XI.ME.NA BORGES (Music Director, Composer), a New York/Venezuelan experimental musician, is an extremely eclectic songwriter and composer. Armed with an array of digital and analogue technologies, she uses her voice to blend the music of disparate times and places, creating alluring sonic collages. Called “pop diva of opera” by Parenthesis Magazine, Borges migrates confidently between avant-garde opera and electronic pop, from stacked harmonies and joyful hooks to moodier, reflective moments that showcase her sophisticated vocals. Beloved in her native Venezuela, she has performed concerts and festivals with renowned musicians such as Aquiles Baez,Galeica, Los Hermanos Naturales, and La Vida Bohème and has appeared regularly in national TV and radio. She is currently musical director for Heidi Latsky Dance, and in New York and Berlin she participates in multidisciplinary collaborations, including composing music for theater-dance companies such as Damage Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and Kate Lee Theater. Borges released her latest album, CORNERS, in late 2017.
CHRIS BRIERLEY (Composer) is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England, and was a founder-member of the Kreisler String Orchestra. The orchestra won first prize in the International Jeunesses Musicales String Orchestra Competition in Belgrade and collaborated with Brian Eno, John Cale, Youssou N'Dour and Michael Nyman. For the past ten years, Chris has worked in Soho, London, as a composer for film and commercials, including the 2009 film 'The Age of Stupid' from Director Franny Armstrong, starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite. Other credits include the feature-length documentaries 'Drowned Out' and 'Mclibel', the latter of which was broadcast nationally in the USA in 2006. Chris has a long-standing association as writer and performer with the Band of Holy Joy and is a visiting artist at Heart ‘n’ Soul, a groundbreaking arts organization based in London and run by artists with learning disabilities.
ANNA KATHLEEN LITTLE (Fashion) studied Fashion Design and Theory at NYU's Gallatin School. In 2010 she began her design career for a boutique luxury womenswear house. In 2012, she embarked in the fashion and film industries as a Designer for corporations such as Banana Republic as well as Production Designing films and series.
SUSAN OBRANT (Fashion) From Grammy nominated record album Art to museum level painting, Obrant has worldwide collectors. Her crochet is “Sophisticated, edgy, Abstract Art you can wear”. “A Serious Art Discussion “ currently at HVCCA Art Museum in NY combines both. Audra McDonald in film and Daisy Jopling at LC have performed in Obrant.
TIMOTHY WESTBROOK (Fashion) is a sustainability driven fiber artist native to Wanakena in the Adirondack Mountains in NYS. He received a BFA in Fiber Arts and Material Studies from Syracuse University. His work has won numerous awards nationally and has been featured in publications from the Huffington Post to Italian Vogue.
ROSA WEINBERG (Fashion) is a Massachusetts-based artist and licensed architect who creates functional objects and sculptural wearables. She teaches interdisciplinary classes based on the architectural studio model full-time at NuVu Studio, a full-time innovation school for middle and high school students in Cambridge.
NuVu STUDIOS (Fashion) is a full time innovation school for middle and high school students. Under the guidance of Jenny Kinard and Rosa Weinberg, students have created custom sculptural wearables. Teams of students interviewed the dancers then synthesized the content to create sculptures which externally represented these personal aspects.
PAUL GALANDO (Film) is an executive, educator, and emerging media artist working in collaborative digital film, technology and entrepreneurship in the arts community, educational institutions, corporate and non-profit organizations. He is passionate about creating opportunities for movement media artist.
STAN HARRISON (Musician/Composer) is a multi-woodwind player/composer who has traveled the globe playing and recording with Serge Gainsbourg, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duran Duran, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Steven Van Zandt, They Might Be Giants and many others. He is also the cofounder, along with Steve Elson and Lenny Pickett, of The Borneo Horns, a saxophone trio which performs the beautiful and extremely challenging music music of Lenny Pickett. He studied saxophone with Joe Allard, composition with Dennis Sandole, Robert Moevs and Huang Ruo, and orchestration and conducting with Rudolph Palmer. In addition to arranging horns for artists such as David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg, They Might Be Giants and many others, Harrison also composed music for television and film. He recently completed a string quartet and an extended work for cello, marimba and tenor saxophone. His most recent project is the Mud Music Ensemble, a chamber group performing original works for saxophone, string quartet and rhythm section.
