Our New Arts & Culture Editor: Troy Schulze & Art Attack

Troy Schulze has been a professional actor, a director, a playwright, art critic and journalist.

Starting next Monday, he'll add a new title to his repetoire as he unveils a brand new enterprise for the Houston Press -- an Arts & Culture Blog called Art Attack -- that will join its sister blogs: Hair Balls, Rocks Off and Eating...Our Words.

As the first ever Houston Press Arts & Culture Editor, Schulze will be in charge of assembling a team of freelance arts writers who'll present lively online reports on the full range of arts and culture in Houston. He'll be bringing in some names you recognize, as well as new contributors to www.houstonpress.com.

He'll be calling on contributions from readers to make sure we aren't missing anything and he hopes to showcase all manner of up-and-coming talent in the Houston area.

"There's tons of exciting things going on in Houston and they deserve an audience," Schulze says. "I want to introduce people who don't normally go out to see arts events to go out there and see what's happening. This type of crowd is not necessarily a buttoned-up, stuffy thing and even if some things are, we should be able to change that."

Schulze had a previous stint at the Press as an assistant Night & Day editor. He has also been a company member and associate artistic director with Infernal Bridegroom Productions, (with whom he wrote and directed three world-premiere productions and performed in dozens of shows) and is a company member of Catastrophic Theatre. He's won Best Of Houston awards from the Press and the Houston Chronicle named him one of Houston's "Ultimate People of 2005" under the headline "Rebel With A Cause" for his contributions to Houston theater.

Besides writing for the Press as a freelancer, Schulze has also written for Opportunity Houston Magazine, a Texas Monthly supplement; Houston Modern Luxury Magazine and Visual Art Source.

"Troy is someone who's really dedicated himself to the arts world; he knows its demands, its ups and downs and the hard creative work it requires. In addition, he practices a journalism that is authoritative, thoughtful, clever, sometimes irreverent and frequently challenging," Editor Margaret Downing said. "Combined with his knowledge of Houston, we thought he was the best choice from a field of talented contenders for this new position."

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