Adrian Aguilera (b. 1981) is a conceptual artist whose work uses the printed media as a symbol for mechanical reproduction of the natural world and its potential of (de)construction of cultural meaning. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas (Austin, Texas), The George Washington Carver Museum (Austin, Texas), Leun’un ArteHabitación (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico), Institut Culturel du Mexique (Paris, France), and The Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, Texas). He received his BFA in painting from the University Autonomous of Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2004. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.
I, Olaniyi R. Akindiya aka AKIRASH, was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I earned my first BS degree in BIOCHEMISTRY from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria (1991), going on to study Fine and Applied Art at Institute of Textile Technology Art & Design Lagos (1995). I now live and works between Lagos and Austin, Texas.
I am a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary for Emergency Grants, The Otis & Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant Award from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2019, CORE Funding from CAD of Austin TX in 2019 &18, the Innovative Artist Award from Mid America Artist Alliance (MAAA / NEA) for 2017, Pollock Krasner Foundation Award 2016/17 & 2011, Cultural Initiative & Capacity Building Grant, Culture Alive Austin 2016/17, The Santo Foundation grant 2015, and the Commonwealth Connection Award UK 2011.
Angelique Rosales Salgado is a DJ, writer and curator. Born in Mexico City and based in NYC, her sound is informed by a borderless intuition. She is currently a joint Curatorial Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin with minors in French, Museum Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies.
Alexa Capareda has always tried very hard. Classically trained in her native Philippines, Austin, and Montreal, and formerly a dancer with Balet Bratislava in Slovakia, Alexa has worked in Austin since 2013 with Performa/Dance, ARCOS, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Jennifer Sherburn, and BLiPSWiTCH. She has collaborated with Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, Austin Camerata, LOLA Austin, and sound artists Steve Parker, Brent Baldwin of Panoramic Voices, and Henna Chou. She is Ballet Master for Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellows and Co-Producer with Frank Wo/Men Collective. She was a prizewinner at the 2013 Festival of Choreographic Miniatures in Serbia and recipient of the 2017 Austin Critics Table Award for Excellence as Dancer. She has a BA English, minor in Theater and Dance from UT-Austin. alexacapareda.wixsite.com/dance
Andrew Roberts - Unlisted Projects
Andrew Roberts (b. 1995, Tijuana) is a visual artist working with moving image, immersive installations and narrative multimedia. Recurring to the languages of cosmic horror, video games and science fiction, his work explores issues surrounding warfare technologies, digital bodies and the corporate world.
He’s the co-director of Deslave, an artist run-space, curatorial team and semi-professional cult for the production and exhibition of contemporary art based in Tijuana. He has curated projects for Human Resources (Los Angeles); Material Art Fair (Mexico City); Swab Art Fair (Barcelona), and SEVENTH Gallery (Melbourne).
Angela Washko is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions about feminism in spaces frequently hostile toward it. Since 2012 Washko has facilitated The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, an intervention inside the popular multiplayer online role-playing game. A recent recipient of the Creative Capital Award, Impact Award at Indiecade and the Franklin Furnace Performance Fund, Washko's practice has been highlighted in The New Yorker, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian, ArtForum, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The New York Times and more. Her projects have been presented internationally at venues including Museum of the Moving Image, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milan Design Triennale, the Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Angela Washko is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. angelawashko.com
Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Her performance work has been on view at various institutions including Krannert Art Museum (IL), The Institute for Contemporary Art (VCU), Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA) and Akademie der Kunste, (Berlin), PICA (Portland) and On the Boards (Seattle). Her performance and video work is held in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Knight participated in the 2019 Whitney Biennial as a performance and video artist.
Brown State of Mind
Brown State of Mind is an organization created to help equip creatives of color with the tools, resources, support, and opportunities to grow within their creative fields.
Carra Martinez + Justin Favela
Carra Martinez is an Austin-based artist/educator/facilitator and a lapsed member of the Southern Baptist Church. She is the Director of Live in America at Fusebox and teaches in Theatre and Dance at UT-Austin. And to be perfectly honest, at age seven, despite the preacher’s strong urgings, she adamantly refused to participate in a public confession of her sin and so began her life as a heathen.
