John Howrey, original member of the TAP team, returns in 2011

In December of 2002, Clay Nichols asked me if I was inter­est­ed in start­ing a board­ing camp for the arts at St. Stephen’s in the sum­mer of 2003. I was look­ing for a new project and jumped at the idea. I left his office and drove straight over to my friend, John’s house. John had music direct­ed a few shows with me and had just began a new career path as a graph­ic design­er. We had a meet­ing and came up with a plan. After many meet­ings, brochures went out, a staff was hired, plans were made and TAP Camp was born. John start­ed out as TAP Camp’s man­ag­ing direc­tor, graph­ic design­er and musi­cal direc­tor and con­tin­ued that for the first four sum­mers. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2004 to study graph­ic design. John has con­tin­ued to be instru­men­tal in the suc­cess of TAP Camp from afar. As the graph­ic design­er, John has cre­at­ed beau­ti­ful print mate­ri­als every year and helped us with our mar­ket­ing efforts. He spent the bet­ter part of this year mak­ing us a new web­site and con­tin­ues to pro­vide us with beau­ti­ful mate­ri­als.

When John decid­ed to go into a career as a graph­ic design­er, I wor­ried that the musi­cal artist in him would be lost. But Boston has embraced all of his many tal­ents and allowed him to flour­ish. John has been musi­cal direc­tor for near­ly a dozen musi­cals with Stoneham Theatre Company, where he has also been hired as a direc­tor on a num­ber of pro­duc­tions. He has con­tin­ued teach­ing class­es in pri­vate and group voice and musi­cal the­atre his­to­ry. John has worked as a musi­cal direc­tor for Suffolk University, Arlington Children’s Theatre, Riverside Theatre Works and he is slat­ed to work on a pro­duc­tion of Bat Boy: The Musical for the Metro Stage Company this sum­mer. This year, he was hired as the Musical Director for Sunfish, a new musi­cal, pro­duced at Stoneham Theatre.

I am very excit­ed to have John at TAP Camp this summer…as a musi­cal direc­tor, edu­ca­tor, design­er, musi­cal the­atre geek and gen­er­al artis­tic guru. I look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with him this sum­mer and I am excit­ed to see the growth of our campers after work­ing with him for three weeks.

-Ginger, TAP Artistic Director

Free Musical Theatre Workshop with Guest Artist, Scott Thompson

How often do you get to work with an award-win­ning, Nationally rec­og­nized director/choreographer…for FREE?

What: FREE Musical Theatre Workshop with Scott Thompson
Where: Ballet Austin Armstrong/​Connelly Studio
When: April 23rd 4 – 6:30pm
Why: One-time oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with Scott Thompson in Austin, TX for FREE
How: Sign up online here.

Texas Arts Project Holds a FREE Musical Theatre Workshop for ages 13 – 18 at Ballet Austin Studios Saturday April 23rd from 4 – 6:30pm. This is a rare and amaz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn a musi­cal the­atre song and dance num­ber from award win­ning director/​choreographer, Scott Thompson.


About Scott Thompson…

Scott Thompson co-found­ed and served as Artistic Director for Austin’s pro­fes­sion­al musi­cal the­atre com­pa­ny from 1996 – 2002. With Scott at the helm, Austin Musical Theatre (AMT) raised the bar for musi­cal the­atre in Austin. As the Director/​Choreographer for six­teen AMT musi­cals, fea­tur­ing Broadway guest artists along­side local Austin tal­ent, Scott gar­nered awards and acco­lades like Austin had nev­er seen. More impor­tant, though, was the train­ing pro­gram for future artists. The Austin Musical Theatre Performing Arts Academy paved the way for many young Austinites to per­form­ing careers from Broadway to Hollywood.

Scott has over 20 years teach­ing expe­ri­ence. Though cur­rent­ly resid­ing and teach­ing in New York City, he has worked nation­wide at uni­ver­si­ties, con­ser­va­to­ries, dance acad­e­mies, and sum­mer camps. Scott has guest lec­tured at NYU, California State College at Fullerton, Birmingham University, University of Arizona and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. Scott Thompson has won numer­ous awards for direct­ing and chore­o­graph­ing some of Broadway’s bright­est tal­ents in over 100 pro­duc­tions nation­wide. Scott direct­ed Tony Award win­ner Betty Buckley in her first GYPSY, coun­try music leg­end Larry Gatlin in THE MUSIC MAN and Tony Award win­ner Cady Huffman in DAMN YANKEES. For the Library of Congress, he chore­o­graphed an all-star Gershwin Gala fea­tur­ing four-time Tony Award win­ner Audra McDonald, record­ing star Dawn Upshaw and Tony Award nom­i­nees Lara Teeter, David Garrison and Wanda Richert. For Princess Cruise Lines, Scott Created, Directed and Choreographed a mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar pro­duc­tion show BROADWAY BALLROOM, which pre­miered on Princess Cruises new star ocean lin­er the Ruby Princess.

