TUTS TEACHING ARTISTS – THE RIVER
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.