100 Creatives 2012: George Brock, Episcopal High Theater Teacher
What He Does: George Brock teaches theater at Episcopal High School, was formerly involved with Actors Theatre of Houston and is Founding Artistic Director of Generations, a Theatre Company. EHS recently won its third Best Musical Tommy Tune Award in the last five years for its production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Meanwhile, the last season at Generations featured the U.S. Regional Premiere of the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening and a remount of Yasmina Reza's Art. Generations will be producing Thornton Wilder's Our Town this summer along with the Houston premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Brock brings a passion for the collaborative work environment, and loves it when a bunch of really passionate and talented people get together in a room and go for it. The "it" being, everyone focused on telling a strong story that will affect an audience that has come out and shelled out the requisite $20 or so to hear a good story. He's a dedicated believer in working on the synergy between older actor and newcomers, hoping to temper the latter with wisdom and inspire the former with new vision.
Why He Likes It: "The thing I love the most about theater is when all the work comes together and the performance finishes and then there's this silence...this absolute moment of cathartic silence in which all of the people involved from playwright to the dude who was checking the baseball score when the show started and then he forgot about the game and got sucked into the experience are collectively holding our breath...not wanting the moment to fade. It's like crack."
What Inspires Him: "Shakespeare, David Mamet, Peter Brook, Stanislavski, Dave Matthews, Stephen King, David Fincher, my students, my fellow Houstonian Theatre Peeps...basically everyone and everything influences me and inspires me...in good and bad ways."
If Not This Then What: Brock was raised singing and playing the piano, and occasionally crafts music for his shows with writing partner Andrew Harper. In addition, he performed in bands in high school and college. If theater were off the table, Brock would most likely be a musician because of the peace and calm he feels while composing and playing.
If Not Here, Then Where: Brock has a great affinity for Seattle, where the constant rain drives everyone indoors to the theater.
What's Next: "I am really hoping to get Generations into a more of a year-round performance schedule and find a space and open an acting academy that focuses on skill sets and ethics. I think TV is really messing with people's perceptions of what theater artists really do, and I think that needs some direct rebuttal in a studio environment...for both kids and adults...Glee has done a lot of damage and Smash seems to be following in its footsteps. I also want to get on with developing new work. I have worked with a couple of playwrights over the past couple of years and I want to get those projects into production.
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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker
Philip Hayes, actor
Patrick Palmer, painter
Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer
John Tyson, actor
Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer
Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor
Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
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