WHO WE ARE
TILT Performance Group provides adults with and without disabilities the opportunity to create and perform professional theatre that shatters stereotypes about people with disabilities.
Kristen Gooch is a graduate in Communication Disorders from Texas State University, plus she holds an Associate’s degree in Spanish with Phi Theta Kappa honors from Austin Community College. She volunteers and substitute teaches at TSBVI where she did her internship to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Her interests outside of theater include participating in adaptive sports. Kristen was in TILT’s productions of Free to Be You and Me, The Flip Side, Free Patterns, As Butterflies 39 Steps, and Smoke and Mirrors.
Peter was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and then went to school in San Antonio. He started Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired he was 11 and has lived in Austin since then. While at TSBVI, he was in many plays including Into the Woods, Impromptu, and The Wizard of Oz. Peter now lives in his own house with friends and is an enthusiast of all sports! He was an original member of TILT and has been in almost all of TILT's plays. Peter thinks TILT is great fun and he has met a lot of friends though TILT.
New to TILT, Sam was born in San Francisco, California, and is a graduate of Austin
Community College. Sam is also a volunteer storybook reader to the kids at The Thinkery and a Camp Counselor at Joshua's Stage. His passions include swimming at Barton Springs, all-things Star Wars and the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
Gordon Roden is enjoying his time with TILT in this his third professional show. He is a recent graduate of Austin Community College with a Networking and IT Desktop Support & Troubleshooting Certifications. Gordon has a small computer repair business “Technology Twins” and also works at a video game store in the mall. He loves to build computers and enjoys tinkering with retro video-game systems. Gordon enjoys eating burgers, reading Reddit and relaxing with his cat, Goldie.
Kieara is a graduate of Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired where she was active in theatre department. She is enrolled in Austin Community College's Social Media Communication Department. Kieara was previously on TILT's Board of Directors and was recently seen in 39 Steps.
Emily Newman is a college student at Austin Community College and a substitute teacher at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Emily's theatre past includes playing Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, devising and performing 45 degrees, and many more! She has also previously served on TILT's Board of Directors and is very excited to see what’s coming next!
Brian Cheslik is a transplant from Columbus, Ohio, where he performed all over the city. He now lives in Austin, where he is the high school theatre teacher for Texas School for the Deaf. He is looking forward to gracing the Austin stage.
Dayanara (Daya) Garcia is a native from Rio Grande City, TX received her B.A. in Theater and a minor in Spanish from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She loves to travel and blindness does not stopped her from jetting across the USA. She volunteers at TSB as a Spanish interpreter and hopefully one day she will become a linguist for the FBI. She has performed in 39 Steps and Broadway TILTs
Jonathan was pleased to join TILT in 2014. He has been part of the T.I.L.T. productions Free to Be You and Me,The Flipside, Free Patterns and 39 Steps. While attending Rouse High School in Leander, he was part of the company of the production of Elephant Man and in the chorus for the musicals Little Shop of Horrors and Footloose. Currently he is an Intern with Project SEARCH in the Seton Healthcare System. He enjoys reading a good Science Fiction novel or listening to Broadway musicals. He is active in his church and likes just hanging out with friends.
Jarrett is an adult with high functioning autism and tourette syndrome who lives independently. He graduated from Westlake High School and was involved in theater tech throughout high school. He attended Broward Community College and the College Internship Program in Florida for four years. He currently is employed as a Conference Room Ambassador at Facebook in Austin. He has been a member of TILT since 2014 and has participated in several performances from musicals to drama to self productions. Jarrett is an enthusiastic member who appreciates every opportunity TILT allows him to appreciate others' talent and grow socially and creatively as a uniquely-abled individual.
Kaye Love, MSSW/ MBA, LPC helps people find their own solutions, in part because of her personal experiences with epilepsy. She is a past performer with VSA's Actual Lives, and Stand Up for mental Health, and a published writer. Her nonfiction submission "Pity Fatigue" was selected as a finalist in this year's Pen to Paper competition sponsored by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.
