BOXED LUNCH INTERVIEW SERIES
Boxed Lunch is the Arts Center's series of lunchtime conversations with the arts community of Fort Worth with each guest preparing a fun and quick lunch.
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Sunflowerman is a fashion artist who was born with a pencil in his hand. Living in London, Milan, Paris, and New York inspired him to revive the lost art of men’s fashion illustration with signature his style. He takes his studio wherever he goes and can often be spotted at Fashion Week, Project Show, Pitti Uomo, or a local coffee shop.
Natalie Price is an artist as well as the founder and creative director of the local art collective House of Iconoclasts. She now hosts a new online artist series called Sad Times Art Club, where she interviews artists to discuss their experience during COVID-19, how they’re coping & how it is translating into their current artwork.
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton is the founder and artistic director of DVA Productions and is a writer, director, producer, actor, and singer. She has been traveling and performing professionally for 30 years. Her passion is educational entertainment and the positive influence it can have on the lives of young people.
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton
Christie M. Howard, has the pleasure of serving as the Managing Director of Jubilee Theatre. Before joining Jubilee’s team, she served as the Director of Public Relations for Texas College for over seven years. Christie created LimeQuest Agency and serves as the company’s Principal Consultant and CEO.
Christie M. Howard
Terri Thornton is an artist living and working in Fort Worth where she divides her time between making art, family, and her day-job as Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Terri’s art is conceptually based on concern for visual and often spatial effect. For consistency and clarity, she identifies all her work as drawing, no matter the form it takes.
Adam Dietrich is a filmmaker. Most recently, he produced and designed the Amazon Original “The Vast of Night,” and the soon to be released “Tasmanian Devil.” He helped oversee Hip Pocket Theatre and co-founded the nonprofit multimedia company The Butterfly Connection, presenting outsider original works in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Carolyn Phillips was a nonprofit fundraiser for 5 years before starting Alchemy Pops. “It’s been a wild ride full of fun events, new flavors, and fantastic people. The word ‘alchemy’ means the magical process of combination, creation, and transformation. That’s exactly what I’ve wanted people to experience,” said Phillips in an interview with VoyagerDallas.
Dr. Cinetrea Grace Williams is a producer, actress, choreographer, writer, and performer. As the founder of 619 Productions, Inc. she has received awards from Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Minority Leader, and Citizens Council. 619 Productions, Inc is a nonprofit that has served over 4000 children, approximately 2500 adults and over 250 seniors since 2010.
Jason Suder, the owner of the soon to be opened Tulips, talks about how important community is in turbulent times and how artists are pushing technology and the culture in ways to reach new audiences.
Working in cafes and roasteries were usually the most flexible jobs to have for a musician. Eventually, I began roasting coffee, and that is when the passion developed. My wife and I decided to move back to Fort Worth (hometown) and open Enduro Coffee Roasters. I love Fort Worth, and I love seeing it grow and evolve the way it has, and to be a part of that would be special to me.
Benjamín Espino was appointed General Manager of the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas in November 2011. Prior to that, he worked at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth from 2000 to 2011. He currently serves on the Cultural Tourism Committee of VisitDallas and has served on funding panels for the Arts Council of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
I came into this world as Jeffrey Keith Wood, but these days I’m just Jeff. I am currently employed at the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company as the Creative Director. These days I still utilize my eye for photography in my everyday life and career. I’m into running, backpacking, hiking, camping, petting cats, and working on my vintage Honda motorcycle.
Sara Herrera is the Education Director and Dance Instructor at Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts at the Rose Marine Theater who’s work has been showcased at the Capital Fringe Festival (DC), Asheville Fringe Festival, Sapperlot Festival (Italy) and Arts on Site (NYC).
Dev'n Goodman is a local teacher, advocate, and community organizer who is always trying to find ways to engage and grow the community culturally and equitably. No matter the initiative the goal is always to provide access and opportunity to those whose voices and talents have too often not been amplified.
Shawn Gann is a proud, Filipino-American theatre artist that has been performing, directing, and producing in DFW for 20+ years. He is a founding board member of Altered Shakespeare (a company that provides a platform for BIPOC, queer, and untapped talent to access the Bard), a company member of L.I.P. Service and Shakespeare Everywhere.