Scott Thompson cur­rent­ly teach­es musi­cal the­atre and tap dance at Steps on Broadway. He is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly work­ing on a New York work­shop pro­duc­tion of a BRAND new musi­cal called One For My Baby, which he co-wrote.

See his past work at www​.scott​thomp​sonon​line​.com.

Why the new classical guitar major?

TAP Camp is excit­ed to expand offer­ings this year to incor­po­rate a Classical Guitar major. When we start­ed TAP Camp in 2003, we offered Musical Theatre, Dance, and Acting majors with visu­al arts, tech­ni­cal the­atre and film­mak­ing as minors (or sec­ondary areas of study). The film­mak­ing and Technical Theatre sec­tions were so well received, we added them as majors. We hope to even­tu­al­ly add a visu­al arts major as well.

Our big long-term dream is to offer a vari­ety of majors incor­po­rat­ing: the­atre, music, film and arts. We wish to see the cam­pus of St. Stephen’s com­plete­ly packed with artists off all kinds learn­ing new things, build­ing friend­ships with oth­er campers from around the world and grow­ing artis­ti­cal­ly and per­son­al­ly in ways they nev­er thought they could.

This year, we are thrilled to offer clas­si­cal gui­tar as our next step to mak­ing our dream a real­i­ty. Classical Guitar is the first step in devel­op­ing a music pro­gram as part of Texas Arts Project. We hope to some­day add sec­tions of rock band, pit orches­tra, cham­ber music and much more. It will be nice to see the Guitar stu­dents find ways to enjoy and grow through their expe­ri­ence with the estab­lished majors and vice ver­sa.

This sum­mer will be excit­ing, full of new adven­tures as we join with new artists and expand pro­gram­ming.

135 Questions with... Alexa Cepeda

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile of 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)

Alexa Cepeda

1. What is your full name?
Alexa Isabel Cepeda

2. Where were you born?
Lafayette, Indiana

12. What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
First mem­o­ry-feel­ing like I was about to be sub­merged in a world of adults…and how on earth I would sur­vive, lol. But my favorite mem­o­ry of TAP is singing “Gimme Gimme.” I made a lot of growth that sum­mer.

35. What are you excit­ed for?
Traveling to Spain/​Paris this sum­mer!

39. What is one place you would love to vis­it right now?
I would love to vis­it TAP camp right now-espe­cial­ly Helm.

62. What are you about to do?
I am about to take my lit­tle broth­er to his ten­nis les­son, and after I will prob­a­bly either go for a run, or do my last voice les­son (through a recorder)

65. Which cof­fee fla­vor are you?
Toffee Nut Latte

75. Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
Legally Blonde. Elle was proud of who she was, and is the per­fect exam­ple of a diva. The nov­el “Eat, Pray, Love” is amaz­ing as well, once you get past the few two/​three chap­ters.

85. What’s your favorite col­or?
Red! “it’s the col­or of con­fi­dence!” (Legally Blonde quote) haha

86. Do you do any impres­sions?
I can do my mom real­ly well – but it’s only fun­ny if you know her. I’ve also been told I do TAP friend imper­son­ations well! Like Jacob, or kath­leen.

89. If you could meet any liv­ing per­son, who would it be?
Such a dif­fi­cult ques­tion-I would love to hang out with Bernadette Peters..I love Sandra Bullock too, and Drew Berrymore.

90. If you could a char­ac­ter from fic­tion, who would it be?
Hermione from Harry Potter. done.

91. What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
I saw Beauty and the Beast at A&M’s OPUS..where they bring in trav­el­ing shows. It was pret­ty good!

