Houston Ballet’s newest Demi Soloist, Soo Youn Cho, in Darrel Grand’s Box the
Outside. PHOTO: ROSALIE O’ CONNOR.

DiverseWorks ArtSpace will relocate to Midtown at 4102 Fannin Street on September 7, 2012. Rachel Cook has been appointed to the newly created post of Assistant Curator.  DW also announces two new programs: DWoW (DiverseWorks on Wednesdays), which will feature a wide variety of activities including spoken word, film screenings, workshops, lectures, music, dance, and theater performances; and Diverse Discourse, a visiting lecturer series.


Toni Valle is the new general manager of Karen Stokes Dance (KSD). Valle brings 12 years of professional experience on and off the stage to KSD. As project director of Dance Source Houston for 11 years, Valle oversaw A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Dance Card, the Dance Source website and the Dance Table.


Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is accepting applications for the Artadia Awards 2012 Houston from all visual artists living and working in Harris County, TX.  Award recipients will be selected in the fall of 2012 through Artadia’s two-tiered jury process.  Application deadline is September 24.


The Society for the Performing Arts has added Shen Wei Dance Arts to their 2012/2013 season. The celebrated company will perform on May 18 at the Brown Theater at Wortham Center.


Houston Ballet’s artistic director Stanton Welch premiered a new work for the Joffrey Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow. Houston Ballet has added several new dancers, including Soloist Aaron Robison (former Principal at Barcelona Ballet), Demi Soloist Soo Youn Cho (former Principal at Tulsa Ballet).  The company was also awarded a New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Initiative Grant to support a new work by First Soloist Melissa Hough.


Shen Wei Dance Arts in The Rite of Spring, part of Society for the Performing
Arts 2012/13 season. COURTESY OF SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS.

Lydia Hance is the new education manager at Hope Stone, where she will direct the Hope Stone Kids (formerly known as Kid’s Play) and other education programs, which include a multi-generational music class, creative movement, creative dramatics and youth yoga.


Dance Source Houston Executive Director Stephanie Todd Wong was accepted into the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) program at Rice University, where she will gain increased proficiency in the areas of leadership, financial management, legal and ethical issues, marketing and public relations, human resource management, fundraising and organizational effectiveness.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft welcomes five new resident artists at the beginning of September, including Tarina Frank – metal, Chanda Glendinning – clay, Susan Fletcher King – fiber, Jaydan Moore – metal and Robert Thomas Mullen – metal.


MFAH Director Gary Tinterow has announced the appointments of David Bomford and Zahira (Soni) Véliz to key conservation positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bomford is formerly of the National Gallery, London, and the Getty Museum. He has been appointed Director of Conservation. Véliz is a longtime independent conservator and art historian working with international collections, including the Museo Nacional del Prado and Britain’s National Trust. The MFAH has also been awarded a grant of $102,811 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the conservation of some 900 silver alloy works of art in the permanent collection.


John Breckenridge, president and CEO of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), is proud to announce Bruce Lumpkin will join the staff as artistic director.  In this position, Lumpkin will maintain artistic oversight of TUTS’ producing operations, including all self-produced shows and galas, as well as provide creative direction to TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.


Bayou City Concert Musicals kicks off its 2012-13 season with a fully-staged concert version of the classic musical, One Touch of Venus, for five performances at the Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, September 6-9, 2012, followed by two cabaret productions at the Performance Centre at the Ensemble Theatre.


Vitacca Productions & Company (Vitacca P&C) 2012/13 season’s guest artists include choreographers Autumn Eckman, Artistic Associate from Giordano Dance Chicago; Andy and Dionne Noble, Directors of NobleMotion Dance and Assistant Dance Professors at Sam Houston State University; and Joseph Walsh, Houston Ballet Principal Dancer.