Claudia Chibib is a Unicorn, That is to say, someone born and raised in Austin, and a part-time student at ACC. When not going to class or working on their novel, Claudia enjoys performing entire musicals in the shower and educating others about autism via long winded twitter rants. Claudia has been involved in theater their whole life, and is excited to be a part of a company where they feel comfortable being completely themself.
Eric Clow is the coordinator of VSA Texas' public speaker training program, Opening Minds, Opening Doors, as well as a writer, musician, and traveler. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011, he moved to Austin to pursue a career in music and media, and he has since presented and emceed at a number of events.
I am from Dallas, Texas and a college student working towards my Master's in Vocational Rehabilitation. Currently I am at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, and am very happy to be part of TILT's production of Zombie Prom. I really love to sing and dance, and I just want to use my gift to inspire others.
Blake grew up in Colorado, moved to the Austin area after high school. He plans to go to ACC to major in creative writing. He enjoys drawing characters for graphic novels and television shows, building Lego sets, and playing video games. Blake loves to ski, swim, bowl, play bocce and basketball. He has earned multiple gold medals competing in Special Olympics in both Texas and Colorado. Blake is very excited to be part of TILT.
In Amy’s view, TILT Performance Group means “hope and fear, and partly defiance.” She hopes that the work mounted by TILT might go on tour one day. Aside from performing onstage in productions like TILT’s 45°, and the TSBVI productions of To Burn a Witch, Twelve Angry Jurors, and others, Amy enjoys singing and sports (especially wrestling).
Nick graduated from Anderson High School in 2017 and he just recently graduated from the Go Project in May 2019. While in school, Nick was involved in theater and performed in several small plays. Nick is currently involved with Young Life where he performs in the annual fundraiser talent show doing his own variety show, singing, dancing or playing the piano. Nick enjoys swimming, playing video games and he loves to be on stage! He is working part time at Old Navy and is very excited to be involved with TILT!
I grew up in Indiana, moved to Austin in my seventh grade year, and got to perform in my first musical- Bye Bye Birdie. At Bowie High School, I continued with this found passion and took theatre classes. After
graduating I thought my performance days were over but this year I joined TILT, kicking off my experience with the Broadway TILTs workshop. Zombie Prom is my first TILT play and I feel incredibly
blessed to be a member of TILT. I've also been fortunate to tape a testimonial for our local PBS station.
Quinn Reich was born and raised in Austin, attended Westlake High, and is now in his 3rd year of Adult Transition Services in Eanes. He is excited to bring his love of music and musical theater to TILT as well as his 4 years of experience with the Westlake High choir. During his time in the WHS choir Quinn enjoyed participating as a cast member in Damn Yankees, Music Man, and West Side Story. Although music is his passion, Quinn also enjoys traveling and his work as a baker with Katie's Snack Cart, and as an Assembler with Venue Valet. When at home, Quinn loves spending time with his family members and dogs.
Nano Boye Nagle
About twenty years ago, when she turned 40, Nano Boye Nagle (Ms Boye) came to understand she wasn’t simply lazy, crazy or stupid, an underachieving former gifted kid, but is in fact neurologically-atypical and twice gifted. She is grateful to the doctors and therapists who confirmed this insight.
Since this revelation she has earned a MLA in Creativity and Spirituality, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She has also attended two seminaries, been as an ordained interfaith minister and spiritual director. Poet, essayist, and poetry editor both online and in print, she has also fulfilled a lifelong dream of acting and playing music.
Ms Boye is thrilled to be a part of a company that appreciates and celebrates differences. She wants to give voice to others with invisible disabilities, who are shamed for their unique expression of humanity. She plans to take up space in the company as the Elder (or grumpy crone) who isn’t silent and refuses to be invisible.
Brie Hall is an aspiring musical theatre actress who graduated from Vista Ridge High School in June of 2018. She participated in several musical at Vista Ridge, includingYoung Frankenstein, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Spamalot. Brie is so excited to start her career with TILT, and looks forward to future opportunities that come her way.
Toby has been with the company since Free To Be...You And Me. He has been seen in the TILT shows: Tilted Moments, The Flip Side, Free Patterns, As Butterflies and 39 Steps. Toby graduated from TSBVI in 2014. While at TSBVI Toby performed in 12 Angry Jurors, You Can’t Take It With You, and Willy Wonka Jr.
