Crave Artisan Chocolate Creates Signature Flavor for Zach Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

“Diamond Crunch” Available Now Exclusively at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre and Crave Artisan Chocolate

Signature Flavor “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark available now to celebrate ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

NOW through the ZACH Theatre 2017-2018 Season

ZACH Theatre | 202 S. Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704

Crave Artisan Chocolate has created a signature chocolate flavor to honor ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark was inspired by the vibrant community of Austin along with involvement of ZACH Theatre’s spirit and ties to Austin. Krystal Craig, owner and founder of Crave Artisan Chocolate worked to create a taste that captures Austin’s on-the-go, vibrant and playful, but also casual, laid back and versatile attitude to express the similar feeling one experiences when attending a ZACH Theatre production.

The notes in this blend of vanilla, chai and espresso represent these shared characteristics with the stronger playful aspect coming from the sugary crunch as a nod to ZACH’s 85th Diamond Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark is available now exclusively at ZACH Theatre through the 85th Season.

Craig explains why she crafted this exclusive flavor for ZACH Theatre, “As an Austin native, having the opportunity to commemorate ZACH’s special 85th anniversary means a lot. Working with other local businesses fuels inspiration in me to develop new flavors and chocolate products. Additionally, and more importantly to me, ZACH Theatre is a staple Austin landmark I know and appreciate after growing up and experiencing the way this city has grown and changed.”

Commercially producing chocolate since 2005, Krystal Craig was born and raised in Austin. Named as a “Rising Star of Chocolate” by the Austin Chronicle, “Top Pick” by Austin Monthly and highly regarded by ZAGAT’s landing her name on multiple lists, Krystal seemed like the perfect person to capture the essence of ZACH’s Anniversary Season. Working with chocolate encompasses the full scope of Krystal’s passions in art, business, people and health. Just like theatre, chocolate is a craft requiring a collaboration of patience, practice and developed technique. It supports creative drive while providing challenge, and comes with the best end result of making smiles.

ZACH’s 85th Anniversary Season opens with the musical gem Singin’ in the Rain, based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film in special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.  Singin’ in the Rain will play ZACH’s Topfer Theatre September 27 – October 29, 2017 under the direction of Abe Reybold, Associate Artistic Director of ZACH Theatre with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Dominique Kelly.

** ZACH’s full 17-18 Season schedule attached **

Texas Cultural Trust Presents 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters, ZACH Theatre, TONIGHT!

Featuring performances by Tosca String Quartet, The Peterson Brothers, Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy Chorus

 Special presentations by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott & Special Guest Holland Taylor

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to present the 2016 Texas Young Masters event, on April 25th at ZACH Theatre with honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott and special guest Holland Taylor.  The Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative with the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) awarding 8th through 11th grade students scholarship grants of $5,000 a year for two years, and recognizing artistic excellence in students across all artistic disciplines – from dance, literary arts, and media arts/film, to music, theater, musical theater, and visual arts.  Since its inception in 2002, the TCT and TCA have given 263 grants to 124 previous Young Masters, awarding $707,500 to aspiring artists from across the state. Tickets on sale soon.  For more information, visit

The 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters will be awarded at an award ceremony and star-studded concert, with an Opening Reception at 6:00 pm, and Awards Ceremony at 7:00 pm.  The Opening Reception will feature a Young Masters Lounge, complete with photo booth, signature “mock-tail,” and special performance by 2004 Young Master and violin virtuoso, Charles Yang.  Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star,” Yang started studying violin while a young child in Austin, and has gone on to international acclaim.  He will also be performing during the show, in collaboration with 2014 Young Master and Carnatic percussionist Jay Appaji.

Multi-GRAMMY award winner and Trust board member Ray Benson will emcee the Young Masters ceremony, along with Majic 95.5 afternoon drive personality Juliet Brandon.  The show will open with Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy chorus.  As the first Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin IDS, Blackshear used the arts to help increase enrollment by 20% and was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School.  Austin’s Tosca String Quartet will also perform during the ceremony.  Internationally known for their “Tango Nuevo” performances, the quartet has enjoyed crossover success by performing and/or recording with such artists as Arcade Fire, Spoon, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Schneider, and on the soundtrack to the arthouse classic Waking Life by Richard Linklater.  The evening will come to a close with a rousing performance by local favorites, The Peterson Brothers Band.  Thanks to inspiration from the legends of the past and present, The Brothers are helping keep the Blues alive, even with one still in high school and the other just starting college.  In addition to their ever growing list of touring dates, including a Monday night residency at Austin’s renowned Continental Club, Glenn and Alex Peterson have been honored by the Austin Chronicle Music Awards, and were twice voted the Best Band in Bastrop County, in addition to having received accolades from The Dallas Examiner and The San Antonio Express-News.

