Meet the Cast – Chambers Stevens

by jenniferwilliams on April 19, 2016

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Chambers Stevens is a writer, actor and playwright. He has 10 books in print, including his His Hollywood 101 series. He has also acted in over 100 theatre productions, appeared in over 50 commercials, and starred in The Steve Spots, which received six Emmy’s and a George Peabody Award, Funnybones, which received an Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Program,” and GeoScout for which he received a personal Emmy nomination as “Outstanding Actor in a Children’s Series.” He is the recipient of the Geoffrey Award for “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Drew in Eastern Standard. He also received the prestigious Backstage Garland Award for his first one-man show Desperate for Magic. As a playwright, he has won both The Ingram Fellowship and the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award.

Chambers has toured the country, doing workshops for over 100,000 actors in forty states. Actors he has coached have appeared on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, CBS, NBC, ABC, The Cartoon Network, plus countless films, theatre productions including Broadway shows, commercials, and video games. Chambers is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and the founder of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival now in its twenty-fifth year.

When asked if he considers himself a writer, Chambers responds, “Yes.” We agree. He also adds, “One of the oldest things I own is an ink well that my ancestors owned made when they came over in a covered wagon from North Carolina into Tennessee. Writing is in my DNA. I have seven books and three plays in print. And about a dozen more that are scheduled to be published in the next 24 months.”

Chambers enjoys writing plays and non-fiction. One of the projects he is most excited about now is Raising Twain, a blog about playing in all of the parks in LA County. Twain is his nine-year-old son. Chambers says, “Four years ago he challenged me to play with him in all of the parks in LA County. We are on our 104th park! But we still have 250 to go.”

Chambers told us he has known about LTYM for quite some time. “I’m blessed to have a wide circle of friends that are both writers and performers. And for the last couple of years they have been telling me what a great celebration Listen to your Mother is.” He jumped at the chance to audition.

My mother was quite a character and one of my favorite things is talking about her and what she means to me. She died when I was young so I probably didn’t “listen” to her as much as I could have. But the show gives me a chance to share the funny, crazy, inspiring lessons that she taught me.

We are so pleased that Chambers chose to share one of those stories for our show. Buy tickets today to hear him read it in person at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts April 29 and 30 at 7:00pm.

A portion of ticket proceeds benefits Family Services of Southeast Texas.

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Meet the Cast – Haley Bruyn

by jenniferwilliams on April 18, 2016

Haley Bruyn

Haley Bruyn is a graduate student at Lamar University. With her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in writing, the Beaumont native has been writing creatively since childhood. Always the vivid storyteller, she turned her love of narrative into a degree. She is currently on staff at the University Press.

Haley told us that she hopes she is considered a writer at this point. “I’ve been writing creatively since middle school,” she said, “but these days I’m mostly producing journalistic pieces and academic work.” Haley loves to write fiction and poetry but says it is hard to find a minute to write for herself because grad school takes up most of her time.

Haley first learned about LTYM through Andy Coughlan, a cast member from 2015. She also says that Ramona is my fairy godmother. She decided to audition because she considers her mom to be her best friend and biggest role model. “We don’t have the typical mother-daughter relationship.” She told us. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” She hopes that other people will enjoy hearing about their relationship.

We think they will. To hear Haley in person, buy tickets today for the show at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts April 29 and 30 at 7:00pm.

A portion of ticket proceeds benefits Family Services of Southeast Texas.

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Meet the Cast – Kaye Moon Winters

April 14, 2016

Kaye Moon Winters is a mother of three, grandmother of four and inspiration to many who rally round her message “It’s never too late!” As a 61-year-old summa-cum-laude UH graduate, she gained national recognition as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2008 AARP “Your Next Chapter” Essay Contest and went on to found N2L, a support group for adult learners. After a rewarding 8 years as an adult learner specialist at San Jacinto College, she has turned retirement into rejuvenation as a “Poet /Writer/Raconteur” and the Chief Executive Oracle of KMOON Talks! Her eponymous website/blog currently under construction. Kaye says if you count diaries, she has been steadily writing for over 60 years. She started writing verse as a lovesick teenager, honing skills that would serve her well as a silver-winged messenger delivering helium balloon bouquets and a poem for her business, Balloon-A-Toon in the 70s. In the 90s, she started another business […]

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Meet the Cast – Glenn Teeter

April 12, 2016

Glenn Teeter lives with his partner of 15 years in Woodville, Texas. Formerly from Pennsylvania, out of boredom, he started the Facebook page for Woodville, TX to bring the community and surrounding areas together through social media. He is a recent graduate of Lamar Institute of Technology and has an Associate in Echocardiography. He has appeared on stage, as Serge, in Beaumont Community Players 2011 performance of “Art” and as Thaddeus, in The Roadhouse Theater (Erie, PA) 2001 production of “Corpus Christi”. Behind the scenes, he has dressed numerous actors for stage and models for the runway. During his five-year experience as a theatrical costumer in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas, his proudest moment was assisting in the production of costumes for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a Bedazzler’s dream. Glenn says that, while he does not consider himself a professional writer, he does enjoy writing from time to time. “I first […]

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Meet the Cast – Dr. Larry Elliott

April 11, 2016

Larry Elliott writes less these days than he did during his years at the ABC-TV affiliate in Lubbock, Texas where he was a news director. He enjoys less stress than he did as a professor at Lamar University where he taught journalism, broadcasting and communication theory. Now, he studies art history and writes creatively while attending foreign language classes in Italy and Spain and teaching in Cambodia. Let’s just say, he’s retired with a goal of living better. Larry got started in writing by “listening to his mother” when he was in college and taking a journalism class — which she told him he would be good at — in feature and news writing at American River College in Sacramento, California. Larry recalls, “As a final assignment, we were asked to write an investigative story. My story was about illegal cockfights, which I managed to get beautiful photos of with their dangerous and […]

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