Learn more about the teachers who bring our programming to life IN YOUR SCHOOL
Programs: Playwriting 360°, First Draft, and Conservatory
BRENDAN BOURQUE-SHEIL is a playwright, prose writer, and Literary Associate for The Landing Theatre Company, focused on new play development. His plays have been produced in Houston and Chicago. His stories have appeared on KPFT's So What's Your Story, and the monthly live show Grown-Up Storytime, where he is a regular contributor. In addition to teaching for the Alley these past four years, he teaches Playwriting and Creative Non-fiction at Houston's High School of Performing and Visual Arts.
Programs: Partner School Program & Workshops and Residencies
ALAN BRINcKS recently arrived in Houston from Iowa via New York City, and continues to work locally and regionally as an actor. As a teaching artist, he has worked with kindergarten to undergraduate age ranges. Alan is a graduate of the University of Houston with a MFA, Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA, and has studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
DOMONIQUE CHAMPION is an actor and Teaching Artist from Houston, TX who obtained his BFA in Acting from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. Since graduating in 2014, Champion has performed and taught workshops for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Company - and toured for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also spent several summers teaching for Main Street Theatre at home in Houston.
Programs: Staging STEMJUAN CRUZ has lived in Houston for over a decade now but was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a strong sense of his dual identity as a Colombian-American and enjoys embracing both cultures. A graduate from Rice University, he earned his B.A. in Visual and Dramatic Arts with a concentration in theatre in 2016. A previous coach at Discover gymnastics now turned Teaching Artist, he hopes to combine his artistic experience and highly dynamic teaching style to encourage children to move and learn in unconventional ways.
Programs: Improvisation, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Staging STEM, Conservatory, and Play Makers.SCOTT GIBBS is a professional actor working in commercial, voiceover, and theatre from Houston, Texas. He has been a Teaching Artist with the Alley Theatre for 4 years and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Centenary College Of Louisiana. His professional experience as an educator has focused on Physical Comedy, Commedia dell'arte, and Improvisation. Scott's regional teaching credits include: Charleston Stage (SC), Seaside Repertory Theatre (FL), Merry Go Round Playhouse (NY); and locally: Main Street Theatre, Page Parkes Talent Agency, and Alley Theatre Summer Conservatory.
Programs: Slam Poets @ Alley Theatre
VINCENT "BLACKBLUEZ" JOHNSON began his journey as a slam poet in 2007. The art form married two of his favorite things: acting and writing poetry. He has competed on seven slam teams and has coached other slam poets for two years. His mission is to put the expressive artform of slam into many hearts across the nation. He is thrilled to be teaching Slam Poetry to middle and high schools with the Alley Theatre ECE Department.
Programs: Staging STEM and Play Makers.
CARIAN PARKER is thrilled to be working her second year as a Teaching Artist with the Alley Theatre. She has previously taught at Stages Repertory Theatre for the Young Actors Conservatory. She has worked two years for a local preschool. She is also a Houston actress and is excited to bring Staging STEM to many different classrooms this year!
Programs: Slam Poets @ Alley Theatre
RAIN is a published author, national slam poet/spoken word artist, playwright and actress. She has written several poetry-based commercials for KHOU Channel 11; her most recent one for their “HOPE after HARVEY" Campaign. Her most notable accolade is a Super Bowl commercial that she performed which also earned airtime during the GRAMMY's. This poem won the 2016 Eye on Excellence Award as well as a nomination for the Lone Star State Emmys. Over the last 8 years she has performed in various venues locally and state to state and has held lead roles in various plays. She’s very active in the community as an artist, host and promoter where The Houston Chronicle reviewed her as one of Houston's most talented artist. She currently attends the University of Houston where she's majoring in Mass Communication.
Alley ECE, Assistant Director of Education
Chaney Tullos has worked regionally as an actor, director, and stage manager. He has performed with companies including Ford’s Theatre, the American Shakespeare Center, Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, SITI Company, and the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. Before moving to Houston, he served as Associate Artistic Director of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and was an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University where he taught courses in Acting, Shakespeare, and Stage Management. Additionally, Chaney also served on the faculty of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where he helped students earn spots in the nation’s best acting programs. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
Bradley Dean Whyte has been a Teaching Artist with the Alley Theatre for two years. He has a diverse background as an educator that includes teaching singing, song-writing and musical theatre performance as well as acting and improvisation. He holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from Penn State and a B.A. in Theatre from UMKC. He has performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre, Cape Playhouse, and Nebraska Rep. He has also written music for regional theatres and self-produces his original pop music under pseudonym, The Perfectly Violent Dream.
Alley ECE, School Programs Manager
ESME L. Wu She has an MA in playwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BS in Communication Studies and BA in Theatre/Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. Teaming up with Chaney Tullos , she will be organizing and revitalizing our relationships with Partner Schools and the Alley's online digital classroom resource - Alley Re-Sourced.