JANET WONG (Film-On Display) is the associate artistic director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and New York Live Arts. She is originally from Hong Kong and trained as a dancer in Hong Kong and London and danced professionally in Berlin. Janet started working with video and projection in 2005.
DAVID LINTON (Audio Description) is a Professor Emeritus at Marymount Manhattan College. He creates and narrates audio description scripts for blind audiences for film, theater and dance. In addition, he is a member of the cast of the old-time radio podcast Fireside Mystery Theater.
4 WHEEL CITY (Music) is an entertainment organization started by Namel “Tapwaterz”Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez, two talented hip-hop artists and motivational speakers in wheelchairs due to gun violence. Our mission is to use hip-hop music and culture to create more opportunities for the disabled and inspire people not to give up in life.
MICHAEL FERRARO (Interactive Technology)
LOREN ABDULEZER (Interactive Technology) is the CEO of Evolving Technologies Corporation. He has been building XR and immersive experiences for persons with disabilities, the arts, documentary storytelling, and virtual tours, since 2015. Notable immersive experiences include Portable Docent- an award winning Bose AR App that lets a person explore paintings through activated voice overs and soundscapes using their gaze and Testimony - in collaboration with Zohar Kfir that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Testimony is an interactive documentary for VR that shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Testimony is an advocacy platform to allow the public to bear witness to those who have been silenced. Loren is also authoring the book Magic Leap Development Revealed: building and publishing apps with Unity(tobe published by Apress in Q1'2020).
GOOGLE’S CREATIVE LAB (Interactive Technology) is a group of creators, developers and filmmakers around the world who explore and play with Google’s tools and the emerging digital technology that surrounds us. Google’s mission is to make the world’s information universally accessible. With this partnership, Google’s Creative Lab provides the technology that enables audience members to experience information in new ways. By augmenting the real, physical world, individuals connect with the performance in a new and personalized way, pushing the boundaries of expectations for the power of technology for good.
JEREMY ALLIGER is the Executive Producer of Alliger Arts, and was the founder and, for 20 years, the Artistic and Executive Director of Dance Umbrella, one of the most active producers of contemporary dance in the United States. He has produced more than 15 unique festival gatherings and touring productions, including the first-ever Aerial Dance Festival, Jazz Tap and Hip Hop festivals, the unprecedented International Festival of Wheelchair Dance, and the world premiere of Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. He has served as a Panel Chair at the National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston Cultural Council, and a panelist and artistic advisor for a long list of organizations, including the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundation.
CARLOS ARIAS (Costume Design) was born in Barcelona, Spain, and moved to the United States in 1975. After a long and successful career in fashion design, he took up photography. Arias has exhibited his work throughout the US and internationally, and his work is in numerous private collections. While still designing costumes for dancers and special fashion collections, he is a technical consultant for important fashion companies. He lives and works in New York City.
CHRISTOPHER ASH (Lighting Design) has designed for Yale Rep Theatre, South Coast Rep, River North Chicago Dance Co., Drury Lane Oakbrook, Drury Lane Watertower Place, Hershey Park, Heidi Latsky Dance, Hubbard Street 2, Hershey Felder, Arizona Theatre Co, Geffen Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Victory Gardens Biograph, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre At The Center, NYMF, Maltz Jupiter, About Face, Opera Delaware, and Summer Opera. His designs have been seen touring throughout the world, including in Germany, France, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and a majority of the United States. In 2006, he received an After Dark award for the lighting of "The Sweet Smell of Success" for Circle Theatre in Chicago. In 2008, he was Jeff nominated for his lighting design for “Wedding Play” for About Face. In 2009, he was a nominee for the Michael Maggio emerging artist award, and was Jeff nominated for the Scenic design of “Pump Boys and the Dinettes” for Drury Lane Oakbrook. In 2010, he was a nominee for a Garland Award for the projection design of “Solitude” at the LATC, and an Ovation Award for the lighting design of “1951-2006” at the LATC. He is currently pursuing an MFA in design at the Yale School of Drama. You can see more of his work at ChristopherAsh.com.
