Rec Room Arts

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Matt Hune is co-founder and Artistic Director of Rec Room Arts where he is dedicated to presenting and developing performances of every discipline. In Rec Room’s short history, Hune and his partner, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, have produced plays, concerts, performance art, dance, and opera. Before co-founding Rec Room Arts, Hune developed The Living Room Series, where he converted a Montrose living room into a 22-seat black box theater. He has been involved in the creation of multiple performance organizations in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Houston. As a director, his original works or adaptations include: Hansel and Gretel, The Rite of Spring, Dead Rock Star, Not Mad, Inherited, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Ike Holter’s Put Your House in Order. His other directing work has been seen at the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre All New Festival, Loring Theatre, and The Inconvenience among others. As an actor, he made his professional debut in the regional premiere of Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia. Some other of his acting credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, This is Our Youth, Dead Man Walking, American Buffalo, and A Number. He currently oversees the acting program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He also teaches acting in the Opera Studies program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University and a recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award for Theatre. He is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).

Matt Hune is co-founder and Artistic Director of Rec Room Arts where he is dedicated to presenting and developing performances of every discipline. In Rec Room’s short history, Hune and his partner, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, have produced plays, concerts, performance art, dance, and opera. Before co-founding Rec Room Arts, Hune developed The Living Room Series, where he converted a Montrose living room into a 22-seat black box theater. He has been involved in the creation of multiple performance organizations in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Houston. As a director, his original works or adaptations include: Hansel and Gretel, The Rite of Spring, Dead Rock Star, Not Mad, Inherited, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Ike Holter’s Put Your House in Order. His other directing work has been seen at the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre All New Festival, Loring Theatre, and The Inconvenience among others. As an actor, he made his professional debut in the regional premiere of Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia. Some other of his acting credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, This is Our Youth, Dead Man Walking, American Buffalo, and A Number. He currently oversees the acting program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He also teaches acting in the Opera Studies program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University and a recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award for Theatre. He is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).

Stephanie Wittels Wachs is co-founder and Executive Director of Rec Room Arts, a non-profit organization committed to developing new works for new audiences. At Rec Room, she directed and produced  Garbage Island,  a Saturday morning kids show for 2 - 6 year olds, and “My So-Called Mondays,” a 6-month staged reading series based on the cult ‘90s TV show,  My So Called Life.  Last season, she was onstage as Tess in Ike Holter’s  Sender . Stephanie is the author of  Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss,  an unflinchingly honest memoir that has been called  A Year of Magical Thinking  for a new generation of readers. Her writing can be found on Vox, Longform, Huffington Post, Fatherly, Babble, and Medium. She has been a guest on "Late Night with Seth Meyers,” "NPR Weekend Edition,” “Houston Matters,” and numerous podcasts including “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” “Who Charted?,” and “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend.” She has been featured in  People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, The Hollywood Reporter, Arts & Culture Magazine , and as one of  Houstonia Magazine ’s “10 Houston Women Making it Happen.” Stephanie is an anime voice over actor and co-host of “Hands Off Parents,” a weekly podcast on parenting (and life.) Formerly, she oversaw the acting program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and an M.A. from University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. Proudest accomplishments are Iris and Harrison.

Stephanie Wittels Wachs is co-founder and Executive Director of Rec Room Arts, a non-profit organization committed to developing new works for new audiences. At Rec Room, she directed and produced Garbage Island, a Saturday morning kids show for 2 - 6 year olds, and “My So-Called Mondays,” a 6-month staged reading series based on the cult ‘90s TV show, My So Called Life. Last season, she was onstage as Tess in Ike Holter’s Sender. Stephanie is the author of Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss, an unflinchingly honest memoir that has been called A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers. Her writing can be found on Vox, Longform, Huffington Post, Fatherly, Babble, and Medium. She has been a guest on "Late Night with Seth Meyers,” "NPR Weekend Edition,” “Houston Matters,” and numerous podcasts including “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” “Who Charted?,” and “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend.” She has been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, The Hollywood Reporter, Arts & Culture Magazine, and as one of Houstonia Magazine’s “10 Houston Women Making it Happen.” Stephanie is an anime voice over actor and co-host of “Hands Off Parents,” a weekly podcast on parenting (and life.) Formerly, she oversaw the acting program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and an M.A. from University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. Proudest accomplishments are Iris and Harrison.

