2015 Upstart Festival Program

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curated by Marya Warshaw and Jillian Peña     


Friday, February 6th @ 8:00pm

Terry: Recovering Pet Detective (Excerpt)

Written by: Kim Katzberg
Directed by: Raquel Cion
Performed by: Kim Katzberg and Nora Woolley.
Special Thanks: Matt Hoverman, Maia Cruz Palileo, Marya Warshaw, Jillian Pena, Emma Rivera, The BAX Staff, The Upstart Festival Artists.
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New Phase

Choreographed by: Jeremy Pheiffer
Performed by: Lily Gold
Special Thanks: Tara Sheena!
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Choreographed by: Renee Gerardo
Performed by: Benny Simon, Sarah Pope and Zoe Allocco
Music by: “Ambulance for the Ambience” by Broken Social Scene (Bee Hives), “Elegia” by Jacaszek (SMM:Content) and “Birds in a Serene Forest” 210 Nature Sounds
Special thanks to my dancers and their hard work! Much appreciation to Kendra Portier and Alexandra Beller for their support.
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no subject lineage / a dance for them

Choreographed by: Lydia Mokdessi & Benjamin Wagner
Performed by: Lydia Mokdessi & Benjamin Wagner
Special Thanks: Portions of text are adapted from Richard Schechner’s “Environmental Theater” and N+1’s 2013 pamphlet “No Regrets” edited by Dayna Tortorici.
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Don’t make the title a joke CAKEDEATH

Choreographed by: Lisa Fagan
Performed by: Lisa Fagan, Miriam Gabriel, Timothy Garlid, Torrey McAnena
Costumes: Philip Berezney and Lisa Fagan
Cake by Philip Berezney
Music:  Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, D. 667/ Op. 114 “Trout”: I. Allegro Vivace, Franz Schubert. Emanual Ax, Pamela Frank, Edgar Meyer, Rebecca Young and Yo-Yo Ma.
The piano is literally one day I was sitting at Mark Morris listening to a guy tune a piano and I thought why would I make anything if something this beautiful already exists.

This piece was created (rehearsed) at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
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Saturday, February 7th @ 8:00pm

(If) You Must Interrupt

Choreographed by: Melanie Greene in collaboration with dancers
Performed by: Melanie Greene, Alicia Raquel, and Nicole Ramsey
Music by: Nick Pavey
Many thanks to Marya Warshaw and Jillian Peña for the opportunity and Fernando Maneca and Emma Rivera for technical support.
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Bridgette MacFadden

Performed by: Lizzie Feidelson
Special thanks to Siobhan Burke, Frances Harlow, and Bridgette MacFadden.
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Choreographed and Performed by: Eli Tamondong
Sound arrangement by: Eli Tamondong
Special Thanks: Alexandra Beller for creative support in the early stages of this work.
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Choreographed by: Samuel Householder
Performed by: Rebecca Allen, Kelly Butterworth, A.J. Pflumm, Samuel Householder, Kristi Ann Schopfer, and Stephen Plante
This work is dedicated to Marcia Barrentine, rest in peace.
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Every Night and Sometimes Twice

Choreographed, Directed, and Written by: Ali Perkins
Performed by: Stephan Amenta and Ali Perkins
Lighting Design by: Elizabeth Stewart
Assistant LD: Charlotte Seelig
Video shot by: Will Mayo, Video Technician: Conrad Golovac, Video edited by: Ali Perkins and Conrad Golovac, “Oh My Darlin’ Clementine” Recorded by: Nikolai Mishler, Stage Managed by: Emma Miller
Special Thanks: Marya Warshaw, Jillian Peña, Becca Co, Nikolai Mishler, Rosemary Quinn, Emma Miller, Will Mayo, Paul Amenta, Conrad Golovac, Mum, Dud, Tay, and McKenzie
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Sunday, February 8th @ 6:00pm

The Contaminant

Choreographed by: Sarah Foster and Christian Serrano
Performed by: Sarah Foster, Christian Serrano, Jeremiah Stanfield, and Kelsey Ludwig
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The Miraculous

Choreographed and Performed by: Kelsey Ludwig
Video by: Jessica Giacobbe
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Choreographed by: Gilbert Reyes
Performed by: Gilbert Reyes and Camilla Davis
Special Thanks: A huge and warm thank you to HUNTER COLLEGE DANCE for providing rehearsal space. This piece would truly not have a place to grow if it were not for you.
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Choreographed and Performed by: Nico Brown
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BADrum – a work in progress

