 20, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Associate Artistic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 13, 2017 with the subject line “NAME - 24-HR Play Fest – Playwright Submission.”
Open auditions for local actors interested in participating in the 24-Hour Play Festival will be held on Sunday, December 18 from 4pm-10pm. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resume, and come prepared with a one-minute contemporary monologue. Actors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please note that this is a non-paying performance opportunity. Meals will be provided for all participants throughout the process. Interested actors can sign up for an audition slot at https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=56947&step=2.
All participants selected for the 24-HR Play Festival must be available from February 24 at 7pm to February 25 at 9pm.
Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24 hours. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Play Festival will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.
Individual tickets to the performance are $10 each and will go on sale at Noon on December 6, 2016. A post-show reception will be hosted in the lobby following the performance.
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WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.
Announcing PARADE IN CONCERT, a Benefit Performance for WaterTower Theatre
(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Greg Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced casting and creative team details for Parade in Concert, Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, with Musical Direction by Scott Eckert. With Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a Book by Alfred Uhry, Parade will play a special one-night only performance on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.
Inspired by the true events surrounding the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia who is wrongly convicted of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope.
WaterTower Theatre Board member Deborah Staggs will Chair the Benefit Concert event with all proceeds going to support the Company's Artistic and Education programs. The Benefit Committee will include: Co-Chair Andrea Redmon, Maureen T. Anderson, Rosalind Benjet, Sharla DeFrancisco, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Phil Longacre, and Michelle Mew.
About Deborah Staggs
Individual tickets to Parade will go on sale October 20, 2016 at 12 noon and will be available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx. Tickets are $200, $150 and $50. The Diamond Seating at $200 includes a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at WTT and a post-show Champagne Dessert reception at WTT; The Gold $150 seating includes the post-show Champagne Dessert reception only. The Silver $50 is the performance only. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.
In keeping with the celebration of WaterTower’s 20th Anniversary, this one-night only performance marks 10 years since WaterTower’s original production of Parade in the 2006-2007 Season. The cast includes Seth Womack as Leo Frank, Sarah Elizabeth Price as Lucille Frank, Greg Hullett as Hugh Dorsey, Alex Ross as Governor Slaton, Brian Mathis as Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan, Calvin Scott Roberts as Jim Conley, Mary McElree as Mary Phagan, Kyle Montgomery as Frankie Epps, Kyle Igneczi as Britt Craig, Luke Longacre as Tom Watson/Others, Sara Shelby-Martin as Mrs. Phagan/Others, Jeremy Davis as Newt Lee/Others, Victoria Teague as Mrs. Slaton/Others, Molly Welch as Iola Stover/Others, Jad Saxton as Monteen/Others, Alex Heika as Young Soldier/Others, and Whitney Coulter as Minnie/Others. The Ensemble includes Justin Duncan, Aubrey Ferguson and Ian Mead Moore.
Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Parade will be Whitney Coulter, Jeremy Davis, Justin Duncan, Mary McElree, Ian Mead Moore, Alex Ross, Jad Saxton, and Victoria Teague.
The creative team, in addition to Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Musical Director Scott Eckert, includes Maggie Soch Hayden (Stage Manager), Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), and Kellen Voss (Sound Designer).
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KYLE IGNECZI, Britt Craig
LUKE LONGACRE, Tom Watson/Others
SARA SHELBY-MARTIN, Mrs. Phagan/Others
BRIAN MATHIS, Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan
MARY McELREE, Mary Phagan
KYLE MONTGOMERY, Frankie Epps
SARAH ELIZABETH PRICE, Lucille Frank
CALVIN SCOTT ROBERTS, Jim Conley
ALEX ROSS, Governor Slaton
SETH WOMACK, Leo Frank
About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Million Air Dallas, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower.
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