BABEL is a performance. Bodies as building blocks, creating towers and structures: climbing, yielding, flying, falling. BABEL tells the story of a tower, built so high it offends god. God divides the people who build it and gives them separate languages so that they cannot build again. The piece explores the human desire to create, the necessity of communication, and how human ambition can overcome adversity. Babel is co-created by WT McRae and Jeremy Williams in collaboration with the company.
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WT McRae (Core Company/Co-Creator/Director) has lived in NYC since 2001 creating theatrical and visual works, and contributing to the field of arts education. Recently as a director, WT has directed and choreographed Children of Eden, Seussical, and Bye Bye Birdie (Sitka Performing Arts Center), Medea (PPAS). He is an actor, clown, dancer, director, designer, writer, and devised theater collaborator. He has traveled with The Pheonix Woodwind Quintet, The Long Island Philharmonic, and The Bronx Arts Ensemble performing Peter and The Wolf and Babar in schools, libraries, and community centers for 11 years. Working with fellow clown Christina Gelsone he spent 5 years running Fool's Academy and touring shows in schools that teach curriculum using slapstick and circus. WT has performed with Salmon Spawn Theater, Spellbound Theater, Oberon, Boomerang, and many more. As an educator, he works with The New Victory Theater, where he has taught, built curriculum, and coordinated/ conducted research. WT is the director of theater for Alaska Arts Southeast, and the Head of the Movement Department for PPAS. Additionally, he is a guest lecturer for NYU, LIU Post, and Circle in The Square Theater School. His research has been presented at The National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference, and will be featured at the NY Arts in Education Roundtable Conference this spring. www.wtmcrae.com
Jeremy Williams is committed to excellence and innovation in the Performing Arts in the roles of director, choreographer, producer, educator, and consultant. He focuses on challenging and redefining the creation of new works, developing curricula and pedagogy, as well as leading professional development of educators, artists, and audiences. Williams has lead the creation of over 50 original pieces across the country. Working with a highly theatrical sensibility, Williams creates within a large range of genres and styles through compelling storytelling, heightened sensory entertainment, and a great love for old fashioned showmanship centered around powerful physical performance.
As a director and choreographer he has staged plays, musicals, and dance in New York, regional theatre, and for universities.Recent credits include: West Side Story, PIPPIN, & Fiddler on the Roof (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), MURROW (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble) He has been a frequent director/choreographer for the NYC-based Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Williams' work has been seen at NYC venues: TheatreLab, The Wild Project, PS 122, Theatre at the Riverside Church as well as in studio showings at The Vineyard Theatre, Gibney Dance Center, Shetler Studios, Space on White, DANY Studios, and others. Selected Regional credits: “Medea” (University of Louisville), “Magdalene, Woman of Light” (Denver Civic Theatre), “Touched” (Kentucky Center for the Arts), and “Handler” (Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder).
Williams holds an MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BS in Artistic Leadership from the University of Louisville. He is the founder & Producing Director of Convergences Theatre Collective.
Ana Carolina Lima (Company) is a Brazilian actress from Sao Paulo based in New York, best known for the TV soap opera "Uma Rosa com amor" and for the short movie “Espalhadas pelo ar” that was exhibited in the “Cannes Film Festival” and for which she received three awards as Best Actress. She has been working in theater since 2001, when she first graduated from the INDAC drama school in Brazil. During her 10 years of experience in Brazil, she worked in different theater styles: Absurd, doing a tour with 4 very fiscal plays of Samuel Beckett; Comic, playing for one year the lovely vaudeville "Run for your wife" of Ray Cooney; drama, playing Lady Chatterley in a Theater adaptation of the very polemic book of D. H. Lawrence; experimental, being part of the company for 4 years with 2 different plays, "O que eu entendi do que o Tom Ze disse" and "Quem Nunca".
Ana moved to NYC in 2013 and graduated from the Lee Strasberg Film and Theater Institute, Conservatory program in 2015. She is flattered to be part of Babel.
