Michael Meigs established AustinLiveTheatre.com, now CTXLiveTheatre.com, in June, 2008. He has written more than 800 reviews of live narrative theatre produced in Central Texas and has published another 200 written by colleagues. He extended the site's area of coverage first to San Antonio and later to theatres within an area bounded by Waco, Bryan-College Station, Brenham, Corpus Christi, Kerrville, and Fredericksburg.
Michael graduated from Vanderbilt University in Spanish literature with a minor in drama and earned a master's degree from the University of Kansas in international drama (comparative literature and technical theatre studies). A career with the U.S. Foreign Service took him, his wife Karen, and their two children to Africa, South America, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Caribbean. Along the way he earned additional graduate degrees in business, economics and national security studies.
His foreign languages are French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Portuguese and Italian. He is a member of the Swedish Translators in North America (STiNA) and the UK-based Swedish-English Language Translators Association (SELTA). The Scandinavian-American Foundation awarded him its 32nd annual translation prize in 2011 for Lars Gustafsson's The Dean. In October 2013 Other Press published his translation from Swedish of Gabi Gleichmann's The Elixir of Immortality. Amazon Crossing, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, publishedhis translations of 2018 Spanish thriller The Dark Circus by Ana Ballabriga and David Zaplana and two novels by Delores Redondo. The American Translators Association awarded his translation of Redondo's All This I Will Give to You the 2020 Lewis Galantière literary translation award, and the Queen Sofia Institute put his translation of her The North Face of the Heart on the short list for the 2022 Queen Sofia Prize. He translated the first two novels of a popular historical trilogy by German writer Carina Bomann The Inheritance of Lion Hall (2021) and Matilda's Secret (2022) for Amazon Crossing.
As production coordinator for Gilbert & Sullivan Austin during the 2021 COVID shutdown, he recruited Austin theatre artists for 17 Fresh Takes on Gilbert & Sullivan, contempory reworkings of famous musical theatre sequences. The Fresh Takes are all posted at the Gilbert & Sullivan Austin website.
Michael is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Austin Critics Table. He's webmaster for the Austin Critics Table Facebook page. In June, 2017 he appeared onstage at City Theatre as Gremio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Kevin Gates.
He is a board member of Gilbert & Sullivan Austin, as well as a board member of the Austin Area Interpreters and Translators Association (AATIA).
[photo: Steve Rogers]
David Glen Robinson
David Glen Robinson, “Dr. Dave,” has lived off and on in Austin for just more than 40 years, pursuing graduate work and a professional career. Also, he has worn variously the hats and face paint of the dance, theatre, art, and writing communities on the vibrant Austin scene. He has contributed more than 100 reviews to CTX Live Theatre. (Photo by Steve Rogers)
Brian Paul Scipione
Freelance writer, sommelier, international traveler, Brian Paul Scipione holds a bachelor's in Creative Arts from Hofstra University and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas. As an amateur actor he has appeared on stage in many eclectic places including Austin, Texas, Long Island, New York, Oxford, England and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As a journalist he's had articles printed in the Middle East, India and the USA. His play Cat in the Rain was produced by Shakespeare and Company, Lenox Massachusetts.
Justin M. West
Justin West is an Austin-based writer, producer, and director who co-founded Mercurial Theatre.
Hannah Bisewski is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Kara Bliss McGregor
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Catherine Dribb is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Christine El-Tawil is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Taylor Flanagan has been studying and participating in theatre in one way or another for about twenty years, and has been very lucky to work with many other wonderful theatre companies in Austin.
She was awarded Austin's B. Iden Payne award for the 2014-2015 season for outstanding acting as Gabrielle York in When the Rain Stops Falling.
When she's not onstage, she teaches Spanish and Theatre at ATA College Prep, spends time with the best husband on the planet, and annoys their grumpy tortoise and crabby cat.
Taylor begins on the B. Iden Payne theatre awards commitee with the 2018-2019 season.
(photo and bio via Shrewd Productions, Austin)
Thomas Hallen is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Jessica Helmke is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Austin resident and theatre lover Samantha Hendel has a few years of theatre experience and is passionate about promoting live theatre within the Austin community.
Thaïs Hinton is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Stephen Meigs had an MFA in acting from the University of Michigan and many years of experience, including management of the Actors’ Theatre of Nashville. He passed away in Willemstaat, Curacao, on March 5, 2017.
Jeremy Moran is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Jessica Marie Padilla
Jessica Marie Padilla is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Austin Community College student Amanda Paz is enrolled as a student intern with CTX Live Theatre for the spring, 2019 semester.
Ed Penn is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Reviewer active February - April, 2022. No longer associated with CTXLiveTheatre.
anonymous reviewer is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
Randi Spears is a living mystery, for whom we do not have a biography.
David Treadwell, professional chemist and enthusiastic performer, relocated from Bastrop to New England in 2020.
Actor Casey Weed, earlier a core member of the Baron's Men, appeared in their Merchant of Venice, Henry V (Falstaff), Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio) and perhaps most memorably as a satyric Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Casey passed away on September 24, 2017 at the age of 47.