What's Great About Summer Stock Austin?
There is no tuition fee for our participants who are selected solely on the basis of their demonstrated talent, promise, and character.
Everyone Does Everything
Second, as part of a “stock” company, each of our participants performs, designs, builds, and assists with every aspect of a theatrical production.
Our participants have the opportunity to work side-by- side with university faculty as well as theatre professionals from Austin and around the country. Our high school students get a taste of theatre at the college level, and our college students gain entry into the world of professional theatre.
To our knowledge, this is the only program of its kind in the United States.
WHAT ARE THE CRITICS SAYING?
For 10 years, Austin’s pool of talented musical theater performers has grown steadily, fed by the rigorous training of Summer Stock Austin’s extraordinary repertory program. - Cate Blouke (Austin Statesman)
Summer Stock Austin’s production... is as flawless as they come. - Jeff Davis (Broadway World)
If you’re speculating on the future of theatre, this is stock worth investing in. - Robert Faires (Austin Chronicle)
We rarely see shows that... hit a bar this high. - Dan Solomon (Austin Chronicle)
Overview of our program
The Summer Stock Austin program is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, there is no tuition fee for our college and high school participants who are selected solely on the basis of their demonstrated talent, promise, and character. Second, as part of a “stock” company, each of our participants performs, designs, builds, and assists with every aspect of a theatrical production. Finally, our participants have the opportunity to work side by side with University faculty as well as theatre professionals from Austin and around the country. Our high school students get a taste of theatre at the college level, and our college students gain entry into the world of professional theatre. To our knowledge, this is the only program of its kind in the United States.
Co-Founder & Producer
Ginger graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as Stage Manager or Production Manager for various Austin Musical Theatre Productions, where she managed the AMT Performing Arts Academy for six years. Ginger has directed productions with St. Edward’s University, Zilker Theatre Productions, Arts On Real, Second Youth, and Austin Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre. She has also been guest director and/or choreographer for several schools in central Texas and conducts theatre workshops all over Texas. As the Director of Education and Outreach for the Long Center, she currently runs Texas Arts Project, Summer Stock Austin, The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, and the College Audition Program. She is founder/director of Texas Arts Project, a nationally recognized arts sleep-away camp at St. Stephen’s School. She is a proud co-founder of Summer Stock Austin, where she has directed Footloose, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, The Producers, Pippin, Into the Woods, and The Addams Family. Ginger has been the Producing Director of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards since its inception in 2014. She is director and coach for the College Audition Program, preparing high school students for college auditions. For the past five years, Ginger has been working with her mentor and friend, Scott Thompson on his new broadway bound Musical, One For My Baby.
Rachael is a Baton Rouge native and graduated from Louisiana State University's College of Music & Dramatic Arts with a BA in Theatre Performance. While at LSU, she also worked with the nationally recognized Swine Palace Productions and was a co-founder of local theatre company Pass the Hat Productions and the LSU Undergraduate Theatre Alliance. 2015 marks Rachael's 10th year teaching and directing theatre at Dripping Springs High School, and she has served as Summer Stock Austin’s company manager for the past six years. With the company, she has also served as an associate and assistant director.
DR. MICHAEL MCKELVEY
Michael has been an active performer, musical and stage director on the Austin theatre scene for 17 years. Together with Ginger Morris, he founded Summer Stock Austin in 2005. Michael is the head of voice and an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Point Park University’s nationally-renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts. He was formerly the Coordinator of Music and Director of Musical Theatre at St. Edward’s University. As a stage director, Michael’s credits include Urinetown, A Year with Frog & Toad, Footloose, Carousel, I Love You because, City of Angels, Company, Sweeney Todd (B. Iden Payne Award), Evil Dead, The Last Five Years, John and Jen, Assassins (biP Award) and The Pajama Game. As a musical director, he has worked for the majority of musical producing companies in Austin with almost 70 titles on his resume. Some of his favorite musical direction credits are Company, Sweeney Todd (biP Award), Crazy For You (Austin Critics’ Table Award), Assassins (biP Award), Pajama game, Parade (ACT Award), Seven brides... (biP Award), The last Five Years, into the woods, and beauty and the beast. He is also an active composer writing scores for Austin Shakespeare, the Mary Moody northen Theatre and Scottish Rite Theatre. Besides his university duties and directing activities, Michael also serves as a faculty member for the Texas Arts Project, and before moving to Pennsylvania was the Artistic Director of The Performers’ workshop, a board member for Hyde Park Theatre, and an artistic associate with Penfold Theatre Company.