FOUNDERS

 

Melanie S. Armer has developed and directed Chance Muehleck’s LIVE/FEED at the Brooklyn Lyceum and at Dixon Place as a part of their “Under Construction” series. She has also developed and directed Mr. Muehleck’s A Gathering, bauhaus the bauhaus, and The Attendants at chashama. Past collaborations with Muehleck include directing the 10-minute version of A Gathering, created for Open Stage's Play-In-A-Day and remounted by Dog&Pony in Pittsburgh, and Tagging April for the Flux Festival and in Valdez, Alaska. She is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of LIVE Theater Company, where she produced and directed the world premieres of Muehleck’s The Honeypot Redux and Jane Shepard’s Eating the Dead. Work with other NYC theatre companies includes The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women's Project & Productions, New Georges, Theater for the New City, the 2002, 2005 & 2007 NYC Fringe Festivals, and over 25 plays for Circle East. In Pittsburgh her work includes As Bees In Honey Drown and Sympathetic Magic at The Open Stage Theatre (where she also served as Managing Director), and The Cay at Prime Stage. Ms. Armer assisted Leonard Foglia on the Broadway revival of Wait Until Dark and director Michael Warren Powell on Lanford Wilson's A Sense of Place. Ms. Armer is a member of SDC, a proud alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Her current focus is on developing non-traditional theater in collaborative environments.


Chance Muehleck is a creator of play texts, theatre assemblies, and concepts for performance. His work has been developed or produced at Theatre Artists of Marin in California, and at Circle Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Present Company in New York. Primary Stages commissioned him to write a short play on the American experience, which was then presented Off-Broadway. He is the recipient of the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting and was a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. His multimedia performance installation The Attendants was developed while in residence at chashama. His physical theatre piece LIVE/FEED was workshopped at Dixon Place. Chance has taught playwriting at Hampshire College and Point Park University, has written reviews for The New York Theatre Experience, and served as an adjudicator for the New York International Fringe Festival. As a dramaturg he assisted Tammy Ryan with her play Baby’s Blues at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Two of his monologues appear in the Audition Arsenal series published by Smith & Kraus, and United Stages published his short play Tagging April in the collection En Avant Playwrights. He wrote and directed the short film “Sponge,” and his feature “The Vultures” was a finalist for the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. He was a finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop. His memberships include The Dramatists Guild, Inc. and Circle East.

 

MEMBERS

 

Brandt Adams (Performer) With NT: The Maiden. Brandt is a Brooklyn-based theater artist. New York theater includes Dead Behind These Eyes… (Abrons Arts, Sister Sylvester), Dispatches from (A)mended America (Epic Theatre Ensemble), All God’s Chillun Got Wings (Civic Ensemble), Love in the Time of Channukah (Ars Nova), Faustus (Fault Line Theatre), and Maritime (with Lillie Jayne). In Fall of 2012, his play Dispatches from (A)mended America, co-written with Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., was produced Off-Broadway by Epic Theatre Ensemble at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. He is, along with Simmons, a co-founder of Above the Fold, an investigative theater collaboration devoted to confronting and exploring questions about race and identity in the United States.


Brian Barefoot (Performer) With NT: A Gathering, Opal, The Attendants, 10% Nation, Glory Road. Brian has had the great fortune of being seen on stages all over the U.S., in Canada and Europe. Favorite experiences include the national tour of Hal Prince's Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical, Oedipus the King with the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Henry IV with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, the internationally acclaimed Dog Face with Quantum Theater, and the critically lauded Durang vs. Ives with Confluence Theater, for whom he served as a Co-Director for 8 years. Brian has also spent much of his time serving as coach, teacher, director, musical director and Co-Artistic Director of two successful not-for-profit theater companies in NYC and Pittsburgh. He holds degrees in theater and music from Point Park University.


