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BOLD Master Class
Building Optimum Lasting Development

For more Information and Registration contact:
Teresa White or 713-807-4309
Rachel Hemphill Dickson or 713-807-4321

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BOLD MASTER CLASS is supported by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by The Pussycat Foundation.

October 27, 2018

  • A hands-on theatre workshop experience that will increase the knowledge base of all participants
  • An application-based interaction appropriate for every level, seasoned and novice alike
  • Excellent for artistic disciplinary crossover
  • All those 16 and older are welcomed, younger students may be approved by The Ensemble Theatre leadership


COST: $10 for one session or $20 for two session.  The best deal is $20 for three sessions!  You may take any combination of the classes and join us as your schedule will allow.  Each two-hour class offered twice.  Snacks provided

9:00 SESSION offers the following classes: Directing, Set, Acting and Lights
11:00 SESSSION offers the following classes: Directing, Set, Stage Management, and Lights
1:30 SESSION offers the following classes: Stage Management and Acting
Schedule subject to change. 

Classes will be facilitated by the following dynamic women who, combined, have over 1000+ productions to their credit:

(Lighting) Kris Phelps is entering her 12th season with the Ensemble Theatre, from whom she has received 5 Giorgee Awards and several nominations for best lighting design of the season. In addition to theater, she has designed for numerous dance companies and choreographers, children’s theater and opera, and live music of many genres. Her career has taken her across the US, Canada and Mexico. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

(Stage Management) Rachel R. Bush is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston School of Theater & Dance, where she is the program head for the BFA in Stage Management and a recipient of the Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award. In her 20 years of stage management, Rachel has had the privilege of working with amazing companies and artists from Broadway and Off-Broadway to the Regions, Internationally and the Event & Corporate world.
(Acting) Ella Joyce is an actress best known for her television role as Eleanor Emerson on the comedy-drama sitcom Roc and was recently seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in Having Our Say.

(Directing) Elizabeth Van Dyke is a New York based award winning Director and Actress and is grateful to be back at The Ensemble where she directed: A RAISIN IN THE SUN; WAITING TO BE INVITED, GEE’S BEND;  & THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL (Giorgee Award, Best Director).  She is the Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Going To The River, a program that and aids in development and presentation of new works, and produces the work of women playwrights of color. 
(SET) Janelle Flanagan has been engaged by The Ensemble Theatre for over 20 years and works at numerous theaters throughout Houston, including Houston Grand Opera.  Her most recent productions at The Ensemble were The Old Settler (National Black Theatre Festival presentation), Two Old Black Guys Sitting Around Talking, and Cuttin’ Up.  She is a member of IATSE Wardrobe Union Local 896.



In order to enhance the essential skills of great acting, one must be able to “let go of his/her belief system and adapt to the belief of that character” (TC Carson.

They must strengthen their innate abilities including, but not limited to: living fully in the present, being led by instinct rather than reason, being responsive to fellow actors in each moment, active engagement, and bringing their own personal meaning to everything.