ENGAGE. CREATE. INSPIRE.

Unity Theatre is committed to providing high-quality theatre experiences that engage people of every age, income level, ethnicity, location, ability, and level of interest.  Our professional faculty of experienced teaching artists aims to help others develop their voices, bodies, and minds by teaching theatre skills that will foster relationships, enrich lives, and build community.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

HOMESCHOOL ACTING CLASS

“What a great tool
for homeschool families!
I am overjoyed
at the opportunity
to put my child
in classes like this one!

– Happy Parent

Homeschool Acting Class-Fall Workshop 

Shakespeare: Duels, Dance & Drama
Grades 4-12 (Ages 9-18) 

Thursday Afternoons
1pm-3pm
October 10th- November 14th, 2019

Registration for this class is closed. Please see below for Spring 2020 Session.

Homeschool Acting Class-Spring Showcase

English Renaissance Theatre – Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
Grades 4-12
(Ages 9-18)

Students will practice and strengthen theatre skills as they audition for, prepare and present William Shakespeare’s Romeo &Juliet.

“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”
                        -Prologue, Romeo & Juliet

Thursday Afternoons
1:00pm – 3:00pm
February 6 – April 16, 2020
(class will not meet March 12)

Final Showcase will be presented April 16, 2020 at 2:00pm.
Students will be called at 12:30pm on April 16th for a Dress Rehearsal.
The showcase will follow on the Unity Theatre Main Stage.

$175 (20% discount for additional siblings). 

For more information about our Homeschool Program contact Cora Hemphill, Education Development and Outreach Manager at cora@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.14

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Cora Hemphill is a professional actor and teaching artist who is dedicated to making quality and meaningful work. This North Carolina native received her BA in Theatre Performance from Greensboro College. As a pioneer for the arts in her hometown, Cora helped launch Forest Moon Theater and served as the artistic director for the Neck of the Woods Performance Art Series. Since moving to Houston, Cora’s experiences include The Lilies of the Field (Sister Elizabeth) & Wedding Belles (Ima Jean) with A.D. Players & Miller Outdoor Theatre, The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep), And Then There Were None (Emily Brent) & Miracle on 34th St. (Mara) with Unity Theatre and Houston Grand Opera’s Barber of Seville (Old Lady/Supernumerary). Cora enjoys touring throughout Houston to schools, libraries and hospitals with Books Alive! Cora loves sharing her art with children and empowering them to create!.

STUDENTS ON STAGE

SUMMER DRAMA CAMP

Wonderful production – kudos to all!
The kids were a great highlight and we loved the enthusiasm for the story!

– Bob & Wendy Pudwill

Summer Drama Camp

(Entering Grades 2-12)

Unity Theatre Summer Drama Camp is a great way for your child to have fun and experience the joy and magic of live theatre.

Led by an outstanding team of professional teaching artists and performers, our Summer Drama Camps inspire creativity, exercise imaginations, and introduce students to the craft of creating characters and bringing theatrical performance to life on stage.

Registration for Summer Drama Camp will open February 2020.

Dates and more information coming soon!

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Cora Hemphill is a professional actor and teaching artist who is dedicated to making quality and meaningful work. This North Carolina native received her BA in Theatre Performance from Greensboro College. As a pioneer for the arts in her hometown, Cora helped launch Forest Moon Theater and served as the artistic director for the Neck of the Woods Performance Art Series. Since moving to Houston, Cora’s experiences include The Lilies of the Field (Sister Elizabeth) & Wedding Belles (Ima Jean) with A.D. Players & Miller Outdoor Theatre, The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep), And Then There Were None (Emily Brent) & Miracle on 34th St. (Mara) with Unity Theatre and Houston Grand Opera’s Barber of Seville (Old Lady/Supernumerary). Cora enjoys touring throughout Houston to schools, libraries and hospitals with Books Alive! Cora loves sharing her art with children and empowering them to create!