Stacia French (Performer) With NT: A Gathering, bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Pitch!, Opal, The Attendants, Glory Road. Favorite NY theatre roles include: Mishima’s Hanjo, Witkiewicz’s The Pragmatists & The Water Hen, Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, Euripides’ The Trojan Women, Brecht’s Baal, Ian Hill’s Hamlet, Elmer Rice’s Adding Machine and Vaclav Havel’s The Increased Difficulty of Concentration. Original works she is especially proud of include LIVE/FEED (Dixon Place/Brooklyn Lyceum), Shiva/Proper (NY Fringe), ROACH (Philly Fringe), World Gone Wrong (The Brick’s Sellout Festival), Macbeth Without Words (The Brick’s Pretentious Festival), and Yehuda Duenya’s One Million Forgotten Moments. Film & TV include: “Guiding Light,” “Can You Tell,” “Frequency,” and “The Darkening.” She is a founding member of ONTIK and has studied with Anne Bogart.


Karen Grenke (Performer) With NT: The Attendants, bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Opal, 10% Nation, The Maiden. New York theatre includes performances at The Public, Women's Project, the Ontological Theater, The Chocolate Factory, HERE, chashama, Theater for the New City, GAle GAtes et al., BAX and Aisling Arts. She currently appears in Polly Frost's The Fold webseries. Film: Matt Lambert's “Rockville.” Regional: Hangar Theater. She co-wrote the 80's teen dramady Wuthering High. Karen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and trains with The SITI Company. She is a founder of Cagey Productions.


Jason Howard (Performer) With NT: LIVE/FEED (workshop), A Gathering, Glory Road. Jason has been acting in the NYC area for the past 15 years. He has performed with the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Theater for the New City, LaMama, ManhattanTheatreSource (founding member), the Ontological, EST, Circle Rep, the Ohio, HERE, Judith Shakespeare, and the Adobe Theate, et al. He has toured internationally doing puppetry with Drama of Works. Short films include “Sponge” and “The Launch.” TV/Film credits: “3rd Watch,” “Solar Vengeance,” “Soldier in the Shadows,” “Baseball Trilogy,” “Pandora Machine.”


Robin Kurtz (Performer) With NT: bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Pitch!, The Attendants, 10% Nation, Glory Road, The Maiden. In Seattle Robin has worked with the likes of Book-It Repertory, Theater Simple, toured in Europe with Insight America, and was directed by Jerry Manning in the premiere of John Lennon's Gargoyle. Recent film and webisode credits include "Total Retribution," "Mulletville," and "The Toby Chronicles." Ms. Kurtz received her BFA in Acting with Honors from Carnegie Mellon University, trained at BADA in the Midsummer at Oxford program, and has studied improv with Keith Johnstone, Roberta Maguire of Second City, and Matt Smith.


Kevin Lapin (Performer) With NT: A Gathering, bauhaus the bauhaus, Pitch!. Kevin has enjoyed making things up for almost as long as he can remember. Over the years, he has helped produce and perform in many new works, some of which were created in his very own living room. After attending the Lecoq school in Paris, he co-created the absurdly fun Mad Maths (over 350 performances and counting!). Recent projects include Fapets, a multi-digital, hand-puppet performance experience, and Floating Brothel. Kevin has traveled extensively, teaching theater workshops in Europe, Africa and Asia. He currently hangs his hats in Brooklyn and is thrilled to be getting stuck in there as a member of The Nerve Tank.


Mark Lindberg (Performer) With NT: LIVE/FEED, Opal, The Attendants, 10% Nation, Glory Road, The Maiden. Mark is a multidisciplinary theatre artist living in Astoria, NY. Acting/dance credits: And They Built a Crooked House (Becky Radway Dance Projects), Oph3lia (Aya Ogawa/HERE Arts Center), productions with Tomi Tsunoda and breedingground productions including Brass Ring and A Mouthful of Birds. Credits as playwright: Kitchen Scenes with Nightmares (EndTimes Productions, Serling Award winner – Best Script, Drama), Self-Portrait as Schiele (NY Fringe). Mark works and plays in a multidisciplinary improv form known as Soundpainting and is a founding member of the Brooklyn Soundpainting Company. Mark teaches for the Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU and directs and teaches for the Powerhouse summer training program at Vassar College. BFA with Honors from NYU/PHTS.