Created and performed by Stephanie Hayes and Emily Reilly
with Christopher Henry and Tanya Marquardt

This presentation is an extract of a longer piece that will be presented at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center on March 26 and 27 as part of the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Suite.
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BIOS (in order of appearance)

Kim Katzberg is a NYC based actor, writer and teacher. Of her breakout show Penetrating the Space, the NY Times wrote, “Penetrating the Space has a glowing, vulnerable, haunting center.”  Penetrating… was nominated for two 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and ran at HERE Arts Center and in a featured run as an Artist-In-Residence at Dixon Place. Of her second solo play Darkling, The NY Times raved: “Audacious… Rich with emotional truth… Katzberg has a gift for writing her own material.” A resident at IRT in December 2013-January 2014, she performed Darkling alongside Nora Woolley’s equally acclaimed Hip. Katzberg was nominated for a 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award (Outstanding Solo Performance) for Darkling. Katzberg has performed other original work at the Bushwick Starr in Catch Performance Series, in Dead Darlings at Judson Memorial Church, and in Showgasm at Ars Nova. MFA in Acting, Columbia University.

Nora Woolley (actor) is thrilled to be working with Kim and Raquel again after their shared residency at IRT Theater last winter.  As an actress, she has recently performed in productions at Abrons Center, Three Legged Dog, Studio Theater, American Repertory Theater, Edinburgh Mainstage, and PS 122 Mainstage.  Her devised theater and film work has been shown at Catch Series, IRT, HERE, PS 122, Singapore International Theater Festival, and the Women in Comedy Festival.  Woolley was nominated for two 2014 New York Innovative Theater Awards (Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Short Script) for her play, HIP (shown in conjunction with fellow nominee Katzberg and directed by Raquel Cion).  Film/TV credits include “Charlie Victor Romeo”, “Rachel Getting Married”, “Chase Me”, and “First Cut”. Woolley is an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. www.norawoolley.com

Raquel Cion (director) Recent projects include: Gilding the Lonely (Writer/Performer)—Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place; Remy Block’s On a Lonely Road…Travelin’ with Joni (Director), Don’t Tell Mama; Kim Katzberg’s Darkling (Director)—IRT Theater, CATCH Performance Series at the Bushwick Starr; Cou-Cou Bijoux Pour Vous (Writer/Performer)—Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place; Lysistrata, La MaMa, Etc.; with Andrea Kleine Dance and Performance: Rationality (A Virtual Performance) and Memoir, LMCC Swing Space; Nora Woolley and Christine Witmer’s Selling Splitsville (Director)—undergroundzero Festival at PS 122, Boston Women in Comedy Festival; Lisa Ramirez’s Exit Cuckoo (Associate Director), The Working Theater; Art Of Memory, Company SoGoNO, 3LD Art and Technology Center; Fête (Writer/Performer), Midtown International Theatre Festival. Recognition for her work includes a Dramalogue Award for Charles Mee Jr.’s Orestes, as well as a Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for the interdisciplinary work Bake Sale with the Bay Area theatre company, The Fifth Floor. Cion performs monthly in the Obie Award winning The Secret City with The Secret City Singers.Her new cabaret, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie, will premiere at Judson Memorial Church’s Open Swim, February 25, 2015.  www.raquelcion.com
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Jeremy Pheiffer is a Brooklyn born dancer.  Pheiffer graduated from Sarah Lawrence in ’09.  Pheiffer has had the pleasure of dancing with some great choreographers, and has been involved with several art installations recently.

Lily Gold is a dance and visual art maker.  As a dancer she has worked with Vanessa Anspaugh, Laurie Berg, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Faye Driscoll, Andrea Geyer, Steven Reker, Jen Rosenblit, Vicky Shick, Roseanne Spradlin, and Larissa Velez-Jackson.  Her work has been shown through Chez Bushwick presents at CPR, Danspace Project’s Draftwork series, Dixon Place’s Brink series, Movement Research Spring Festival, and AUNTS. Lily trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, continued on to study at Hampshire College, and now lives mostly in Brooklyn. She is grateful for this opportunity to work with Jeremy.

