The Houston Fringe Festival is possible because of countless contributing artists, non-profits, businesses, technical staff, volunteers, and of course, audiences members! These are some of the dedicated individuals behind the scenes who make it all happen.
2012 Houston Fringe Festival Panel of Curators:
A native Houstonian, Brandy is an actor and director who specializes in ensemble-driven physical theatre. She has performed with numerous local companies including Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, and the Catastrophic Theatre. She has directed pieces for the New Orleans Fringe Festival and Houston Fringe Festival.
Maggie Lasher is the Artistic Director of ChinaCat Dance and a Dance Professor with Houston Community College- Central, where she directs the student company, Central Dance Ensemble. Maggie has an MA from Case Western Reserve University and an MFA from Sam Houston State University. She has taught at Case, SHSU, Northwest Vista College, and HCC.
Katie Jozwicki started volunteering at FrenetiCore the first week she moved to Houston in August 2010. She is originally from Boston and has also lived in California and London. She performs improv comedy with the New Movement Theater and loves to sing. As a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 31, she is highly involved with young adult cancer advocacy, especially with First Descents. Oh and yes she has a day job in Business Development at Chevron.
Nicole Lawson Chelly is the Artistic Director of Pandora Theatre. She is a director/choreographer/actress and has directed and performed in many theatrical productions in the Houston area over the past 14 years. Nicole has taught sessions for theatre educators, is a member of the national Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, and proud mom to one year old twins Lily Rose and Chloe Marie.
As CultureMap’s listings editor and arts/food writer, Joel Luks’ columns explore Houston’s creative community, with special emphasis on classical music, education and multidisciplinary arts. He pores over thousands of local offerings to curate an extensive lifestyle events guide, manages social media channels and contributes to social marketing and conversation strategies. He has served on the boards of Spacetaker and Impulse Artist Series and on the advisory board of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, in addition to being an active participant in Houston’s young professional scene. Luks holds a bachelor of music degree and a Performer’s Certificate — with additional studies in arts leadership and entrepreneurship — from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., graduating magna cum laude, and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Jim Tommaney reviews the smaller theaters for The Houston Press, and is Artistic Director of Edge Theatre, which has produced over 150 plays since opening in 1995, most of them in South Florida. Jim has written eleven full-length plays, and eight one-acts, most of them produced. His play Breakthrough won an Audience Favorite Award in Houston Fringe '11. He is delighted that he moved to Houston from Miami two years ago.
Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, performer, educator and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media. She is the founder and curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival. www.rosietrump.org
Toni Leago Valle
Toni Leago Valle is Artistic Director of 6’, an adjunct faculty at University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, and Project Coordinator of Dance Source Houston. Valle received a B.A. in Theatre, specializing in Dance, from University of Houston in 2000. Her choreography has been seen at DiverseWorks, JCC, University of Houston, San Jacinto College, HSPVA/Houston, Freneticore Theatre’s Fringe Festival and various art openings and outdoor events. Valle has performed with Suchu Dance, Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, and is a current member of Karen Stokes Dance and Becky Valls & Company for Young Audiences.