Theatre Under the Stars


Rozie Curtis has more than 20 years of diverse theatre experience as an actor, director, choreographer, community leader, and educator. Rozie currently teaches theatre at Clear Springs High School in League City, TX. CSHS has an incredibly vibrant Fine Arts program which boasts close to 15 theatrical productions a year. At CSHS, she has helped in creating award winning, diverse productions; including most recently being invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this past summer. Prior to CSHS, she worked at TUTS/River for over 15 years. AT TUTS, she helped to develop their robust community outreach program. She also directed productions for the Academy and taught the advanced acting classes. At The River, she helped to create original shows, workshops and worked with The River Performance Troupe. As an actress, she has performed in over 200 productions on stage, film and voice overs. As a director/choreographer, she has had the pleasure of also directing, choreographing and writing for stage and film. Many of her films have won awards in film festivals all over the world. 

Joseph Dixon was born September 6, 1962 in Houston, Texas and resides in Pearland, Texas. With over twenty five years’ experience, he works to provide art services in the areas of art for education, art for your home art for community outreach. Dixon has conducted over a thousand workshops, residencies and performances in the Houston, Dallas, Beaumont and San Antonio areas through the collaborative partnerships with schools and organizations, such as Young Audiences of Houston, Port Arthur Library, Kujawa Elementary and Avondale House. Currently Dixon serves as a teaching artist for various non-profit art organizations that include The River Performing and Visual Arts Center, Katy ArtReach, Young Audiences of Houston and Young Audiences of Southeast Texas, along with providing serves as arts instructor for Avondale House. He works to implement fine arts programming that involves interventional music activities and visual art projects designed for students with Autism and other relative disabilities. His overall goal is to support the growth of communication and social skills, encourages fine and gross motor development and life skill improvements with art and music activities that allow kids with autism to build self-confidence and exercise creative self-expression.

Jacob Shideler is the Program Manager for Community Engagement at Theatre Under The Stars. Jacob began his career in marketing for the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles, California, which eventually led to two years as On-Air Talent for Radio Disney. Concurrently, Jacob worked full-time as the Education and Community Programs Coordinator for Los Angeles Opera. Years of hard work in this role, and a strong desire to impact his community, led to a promotion to serve as Tour Manager. In 2015, Jacob was offered the Manager of Artistic Operations role at Los Angeles Opera, a challenging function that invited Jacob to explore his artistic vision, expand his sense of artistic planning and execution, and further sharpen his musical ear under renowned opera casting director, and mentor, Joshua Winograde. Jacob is an alumni of the music program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. As a vocalist himself, Jacob has performed in various soundstages, recording studios, and theatres throughout California and Europe. Originally from League City, Texas, Jacob is passionate about playing a key role in advancing Houston’s vibrant arts scene.

Katey Tidwell, originally from Alabama, has been dancing since the age of five. After moving to Houston in 2002, she studied at TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, The Tribble School at Masquerade Theatre, and with Penny Tschirrhart in the IB Dance program at Lamar High School. Katey received her BA in Dance from The University of Houston in 2013 where she was a member of the UH Dance Ensemble. While there she trained under Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, and Becky Valls. She has also worked with Jackie Nalett, Sophia Torres, Jhon R. Stronks, Leslie Scates, Sara Draper, and Jennifer Sommers. In 2017, she attended a teacher training at Axis Dance Company in Oakland, CA. Katey works with The River and the Houston Ballet where she teaches dance and musical theatre to children with disabilities. She has been teaching with Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement Program since 2013. Katey also teaches at The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and Claire School of Dance.

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Trey Curtis for the last year has been a part of the Hamilton “And Peggy” touring company. He had the privilege of performing in Puerto Rico with Lin Manuel Miranda reprising his role as Hamilton. After three weeks in Puerto Rico, the And Peggy company traveled to San Francisco. They were in San Francisco for a year. Trey was cast as a swing. As a swing he was responsible for knowing all of the Sons of Liberty, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Marquis de Lafeyette/Thomas Jefferson and John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton in addition to two ensemble roles. While he was in San Francisco he added the role of Hamilton to his track. Trey has had to perform everyone one of those roles. Next up for Trey: He is part of the Los Angeles company of Hamilton. He will be Man 5 and continue to swing for all of the roles, Sons of Liberty and Hamilton.

During quarantine, Trey has been working on his music. He has an Instagram series called “The Revival Series” where he samples musical theater songs. He is also finishing an album of his original music. That album will be available on all streaming services.

Olson Scott Kelly is the Artistic Associate at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, where he serves as Assistant Casting Director and Company Manager, helping to overseeing artistic production & development. He made the move to Houston after working for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera as their Company Manager and Artistic Intern. Olson is an alum of the acting program at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, where he graduated from in 2017 with honors. While in Pittsburgh, Olson co-founded, produced and directed more than 20 shows for PARK Productions. He has worked professionally with La Jolla Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and SummerStock Austin. Since joining the team at TUTS in 2017, Olson has worked on over a dozen main stage productions, as well as the 49th and 50th season galas (featuring Beth Malone, Vanessa Williams, & Idina Menzel, respectively), and the Tommy Tune Awards, for which he served as director of for the 2020 online show.

Hilary Pircher is the Program Coordinator for The River at Theatre Under The Stars. Hilary has a Fine Arts education from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. After deciding to call Houston home, Hilary gained non-profit experience working across departments at The Health Museum. Hilary is a member of Houston’s disability community. Along with her service dog, Gei, she serves as an accessibility consultant and Canine Companions for Independence ambassador at local and national levels.

Christian A. Warner (HSMT 2012 Alum’) is a performing artist, teacher, and choreographer based out of New York City. Most recently, he completed a 3 year commitment to TU Dance in which he performed various concert works by artists such as Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, Marcus J. Willis, and Gioconda Barbuto. His musical theatre credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Oliver! The Musical, Hairspray, and The Who’s Tommy.

Mikeitta Williams is the Manager of Education, Mikeitta has been with TUTS Education since 2006. Choreography credits include: Theatre Under the Stars – Tommy Tune Awards, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once on This Island, HSMT Performance Troupe, Houston Symphony Family Series, and NAACP Fine Arts Extravaganza. A vocalist, dancer, and actor, stage credits include Iowa Summer Stock’s Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Sweeney Todd and performances at The Ensemble Theatre, Main Street Theatre, Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Theatre District Open House.