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CURRENT RESIDENTS

 CAMRON ALEXANDER is a twenty-two year old Houston native. He completed his BFA in acting from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance in May 2017. At UH, his focus was primarily performance based- acting in 9 productions including Joe Keller in "All My Sons", Casca in "Julius Caesar" and originating the role of Preston Fletcher in "Thicker than Honey" by Nicole Zimmerer. Prefessional credits include Houston Shakespeare Festival's "Macbeth, "Merchant of Venice", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Henry V", "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III". With Luciole International Theatre- "The Little Prince", as well as Assistant Director for the American Premiere of "The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe" by Armando Nascimento Rosa. With Rec Room Arts- Production Intern for "Sender" by Ike Holter. Directing projects mounted at UH include an entirely student produced ten minute play festival as well as three staged readings for playwright Paige Zubel.

CAMRON ALEXANDER is a twenty-two year old Houston native. He completed his BFA in acting from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance in May 2017. At UH, his focus was primarily performance based- acting in 9 productions including Joe Keller in "All My Sons", Casca in "Julius Caesar" and originating the role of Preston Fletcher in "Thicker than Honey" by Nicole Zimmerer. Prefessional credits include Houston Shakespeare Festival's "Macbeth, "Merchant of Venice", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Henry V", "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III". With Luciole International Theatre- "The Little Prince", as well as Assistant Director for the American Premiere of "The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe" by Armando Nascimento Rosa. With Rec Room Arts- Production Intern for "Sender" by Ike Holter. Directing projects mounted at UH include an entirely student produced ten minute play festival as well as three staged readings for playwright Paige Zubel.

CAMRON ALEXANDER

 Nancy Douthey was born in Fort Worth, TX and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms from University of Houston, in 2010. Douthey has recently performed in the 2012 Lone Star Explosion, InsideOut, as an artist in residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL and in Low Lives 2, an international festival curated by Jorge Rojas. She received the Liz Alexander Visual Arts Award from the Houston Arts Alliance in 2011. She has co-directs local artist-run space, Skydive and was an artist in residence at Lawndale Art Center in the fall of 2012. 

Nancy Douthey was born in Fort Worth, TX and currently lives and works in Houston, TX. She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms from University of Houston, in 2010. Douthey has recently performed in the 2012 Lone Star Explosion, InsideOut, as an artist in residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL and in Low Lives 2, an international festival curated by Jorge Rojas. She received the Liz Alexander Visual Arts Award from the Houston Arts Alliance in 2011. She has co-directs local artist-run space, Skydive and was an artist in residence at Lawndale Art Center in the fall of 2012. 

NANCY DOUTHEY

 Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Daniela Antelo started Las Girls Collaborative after years of collaboration, producing site-specific video dance and video installations. We each bring the strength of our individual practices together by merging experimental movement/performance with video production and editing. Together we succeed in using the raw elements of each site to produce a piece that represents our ideas about space and body. Our work has been shown in Houston institutions such as Lawndale Art Center, the MATCH and Aurora Picture show. It has also shown nationally and internationally in dance film festivals.   Daniela Antelo is a multi-disciplinary artist working in Houston, TX. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2015. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela but has lived and travelled extensively. Her works involve performance and audience participation through time-based installations. She often uses elements of sculpture with her other passion, which is dance and movement. She is interested in process more than final product. Her inspiration often comes from the potential of the random. In addition to studying visual arts, she trains in modern dance and ballet since 2007, working with a variety of choreographers both in Houston and the Middle East. She has performed and shown work at institutions such as Diverse Works, Alabama Song, University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, The Barn, Asia Society, The Wortham Theater and Hope Stone Center. For Daniela, collaboration is a major part of her work. Daniela continues to collaborate with local artists in the creation of visual art works.  Brenda Cruz-Wolf is a freelance videographer/editor and photographer based out of Houston, TX. She has worked with a variety of artists and non-profits to produce short-form content for web. Working as a one-woman team most of the time, she’s equipped with everything you’ll need for a full-on production.She’s a documentarian by heart, always looking to tell story and hear a story. She enjoys collaborating with artists and clients to produce works that thrive in this new digital era. Her Clients include: Houston Center for Photography, Rice Design Alliance, AIDS Houston, Capsule Gallery, Station Museum and Rice Art Gallery among many more. Her aesthetic approach comes from her influences in contemporary experimental film and video practices, street photography and Texas palm trees.  Our work can be seen in our website:  www.lasgirlscollective.com

Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Daniela Antelo started Las Girls Collaborative after years of collaboration, producing site-specific video dance and video installations. We each bring the strength of our individual practices together by merging experimental movement/performance with video production and editing. Together we succeed in using the raw elements of each site to produce a piece that represents our ideas about space and body. Our work has been shown in Houston institutions such as Lawndale Art Center, the MATCH and Aurora Picture show. It has also shown nationally and internationally in dance film festivals. 

Daniela Antelo is a multi-disciplinary artist working in Houston, TX. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2015. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela but has lived and travelled extensively. Her works involve performance and audience participation through time-based installations. She often uses elements of sculpture with her other passion, which is dance and movement. She is interested in process more than final product. Her inspiration often comes from the potential of the random. In addition to studying visual arts, she trains in modern dance and ballet since 2007, working with a variety of choreographers both in Houston and the Middle East. She has performed and shown work at institutions such as Diverse Works, Alabama Song, University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery, The Barn, Asia Society, The Wortham Theater and Hope Stone Center. For Daniela, collaboration is a major part of her work. Daniela continues to collaborate with local artists in the creation of visual art works.

Brenda Cruz-Wolf is a freelance videographer/editor and photographer based out of Houston, TX. She has worked with a variety of artists and non-profits to produce short-form content for web. Working as a one-woman team most of the time, she’s equipped with everything you’ll need for a full-on production.She’s a documentarian by heart, always looking to tell story and hear a story. She enjoys collaborating with artists and clients to produce works that thrive in this new digital era. Her Clients include: Houston Center for Photography, Rice Design Alliance, AIDS Houston, Capsule Gallery, Station Museum and Rice Art Gallery among many more. Her aesthetic approach comes from her influences in contemporary experimental film and video practices, street photography and Texas palm trees.

Our work can be seen in our website: www.lasgirlscollective.com

Brenda Cruz-Wol/DANIELA ANTELO

 jhon r. stronks is often accused of presenting audiences with seemingly unruly work that reveals itself according to its own logic. Seeing himself as a collage artist stronks combines the fundamental elements of composition and choreography, with a confluence of movement styles and techniques drawn from his personal movement foundation in Modern, Post-Modern, Jazz, Classical Ballet and Africanist dance training. From this place, Stronks dives into the deep end playing with alternative structures for dance making that are more intuitive and often unpredictable. The result is the creation of a broad field for the dancing, where the context is clear; the eye has choices, and the viewer gets to decide. jhon began his dance training with Sue Sampson- Dalena at the Dance Studio of Fresno, studying Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop, he continued his dance training and education at California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition.  

jhon r. stronks is often accused of presenting audiences with seemingly unruly work that reveals itself according to its own logic. Seeing himself as a collage artist stronks combines the fundamental elements of composition and choreography, with a confluence of movement styles and techniques drawn from his personal movement foundation in Modern, Post-Modern, Jazz, Classical Ballet and Africanist dance training. From this place, Stronks dives into the deep end playing with alternative structures for dance making that are more intuitive and often unpredictable. The result is the creation of a broad field for the dancing, where the context is clear; the eye has choices, and the viewer gets to decide. jhon began his dance training with Sue Sampson- Dalena at the Dance Studio of Fresno, studying Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop, he continued his dance training and education at California State University, Long Beach, where he studied Modern dance techniques, improvisation and composition.
 

JHON STRONKS

 Candice D’Meza, founder of Candice Laine Productions, is an actor, author, speaker, host, and workshop creator based in Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She has a B.A. and MPA from California State University, Long Beach. As a speaker, her topics include The Magic of Alchemy (Turning pain into peace) and The Power of Radical Self-Definition. Her editorial writing focuses on acceptance, mental health, acceptance, and art.    Her editorial writing focuses on acceptance, mental health, acceptance, and art. 

