Monday, October 4, 2010


Artes de la Rosa @ the Rose Marine Theater
Seeks Staff for Kander & Ebb's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical

March 31st Through Saturday April 9th

From the creators of CHICAGO & CABARET comes this ground breaking musical’s powerful portrayal of 2 men forced to share a cell in a Latin American prison. Adapted from Manuel Puig’s novel this is a heartbreaking night of theatre. Directed by Adam Adolfo.

Artes de la Rosa @ the Rose Marine Theater is searching for qualified technical theatre artists to fill the listed technical positions in costuming, lighting, properties, scenic construction & scene painting, and stage management for the following shows:

Stipends for technical positions vary based on commitment and experience. This is an excellent opportunity for college students looking for professional credits. Although the technical crews are asked to do a tremendous amount of work, Artes de la Rosa attempts to create an environment that is both nurturing and fun while creating a spirit of trust, collaboration, and mutual respect.


To apply send a résumé with current mailing address, telephone number, and Email address and letters of recommendation or references to:

Artes de la Rosa
@ The Rose Marine Theater
1440 North Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
Or vial em@il to:
info "at"

Stage Manager

Will serve as a liaison between the director and department heads; responsible for the running and organization of daily rehearsals; responsible for scheduling and posting rehearsal and production calls and any other stage management duties that are deemed necessary and appropriate while working within the parameters of the production schedule; responsible for calling, from the booth, the show; works with the technical director and department heads to determine needs for running crews for show; and attend all schedule rehearsals, paper techs, dry techs, and technical rehearsals.

Music Director

Artes de la Rosa seeks a musical director/orchestrator for its upcoming production of Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Candidates should demonstrate strong leadership skills, be skilled in the teaching of music, have excellent communication skills, be dependable, have a positive attitude and be able to be a team player. We are seeking artists who possess imagination, flexibility and the desire to work with children and adults of varied ages in a creatively charged and artistically demanding, yet nurturing environment. Experience in Musical Theatre a must. Experience re-orchestrating large Broadway styled scores desirable. Experience with Latin styles of music a plus.


Artes de la Rosa seeks a choreographer for its upcoming production of Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Qualified candidates will have strong background in choreographing and enjoy working as part of a combination professional and training environment. We are seeking artists who possess imagination, flexibility and the desire to in a creatively charged and artistically demanding, yet nurturing environment. Applicants must be prepared to work as a member of a strong creative team, and to work quickly towards the end goal, while still giving focus to the artistic process. The ideal candidate can teach a variety of dance styles. Applicants must demonstrate experience teaching a wide range of abilities.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Trailer

Inside Artes de la Rosa with Abel Flores Jr.

Today Artes de la Rosa sits down with recent Birthday Boy Abel Flores, Jr. who can soon be seen onstage in Artes de la Rosa’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof playing the role of Reverend Tooker.
• Born & Raised:
I was born in Houston and raised in Wills Point, TX.
• Education: I’m currently a Junior at UTD and I’m an Art & Performance major.
• Zodiac Sign: Leo
• First Play/Musical You Ever Saw: My first play I saw was Antigone at my high school.
• Must See TV Show: Seinfeld
• Why you work in theatre: There is nothing like theatre. It’s demanding, challenging and the moments I spend onstage don’t compare to anything else I’ve done in life. It gives me the opportunity to have a different perspective on things. Plus, I like cast parties.
• First Role: C.C Showers in The Diviners
• Favorite Play: It’s a tie between The Odd Couple and The Producers.
• Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure: I could watch Food Network all day.
• First Stage Kiss: I was Paul in Barefoot in the Park. It was a lot of kissing for a first stage kiss. I’ve never brushed my teeth so much.
• Pre Show Rituals: I like to stretch and chat it up with my fellow castmates.
• Special Skills: I’ve been told I’m good at some impersonations. I’m a big fan of Christopher Walken….just saying.
• Worst Costume Ever: I played an old man in One Act Play in high school and had to shave the top part of my head so I could look like I was balding. You can take off a bad costume…you can’t take off a bad hairdo.
• Favorite Post Show Meal: Beer and Nachos (lots of both)
• Biggest On Stage Mishap: It wasn’t so much a mishap as it was a series of unfortunate events. I was in a production where more than half of the cast and crew had the flu during the last weekend of shows. It was grueling!
• Best thing about Fort Worth & the North Side: Artes de la Rosa!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Inside Artes de la Rosa with Big Mama Danielle Reboli

This week, we take a few moments to enjoy some time and a bit of Cuban coffee with actress Danielle Reboli who can be see starting September 9th as Big Mama in the Artes de la Rosa production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

