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What is Thunderclap Productions?

Thunderclap Productions is a Houston-based production company
dedicated to presenting new and underrepresented plays and musicals.
Thunderclap is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Aaron Alon

Aaron Alon, DMA (President, Co-Founder) Playwright, Composer-Lyricist

Aaron Alon is an award-winning, widely-performed classical composer. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Rice University and has studied musical theatre collaboration with The Writers’ Workshop (Chicago) and Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow. His plays and musicals have been read or performed around the US and in the UK. Aaron’s new musical Bully is being released in 2017 as a feature film produced by Thunderclap. Aaron is also active as a teacher and is a professor of music at Lone Star College-CyFair and also teaches composition for AFA and lyric writing for Writespace Houston. Learn more at aaronalon.com.

Justin Doran

Justin Doran, MFA (Secretary) — Actor, Director

Justin Doran has over 100 professional credits regionally and locally as an actor, director, and producer, including have twice directed for Thunderclap Productions.  He also teaches at Rice University and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Russell Sarre

Russell Sarre, DMA — Composer

Austalian-born composer Russell Sarre’s music has been performed around the globe from The White House to London’s West End; Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. He has composed music for Film, Theatre, Music Theatre, Dance, Opera and the Concert Stage. Sarre has taught at the Shepherd School of Music, Texas A&M, the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Eastern Mediterranean University, and Lone Star College. He also co-produced and presented award-winning radio shows in Austin for KMFA. He spends his time teaching, composing, travelling and cooking for his family.

Tamara Siler

Tamara Siler (Acting Treasurer) — Actress, Singer

Tamara is a veteran of over 70 stage productions in and around the Houston area, most recently playing Hildy in Bayou City Concert Musicals’ On The Town and the title character in Main Street Theater’s acclaimed regional premiere of Caroline, or Change. Tamara graduated from the HSPVA and Rice University, where she is Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Minority Recruitment.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

John Cornelius

John Cornelius is a member of ASCAP and AFofM. His output includes a number of chamber works, orchestral works, and song cycles. He and his collaborator Michael J. Bobbitt have written several works for the lyric theater including Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, Mirandy and Brother Wind, Say It Ain’t So!, The Yellow Rose of Texas, and The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars and Motor Kings. Recent concert works include Chansons Creoles, two song cycles commissioned by Houston Grand Opera’s HGOCo, and Fulfilled. Current projects include a new chamber opera commissioned by HGOCo. Dr. Cornelius is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and received degrees from Jackson State University, Washington University in St. Louis and Rice University. (full bio)

Richard Ford

Richard Ford is a composer, lyricist, producer, teacher, and author. He has created six musicals, scored numerous films, and produced over 50 new plays and films. He is currently working on a new opera titled “The Prisoner” commissioned as part of a Houston Arts Alliance grant that will debut in August. He has worked with Playwrights Horizons, The Colony Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Write Act Rep, the Pico Playhouse, the Miranda Theatre, and was Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project.

Roy Hamlin

Roy Hamlin has served as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Under the Stars and as a performer, director, and designer at various regional theatres.  Just prior to joining the TUTS artistic staff, he was the resident artistic director at Baton Rouge Little Theatre, where he directed the regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winningWIT. Roy was University of Georgia and Southwest Missouri State theatre faculty, taught for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre and the University of Iowa Playwright’s Festival/Opera Workshop, and was a tenured associate professor/theatre chair at Cornell College. (full bio)

Eric James

Eric James (Co-Founder) received his BA in English – Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where his plays In My Mother’s Heels and Winter Tree received full productions in the Edward Albee workshops. His short plays have been produced the past five years in the annual S/H 10×10 showcase of new plays. In 2009, his full-length play, Stop, Traveler, received a professional reading at Stages Repertory Theatre as part of Wordsmyth Theatre’s new play reading series.

Jimmy Phillips
Jimmy Phillips, a native Houstonian, has extensive directing and choreography credits in Houston, as well as dozens of acting credits at Stages, Theater LaB Houston, Main Street Theater, TUTS, BCCM, and Little Room Downstairs. As a classically trained dancer, he has performed with Texas Ballet, Houston Ballet, Houston Jazz Ballet with Patsy Swayze, Houston Grand Opera, and toured with Nureyev in South America. He also raised money for Houston AIDS organizations for 14 years through Halloween Magic Charity. He received his B.F.A. at Stephens College and is the Director of Drama at Annunciation Orthodox Middle School.

 

SOME OF THE ARTISTS PRODUCED BY THUNDERCLAP

Aaron Alon
playwright, composer-lyricist

The Great Storm (2010)

Wilde (2011 — reading)

Death, the Musical (2011)

Bully (2014)

Positive (2015 – reading)ositPoiv

Joe Barnes
playwright, lyricist
Wilde (2011 — reading)
Andrew Chukerman
composer
Death, the Musical (2011)
Miriam Daly
composer
Death, the Musical (2011)
Elizabeth Doyle
composer
Death, the Musical (2011)
Jason Howard
playwright
Death, the Musical (2011)
Eric James
playwright

The Great Storm (2010)

Death, the Musical (2011)

Steven Jones
composer Death, the Musical (2011)
Owen Kalt
lyricist
Death, the Musical (2011)
Conor McPherson
playwright
Rum and Vodka (2012)
Deb Murphy
playwright
Death, the Musical (2011)
Alexandra H. Rubin
playwright
Death, the Musical (2011)
Mark Sanderlin
playwright, composer-lyricist
Death, the Musical (2011)
Thomas Sturm
composer
Death, the Musical (2011)
Peter Wittenberg, Jr.
playwright, lyricist

The Great Storm (2010)

Death, the Musical (2011)

 

HISTORY

THUNDERCLAP PRODUCTIONS began in late 2010 as a playwrights’ collective. Our first production, The Great Storm, was highly acclaimed by local audiences and critics and we were profiled in the Dramatist Guild of America magazine soon thereafter.

In 2011, Thunderclap Productions reorganized as a nonprofit that is dedicated to new and emerging works from writers both within our organization and around the world.  Co-founder Aaron Alon is the current board president, and co-founder Eric James has stayed on the advisory board.

Thunderclap Productions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations made since January 2011 have been tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Support Thunderclap today by making a one-time or recurring donation.

 

 

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