The evening will also feature performances by previous Young Masters, including: Jared Brown, 2014 Young Master in Dance; Morgan Starr,  2010 Young Master in Dance; Jay Appaji, 2014 Young Master in Music; and violinist, Charles Yang.  Honorary Chair, First Lady Cecilia Abbott will present the medals to the 2016 Class of Young Masters.  Holland Taylor, EMMY winning actress, will introduce the Young Masters in Theatre/Musical Theatre.  Taylor is currently starring in Ann, a one-woman portrait of the legendary governor of Texas, for which she has been nominated for a Tony Award.  Ann is currently running at ZACH Theatre.

The Young Masters program is made possible through the generous support of the following Program Founders:

AT&T Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation, Applied Materials, BNSF Railway, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Mrs. W.D. Noel, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon.

Special Thanks to our Scholarship Underwriters:

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Butler; Texas Women for the Arts; ExxonMobil; Neiman Marcus; the Scurlock Foundation; Lee Bailey, Friends of Jesùs Moroles; Dian Graves Owen Foundation, Guillermo Nicolas and Judy Robison.

For more information on the Texas Young Masters program, visit

We Invite You to Support the Young Masters Program


Dear InFluential Magazine Family:

This year, our publisher William Jackson is delighted to be serving on the Host Committee for the 2016 Texas Young Masters program. We hope you will join us in celebrating the very best of Texas by considering a donation to this extraordinary program of the Texas Cultural Trust.

The Texas Young Masters program, a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, recognizes excellence in 8th through 11th graders in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and literary arts. The program funds a mentoring relationship between a gifted Texas student and a master in their artistic field by awarding grants of $5,000 per year for two years. This grant provides the boost that allows the rising stars in Texas to become the legends of tomorrow.

Your support is critical to the success of the Young Masters program and to the Texas Cultural Trust’s goal of raising awareness of the importance of the arts for children’s education. In order to continue this outstanding program the Texas Cultural Trust relies on the donations of supporters. To celebrate and recognize these talented young artists, the Texas Cultural Trust will host the 2016 Texas Young Masters Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 25, 2016, at ZACH Theatre.

So how you can help? Please consider making a donation or gift to the Young Masters program. Your gift ensures that a young artist will have the opportunity to live their dreams and explore their craft in a professional avenue. You can also spread the word about these outstanding young masters to your personal and professional networks. For an online donation, please donate at the below link and mention William Jackson’s name in the Host Committee member field.

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We hope you will join us in celebrating these gifted young artists and we wish you a wonderful year.

Kindest regards,

InFluential Magazine

William Jackson Stars as Guest Judge in the Top Austin Model Finale 2013

Fierce and Fabulous Competition featuring Local Talent

William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine stars as Guest Judge in the Top Austin Model Finale 2013 presented by ButterFly Entertainment scheduled 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 24th at Zach Theatre. 

Top Austin Model is an annual, multistage competition for Austin-based models.  Top Austin Model was created in 2011 by ButterFly Entertainment and exclusively features Austin-based talent and businesses to serve as a platform for creative fashion professionals in Austin, Texas.

After three months of competition, our remaining contestants will have one last chance to impress the judges at the Top Austin Model Finale on Sunday, March 24 at Zach Theatre.  Models will wear clothing by local designers Heart-Shaped, Navi Bleu, and Teresa Valenzuela, with hair and makeup provided by Jackson Ruiz Salon.  The top three contestants will be introduced, the Fan Favorite revealed, and winner Top Austin Model 2013 announced!

Also gracing the runway will be a few Fabulous & Fashionable Men of Austin, including Marques Harper of the Austin American Statesman; Eric Renteria of Etiquette Vintage Design; Matt Swinney of Austin Fashion Week; Mic Trotty, The CW Austin; AJ Vincent named “Best Keyboardist of Austin” 2011 and 2012; David Yeomans of KXAN Weather, and more!

 DJ Brandon Shabazz will entertain the crowd with special guests Melanie Phillips and Tiny Dancer.