• Born & Raised:
Born - Big Spring, TX;
Raised- TX, CA, FL, NV, England, & OK. I was a USAF kid.
I’ve also lived in Seattle and Memphis.
• Education:
o 1 year, St. Gregory’s College, Shawnee OK
1 year, OCU, OKC, OK
3 years, Highline College, Seattle
3 years , Baylor University, Waco, TX – earned BFA in Acting
2 years, UTA, Arlington, TX – earned MBA in Business
• Zodiac Sign: Taurus (and it’s pretty dead on!)
• Audition Song: Lady is a Tramp, among others
• Audition Monologue: Hermione, A Winter’s Tale
• First Play/Musical You Ever Saw: Godspell & Jesus Christ Superstar at the London Paladium, 3rd & 4th grade. When Jesus came up from the pit on a cross, I knew I wanted to be a live stage actress.
• Must See TV Show: Stargate(s); Legend of The Seeker; Merlin; Sanctuary; Army Wives; Drop Dead Diva; Saving Grace (, it’s over); Biggest Loser; Vampire Diaries. Ummmm, was I just supposed to mention one!
• Why you work in theatre: I’m miserable, if I don’t.
• First Role: My first real significant role was Winnie the Pooh, in The House at Pooh corner, in the 9th grade. We did the entire play, 6 performances.
• Favorite Play: Anything by Shakespeare or Chekhov. OK, if I have to narrow it down, I’d say “Midsummer”
• Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure: I don’t know if this fits the bill, but I love to listen to the 70’s music station on cable. Really love it!
• First Stage Kiss: I can’t remember, but I’ve had a few. • Pre Show Rituals: Water, apples, lemons. I like to arrive an hour earlier than called, so I don’t have to rush. I also like my quiet time getting ready and then find a corner to get into character, stretch out and do vocal warm-ups.
• Special Skills: I fenced my first couple of years in college and used to choreograph and teach actors, but I’m truly out of that practice now. I can belt out a pretty good jazz number for you. I also direct my own belly dance troupe, called, Brazen Bellies.
• Favorite Post Show Meal: I don’t have one. Do libations count?
• Biggest On Stage Mishap: A summer production of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Baylor. My Baby sister was playing the littlest kid in the children’s gang and she wet her pants on stage! So it wasn’t my mishap exactly, but my 7 year old sisters! As we excited, there was a puddle on the stage.
• Best thing about Fort Worth & the North Side: The Rose Marine Theater!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Costumes are Alive

In our latest blog Costume Designer Justin Kailer shares with us the ins and outs of what it means to be a Costume Desigern.

A costume is defined as live scenery worn by the actor in a particular role in a particular play . It is considered “live” because unlike with set or lights, a costume is designed to move or to restrict the movement of an actor. Therefore Costume Design is buying, making and/or renting clothing that fits into that particular play’s environment and also suits that particular actor’s character.

Any part of theatrical design must start first with the script. Read, re-read, and read it again. . . Make notes, highlight any references to costumes, props, set requirements, etc. Know the play backwards and forwards, upside down and inside out. Then speak to your director, chances are that they’ve had the script for longer than you have. A director may have particular ideas or insights about how they want the production to look. For instance, Tennessee Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, setting it on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. For this particular production however, Adam has chosen to transport this very Southern atmosphere to one that would lend itself better to Hispanic audiences. He chose a sugar cane plantation just outside of Miami that would introduce the Cuban influences as well as the Latin-American lifestyle.

It is my job to costume accordingly, taking into account the given circumstances of the play, such as social status or wealth, religion, climate and location. But also color palate, the form or silhouette. The time of the play, summer versus winter will effect the texture of the clothing . . . Is it light and airy like cotton, or is it heavy perhaps wool or tweed.

Costumes effect not only the overall look of a show but the actors as well. A prime example being that a woman walks differently in heels than she would in tennis shoes or flats. In the same manner, a man is seen differently when he wears pants or dress slacks as opposed to jeans.

