The University of Tamarie

As a mother of a child entering kindergarten, three-time college dropout Tamarie Cooper's got education on her mind. 

This summer, school's in session at the University of Tamarie! 

Tamarie takes on the Texas State Board of Education, theater class, SEX ED(!), Ted Cruz, standardized testing, the metric system, the angst of high school, the confusion of college, and much, much more as told by her singularly wacked out take on, well, everything. 

Enroll now for a truly twisted and seriously silly educational experience!


The University of Tamarie is the 18th installment of the Tamarie Cooper juggernaut. Since 1996, Tamarie has wowed Houston audiences almost every summer with an entirely original, full-scale, musical comedy extravaganza – filled to the brim with songs and gags and hi-jinx from some of Houston's funniest theatre artists. Without question, her original plays have been among the most wildly popular summer offerings. Tamarie's shows truly are a unique and uniquely Houstonian phenomenon.

TAMARIE COOPER has been performing her entire life. She is associate director of The Catastrophic Theatre, which she co-founded in 2007 with longtime collaborator and dear friend, Jason Nodler. Originally trained in dance, she began working in theatre at HSPVA and helped to found the Infernal Bridegroom company in 1993, where she worked for fourteen years. She is a seasoned actor, director, designer, choreographer and occasional writer, best known for her original musicals, which enjoy highly successful runs and a cult-like following in Houston. Tamarie has been featured in national trade magazine Stage Directions and has received various "Best of Houston" awards from The Houston Press for her performances and original work. In addition to her original work, favorite roles/productions include: Marie and Bruce (Marie), Fleaven (choreographer), Hide Town (Miss Iva), Medea (Medea), Rhinoceros (director), A Soap Opera (Andrea), We Have Some Planes, Fucking A (Hester), Happy Days(Winnie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). Tamarie is married to Zach Elkins, a custom furniture designer. They are the proud parents of Rose, the most wonderful little girl in the whole wide world. 

PATRICK REYNOLDS is a graduate of The Second City Training Center Writing Program (Chicago). In Houston, he was a company member at Main Street Youth Theatre and Infernal Bridegroom Productions, as well as touring as a VIP clown with Cirque Du Soleil (Dralion) in Mexico City. Patrick wrote the book for The University of TamarieA Very Tamarie Christmas, Tamarie Cooper’s Old As Hell!, Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue, The United States of TamarieJourney to the Center of My Brain (in 3D!) and was a performer and contributing writer in multiple Tamalalia shows (2000, 6, 7, and 8). You should hire him to write for you….