96. What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
Dodgeball. I don’t care if my team wins (unless it’s for IRON TAP), and I am super shy at throw­ing and catch­ing balls…but the thrill and adren­a­line is amaz­ing. If I had a rough day, (rare at tap, but they hap­pen), or was super tired, it was so great to relieve all that ener­gy into dodg­ing balls..even though I would scream, and in con­se­quec­ne, not talk for the rest of the night in order to recoup my voice, haha­ha.

98. Are you stub­born?
Yes, espe­cial­ly with my par­ents.

100. Which has been your hap­pi­est moment in life?
Any meal with my fam­i­ly where we’ve laughed so hard that it would soon turn into a seri­ous sit­u­a­tion because we couldn’t breath. or the encores of TAP. Like “Celebration”, or “Footloose.” Nothing mat­tered except feel­ing alive on that stage.

101. If told that this is your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with Kathleen, and my old­er broth­er Agustin who is my hero. I would want to kiss every cute boy I saw, and eat fruit pop­si­cles, belt my heart out, and dance to fun music. I love to dance. I would hope that all the peo­ple I adore and love already knew that I loved them-but if not, I would just wish on every star I saw that night that they did..because it would be impos­si­ble to express all of that love in one day. Impossible.

102. Name one qual­i­ty that you absolute­ly adore in your friends.
Their courage to dream, no mat­ter how big or small.

103. What makes you laugh?
My cat when her toungue sticks out.

104. Where do you feel most at home?
In my bed with xmas lights on, or at TAP, espe­cial­ly while watch­ing the TONY’s, (tra­di­tion!) or eat­ing their bis­cuits in the morn­ing. I don’t real­ly eat bis­cuits out­side of TAP

106. Hamburger or hot dog?
hot dog

107. Who has been the biggest influ­ence in your career/​studies?
Ginger Morris, Michael McKelvey, Aaron Moten, Molly Gasbarrini, my mom for sign­ing me up for TAP with­out ask­ing me first:)

109. What did you do last night?
Homework, ran, danced to music in my room. Read, wast­ed time on Fbook

110. If you could pack up and move would you?
Not right now. In one year, yes.

111. In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
Hoodies! Fuzzy, and warm.

116. What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever trav­eled?
Spain.

117. Did you enjoy your week­end?
YES, it was won­der­ful.

131. With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
I would say being part of SSA’s Cabaret. Not sure if that counts, but it was an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence.

132. Where did you go to col­lege?
gah­h­hh.

135. If you could add one ques­tion to this list of ques­tions, what would it be?

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?



135 Questions with... Travis Brendle

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile of 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)



1. What is your full name?
Travis Pâté Brendle

2. Where were you born?
Austin, Texas USA

12. What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
I remem­ber the name game. At the begin­ning of camp, all of the campers and staff get togeth­er and play the name game as a way to get to know every­one. It is my first, and one of my best mem­o­ries of TAP every year!

14. What was the open­ing num­ber of your first TAP show­case?
Heart and Music from William Finn’s A New Brain.

34. When was the last time you laughed real­ly hard?
This after­noon when on the phone with my best friend.

35. What are you excit­ed for?
Two things: Texas Arts Project 2011! And a work­shop I am work­ing on in NYC in the fall.

37. What’s your mood right now?
Really hap­py, actu­al­ly! It’s been a won­der­ful day.

38. Do you wish you were some­where else right now?
Yes I do…On a cruise ship in the pool with an umbrel­la drink in my hand.

39. What is one place you would love to vis­it right now?
I would love to go to NYC and see all my friends!

47. Do you know any­one named Dan?
I do know sev­er­al peo­ple named Dan, and they are all real­ly cool!

58. Are you tired ?
I am wide awake! I had a great night sleep last night!

62. What are you about to do?
Cook a real­ly deli­cious din­ner, then go to a meet­ing.

65. Which cof­fee fla­vor are you?
I’m more of a tea guy.

68. Which pop­u­lar sit­com char­ac­ter are you clos­est to?
I think I’m a lit­tle mix of Phil from Modern Family and Castle in Castle.

71. Where’s the beef?
Hopefully still on a cow.

73. What do you con­sid­er to be the great­est inven­tion?
Air.

75. Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
One Minute Manger by Ken Blanchard. It is a bril­liant book about man­ag­ing sit­u­a­tions and impacts every­one.