GREGORY L. BAIN, MSW (Production Manager) Following 30 years of extensive world touring with numerous music and theatre artists, and dance companies active in media technologies, arts administration, theatre production, commercial and theatrical lighting design, sound design and stage management, as well as audio and video recording technologies, Mr. Bain directed his career toward becoming more active in early childhood education, human development, and social service activities that promote education, empowerment, and advancement opportunities for underprivileged and underserved individuals, families and communities. 2010 marked Gregory’s 23rd year of collaboration with Heidi Latsky.
KAY GAYNER (Assistant Director, ONE HOUR: TWO WORKS) has been a member of the National Dance Institute (NDI) artistic staff since 2000 but has served in a myriad of capacities since 1987, currently as Master Teaching Artist/Choreographer in New York and as Artistic Director of the NDI China Project. She served five years as Artistic Director for North Carolina Arts in Action, an NDI associate program located in Chapel Hill, NC. Kay was named NDI's 2009 Teacher of the Year. She leads the institute’s programs at partner schools PS 130, PS 234 and PS 199, where she works with a diverse special needs population, including wheelchair-mobile dancers. For NDI, Kay has directed the 2006 Event of Year: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the 2011 Event of the Year: A Sense of Wonder. As a dancer, singer and actress, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Playwrights Horizons, Circle Rep, HERE Arts Center and Westbeth. National tours include A Chorus Line (Morales) and Fat City (voice of Lovely Kitty). She appeared as Annie in The Norman Conquests at Primary Stages in New York. She co-wrote and choreographed The Ballad of Larry the Flyer, which she performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, New York Fringe Festival and Ensemble Studio Theatre (E.S.T.). She appeared in the world premiere of Frank Gilroy’s Contact with the Enemy at E.S.T., nominated for a 2002 Drama Desk Award for Best Play. She has also appeared in E.S.T.’s Oktoberfest ’96–’01 and served for 2 years as artistic director for E.S.T.’s Intern Lab. Film work includes the lead role in “Heroines,” Mrs. Coates in “Tully,” and Kay in “A Special Place.” She co-wrote narration for the award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary, “Family Name,” that aired on PBS in 1998.
KATHY KAUFMAN (Lighting Designer - IF) A native of New York City, Kathy Kaufmann has been lighting dance and performance around the world for over 20 years. She has had the good fortune to work regularly with many wonderful artists including David Parker, Meredith Monk, Gina Gibney, Eiko and Koma, Ben Munisteri, Jacques D'Amboise, Kota Yamazaki and Jody Oberfelder. Her most recent projects were for Daria Fain, Aitana Cordero, Larissa Velez, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Patricia Hoffbauer and Hilary Easton. She was honored to be included in Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and received a Bessie award for her body of work in 2004 and for Yvonne Meier's Stolen in 2009.
EVA MANTELL (Visual Artist) has had her work curated at The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, P.S.1, The Jersey City Museum, and internationally at The Istanbul Biennale; Foto Antwerpen, Belgium; Art and Idea Gallery, Mexico City; Solar Art Center, Bolivia. She has created visuals for dance and theater productions including "Balletto Stilletto" and "Trophy Wife" at LaMama, E.T.C., and "Blood Cherries" at Dance Theater Workshop. Please visit www.evamantell.com
SHARON MILANESE (Rehearsal Direction/Swing) is originally from New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of three. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Sharon has studied at the Royal Academy of Dancing, Boston Ballet, Ballet School New York, the Paul Taylor School, and ODC/San Francisco. Her professional credits include performing with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, CorbinDances, Jodie Gates, the Liz Gerring Dance Company, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble, New York Theatre Ballet, Cortez and Company, and Verb Ballets.
FRANK PONZIO (Composer and Musical Director, DISJOINTED) has earned wide acclaim and admiration for the integrity, sensitivity, and passion of his playing. A graduate of Indiana University School of Music, Frank has performed and collaborated with numerous distinguished artists such as Ben Vereen, Phil Donahue and Baby Jane Dexter. He performs regularly with Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). As a composer, Frank has written for TV commercials, plays, and film. As an educator, Frank has been especially active in the community. He has enjoyed a fifteen-year association with Jacques d'Amboise and National Dance Institute (NDI), serving as its Music Director from 1991 to 1994. Since 1997, he has been the music teacher and dance accompanist for wheelchair-mobile students at PS 199 in New York.