James "Face" Yu (Performer) With NT: bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Pitch!, Opal, The Attendants, 10% Nation, Glory Road, The Maiden. Face began moonlighting as a theater performer while attending the University of Texas at Austin with Silk Mangos Asian American Theater Troupe. After graduating with a BS in chemical engineering and working several years under his degree, he felt the strong desire to pursue theater and music. He relocated to New York where he has trained under SITI Company as well as Human Theater with Zen Zen Zo in Vancouver. He has performed in several NY theater pieces, including After the Rehearsal at The Tank and The Screens at The Riverside Theatre. By some crazy twist of fate, he has found himself working with The Nerve Tank and has been loving every moment of it.


Miodrag Guberinic (Resident Costume Designer) With NT: 10% Nation, Glory Road, The Maiden. Mio graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with an MFA in costume design. Recent design work in NYC includes: The Memory Tax (Chernuchin Theatre); Indigo Dai (Incubator Arts Project); Touch (The Hudson Guild Theater); The Other Mozart (Cabrini Theatre); King and I, Amhal and the Night Visitors, Lombardi, Steel Magnolias (Harbor Lights Theater); How Deep is the Ocean (NYMF); Ghost Girl (The Workshop Theatre); Special (Theatre Row Studios); Where We Were Born and Animals Out of Paper (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago).


Stephan Moore (Resident Sound Designer) With NT: A Gathering, bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Pitch!, Opal, The Attendants, Glory Road. Stephan is a composer, audio artist, and sound designer in New York City. His creative work centers around the collection and use of real-world sound, the creation and perception of sonic environments, and technological manifestations of improvisation and interactivity. Recent performances and installation artworks make use of a large multi-channel array of his Hemisphere speakers. He performs regularly with Scott Smallwood in the electronic duo Evidence, and with a variety of musicians, live-video artists, and dancers. He has created custom music software for a number of composers and artists, and has taught courses in sound art and electronic music at several institutions. He was the Sound Engineer and Music Coordinator of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.


Solomon Weisbard (Resident Lighting Designer) With NT: LIVE/FEED (workshops), A Gathering, The Attendants, bauhaus the bauhaus, The Maiden. Additional credits include: Rite of Spring (Martha Graham Dance Co.); Stones in his Pockets (Yale Rep); The Coronation of Poppea (Princeton); The Film Society (Keen / Theatre Row); I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La MaMa); Lion in Winter, A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Pommerat’s Cinderella (Univ. of Rochester); White’s Lies (New World Stages); Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots (Public Theatre - Under the Radar); Blind.ness, Quartet v4.0 (Waxfactory); Faust, The Barber of Seville (Tri-Cities Opera); What of the Night, St. Joan of the Stockyards (Barnard College); 9 to 5, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Frank London’s A Night in the Old Marketplace; Jitney, A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse). Original full-length dance / movement pieces with Alethea Adsitt, Jennifer Archibald, Julian Barnett, Ximena Garnica / Leimay, Lane Gifford, Ofelia Loret de Mola / danscores), Patrick Lovejoy, Stefanie Nelson, and three new works as associate set designer with renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Education: BFA at Ithaca College, MFA at Yale School of Drama.

 

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

 

Annie Arthur; Devon Berkshire; Jennifer Boehm; Chanda Calentine; Karin Carter; Jennifer Caster; Talya Chalef; Reyna de Courcy; Amy Crossman; Aislinn Curry; Jesmille Darbouze; V. Orion Delwaterman; Craig Dolezel; Shawn X. Duan; Mateo Ervin; David Fraioli; David Green; Admiral Grey; Andreas Hager; Greg Henderson; Jenna Hoff; Justin Hosek; Irene Hsi; Chris Jordan; Lutz Kessler; Anna Konkle; Dhawal Kotak; Carla Linton; Emily Lippolis; Shelby Taylor Love; Sandie Luna; Mikhail Mansion; Donnie Mather; Ryan Metzler; Taylor Morrison; Candida K. Nichols; Sophie Nimmannit; Deb O; Nichol C. Rosas-Ullman; Joshua Rose; Andy Sapora; Bruce Steinberg; Amy Stringer; Julie Troost; Victor Villar-Hauser; Rebecca Warzer; Leandro Zaneti

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