BROOKE FERRIS is thrilled to be part of the amazing, loving, talented cast that is Babel, and to be exploring the world of acrobatic theatrical dance. An actress and singer who loves to perform new work, Brooke has often been seen at the Duplex in her one-woman shows, such as Brooke Ferris: On Fire! Don’t Put Me Out and You Must Be Under 5’ Tall To Ride This Ride, with original music by Cassandra Kubinski, Garry Novikoff and composer/lyricist Josh Cohen, who also wrote The Sacrifice of Love, based on a personal essay written by Brooke and which was nominated for a 2010 MAC award. Other favorite shows include MEET JOHN DOE by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman, which she performed off-Broadway at the NYMF festival and in various other locations and incarnations, and Raw Impressions Music Theatre. If her voice sounds familiar, you may have heard it in commercials for Clearasil, McDonald’s, XMU Radio, “The History of Animation” in Blue Man Group: Tubes Rewired, and other commercials and animation. Other favorite roles include Little Red in INTO THE WOODS, Joy in CINDERELLA, and Snoopy in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Brooke has an BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Off-stage, Brooke co-hosts the monthly salon series A Frank Conversation About Race and A Frank Conversation About Sex, making the world a better and more open place one discussion at a time. If interested, please email email@example.com for details.
Bruce Wayne Brackett (Company) is a multi-talented performing and visual artist. He moved to New York City from Butte, Montana right after high school graduation in the fall of 2009. He studied all genres of dance at Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Academy in Butte. He took 5 years off of the performing arts to do some soul searching and to recover from a drug addiction. Now he is back at it chasing his dreams and making them come true. Bruce was an understudy for Broadway Bares Top Bottoms 2015. Bruce co-wrote/produced and was a featured artists in two Cabarets at The West End Lounge. Bruce has also been working as a Choreographer for Strawberry Fields at New World Stages for the fabulous Drag Competition, So You Think You Can Drag hosted by Paige Turner. He is proud to of found his passions again to to follow through with them keeping his eye on the prize, happiness. Bruce is very excited that BABEL will be his debut performance in a New York City show!!
Casey Beauchamp (Company) is a bboy, performing artist and educator. He holds an MA in Contemplative Education and a BFA in Performance and Traditional Eastern Arts from Naropa University. Casey is interested in the investigation of contemporary spiritual practice as it coexist within the art and culture of our modern age. As a student at Naropa University he developed a Contemplative Hip Hop Dance Curriculum, which teaches mindfulness/awareness practice through the medium of breakin’ foundation.
Devin McDuffee (Core Company) is a New York based actor who specializes in ensemble and movement based work. His acting career began with a strong musical theater base but included traditional drama as well. In recent years Devin has started exploring shows and roles that require heightened physical work allowing him to marry the often over the top musical theater acting with straight drama. Devin now works in a similar style to actors like Andy Serkis or Terry Notary, finding innovative ways to use the body to recreate animals or other non-human creatures. Devin graduated from Vassar College with honors and a BA in drama.
Eiko Kawashima (Core Company) played the part of lead in The Island of Doctor Moreau for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which won a Bobby Award from Broadway Baby. She has trained and performed with BUNGAKUZA and TEATRU EHO theater company in Japan, as well as at HB Studio. Her theatrical credits ''Oleanna''(with Austin Pendleton), ''Frankenstein''(Piper Theater Production), ''Butoh Electra''(The Ume Group), ''The Old House''(HB Playwrights Theater). Her film credits include ''She's Lost Control'' directed by Anja Marquardt was received the CICAE Art Cinema Award as best film in Forum Section of Berlinale 2014.
