Alley Theatre Staff and Instructor Biographies
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STAFF
Andrew Hager, School Programs Manager
THEATRE TEACHING ARTISTS
Jennifer Alger is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelors of Science in Educational Theatre. Her work at the university allowed her to get several experiences in urban classrooms and various private and public schools. Jennifer’s education also gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland where she discovered new teaching and theatre techniques. She is currently teaching theatre and science in classrooms all around the Houston area. Jennifer has loved working with the Alley Theatre for the past year and is looking forward to another semester with students of all different ranges and experiences!
Leraldo Anzaldua was an Adjunct Professor for Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. At the Alley Theatre – Fight Director: Hitchcock Blonde, Subject to Fits, Wait Until Dark, Black Comedy. Stages: Mr. Marmalade; Ensemble Theatre: Gem of the Ocean and Seven Guitars; Houston Grand Opera’s Rigoletto, Aida; Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival/ Foothill Theatre Company – Romeo and Juliet and Taming of the Shrew; Houston Shakespeare Festival: Cymbeline, Julius Caesar. Motion Capture Fight Director/ Talent: Vivendi Universal/ Starbreeze Studio’s The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Cor: Assault on Dark Athena; Eidos Interactive/ Avalanche Studio’s Just Cause (all male), TDK Mediactive/Starbreeze Studio’s Knights of the Temple: The Infernal Crusade. Guest instructor for staged violence: North Carolina School of the Arts, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The National Stage Combat Workshop at UNLV and the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts.
Kenneth Constant is a Houston native. After studying scenic design at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he spent two years as the resident scenic designer and technical director for the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale. He has designed over 30 productions including Hi Hat Hattie, No Child, Mary's Wedding, Liberty Inn, Dock Brief, She Stoops To Comedy, On The Razzle, The Mikado, Little Shop of Horrors, The Matchmaker and Steel Magnolias. Since his return to Houston, he has found work with the Alley Theatre, The University of Houston, The Ensemble Theatre, The Backporch Players, Unhinged Productions, Imperial Performing Arts, Opera In The Heights and Horsehead.
Elizabeth A. M. Keel is a native Houston writer. Her plays have been produced by Mildred's Umbrella, the Nova Arts Project, Scriptwriters/Houston, Bootown, and the University of Houston, and her novel was recently published by CreateSpace. She has studied with Edward Albee, Mark Bly, Mark Medoff, Lanford Wilson, and Stuart Ostrow at UH as well. Please visit her writing website at www.quillstar.com.
Rob Kimbro is a graduate of Rice University. He has been working with young playwrights and actors for the last decade. Rob was a founder of the Madison Young Playwrights Festival in Madison, Wisc., and helped to start McCarter Theatre’s YouthInk program. Rob was a directing/producing intern at McCarter, where he worked with Emily Mann, Regina Taylor, and Michael Unger. He has directed productions for both children and adults. Some of his favorites include A Year with Frog and Toad, Much Ado About Nothing, Nova Arts’ War of the Roses project and the upcoming Odd and the Frost Giants.
Jasminne Mendez is a performance poet, actress, teacher and published writer. She has her BA in English Literature and an M.Ed. from the University of Houston. Over the last 8 years she has performed in venues all around Houston including Rice, UH, the Hobby Center, Talento Bilingue de Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Silver House Theatre and the Holocaust Museum. She has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with respected writers and poets Sandra Cisneros, Taylor Mali and Amalia Ortiz. She has worked as a Theatre Arts teacher, director, and stage manager at KIPP Sharpstown, Lee High School, The Tenney School, and the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center.Joseph “JoeP” Palmore, a native Houstonian, earned a degree in Mass Communications – Radio/TV/Theatre/Film from Clark Atlanta University, realizing that he was purposed to entertain and use his artistry to educate. JoeP is a veteran Spoken Word Artist – co-hosting Poetry Lounge Sundays (Houston’s longest running poetry showcase); an Educator – teaching Theatre and Poetry with the Alley Theatre; an Actor – enjoying his fifth year with The Ensemble Theatre – Houston; and a Motivational Speaker – speaking to young adult mentorship groups, schools, and adolescents about determining their true path. As a performer, his list of theatre credits are many, including Ashes to Africa, Blue, The Man Who Saved New Orleans, Buffalo Hair (performed at the Miller Outdoor Theatre), Livin’ Fat, Jitney, Lotto, The Ballad of Emmett Till (of which he portrayed the title role), Cuttin’ Up, and Sanctified. Outside of Houston, JoeP has had principal roles in Black Voices: A Sistah’s Life, which was performed at the National Black Theater Festival, among others. As an instructor, he has taught independently with the Houston and Katy ISD. Now, currently staffed with the Alley Theatre Education and Community Engagement (ECE) department, he teaches Performance/Slam Poetry, and various aspects of Theatre including Ensemble Building, Voice and Diction, Fundamentals, Scene Study, and even Auditioning classes. In January of 2010, JoeP co-founded the Black Box Theatre Group (BBTG), to Create a New Voice in Theatre, and respectively provide quality stage production and opportunities for the “starving artist.” BBTG has produced two shows, TopDog/UnderDog and The Wager, and two original pieces, coined “Poe-A-Tricals” that JoeP wrote, entitled Love Pain Passion Progress: A Poe-A-Trical Life Story and LP3: The Next Chapter. Each Poe-A-Trical artistically fuses poetry, dance, theatre, and music. BBTG also acts as host to workshops and an annual youth summer arts camp. Having performed and offered creative outlets on many stages across the city of Houston, he was recently named as one of the Houston Press 100 Creatives of 2012, recognizing the movers and shakers in the Houston arts community.
Anne Quackenbush for Stages Repertory Theatre: Searching for Eden; Orange Flower Water and The Pavilion(both by Craig Wright); Heart of a Woman; Anton in Show Business; The Maiden’s Prayer; Ascendancy. Alley Theatre: Amadeus; The Mousetrap; Our Town; Harvey; You Can’t Take It With You; And Then There Were None; The Thirteenth Chair; House & Garden; A Christmas Carol. Theater LaB: Hysteric Studs; Poor Super Man; Suburbia; Breaking the Code. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara: Shooting Stars; House of Blue Leaves; On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning. Film/Television: The Year without a Santa Claus; Laughing Boy; Rocket Man; Pascagoula; Dwelling. Education: BFA in Theatre Performance, Scripps College, California; Shakespeare Program, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London; American Conservatory Theatre. Currently MA student, University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance where she played Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman.
Nikki Travis Wuertz is thrilled to be working with the Alley Theatre. She spent three years as a member of the resident company at Swine Palace, Louisiana’s Premiere Professional Theatre, where she was last seen in the World Premiere of Cocktail, written and directed by Ping Chong and Vince LiCata. Other memorable performances include Portia in Merchant of Venice (which was also part of the 2007 SETC Fringe Festival in Atlanta, Ga.), Aphrodite in Metamorphoses, Myrtle in Tennesse Willams in Quarter Time, and Olympia in Big Love. She taught improvisational acting classes at Louisiana State University while studying for her MFA in Acting, which she received in 2007. She also holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College and studied Elizabethan Theatre and English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London.