We are celebrating 10 years of collaborative theatre making! Convergences Theatre Collective was founded in 2008 and launched with our first project, a workshop staging of Peggy Firestone’s original play Inanna.. We quickly became a mobile, nimble group of theatre makers, devising and developing over 40 individual projects with more than 230 Collaborating Artists!
Our work begins with a source of inspiration and evolves into something we can share with an audience. The result of our collective action and collaboration over the past decade is an enormous body of work! As storytellers, we have focused on the individual stories of each project. Our current source of inspiration is recognizing and celebrating 10 years of CTC theatre making. And so, we are excited to share with you the story of our collaborative, collective efforts in our newest piece: Through the Lens.
Through the Lens is a photographic retrospective which takes us on an expansive visual journey into the constellation of CTC projects and artists as seen through the lens of four photographers: Ben Gabbe, Lloyd Mulvey, Samantha Lawton, and Alex Miles Younger.
Each of these photographers have not only documented CTC projects beautifully, they have also captured the power and vulnerability of the performers, the dynamics of theatrical storytelling, and the uniqueness of each show. They collaborate with us in creating and sharing our work with audiences around the world. Through the Lens highlights our two current photographer-collaborators: Ben Gabbe & Lloyd Mulvey.
Thank you to all of the collaborating artists who worked tirelessly to realize these theatrical ideas and to all of the brave project visionaries and creators who have chosen to boldly share their stories with the world. A final note of gratitude to the enormous community of support that defines CTC: artists, audiences, advocates, partners, funders, presenters, friends, and family.
It is an immense honor to lead this cohort of artists. Through the Lens brings together an incredible group of people, ideas, and images in one place for the first time. I hope you enjoy the work of Convergences Theatre Collective as seen Through the Lens.
Producing Director & Founder
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Part 1. The Early Years (2008-2013)
Photography by Alex Miles Younger, Ben Gabbe, & Samantha Lawton
Music: “From the Realm of the Shadow” composed by Chris Mohr.
Introduction to The early years
CTC’s Early Years (2008-2013) focused on exploring and creating beginning drafts of projects. The projects in this selection of photos all had public performances of workshop productions. Our work introduces all of the theatrical elements essential to the storytelling of each project. Many of our workshop performances look like fully realized productions thanks to the gifted artistry of our creative teams, and the expert eyes of the photographers who captured these ephemeral moments of live performance.
Alex Miles Younger is a Founding Artist with CTC. His voice is reflected in the visual design, aesthetics, and storytelling in all of our early experiments in Boulder, CO and NYC. Alex’s contributions as a collaborating artist are most visible in his breathtaking photographs of Darger and Uncle Vodka.
Ben Gabbe’s compelling photographs of Refracting Miss Julie capture the simplicity of design as well as the powerful physical performances and multiple theatrical worlds.
Samantha Lawton’s striking photographs of From the Realm of the Shadows capture the largeness of scale as well as intimate moments shared between characters in this story told with music and movement. Samantha, a dancer and photographer, captured a pivotal time in CTC’s history as we expanded the scale and scope of our work with this project.
Alex, Ben, and Samatha’s photographs not only capture our past, they point us to the future of CTC’s intimate and large-scale projects as well as our commitment to theatrical storytelling through a broad range of genres and styles.
Part 2. "The Woman Who Was Me" (2014-2017)
Photography by Ben Gabbe & Lloyd Mulvey
Music: composed by Stephen Scott and performed by the Bowed Piano Ensemble.
introduction to the woman who was me
The Woman Who Was Me has been presented five times in NYC and Boulder, CO between 2014 - 2017. All four of the NYC productions have been documented by CTC’s current photographer collaborators Lloyd Mulvey and Ben Gabbe.
Ben quickly became an ongoing collaborator with CTC starting with Refracting Miss Julie in 2012. I met Ben through Jim Gabbe, his father, while Jim and I were collaborating on Jim’s play March. When we were looking for a new photographer to work with CTC, Jim suggested we collaborate with Ben. I was familiar with Ben’s work, as it has been regularly featured in the New York Times for Fashion Week and other cultural events. I was drawn to Ben’s photojournalism style of catching life happening in the moment, as well as his eye for color and composition. His ability to capture an ethereal moment within a highly designed world is inspiring.
The entire Gabbe family is inspiring! It continues to be a joy to work with Ben as well as his sister, Bridget Gabbe, who has been a collaborating artist and actor on many CTC projects over the years. Jim and Jill Gabbe have been wonderful supporters and thought partners along the way as well. CTC is enriched by our family relations - those we are born into and those that we create through our work together.