Candice D’Meza, founder of Candice Laine Productions, is an actor, author, speaker, host, and workshop creator based in Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA. She has a B.A. and MPA from California State University, Long Beach. As a speaker, her topics include The Magic of Alchemy (Turning pain into peace) and The Power of Radical Self-Definition. Her editorial writing focuses on acceptance, mental health, acceptance, and art. 


Her editorial writing focuses on acceptance, mental health, acceptance, and art. 

CANDICE D'MEZA

 Joe Wozny is a guitar player. He lives in Houston. He is not a sound artist. He also writes, sings songs, composes music for people, says words in front of people under a variety of conditions. He can be seen playing regularly by Himself (Himself), with Spencer Dobbs (ATX), with Merel & Tony (HTX), as a regular on the weekly Houston free improvisation showcase: They, Who Sound, and a performer with the Nameless Sound Ensemble. He is a regular writer and performer of words & notes & jokes for Bootown and a regular contributor to Arts + Culture magazine. He is the curator and producer of Lean, Bleak, a trying-to-be-monthly-concert series featuring creative music played at a reasonable volume that doesn't involve whizzbangs and whatsits and technological nonsense. 

Joe Wozny is a guitar player. He lives in Houston. He is not a sound artist. He also writes, sings songs, composes music for people, says words in front of people under a variety of conditions. He can be seen playing regularly by Himself (Himself), with Spencer Dobbs (ATX), with Merel & Tony (HTX), as a regular on the weekly Houston free improvisation showcase: They, Who Sound, and a performer with the Nameless Sound Ensemble. He is a regular writer and performer of words & notes & jokes for Bootown and a regular contributor to Arts + Culture magazine. He is the curator and producer of Lean, Bleak, a trying-to-be-monthly-concert series featuring creative music played at a reasonable volume that doesn't involve whizzbangs and whatsits and technological nonsense. 

JOE WOZNY

2017 RESIDENTS

 STACEY DANIELS  Stacey Daniels has been a real Houstonian since the age of 19, she followed a silly boy to the innerloop and has not looked back once. Her day job is a hair colorist and travels all over Texas teaching. She knows TSA agents by name in many airports and never has to remove liquids from her bags.  Not born naturally into the comedy world Stacey adapted quickly by taking improv classes at a local theatre. That, combined with her unusual dating habits and lack of any discretion, has given her the inspiration she needs to share it all with the world. When not recording her podcast Relationshit, or writing sketch with the "comedy witches", she is very busy watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix. She can also be seen preforming at neo benshi,  grown up story time, co-producing for So Like Basically, and is known for co-writing, co-producing and preforming on Beta theaters Stalk Show, which is dead, and her new show shitshow with Hoja Lopez and Kathryn Way.

STACEY DANIELS

Stacey Daniels has been a real Houstonian since the age of 19, she followed a silly boy to the innerloop and has not looked back once. Her day job is a hair colorist and travels all over Texas teaching. She knows TSA agents by name in many airports and never has to remove liquids from her bags.  Not born naturally into the comedy world Stacey adapted quickly by taking improv classes at a local theatre. That, combined with her unusual dating habits and lack of any discretion, has given her the inspiration she needs to share it all with the world. When not recording her podcast Relationshit, or writing sketch with the "comedy witches", she is very busy watching Bob's Burgers on Netflix. She can also be seen preforming at neo benshi,  grown up story time, co-producing for So Like Basically, and is known for co-writing, co-producing and preforming on Beta theaters Stalk Show, which is dead, and her new show shitshow with Hoja Lopez and Kathryn Way.

STACEY DANIELS

    LAURA GUTIERREZ  Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist and choreographer based in Houston. A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded a William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. Gutierrez has performed at the American Dance Institute, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, BAM Next Wave Festival, Soluna Festival, CounterCurrent Festival, Brisbane Festival and in museums such as The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum–Houston, the Fabric Workshop Museum, DiverseWorks, SCAD Museum of Art and The Guggenheim. While her own choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theatre, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Triskelion Arts, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Sicardi Gallery and MATCH Houston. She has been performing in works by Jonah Boaker since 2012, and in 2014 was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”   Artist Statement:   Gutierrez repertoire includes a series of solo works and concert dance works as well as choreographic projects that challenge audiences theater experiences in non traditional performance venues, such as but not limited to museums and galleries. She plays with movement themes inspired by postmodern dance, classical ballet, and the visual arts.