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Shanae’a Moore is originally from Juneau, Alaska, and moved to Texas to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University. She began her teaching career at Juneau Dance Unlimited and Juneau Fine Arts Camp, where she discovered her love for arts education. Shanae’a has been a professional performer and teaching artist in Houston for 7 years and has worked with a variety of companies. Currently she teaches at several venues across Houston including Unity Theatre, TUTS, Queensbury Theatre, and Main Street Youth Camp, and she is a performing Company Member of Classical Theatre Company. As a Teaching Artist for Theatre Under The Stars Community Engagement, Shanae’a works with programs such as the YMCA After School Musical Theatre, Early Arts Enrichment, and Camp Cullen programs. She also works with TUTS School-Based programs, creating musical theatre-based arts integration residencies which she facilitates across the Greater Houston area. Shanae’a has her own private lesson studio for voice, dance, acting and creative movement.

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Devin Norwood is a professional actor, educator, and choreographer who enjoys teaching, laughing, and dancing through life. A 2016 honor graduate of the Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre in Musical Theatre, Devin has spent the last few years choreographing and performing in a number of regional, educational, and children’s theater productions. His favorite acting credits include: Cabaret, Damn Yankees (Sam Houston State University); Grey Gardens (River City Repertory Theatre); Sleeping Beauty, Snow White Goes West, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland (Unity Theatre). His choreography credits include: Rocky Horror Show, Green Day’s American Idiot, Spring Awakening (Lonestar Montgomery College); The Pajama Game, and Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Dawson High School Ovation Theatre).

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Kate Revnell-Smith is the Executive Artistic Director at Unity Theatre and has directed Unity productions: All My Sons, A Piece of My Heart, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Miracle Worker, Steel Magnolias, Miracle on 34th Street, Laundry and Bourbon, On Golden Pond, The Foreigner, And Then There Were None and The Chalk Garden. Children’s productions for Unity include: Alice in Wonderland, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White Goes West, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, A Pocketful of Rhymes, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Kate is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC, and the 2015 recipient of the M.L. “Sonny Moss” Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Cori Ricks has been teaching Theatre Arts for 10 years. She has taught in Houston ISD, Humble ISD, Aldine ISD and in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently teaching Theatre Arts to grades EPK-8th at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Houston.  She has also worked at the Actors Theatre of Houston and interned at Stages Repertory Theatre. Cori has a Bachelor of Science from Trinity University and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Houston in Theatre Arts. This is her fifth summer teaching camp at Unity Theatre and she can’t wait for July to get here!

STUDENTS ON STAGE

SCHOLARSHIPS

Apply for a Scholarship!
Full and Partial Scholarships
are available for students
needing financial assistance.

Apply for a Scholarship!

Full and Partial Scholarships are available for students needing financial assistance.

The 2019 Janice Cass Scholarship was created in memory of Janice Cass by her family and friends to recognize her dedication, service and love of Unity Theatre.

Every year, we offer the David Folschinsky Full Scholarship to one of our Summer Drama Camp students in honor of David and his wonderful staff at Design II who were generous supporters of Unity Theatre for many years.

For more information contact Cora Hemphill, Education Development & Outreach Manager cora@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.14

STUDENTS ON STAGE

PRIVATE COACHING

Are you preparing for
an upcoming audition or
interested in sharpening
your acting skills?

Professional actress, Cora Hemphill, will help you strengthen your acting skills, gain a better understanding of your material, and become more confident for your next performance!

For more information or to sign up for coaching sessions, please email Education Development and Outreach Manager, Cora Hemphill, at cora@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.14

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Cora Hemphill is a professional actor and teaching artist who is dedicated to making quality and meaningful work. This North Carolina native received her BA in Theatre Performance from Greensboro College. As a pioneer for the arts in her hometown, Cora helped launch Forest Moon Theater and served as the artistic director for the Neck of the Woods Performance Art Series. Since moving to Houston, Cora’s experiences include The Lilies of the Field (Sister Elizabeth) & Wedding Belles (Ima Jean) with A.D. Players & Miller Outdoor Theatre, The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep), And Then There Were None (Emily Brent) & Miracle on 34th St. (Mara) with Unity Theatre and Houston Grand Opera’s Barber of Seville (Old Lady/Supernumerary). Cora enjoys touring throughout Houston to schools, libraries and hospitals with Books Alive! Cora loves sharing her art with children and empowering them to create!.