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Renee Gerardo is a dancer and choreographer who has performed and presented work over the past 14 years in projects of her own and of others.  She currently dances with The Moving Architects dance company. The past year she has created and presented her own work that has been shown as part of WAXworks at Triskelion Arts and Alexandra Beller’s ChoreoLab at Spoke the Hub.  Past projects include an evening length solo performed as part of the OneAct Solo Festival at Axis Arts and a dance theater duet performed at the former DTW (now New York Live Arts) through The Kitchen’s emerging artist program.  Renee has her BFA in Dance from University of Colorado and her MA in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University.

Benny Simon is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and researcher based in New York City. He has performed his own work, as well as work by Alexandra Beller, Kendra Portier, Lena Lauer, and Diane McCarthy. Benny has a Masters in Dance Education from New York University, where his work focused on the hierarchy of dance in intermedial works. He is certified in the Simonson Technique, is a faculty member at Gibney Dance, and has been a guest artist at Syracuse University, Brandeis University, and L’École de danse de Québec.

Sarah Pope is a dancer, improviser and teacher based in Brooklyn. Most recently, she’s collaborated with Mark Lamb Dance, Sarah Council Dance Projects, Daniela Hoff Dance Company, Sarah Dahnke/Round Tuit Dance Project, and Catey Ott Dance Collective.

Zoe Allocco is from Indiana where she began her dance training as a child. She attended college dance classes as a high school student at Ball State University. She made the move to New York in 2009 and graduated with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College in 2013. While at Purchase she performed works by Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Nelly van Bommel, Ori Flomin, and Manuel Vignoulle. She is very excited for where dance will take her and hopes it will challenge and inspire her life.

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Lydia Mokdessi is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and writer from Chicago, Illinois. She currently works with choreographers Emie Hughes/Sight Specific, Alexandra Pinel/Urban Matter, Stormy Budwig, and Buck Wanner, and her work has been shown at The Living Gallery, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, Triskelion Arts, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is editor of Culturebot.org and her writing has also appeared in American Realness Reading and Movement Research Critical Correspondence.

Benjamin Wagner is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary performer and musician from Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently performs with Lydia Mokdessi and arranges sound scores and live accompaniment for Alexandra Pinel/Urban Matter. He has performed at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Triskelion Arts, The Invisible Dog, Spectrum NYC, and COIL. He is currently working with Andy Horwitz as special projects coordinator for The Talking Band’s 40th anniversary season.
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Lisa Fagan is a Brooklyn-based dance artist whose work irritates the guidelines of modern dance, and plays intermittently within the modalities of dance, theater, improvisation, and radical physical nonsense. Fagan’s work has been presented at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is currently working on a new play with Brooklyn theater company New Saloon.  While living on the west coast, Fagan’s work was produced in the San Francisco Bay Area at ODC/San Francisco, The Garage SF and Kunst-Stoff Arts. As a dancer she has performed the work of Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions, Jodi Melnick, Bandaloop, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and many other artists across disciplines. She has also worked in film, dancing in music videos for artists such as Jim James and Johanna Warren, and will appear in an upcoming science fiction short film by Encyclopedia Pictura’s Daren Rabinovitch called “Smartware.” She is also the creator and director of CAMP (Collaborative Arts Mobility Project), an experimental traveling summer arts residency program.  Fagan graduated from Bard College in 2011. www.lisafagandanceproblems.com

Miriam Gabriel is from Princeton, NJ and has a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Miriam currently works with artists Lisa Fagan, Sarah Lifson, Kyle Marshall, Jessica Myers and Carlo Villanueva.

Timothy Garlid is a Brooklyn based performing artist in music, dance and theater. Most recently Timothy performed in works by Luis Lara Malvacías, Allison Brainard, and Anthony Rosado at Danspace Project, Triskelion Arts, AUNTS and GreenSpace, and is a current member of Dzieci Theatre.

Torrey McAnena: Originally from Abington, Pennsylvania, Torrey McAnena began her dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College and now dances for several modern dance companies and choreographers around New York. Torrey also frequently performs in the workshop events presented by the Merce Cunningham Trust foundation. In addition to performing, Torrey is a teaching artist with the Notes on Motion outreach program and an instructor at Physique 57.