Justin Favela is a Las Vegas-based artist and minister for The Universal Life Church. He is known for making large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience (including the trauma of growing up Evangelical Christian and Catholic).
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube. The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, David Byrne, Rick Astley, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.
Chris Grace grew up in Houston and now lives and works in Los Angeles, which is a lot like Houston with less humidity and more screenwriters. He performs comedy regularly and appears on NBC’s Superstore frequently.
CHRISTEENE is a human pissoir of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank.
Daniel Alexander Jones
Daniel Alexander Jones exemplifies the artist as energy worker. While his wildflower body of original work includes plays, performance pieces, recorded music, concerts, music theatre events, essays, and long-form improvisations, energy is his true medium. The Herb Alpert Foundation wrote that he “creates multi-dimensional experiences where bodies, minds, emotions, voices, and spirits conjoin, shimmer, and heal.”
Jones’s critically-acclaimed performance pieces include Black Light (Public Theater, Greenwich House Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre); Duat (Soho Rep); and Radiate (Soho Rep and National Tour). Jones has recorded five albums of original songs as his alter-ego, Jomama Jones.
Jones is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, the recipient of a 2019 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, is a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and was a Mellon Foundation Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington Jones is a Professor of Theatre at Fordham University.
A queer theatre artist, and actor of stage and screen, Dickie Beau has established a reputation for innovation over the last decade by breathing new life into lip-syncing through his playback performance work, creating his own distinctive approach to writing for theatre and revitalising verbatim techniques. He has received multiple awards within the UK across a range of performance disciplines, including the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, Best Alternative Performer in the London Cabaret Awards, and Best Supporting Actor in the Off West End Theatre Awards. In 2019, his solo show ‘Re-Member Me’ was nominated in Australia for a Helpmann Award. He is an Associate Research Fellow at both Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and Queen Mary University of London School of English and Drama.
Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines, trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet. She exposes body politics in the service and entertainment industry as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of the Philippines. She studies how the body moves and what conditions make it move – be it social mobility or movement out of Philippines through migrant work. In all her creations – from pole to macho dancing and hostess to Disney princess studies – capital is the driving force of movement pushing the indentured body into spatial geographies.
Erica Nix has been a bright and raucous force in the Austin for almost two decades. Her performance art, photography, and work as a queer body positive activist and personal trainer is well-documented: from the multitude of activist rallies she’s supported, to being a featured artist at OUTsider Fest and aGLIFF, to winning an Austin Critics Table Award in 2016 for best independent project. Recently Nix closed her LGBTQIA-focused gyms, but she continues to teach virtually four times a week. She is an ambassador of fitness and self love to people that feel unlovable, invisible, or simply intimidated by normative culture.
Erin Curtis is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Her paintings and installations reflect an interest in geometric abstraction and its roots in nature and ritual. She had solo shows throughout Texas and the US and has created commissioned works for the Chicago Transit Authority, Washington DC, Facebook and Art in Embassies. Curtis graduated from Williams College with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1999, received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India in 2008 and attended Skowheagan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010.
Fiore Tedesco is the award winning Chef and Owner of L’Oca d’Oro in Austin, Tx. where he has immersed into thoughtfully crafting a daily menu celebrating the bounty of ingredients of central Texas while paying homage to his Italian American roots. Since opening 4 years ago, he has fought to protect hospitality workers’ rights in and outside of the restaurant. Fiore is launching Oro Bianco Dairy Co. in the fall of 2020 where he is crafting Mozzarella di Bufala from water buffalo he and his partners are raising in south Texas.
Florinda Bryant is an award winning interdisciplinary artist, activist, and arts educator – a Texas gurl who calls Austin home. As a performer and director, she has worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, the Vortex, Paper Chairs, Theater en Bloc and Teatro Vivo in Austin, TX and the Ensemble Theater in Houston, Texas. As a writer Florinda engages audiences in explorations around identity, body, and community. Her award-winning one-woman show “Half Breed Southern Fried” was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at the University of Texas and was directed by Laurie Carlos.