 LAURA GUTIERREZ

Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist and choreographer based in Houston. A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded a William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. Gutierrez has performed at the American Dance Institute, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, BAM Next Wave Festival, Soluna Festival, CounterCurrent Festival, Brisbane Festival and in museums such as The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum–Houston, the Fabric Workshop Museum, DiverseWorks, SCAD Museum of Art and The Guggenheim. While her own choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theatre, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Triskelion Arts, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Sicardi Gallery and MATCH Houston. She has been performing in works by Jonah Boaker since 2012, and in 2014 was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.”

Artist Statement:  Gutierrez repertoire includes a series of solo works and concert dance works as well as choreographic projects that challenge audiences theater experiences in non traditional performance venues, such as but not limited to museums and galleries. She plays with movement themes inspired by postmodern dance, classical ballet, and the visual arts.

LAURA GUTIERREZ

 HOJA LOPEZ    Hoja Lopez is a Venezuelan comedy writer, standup and musician from Houston, TX.  Her formative years were spent as a member of local Houston bands like  Giant Princess,   SINGS  and  Limb . Hoja didn’t actually step foot on a comedy stage until she was 27, but fast forward three years later, she is the former artistic director for BETA Theater  and has produced over a 50 live shows including  Neo Benshi and   CAROL . She's collaborated with  Catastrophic, Bootown, BETA, Secret Group  and performed for audiences at Trill fest,  Whatever Fest  and  FreePress Summer Fest . Hoja is the former head writer and co-creator of Stalk Show, a popular monthly live sketch comedy hour with Stacey Daniels and Kathryn Way. As a member of MAX, the longest running resident improv troupe in Houston, she has performed every Thursday night for the last two years. Hoja regularly appears in shows like Good Evening with Billy and Conner (Microsatan), So Like Basically, Expert Matters, Blanket Fort, Armando Supernova, Hou Show and many more. Catch her podcast relationshit and the upcoming live ShitShow at Rec Room!  

HOJA LOPEZ  

Hoja Lopez is a Venezuelan comedy writer, standup and musician from Houston, TX.  Her formative years were spent as a member of local Houston bands like Giant Princess, SINGS and Limb. Hoja didn’t actually step foot on a comedy stage until she was 27, but fast forward three years later, she is the former artistic director forBETA Theater and has produced over a 50 live shows including Neo Benshi and CAROL. She's collaborated with Catastrophic, Bootown, BETA, Secret Group and performed for audiences at Trill fest, Whatever Fest and FreePress Summer Fest. Hoja is the former head writer and co-creator of Stalk Show, a popular monthly live sketch comedy hour with Stacey Daniels and Kathryn Way. As a member of MAX, the longest running resident improv troupe in Houston, she has performed every Thursday night for the last two years. Hoja regularly appears in shows like Good Evening with Billy and Conner (Microsatan), So Like Basically, Expert Matters, Blanket Fort, Armando Supernova, Hou Show and many more. Catch her podcast relationshit and the upcoming live ShitShow at Rec Room!  

HOJA LOPEZ

 Space City Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) music organization based in Houston, Texas.  The organization was founded in 2002, then known as Space City Gamelan, and has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, The Asia Society Texas, The Dallas Museum of Art and has given community performances at TEDx Houston, Discovery Green, International Festival in Downtown Houston, Bayou City Arts Festival, and numerous other performances around Houston.  As Space City Performing Arts, the mission of the organization is to become a creative force and educational resource for the community of Houston by providing opportunities to preserve, discover, and advance efforts in the performing arts.   Our vision at Space City Performing Arts is to present traditional music from around the world, present new and imaginative works that integrate many different performing art forms, provide educational and performance opportunities to young and aspiring musicians.

Space City Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) music organization based in Houston, Texas.  The organization was founded in 2002, then known as Space City Gamelan, and has been recognized by cultural organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, The Asia Society Texas, The Dallas Museum of Art and has given community performances at TEDx Houston, Discovery Green, International Festival in Downtown Houston, Bayou City Arts Festival, and numerous other performances around Houston.

As Space City Performing Arts, the mission of the organization is to become a creative force and educational resource for the community of Houston by providing opportunities to preserve, discover, and advance efforts in the performing arts. 