BEHIND THE SCENES

GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOP

Guest Artist Workshop Series

Throughout the year, Guest Artists from our season will share their expertise in an interactive workshop.
Each workshop is as unique as the artists presenting them. Find one that’s just right for you or your child! To register, please fill out the registration form below and return to Unity Theatre, along with your $25 payment per workshop class.

GUEST ARTIST

Tom Prior
Workshop: Approaching a Monologue as a Scene
Saturday, October 5, 2019
2pm-4pm
Adults, 18 and up
Whether in an audition or on stage, all actors are faced with the task of performing a monologue. Join us as Tom Prior, Professor of Theatre at Sam Houston State University, and member of Actors Equity Association, the union for professional actors, guides us in approaching a monologue as a scene. Participants must come to this workshop with a prepared contemporary monologue in clothing that is suitable for movement.

TOM’s BIO
Tom Prior has been a professional actor/director for the past 30 years, and an educator for the past 20 years. He is currently a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University where he teaches advanced acting. Tom has appeared at Unity in Becky’s New Car, Shooting Star, The Philadelphia Story, You Never Can Tell and others. He has worked as an actor for such venues as Prague Shakespeare Company, Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Classical Theatre Company, Houston Shakespeare Festival, A.D. Players and Mainstreet Theater. He is a proud 31-year member of Actor’s Equity Association.

GUEST ARTIST

Ally Oliphint
Workshop: Imagination Station: Basics of Acting
Sunday, November 3, 2019
12pm-2pm
Children, Kindergarten-2nd
Your child will love this fun, game-based workshop that takes the form of an interactive adventure! Life in Imagination Station just hasn’t been the same since everyone’s Actor Tools went missing…and the town needs the help of some actors-in-training. Along the way, participants will learn the importance of ensemble and will practice how to use their bodies, voices, and imaginations in new ways.

ALLY’s BIO
Ally Oliphint graduated with a BA in theatre from Southwestern University. Previous shows at Unity Theatre include Blithe Spirit (Edith), The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot Frank), Noises Off (Poppy), and And Then There Were None (Ethel). She has taught many workshops and classes for children through her work as a teaching artist at ZACH Theatre in Austin  and the Alley Theatre in Houston. Ally currently works in the children’s department at her public 
library.

GUEST ARTISTS

Justin & Crystal O’Brien
Workshop: Playing with Punctuation
Saturday, December 14, 2019
2pm-4pm
Adults, 18 and up
This workshop will explore the music of the playwright. A playwright’s choice of punctuation and words is deliberate not accidental. Often actors strive to be word perfect, but why not punctuation perfect? How does replacing a comma with a period change the rhythm of a line or even a scene? Come and explore these ideas with us in this interactive workshop.

JUSTIN and CRYSTAL’s BIO

Justin O’Brien and Crystal O’Brien have been acting professionally in the Houston area for over a decade. Regionally, they have been engaged at such theaters as Alley Theatre, TUTS, Main Street Theater, Classical Theatre Company, 4th Wall Theatre Company, and of course, Unity Theatre. Internationally, they have made appearances at the Estates Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic with the Prague Shakespeare Company. Both perform regularly with J&D Entertainment. Crystal taught for several seasons with TUTS Educational & Outreach Theatre. They live in Sienna Plantation, TX with their two children, Kevin and Eden.

GUEST ARTIST

Shanae’a Rae Moore
Workshop: What the Music Tells Me
Saturday, February 22, 2020
2pm-4pm
Middle-High School Students
Send your students to study with the best and learn how to interpret accompaniment and discover what is happening behind the singer. Enhance your child’s understanding and performance with this Musical Theater workshop!

