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.

 
THE COMPANY

Peter Richter

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.

Sam McDonald

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

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 Mapps

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.

Garret Roden

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”.

Dayanara Garcia

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

Eric Clow

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.

Jonathan Pate

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 Suhr

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

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.

Brandi Ware

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 Common 

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.

Amy Flores

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 Bettale

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! 

David Dauber

Dave joined TILT in 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 quarantine, to pursue his dream of becoming an Oscar winning performer. He has loved acting since performing high school and college theatre in the 80’s and 90’s. He is the co-host of The Gene and Dave Show and can be seen on the Netflix original series, “Special”. He has done “extra” work alongside Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, and Holly Hunter. Connect with Dave on his website at daviddauber.com.

Quinn Reich

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.

Toby Al-Trabulsi

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

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. 

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.

Vineet Desha

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.

Claudia Chibib

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.

Nicole Cortichiato

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.

Emily Newman

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!

THE STAFF

Amy Tarver

Executive Director

Graduating from The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Amy has worked with countless production companies, festivals and artistic publications throughout her long career in the theatre. During her time in New York, Amy worked on stage with the Afrikan Woman's Repertory Theater, behind the scenes with Wide-Eyed Productions and reviewed Off-Broadway shows for nytheatre.com. She eventually went on to produce and direct her first show, LIVES OF THE SAINTS, By David Ives at the historic 14th Street Theatre. After completing her education, Amy returned to Austin and has worked with many local artistic organizations including as a critic for Broadway World Austin, a contributor to The Austin's Critics Table, Business Manager for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and now as Executive Director for TILT Performance Group. Juggling her talents between production management and creative endeavors, Amy also runs her own bookkeeping business, Budgeteer Bookkeeping for small to medium sized businesses in Texas. Amy's passion for theatre blurs the line between onstage performance and backstage support revealing all the moving parts that make theatre a masterpiece of living art.

Adam Roberts

Artistic Director

adam@tiltperformance.org

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.

Gail Dalrymple

Grants Administrator

gail@tiltperformance.org

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.

Jeff Miller

Resident Sound Designer

jmiller@acorn-designs.com

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.

Dave Hawks

Communications

and Marketing Director

dave@tiltperformance.org

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

Carson Lambert

Arts Administration Intern

Carson is a Texas native who has lived in Austin the majority of his life. Forever passionate about the inner facets of live theatre and the arts, Carson aspires to finance and market world-class entertainment and theatre both commercially and in the non-profit sector for audiences everywhere. Carson is studying Business Administration and Theatre at St. Edward’s University, and is concurrently working on pursuing a career in arts administration. Past work experience includes administrative internships with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Georgetown Palace Theatre, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

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THE BOARD

Brad Seals

Board President

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!

Lynda Frost

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

Board Member

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

Board Treasurer

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.

Nicole Cortichiato

Board Secretary

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.

Susie Angel

Board Member

Susie has an Associate's Degree in Communications from Austin Community College and a Bachelor's in Magazine Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a secretary/ office manager for several years and has experience as a job developer/ job coach for people with disabilities. Currently she Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.

She sits on the advisory boards for the SAFE Alliance, the Austin Interfaith Inclusion Network (AIIN), and Texas Advocates. Her hobbies include creative writing, dramatic performance, dancing (right, at a performance in the Texas State Capitol rotunda), modelling, and watching baseball with her other half.

Elaine Ferguson

Board Member

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.

Venkatraman Subramanian

Board Member

Experienced Senior IT professional with over 3 decades of extensive experience handling major global programs across geographies and multiple time zones. His strength is in providing extremely streamlined and cost-effective solutions for clients across the Globe.

He has varied interests and loves theatre and musicals. He has also closely worked with people with cognitive disabilities. Back in India in 1985, he along with his dad, were instrumental in starting a school for children with special needs. Today the school caters to about 250 students.

Joshua Denning

Board Member

Joshua Denning is a director from Austin, Texas. He is currently Head of Theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Austin's visual and performing arts high school. Under his direction the theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy has twice been awarded the distinction Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre by Central Texas Excellence In Theatre Awards presented by Austin Entertainment Weekly. In addition, Josh has helped place dozens of his students into the most exclusive BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Acting, and BFA Technical Theatre Programs in the Nation and in London.

Jane Newchurch

Board Member

Jane Newchurch has been active in the Austin Theatre Community for many years both on the stage and as a volunteer. She has performed with City Theatre, Zilker Productions, Georgetown Palace, Trinity Street Theatre, Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre, and Austin Summer Musical for Children, and Paradox Players. Jane worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for many years, before retiring in 2017. As an LSSP she worked with special education students, their families and teachers. 

Sherri Underbrink

Board Member

Sherri Underbrink is a recently retired educational diagnostician from Austin ISD. She has worked in the public school system for more than thiry years as a general and special education teacher as well as an evaluation specialist. She has served as a CASA volunteer and currently sits on the advisory council for Mainspring Schools.

TILT is a flexible ensemble of theatre artists. We would love to have you in our group.

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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.

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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 is an equal opportunity employer.

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