Our vision at Space City Performing Arts is to present traditional music from around the world, present new and imaginative works that integrate many different performing art forms, provide educational and performance opportunities to young and aspiring musicians.

SPACE CITY PERFORMING ARTS

 Britt Vasicek is a comedian, writer, and producer living in Houston, Texas.  She produces unique  variety shows  that feature music, comedy, burlesque, and everything in between.  Britt also hosts  Poly Wanna Podcast , a one of kind polyamory podcast on The Mockingbird Network. She writes a satire blog called  The Broad Boxxx  and a serious blog called  Write Like a GRL  that is on it’s way to becoming a nonprofit in 2017.  To collaborate with or stalk Britt Vasicek you can subscribe to her email list  here .

Britt Vasicek is a comedian, writer, and producer living in Houston, Texas.

She produces unique variety shows that feature music, comedy, burlesque, and everything in between.

Britt also hosts Poly Wanna Podcast, a one of kind polyamory podcast on The Mockingbird Network. She writes a satire blog called The Broad Boxxx and a serious blog called Write Like a GRL that is on it’s way to becoming a nonprofit in 2017.

To collaborate with or stalk Britt Vasicek you can subscribe to her email list here.

BRITT VASICEK

 Kathryn Way is a comedian & writer in Houston, Texas who is not pregnant, just a little fat, which is fine. She spent time at Second City in Chicago, & her work has appeared on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Funny or Die, Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, Playboy, & unauthorized t-shirts from companies that steal jokes from the internet & sell them to teens FOR $30 A POP. Kathryn wouldn’t even pay $30 for her own joke. The first time her mom found her Twitter account, she asked, “Katie, are you trying to ruin my fucking life?” Only her mom can call her Katie. Kathryn's monthly comedy variety show, So Like Basically, is at Rec Room, as is the monthly sketch show that she writes with Stacey Daniels & Hoja Lopez, Shitshow.

Kathryn Way is a comedian & writer in Houston, Texas who is not pregnant, just a little fat, which is fine. She spent time at Second City in Chicago, & her work has appeared on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Funny or Die, Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, Playboy, & unauthorized t-shirts from companies that steal jokes from the internet & sell them to teens FOR $30 A POP. Kathryn wouldn’t even pay $30 for her own joke. The first time her mom found her Twitter account, she asked, “Katie, are you trying to ruin my fucking life?” Only her mom can call her Katie. Kathryn's monthly comedy variety show, So Like Basically, is at Rec Room, as is the monthly sketch show that she writes with Stacey Daniels & Hoja Lopez, Shitshow.

KATHRYN WAY

 MISNOMERS. is made up of Robert Meek, Gabriel Regojo and Laura Moreno - three friends who like beer, food and to chat about making theatre. The trio has known each other since their days at the University of Houston, where they earned their BFAs in Acting. After graduating and working in the professional theatre community for a bit they decided to stop just talking and start doing. And thus the brainstorming began! So here they are, a new theatre group in HTX - excited to be working with and operating through Rec Room Arts. Armed with a number of goals and ideas but ultimately dedicated to make the familiar unfamiliar and vice versa, to create a safe environment for artists to hone their craft & sharpen their skills, to experiment and sometimes fail but above all have fun. They aim to break stereotype, to step out of the boxes society has placed us in. Their first project is a play reading series titled "They Read from a Script", but be sure to keep an eye out for more to come!

MISNOMERS. is made up of Robert Meek, Gabriel Regojo and Laura Moreno - three friends who like beer, food and to chat about making theatre. The trio has known each other since their days at the University of Houston, where they earned their BFAs in Acting. After graduating and working in the professional theatre community for a bit they decided to stop just talking and start doing. And thus the brainstorming began! So here they are, a new theatre group in HTX - excited to be working with and operating through Rec Room Arts. Armed with a number of goals and ideas but ultimately dedicated to make the familiar unfamiliar and vice versa, to create a safe environment for artists to hone their craft & sharpen their skills, to experiment and sometimes fail but above all have fun. They aim to break stereotype, to step out of the boxes society has placed us in. Their first project is a play reading series titled "They Read from a Script", but be sure to keep an eye out for more to come!

MISNOMERS.