TETA’s Got Talent !
New Event for TheatreFest!
Announcing an exciting new
event during TheatreFest for both students and adults. Have you watched America’s Got Talent and thought, I’m
better than that? Well, now you will have the opportunity to show us! Want to
practice your audition material before auditions? Try it out the night before
here. Maybe you’re just looking for something fun to watch on Friday night to
unwind from a long day of workshops. This is your ticket! The very best talent
from your peers and students will make you laugh, make you cry, but mostly
entertain you! Join us on Friday at TheatreFest for TETA’s Got Talent!
All current TETA members may
Auditions will take place on
Friday morning and the competition will be on Friday evening.
Talent must be theatre
performance related, ie. singing, acting, dancing. No acrobatics, no
instrumentals (although you may accompany yourself).
A microphone will be provided
and you may bring pre-recorded music on CD or ipod for playback.
There will be two categories
of judging: Students and Adults. There will be a limit of 30 acts.
Time limit is five minutes.
Application can be filled out in advance and emailed in via the TETA website.
There will be three TETA
Prizes will be awarded.
Caspers – B.A., Illinois State University,
1976; M.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1984. For the past five years
Rod served as Executive Director of Creative Services for the University of
Texas System where he and his colleagues recently received five Lone Star Emmy
Awards for creating and producing the PBS series, State
of Tomorrow. He has taught and directed at the University of
Wisconsin and The University of Texas at Austin. While at UT Austin he also
worked in the Office of University Relations, creating and producing
large-scale special events for the university – and he received UT's Margaret
C. Berry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life. Rod conducts
directing and curriculum development workshops throughout the nation and has
served as a guest artist/instructor for the Facing History and Ourselves
Program in Switzerland, as well as in the Czech Republic. He has adjudicated
the University of Texas Interscholastic League's One-Act Play Contest for over
twenty years, including the State Contest in both Class 4-A and 1-A. He has
directed over 100 productions, receiving numerous production nominations and
awards (including directing awards for Big River,
The Secret Garden and Honk!). While living in New York, Rod served as
Associate Director for GreenPlays, creating and directing several new musicals
and cabarets. In Texas he produced and directed the UT Performing Arts Center's
20th Anniversary Gala starring Tommy Tune, Linda Eder and The Broadway Tenors,
as well as the We're Texas Milestone Celebration
featuring Judy Collins. Most recently Rod directed Slammer for New York's
Fringe Festival, Assassins for the University of Texas, The Bat, Austin Lyric Opera's new adaptation of Die
Fledermaus and the Music Man for Zilker
Theatre Productions. For the past two seasons ha has stage-managed the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Arena Tour starring
the Rockettes. Rod is a proud alumnus
of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Michael G. Chin
is a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA, SAG) as
well as a sanctioned Master instructor and choreographer with the Society of
American Fight Directors. He serves as fight director in
residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in NYC. He has
taught/choreographed/consulted on Broadway and in the New York area.
Nationally he has worked at The Barter,
Celebration Barn, Burt Reynolds Inst. for Theatre, Muhlenberg Summer Festival,
Univ. of Tulsa, The Crossroads, Brown Univ., Cape Cod Community College, BYU,
The Hangar, Dickinson College, Louisiana Tech, NY State Theatre Inst.,
Tennessee Rep, Merrimack Theatre, Off The Square Theatre in Wyoming,
Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Univ. of Northern Colorado, IUP and Yale School
of Drama. Mr. Chin currently teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, as
well as at Brooklyn College, Pace University, Juilliard and teaches privately
for Fights4 all in New York City. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin
Long Fist Kung Fu.
Koger , is
a wardrobe professional, working in New York.
Her experience includes over 25 Broadway shows, 50 productions at the
Metropolitan Opera, over 4 years on ABC’s All My Children, and numerous other
television productions, films and music events.
She has also worked around the country in regional theatre and touring
productions. She is a graduate of the UT
Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. She recently left War Horse to serve as secretary of local 764.
Madden, is a
specialist in the application of the Alexander Technique to the Performing
Arts. She is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Washington's
Professional Actor Training Program, Director of the Alexander Technique
Training and Performance Institute in Seattle, Associate Director of BodyChance
in Tokyo and Kyoto and a frequent Master Teacher for Alexander Technique and
Performing organizations worldwide. She is Theatrical Director for Lucia Neare
Theatrical Wonders, former Chair of Alexander Technique International and was
one of the featured teachers at the International Congress of Alexander Technique
Teachers in Lugano in August 2011.