Megan Henderson is the Director of Events and Communications for Near Southside, Inc where she works with and advocates for the residents and stakeholders of Fort Worth’s Near Southside district. She is the producer of various events and community programs including ArtsGoggle, Open Streets, Art South, and Friday on the Green.
Opal Lee is a community leader and activist, leading the Juneteenth Walk to DC campaign to make June 19th a national holiday. At 93 years of age, Mrs. Opal Lee still finds time to be a part of the various organizations she helped found, while still leading two very large projects – the Annual Fort Worth Juneteenth Celebration and the urban farming project, Opal’s Farm.
After spending much of his childhood living abroad in Trinidad & Tobago and Cairo, Egypt, Lou Charle$ finds himself on a different journey. The Texas native has made a name for himself with captivating live shows share the stage with the likes of G-Eazy, Joyner Lucas, and A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Great music that stands the test of time is always derived from real life and that’s exactly what Lou Charle$ sets out to do- tell his truth.
Rita Alfaro is the Music Librarian for Fort Worth Public Library and has a background in music education, ethnomusicology, and library science. She has a passion for public service, community engagement, creativity, and the arts- especially music! Her goal is to help highlight unique music cultures, especially the ones in Fort Worth.
Joy Bollinger brings much expertise to her role as artistic director for Bruce Wood Dance. She has been affiliated with Bruce Wood Dance in various capacities for more than 16 years, including dancer, founding member, rehearsal director, and répétiteur. As a choreographer, she created two critically acclaimed works, Carved in Stone (June 2016) and Hillside (November 2017).
Rambo's images have been featured by many online publications including GQ, Vogue, Rolling Stone, NY Times, Billboard, Apple Music, Essence, Paste Magazine, Urban Outfitters, Nylon Magazine, Huffington Post, Q magazine, and she has worked with brands such as Stetson Hats, Tecovas Boots, and the Fort Worth Visitors Bureau, among others.
Bernardo Vallarino is a Colombian-American mixed media sculptor and installation artist heavily interested in geopolitical issues. His inspiration comes from observing the hypocrisy that exists between the rhetoric of human life value and the violent behavior of humanity. Vallarino is currently the coordinator of the Fort Worth Art Collective, a board member at Artes de la Rosa, and instructor at Tarrant County College.
Four Stages. One Roof. Zero Limits. That’s what you’ll find at Lowtown Studios, and Doug Mangold and Christopher Rodriguez are in charge of delivering that experience. It’s all about creating a flexible studio space where creative freedom is encouraged. The inspiration behind Lowtown was simple. We are whatever you want us to be-and that starts at the top.
Tammy Melody Gomez is a writer, interdisciplinary performance artist, and collaborative arts producer. Her poem, “Easter Sunday Poem,” appeared in the June 6th, 2020, edition of the Wall Street Journal—and is forthcoming in the hardcover edition of Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf, 2020).
Tammy Melody Gomez
Margaret (Maggie) Adler is Curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Though her scholarly research focuses on nineteenth-century art, she is also passionate about collaborating with contemporary artists in helping them with large-scale commissions.
Zoe Settles is Dallas artist who received her BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. During normal times, she teaches theatre and art around the DFW Metroplex, while performing on weekends. Zoe has kept up her craft through creating virtual art lessons, and by starting her YouTube concert series, Get Settled.
Darryl Ratcliff is an artist and poet based in Dallas, TX whose work engages communities and mobilizes social issues. Ratcliff is the cofounder of Ash Studios, Creating Our Future, and Michelada Think Tank, as well as Gossypion, who has been collaborating with the Cultural District museums and the City of Dallas to bring the Carrie Mae Weems, Resist Covid/Take 6! Initiative to the DFW area.
Known for this clear and rich voice, tenor Darius Thomas is making his presence known in the world of opera. Last season, Thomas frequently performed in DFW as a Resident Artist with Fort Worth Opera. Currently based in Texas, Mr. Thomas pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville where he studied with American Tenor Andrew Skoog.
Angelic Empyress is the founder of Astria Legends, a Spiritual Fantasy franchise whose purpose is to empower others to live their best life. She is an Original Character Cosplayer, Comic Artist, Published Author, and Performer who loves to mix them all together to create fun and engaging live performances and visual art.