Gesel Mason Performance Projects
GESEL MASON is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Associate Professor of Dance at University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects. Mason utilizes dance, theater, humor, and storytelling to bring visibility to voices unheard, situations neglected, or perspectives considered taboo. Recently featured on NPR and Google Arts and Culture, and over 15 years in the making, Mason’s solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, is evolving into a digital humanities archive to illuminate the unique legacies and aesthetics of Black choreographers. www.geselmason.com
Hillerbrand + Magsamen (+ Stopschinski) [+ Lynn]
Kirk likes to read, hunt, pray, and run. He teaches writing at UT.
The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen and their children, Maddie and Emmett. Their work has been presented at festivals, galleries and museums internationally. Based in Houston, TX, Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice utilizes collaboration, process and media experimentation through video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary performance. Explorations of humor, tension, family, futility and found objects are at the center of their creative practice, blurring boundaries between life and art.
Peter Stopschinski (Composer) co-wrote and co-produced the 2019 CHRISTEENE album Basura, composed and produced the 2016 film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert's film for PBS The Life of John Audubon, composed New York Musicals Festival's 2015 Winner Best in Show: The Calico Buffalo, and created string arrangements and played organ on Grupo Fantasma's 2011 Grammy Award winning album El Existential. His operas, musicals, and arrangements have been performed across the world. Peter is currently finishing a commission from LOLA opera for a chamber opera set to the play Lardo Weeping by Terry Galloway.
Ingri Fiksdal + Fredrik Floen
Ingri Fiksdal is a choreographer based in Oslo. In 2019, she finished a PhD in artistic research, “Affective Choreographies”. This work has taken Ingri into discourses on perspective and privilege, and she is currently working on projects addressing the intersection between the post-anthropocentric and the decolonial. Ingri is concerned with how practise and theory are entangled in her work in a way where neither is anterior to the other. She has in recent years performed at MCA Chicago, Kunstenfestival in Brussels, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Harbourfront Centre Toronto, CAC Cincinnati, Santarcangelo festival, Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival, BUDA Kortrijk and Steirischer Herbst in Graz.
Fredrik Floen (1988, Bergen Norway, He/him) is a Norwegian costume designer who present his work in a range of different theatrical meetings. Fredrik graduated from Oslo Academy of the Arts spring 2017, with a MA in Fashion and costume design. Former education in Fashion and production design, theatre studies and a past as assistant in the company Vinge/Müller in Volksbühne, Berlin.
Fredrik has in the recent years been in touch with Nationaltheater Mannheim, Hotel Pro Forma, Otta Kulturhus, Palais de Tokyo, School of The Arts Institute Chicago, Munch Museet, Black Box Theater, Ibsenfestivalen, Teaterfestivalen I Fjaler, The Norwegian Opera, Scene: Bluss, Fruholmen Fyr, The Norwegian Opra (Trond Reinholdsen), Turteatern, Marie Nikazm Bakken & Ingri Fiksdal.
Jeff Khan is Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney. Jeff is a writer and curator with a particular interest in experimental and interdisciplinary artistic practices from the Asia Pacific region. At Performance Space Jeff oversees the curation and delivery of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental art, alongside a range of residencies, laboratories and creative development programs. Jeff was previously Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival and has held positions and guest curatorships at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Gertrude Contemporary and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Jermone Donte Beacham, jumatatu m. poe, LaKendrick Davis, Zen Jefferson
LaKendrick Davis, a native of Greenville, MS currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He is Chief Choreographic Consultant of ChoreoJazzy Elite Productions and Southern Leadership Academy for Majorettes, two travel-based Training and Performance Units and also serves as Lead Performing Arts Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, GA! Lakendrick is a nationally acclaimed competitive choreographer who has been featured on several professional and commercial platforms. His passion for the Arts, Youth Arts Instruction, and Performance Research have all contributed to his success in the arts and life itself, today! His Motto: Faith Is The Substance of Things Hoped For... The Evidence of Things Not Seen!