Mary has appeared in various musical capacities (musical
director, pianist, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist) around the globe.
Her compositions have been performed and recorded by artists such as Helen
Reddy, Sergio Mendes, Glenn Yarbrough, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
She has also written music for television, including the series Matlock
, for Viewer’s Choice Pay TV
and numerous feature films. She has served as Musical Director, keyboardist,
vocalist and arranger with the Grammy awarding winning group, Wilson Phillips,
and with artists as diverse as Rita Coolidge, Helen Reddy, Glenn Yarbrough,
Freda Payne, Stefanie Powers, Lorenzo Lamas, Dale Kristien, Michael Maguire,
and Little Anthony and the Imperials.
In the wonderful world of Musical Theatre, Mary has served
as Associate Music Director or part of the orchestra for productions of Company, Kismet, 110 in the Shade, Purlie, Side by Side by Sondheim, and The King and I.
Educationally and artistically, Mary is also Musical
Director at St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA where West Side Story, Pippin, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar,
Footloose and Miss Saigon have been performed in a state of the art theatre
to rave reviews.
Donna McKechnie, Tony Award-winning star of A CHORUS LINE, Ms.
McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway's foremost dancing and
singing stars. Donna has recently returned from London after a successful
"out of town" tryout with her new cabaret show, "Gypsy in My
Her cabaret show,
MY MUSICAL COMEDY LIFE, which received unanimous raves from New York theater
critics, won a MAC AWARD NOMINATION for Best Female Singer and the BACKSTAGE
BISTRO AWARD for Outstanding Major Engagement. Donna's full-length auto-biographical
theatrical show, INSIDE THE MUSIC (with text by Christopher Durang) captives
audiences wherever it is performed.
Donna enjoyed one
of her greatest triumphs as Sally in the acclaimed revival of FOLLIES in the
spring of 1998. Since that appearance, she choreographed and performed in NO
WAY TO TREAT A LADY at the Arts' Theatre in London's West End where she had
starred in Cole Porter's CAN-CAN at the Strand a few seasons before.
Some of Ms.
McKechnie's Broadway credits include: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY
TRYING; A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (national tour); THE
EDUCATION OF HYMAN KAPLAN; SONDHEIM - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE (which she also
choreographed); ON THE TOWN; PROMISES, PROMISES; COMPANY and STATE FAIR for
which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the
She also starred
in dozens of regional theatre productions including Cole Porter's YOU NEVER
KNOW at the Pasadena Playhouse, I DO! I DO!, MISALLIANCE, THE GOODBYE GIRL and
GYPSY. Ms. McKechnie played the lead in Bob Fosse's last production, a national
tour of SWEET CHARITY, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
In 2001, Donna
received a nomination for an OVATION AWARD for Best Featured Actress (MACK and
MABEL) from the LA Theater Alliance League.
performed extensively on the concert stage, in cabaret and with symphony
orchestras. She made her opera debut in December 1996, guest starring in the
San Francisco Opera's production of DIE FLEDERMAUS.
She has appeared as a guest star in numerous television musical specials
and dramatic series including FAME, CHEERS, FAMILY TIES, TWIRL and DARK
SHADOWS. Donna portrayed The Rose in the film, THE LITTLE PRINCE.
Mooney, author of
the new acting textbook, Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style,
has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Moliere
through his one-man play, "Moliere Than Thou".
Mr. Mooney is the former founder and editor of The Script Review and was the
Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly
fifty plays in five years. While most of Stage Two's plays were original works,
when they turned to the classics, Mr. Mooney found himself taking on the
hilarious world of Moliere, eventually writing seventeen hilarious rhymed
variations of Moliere's plays with an impish sense of rhyme (most published
by Playscripts, Inc.).
These plays have been produced and celebrated around the world, with High
School productions of Mooney's The Misanthrope, The Miser, The Imaginary
Invalid, and Tartuffe going on to state finals in Massachusetts, Wisconsin,
Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, while his Doctor in Spite of Himself,
took third place in the Scottish Community Drama Association National Festival,
and was a finalist at Italy's Sanremo Global Education Festival. Tim continues
to present Moliere across North America, recently augmenting his repertoire
with "Lot o' Shakespeare" (featuring
one monologue from every Shakespeare play) while teaching classical acting and
occasionally performing his other one-man sci-fi thriller, "Criteria!" Mr. Mooney's latest works include the
new collection, The Big Book of Moliere
Monologues, and the one man play, The Greatest Speech of All Time.