Janae Hatchett is a playwright and actor from Lubbock. Janae's play, New and Improving was chosen for the inagural year of the Orginal Works Series. She has also completed a one-act, titled Signing Off, and several sketches. She currently lives in Dallas where she performs at local theaters, including Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, and Theatre Coppell.
Brandi Pace is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and activist. At Howard, she was a member of the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Afro Blue. She is an artist-in-residence at Arts Fifth Avenue, where she teaches and performs. Brandi is the Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room, a non-profit that uses research, discourse, and training to center BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian) voices.
Andrea L. Rogers is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a graduate of the Low Rez program at the Institute for American Indian Arts, where she completed her short story collection Man-Made Monsters, a meditation on love, loneliness, family, and the monsters in society that walk with us. Native people are centered in this collection, along with a cast of supernatural characters.
Andrea L. Rogers
Oba William King is recognized as one of the most exciting Storytellers of his peer group. Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability to capture their attention and gently release them into the playful realm of rhythm and rhyme.
Oba William King
While at Central Michigan University, Jennifer Peacock assisted in coordinating one of the largest Alternative Breaks program in the nation, which provides students service-learning experiences around the country. She is currently in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University and intends to engage young people to act as agents of peace and social change.
Dennis Yslas has been the Executive Director for Texas Nonprofit Theatres, Inc. (TNT) since 2017, having previously been on the Board of Governors. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years and has been acting for over 40 years - having started his career on the BOZO THE CLOWN! A member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he has worked extensively in the DFW area and on national tours.
Deborah Jung founded Kids Who Care Musical Theatre in 1989, after 14 years as a full-time professional actress, teacher, and director. Since then, she has directed main stage productions + produced/directed 31 tours of KWC Original Musicals, previewing in venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Italy, Germany, Albania, Washington D.C., Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, and Texas. She holds a BA in speech and drama from Trinity University.
James Surls is an internationally recognized artist and one of the most preeminent living artists in the United States. His sculptures, drawings, and prints, which reflect his unique sensibility to natural forms, are in major art museums and public and private collections throughout the world.
Based in Los Angeles, Kipp Kobayashi is an artist interested in the traces of human activity and how they transform the structures and systems of our physical world into living entities of our collective thoughts, action, and experiences. Kobayashi has been commissioned by both public and private agencies across the nation including Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas which was named by Codaworx as one of the top 100 international projects of 2020.
Tyler Grant works as the Donor Relations Manager at The Center For Transforming Lives, a Fort Worth nonprofit that works side-by-side with women and their children throughout Tarrant County to disrupt the cycle of poverty. Her involvement in the community includes serving on several boards.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Angelic Empryess, Katreeva Phillips, and Sheran Keyton are part of the Arts Center Presents New Year's Spectacular! These three performers will no doubt make for a fantastic and fun episode!
Monday, January 11, 2021
Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, scholar, and founder of the arts nonprofit WoCA Projects in Fort Worth. Cross has been recognized nationally and internationally for her art practice and community work. Most recently, Cross curated the retrospective Vicki Meek: 3 Decades of Social Commentary at the Houston Museum of African American Culture and the African American Museum Dallas.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Cari and Paul Smith make up the unique duo named “Late to the Station” Both Cari and Paul have their musical beginnings in North Texas and now are collaborating to make a sound as unique as the musical influences of Texas. Late to the Station is currently recording their first album titled “Hot Ash," which features a curated mix of blues, rock, jazz, and country.
Late to the Station
Monday, January 25, 2021
Winifred Ross Reilly is a visual artist in Baton Rouge, LA and whose personal philanthropy focuses on the arts, environmental, and social justice. Reilly established the Winifred and Kevin Reilly Fund for Underrepresented Artists at the LSU Museum of Art, previously known as the Anglo-American Museum.
Monday, February 1, 2021
Jennifer Casler Price has held the position of curator for Asian, African, and Ancient American Art at the Kimbell Art Museum since 1993. In her position at the Kimbell, she is responsible for the areas of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian, African, and the Art of the Ancient Americas – which represent half of the holdings of the permanent collection.