Zen Jefferson ( dø√∑Ç@K∑ ) is a Swiss American performer, DJ and Bessie nominated sound collage artist based in Berlin. In 2006, he graduated with a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School and since worked in creative collaboration with artistic adventures that have taken him around the world exploring dance & sound in performance as tools of explorative connection and transformation. His collaborations and practice explore the intersections of cultural and spiritual expansion within performance - and ritual and healing that seek to disrupt the imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, using the body, sound and community as a transformative vessel for collective & inter - celestial immersion.
jumatatu m. poe is a choreographer and performer based between Philadelphia and New York City. jumatatu's early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where jumatatu's parents studied and worked, but jumatatu did not start formal dance training until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. jumatatu's work continues to be influenced by various sources, including recent sociological research of and technical training in J-setting with Donte Beacham.
Jermone “Donte” Beacham. Dancing has been in my blood since I can remember. I began to recognize my skill and talent when I start doing hip hop dancing for my high school. After 4 years of that, I was introduced to the world of J-Sette by women. At that point, I claimed the style for myself and perfected it on my body. Since then, I founded and served as captain for the now retired teams U.C.I.D., Intricate Jacksonville Jsetters, and Mystic Force. Later, I served as co-captain of Dallas’ Texas Teasers. Over the years I have participated and competed in several events and competitions throughout the years.. including 2 SetteItOff video challenges.
Jessica Green is a weaver who lives close to the land; seeking to integrate her life and work and is unafraid of failure. Raising sheep and foraging for natural dyes, Jessica grows much of her cloth, philosophies and performance models from the living world around her. She is the director of a rural, skills based fool school nestled deep in a mountain holler; the Cabbage School. Jessica’s work is quiet and asks for a quiet mind to fully appreciate the life and experience that has joyfully gone into its creation. Jessica weaves to slow the world down.
Justin Shoulder + Matthew Stegh
PHASMAHAMMER is the pseudonym of shape-shifting artist Justin Shoulder. Working primarily in performance, sculpture, video and collective events Phasmahammer is an eco-cosmology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. Creatures birthed are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. The artist uses their body and craft as an instrument of metaphysics towards a queer Filipinx futurism. P.H. is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia (Monsta Gras, Pink Bubble) with partner and key collaborator Matthew Stegh and Club Ate with collaborator Bhenji Ra. www.phasmahammer.com.
Matthew Stegh is an interdisciplinary artist who has worked in the entertainment and arts industries for the past 20 years. His extensive experience includes fashion, costume and set design, styling and art direction for film, television, advertising, theatre and stills photography distributed internationally. Stegh is a founding member of the art collective The Glitter Militia, co-creating parties and events for Sydney’s vibrant queer community (Monsta Gras, Pink Bubble, Clown Cult). Stegh’s fashion label ‘Haus of Hellmutti’ is generating attention locally and internationally for its focus on queer identities, ethical production and salvaged materials.
Laura Latimer creates sculpture, environmental works, and large-scale installations that explore our ever-growing footprint on the planet and its impact on biological systems. Her artwork has been exhibited at UTSA, Illinois State Museum, and Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. She has constructed site-specific installations for Clamp Light Gallery in San Antonio, Box 13 ArtSpace in Houston, Austin City Hall, and multiple Central Texas venues. Most recently, she was selected as a Dimension Gallery 2019/2020 Fellowship Artist and completed visual artist residencies in Minnesota and Washington State.
Lindsey Verrill is a musician, teacher, artist, and friend that lives in Austin, Texas. She plays the cello, banjo, voice, bass, and sometimes flute. She is the yin of Little Mazarn and sometimes plays with some other cool people around the town. She teaches at the Austin Waldorf School and makes art prints with heavy machinery.
Madeleine Hicks is a Nashville based Multimedia Artist and Children's Librarian. She frequently works in theater, puppetry, and is an award winning independent filmmaker. Her work is highly imaginative and often explores themes of vulnerability, resilience, and childhood magic.
