A BIT ABOUT US
TEEN VOICES, INC. WAS FOUNDED BY ERIC LEVY & STACY WINSETT
Eric Levy has been acting, directing, producing and teaching theatre for over thirty years. It all started when he was a sophomore in college (well, it actually started in the fourth grade, when he had the lead role in Mrs. Hurst’s class production of Rip Van Winkle, but that was long ago – before cell phones). He spent a summer at Oxford University taking a class on Shakespeare in performance, where he and his classmates got to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform eight different plays and then interview actors, directors and designers from the RSC about their creative processes. He has been in love with theatre ever since.
Since that fateful (in a good way) summer, Eric has acted in or directed over fifty shows. In fact, he loved theatre so much that he quit his job as a lawyer in 2002, got a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter in the UK and went on to teach hundreds of drama students from ages eleven to nineteen, including a stint as Head of Drama at one of the oldest all-girls school in the world. His greatest theatrical achievement (other than meeting his wonderful wife Lissa while they were both performing in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night– his Malvolio to her Olivia) has been organizing three separate student performance tours to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world. Family brought him back to North Texas (and alas, back to the law as his day job), but his commitment to developing teenage students not just as performers, but as makers of theatre, is stronger than ever.
Eric is a strong believer in theatrical process over product. Yes, people come to (and pay for) the end result, but the journey that the students make along the way, whether they are rehearsing an existing play or creating their own piece of theatre, is where the real magic happens. Eric also believes that teens are more than just a collection of social media posts, selfies and brooding thoughts, and he is constantly impressed when his theatre students come up with new, interesting and engaging interpretations of plays or themes that seem to have been done to death. Finally, he believes that theatre offers teenage students the opportunity to tackle complex and sensitive issues with compassion, maturity and a critical eye. If a student is willing to work hard, take risks, get back up whenever he or she falls down creatively and commit to giving audiences something to think about when they leave the theatre, Eric wants to work with them!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
"You're mad, you're bonkers, you're completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret - all the best people are."
--Alice in Wonderland
“Acting is not a genteel profession. Actors used to be buried at a crossroads with a stake through the heart. Those people’s performances so troubled the onlookers that they feared their ghosts. An awesome compliment. Those players moved the audience not such that they were admitted to a graduate school, or received a complimentary review, but such that the audience feared for their soul. Now that seems to me something to aim for.”
Stacy Winsett is not an actor. Stacy has been involved with youth theatre for about three years, and in that time she has racked up a lot of valuable experience. Working with more than 20 shows at three different theatres doing promotional photography, costuming, hair/makeup, graphic design, sound and lighting design, and show/stage management, Stacy has become the ULTIMATE THEATRICAL ADMINISTRATOR. No, really - that's her official title. And luckily, she enjoys the administrative & crew aspect of theatre!
Working with Eric on Elephant's Graveyard in 2018 was Stacy's favorite theatre experience. Because they worked so well as a team together, they also led a Shakespeare Master Class together. She believes that the process of engaging teens into a collaborative environment is the best way to lead and teach. When a director is more like a teacher who wants you to figure out the answer, the production value increases tremendously!
Stacy lives in Allen and is married to Mr. Winsett. She has three awesome kids, only one of whom is involved in theatre. She also has three dogs who stink. She likes to host parties, take photographs, and make grocery lists (although grocery shopping is in her bottom five).
"Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, It lights the Whole Sky."
– Hafiz, from The Gift
"As always, with acting, you can't be too self-conscious. You shouldn't care about what people are thinking about you at the time because they're not caring about you, they're caring about the character."
– Freddie Highmore
"Every guy should be the owner of a really nice pen. When you put your thoughts down, or whenever you're going to share something with someone, it means something if it bleeds out in a nice ink."
– Rami Malek