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Melanie Greene is a dance artist, marketing organizer, truth-teller taking on the world through a curious lens. She is no stranger to swirling along the edges of the impossible and swimming among the sea of the minority. Her work weaves a complex tapestry of contemplation, seduction, reflection, obsession, and possession. Greene has presented work at Dixon Place, La Mama Experimental Theatre, Movement Research’s Open Performance Series, 2015 Greensboro Fringe Festival, and BAX’s Upstart Festival. She has also performed with Sydnie L. Mosley’s dance company in raising awareness about street harassment in Harlem, and participated in EmergeNYC through the Hemispheric Institute at NYU for art and activism. Greene holds a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from UNC Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill. When not immersed in all things dance, Greene is an avid candy eater, crocheter, creator, and collaborator. methodsofperception.com


Alicia Raquel is a dancer and performance maker from Oakland, CA living in Brooklyn New York. She is a grassroots organizer, California Arts Scholar and founding member of United Roots Oakland. She recently participated in EmergeNYC and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute and has danced with Typical Theater and the NWA Project since coming to New York in 2014. She is interested in bringing fearless honesty to performance and seeing what happens.

Nicole Ramsey graduated summa cum laude from UNC-Greensboro with a BA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology. In NC, she performed with the Van Dyke Dance Group, the Kearns Dance Project, Confluence Performance Projects, and Cara Hagan. Ramsey has had work presented in Greensboro Fringe Festival’s 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as in CVA’s 2014 “Dirty Fingernails”. She is currently attending the Martha Graham School and hoping to choreograph and write about dance culture in NY.

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Lizzie Feidelson is from Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brown University. She has performed at Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, PS1, AUNTS, the Center for Experimental Lectures, and Show Room Gallery. She recently danced in the work of Moriah Evans.

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Eli Tamondong is a Brooklyn-based artist creating through dance, text, and/or sound under the moniker Projectile Imagery. Since 2013, he has shown work at various New York City venues including Green Space Studio, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson, Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Muchmore’s and Philadelphia venue Hylo Labs. He is a member of the 2014-15 Dance/NYC Junior Committee and a 2014 Chez Bushwick Artist-in-Residence.

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Samuel Householder, originally from Portland,  Oregon, came to New York to study dance at Adelphi University. Amongst his training in classical ballet and modern dance he has pursued and trained various art forms from theatre and poetry to culinary arts. Over the last few years he has worked as an independent choreographer, showing various works throughout New York City. Householder’s artistic endeavors are inspired by his personal experiences and struggles as well as the his perspective of the human condition in urban flux. Most recently Householder was honored to create ‘HIVE’ which was previewed at the 92ndY and at Boston University. Other works by Householder include ‘Cusp’, ’13 at Dixon Place, ‘Ghost’ ’13 at Shapeshifter Lab amongst others. Householder’s mission is to create art that is interdisciplinary, refined and relevant to the pulse of our modern era. He is continually evolving and investing himself in the innovation of his craft.

Rebecca Allen
, originally from Staten Island, New York, recently graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While there she performed works by Doug Varone, Ori Flomin, Mark Morris, and John Heginbotham. She also studied in Perth, Australia at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, focusing on contemporary dance and aerial circus silks. Rebecca has danced with Synthesis Dance Project, AMS Project, and was recently a guest artist in Doug Varone’s Choreographic Intensive where she had the opportunity to dance with Dance Householder, MATYCHAK, and Sum Bones Co. She is currently a member of Core Dance Contemporary. Rebecca is thrilled to be a part of Dance Householder, and looks forward to the many opportunities ahead.

Kelly Butterworth, a Long Island native, graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi University’s undergraduate program where she studied dance and psychology. She went on to earn her M.A. in Childhood Education and advanced certificate in special education from the Adelphi. Under the direction of Frank Augustyn, Kelly had the opportunity to dance the work of Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Doug Varone, Danny Grossman, and Orion Duckstein, amongst others. Kelly is currently a member of Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, under the direction of former Parson’s dancer, Patricia Kenny Reilly, and she has been with Householder since the start of his career in 2010.

A.J. Pflumm, a Kansas City transplant, graduated from Wichita State University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography.  He has performed in numerous works choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Janice Garrett, Cheyla Clawson, Rachel Boyajian, Denise Celestin, Sabrina Vasquez, and Nick Johnson and has toured these works both nationally and internationally.  He is a guest artist for many Kansas-based companies including Ballet Wichita, Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, Mid-America Dance Theatre, Alithea Creations, and Clawson Dances.  In addition to performing, Pflumm is a choreographer with companies including CaptiveFlow, and has created works for WCDT, MADT, and Ballet Wichita.  His works have also been presented at the American College Dance Festival and the Orpheum Theatre.