Jenna Hokanson graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Acting and a BA in Arts Administration. She is currently the administrative associate to Convergences and has participated in many of CTC's readings including Nahoonkara and The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extremes. Other work: Revolución Latina (NYC),Icons/Idols with Byzantine Choral Project (NYC), BinxFilms (NYC), As You Like It (Arkansas Shakes) and Merry Wives of Windsor (Arkansas Shakes). She's also worked in education and administration with Premiere Stages, Burning Coal, and Dallas Theatre Center. Jenna is currently represented by Avalon Artists Group. Jennahokanson.weebly.com
Juliana Suaide (Swing) is a Brazilian actress, dancer and singer based in NY. She moved to the big apple after an extensive life of dance in São Paulo, where she got her degree in Classical Ballet by the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2012, Juliana graduated from New York's Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Ever since, Juliana's theatrical credits have included the lead role of "Deidre" in Painted Woman (a Rock Musical), New Stage Theatre Company's 'Garden of Delights' (IT Awards nominee) , 'Day of The Feast' and 'History of Toys' (The Toy Museum of NY Company member). Juliana believes in creating intelligent, and inspiring work for both theatre and film. Juliana is extremely excited about Babel!
Leo Abel (Core Company) graduated in acting and studied dance in Ivaldo Bertazzo's school in São Paulo (Brazil). He has been working with experimental physical theater for the last 10 years mixing a sort of genres as circus, dance, singing and puppeteers. With the director Fred Hanson, he played a G.I. in Miss Saigon. He was also Hanson's assistant in "Jekyl & Hyde", both in Brazil. Leo was involved in "Cocoricó," an important puppeteer TV program for kids in Brazil, for three years. His latest show was an awarded circus/musical called "O Grande Circo Místico," with song and lyrics by Chico Buarque de Hollanda e Edu Lobo.
Liz Stanton (Core Company) is a multifaceted theatre artist. She is an Actor, Director, Singer, Sound Designer, Composer and Teacher. Most recently Liz premiered The Woman Who Was Me at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City. She performed in the Bath Fringe Festival in a self-created piece (House of Cards). Additional New York City acting credits include: CTC (Shameless); Denison University (Vagina Monologues); NYC Estro Genius Festival (Save Yourself for You); Urban Research Theatre (Theatrical: A Tragedy); SITI Company (365 Days, 365 Plays); Brooklyn Clown Fest (Zen Cabaret); Bombshell (Hamlet); Risk Ensemble (Hedda Gabler). At Naropa University: (Fracked or Friction), (Vision of Flight and The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extreme); Giving Voice Productions (Power to Pleasing: The Sex Lives of Teenage Girls, Pressure to Prove: The Sex Lives of Teenage Boys); GVP and CTC (From the Real of the Shadow); Holderness Theater Company, NYC actor and sound designer: (The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, The Changeling, The Rover, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Einstein’s Dreams and Life of Spiders). Sound design: National Shakespeare Company, (The Tempest, As You Like It) Burning Coal Theater (Romeo and Juliet), Superhero Clubhouse (Mercury) and P.S. 122 (Miracle Tomato and Sally: MIA). Liz received her MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Liz teaches Grotowski-based physical acting as well as Voice & Movement in Universities around the US, including NYU – Experimental Theatre Wing, New York Film Academy, Naropa University, CUNY – Staten Island, Denison University, and Salem State University. www.LizStanton.com
Marisol Rosa-Shapiro (Company) is an actress, mover, mime, clown, collaborator, teaching artist, and creator of original works of theater. She is a graduate of Princeton University and of Giovanni Fusetti's Helikos: Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale in Florence, Italy where her studies were based in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. This fall, Marisol premiered her red nose clown solo show, Here At Home, in the store front art gallery of a tattoo parlor in Philadelphia during the 2015 Fringe Arts Festival. Recent performance and devising work also includes Mindfulness Theater: Re-imagining Reality (Simulation Studio Salon), four pieces in The 1st NY Indie Theater One Minute Play Festival, Minotaurs.Toreros (Turn to Flesh Productions), Experimental Peace Project (Target Margin Theater Collaborative Theater Lab/Kyoung's Pacific Beat), and Experiment #39: Old City (Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure/Philadelphia Live Arts). Marisol has taken part in multiple residencies at Drop Forge and Tool residency and maker space in Hudson, NY where she has begun developing a bouffon show and another brand new work still shrouded in mystery. Marisol is a teaching artist with the New Victory Theater, TADA! Youth Theater, At The Well Young Women's Leadership Academy, LeAp, Phillips Academy Andover and Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska. Her arts-based group facilitation work has brought Marisol to Jordan; Israel; the West Bank; Princeton, NJ; Whidbey Island, WA; and the Seeds of Peace International Summer Camp in Otisfield, ME. In the spring of 2015 she took part in her first Clowns Without Borders project with unaccompanied minors at St. PJ's Children's Home in San Antonio, TX. Marisol couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the beautiful BABEL team and this big-hearted process. Big thanks to WT and Jeremy.