Justin Kailer is a Professional Costume Designer and Tailor with a degree from Baylor University. He has designed for both theatre and opera through out the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Inside Artes de la Rosa with Adrian Godinez

Inside Artes de la Rosa’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof with Adrian Godinez who plays Gooper Pollit in the Tennessee Williams Classic
Born & Raised: Born in NY, raised in Dallas
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Audition Song: Theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel-air
First Play/Musical You Ever Saw: Carousel
Must See TV Show: Firefly or LOST
Why you work in theatre: I enjoy the entire process from pre-production, set building, to strike. I enjoy telling stories and tapping into an inner emotional narrative that can connect people to a character, story, setting, ideal and so forth.
First Role: Nerd – The California School Tales
Favorite Play: Hamlet
Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure: I-phone
First Stage Kiss: I think it was 42nd Street…
Pre Show Rituals: Check my zipper
Special Skills: I can play 9 musical instruments and make babies cry
Any Theatre Superstitions: I never say the “Scottish play” in the theater, never read a review backstage
Worst Costume Ever: Prelude to a Kiss, it was set in the 80’s and I had a terrible pink button upped shirt that was tucked into terrible jeans
Favorite Post Show Meal: Anything, because by that time I’m starving!
Biggest On Stage Mishap: I’ve broken someone’s nose on stage with a door, destroyed a fountain, fell on my knees right on a nail on stage, Broke my finger punching a table, gone through an entire first act with a bloody nose.
Best thing about Fort Worth & the North Side: The people

ADLR on Stage Directions Blog!

Stage Directions Blog has a Video and Pod Cast up about Artes de la Rosa and the upcoming production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! Go check them out!

Special shout out to Dan and Chris over at Stage Directions for joining us for our Professionals Supporting the Arts Mixer.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

INSIDE ARTES DE LA ROSA with Stephanie Cleghorn Bluth

In an effort to let you get an inside glimpse at the world of Artes de la Rosa we'll be doing "INSIDE ADLR" Q&A's with the many different artists that work, live, and play here at the Rose Marine Theater.

Today we spend a few minutes with actress Stephanie Cleghorn Bluth who is sharpening her claws to play Maggie the Cat in our much anticipated production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Born & Raised: TEJAS!
Education: Attended Brigham Young University
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Audition Monologue: Last audition monologue was an original by a good friend of mine, Matthew Greene
First Play/Musical You Ever Saw: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum
Must See TV Show: House
Why you work in theatre: Because I haven’t figured out who I am so playing other people comforts me
First Role: A zebra in elementary school and most memorable first role was Harriet in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass in high school
Favorite Play: Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca
Pop Culture Guilty Pleasure: I like to stalk people on Facebook…
First Stage Kiss: I played Jocasta, he played Oedipus, and he was younger than me and I was so embarrassed the director made all of the other actors leave the room!
Pre Show Rituals: Vocals, stretching, prayer
Any Theatre Superstitions: Lucky underwear
Worst Costume Ever: The zebra
Biggest On Stage Mishap: Late for an entrance because I was throwing up
Best thing about Fort Worth & the North Side: The beautiful friendly people

Monday, August 9, 2010

VARIATIONS on Putting It Together Part Three

And the final post from Executive Director Adam Adolfo summing up The Art of making Art

Bit by bit, putting it together.
Piece by piece, working out the vision night and day.
All it takes is time and perseverance
And a little luck along the way.
Putting in a personal appearance
Gathering supporters and adherents...

When we say night and day, we quite literally mean night and day. We frequently find ourselves eating, breathing, sleeping, Artes de la Rosa. Spending long hours at ‘the shop’ building the sets, shopping for props on what should be a lazy Sunday afternoon, sewing into the dark of night to make sure each bangle, dangle, and jewel is on ‘just right’. The designers, technicians, and volunteers who work tirelessly on Artes de la Rosa productions are the unsung heroes of each season. The hundreds of hours needed to produce a single production is mind-blowing and can easily become overwhelming. We persevere because we know the product will be more then the sum of our parts.

Noting every song but in addition,
Harmonizing each negotiation,
Balancing the part that's all musicians
With the part that's strictly presentation,
Balancing the money with the mission
Till you have the perfect orchestration,
Even if you do have the suspicion
That it's taking all your concentration.

Harmony. Harmony isn’t just a vocal conceit. It’s a spiritual one as well. You attempt to create a sense of belonging, family, and unity amongst designers, technicians, musicians, singers, choreographers, directors, orchestrators, librettists, and boards. Its not easy and you don’t always succeed in this endeavor. Spats occur. Feelings get hurt, and then, You get over it and get back to work. Why? Because we live for the art. Oscar Wilde said, THE STAGE IS NOT MERELY THE MEETING PLACE OF ALL THE ARTS, BUT IS ALSO A RETURN OF ART TO LIFE. With that thought, it would stand to reason, that in the theatre is where we are our most alive. Question: How many of us have sat in a dark theatre and fallen in love with the art? So we endeavour for harmony and work together to make art…bit by bit, putting it together.

The art of making art...
Is putting it together
Bib by bit, beat by beat, part by part
Sheet by sheet, chart by chart,
Song by song, Bit by bit,
Reel by reel, Pout by pout,
Stack by stack, Snit by snit
Meal by meal, Shout by shout
Deal by deal, Spat by spat
Shpiel by shpiel, Doubt by doubt
And that...
Is the state of the art!