Orión García, Coka Treviño, and Graham Reynolds
Austin-based Golden Hornet, led by Artistic Director Graham Reynolds, commissions new music, fosters emerging composers, and presents adventurous works in non-traditional settings. Their latest group commission, MXTX, involves over forty DJ-producers and composers from both sides of the Rio Grande, and will result in an open-source sample library, an album, and premieres in Mexico, Marfa, and Austin. Co-Curated by Orión García, Coka Treviño, Felipe Pérez Santiago, and Reynolds, this Fusebox virtual event will highlight the studios of García and Reynolds, recent work of Leslie García, and contributions of Mabe Fratti, Gibrana Cervantes, and Concepción Huerta, with translation by Treviño. www.goldenhornet.org.
Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and currently resides in Austin, Texas. While studying for her BFA, Treviño started working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey supporting the Exhibitions department, where she fell in love with the art world. She has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities, and has held every position imaginable in the industry, curating being her favorite. In 2009 she founded The Projecto in Monterrey, looking to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions. In 2010 she made her move to Austin, Texas where The Projecto has been hosting international artists and collaborating with different local institutions to enable dialog and community enrichment. Currently, she’s working as the Program Coordinator at Big Medium, the Texas Biennial Curatorial Assistant, Co-curator and Project Manager for Graham Reynold and Golden Hornet's MXTX, and as an independent Curator.
Orión García is best known for his consistent contributions to cultural blendings of music and art. He has been writing, composing and performing varying styles of music for over fifteen years. In 2007 he founded Peligrosa, the widely known Latin/o/a/x collective of djs, producers and artists, who continue to promulgate music and visuals from a variety of diasporas with a considerable focus on sounds from Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa and Europe.
Born in 1981 Kaliori village, Banyumas, Rianto trained in classical Javanese dance and Javanese folk dance from a young age, specialising in the cross-gender form of Lengger. Rianto has been based in Tokyo, Japan since 2003 where he founded the Classical Javanese dance company, Dewandaru Dance Company. He has worked with a spectrum of international choreographers, performance makers and companies whilst remaining dedicated to his training and own voice for contemporary Javanese performing arts. From 2017 Rianto has joined Akram Khan Company, taking over Akram’s role in Until The Lions whilst also continuing to tour SoftMachine: Rianto, a solo work under the direction of Choy Ka Fai. Medium is Rianto’s first full-length choreographic work and has led him towards further creation with a current work in progress Hijra, born form his extended research into cross gender performative traditions and body migration.
CAHWATI Since 2000 Cahwati has worked extensively in the fields of dance, music, vocals and theater. Her work with major artists from Indonesia and Korea has included: Slamet Gundono, Director Garin Nugroho, Melati Suryodarmo, Deddy Luthan Dance Company, as a dancer with the Korean choreographer Sen Hea Ha, Eko Supriyanto and Fajar Satriadi. Cahwati has also developed and choreographed dance works that have been staged in Italy and Berlin, including the Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk trilogy by Ahmad Tohari, Sang Nak, Ronggeng Manis, Bedhaya Idek, and Brantrara. Over recent years Cahwati has began a long term artistic collaboration with choreographer Rianto as a composer and vocalist. This has lead to further artistic collaborations as a composer working with across dance and shadow puppet theatre projects.
Known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is an award winning artist and director living in Brooklyn, NY. Her narrative based film, puppetry and installations use recognizable materials, often trash, to create richly detailed worlds that make magic of the mundane and highlight the trivialities of daily life.
In 2018 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on the PLASTIC BAG STORE, an immersive puppet show that takes place in a fake grocery store, which will premiere in Times Square in 2020. Her all cardboard animations were official selections at The Telluride Film Festival, BAM and the Aspen Shortsfest where she won the Ellen Award and Special mention in the animation category.
Her original play THE PIGEONING hailed by the New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” debuted in 2013 and continues to tour at home and abroad and has been translated into German, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, multiple Jim Henson Foundation grants and the Arlyn Award for puppet design.