MARK CURTIS FERRANDO
A proud acrobat and graduate of Circus Warehouse and University of California, Davis. Mark has performed all over New York with companies such as The Metropolitan Opera and The Blue Man Group. Recently seen in: The Art of Circus (Chinese Pole, Porter) at the 14th st Y. Tarzan (Father, u/s Tarzan) at Gretna Theater. Peter Pan 360 National Tour (Mullins/Cecco, u/s Smee/Nana). Much love to The Upstart Creatures, Babel team, and his family. Catch him if you can: www.markcurtisferrando.com
Melissa Denize (Core Company) is a native New Yorker who always had a passion for the arts. She studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduatin,g Melissa performed in many off Broadway plays and various short films. Melissa would like to thank her family and friends for their undying love and support they continue to give to her in her career.
Michael Lawrence Eisenstein (Core Company) is excited to have been a part of Babel from the beginning and is so thankful that he gets to share this work with you. Select New York credits: King Lear and Richard III (New York Classical Theatre); Madea and Antigone (Xoregos Performing Company); Othello (Inwood Shakespeare Company); and Ferryboat (Marilyn Monroe Theatre). World premier: S-4 at the Provincetown Playhouse. National Tour: Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues (Montana Repertory Theatre). Film: Winter Has No Sun, Tumbling After and Jersey Shore Massacre. Web-series: Abstract Poverty; Sherlock Homeboy; The Jane Games. Training: BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kimball Studio, The Piven Theatre Workshop, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Love to Mom and Nora.
Rafa Reyes is originally from Cordoba, Mexico. His love for musical theater brought him to New York to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Regional credits include Joseph (Benjamin), Man of La Mancha (Priest), Once on this Island (Ensemble), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (Ensemble), and most recently West Side Story (Bernardo). Dance credits include Calpulli Mexican Dance (Principal), Jazz Roots Dance (Featured), Teatro LATEA's La Llorona (Featured) and BABEL (Ensemble). He holds a special award from the mayor of Cordoba, Mexico for his efforts in the promotion of Mexican culture in the United States. He became a producing fellow with Convergences Theatre Collective in 2015 where he created and developed A Mexican Affair. In 2015 he premiered “Fiesta” - a musical short film tribute to Ricardo Montalbán and Cyd Charisse. Rafa wants to become a strong cultural link between Mexico and the United States, and bring a positive impact to the hispanic community through the performing arts, on both sides of the border and beyond.
Tad Emptage (Company) has performed in over 70 countries throughout the world in a career that has spanned more than 20 years in all types of media and performance. In addition to his musical theatre and circus work, Tad has been privileged to share the stage with some of the most recognized celebrities working today and has been commissioned to create acrobatic, dance and specialty performances for Fortune 500 companies, world-renowned museums and arts organizations.
Zachary Koval (Core Company), originally from Portland, Oregon, received his BA in Acting at The University of the Pacific in Stockton CA. He toured the country after college with Missoula Children's Theatre, dressed as Baloo the Bear. In NYC he worked and trained for 3 years with Theatre Group Dzieci, an experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to exploring the sacred through the act of theatre. He also currently works as a Life Coach. He is thrilled to be back on stage- working, exploring, and creating with this cast of passionate inspiring artists.
Sydney Ippolito has been working with Babel for a little over a year now, she has her degree in Dance Performance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has choreographed for many of the dance companies in the Little Rock area. Sydney has most recently been seen in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of Spamalot! Her favorite roles include, Adella in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Annie in Mary Poppins (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Louann in Hairspray! (Murry’s Dinner Theatre), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Velma in West Side Story (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), and Rosie in Cabaret (ACT). Sydney founded the Summer Dance Program in Little Rock called, Artists in Resonance that focused on showcasing new work from emerging choreographers to the Little Rock area! She could not be more excited to be working with Babel for her Off-Broadway debut!
Dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She specializes in Contemporary, West African, and Afro-Cuban dance.
She has her degree in Contemporary Dance from the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, 2009.
She moved to NY in 2014 looking for new challengers, she has been dancing with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, she is member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company and the afromexican band Jarana Beat. And now she is very excited to be part of Babel´s project.
She is a Fellow of the grant programs Scenic Creators (2013-2014) and Young Creators (2011-2102) of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in Mexico.
Member of the contemporary dance company De Paso Grupo Escénico, in San Jose, Costa Rica, 2013.
She was captain dancer and choreographer for the Ensamble de Percusiones of Xalapa, Mexico during nine years
Professor at the School of Dance of the Universidad Veracruzana, México, 2010-2012.
She has also presented and taken workshops in France, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, and Costa Rica.
Born in Washington, D.C., Olney Edmondson has been dancing since the age of 3. From African to Ballet and styles in between, she has experienced many art forms of dance. Born to Guyanese parents, she has a cultural influence of reggae and soca and uses that influence to infuse into her style of dance and choreography. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BA in Dance and her Masters in Fine Arts of Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Sam Houston State University located in Huntsville, Texas. In 2010, Olney moved to NY and began to pursue her career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since moving, she had taught all over the city, performed, acted in numerous shows and project and worked backstage on several off Broadway productions. This is her first debut working with Babel and she is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing company. Her goal in the future is to open up a performing arts center that involves music, dance and acting.
Charlie Kilgore (Core Company/Dance Captain) is a dancer, performer and visual artist originally hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas. He has since called Louisiana, Colorado, Berlin, Massachusetts and now New York home and is thrilled about it. Kilgore holds a BFA from Naropa University's contemporary performance program. Charlie would like to thank all his friends and family for their love and support as well as the cast of Babel for the incredible journey. Finally And most graciously, he would like to thank the audience for seeking out new art in the world.
Nora Munde' Gustuson (Core Company/Asst. Director) was raised in Missoula, Montana, where she attended The University of Montana and graduated with a double B.F.A in Acting and Design/ Technology. She has gone on five national tours with The Montana Repertory Theatre with her favorite roles being Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Meg in Leading Ladies and Rowena in Biloxi Blues. Nora worked for three summers at The Sterling Renaissance Festival, where she got to indulge in interactive theatre, improv, stage combat, commedia dell'arte and Shakespeare. In
2008, Nora moved to New York City, where she currently lives and works with her husband
Michael Lawrence Eisenstein. Favorite New York credits include Ariel in The Tempest, Cucurucu in Marat/Sade and the numerous shows at Theatre For The New City, Manhattan Children's Theatre, and Island Shakespeare. You can currently catch her film work on youtube as Marianne Dashwood in the hit web series www.TheJaneGames.com.
Erica Lindegren (Company) is a dance artist, videographer, and teacher inspired by the experiences of the world around her. Born dancing along the Florida coast, Erica majored in Anthropology/International Studies/Gender Studies at New College of Florida and returned to dancing after she realized the joy of creating movement was beating too strong. Erica's movement background is an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, House, Jazz, Contemporary, Vogueing, Waacking, Tap, Contact Improvisation, dances from the African Diaspora, Yoga, and Hula Hooping. As an arts enthusiast, Erica’s passion for dance is driven by her love of movement and making people feel good moving in their bodies. Her video/choreographic work has been performed by Fuzion Dance Artists, The Soon-Another, The Spiral Samurai, Gulf Coast Ballet, Urban Spiral Dance Collective, New College Dance Collective, and Woodland Fine Arts Academy. Her pieces have premiered at Abrons Arts Center, Triskelion Arts Center, New College of Florida’s Sainer Auditorium and Blackbox Theater, and Realize Bradenton’s ArtSlam. As a freelance videographer, Erica has worked with Urban Bush Women, BODYART, The Soon-Another, and The Renaissance Women Project. As a dancer, Erica has danced with Fuzion Dance Artists, The New College Dance Collective, Urban Spiral Dance Company, The Red Glove Project, and is ecstatic to be continually in motion with Babel.
