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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.
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.
JUAN 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.
CONNOR FLYNN is a Houston based actor who has previously featured at The Alley as Antonio in Twelfth Night and Jason in Choosing Love. He is also proud to be a Teaching Artist for The Alley both during the academic year as well as their advanced playmakers summer camp. Other notable productions include: Main Street Theatre: The Hard Problem (Spike) & The Landing Theatre Company: The Best Punk Band in Conway Missouri (Various Roles). Connor also appeared at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as Duke Vincentio in a production of Measure 4 Measure.
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.
Broadway:Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, An American In Paris, On The Town (2014 Revival OBC), Billy Elliot The Musical (Older Billy/Scottish Dancer OBC). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Dream Lecter). National Tour: Come Fly Away (Sid), The Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Tour. Regional: Chicago Lyric Opera: Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), TUTS Houston: Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Monotony Soloist). TV/Film: My Children, Boardwalk Empire, Momsters: When Moms Go Bad, Forever, Pose, and Fourth Position.
STEPHEN HANNA also danced with the New York City Ballet where he rose to the rank of principal dancer. He danced principal roles in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Agon, Brahms Schoenberg Quartet, Chaconne, Concerto Barocco, Cortège Hongrois, Diamonds, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, La Valse, Liebeslieder Walzer, The Nutcracker(Cavalier), Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertanze, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C(2nd movement), Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2,Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3(Elegie), and Western Symphony. In Robbin's 2 and 3 Part Inventions, Dances at a Gathering, Fanfare, The Four Seasons, Glass Pieces, The Goldberg Variations, I'm Old Fashioned, Interplay, Les Noces, and Piano Pieces. In Martin's Fearful Symmetries, Les Gentilshommes ,Octet, Swan Lake(Prince Siegfried, Benno), and The Sleeping Beauty(Gold, Blue Bird, Wolf). Richard Tanner's Ancient Airs and Dances and Soirée. In Albert Evans's Haiku and in Boris Eifman's Musagete. Mr. Hanna also appeared in the film Centerstage during his time with City Ballet.
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.
GABRIEL REGOJO is a Houston native and has worked all over Houston. Previous credits include, Alley Theatre: Survivors: an Alamo Play; Stages: Water by the Spoonful, Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged, My Mañana comes; Classical Theatre Company: Lysistrata; Mildreds Umbrella: Dry Land, Heroine Free Summer. Gabriel also has done VO for several animes and video games.
Gabriel has been a teaching artist for 2 years and is very excited to be going back to schools!
BRET SHUFORD'S Broadway credits include Wicked, Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour, Amazing Grace, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Other N.Y. credits include Actors Fund Benefit performances of A Wonderful Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On the Twentieth Century, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Shuford’s credits outside of New York City include the National Tour of Lincoln Center’s South Pacific and Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. He originated the role of Vernon Castle in Castlewalk, a new musical presented as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He has sung with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Shuford also has been seen on TV and Web series including Law and Order SVU, Alpha House, Submissions Only, and My Dirty Little Secret. His film credits include Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Bedfellows, and Uncle Melvin’s Apartment.
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.
WESLEY WHITSON is a native Houstonian actor and teaching artist. Wesley received his BFA from The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. Since graduating in 2017, he has performed with theatres including Prague Shakespeare Company, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Main St Theatre, Unity Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and The Alley Theatre. As a teaching artist he has worked with K-12 ages ranges.
ANNIE WILD is an actor currently based out of Houston with a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. She has lived and performed in NYC, Los Angeles, Houston and other parts of Texas. A native Houstonian, she has loved working with The Alley as a TA since 2018. When not performing, she loves to cook, read, play ukulele and get outdoors whenever she can.
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.
SHARON "RAIN" YOUNG 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.