Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.
Teaching life skills as much as stage skills, Drama Kids' curriculum helps kids learn how to express themselves, while also fostering creative thinking and boosting self-esteem. Prepare your proto-adult for later-life triumphs such as winning an Oscar or fast-talking their way out of a questionable real estate deal with Drama Kids' Lower Primary or Upper Primary programs. Kids in the Lower Primary drama program, for ages 5 to 8, will further refine their vocal delivery and hone their social skills, interacting with classmates through the art of theater. In the Upper Primary program, for kids ages 9 to 11, students will explore more complex components of acting, such as speech, movement, and improvisation. Drama Kids' instructors motivate and inspire, helping a social butterfly hatch from the egg that is each child's personality.
When Angi Ullrich was looking for a children's theater class for her daughter, she was ruffled at how inconvenient the class times and locations were. It got her thinking, "What if the classes took place where the kids already were?" So she founded Broadway Bound School of Performing Arts in 2007 as a way to bring drama classes to schools, daycares, and wherever else kids wanted to learn. With classes covering everything from puppetry to musical theater, the experienced teachers help students from 3 years old through high school tap into their imaginations.
While most kids her age lost themselves in the digital mazes of video games, Deloris Madison wrote plays. Years later, in search of a new career, Madison remembered her theatrical roots and joined the cast of a local theater production. The call of the stage remained strong, and Madison answered. She dedicated herself to helping young people benefit from the values of the theater, such as teamwork, self-confidence, and jazz hands. Now the proud owner of Deloris Madison Productions, she and her team of professional acting instructors guide fledgling thespians toward their goals while simultaneously helping them grow spiritually and emotionally.
Heather Simpson of Panhandle Talent enjoys time in front of and behind the camera. As an actress, she has appeared in a featured role in a 20th Century Fox film, other leads in festival films, and more than 45 film, television, industrial, and theatrical productions. Offscreen, she has served in positions as casting director and producer. At Panhandle Talent, she shares her passion by coaching students toward their dreams with film-acting classes and professional consultations. Her classes introduce students to film-acting techniques such as acting for the camera, improvisation, and how to cry when an onion breaks up with you. Film-acting classes culminate in the chance to participate in a real movie. During consultations, she performs a variety of services such as private coaching, headshot/resume analysis, and self-marketing.
Inspired by New York City's The Actors Studio, thespians Erica and Shane Peterman established The Acting Studio as a place for youngsters and adults with acting aspirations to focus on their craft. Along with experienced dancer Kellie Carroll, the Petermans train students on musical-theater fundamentals in classes that range from jazz dance to private voice lessons. The advanced Triple Threat program places pupils intending to pursue a performing-arts career under the tutelage of industry pros who prep them for performances. Kids more interested in dabbling, meanwhile, can meet industry bigwigs at workshops, and several full-scale productions each year grant children the chance to act alongside their peers and improvise dance numbers.
Though their photography and videography has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, husband-and-wife duo Preston and Holly didn’t develop their skills overnight. Before the advent of digital photography, Preston labored in an old-fashioned darkroom, mastering the ins and outs of his craft, while Holly filmed sporting events at Cypress Ridge High School. As time clicked by one frame at a time, the duo built their skills and their vision, eventually laying the foundation of Injoy Media Productions.
Today, Preston and Holly lead four trained shutterbugs who capture the personalities of families, children, and seniors in their natural habitats—whether that be in a backyard or an aluminum-foil castle. The photographers' specialty, however, remains weddings, and to capture couples' vows and ceremonies they travel across the state and oceans. Snapping their shutters for upward of four hours, camera-wielders preserve memories with prints as large as 16”x20” and commemorative items such as press-printed albums. Meanwhile, two videographers film the proceedings for up to 10 hours before splicing footage into a highlight reel and an edited movie set to music or a choir of sobbing in-laws. To further enliven receptions or other events, Injoy Media Productions rents out photo booths accompanied by trunks of props, unlimited 4”x6” prints, and scrapbooks made onsite.