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FrenetiCore's Artist-in-Residence Program, first started in March 2010, functions to support emerging and established artists in the Houston area.  Participants receive technical and marketing support as well as access to free rehearsal and performance space at Frenetic Theater.

Current Artist-in-Residence

Annie Arnoult and Open Dance Project

Annie Arnoult is the founding artistic director of Open Dance Project, presenting its inaugural season of ensemble-driven dance theater performance in 2015-2016. Arnoult returns to her native Houston from Chicago, where she was the founding artistic director of Striding Lion Performance Group and a faculty member of the Dance Program at Northwestern University. She now serves as an adjunct faculty member at The School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston, as a core faculty member of Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project based in Washington, DC, and as the director of Hunter Dance Center, a dance training center and artistic home of Open Dance Project, opening in the fall of 2015 in the Heights.

Open Dance Project is a contemporary dance-theater company, under the direction of Annie Arnoult, whose ensemble-driven work transforms literary, historical, and community based source material into highly stylized performance experiences. Through a collision of dance and theater, live performance and new media, urban grit and magical realism, Open Dance Project breaks down conventional barriers between artist and audience to make dance more accessible and meaningful for both.

Open Dance Project will present its inaugural full-length work, Whirl!, at Frenetic Theater on October 9, 10, and 11. 


Past Artists-in-Residence

Black Box Theater - FAMILY Thicker than water

January 24-February 2, 2014


Written by Joseph “JoeP” Palmore

Directed by Kendrick Brown

Drama. Earnestly compelling, deep rooted in the definitive characterization of what it means to be a family, this original play eloquently mixes love and laughter amidst tragedy and the consequences that befall due to life choices and personal gain. Family, passionate and energetic, captures the very essence of how we and those most closely to us operate under distress and tender moments. It tells the story of loss, infidelity, purpose driven life, and what we do to ease the pain and find comfort. Playwright Joseph “JoeP” Palmore effectively conveys the art of life as we live it and how we can be affected by the loved ones who surround and influence us.

Black Box Theatre is a community based theatre arts organization offering authentic and innovative thresholds to development in creative arts. We stand by theatre as a service and an art form, as we advocate a teachable spirit - offering services, programs, and productions, that enhance personal and creative growth in the community.

For more information about Black Box click here.

Former Artists-in-Residence

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Eklektix Theatre Company presented Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World. JRB writes about Songs for a New World: "I was 20 years old when I got to New York City, and I was determined to write my big Broadway musical.  The only problem was that I didn't really know anybody in New York other than the delivery guy from the Chinese restaurant, and I didn't think he would be such a great collaborator, since he couldn't even give me the right change.  So I decided I would just take a bunch of songs I had written for various abandoned pieces and put them up at a cabaret, and I could find collaborators from there."

For more information about Eklektix Theatre click here.


eklektixlogo_category.jpg Using live theatre as a catalyst for change; the primary goal of The Eklektix Theatre Company is to produce quality theatre by the people and for the people. To achieve this, our company allots performance and educational opportunities to college students and Houston area musical theatre artists.



Jim Mackenzie - Stage Flight

Jim Mackenzie's one man show Stage Flight captivated audiences of Frenetic Theater with physical skills and comedy. Jim's debut theater show was inspired by Buster Keaton and the almost forgotten screen comedian, Wile E. Coyote! Jim draws from an extensive list of physical skills for his comedy show.  Including: juggling, sword swallowing, rope walking, whip cracking, unicycling, and other object manipulations.

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   JimMac_DerbyBalance_RGB.jpg Jim began juggling by the age of seven and was inspired early on by Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, W.C. Fields and the Marx Bros. A Houston native, Jim began his performing career in 1986 at The Houston Festival, performing in the street and passing the hat. He has since developed his show at festivals, theme parks, comedy clubs and colleges around the country. In 2003, he won the regional division of Laff Across America, which lead to performances at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. In 2008, he performed in and served as Director of Clowning for Houston Grand Opera’s presentation of Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci. Most recently, he appeared at the 2012 Houston Fringe Festival, where his show was chosen as a Producer’s Pick, marking the beginning of his quest to develop his own full theater show with bigger things planned in the near future.



Maggie Lasher - Glow


Maggie Lasher's ChinaCat Dance took the the audience on an adventure of light, both futuristic and primal. The ChinaCats danced in ethereal light created through blacklight and L.E.D. props. After intermission, the audience transferred outside where ChinaCat Dance and guest fire performers explored the ancient light of fire by creating dance incorporating torches, fans, fire fingers, poi, staff, and hula-hoop.
For more information about ChinaCat Dance visit


Maggie_Lasher.jpeg Maggie received an MA in dance from Case Western Reserve University and completed her MFA in dance at Sam Houston State University. Maggie has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Sam Houston State University, and Northwest Vista College and is currently on the faculty at Houston Community College – Central Campus. ChinaCat’s mission is to provide enlightening, audience friendly dance works that are accessible to diverse communities and age groups.


Jhon Stronks - Glitter, Guts and Glory! 

Choreographer jhon stronks and The Magic Unicorn Dance Crew brought full-out-with-feeling Yay Dansation! with Glitter, Guts and Glory! The evening length dance theatre production included stronks' choreography and filmwork by Margo Stutts Toombs. 

Jhon-Stronks.jpg Jhon Stronks combines the fundamental elements of choreography, dance technique, and authentic movement in an effort to create dances that speak truthfully and promote honest conversation. He is often accused of presenting his audiences with seemingly disobedient work that behaves according to its own sanity. Stronks' passion for giving address to the gaps between what is perceived and what is present usually lands his work  somewhere between a cry for personal consciousness and a plea for social justice. For more information about jhon stronks visit


Matt Crawford and Che Rickman - New Visions of Sound and Light

Swings of Happiness was a collaborative multi-media exploration of relationships, motherhood, and female identity by artists. Through performance, video, interactive media, and a few special guest appearances, Che Rickman traveled the audience throughout her labyrinth in search of happiness.

Matt Crawford

Matt Crawford is a Houston based location and post-production audio professional. He entered the world of sound as a DJ and sound designer for many of the local theaters. Matt worked as a sound mixer for Japanese Animation at ADV films, where he then became the primary sound designer/mixer for The Anime Network.

Che Rickman

Che Rickman received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston, and is an accomplished and recognized artist working in Houston. She has shown her work in many galleries around the United States; and created a Bronze sculpture for a State Park in Goliad, Texas. Through the Harris County Department of Education program CASE (Cooperative for After-School Enrichment), Che teaches art classes to children ages 5 through 18. Che also currently works in a Production Art Department for the commercial industry.



Chris Nelson - Projected 2010

PROJECTED presented artists, dancers, musicians and filmmakers using digital cinematography and projection to create new forms and provide new context for existing video works by surrounding them with live performance. From single channel documentary works, to multi-channel interactive projections to performances of dance and projection, PROJECTED was an eclectic offering of work being created with sound, vision and light.
Chris Nelson is a digital filmmaker. He is co-creator and director/editor of the Toypunks documentary series.  Chris-Nelson.jpg


If you are interested in applying to participate in the Artist-in-Residence program, please email a one page proposal to Proposals should include an artist/group biography, links to work samples (if applicable) and a description of your performance concept.


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