Any questions?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

VARIATIONS on Putting It Together Part Two

Executive Director Adam Adolfo continues his discussion on the Art of Making Art...

Art isn't easy
Every minor detail is a major decision
Have to keep things in scale,
Have to hold to your vision.

What's a little cocktail conversation
If it gets the funds for your foundation.
Every time I start to feel defensive --
I remember art is expensive!

Artes de la Rosa, like all arts organizations continues to fight for its very existence in a society that believes the arts are not relevant. It is a well known fact that the average life of a small theatre is 5 years. 5 years and then the company ‘fails’. The question that then comes is “Did the company fail its audience?” or “Did its audience fail the theatre?” Generally speaking it’s a little of both. What can you do? TELL A FRIEND ABOUT ARTES DE LA ROSA. Become an advocate for us! Encourage people to buy season tickets and bring friends to the theatre. We only live as an arts institution with you in the audience. I’m reminded of a song that says, “I’d rather be nine peoples favorite thing then a 100 people’s ninth favorite thing…and if those nine people tell nine people we’ll have 18 people loving our shows and 18 people could grow into 525,600 people all loving our shows!” Our biggest marketing tool is not the paper, not the radio, it is you!

Dot by dot, building up the image.
Shot by shot, keeping at a distance doesn't pay.
Still if you remember your objective,
Not give all your privacy away.
A little bit of hype can be effective,
As long as you can keep it in perspective.
Even when you get some recognition
Everything you do you still audition.

Ah yes…the audition. So you have vision, you have an audience…what you don’t have is a product yet. So you start building up the image that shows the world your vision. You sit with the director and you start finding the fantastic talent that will become your Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, your next Big Daddy, your next Spiderwoman. This is simultaneously an exciting and terrifying process. With each performer’s audition you hope against hope, and whisper a silent prayer that “THIS” audition will be THE ONE that ends the search. Auditions can be a long, difficult, and always exhausting process. It’s all about trials and tribulations and in the end hopefully a crazy success with a cast of talented actors… Well performers. I was once told that my auditions are very friendly. Some auditions can be cold and distant. I don’t understand those kinds of auditions. WE WANT TO SEE YOU SUCCEED! If you succeed in the audition, we are finished! We can ‘go home’ and start putting together the rest of the image.

Art isn't easy,
Overnight you're a trend; you're the right combination,
Then the trend's at an end,
You're suddenly last year's sensation!

All they ever want is repetition,
All they really like is what they know.
You gotta keep a link with your tradition
Got to learn to trust your intuition,
While you reestablish your position
So that your work can be on exhibition!!! BE NEW!

“BE NEW!” That’s what we do! We’re constantly trying to be a point of innovation and ingenuity at Artes de la Rosa. New is only good if it is breaking new ground artistically. There is no point in being ‘new’ for the sake of ‘being new’. Whether reinterpretations of Pulitzer Prize Classics to daring re-imaginations of rarely produced musical gems, our idea is to celebrate the story.

Be new.
They tell you till they're blue.
You're new, or else you're through,
And even if it's true,
You do what you can do!

Stay tuned for Part Three of Adam's Post on The Art of Putting It Together.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Q & A

Q&A; Ask us any question about the upcoming production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Artes de la Rosa and we'll pass them on to the cast and crew and try to get them answered.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Artes de la Rosa announces First Latino Cast of Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Artes de la Rosa at the Rose Marine Theater is proud to announce the casting of the first all Latino production of Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. This explosive new Cuban inspired production features a dynamic young cast of Latinos, brimming with the playwright's trademark emotional intensity and insightful wit. Evoking the heat, passion and desire like only Williams and Havana can, this daring new staging set on a sugar cane plantation in South Florida paints a rich and timeless portrait of a family in crisis. This marks the first in what is a bold multi year American Classic’s Initiative to reinvent the best of American Theatre at Artes de la Rosa.

Joey Folsom as Brick Pollitt
Stephanie Cleghorn Bluth as Maggie The Cat
Rob Bosquez as Big Daddy
Danielle Reboli as Big Mama
Adrian Godinez as Brother Man
(Not Pictured)
Georgia Phillips as Sister Woman
Eddie Zertuche as Doc Baugh
Abel Flores Jr. as Father Tooker
Antonio Romero Jr. as Sookey

Director - Adam Adolfo
Assistant Director – Katreeva Phillips
Scenic Designers – Adam Adolfo & Paul Arebalo Jr.
Costume Design – Justin Kailer
Lighting Design – Paul Arebalo Jr.
Sound Design – Adam Adolfo

The show previews Thursday, September 9th and officially opens Friday September 10th and will run through Saturday September 18th @ 7:30 pm. There is a single matinee Sunday, September 12th @ 2:30 pm. Performances at the Rose Marine Theater, 1440 North Main Street, Fort Worth Texas 76164. $15 General. $10 Students & Seniors. For tickets online go to

Friday, July 23, 2010

Variations on PUTTING IT TOGETHER or What Does an Executive Director Do?