Heather Ross holds positions with 91.7 KOOP Community Radio Station, Austin Playwrights Circle, and Creative Action. She has worked in theatre, film, and video games as a writer, director, actress, producer, activist, costumer, stage manager, product manager and more. Heather has a BFA in Performance & Production from Texas State University.
Garret Roden is excited to be performing with TILT. Garret was born in Houston, TX. and has lived in Nevada, New York and Nebraska. Now back in Texas, he has recently completed his Networking and IT Desktop Support & Troubleshooting Certifications at Austin Community College. When Garret is not in class or working at a local drug store, he enjoys YouTube, Chick-Fil-A and building & collecting Electronic Robots. He loves spending time with his twin brother and fat cat, Goldie aka “Puma”.
John grew up in an orphanage in Rwanda. In 2012 he met Amie who was on a mission trip visiting orphanages. Amie was determined to bring John to the USA on a medical visa, and after a couple of years, that happened. In 2014 Amie adopted John and they live in Dallas. John is currently at Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin. He has never done theatre work before but is excited to be part of TILT and share his love of singing with the Austin community.
Nicole Cortichiato is the project facilitator of VSA Texas' Opening Minds, Opening Doors program and an accomplished artist and author of children’s books. Through her creativity, she seeks to bring awareness and compassion to all people with disabilities and especially those with invisible ones. As a person living with narcolepsy, she understands all too well the frustrations of communicating invisible limitations.
Vineet graduated from Westlake High School in 2017 and was part of
Westlake High School Marching Band; he performed in all the school football games and in the prestigious Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena California in January 2017. Vineet is currently pursuing college courses at
Austin Community College and enjoys improv at Hideout Theatre. Veneet has been playing piano for last 6 years and loves listening to all genres of
music, playing Super Mario games, swimming, and bicycle riding. He currently works at HEB.
Gail Dalrymple was active in theater throughout college, and then went to law school. She was a litigation attorney for 29 years before retiring and leaving the stage of the courtroom behind. She spent many years volunteering for her son Peter's productions at both Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and Marbridge. After her son graduated from TSBVI, Gail discovered he no longer had opportunities to participate in theater productions. The concept of TILT was born, and she has spent the years since 2013 developing and growing TILT, as well as hands on work in the production of shows. Gail also works for Texas Parent to Parent presenting workshops around the state, helping parents of children with disabilities manage the transition from school to adulthood. TILT is a dream come true for Gail.
Adam has served as artistic director, musical director or choreographer for a wide range of companies, productions and initiatives, with choreography credits including two European concert tours. His students have appeared in principal roles on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theatre, been nominated for the Tony Award, and appeared in film, national tours, and on network television. Adam’s recent credits include productions and/or faculty positions with the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater (Artistic Director), Austin Conservatory of Theater (Director), TILT Performance Group (Co-Artistic Director), Austin Shakespeare, Ballet Austin Academy, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Paramount Theatre, The State Theatre School of Acting, Texas Arts Project, ZACH Theatre, and other entities producing and educational. In addition to his role as musical director of Music Theatre Online and Libretto with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, he is a contributing writer and arts critic for the Austin Chronicle. Adam currently serves Austin’s St. Luke United Methodist Church as musical director. He holds a Master’s degree in Music and College Teaching Certificate from the Florida State University and received undergraduate degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.
Scott Ferguson, a man of varied hats and as many talents, is well-known in the Austin theatre community as both designer and performer. His set design work has included productions of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, As Butterflies, Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, and W., for which he was nominated for the B. Iden Payne Award in Scenic Design. Favorite performances include roles as Leo Frank in Parade and the annual Out Youth fundraiser he co-founded at Austin's St. Luke United Methodist Church, where he is Soloist in Residence. Scott is highly active as the Resident Technical Director of TILT Performance Group, where he's also at the helm of digital design. He holds an AA in General Arts from Austin Community College.
