Theater LaB Houston bids farewell to its Alamo venue on December 2, 2012. Bayou City Concert Musicals will present the 2012 Kim Hupp Award to Gerald Blaise LaBita, founder and producing director of Theater LaB Houston, at a luncheon at the Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main, on Friday, November 2, 2012.
The two recipients of Artadia Awards 2012 Houston at the $15,000 level are Jillian Conrad and Carl Suddath. The three recipients of the $5,000 awards are Francesca Fuchs, Seth Mittag, and Jang Soon Im.
Opera in the Heights (OH!) sadly announced the passing of William Weibel, artistic director from 1998–2010. Weibel transformed a small neighborhood organization into a significant regional opera company. Maestro Weibel led OH! through a period of growth and success, setting the standard for the future of the company.
Houston Ballet’s James Gotesky has been promoted to soloist. He will be dancing in the Jubilee of Dance and in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. HBII dancers Michael Ryan and Bridget Kuhns recently returned from a trip to Australia, where they performed as guests artists in a prestigious competition organized by the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.
Gary Tinterow, Director of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has appointed Deborah L. Roldán as Assistant Director of Exhibitions. Ms. Roldán, most recently curator and exhibition coordinator at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid, joined the staff of the MFAH on October 8. She will coordinate exhibition planning and relationships with sister institutions, with oversight of related publications, programming and installations.
Hope Stone announces the second full season of its HopeWerks residency, presenting new artists/choreographers, including Donna Meadows and Neil Ellis Orts, Susan Blair and Amy Llane.
The Ensemble Theatre, now in its 36th season, has received a $75,000 matching challenge grant from Beck and Ralph S. O’Connor.
Joe Angel Babb is the new director of education at Society for the Performing Arts.
Sarah Stauder is the new executive director of Aurora Picture Show. An experienced arts administrator, Stauder was both curator of exhibitions and collections and executive director of the Charles Allis/Villa Terrace Art Museums in Milwaukee, WI over a period of six years.
WindSync was named a winner of the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition with the Adventurous Artist Prize.
The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts recently launched a new program to fund innovative projects driven by the UH School of Art, Blaffer Art Museum, Creative Writing Program, Moores School of Music, and School of Theatre and Dance. In an effort to spur imaginative, transformational programming and underscore the role of UH as a generator of cutting edge artistic production, the Innovation Grants Program was launched in conjunction with the university’s UH Arts initiative, and funded in part by a major three-year grant from Houston Endowment, Inc.
DiverseWorks opens in their new Midtown location with Franklin Evans: houstontohouston on November 16, 2012.
NobleMotion Dance, iMEE and Revolve Dance Company performed in New York City on October 12 & 13 as part of The Dance Gallery Festival.
The Houston-based performance collective, The Bridge Club, performed Loose Snare in Atlanta as part of Flux Night 2012.
University of Houston faculty members Teresa Chapman and Becky Valls participated in the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival Oct. 5-7th in Chicago. Valls travels to Atlanta in November to set a new work on CORE.