SHANAE’A’s BIO
Shanae’a Moore, originally from Juneau, Alaska, earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Sam Houston University. She began her teaching career at Juneau Dance Unlimited and Juneau Fine Arts Camp, where she discovered her love for arts education. Shanae’a has been a professional performer and teaching artist in Houston for 9 years and has worked with Unity Theatre, TUTS, and Queensbury Theatre. She works with programs such as the YMCA After School and Early Arts Enrichment as well as School-Based programs, creating musical theatre-based arts integration residencies.She has her own private lesson studio for voice, dance, acting and creative movement.

GUEST ARTIST

Rebecca Bivens
Workshop: Acting Up & Acting Out!
Saturday, June 13, 2020
2pm-4pm
Children, Grades 3-5
Did you know that there is an actor, a playwright and a director in all of us? In this FUN and positive acting workshop, young actors will have the opportunity to work on character development and short scene development through improvisational exercises and games, while doing solo work and performing in an ensemble. They’ll workshop their creations in class and perform them for each other, while having lots of FUN!

REBECCA’s BIO
Rebecca Bivens, a native Houstonian, has been a professional actor and teaching artist in the Houston theatre scene for over twenty years and is a graduate of the University of Houston School of Theatre. She has performed at Unity Theatre, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Festival, as well as touring shows and local church programs. As a teaching artist, Ms. Bivens has worked in theatre programs in public and private schools, churches and various after school programs for preschoolers to high schoolers. She is also a professional entertainer for private and corporate parties.

BEHIND THE SCENES

PLAY READING CLUB

Congratulations on another
truly charming piece of art –
always surprising and life-changing.

The Play’s the Thing!

Do you love live theatre?

This play reading group, led by our Executive Artistic Director, Kate Revnell-Smith, is for people who enjoy (or think they might enjoy) reading plays aloud and discussing them with like-minded theatre fans.

Each meeting we’ll do a cold table read of a play you’ve always wanted to see, or one that you’ve loved for years or one you’ve never even heard of. Meet other people interested in theatre, who appreciate the spoken word, and love to talk about it. No acting experience is necessary, we welcome anyone to join us in our play readings or to simply listen – an interest in plays is the only requirement!

We meet monthly on the following Mondays from 10am-12pm in the Unity Theatre library – just drop in and join us!

Here is the schedule for our monthly play readings – all meetings will now be at 10am on the second Monday of every month in the Unity Theatre library – everyone’s welcome, come when you can!

September 9, 2019
October 14, 2019
November 11, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 13, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 9, 2020
April 13, 2020
May 11, 2020
June 8, 2020

For further details, contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director
kate@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.12

BEHIND THE SCENES

TALK BACK SESSIONS

With Talk Back Sessions
after the performance, you can chat with the actors,
director and/or crew to ask questions and share your insights
about the performance you just watched!

Immediately following our Preview performances, we invite you to remain in your seat for a brief talk-back with the cast and artistic staff of the show.

We love to hear your feedback, answer your questions, and share our experience of creating the play for you.

To Kill A Mockingbird directed by Kate Revnell- Smith
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Beast on the Moon directed by Ryan Schabach
Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Christmas Story directed by Tom Prior
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Daddy Long Legs directed by Andrew Ruthven
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve directed by Julia Traber
Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Dixie Swim Club directed by Carolyn Boone
Thursday, June 4, 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES

DIRECTORS CHAT

With each Unity performance,
you have special opportunities
to learn more about the theatre
and what goes on behind the scenes.

Arrive early for the show and come face-to-face with the director!

A great opportunity to hear what goes on behind the scenes of the production, the director’s concept, the challenges and inspiration, and how they put it all together! Main Stage Director Chats begin 30 minutes before curtain and Studio Series Director Chats begin 45 minutes before curtain.

Meet the Director Dates:

To Kill A Mockingbird directed by Kate Revnell- Smith
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Beast on the Moon directed by Ryan Schabach
Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Christmas Story directed by Tom Prior
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Daddy Long Legs directed by Andrew Ruthven
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve directed by Julia Traber
Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Dixie Swim Club directed by Carolyn Boone
Saturday, June 13, 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES

GROUP TOURS

Group Backstage Tours
are available to any group
or organization that schedules
an appointment.
All group tours include an informative question and answer session and are free of charge.