Ben photographed the 2014 & 2015 productions of TWWWM at the United Solo Theatre Festival and Lloyd captured the productions at TheaterLab in 2016 & 2017. It is deeply satisfying to see the growth of the project as the creative team learns from our audiences and evolves the visual storytelling over time. It is also impressive to see two different photographer’s perspectives over four years as the project developed, moving between different venues, with Liz’s powerful performance always at the forefront.
The 2017 production, presented in partnership with TheaterLab, included five nominations from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Premiere Production, Solo Performance, Director, Choreography & Movement, and Lighting Design; and one win - Outstanding Lighting Design by Kate Jaworski.
Part 3. "A Mexican Affair" (2016-2017)
Photography by Ben Gabbe & Lloyd Mulvey
Music: "Sway" ("Quién Será") written by Luis Demetrio/Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (1953). English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. Arranged by Felipe Fournier (2015).
introduction to A mexican affair
In January 2016, CTC made a bold move and decided to present three of our projects at the same time! We called this experiment the Winter Performance Suite and it included our projects The Woman Who Was Me, BABEL, and A Mexican Affair. Lloyd Mulvey’s photos, covering all three shows, bring to light CTC’s shared aesthetic values and spotlight the distinctive aesthetic palette of each project.
A Mexican Affair began in a theatrical venue with its premiere at TheaterLab. Lloyd’s photos of the performance capture the excitement and energy of this fantastic group of musicians! The show quickly flourished, performing in jazz clubs, hotels, and outdoor venues in New York City, and touring to Arkansas, as well as Cordoba and Guadalajara, Mexico in 2016 and 2017. Rafa Reyes’ vision for the show bloomed as he reminded us that heartache is part of all relationships, between people as well as between countries. Through Rafa’s dynamic performance and Felipe’s stunning musical arrangements, AMA gave us hope that, despite our differences, we can fall in love again.
Ben Gabbe joined us in 2017 at one of our six appearances at The Metropolitan Room. I love the tradition in Jazz of “sitting in”. AMA has been fortunate to welcome many fabulous guest musicians to the stage. Flor de Tolache’s phenomenal trumpeter and founding band member Julie Acosta, sat in with AMA for this performance! Julie’s musicianship is astounding and her presence is is pure joy on and off stage. Ben’s photographs capture Julie’s vivacious performance lead by our inimitable musical director and vibraphonist extraordinaire, Felipe Fournier!
CTC’s work is enriched by the many artists who collaborate with us on our projects, from long-time collaborators to guests!. Ben’s photos reveal the love, humor, passion, and beauty that bring all of us together, lifting up and celebrating our rich cultural traditions through shared music and stories.
Part 4. "Babel" (2016-2017)
Photography by Lloyd Mulvey
Music: original score composed for BABEL by Robert Fleitz & Julie Zhu.
introduction to babel
WT McRae, BABEL’s co-creator and Project Visionary, invited Lloyd Mulvey onto the team in 2015. Lloyd is a photographer, actor, and theatre maker. He joined the team as a visual collaborator long before we introduced a theatrical design vision into the project. Lloyd has taken thousands of photos of rehearsals, studio performances, promotional photoshoots, parties, and special events. His photos of the 2016 studio performance capture the physical storytelling of this large-scale acrobatic-dance-theatre project. The beautiful setting of Studio 5-2 at Gibney highlights the performers’ strength, humor, and vulnerability.
CTC’s largest and most ambitious project to date has been the 2017 world premiere of BABEL, co-presented by the Theatre at the 14th St Y! This fully-realized theatrical production expanded the collaborative team from about 30 to well over 50 Collaborating Artists with the addition of designers, composers, musicians, publicists, and production team members.
Audiences joined us in NYC as well as from across the globe through our HD-Livestream Broadcast. BABEL transcends spoken language, and speaks to audiences from all walks of life. Audience members and critics alike loved the skillful and awe-inspiring performances, and were equally compelled by the BABEL’s message:
Lloyd captures humanity within his photos. His skilled eye perceives the subtlety of performers’ and designers’ choices along with the vision and storytelling of the creators. The BABEL photographs move beyond documenting a series of performances and present a work of storytelling unto themselves. Moving between the studio and the theatre, Lloyd’s photographs reveal the rich art of collaboration.
through the lens Creative Team
Jeremy Williams, Creator & Producer
Kate Michael Gibson, Co-Creator & Producer
Natia Porter, E-book Layout Design & Producing Associate
Liz Stanton, Collaborating Artist
CTC’s 10 Year Storytelling Collaborators
Leo Abel, Kaleda Davis, Melissa Denize, Erin Duer, Kate Michael Gibson, Jenna Hokanson, Kate Jaworski, Charlie Kilgore, Kate Kohler Amory, Natalie Loveland, Najah Muhammad, Liz Stanton, Jeremy Williams