STEWART SCHULMAN (Dramaturg, ONE HOUR: TWO WORKS & TRIPTYCH) is a director, writer, producer, and independent filmmaker. For the stage, he directed world premieres of The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Productions), Touch of Rapture (NJ Rep), Silence (NJ Rep), The Pavilion (Penguin Rep),Out of the Wheelchair and Into the Fire (co-written by Schulman and comedienne Esther Goodhart; Pan Asian Rep), and Lágrimas de mis Madres (co-written with poetess Maria Aponte; Shotgun Productions) and has written the full-length plays Sister Bert and Fragments of Grey. For film, he has written the feature screenplays In Between Love, La Macha, and Beyond Measure and directed numerous short films. Last year Schulman produced and directed Kasser at 10, a documentary detailing the history of the Alexander Kasser Theater.
CHRIS SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINA FRIK (Costume Design for GIMP 2008 Premiere) - Dynamic Duo Beach wear designers for labels: Dotti and Beach Star. Their designs are in Macy's and Nordstroms in the Swim Dept. Both enjoy being creative and get inspired by music and the arts.
SXIP SHIREY (Composer), just finished composing music and sound design for "Marsupial Girl" by playwright Lisa D'Amour, which was developed through collaboration between The Minneapolis Children's Theater and New Dramatists. As a member of The Daredevil Opera Company, Sxip has performed at The Sydney Opera House and The Adelaide Festival in Australia, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway with Anti-Gravity's Crash Test Dummies. Shirey and co-composer Rima Fand toured New England Universities with Erin Orr's puppet theater piece "Savage Nursery", which was developed with a grant from the Henson Foundation and developed at HERE. Fand, Orr and Shirey are currently developing a short piece to be performed at Saint Anne's Warehouse puppetry lab. Shirey's solo work is performed regularly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in NYC. Shirey toured as support act and host for The Dresden Dolls Fall 2006 tour. He has also performed at The Adelaide Fringe in Australia and at numerous underground parties in Brooklyn. Shirey's favorite piece in the last year was working with gay, lesbian and trans-gendered teens for a piece directed by Michelle Matlock through YES and Dance Theater Workshop.
LESLIE SMITH (Stage Manager/Technical Director) was the resident lighting designer and supervisor for Second Avenue Dance Company (NYU Tisch 2012–14). Design credits include Dark Matters excerpt (chor. Crystal Pite,NYU Tisch); Five Objects in Isolation and Solitude (chor. Alex Ketley, NYU Tisch); The Nutcracker NYC (chor. Giada Ferrone, Alvin Ailey Dance Center); Puppet Titus Andronicus (dir. Ryan Rinkel, The Beckett at TheatreRow); The Dwarfs, Footfalls, and Rockaby (dir. JoAnne Akalaitis, NYU Tisch); and Meantime (dir. Stephen Fried, NYU Tisch). She holds a BA in English from Lewis and Clark College, an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU Tisch Design for Stage and Film, and a J.S. Seidman Award (2014).
STAN STRICKLAND (Composer and Musician) has performed around the world, appearing on radio and television, and performing in clubs and concert halls, including Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. His work has been featured on other artists’ recordings, he has performed with the likes of Herbie Mann, and opened for jazz greats Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. In addition, he has held leading acting roles in various productions, including the Boston Art Group's production of Harlem Renaissance. Stan has performed and collaborated with over a dozen choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Bill T. Jones. He has a MA degree from Lesley College in Expressive Arts Therapy where he is an adjunct professor. Stan is Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary team of professional artists, working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances.
PAOLA STYRON (Co-Director of IF) was a leading performer and collaborator for over twenty years with choreographer/director Martha Clarke. Productions with Ms. Clarke include: Off Broadway: "The Garden of Earthly Delights", "Vienna: Lusthaus", and "Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited)", "The Hunger Artist", "Miracolo d'Amore","Vers La Flamme" (Lincoln Center Great Performers Series);The operas "Marco Polo", and "Orfeo ed Euridce" (New York City Opera) "Hans Christian Andersen" (American Conservatory Theater) "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (American Repertory Theatre) "Belle Epoque" (Lincoln Center Theater). With renowned Canadian soloist Margie Gillis, Paola is a frequent guest artist and choreographer for both stage and film. She was Associate Artistic Director of Faustwork Mask Theater from 1990-2000. An aerialst and equestrian, she recently worked with choreographer Paula Josa-Jones on an evening of Equestrian Dance Theater. Paola is also a certified instructor of THERAPEUTIC RIDING, a form of therapy using horses and horseback riding to enhance and promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of people with disabilities.