For more information or to schedule a backstage tour, please contact Education Development and Outreach Manager,
Cora Hemphill, at cora@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.14

UNITY ON THE GO!

SENIOR ADULT OUTREACH

Senior
Adult
Outreach

TimeSlips with Senior Adults Living with Dementia

In partnership with Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and other centers in our community, Unity Theatre uses a method created by TimeSlips to provide a creative engagement opportunity that proves people living with dementia have much to offer and share, especially when using their imagination.

Certified TimeSlips Facilitator, Kathe Forrest, facilitates creative story making sessions with a group of people or individuals, varying in different stages of dementia. They are inspired to use their imaginations rather than recalled memories or facts to tell a story.

Stories are collected and published on the TimeSlips website to be shared with family and friends. When working with a group, the sessions culminate in an evening storytelling event at the center. Professional actors Kate Revnell-Smith and Lisa Thomas honor the storytellers by reading their stories aloud for staff, family, and friends.

“Freedom becomes him.”

– Phyllis, Brenham Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center

Reactions from the staff at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center:

“Thank you so much to Unity Theatre for the time and effort put into the TimeSlips storytelling program with our residents. I was blown away by how much our residents were captured within the short stories shared. They were so creative and show so much about our residents’ personalities. I felt like I took a step back in time…” – Kelly, BNRC Assessment Nurse

“The program was a success!! The residents loved it and that is always the bottom line for me. Both Phyllis and Bonnie stated that they “felt so important” while the wonderful actors were reading their stories. I cannot express enough the therapeutic value of programs like this. I have been a Recreational Therapist for 30 years and I think this is the best yet!” – Mary Sparks, CTRS, CDP, CDCS, BNRC Director of Activities

Published Stories from Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: timeslips.org/stories/BrenhamNursing

To find out more about this outreach program, contact Cora Hemphill, Education Development and Outreach Manager, cora@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext. 14

UNITY ON THE GO!

CREATIVE DRAMATICS

Creative Dramatics
classes for children
after school.

Creative Dramatics at the Boys and Girls Club

This season we are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County to offer Creative Dramatics classes for children after school.

We are proud to be a Partner for P.E.A.C.E., a program that supports an effort to help local kids see that values exist in school, in families, and throughout communities. Through theatre education, children grow in team-building skills, self-confidence, and imagination. Our theatre classes will be infused with Core Essentials’ monthly value, exploring its meaning through creative play.

Script courtesy of https://www.dramanotebook.com/plays-for-kids/.  

 

UNITY ON THE GO!

ARTIST CONNECT

Unity Theatre is proud
to be a participant
in Artist Connect.

For the past four years, Unity theatre has participated in this important project funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Wells Fargo Trust, through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

As we fully anticipate the growth of this program, we plan to continue partnering with ACBV and other theatre companies in our region to select professional teaching artists who will provide TEKS-based theatre workshops to students who attend Title-1 schools in underserved areas of the Brazos Valley.

Want to support or learn more about Artist Connect?
Visit www.acbv.org/p/programs/artistconnect

 

UNITY ON THE GO!

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

Our professional teaching staff
provides custom workshops
with a variety of hands-on experiences
for local schools, businesses, and organizations.

Interactive Workshops

Unity Theatre‘s interactive workshops use the tools of theatre to promote self-confidence, teambuilding skills, and imagination development. All workshops are taught by professional teaching artists and can be customized based on your interest or topic of study.

If you would like Unity to come to your school or group please contact Cora Hemphill, Education Development and Outreach Manager, cora@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext. 14

DANCE

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE / EXERCISE CLASSES

So far
I have laughed
the entire show.
Reminds me
of my family.

– J

Musical Theatre Dance/Exercise for Adults

(High School and College Students welcome!)

