Theatre Resources in Birmingham, Alabama




 

Accompaniment Tapes/CDs:    Mark Allen. 290-0629  mdallen@samford.edu   Student at Samford who does CD and midi keyboard arrangements for accompaniment.  Recommended by Samford faculty.

 


 

Accompaniment Tapes/CDs:    David McNeeley.  Highly recommended from more than one source.  His home phone is 655-5888. The tapes that he makes are full orchestra but are digitally mastered.  See  http://www.mcneeleyonline.com

 


 

Accompaniment Tapes/CDs:    Ray Reach. UAB Music Department.  Reportedly not cheap.

 


 

Acting Coach:  Professional Acting Coaching.  Trying to get into grad school?  Looking for the right audition monologue?  Moving to LA? We can help you polish an existing piece, or, in just 5 sessions, help you find and develop a monologue that you can use in auditions for years to come – classical or contemporary.  We offer a personalized approach designed to bring out an actor’s unique isms (or "essence").  We can also talk turkey about the business – from audition techniques to how to get an agent. Reasonable rates.  For more info: (205) 541-8449.

     Mary Brezovich, Birmingham native and theater director, has extensive experience in audition coaching and monologue preparation in New York, LA and Europe. Casting credits include I Am Sam (with Michelle Pfeiffer), Frailty (with Bill Paxton & Matthew McConaughey), Clockstoppers, and Tuck Everlasting.  She was a producer on Chance (starring Amber Benson) which won the 2002 Audience Award at Sidewalk Film Festival.  She has also been on the selection committee at Sidewalk and served as panel chair on Acting for the Camera. This year she was an acting instructor at Schauspielschule-Sachers, a drama school in Innsbruck, Austria.

     Jeff Ricketts is a League-trained professional actor with 20 years experience. Theater credits include: Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Stages – St. Louis, La Mama ETC (NYC), Institute for Contemporary Art (London), Tramway (Scotland).  Film and Television credits include: NYPD Blue, Drew Carey, CSI, Without a Trace, Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, 24, Clockstoppers, Holes, and Chance.  He has taught an intensive on-camera acting lab for Sidewalk and is a long-standing member of Actor’s Equity, SAG and AFTRA.

 


 

Actor:  James E. Bullard is enjoying his career as a professional actor.  His roles include Peter in BCT's The Diary of Anne Frank and a singer and tapping Santa in SouthTrust's Holiday Magic. You can see James next as Peter in BCT/ASO's production of Peter and the Wolf.  Credits include entertaining on the Mediterranean for Costa Cruise Lines with Peter Grey Terhune Presents, doing Broadway revue and international entertainment shows.  The ships toured Italy, Africa, France and Spain;  The Crystal Palace in  Aspen, CO, doing a cabaret revue of political and social satire numbers including "Lesbian Madness," "Here Come de Taliban," and "The Bill Clinton Talk Show";   Paramount Productions' "Scooby's Magical Christmas," in Puerto Rico, in Spanish. Look for him in additional Paramount Productions and at The Crystal Palace, where he already has addition gigs lined up.

 


 

Audio Designer:   Audio Designer: Michael Donahue is an award wining sound designer. Services include audio restoration, underscoring, computer based composition, production of rehearsal CD’s, audio editing, etc. Affordable hourly rates or flat show rates, for more information contact Michael Donahue at donahuemt@gmail.com.

 


 

Cast Party Cakes: Specialty cakes for cast parties, opening night, etc. are available with your show's logo, the name of the show, or anything else you may like!  For samples of my work, please visit: http://community.webshots.com/user/kelliesandrik   I am able to decorate in any way you like and can work with you to come up with a special design as well.  Please call Kellie (The Cake Lady) at 253-1447.

 


Cathi Larsen Agency: All ages for television commercials and movies. Work in Nashville, Atlanta, and Alabama since 1985. Talented people of all ages, including children. Cathi Larsen; Cathi Larsen Agency; 1675 Montclair Road, Suite 136; Birmingham,  AL  35210; The Eastwood Building across from Eastwood Mall; 205-951-2445 for an audition. http://www.cathilarsenagency.com/

 


 

Choreographer/Private Lessons:   Melissa Bailey has performed and choreographed for any professional and local theatre and dance organizations, including Summerfest, Town & Gown, and Theatre LJCC. She is a graduate of ASFA and UAB,  currently teaches at Exclusively Ballet, and is available for choreography and private dance lessons. She can be contacted at 790-1820 or melissa_d_bailey@papajohns.com

 


 