Jennifer Casler Price
Monday, February 8, 2021
It has been two years since Kippen joined the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as its Chief of Staff. Prior to moving to Texas, he was the executive director of Iolani Palace, the formal royal residence and national historic landmark in Honolulu, Hawaii for 13 years. He serves on the board of the American Alliance of Museums and is the immediate past chair. He also participated in Leadership Fort Worth as a member of the Class of 2020.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Vicki Meek joins us for lunch! In this episode of Boxed Lunch, we have nationally recognized artist, curator, writer, and art critic! Vicki discusses her current exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center and new work using video as the primary medium.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Amy L. Jennings -Associate Professor of Dance at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. MFA Texas Woman’s University and BA Slippery Rock University. At TCC Northwest she serves an active role in mentoring students to train & edify dancers to work to their full potential as artist & athlete.
Monday, March 1, 2021
Aaron Settle is a playwright and comic store owner living in sunny Rowlett, Texas. His short play The Art of Hugging in the Age of Social Distancing was part of Taphouse Theatre's Shelter in Place Festival. A reading of How We Met and Other Lies We Told Our Parents is part of The Arts Center Presents Original Works Series with a reading coming up Thursday, March 4.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Playrights Katreeva Phillips and Nicholas Zebrun will talk about Snow White and the Seven Doubts, a new twist on an old tale. Both have performed and worked at various theaters around the North Texas area. The reading of Snow White and the Seven Doubts will be performed Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Peter Bakely is a playwright living and working in the Kansas City Area. He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and currently the Kansas City Ambassador for the Guild. Bakely's Couple's Night was selected for The Arts Center Presents The Original Works Series.
Monday, March 22, 2021
Glen "Rusty" Harding is a Dallas-area playwright/author. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and, along with co-writer Leigh Wyatt Moore, he is a founding member of Lunatic Theatre Company.
Leigh Wyatt Moore is an actor/director with numerous acting credits in the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community. Ashes of Aquitaine is her first foray into playwriting.
Monday, March 29, 2021
David Douglas is a playwright and the founder and Executive Director of Stage Writers. With a penchant for combining romance and mystery, David often writes of central love stories affected (for better or worse) by murder, secrets, or past transgressions.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Lori Isbell is a playwright and prose writer who has recently returned to her home state of Texas. Her work has appeared on regional stages of the Southwest, in print publications, and at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the 2019 winner of The Very Short Fiction Prize for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Mike Byham, an Original Works Selection playwright, joins us for this Boxed Lunch episode. He has several award-winning productions to his credit, including Vistas being named as Winner of Best New Play in the Little Theatre of Alexandria New Play Festival and Best New Play in the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance One-Act Festival.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Natalie Gaupp is an award-winning playwright who has developed her plays in workshops around Texas, Chicago, and New York. Currently, she is Producing Artistic Director for Spare Room Productions and Playwright-in-Residence for the Maverick Theatre Company, which has produced many of Gaupp's plays, including “Paparazza,” “No Lifeguard on Duty,” “VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus,” and many others.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Katreeva is an award-winning actress and filmmaker from Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in Vocal Performance and has performed with companies such as Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Stage, Stage West Theatre, and Casa Mañana Theatre. She has toured as a lighting designer and composer.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Bert Pigg was trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He has directed more than 40 productions in England and throughout the United States and will be directing the Arts Center Presents "The Architect and the Emporer of Assyria
Monday, May 10, 2021
Enrica Tseng, from Italy, started her professional career there where she danced with Teatro Comunale of Florence, Teatro Regio of Torino, and Teatro Nuovo of Torino. She was a Principal Dancer with Texas Ballet Theater and is now the Artistic Director Ballet Frontier of Texas and Ballet Center of Fort Worth.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Michelle Cortez Gonzales is a multi-media painter inspired by her own past and upbringing in Fort Worth. She is currently working with the Amon Carter Museum as a 2021 Community Artist
Monday, May 24, 2021
Nitashia Johnson, a multimedia artist and educator who truly has a passion for creating and using her photography and design skills to make a difference in the world. For the past year, she has worked hard on her non-profit The Smart Project, a creative after-school program structured for teens and aspiring mentors living in North Texas.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Dan Corson is an internationally recognized artist whose large-scale immersive installations and public artworks often engage the viewer as co-creators. He is particularly interested in green design and new technologies and how these tools can help frame and amplify the natural world and our shifting relationship to it.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Tim, an Audio Engineer/Production Manager for the Arts Center. Ashley has a history with Arts Center as well, participating in a few productions as stage crew and small on-stage roles. Originally from Missouri, this wonderful couple came to Texas in hopes to be closer to family and starting a new independent life together.