This 12-week course is designed for those who enjoy structured dancing with a group of fun, energetic adults (primarily women, but men are also welcome!). Classes are led by choreographer, Libby Lovejoy. Each one-hour class is 1/2-hour tap dance and 1/2-hour musical theatre dance. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in (and get sweaty in!). Tap shoes and jazz shoes are required.

Every class begins with a short tap warm-up and progresses into across the floor and center floor tap dance combinations. Basic traveling steps, turns and time steps are covered. The second portion of each class, musical theatre dance, includes some across the floor movement, group/ensemble work, different formations/patterns and short sections of choreography set to Broadway show tunes. There is always something for everyone!

Fall Semester:
Wednesday evenings
August 14 – Nov.20 (excluding Sept. 4, Sept. 25 & Oct. 9)
5pm-6pm (moves at a slower pace)
6pm-7pm (intermediate)
$135

Spring Semester:
Wednesday evenings
Jan.8 – April 1 (excluding March 11)
5pm-6pm (moves at a slower pace)
6pm-7pm (intermediate)
***Optional 6-Week Class Extension: Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 5pm-6pm.
The class extension is for current, former, or previously trained students only.

$135 Dance/Exercise Class

$200 Dance/Exercise Class PLUS 6-Week Class Extension.

$70 Class Extension Only

Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 5pm-6pm
***The class extension is for current, former or previously trained students only.
*Potential Class Make-up day April 8*

Tap Master Class taught by Edwina Worley
December 11, 2019
5pm-6pm
Cost: $30
Open to students currently enrolled in the fall semester 5pm & 6pm dance classes.

Courtesy Tap Brush-up Course
December 10, 2019
5pm-6pm

For more information contact Cora Hemphill, Education Development and Outreach Manager at cora@UnityBrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext.14

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Ms. Lovejoy holds a BFA & MFA in Dance from SMU in Dallas. Her diverse background of study includes many dance idioms; classical ballet, jazz, modern, tap, character, musical theatre, ethnic, period movement, effort/shape and Labanotation. Libby’s 40 year professional career has seen her as dancer, teacher and choreographer. She spent many years teaching at the university level – University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, Towson University (Baltimore) along with numerous dance academies (Ballet Austin, Dallas Ballet, Maryland Ballet), studios, middle/high schools, and many national dance conventions. Libby is a former Miss Louisiana and was 4th Runner-up to Miss America. Her work has been seen at Unity Theatre in Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Fantasticks and most recently, Leading Ladies.

TEACHING ARTIST BIO

Ms. Worley graduated from UT with a B.A. in Education and has been teaching dance for 45 years. She grew up dancing at her mother’s studio, the Shirley McPhail School of Dance. Edwina studied dance in 1974-75 at Sullins College in Bristol, VA, and then returned to the University of Texas at Austin to get her degree in Physical Education. She has been on the faculty for several dance conventions (TATD) and has taught at “Tap It Up!” Ever since her mother’s death in 1997, she has continued the SMSD tradition of dance here in Austin. She has also served on the TATD Board of Directors for well over 23 years. Edwina is married to Neal Worley, is a handbell ringer, and active member of Community Bible Study, loves to fish and has two grown (and married) “dancing” daughters, Elizabeth McComas and Kristin Smith.

GET INVOLVED

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

Here at Unity Theatre we believe that all children should have the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in the creative arts. Whether students intend to pursue theatre and the arts as a career or a hobby, exposure to a creative atmosphere will enrich their lives and make students more confident in all areas.

Become a Partner in Education!

Drama teaches improved communication skills, increases powers of concentration and refines social skills – gifts which will serve children all of their lives. It teaches how to win and how to lose and how to handle success and failures with grace and dignity.

Our education programs promotes teamwork and how to work toward a common goal. It instills team spirit and cooperation. Theatre classes provide the perfect learning arena for characteristics such as integrity, sportsmanship, and determination and developing self-esteem in young people.

With your assistance we aim to include all children from Washington County and the surrounding area regardless of their ability to pay so we can provide this opportunity to as many children as possible.