80. Do you know any­one famous?
Why yes I do…what’s it to ya!

82. Red Sox or Yankees?
That would be the Cincinnati Reds!

83. Tenors or bari­tones?
Bari-Tenors.

85. What’s your favorite col­or?
Purple

86. Do you do any impres­sions?
Not any good ones…usually just of peo­ple I know.

89. If you could meet any liv­ing per­son, who would it be?
I would love to meet Cameron Mackintosh. Look him up. If you are in the the­ater, you should know who he is.

90. If you could be a char­ac­ter from fic­tion, who would it be?
Mickey Mouse, hands down.

91. What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
I went to see a pro­duc­tion of Floyd Collins (a musi­cal by Adam Guettel) at my old high school.

96. What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
I real­ly love our trips to go and see live the­atre in Austin and around the state. It’s a real­ly fun way to escape camp for a lit­tle bit and do some­thing real­ly enlight­en­ing and won­der­ful as a group.

97. How many 1st cousins do you have?
Seven

98. Are you stub­born?
Unfortunately, yes.

99. Who else is in the room with you?
It’s just me.

100. Which has been your hap­pi­est moment in life?
There have been so many, I can’t pin­point just one.

101. If told that this is your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
With my fam­i­ly and friends cook­ing a great meal and enjoy­ing life.

102. Name one qual­i­ty that you absolute­ly adore in your friends.
When they laugh at my jokes.

103. What makes you laugh?
When a per­son tells a joke that they have no idea is a joke. Being unin­ten­tion­al­ly fun­ny is the fun­ni­est kind of joke.

104. Where do you feel most at home?
At my par­ents house in Austin.

105. Who was/​were your roommate/​s at TAP?
Sean Maddox, Chris Skillern, and Scott Swincher.

106. Hamburger or hot dog?
Hamburger. With cheese.

107. Who has been the biggest influ­ence in your career/​studies?
Ginger Morris, Michael McKelvey, Scott Thompson, Richard Byron, and Walt Disney.

108. Have you talked to a com­plete jerk today?
Nope!

109. What did you do last night?
Did a lit­tle work and went to bed. I had a LONG day.

110. If you could pack up and move would you?
Yes sir!

111. In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
Honestly, I often sport a hood­ie under a jack­et.

116. What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever trav­eled?
India.

117. Did you enjoy your week­end?
One of the best ever! Mardi Gras!!!

119. What’s the longest you’ve ever spent in a car?
24 hours dri­ving from Las Vegas to Austin.

120. What project are you work­ing on cur­rent­ly?
Once on This Island, TAP 2011, and 

131. With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
Ginger Morris

132. Where did you go to col­lege?
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)

135. If you could add one ques­tion to “135 Question with…” what would it be?
How would you define art?

Scott Thompson coming to TAP 2011!

Scott Thompson

We are so excit­ed to announce that Scott Thompson is join­ing TAP Camp 2011. We are just thrilled that he will be join­ing us this sum­mer. Not only will all of the awe­some TAP Campers get to work with one of the finest director/​choreographers in the busi­ness, but we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting some of that Scott Thompson mag­ic back in our lives!

Scott gave me my first pro­fes­sion­al job right out of col­lege. His faith in me gave me faith in myself. He even­tu­al­ly hired me to run a per­form­ing arts acad­e­my in Austin, Texas, where we trained hun­dreds of chil­dren and adults in the Austin area. I am proud to say I wouldn’t be where I am or able to do what I do if it hadn’t been for years of appren­tic­ing under him.
~ Ginger Morris, TAP Artistic Director

About Scott

Currently, a New York City res­i­dent, Scott has over 20 years teach­ing expe­ri­ence rang­ing from all forms of Theatre Dance and Tap, to Audition Technique and Musical Theatre Scene Study Classes. He has worked nation­wide at uni­ver­si­ties, con­ser­va­to­ries, dance acad­e­mies, and sum­mer camps. Scott has guest lec­tured at NYU, California State College at Fullerton, Birmingham University, University of Arizona and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. He was an adjunct fac­ul­ty mem­ber at both the University of Texas and St. Edwards University in Austin. He has taught exten­sive­ly in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and for Camp Broadway. His coach­ing ser­vices have pro­duced astound­ing results for his stu­dents rang­ing from full schol­ar­ships at NYU University, Yale School of Drama, Cincinnati School of Music and Oklahoma State University to book­ing roles on Broadway and at pres­ti­gious Equity Theatres nation­wide.