Choreographer/Private Lessons:   Rio Cordy Barlow is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, 
danced professionally in Miami, New York, England and Alabama and is a former Ballet Mistress of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.  She has done choreography for many local theater groups.  She is available for Ballet, Folk and Character dance instruction or choreography.  She can be contacted at barlowacad@mindspring.com

 


 

Choreographer/Private Lessons:   Kerrie Denise Benson.  Professional choreographer experience. Birmingham Showsteeler Dance Team Choreographer.  Exclusively Ballet, Instructor - Choreographer, and others Contact: 721 Ridge Way Circle;  Hoover, Alabama  35226.    EXZTA@msn.com

 


 

Choreographer/Private Lessons:   Rebecca Morris.  Over 5 years teaching and choreography experience in the community.  Trained at Birmingham-Southern College in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Character, Choreography.  Additional training in New York City. Works well with children.  (205) 527-8832 or Rebecca.m.morris@gmail.com . 

 


 

DANCE TECHNIQUE, PRIVATE COACH, CHOREOGRAPHER:  Stevan Grebel, The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance, Indian Springs/Oak Mountain area.  Dance technique for dancers in ballet, jazz, modern, performance/competionOngoing clases and private instruction.  Studio rental space.  Contact:  205-987-7234 or 205-602-5639, http://www.grebeldance.com/.

 


 

Director:   Donald T. Sandley.  When time permits.  Ph.D. in theatre from LSU. Studied and taught in London and been apart of over one hundred theatre productions as a director, actor or producer. Birmingham work includes multiple productions at Samford, Othello for the Garden Variety and acting for the Gambler's theatre. At present putting together a production of The Big Kahuna (stage play title Hospitality Suite) for the Summer.

 


 

Director:   Michael R. Bridges, director of theatre at Our Lady of the Valley School, is an experienced director of and actor in musicals and plays at the community, school, and professional level, having been involved with over 50 productions in the Birmingham, Montgomery, and Auburn areas.  He is especially effective with young people ages 6 and up (through high school and college) in directing and conducting theatre workshops.  Michael also has experience in artistic direction and stage management for large and small special events.  Fees are negotiable and tend to be comparably very reasonable.  He can be reached at (205)995-9375 or mbridges6231@charter.net.

 


 

Director, Neophyte:   Neophyte Director,   Kent Skates.  Upon completion of his theatre degree at UAB, Kent embarked on an adventure to the City of Angels where he continued his work in stage and film.  After being away a few years, he has brought his "real-world" experience, along with a wife and new baby, back to Birmingham.  He looks forward to easing back into the ever-growing scene here in town and rekindling old friendships.  Much appreciation is sent to his theatre professor's at UAB -- Ward Haarbauer, Ron Hubbard, Will York, Dennis McLernon, Cheryl Hall, and also to Dr. Rebecca Bach, his English professor who taught him more about Shakespeare than he could have possibly imagined.  His acting and directing credits are available upon request at KentSkates@aol.com.   

 


Director/Acting Coach:  Dallas Fields is an up and coming director/actor/acting coach. He is currently a junior majoring in theatre with an emphasis in directing and performance at The University of Alabama. He has been involved with theatre since his freshman year of high school, and never looked back. Fields has an extensive resume in both acting and directing credits. All theatrical material is welcome, whether that be a play, musical, story-telling event, and even performance art. Fees are negotiable and very reasonable! You can reach him at dallasbfields@gmail.com or by his phone 205-307-8113. -

 


 

Director/Sound Designer:   Marian S. Mantovani is an experienced director, with an MFA degree from the University of Alabama in Directing. With British blood, she has a vast diverse knowledge of the English culture, as well as dialect credits to add to her repertoire. Her directing skills are also accompanied by her proficiency with sound design and she is proudly effective at creating compelling moods for the stage. Marian's field as a professor of theatre makes her especially successful at teaching workshops, particularly in movement, including masks, animal, clowning work and many varying acting exercises. Marian has excellent organizational and people skills and can direct both drama's and musicals. Fees are negotiable per production. Workshop fees/design fees can be negotiated by contacting her directly at 205 331 7966 or maz_fox16@hotmail.com

 


 

Director/Vocal Instructor:   Frank Thompson, local performer/director is available for private voice lessons and direction of musicals and plays. His lesson fee is $30.00 per half-hour, and director's fees are negotiated on a project-by-project basis. Frank has directed for many groups across the Southeast, including Canebrake Players, WellWater Productions, Theatre LJCC and The Lost Colony Professional Theatre Workshop. He studied voice with Andrew Gainey and David O'Steen, and has performed professionally with theatre companies in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. He can be reached at 276-0113 or centrestage@webtv.net

