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Jennifer Decker

Jennifer Decker

Jennifer is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. She has dedicated herself for the last decade to Independent theatre in Houston. Mildred’s projects include - AS DIRECTOR: Carnival Round the Central Figure, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Kama Sutra, Dark Matter, Triptych, A Murder of Crows; AS ACTOR: Eros: A Circus (acrobat), Things Being at the Worst (Puttenesca), Tomorrow Morning (Claire), Mac Wellman’s Dracula (Vampirette), [sic] (Babbette), A Long History of Neglect (Justine), One Flea Spare (Darcy), Rot (Claire), Night of the Giant (Clara), Under the Big, Dark Sky (Mother), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), and Kimberly Akimbo (Patty). In the last few years, she has also worked as actor, director, producer or advisor with many other independent Houston theatres, including dos chicas, Fan Factory, The Landing Theatre, Thunderclap Productions, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Nova Arts Project, Unhinged Productions, the national reading of The Laramie Project: 10 years Later, and others. She has an MLA in English and an MLA in Drama from St. Thomas University. Her writing has been published in Laurels and the Allegheny Review. She also teaches English at Houston Community College. She received a ‘BEST OF HOUSTON’ Nomination in the Houston Press in 2007 for Best Actress, and a nomination for Best Artistic Director in the 2012 Houston Theatre Awards. Jennifer was recently featured in the Houston Press's 100 Creatives.


John Harvey
John Harvey

John Harvey is co-founder of Mildred’s Umbrella, and the writer of several of our plays: Kama Sutra, Eros: A Circus, Things Being at the Worst, Tomorrow Morning, Hotel Pasiphae, Needful Creatures, Night of the Giant, Under the Big, Dark Sky and Rot. A graduate of University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, his poems have appeared in such journals as Gulf Coast, Whiskey Island, and XCP. Harvey has collaborated with local writers in performance-art shows at the Art Car Ball and the Menil Collection and made his acting debut in December 2003, in a dos chicas theater commune production of Immaculate Contraception/Sadomasochistic Christmas. He also played Inspector Viper in Mildred’s Umbrella’s Tomorrow Morning, and Jonathan Harker in Mac Wellman’s Dracula. He is Director of the Center for Creative Work at The University of Houston Honors College.


Rebecca Ayres

Rebecca Ayres

Rebecca is the Company Manager for Mildred's Umbrella and has worked with Houston Arts Organizations since 2003. Highlights include: Stage Manager - Speeding Motorcycle (2006, IBP), Hotel Play (2004, IBP); Museum of Dysfunction V (2012, MU), Kimberly Akimbo (2012, MU), Ravenscroft (2013, MU), Museum of Dysfunction VI (2013, MU), Rome (2014, MU); Set Designer - Murder of Crows (Mildred's Umbrella, 2008), Notions of Right and Wrong (Mildred’s Umbrella, 2011); Resident Technician/House Manager - Diverseworks ArtSpace (2006-2008). She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Comparitive Literature from New York University.


Karen Schlag
Karen Schlag

Karen is Artistic Director for the Mildred’s Umbrella Children’s Outreach Program and has performed for the company in shows such as Cuckoos (Beatrice), Last Easter (June), Murder of Crows (Nella), Notions of Right and Wrong (Annabelle, Mother), Rot (puppeteer/shadow), Dark Matter (Mary Jones) and Mac Wellman’s Dracula (Vampirette). Some of Karen’s other theatre work includes Sylvia (Kate) and It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play (Lana Sherwood) for Texas Repertory Theatre; Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) for Phoenix INC Theatre Company; The Tamarie Cooper Show (ensemble) with Catastrophic Theatre; Twelfth Night (Viola) with the Shakespeare-By-The-Book Festival; A Doll’s House (Nora) and Eleemosynary (Echo) at Company Onstage; and Loplop Presents Loplop (Frida) performed at Obsidian Art Space. Karen can also be seen in the Houston films Jacob (Lucky Chucky Productions), The Disappointed Sniper (Privitera Productions), Brushing Death (City Cyclone Entertainment, LLC) and Bitters and Other Natural Remedies (Cinema Overdrive). Some of Karen’s directing credits include Lady and the Tyger for Mildred’s Museum of the Dysfunction (2010), Charlotte’s Web and Aladdin, both at Company Onstage and The Three Lives of Marion with Wordsmyth Theater. Karen is a Communications lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown, a member of the Houston-area Actor’s Gym and a founding member of Wordsmyth Theater.


Ashley Allison

Ashley Allison

Ashley has worked with Mildred’s Umbrella in several shows including Margo Veil, Lonely Odd Creatures and Alice and the Underground, which won the audience choice award at the Freneticore Fringe Festival. Ashley has also worked with Nova Arts Project in The Bacchae and Gate of Heaven. She would like to thank her boyfriend for all his support and writing her bio. Ashley is also featured in the Mildred's Umbrella pin up calendar.

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