Support our program and reap the rewards!
Chancellor ($5,000 and Above)
• One full page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year
• Logo on Unity Theatre’s website for one year

Dean ($2,500 – $4,999)
• One half-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year
• Logo on Unity Theatre’s website for one year

Professor ($1,500 – $2,499)
• One quarter-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education
• Logo framed and prominently displayed in theatre lobby for one year

Scholar ($500 – $1,499)
• One eighth-page black and white advertisement in four upcoming Main Stage playbills
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education

Mentor ($250 – $499)
• Recognition in four upcoming Main Stage playbills as a Partner in Education

By Check:
Please make your check payable to “Unity Theatre” , note it as PIE, and mail to us at:
300 Church Street
Brenham, TX 77833

By Phone:
Call our Box Office at 979-830-8358,
10:00 am-2:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Donations can be made using Visa, Master Card or Discover

Thank You for Your Support!
On behalf of the many people who enjoy and believe in Unity Theatre, we appreciate your assistance.

Questions? Please contact Kate Revnell-Smith, Executive Artistic Director, at kate@unitybrenham.org or (979) 830-1460 ext. 12

 

Unity Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) arts organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER & LEARN

Volunteer and Learn
about the performing arts.
Unity Theatre welcomes and
encourages community involvement.
Volunteers participate in almost
all aspects of our operation,
so there are many opportunities
to be a part of live theatre.

Volunteer and Learn about the performing arts!

One of the best ways to support Unity Theatre is to become a volunteer – it’s a great opportunity to be part of the Unity Community. We welcome new faces and all levels of talent and experience. Our theatre staff provides a rewarding and educational experience for all volunteers.

There are volunteer opportunities in all areas of producing our plays. Whatever your interests and talents, there is sure to be a position you could fill, either behind the scenes or during our productions. You will work side by side with our theatre staff and other professionals and receive clear guidance and training as needed.

Some volunteer jobs require only an occasional hour or two and others require a specific time commitment.

The following is a list of some of our volunteer opportunities and Pre-Production Positions: 

Begins six to eight weeks before a play opens. These positions require a variable amount of time and allow flexible schedules.
• Costume Shop: shopper, crafts person, construction, alterations, assist our Costume Shop Manager and Designers – flexible schedule
• Set Construction: carpentry, set painting, moving backdrops and furniture–must have weekday/daytime availability- 4 hour minimum commitment per shift
• Props: shopper, construction, locator of unique items – flexible schedule
• Electric: assist with light installation/ focus and sound installation – usually one week before each show opens – 4 hour minimum commitment per shift

Office/Ongoing Helpers:
Administrative positions assist theatre staff with day-to-day operations.
• Receptionist: greet visitors, answer questions, transfer calls, stuff envelopes, stamp bulk mailings, copying, general office help-once a week or every other week from 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm, weekdays only
• Recycler: picks up and delivers material to local recycling center – once a week commitment, flexible schedule
• Publicity: distribution of posters, postcards and other materials – needed once prior to each play opening, flexible schedule
• Facility Maintenance: installations, repairs, custodial, landscaping – flexible schedule 

Showtime!
Front-of-house positions: share the excitement of Unity Theatre with our patrons as they enter our doors. For this important area, volunteers must be engaging, friendly, courteous and good at trouble-shooting

• House Managers: oversee ushers and concession workers before, during and immediately following the performance, address any issues that arise in a calm and professional manner, make the curtain speech – training provided
• Concessionaires: operate concession area before performances and during intermission
• Ushers: welcome attendees, take tickets, stuff and distribute playbills and help to seat patrons

Ushers and concessionaires may watch the performance that they are working – House Managers are welcome to come back to another show when they are not working as our guest.

If you have volunteered on a play in any capacity, you will be invited to be our guest at the Invited Dress Rehearsal before each opening as a small ‘Thank you’ from us for your valued time.

We would love for you to play a role in the Unity Community – please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it to us and we will contact you about current opportunities!

 For more information, or to volunteer your services, please call 979-830-1460 ext10 or email tickets@UnityBrenham.org.