Purpose and History:
At Wildfish Theatre we hope to instill in children a sense of leadership, discipline, self worth and confidence through the challenge of rehearsal and live performance. Just as important, we want to create and nurture responsible members of society through our efforts to give back to the Houston community. Each semester the students will be given opportunities to volunteer their time and talents to those less fortunate, through which we hope to build a strong
appreciation for the importance and necessity of philanthropy.
Wildfish Theatre began with a production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in the summer of 2008. Rehearsals were held in the living room of a student’s home, which her family so graciously offered. Two years and many more living room rehearsals led to performances of Once on This Island, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and most recently The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
While we would miss the coziness of the living room, we were thrilled to announce the opening of The Wildfish Theater! In July of 2010 construction began on the 110 seat theater that now houses all Wildfish productions.
In the coming years we hope to build upon our foundation and reach more of Houston and the surrounding areas. We hope that you will join us.
Krysti Wilson (Artistic Director)
Krysti has been involved with theatre and the performing arts for over 20 years. It has been her life long dream to run a theater school for kids, and thanks to her family, now it is happening! Her training credits include Houston Grand Opera, College of the Mainland, Houston Ballet, Pastorini Bosby Talent Agency and HITS Theatre. As a
Krysti currently teaches on staff at TUTS, the Houston Ballet, and the JCC. She served as a teacher, Associate Artistic Director, and then the Artistic Director of HITS Theater from 2004-2008 during which she directed many productions including two Miller Productions; Cinderella and Peter Pan. Over the past year, founded Wildfish Theatre, directing You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Once On This Island, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, three productions of Spelling Bee and finally A Year With Frog and Toad. “I would just like to take this moment to thank my two parents for their support in all of my endeavors.”
Kristin Warren (Associate Artistic Director)
Kristin has enjoyed performing, choreographing and teaching musical theater for more than 20 years. Her training credits include HITS Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Suzanne Semans Dance, and The University of Houston. As a director and choreographer, Kristin has worked with TUTS, Generations, a Theatre Company, Masquerade Theatre, HITS Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, the JCC and Mayde Creek H.S. Professionally, she has performed with TUTS, Generations, a Theatre Company, Theatre LaB Houston, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Masquerade Theatre. She began working with Wildfish Theatre during it’s production of Once on This Island, and subsequently with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, three productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and now A Year With Frog & Toad. Kristin is thrilled to be working with her lifelong friend Krysti Wilson and looks forward to the many years of successful shows to come!
Jacob Carr (Musical Director)
Applied Voice Faculty: Sam Houston State University- Musical Theatre Department. Graduate coursework in Somatic Voicework™, Shenandoah Conservatory; B.M., Sam Houston State University. Jacob has worked as a pianist for Stages Repertory Theatre, Unity Theatre, Texas Repertory Theatre, Aeon Theatrix, HITS Theatre and TUTS The Humphreys School. Music direction credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Tony Award winner Ben Vereen), Smokey Joe's Cafe, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Light in the Piazza, I Love You Your Perfect Now Change, Hello Dolly, and Thirteen. Jacob is on staff at Wildfish Theatre as a music director and vocal coach, and freelances as an accompanist and voice teacher. Private study includes voice and conducting with Dr. Byron McGilvray and voice with Dr. Laura Avery. As a student of Trent Hanna he was a three time consecutive winner of the Phi Mu Alpha Fisher Tull Composition Award (2007, 08, 09). He has had original works premiered at The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, where he also studied jazz piano with Vardan Ovsepian. His current interests lie in writing and composing for stage and film,CCM vocal production and music direction, and nutrition for singer's and performers. He is a proud member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and The Weston A. Price Foundation.
Laura Babbitt (Teacher)
Laura began her theatre career over 20 years ago and has performed in over 70 Musicals. While earning her degree in Musical Theatre she performed in such shows as Chicago (Velma), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Pajama Game (Gladys). Other credits include Texas Dance Touring Company of The Odyssey, Texas the Musical Drama, Dallas Summer Musical (Dance Captain), Galveston Outdoor Musicals, National Tour-Hit Entertainment (Dance Captain) and attended The American Theatre Dance Workshop in New York.
Laura moved to Houston in 2003 and joined the resident company for the Masquerade Theatre where she resided for the last 9 years (2003-2012). Laura also was the resident choreographer for the entire company and she just recently received the Houston Press Award for Best choreography for a Musical. Some of her favorite credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colgate), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Oliver (Nancy), Producers (Ullah), Gypsy (Gypsy Rose Lee), Grease (Sandy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and The Sound of Music (Maria).
While working at the Masquerade Theatre Laura created and taught the Dance Program for the Tribble School. She has also taught and choreographed for Claire School of Dance, Alexander Elementary, Kinkaid Theater, and Hits.
Laura is very excited to start teaching classes this fall at Wild Fish!
Jacqui Grady (Vocal Coach)
Jacqui is so excited to be a part of Wildfish Theatre!! Jacqui works in Houston, TX as a voice teacher and an actor. Training includes: BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University emphasis in acting, Graduate coursework- Lovetri certification in Contemporary Commercial Music vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah University.Theatre Credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (With Ben Vereen at MTOH) Little Mary Sunshine(Unity Theatre) Magician's Nephew, Madeline’s Christmas, Busytown(Main Street Theater for Youth) The Toys Take Over Christmas (Stages Repertory) Reefer Madness (TheatreLaB Houston) The Light in the Piazza ( The Theatre Company) Founding company member (Aeon Theatrix). Upcoming Projects: Spring Awakening (Aeon Theatrix), The Coast of Utopia- Voyage, Shipwreck, Salvage (Main Street Theater), The Tempest (Classical Theatre Company). www.jacquigrady.com. She is so happy to be working with Krysti and Kristin to help promote a professional Theatre environment for children and young adults!