J. Zhu strives towards expressive synchronicities between disparate fields. After completing studies in mathematics and music, Zhu worked in economics before deciding to pursue art and composition. Zhu is also a professional carillonneur who tours yearly and plays weekly at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue.
Noted by the NY Times as “mesmerizing” in his recent performance of Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pianist and composer Robert Fleitz regularly demonstrates a commitment to bringing new works and idiosyncratic concert experiences to a broader audience. Mr. Fleitz has worked extensively with notable figures in the contemporary music world including Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Zorn, Joel Sachs, and Jeffrey Milarsky. He has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Tampa Bay Symphony; and has played with Ensemble Echappé, the Wordless Music Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, AXIOM, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. With violist Carrie Frey, Mr. Fleitz is the co-founder of Wind-Up Elephant, a new music/improvisatory toy instrument duo. Also an avid educator, he is currently a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic. Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, where he began studying piano with his father at age four, Mr. Fleitz is completing his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School where he studies piano with Hung-Kuan Chen. Other important teachers and mentors include Simon Frisch, Julian Martin, Ching-Wen Hsiao and Hilary Easton.
Natalie is pleased to be a part of building Babel. Select costume design credits include: West Side Story (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Up & Away (Lincoln Center-Clark Studio), Holiday House (NYTW 4th Street Theatre) Waiting For Lefty (Lehman College), The Importance of Being Earnest (Queens Theatre). Later this year, Natalie will be designing Campfire (Lincoln Center-Clark Studio), Stupid Fucking Bird (Ohio University), The Arsonists (BMCC), and Julius Caesar (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre). To view more of Natalie's work, please visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Ryan – Originally from Richmond, Va. where he designed lights and sets for many plays, musicals, dance and television. In the early 90’s he moved to NYC and was Resident Lighting Designer at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) for 10 years, designing lights for 100’s of works. After DTW he was Senior Designer at Levy Lighting in NYC where he designed lights for many high end wedding, Bar Mitzvahs, fashion shows, corporate product launches and private parties. He continues to work as a freelance scenic and lighting designer for many theaters in New York and around the world, enjoying a variety of rich collaborations. Recent works have included Sets and Lights for LOON at Abrons Arts Center, Daily Life Everlasting at La Mama, Our Countrys Good and Fiddler on the Roof both at Dickinson College, Flat Iron Hex at Dixon Place, The Upper Room at The New Ohio, Set and Lights for Dystopian Distractions by Mark Dendy and Lighting for Oklahoma! and Cabaret with NJYT. He is a founding member/resident designer of Witness Relocation Company and was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his lighting of ‘Dancing Vs the Rat Experiment’ with WRC. He has been awarded an Obie with Big Dance Theater and the Eva Adamson award for Excellence in Lighting Design as well as three Phoebes Awards for Lighting. Jay received his M.F.A. in Theater Design from Brooklyn College, where he was on the Dean’s list. He holds a B.F.A. in Theater Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently he was an Adjunct Professor at MSU and Brooklyn College, Visiting Assistant Professor at Dickinson College and Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Illinois Wesleyan University...
After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Irvine in Theater Arts, Jacob moved to NYC from California to find creative freedom. Jacob is a member of InViolet Theater Company where he is able to direct, act and produce work that empowers the actor and emerging writers by providing an artistic haven. Jacob is a co-founder of his Improv group The Downtowners, which focuses on educating the city about the art of comedy and giving chances to upcoming writer to make the world laugh! Jacob has directed Refrain and Reprise by Trenton Semple and assistant directed Arthur Kopit's Chamber Music and is currently an Operations Manager at Culture Project Theater, aiding in creating work that gives voice to the marginalized and shining an artistic spotlight on injustice. www.jacobpeterschott.com
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