In this first of three blog posts, Executive Director Adam Adolfo talks about the Art of Making Art...

I’m often asked, what is it you do exactly? To be honest, there is no exact about it. As Executive Director for Artes de la Rosa I look out for both the fiscal and artistic future of the company. That’s a very broad and sweeping generalization, but it is also the most concise I can offer. I direct you to a song, Putting It Together, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It gives you the idea of what I do on any given day…

Art isn’t easy…
Even when you’re hot
Advancing Art is easy
Financing it is not!

A vision's just a vision if it's only in your head!
If no one gets to see it, it's as good as dead!
It has to come to life!

Artes de la Rosa is all about that… art coming to life. More specifically Latino art! Artes de la Rosa gives us a chance to experience worlds and cultures that lie deep in our imagination. It also gives a deeper glimpse into our own world. The arts are a uniquely human experience…and that humanity through artistry is what defines us. It is the artist who finds the soul of humanity and allows others to experience their own self discovery…their own humanity. That is not a right of our culture…it is a privilege. A privilege you get to be a part of when you take your seat at the Rose Marine Theater. ONLY at Artes de la Rosa can you be transported from the heated nights of Havana with a cat clawing on the tin roof, to the dark dangerous world of a Latin American prison where dictators rule. Only at Artes de la Rosa can you experience a piece of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela without needing a passport.

Bit by bit, Putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.
Having just a vision's no solution,..
Everything depends on execution
Putting it together, that's what counts!

Vision. Vision is almost the easy part… almost. Before you can achieve vision you must construct the frame work upon which vision will hang. You construct a season, you construct a design team, you construct a production staff, and if you’re lucky you’re working with the best; you start with this team and you set off to ‘create a vision’. I have been extremely lucky! From our directors Yvonne Duque and Tammy Gomez to our administrative staff Maria Solano and Mark Alcala – and everyone in between – we have been fortunate enough to work with the best. But that’s just the start…all of it is just vision… getting the vision on stage is a whole other set of issues!

Ounce by ounce, putting it together
Small amounts, adding up to make a work of art.
First of all you need a good foundation,
Otherwise it's risky from the start.
Takes a little cocktail conversation,
But without the proper preparation,
Having just a vision's no solution,
Everything depends on execution...

The art of making art
Is putting it together, bit by bit.

Execution. Execution sounds wrong – and scary in the right context. This is both the fun and hard part of arts administration. The ‘cocktail conversation’ as a stepping stone for ‘funds for your foundation’. It is imperative for you to be out in the public making connections not only with artists and art administrators but more importantly art enthusiast, philanthropists, and benefactors. The sheer macrocosm of the number of people I meet at a single event is astounding and trying to keep names, positions, and relationships straight in the mind – let alone trying to cultivate them into fruitful long lasting partnerships – is an almost unnavigateable strait. But these individuals, INCLUDING YOU, are the most vital part of Artes de la Rosa. Did you know individual donor contributions make up a crucial part of Artes de la Rosa revenue? Ticket prices do not begin to cover the costs of venue, artists, designers and musicians. Individual donations are the foundation of what allows us to keep prices on our tickets so low. Low ticket prices are the key to our accessibility. That is an unwavering commitment that we are not willing to negotiate. Keep the prices low so that we can see new faces and create new fans while celebrating our old ones!

Link by link, making the connections
Drink by drink, taking every comment as it comes.
Learning how to play the politician
Like you play piano, bass and drums.
Otherwise you'll find your composition
Isn't gonna get much exhibition.

Part Two of Adam's post to come next week! Also be on the look out for a Casting Announcement for our Cuban inspired production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Greetings from your friends and family at Artes de la Rosa! We're so glad you chose to stop by and read our Blog! In the future you can hope to read blogs from directors on our stage, painters in our galleries, actors in our plays, and even our staff!

We'll be updating at least twice a week and giving you the opportunity to really find out what happens behind the scenes at ADLR! Later this week you'll see a blog from our Executive Director Adam Adolfo on what he does as the head of the organization, giving it a clear voice and direction for the future!

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