 


 

Designer/Fight Choreographer:   R. Daniel Walker is a professional light designer having designed at SART in Marrs Hill, NC and locally for LJCC, BFT, and other small projects. He currently holds the position of Production Specialist at the Hoover Library Theatre for the past 4 years. His combat training includes: Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Un-Armed, Guns, Small sword, and some Katana (Japanese Sword Style). Contact Info: Cell: 205-563-6326, mailto:tekcy19@yahoo.com

 


 

Light Designer/Fight Choreographer:   Oliver Tidwell Littleton is a working light designer who has designed for the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Virginia Samford theatre, City Equity Theatre and many other small companies in the Birmingham area.  He specializes in small companies and optimizing limited equipment   He has combat training in Rapier and Dagger, Bastard Sword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed combat and acrobatics, Roman and Greek weapons, and some Broadsword.  A resume and recommendations are available upon request. Contact at 205-240-5420 or olittleton@asfa.k12.al.us

 


 

Makeup Artist/Education: Maree Jones is an actor and educator who specializes in "style" for productions. She is fully trained in Makeup for Theatre, and is an Independent Sales Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.  Maree would like to offer you her consultation services for your production! She is available to do makeup on nights of shows, as well as to conduct classes for your actors prior to tech week.  Please let me know if and how I can help make your actors have the right look for your production.

 


Music Plus Academy Spring Drama Classes: Thursdays 5pm to 5:45 @ Greystone (New classes @different times, in different areas are available upon demand!) Ages 8-14
Classes include:Exploring Classical and Contemporary Text, Voice and Speech, Movement, Acting for the Camera, Improv, Fun and Games
After starting my career at the age of 10 in a professional production of 'Annie' I continued acting and training for over twenty years. Studying at Emerson College, Stella Adler Conservatory, The Belgian National Theater and private classes with acting professionals Patrick Stewart, Olympia Dukakis, Fiona Shaw and Frank Langella I eventually began teaching in Los Angeles. After recently moving to Birmingham I have returned to school, attending UAB as a child development/ Elementary Education major and love incorporating both passions in my classes as I help children find inner strength and confidence through team work and focused creative expression.
To make an appointment to observe or test out a class contact me, Meg Deusner 818-231-4065. megdeusner@gmail.com
For more information or to register contact: Dawn Dixon 205-822-3343. http://www.musicplusstudios.com/page3.htm

 


 

Neophyte Director:   Kent Skates.  In the latter stages of a degree in theatre at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  Most interested in acting and directing, while flirting with singing, writing, and stage management.  Some of his favorite roles are:  Peter, in Peter and the Wolf, with BCT/ASO;  Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace; and numerous roles in Shakespearean plays, mostly with Garden Variety.

 


 

Personal DVDs and Headshots:   Our typical Headshot session is $350.00 which includes 3-5 changes of clothes & backgrounds and 3 DVDs set to music of photographs. Actual photos may be viewed on our website for 2 weeks after the session for final selection. One 8x10 is $25.00 but we do offer publicity 8x10s for as low as .70 cents each based on volume.    Our web address is www.dwphoto.biz  For more information contact Kandy Casey, Daniel Warden Photographic Arts,  (205)237-7490. 117 1st Ave E. Oneonta, AL 35121

 


 

Photographer for Performances/Rehearsal:  Steven Ross will take candid phots during dress rehearsal.  Links to his work:  PHOTOS.YAHOO.COM/SPROSS and PHOTOS.YAHOO.COM/MOZART_LJCC   Contact  him at (205) 822-5532 or  sross3434@charter.net

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: Ralph Anderson.  ~$250 for full-body modeling shots etc. Probably less for head shots.

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: David Elder at director and Head of the Theater Department at Jefferson State Community College. Does private shootings for a reasonable price. Should be able to contact him through Jeff State Theater.

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: Beau Gustafson.  His studio in town is called Big Swede Photography.

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: C. Gregory Jeane.  His phone number is 933-8100.  Affordable.

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: Photographer-Headshots, Body Shots. P. Steven Williamson  www.pstevenwilliamson.com

Providing excellent Headshots for reasonable prices. See website for details, pricing and examples. Using a quality Nikon Digital SLR, Epson Photo Printer and High Quality Epson Photo Paper, I can handle Emergency Rush Jobs as well as Non-Rush jobs. Pricing is competitive and the quality can be seen at my website.