Kristi Ann Schopfer, calls Bushwick, Brooklyn home; with two fellow dancing graduates of the College at Brockport, where she received a BFA in Dance and a minor in Studio Art. This is also where she met Rebecca Sproul, now Gushue Moving Arts, and has been dancing consistently with since 2007. Kristi Ann has since joined the BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT as both dance artist and managing assistant. She has found herself working with various choreographers in unique and investigative interdisciplinary projects. Kristi Ann began working with Sam Householder in the fall of 2013, and is invigorated by collaborating with the superbly talented artists in Dance Householder. Kristi Ann is also a NASM CPT and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and was featured in Men’s Fitness 2012 as one of the ‘7 Best Female Trainers That Can Kick Your Butt’.

Stephen Plante, is a New York transplant from Kansas City. His performance background is a mixture of dance, theater, and burlesque. Stephen has been seen with Owen/Cox Dance, Kansas City Movement, City In Motion, Burlesque Downtown Underground, Starlight Theater, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.Stephen is a New York transplant from Kansas City. His performance background is a mixture of dance, theater, and burlesque. Stephen has been seen with Owen/Cox Dance, Kansas City Movement, City In Motion, Burlesque Downtown Underground, Starlight Theater, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.Stephen is a New York transplant from Kansas City. His performance background is a mixture of dance, theater, and burlesque. Stephen has been seen with Owen/Cox Dance, Kansas City Movement, City In Motion, Burlesque Downtown Underground, Starlight Theater, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

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Ali Perkins is a Brooklyn based choreographer, actor, and theatre maker. She is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, training internationally at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, as well as the International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. Throughout her training, Perkins has developed work in and around the realm of dance theatre, with a focus on the relationship between text and movement, as well as the connection between narrative and physical shapes. She has performed in Danspace, ArsNova, Walkerspace, the Charlestown Working Theatre, and the Governor’s Island Figment Festival, in addition to a number of performances at NYU, including “Footfalls,” “The Serpent,” “Pericles,” and a number of devised and original works. This past January, Perkins’ choreography in her latest collaborative dance theatre piece, “Still Life With Apples,”  premiered at Dixon Place.

Stephan Amenta [Regional] A Great Wilderness, Hapgood (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  [NYU] Execution of Justice, Every Night and Sometimes Twice, The Room In Between, The Wild Party.  [New York] But I Digress… (4th Street Theatre), The Morgue the Merrier (Tiny Rhino),  Speaking Up! (Young Players Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Connelly Theatre). [Film] Remnants of Men, A Separate Piece. [TV] “Plant”, “Dates From Hell”, “Celebrity Ghost Stories.”  [Edu] B.F.A., New York University

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Sarah Foster and Christian Serrano have been dancing and creating work together in New York City for over two years.   They call upon a broad, multi-disciplinary training to inform their work – from ballet to modern, aerial to clown, and theater to contact improv. Simply put, their goal is to create beautiful things and to make people happy through their work, which has been shown at the Amalgamate Artist Series and most recently at the Boston University Dance Showcase.  This past summer, they were in residence on Governors Island for six weeks where they created and presented ReArrange, an immersive dance theater installation.   Audiences raved that it was “surreal” and a “deeply unique and wonderful experience.”

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Kelsey Ludwig is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York.  She holds a BFA in Modern Dance Performance with a minor in Philosophy and Religion from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the Program and Studio Manager at Chez Bushwick, and is the Founding Director and Curator of 5×7 Space, which is a bi-monthly Philadelphia based event showcasing artists that explore performance based work, film, and two-dimensional artwork. Since graduating in May, she has worked with Romeo Castellucci, and Philadelphia based choreographer, Megan Mazarick. She has presented her own performance work at CPR – Center for Performance Research and Panoply Performance Lab, in New York, Centre Nationale de la Dance, in Paris, and the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. She experiments with sound under the moniker Daily Monthly.

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Gilbert Reyes was born in the Bronx and raised in Spanish Harlem, Reyes graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology focused in Linguistics with a minor in Afro-Latino Studies. Inspired by physicality and improvisation Reyes plays with the body’s different venues of exploration through movement research. He dances for Maura Donohue and Frankie Martinez as well as Christal Brown. He is currently creating work that questions the relationship between authority and reputation in todays current events surrounding police brutality towards people of color.

