Somebody’s Hero is:
Philip Geurin, Monty Harper, Jonathan Khoury, Lisa Tackett, Roger Connelly, Aaron Bushong, Chad Forté
Somebody’s Hero Players:
Various players from the OKC Improv Touring Company are called upon to round out our four-person team. The Touring Company performs for OKC area libraries every summer, and all players have experience performing for and with children.
Phil, Lisa, Monty, and Roger. Click to download a full-sized photo.
Lisa, Roger, Monty, and Phil. Click to download a full-sized photo.
Philip is best known as a storyteller featured in Tulsa SummerStage supported by the PAC trust, and has performed two one-man shows there: ‘Camp is Not Sexy’ and it’s sequel ‘Funerals are Not Sexy’. These works have also shown in the Allen Theater in Los Angeles, Tulsa University, and over the dinner table of his friends and family.
Phil has performed over 30 shows with Kids on the Block for kids around the oklahoma area. Philip currently teaches impro for the Fancy Pants Theater Company, the Heller Theater’s Laughing Matters and the Lighthouse Academy Charter School with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. He is the director of Free Soles, CantinaProv and a member of the nationally touring Take One Productions, the OKCI AllStars, the OKCI Touring Company, Crayons, Roomies, JourneyMen, Martin the Mime Magician, and all sorts of one man shows. He has guest starred in the nationally touring musical improv show Off Book. He has performed specialty Impro events such as business lunches for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, Anime Conventions numbering in the thousands, Mother/daughter church events in Bristow, birthday parties of all ages, and library performances across Oklahoma (it’s in the double digits, man). Philip has taught impro workshops at Pitzer College Los Angeles, Tulsa University, ACT Tulsa, Freedom Vally Church, and All Souls Unitarian Church.
Philip Geurin started improvisational theater in 2005. He trained impro with ‘the grandfather of improvisation’, Keith Johnstone, in the Loose Moose Theater in Calgary, with ImpRAWv in Los Angeles, with Clint and Buck Vrazel of Twinprov in Oklahoma City, and with many, many books. He’s workshopped for hours with Jill Bernard, Craig Cackowski of Community, Karen Wright of ‘Imp’ at Magnet theater, Joel Spence of the Upright Citizens Brigade West Touring Company, the Second City East Touring Company, the Julliard Summer Improvisation Workshop, and Red Letters.
Philip Geurin started theater performing original plays for his parents, aunts, and uncles at the age of three. They were adorable, but not very good.
Monty Harper writes and performs award-winning children’s songs about science, reading, and creativity. His audiences laugh, clap, sing, wiggle, shout, roar, giggle, jump, hoot, pop, snap, and most of all… think!
Monty began dabbling in songwriting for fun around 1989, the same year he entered the Master’s program in mathematics at Oklahoma State University. He found he had a knack for entertaining neighborhood kids with his songs, and by the time he completed his degree in 1992 he was fielding a slew of requests for appearances at schools and libraries.
Two decades of summer library programs have lent meaning to Monty’s work. “It’s so important for kids to love reading,” he says. “I try to convey my own exuberance for books and libraries through the songs.” Monty visits 40-50 libraries each year. His ReadingSongs.com website lists several dozen songs he has penned for various reading themes since 1990. Monty’s CDs, Take Me to Your Library, Paws Claws Scales and Tales, Get a Clue, and Let’s Get Creative (recorded with kids’ rock guru Mr. Billy), were each inspired by past summer reading program themes.
In 2007, Monty brought another life-long interest into his work with the launch of Born to Do Science (www.BornToDoScience.com), a monthly event at the Stillwater Public Library that brings kids into face-to-face conversations with real scientists about their current research. The ongoing program inspired his latest CD, Songs From the Science Frontier. His research-inspired songs power his latest elementary school offering, an interactive multi-media performance about the nature of science.
Monty teaches songwriting through his one-day “Say It in a Song” workshops and extended residencies for elementary schools, funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council. The songs he most recently co-wrote with fourth and fifth grade classrooms are available to hear at Patreon.com/Songs.
Monty has been on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster since 1995, he writes songs for clients, and his songs and recordings have won many honors from groups including Parents’ Choice, iParenting, NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Kids Radio Mania, and Unisong International. He has released eight titles on CD, available through CDBaby.com and iTunes Music Store.
Monty resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Evalyn.
Enough already! Come to my school!