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: Deborah Thornhill.  "She is listed in the phone book, and she will give you a picture that looks like you, but is you at your best.  You can keep the same picture for about three years if you do not change your hairstyle or any other significant aspect of your appearance.  If anything major changes, you must get a new shot.  I recommend getting pictures in a quantity of 100 at a time.  I used to use Quaker photo in Philadelphia, but I bet there are some places in Atlanta which are good.  If you are going to do a mass-mail-out campaign, then you might want to get 500 copies - but there are two problems with that:  one is maintaining good quality of the reproductions, and the other is that here in Bham it's not likely that you would need that many before your look changes.  You could always paper your bathroom with the extras."  Another source:  "She is expensive, but good. I want to say 200 to 250 for a sitting.  Then 8x10 photos are like 25 each.  I did was get a sitting, bought 2 prints from her and then ordered a 1000 pics from ABC pictures in Missouri."  and "About $ 200 for a setting and $ 25/photo.  They are great and so is she.  She will take a lot of shots and help you decide.  She's in the Dr. Pepper center."

 


 

Photographer for Headshots: Ted Tucker.  Head shots, probably ~$100-150.  Also does full-body shots.

 


 

Pianist:  Pianist, Vocalist, Arranger, Musical Director, Cabaret Entertainer, Gospel Concert Artist.  Michael King has appeared with such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Jennifer Holiday, Sam Harris and the Glen Miller Orchestra; the pianist and baritone extraordinaire was South Florida's 1993 Entertainer of the Year. For extensive bios on King visit http://www.michaelkingonline.com/


 

Pianist:  Pianist, accompanist, music producer who worked in this capacity for Andrew Gainey and James Hatcher over the last 35 years is still available for work in the Birmingham area. As an accomplished sight reader Steve is available for last minute/fill in work. Steve has been accompanying for musicals since 1968 and has worked as musical director for shows with local theater companies. He can be reached at Mrpiano24@aol.com or through www.stevepennington.com.


 

Prints of Headshots:  ABC Pictures, 1867 E. Florida St., Springfield, MO  65803-4583.  Telephone (417) 869-3456.   http://www.abcpictures.com    Something like $85 for 500 prints.  You get more pictures than you need, want, or will ever use!

 


 

Prints of Headshots:  Custom Photo.

 


 

String Bass Player:  If you are looking for a String Bass Player that can read music and Bow the Bass see credentials below: Ron Alexander; Birmingham, Alabama. I read music. 205.937.7890. Ron@RonAlexander.com. Proficient on Upright String Bass, Electric & Acoustic/Electric Bass. °Classical Training with bowing and pizzicato techniques ° Shows ° Jazz Improvisation ° pop/rock/funk Electric Bass. Great formal education & great references.

 


 

Video Production:   We can produce professional videos, video clips for recitals, modeling agencies, commercial work, and plays. Cahaba Moon Productions 205-405-7052 or 877.866.7701  Email: video@cahabamoon.com  Website: www.cahabamoon.com


 

Vocal Coach:  Cabaret Entertainer, Soprano, Producer/Director and Vocal Coach.  Soprano Diane McNaron has appeared in the media of Cabaret, Recital, Opera and Oratorio throughout the US and in Italy, Austria, Germany and Australia.  She is one of the few performers of authentic Cabaret music in the US. For extensive bio on McNaron visit www.dianemcnaron.com


 

Vocal Coach:  Vocal Coach specializing in theatrical "belt/pop" speech level style of commercial vocals. Steve Pennington is full time in this business for the last 16 years. Teaches in Irondale and Forestdale. Students are utilized in many special performances and productions through the year from Festivals, Showcases, Competitions and Musicals.  Thirty minute private lessons in after school program is $85 per month. There is a ten week summer program offered in Irondale on Monday and Tuesday for $250.00. Students perform regularly in New York, Nashville, Atlanta and Branson!  Midsouth Fair auditions  in May are also part of the program.  Steve also locates originals songs and produces adult contemporary and country crossover in Nashville as part of his artist development work. http://www.showstopperspromotions.com  or write to Showstopperspro@aol.com

 


Voice Teacher:   Heather M. Batey is a voice teacher based in Pelham with over 15 years of teaching experience, both in the public school classroom and the private studio.  She offers private voice (and piano) lessons, with an emphasis on good singing technique and vocal skills that can be applied to a variety of genres.  Specialties include Broadway and classical styles, and she works with students age 6-7 through adults.  Please visit   www.heatherbatey.com for information about her educational and teaching / performing background ("About me").  There is also a good bit of information about lessons on the site.  You may contact her at heatherbateystudio@yahoo.com or by calling (205) 358-7344.

 


 

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