actor collaborator, First Day, Nueva Escuela
Elissa Cuellar (Xiomara) is delighted to be a part of the First Day, Nueva Escuela team. Recently she appeared in Houston Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Julius Caesar and As You Like It. Some other of Elissa’s Houston credits include Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well, Eugénie in A Flea In Her Ear, Anne Brontë in Dear Charlotte, Lupita in Luchadora!, Louka in Arms and the Man, and Cornelia[us] in Cymbeline. Elissa would like to thank her mother and her siblings for their steadfast support, and her cast for their warmth and joy in the rehearsal process.
translator & social media contributor
Kristy Lozano grew up by the border to Mexico in Brownsville, Texas. She can proudly speak Spanish fluently. Kristy Lozano is a Senior Musical Theatre Major at Sam Houston State University. She has been in three productions at Sam Houston State University, including Our Lady of 121st Street as Norca (directed by Patrick Person) and The Government Inspector as Grusha (directed by David A McTier). Kristy Lozano was also an ensemble member in the production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at The Camille PlayHouse in Brownsville.
Jeana Magallon is a recent graduate of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance where she received her BFA in Theatre. Her UH acting credits include Fuente Ovejuna, Broken Horizon, Man and Superman as Violet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Mr. Marmalade, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. She has also appeared in Alice in Wonderland at the Purple Box Theater as well as with Boiling Point Players in their annual Cabaret. She has served as a dramaturg for numerous UH productions including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thicker Than Honey, and Luchadora. Her ten-minute plays Sophie and the Widow and To the Weeping Willow have been featured in UH’s Ten-Minute Play Festival.
actor collaborator, Wooden O
Lyndsay is thrilled to be collaborating with long-time friend and artist Troy Scheid to create this incredible early childhood theatrical adventure! She formerly taught creative drama to children ages 2-5 at a private school in Houston. Their active imaginations, social-emotional connections and adaptability have impacted her creative journey. Acting credits include Mildred’s Umbrella (company member): The Moors, The Flu Season, Large Animal Games, Dark Matter, A Heroine Free Summer, etc.; Classical Theatre Company: Henry V, The Birds; The Landing Theatre Company: How I Learned to Drive (Houston Press Best Supporting Actress); Catastrophic Theatre: Middletown; The Alley: Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession; A.D. Players: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; Main Street Theater: Translations, Mr. Pim Passes By, Anastasia Krupnik; Texas Repertory Theatre: Romeo & Juliet, Crimes of the Heart (Houston Press Best Supporting Actress Nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Always, Patsy Cline, Our Town, etc.; Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (Australia): A Winter’s Tale (Hermione), Pericles (Marina), Coriolanus. Lyndsay also created a one-woman show, “Shakespeare’s Women: Gnawing at My Soul”, produced by Theatre Collide & performed at MST & at TETA as an invited Guest Artist. She earned her MFA at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; BA- Baylor University. Thankful!
Troy Scheid is the founder of Brave Little Company, where she has directed Tomás and the Library Lady, Cenicienta, Frankenshop, Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! (a collaborative adaptation of the book by Pat Mora), and Grandpa’s Garden. Troy’s directorial work includes several regional and world premieres at Main Street Theater, Houston Grand Opera, the Ensemble Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Classical Theatre Company, and The Landing Theatre Company, among others, and appeared in the New York New Works Theatre Festival (semi-finalist), the NYC Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival (Chicago). A theatre educator with over 16 years’ experience, she recently studied with Oily Cart, a London-based theatre creating theatrical experiences for children with complex disabilities, and will participate in professional development for artists at Lincoln Center as part of the 2018 Big Umbrella Festival, creating theatre for special populations. In 2017, she received an award from the Darfurian Association of Greater Houston for collaborating with the refugee community on the Landing Theatre’s production of In Darfur. She is a graduate of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Rice University, and Rice’s Leadership Institute for Non-Profit Executives.
Jazmine Blas is a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, where she studied musical theatre. Her recent credits include the SIN MUROS festival at Stages Repertory Theatre, Museum of Dysfunction X at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company, Snoopy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Pasadena Little Theatre), Chico Canta in Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! (Brave Little Company), Kid Agent in Under Siege! (Children's Museum of Houston), ensemble in The University of Tamarie (The Catastrophic Theater), and Conchita in Anna in the Tropics (HSPVA). This is her second show with Brave Little Company! She is happy to be back.
extension activities designer, Grandpa's Garden
Since 2006, Lisa Felske has served the Curriculum Director for Science at the Teaching and Learning Center at Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Rice University. She was awarded a Leadership in Education award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997, was named Houston ISD's Outstanding Young Educator in 1998, and received HCDE's Exceptional Service Award in 2009. Many of her numerous professional development presentations focus on teaching science and literacy by drawing on the arts and children's literature.
actor collaborator, Grandpa's Garden
Brittny Bush (Actor Collaborator) has performed with many Houston companies including Classical Theatre Company, Cone Man Running, Boiling Point Players, Main Street Theater, Mildred’s Umbrella, and InterACTive Theater. Brittny is a teaching artist with Main Street Theater and the Hope Stone Project. She is a native Houstonian with a BA in Theatre from the University of Houston.
musician collaborator, Grandpa's Garden
Rodrick Randall is a native Houstonian who has been active in the Houston theatre and music scene since 2009. He has performed with theatre companies such as Main Street Theater, Queensbury Theatre, Obsidian Theater, Ensemble Theatre, Bayou City Concert Musicals, Express Children’s Theatre, Masquerade Theater, Dionysus Theatre and Interactive Theater Company. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BFA- Acting/Directing. When he is not performing, Rodrick can be found backstage doing wardrobe for companies like Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera or Broadway Across America. He is also a proud member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union - IATSE Local 896 - Houston/Galveston area.
artist collaborator, Grandpa's Garden
Danny Russo (Artist Collaborator) is a native of Houston, Texas, where he makes his career as a visual artist. Educated in Houston schools, he received a BFA in art from the University of Houston. He teaches art through Young Audiences of Houston. In addition to drawing and painting, Danny is experienced in sculpture, serigraphy, papier-maché, and theatrical stage design and building. Being environmentally conscious, he works with materials that are safe for the user and the environment.
puppetry and props designer, Cenicienta
Richard Solis is an actor, props designer, and teaching artist with over 25 years of experience in each. Now a Prop Master for a Disney on Ice Tour, Richard is a founding company member of the original Magik Theatre in San Antonio under the direction of Richard Rosen, from 1993 - 2002 and 2011 - 2017. He worked at Houston's Main Street Theater as properties master, actor, and educator from 2002-2011. Richard's acting and stagecraft work has also been seen at Houston Shakespeare Festival and Children's Theatre Festival, Dionysus Theatre, Theatre New West, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, InterActive Theatre, Express Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre (National Touring Company), San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Shakespeare Festival, Classic Theatre of San Antonio, and Woodlawn Pointe.
actor collaborator, Grandpa's Garden
This is Jason's fourth production in children's theatre, but he has been acting for eight strong years. Other productions include You're a Good man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Freckleface Strawberry (Danny), and Akeelah and the Bee (Dr. Larabee). Jason pursues Improv and Musical Theatre on the daily, and hopes to impact people's lives for the better.