Directors for P3M5: Plurality of Privacy Plays at The Vortex, Austin, Texas
Teresa Cruz is an early career theater artist who currently spends her time at The VORTEX as a technical and general operations assistant. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2016 with a degree in Theater, concentrating in directing, and Psychology. While in school, she directed several different productions; some favorites include Eugenie Chan’s Bone to Pick, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, and Fornes’ Mud. Since graduating she has hopped around working as an ambassador at Berkeley Rep’s Summer Residency Lab, an Artistic Intern at Ars Nova in NYC, and an Assistant Director as part of the FAIR program at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Bonnie Cullum (Producing Artistic Director/Director) has been building the artistic ensemble of The VORTEX since 1988, has created and presented over 300 innovative VORTEX, and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2009. Her artistic work includes creating, directing, and producing ritual theatre, musicals, operas, plays, and performance for which she has received more than 100 awards for excellence. She earned an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kansas. Cullum has directed more than 75 world premieres, dozens of which she created from conception. Thrice honored as Austin’s Best Director by the Austin Chronicle, Cullum has been nominated for dozens of outstanding directing awards and received B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Director for Sarah Silver Hands (NEA-funded), Troades: The Legend of the Women of Troy, Moby Dick, and Despair’s Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio. She teaches theatre, acting, directing, and ritual internationally with workshops and classes around the US and in Germany and Canada. She founded VORTEX’s Summer Youth Theatre in 1991 to provide theatre opportunities for youth. Cullum is internationally recognized for her experimental productions and her advocacy of cutting-edge artists.
Trey Deason graduated from Southwestern University with a BFA in Threatre and has been with the Vortex since 2009. He has appeared in the shows The Secret Lives of the Inbetweeners, Lear, Stars and Barmen, Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale, and A Perfect Robot, among many others. He has also performed in shows with Different Stages, Trinity Street Players, and Sky Candy. As a playwright, he has had many short works produced around Austin and was nominated for a B. Iden Payne award for his play Cardigan. He is excited to be making his directorial debut at the Vortex with this production.
Anna Eisley is a physical and experimental theater artist from New York, recently relocated to Austin. She is a founding member of the Queens-based experimental theater company, The Onderdonk Collective. Most recent directing credits include Lucy in Limbo (The Knockdown Center, NYC), Hunter Gatherer (The Woods Cooperative, NYC) and Places (Dixon Place, NYC). Anna is thrilled to be making her directorial debut in Austin at The Vortex for the P3M5 festival.
Jamie Goodman received a B.A. in Acting and Directing from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She is a working director, prop designer, printmaker, occasional actor, and artist of various mediums. She moved to Austin in 2015 and has been working with multiple theatre and film companies ever since. Some of her endeavors include prop designer for My Big Fat Bahookie (Renaissance Austin), director of The Vial (short film), company manager, prop designer, and fight choreographer for It Can’t Happen Here (The Vortex Summer Youth Theatre), director of Annihilator (Bottle Alley Theatre Company), assistant director and prop designer for Salomé (Gale Theatre Company), assistant director for Vampyress (The Vortex), and annual participant in the 14/48 Festival. She is excited to direct The Last Witch which will be a part of The Vortex’s upcoming 30th season.
Shannon Grounds is an Austin-based theatre artist, proud Company Member of the Vortex and Producing Artistic Director of Shrewd Productions. Primarily an actor and producer, Shannon is excited to dip her toe back into the waters of directing! Directing credits include the world premiere of The Dragon Play by Jenny Connell Davis, and co-directing credits for Xmas Unwrapped and Trash Anthems for Shrewd, collaboratively directing The London Cuckolds, Romulus and Emperor of the Moon with the Bedlam Faction collective, and assistant directing Proof for the State Theatre. Shannon has been working with the Vortex since 2006, when her company produced the world premiere of Where Are They Now? by Cyndi Williams with the generous support of the Vortex. Several productions followed including Io: A Myth About You and Milk Milk Lemonade for Shrewd, Lear with the Vortex, and Emma When You Need Her for Vortex/Shrewd, and she became an official company member in 2015. Shannon‘s most recent project was producing and playing Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists, which garnered several B. Iden Payne nominations including Best Production of a Comedy.
Annie Kim is a performer/writer/teaching artist, and is making her debut as a director in Austin. She is a company member with The VORTEX, and was part of the ensemble in Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale.
Blake Robbins is an actor from Austin who is making his directorial debut.