Jim Price is currently the head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at Texas State University and also serves on the BFA Musical Theatre Faculty. He has amassed numerous Broadway, off-Broadway, and national touring credits over his 30 years in show business, including the original Broadway cast of The Civil War and Ring of Fire, national and international tours of Les Miserables, as well as being an original cast member of the off-Broadway hits Bat Boy-the Musical and Bare. He recently wrote music for and performed the role of Hitchy Wilson in The Ballad of Zipfield and Gus at the Ground Floor Theatre in Austin. As a playwright, he was selected to be a Lark Playwright’s Workshop Fellow for 2007-2008 to take part in a year-long development program run by renowned playwright Arthur Kopit. Jim’s play, Collision Course (semi-finalist, O’Neill), has had readings/workshops produced at the Actor’s Studio(P/D workshop), Stanford University, The Shotgun Players in Berkeley, the Lark Theatre in New York City, and most recently a new one act version was premiered at Texas State University. He was a finalist at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho where his play Colony Collapse received a workshop in 2009. He is the composer/lyricist of Cold Feet, a musical (finalist, O’Neill NMTC), which is now licensed by Miracle or 2 Productions in New York City. He has taught master classes in acting, musical theatre, and playwriting at colleges all around the country.
Dr. Greg Bolin is a native of Helena, Montana. Greg has served as the Head of Music Direction for Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance since 2010. The Austin Critics table has twice named Greg the music director of the year for his music direction of Hair, Oklahoma and Anything Goes. In addition to his work at Texas State, he has also acted as music director for more than forty shows in major theaters across the country and is a highly regarded vocal coach and clinician. He is also certified in the Michael Maresca One Voice singing theory/technique.
An accomplished arranger and orchestrator, Greg has provided original vocal arrangements and orchestrations for Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess and Zachary Scott Theater’s Porgy and Bess (for which he received a special citation from the Austin Critics’ Table). He has also created original arrangements for Larry Gatlin, Shirley Knight, Marva Hicks and David Jennings.
Greg received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition from the University of Texas in 2007 and his original compositions have since been performed across the country and around the globe. His piece Fleisher Pass for symphonic winds was premiered in Japan in 2007 and was subsequently included in the sixth volume of Better Teaching Through Performance in Band (GIA Publications). In 2013, Greg completed his second opera, Tango, which will toured the country in the spring of 2013, courtesy of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Performance Network.