MATT HUNE
Artistic Director

STEFAN AZIZI
Managing Director

SOPHIA WATT
Associate Artistic Director

NATASHA GOREL
Director of Communications

ALLISON VIERA
Company Manager

JONATHAN FLEISSNER
Special Events

CAMRON ALEXANDER
Communications

ERIC MOORE
Dramaturg

RORY JAMES LEECH
Company Associate

STEPHANIE WITTELS WACHS
Co-Founder

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EVAN WILDSTEIN
President

ABIGAIL KOENIG
Vice President

COLIN BROKAW
Secretary

STEPHANIE WITTELS WACHS
Treasurer


Artistic Company

STEFAN AZIZI, MEGAN BERTI, MARK BULLER, DANO COLON, CANDICE D'MEZA, STACEY DANIELS, ISABELLA ELEUTERIUS, JULIA FOX, TASHA GOREL, MATT HUNE, RORY JAMES LEECH, MATTHEW JAMISON, HOJA LOPEZ, GABE REGOJO, WESLEY WHITSON, STEPHANIE WITTELS WACHS, BRANDON WEINBRENNER

2018 - 2019 MAIN STAGE SEASON ARTISTS

ELIA ADAMS, STEFAN AZIZI, MEGAN BERTI, MARK BULLER, MELANIE BURKE, CHAZ CORDER, MIGUEL CORTES, GREG DEAN, ISABELLA ELEUTERIUS, JULIA ENGEL, JULIA FOX, IKE HOLTER, CLAIR HUMMEL, MATT HUNE, TASHA GOREL, MATTHEW JAMISON, ISABELLA JAROSZ, SUSAN KOOZIN, RORY JAMES LEECH, LILLI LEMBERGER, MICHELLE MAGALLON, ADDIE PAWLICK, MARCO RAMIREZ, GABE REGOJO, ALLISON VIERRA, BRANDON WEINBRENNER, STEPHANIE WITTELS WACHS, MARTIN ZIMMERMAN

2017 - 2018 MAIN STAGE SEASON ARTISTS

CAMRON ALEXANDER, DANIELA ANTELO, STEFAN AZIZI, MEGAN BERTI, MARK BULLER, BRITTNY BUSH, LIBBY CARR, DANO COLON, GREG COTE, BRENDA CRUZ-WOLF, CANDICE D'MEZA, STACEY DANIELS, CLAIRE DOMENIC-SMITH, NANCY DOUTHEY, JUSTIN DUFORD, ISABELLA ELEUTERIUS, MAEGAN FAHY, JOE FOLLADORI, JULIA FOX, MINA GABER, SYDNEY GALLANT, JEREMY GEE, NATASHA GOREL, SARAH GOWDY, LAURA GUTIERREZ, AMELIA HERNANDEZ, IKE HOLTER, CLAIR HUMMEL, MATT HUNE, ORLANDERS TAO JONES, DALETON LEE, HOJA LOPEZ, JOSH MORRISON, NNAMDI NWANKWO, AMY ODEN, MAYA PARKER, TIMELY RAIN, ALEX RAMOS, GABE REGOJO, MAHOGANEE RENEE, NATHAN RICHARDSON, ANDREW SCHNEIDER, ABBY SEIBLE, EMMA SINGLETON, ALEX SMITH, GREG STARBIRD, JHON STRONKS, GERARDO VELASQUEZ, EMILY WALTON, WESLEY WHITSON, JOE WOZNY, STEPHANIE WITTELS WACHS, BRIAN YEAKLEY


SPECIAL SERVICES

Insurance - HOFFMAN INSURANCE GROUP
Box Office - OVATION TIX, THEATERMANIA
Banking - BANK OF AMERICA
Building Management - CASPIAN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Logo Design - MIKE WACHS
Graphic Design - ALEX SCHWENKE, MIKE WACHS,  MATT HUNE
Printing - PANORAMA FOXTROT