Local News: Three Theatre Groups come together at Spring Street Studios to form Studio 101

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January 11, 2012

Three Theatre Companies pull Resources together to lock in a venue to produce in

Stark Naked Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company and The Classical Theatre Company announce that they will be moving into the performance space which was recently Divergence Music & Arts at Spring Street Studios on January 15, 2012. The space, which the three groups are planning to re-name Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios when they take up occupancy, has been under the direction of Misha Penton as Divergence Music & Arts at Spring St Studios, since early 2011.

While they will no longer be in residence at the Spring Street Studios space, Misha and Divergence Vocal Theater will continue to produce new work as a performing arts group... Misha is "....thrilled that Stark Naked, Mildred's and CTC will take over the beautiful performance studio at Spring St. and infuse Houston's growing theater arts scene with their collective vision".

The goal of Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios will be primarily to provide audience members with a one-stop shop for the highest quality theater Houston has to offer, while allowing the three member organizations to remain true to their distinct artistic visions. While Mildred’s Umbrella, CTC and Stark Naked will be sharing an artistic home, and all of the administrative duties space ownership entails, the three organizations will remain separate entities.

“This collective will be a benefit to all of us, and to Houston in general”, says Jennifer Decker, Artistic Director of Mildred’s Umbrella, “Though the artistic choices are different in each of our companies, we are unified in our standards of quality, and our overlapping audience bases. This collective allows us to share resources and support, and have a solid home base to produce our work”.

Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios’ inaugural production will be Stark Naked Theatre Company’s Dinner with Friends February 23- March 11, 2012, while Mildred’s Umbrella’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, running March 8-24, 2012 will be performed as originally planned at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex. After this production, Mildred’s Umbrella will begin performing at Spring Street as well, and Classical Theatre Company will join the collective by Summer 2012.

About Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company:
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge both audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative and new theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts.

About Stark Naked Theatre Company:
Stark Naked’s Mission is to develop and support theatrical artists by providing competitive pay; and to develop and promote an aesthetic of acting that is truthful; by producing exciting, cutting-edge, live theatre.

About The Classical Theatre Company:
The Classical Theatre Company (CTC) is dedicated to boldly re-envisioning classical drama on the stage, in the community, and in the classroom through engaging and enlightening plays that brings them new life and relevance while maintaining the integrity that the works deserve.

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