Jesse Griffith is an actor/dancer/singer/writer based in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the (former) Performing Artist's Theatre Conservatory of Dallas, Griffith has performed in over 100 plays, musicals and ballets.
There is trouble in River City 'I-oh-way' (Iowa) circa 1916 and that trouble is a complacency so intense that the citizens are prone to repeating malicious gossip. Petty judgements have begun to erode the very fabric of this idyllic town threatening to destroy its 'Mark Twain meets Normal Rockwell' perfection.BWW Review: GREASE at TexARTS July 19, 2018
The best thing about GREASE is that it's such a popular musical, and the worst thing about GREASE is that it's such a popular musical. What I mean is that because GREASE is so popular it was over-produced for many years by most every group imaginable, all too often rank amateurs with middle-aged actors playing teenagers. Ouch.BWW Review: PLAYHOUSE CREATURES at City Theatre July 18, 2018
The time is approximately 1670 and women are now officially allowed to perform on the English stage. Playhouse Creatures is based on the real lives of women actors from that era as derived from the extant writings that still survive. Despite this opportunity, these women still have few life choices and almost no control over the terms of their employment. Seemingly at every turn, the odds of success are not in their favor and men are not their only threat. Women who are not of the theatre are still harshly critical of course, but even their own peer group has its own pecking order. Given the current political climate, Playhouse Creatures is a natural choice for City Theatre to produce.BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Emily Ann Theatre June 7, 2018
I specifically asked to see this show for three reasons. One - until last night I had never seen The Little Mermaid. (GASP!) There, I said it. Doubly strange perhaps since I actually know Jodi Benson, original star of the Disney classic. Two - I wanted to see the incredible Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens. What a gorgeous venue! This compound is an artist's dream and Wimberley is fortunate to be home to this gem. And three - I wanted to see what magic director Bridget Farias Gates would bring to this production. Gates, a Best Director winner (Broadway World Austin) enjoys an impeccable reputation as one of Austin's most beloved and respected artists - no small feat in a city teeming with talent. As expected, Gates delivered a powerful production with a cast and crew more than ready to wow the audience. The Emily Ann Theatre is very blessed to have Gates as their artistic director.BWW Review: CTHULHU Beach Party May 29, 2018
Ah, Commedia dell'arte, how I love it - the zanier the better. Austin's La Fenice (the phoenix) has been delivering the genre since 2010, a rebirth of the former Austin Commedia Society (1999 - 2003).