Steven Fenley was Artistic Director of The Texas Repertory Theatre Company. Mr. Fenley is a multi-talented theatre artist whose career includes extensive work in both professional and educational theatre. Texas Rep audiences will remember his performances as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands, Henry II in The Lion in Winter, The Stage Manager in Our Town, Bottom the Weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Sir Toby Belch in ILLYRIA, as the voice of author Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story, Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Boris Kolenkohf in You Can’t Take it With You, Carlino in Wait Until Dark, and as Freddie Fillmore in It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play.
Mr. Fenley has appeared with the Tony-award-winning Alley Theatre, and was a company member of Houston’s Main Street Theater. In addition, he has appeared with Stages Repertory Theatre, The Theatre Factory, Theatre South Carolina, Walden Theatre Kentucky, Trustus Theatre, and The Houston Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Fenley was a company member at American Player’s Theatre for their 25th anniversary season, where he appeared in Othello, Twelfth Night, and The Playboy of the Western World. As a Director, Mr. Fenley has staged The Texas Repertory Theatre Company productions of Dracula, Barefoot in the Park, Bus Stop, Sylvia, When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? and The Miss Firecracker Contest.
As a fight choreographer, Mr. Fenley has coordinated action sequences for Main Street Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Playhouse 1960, Stage West, Houston Children's Theatre Festival, The Alley Theatre, Urban Theatre in the Heights, Town Theatre, The Country Playhouse, The Texas Renaissance Festival and Theatre South Carolina. His choreography credits include productions of I'm Not Rappaport, Burn This, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, Bus Stop, The Three Musketeers, Carousel, Of Mice and Men, The Baby Dance, and Shakespeare's Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Taming of the Shrew.
Mr. Fenley holds a MFA in Theater from the Professional Theatre Training Program at Southern Methodist University, where he was a Greer Garson Award Recipient. He received his MFA in Theater from The University of South Carolina.
Derrick Bready is the former head choral director at Pearland High School (2006-2016). Prior to leading Pearland, he previously taught at J. Frank Dobie High School in the Pasadena ISD (2003 - 2006) where his choirs were consistent UIL Sweepstakes and Superior performing ensembles. While at Dobie, he co-produced the six-time Tommy Tune Award nominated musical, The Sound of Music which also won a Tommy Tune award for Best Musical Direction and Best Orchestra.
During his time at Pearland, the choir program experienced steady growth and continued success. With an enrollment of 300+, the Pearland Choir consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes, Superior awards, and several "Best in Class" trophies. The Pearland High School Men’s choir gave invited performances to the SWACDA and TMEA conferences in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Likewise, the Pearland High School Chamber Choir (Varsity Mixed Choir) performed as an invited performing choir at the 2013 TMEA convention and attended SWACDA with a 2014 invited performance. In 2015, the Kantorei Choir won First Place at the prestigious American Classics Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival and the following year served as the Honor Choir.
Mr. Bready has maintained a long successful Broadway musical tradition at Pearland High School. Since entering the TUTS Tommy Tune Awards in 2010, the annual musical production garnered 50 Tommy Tune Award nominations with eight wins including Best Musical Direction (Oklahoma!, 2011, and Urinetown, 2016), Best Choreography (South Pacific, 2013) and Best Musical (South Pacific, 2013). With his work in music theatre, Mr. Bready was nominated for the 2015 inaugural Tony Award in Theatre Education Excellence by the students, parents, and community of Pearland High School.
Mr. Bready graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music and in 2011 with a Master of Music Education from the University of Houston. He is Music Director for Bay Harbour United Methodist Church in League City, TX and is a Founder and the Artistic/Music Director for Home Grown Theatre, a non-profit community theatre based in Pearland. Mr. Bready currently teaches private voice at Deer Park High School and sings with the Houston Chamber Choir. In his free time, he is a self-proclaimed avid Walt Disney World traveler. In addition to travel, Mr. Bready is a frequent Texas UIL music adjudicator and clinician.
REBECCA WEINMANN VAUGHN
Children's Chorus Director
Rebecca Weinmann Vaughn is the choir director at Cypress Lakes High School. This is her tenth year teaching. She has also taught at Cypress Ridge and Pearland High Schools, where her choirs received Superior and Sweepstakes honors, and she assisted the Pearland Men's Choir when they performed at TMEA in 2011. Ms. Vaughn directed Houston's Christmas Revels Adult Chorus in 2009 and 2010, and the Children's Chorus for additional Christmas Revels productions, including those in 2008 and 2016.
Ms. Vaughn graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. She has performed in several orchestral oratorios including a solo at Carnegie Hall. She has performed in numerous stage productions and with the University of Houston Concert Chorale at TMEA and ACDA.
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