ORLANDO WELLS (viola), a native of Orange, NJ, Orlando Wells began studying the violin at the age of 9. While attending LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, he picked up the viola. Mostly self-taught in High School, he graduated winning the Behrens Foundation and B'nai Brith scholarships. Mr. Wells attended S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. His primary teachers have included Yuval Waldman and Michael Tree. Equally proficient on both the violin and the viola, he has held the principal viola chair with the Antara Chamber Orchestra, and the concertmaster chair with the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, the Orchestra of the Bronx, and the Bronx Opera. He has appeared as a soloist with Antara, the Manhattan Virtuosi and the St. Peter by the Sea Orchestra. Mr. Wells also performs with The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, SONYC Chamber Orchestra, The Ritz Chamber Players, Allentown Symphony, Sweet Plantain String Quartet, The Emerald Trio, and the Radio City Christmas Show Orchestra. Performing frequently on Broadway, he has played regularly with Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, Wicked, and was the violist on the first national tour of the Broadway show, Little Women. Most recently, he was the violinist/violist on the new Broadway show Crybaby. He has collaborated with musicians of many different genres and styles. Some of the artists he has worked with are, John Legend, Mariah Carrey, Rihanna, Kanye West, Marvin Hamlish, the Akua Dixon Swing Quartet, and Sojourner Strings. Mr. Wells has recorded with artists Joss Stone, Joe, and Alicia Keyes among others.
ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Design, Solo Countersolo/Somewhere) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theater, dance, contemporary music, opera, and museums on stages throughout the country and abroad. Wierzel has along collaboration (28 years) with choreographer and director Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. His other dance collaborations include works with Elizabeth Streb, Liz Gerring, Gallim Dance Company, Doug Varone, Larry Goldhuber, SeánCurran, Molissa Fenley, Donna Uchizono, Alonzo King, Charlie Moulton, Margo Sappington, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Productions include the opera companies of Paris-Garnier, Tokyo, Toronto, Glimmerglass Festival, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric, Seattle, Boston Lyric, Minnesota, San Francisco, Houston, Washington National, Virginia, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Florida Grand, and Portland, among others. His New York theater work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the musical Fela! (Tony Award nomination 2010) and, recently, Lady Dayat Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald, and Indian Ink at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Wierzel’s extensive theater work includes productions a tall major American regional theaters.
RANDALL WOOLF (Composer) studied composition privately with David Del Tredici and Joseph Maneri, and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. He is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective. He is composer-in-residence for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and with the String Orchestra Of New York City. In 1997 he composed a new ballet of "Where the Wild Things Are", in collaboration with Maurice Sendak and Septime Webre. In 2003, he composed "Women At An Exhibition" for the Akron Art Museum and Symphony, with a video by Mary Harron (director of "American Psycho") and John C. Walsh. He composed an arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for the Kronos Quartet, who are playing it on tour. He works with John Cale (cofounder of the Velvet Underground) as an arranger, notably score for the cult classic "American Psycho. On October 11, 2008, Woolf's string quartet version of songs of Nico will on a festival curated by Cale at Royal Festival Hall in London. His works have been performed by Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, Timothy Fain, Mary Rowell, Todd Reynolds, Ethel, Kronos Quartet, conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, Present Music, Fulcrum Point, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle Symphony, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, California EAR Unit, and others. Current commissions include a concerto for beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo, and a piece for Classical Jam.
MARTY BELLER (Composer)
SEAN CURRAN (Guest Choreographer)
LESLEY DILL (Visual Artist)
MATTHEW EGGLETON (Production Manager)
LINDA ERBES (Production Manager)
KATJA ESSON (Filmmaker)
MARY FULHAM (Director/Playwright)
KRIS LEFCOE (Filmmaker)
DOUG ROSENBERG (Visual Artist)
NATHAN TRICE (Dancer/Choreographer)
VALERIA VASILEVSKI (Director)