Resident Sound Designer
Jeff Miller has served as TILT's Resident Sound Director since the company's inception. His career includes credits as Sound Engineer for the Broadway productions and national tours of A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Zorba, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood as well as numerous films, videos, and commercials. He's also toured with multiple productions in the props and lighting departments and worked on various arena shows and concerts. Regionally, Jeff has provided sound design for over 100 productions, including those produced by ZACH Theatre, Austin Theatre Project, Capitol City Playhouse, Austin Theatre for Youth, Second Youth Theatre, Different Stages, Summer Stock Austin, UT, Texas Arts Project, Abby Productions, Trinity Episcopal School, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Leander High School, McCallum High School, Theater at the J, and Agudas Arts. Additionally, he is Resident Technical Director for the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater.
Communications and Marketing Director
Dave is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he received his B.A. in Emerging Media and Communication in 2018. Equal-parts social media specialist, photographer, video producer, and musician, Dave brings a unique energy to all facets of his work in performance and communication. Whether he’s found soliloquizing center stage, strapped to his guitar behind a mic, rocking a worship service, or concocting media wizardry at his laptop, Dave loves making magic happen in unexpected ways. Follow him on all social media @DaveHawks
Brad Seals is an Attorney in private practice with considerable experience in the non-profit world. He has been affiliated the the following non-profits: Board of Directors of BookSpring; Board of First United Methodist Church in Austin; former Board of Directors of Any Baby Can and Austin Parks Foundation; member and Past President of Austin University Rotary Club. He has been a supporter of TILT since its inception, and is a fan of live theatre in Austin!
Board Vice Preseident
Lynda has focused her career on philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and teaching, all with an eye to improving policies and equitable outcomes for people in Texas and the U.S. Her primary passion is mental health, with a broader cross-disability focus, including her chairing the Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas. She enjoys engaging and learning with students and she’s on the faculty at UT in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the College of Education. The creative focus of TILT is a joy for her!
James E Burnside
James is a disabled veteran and, thanks to his lovely bride of forty years, Kathleen, a full-time Austin playwright for many years. He has had productions in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Ireland and this past winter, workshopped one of his plays with IATI Theater in New York City. He works with ScriptWorks, a local/statewide organization, that supports playwrights in all stages of the writing process. He was a foster parent to young women and worked for the City of Austin in the Austin Urban Youth Corps.
Chip Morris has long been a fan of theater, and has worked in video much of his career. A former television newscaster and video producer, he earned an MPH at the UT Health Science Center in Houston while he was a health educator/writer for the Texas Department of Health. He operated his own video production company for 15 years and is currently president of a family-held corporation in New Jersey. He recently produced a promotional video for the Autism Society of Central Texas, and in part because of that, TILT is a special opportunity for him.
Laura is past Board Secretary, a lover of the theatrical arts and the big sister of company member Peter Richter. She lives in Houston, where she is a postdoctoral fellow with Rice University's Program in Writing in Communication, and she teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature and film. Working and learning with the uniquely-abled is a budding passion of Laura's, inspired by her relationship with her brother. Her favorite part about being involved with Tilt is witnessing the unique and moving perspective the actors bring to their roles.
Tamara Harper Shetron
Tamara (Tami) Harper Shetron, past Board President, is a long time fan of the theatre. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre and music, Tamara fell in love with writing and directing musicals for uniquely-abled actors when she worked at the Marbridge Foundation. It was during one of these productions that she met Peter (an actor) and Gail (volunteer extraordinaire.) Tamara is currently working on a Ph.D. in Developmental Education at Texas State University and runs a private music studio (Harper Music Associates) in Kyle. Her favorite thing about TILT productions is witnessing the range of abilities and depth of insight the actors bring to their roles. She enjoys having her own view delightfully tilted in the process.
Elaine Ferguson has always enjoyed being a part of the theatrical community. She was involved with the beginning of the Fine Arts Academy at McCallum High School and helped start Friends of the Fine Arts Academy. She stressed the importance of the arts with her kids, and her son with Angelman's Syndrome participated by watching his brothers perform. Elaine presently works part time as a massage therapist for people with disabilities and has been surprised by the power and voice those with disabilities can provide the community when given the opportunity. Tilt is that venue, and it is her privilege to be part of the journey.
2018-2019 SEASON SPONSORS
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TILT does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
TILT Performance Group is funded and supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.