Archive | April, 2012

Artist O’ the Week: Kevin Holden!

27 Apr
set design for The Unexpected Man

The set for THE UNEXPECTED MAN, designed by Kevin Holden

Kevin Holden, this week’s AotW, a prolific designer and director, designed the set and lighting for THE UNEXPECTED MAN, playing through May 13. Known for his fun-loving personality and his unique design perspective, Kevin shares a little about his background and what led him to direct and design for the theatre. Continue reading

You say Co-op, we say Alliance!

26 Apr

The Alliance AuditionsIt’s time again for a grand Houston theatre tradition…the Alliance Auditions! (formerly known as the Co-op Auditions). Stages coordinated the Auditions for many years before handing the reins over to the Houston Theatre Alliance in 2011. The HTA is administering the Auditions again this year and registration is now open! The Auditions are scheduled for  Continue reading

Artist O’ the Week: Seth Gordon

20 Apr
Seth Gordon

UNEXPECTED MAN director Seth Gordon

Seth Gordon, Associate Artistic Director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, directs The Unexpected Man and shares his background as a director in this week’s Artist O’ the Week!  Continue reading

Dream duo reunites for UNEXPECTED MAN

14 Apr
Sally Edmundson

Sally Edmundson

James Belcher

James Belcher









Sally Edmundson and James Belcher are familiar faces on Houston’s stages – Sally, a Stages mainstay, has been involved with Stages since its earliest days, and James, a longtime Alley company member, was last seen at Stages in the intriguing A Picasso. The two have acted together at Stages before, in the 1997 production of Doug Wright’s Quills, and are now reunited in Yasmina Reza‘s early work The Unexpected Man. We’re excited to see what happens when these two amazing talents take the stage together again!

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Auditions! Auditions! YAC takes shape

12 Apr
YAC selection process

How will we choose from so many great candidates?!?!?!

Whew! Auditions are over for the Young Actors Conservatory…and now the hard part really begins! Selecting a small ensemble from the many talented students who audition….

At the start of each year, as early as January when summer vacation is a distant dream for students, I get to begin the process of recruiting and preparing for the summer Young Actors Conservatory. At Stages, we do a middle school conservatory session for two weeks, and then we do the high school, super-intensive four-week program! The high school YAC is FREE to participants, and is completely unique in the city (and in the nation, honestly) because we bring in  Continue reading

A Stages Icon Passes

11 Apr
The Blue Beast

It's so hard to say goodbye

Anyone who has worked or spent time at Stages is probably familiar with this beautiful blue beast, which for at least 15 years has served as the repository of staff lunches, event leftovers, actors’ forgotten takeout meals, and a vintage jar of orange marmalade. Stages lore has it that the refrigerator was donated to the theatre by astronaut John Glenn himself, and it must have been quite a marvel in its day, with early examples of ice maker and water dispenser, a strange small pass-through door (for those times when it’s just too difficult to open the entire door) and a wealth of removable bins and compartments.

Early this morning, Stages staffer Mitchell Greco opened the refrigerator as usual, only to discover that its once-icy majestic bulk felt….WARM. The freezer, likewise. And so today we say goodbye to this Stages icon, who has served so faithfully for so long. Farewell, old friend. In the words of John Glenn, it’s been a great ride!


10 Apr

We’re unbelievably excited to announce that we’re working with the amazing team at Culturepilot to develop a brand new Stages website! We’ll be launching the beta version in May, but in the meantime, everything you need will be right here on our blog. Dive in!

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