Camilla Maria Davis graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Dance. As a recent graduate, Davis has received the wonderful opportunity to work for various artists both nationally and internationally. She has performed in the Ticino in Danza Festival in Switzerland (2014), Indorican Multicultural Dance Project, Movement Research, RAW artists showcase, Sybarite Showcase, and Dixon Place. Davis is currently working with New York emerging choreographers Alexandra Amirov of Amaris Dance Company and Gilbert Reyes. She is also the creative/production assistant and mentee of Marjani Forté-Saunders. Davis has interests in pursuing a career as a choreographer and using the time as a performer in order to cultivate experiences to fuel that aspiration.

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Nico Brown is a dance artist originally from rural Illinois. His work attempts to reconcile his experience with expansive landscape against his love of extravagant, full-bodied dancing. The result is often described as minimal, formal, and irrevocably queer. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, complemented by a BFA in Theatre Stage Management from the same institution.

Brown is a Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts recipient, a Makehouse Sponsored Artist and a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship recipient. Brown has presented work in New York City, throughout the Midwest and abroad. As a performer, he has worked with Jennifer Monson, Kirstie Simson, Renée Wadleigh, Nick Duran, Megan Kendzior, Deke Weaver and Jennifer Allen. www.nicobrown.org

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Stephanie Hayes is a Swedish/British Brooklyn-based actor and theater artist. In March, Stephanie will perform in Flannery O’Connor’s Everything that Rises Must Converge, directed by Karin Conrad, which will tour NYC, Chicago and New Haven. In April, a new collaboration with Lily Whitsitt and Door 10. REGIONAL THEATER: February House (The Long Wharf Theater) Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep) OFF BROADWAY: February House (The Public) Old Fashioned Prostitutes (The Public) Illusions (Baryshnikov Art Center) INTERNATIONAL THEATER: Stupid Little Girls (Canada), Shreveport, Texas! (Canada) FILM: Acts of Imagination (Official Seleetion at Toronto Film Festival) PLAYS/OTHER WORK: Exit, Commander Kitty! (Tigermilk Collective, Canada), Vaska, Vaska Glöm: A tale for Forgetters and Fish (Yale Cabaret). Stephanie was a co-artistic director of the Vancouver based performance company Tigermilk Collective for 5 years. She has taught theater and created work in Sweden, UK, Siberia, Canada and the US. She is an artist in residence at Mabou Mines and is also currently translating and adapting Strindberg’s The Creditors. Stephanie has an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. More importantly- she is pregnant.

Emily Reilly is a British, Brooklyn based theater artist who makes work across a number of disciplines. As a performer she has performed at The Samuel Beckett Theater and The New Theater, Dublin, The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, The Volksbühne, Berlin. She has also worked with choreographer/director Pascal Rambert. As a director her work has been presented at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh; The Tron Theatre, Glasgow; The Project Arts Centre, The New Theatre and The Samuel Beckett Theater, Dublin; The Black Box Theatre in Belfast and The Yale Cabaret. In 2011 her production of Minute After Midday by Irish writer Ross Dungan was awarded an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First. As dramaturg/artistic producer she works with Margot Bordelon, Alex Harvey, Alex Mighail, Kate Attwell, Tea Alagic and dance-theater collective I AM A BOYS CHOIR. From 2013-2015 Emily is an artist in residence with Mabou Mines Theater Company. She has an MFA in Dramaturgy from The Yale School of Drama.

Chris Henry is a New York based performer. Upcoming: Ludic Proxy (The Play Company) Past performances: Civil War Christmas (New York TW); Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Servant of Two Masters (Yale Rep), Summer: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, On the Razzle, Paradise Now, The Blue Room (Williamstown); TV: “All My Children”; BFA: Carnegie Mellon, MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Tanya Marquardt is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Selected performing credits include: The Show Must Go On (Jerome Bell), a site specific show in IKEA called The Swedish Plays (radix theatre), this cage is a rickety bridge with collaborator Jesse Zubot (the Longest Night Festival), and Stray (Brooklyn Arts Exchange). As the Co-Artistic Director of Proximity Arts from 2008-2010 Tanya produced, performed, wrote and co-directed Transmission, which took place in once illegal poker space, and Mal de Mer, a dance about seasickness that took place atop a custom built moving ‘ship-stage’ at sunset. Tanya’s work has been supported by the DTRC, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, American Association of University Women, and the Hertog Fellowship. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the PuSh Performing Arts Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, VIVO Media Arts, and NeXtFest. She got her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Currently she is writing Stray,a memoir of her time as a teenage runaway, working on a new solo with Kayt MacMaster, creating Duets for One with Tim Calson and Mallory Catlett and performing with 2012-2015 BAX Artist in Residence Melanie Jones.

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