Rude Mechs is an ensemble-based theatre collective that creates genre-averse live performance representing a cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is the use of play to make performance, the use of venues as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; manage a multidisciplinary arts’ space, and conduct outreach in performance and writing for refugees.
Sarah Sudhoff holds an M.F.A. in Photography from New York’s Parsons School of Design and a B.J. in Journalism and Photography from the University of Texas at Austin. She received in 2019 and 2017 an Individual Artist Grant from Houston Arts Alliance for her recent body of work and is the Executive Director for the Texas Photographic Society. Sudhoff previously served as Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography and owner of Capsule Gallery in Houston. She has been photo editor for Texas Monthly and Time magazines. She has exhibited internationally and across the U.S.
A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. Widely published, she has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon is a dramaturge for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and is Executive Producer and Host of the ""Who Yo People Is"" podcast series. Currently Sharon lives in the city she was raised in, Los Angeles - but she says she grew up artistically while living in Austin, Texas from 1989 to 2007.
The Illustrious Blacks
As the result of a soul-stirring DJ set on Facebook live for the Questlove’s music hub Okayplayer, The Illustrious Blacks garnered international fame and found themselves touring to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Canada and being booked to perform in major music festivals such as Roskilde, Splore, Return to Rio and Babylon. Back in NYC, the globetrotters took their live shows to respected venues like Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Shed, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, House of Yes, C’mon Everybody and performed opening sets for respected artists like Lalah Hathaway, Nakhane and Cupcakke.
Tina Satter is a playwright and director, and Artistic Director of Obie-winning theater company Half Straddle. With Half Straddle she’s written and directed Is This A Room, House of Dance, Ghost Rings, Seagull (Thinking of you), In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, Ancient Lives, and Away Uniform. Tina’s a recipient of a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, and Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. She attended the graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College, and has taught or been a visiting artist at NYU, Harvard University, Princeton, Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Hunter MFA Playwriting, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and more.
Todd Mein (The Rehearsal Artist - 2019, History of My Stiffness - 2018, 60 in Sixty - 2009-2019) is a Multi-media Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Humorist, and Absurdist from the Highland of Austin, TX. He is a Century Kid, Exquisite Zombie, Prism Prisoner, Art Educator, MC, Meme, and Dog Enthusiast. Todd got a BA in Liberal Arts from UT, where he wrote for the Texas Travesty and attended Shakespeare at Winedale. He was also Senior Class President of his High School, UIL State One Act Champion, Eagle Scout, and TX State Air Sex Champion. You can browse his Art and Apparel at www.meandtodd.com.
Rebecca Ramirez (Pilgrimess, Ouiness, Mongoose) and Christopher Petkus (Donny Who Loved Bowling, Mongoose, CPT) have collaborated together in too many projects to name since first meeting in 2009. They first performed together as Try Not To Make Sounds in February 2018, and TNTMS has been in action ever since.
Yuliya Lanina is a multimedia artist whose work ranges from paintings and robotic sculptures to video and performance. She creates alternate realities in her works—ones based on sexuality, femininity, fetishism, and identity. Lanina’s honors include Fulbright (Vienna, Austria), Headlands Art Center (CA), and Yaddo Colony (NY). Exhibitions include SXSW (TX), Seoul Art Museum (Korea), SIGGRAPH (Japan), 798 Beijing Biennial (China), Cleveland Institute of Art (OH), Museum Ludwig (Germany) and Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Russia). She is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin.
kt shorb + Katherine Wiklinson
KATHERINE WILKINSON is a queer director and writer based in Brooklyn. Katherine has spent the last decade developing new ensemble-driven performances throughout the US and abroad. Katherine has developed work with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Juilliard, WP Theatre, Pipeline Theatre, The Atlantic, Signature Theatre, Columbia Stages, The Magic Theatre, SITI Company, Suzuki Company of Toga, Zen Zen Zo, Deborah Hay, Movement Research, The Watermill Center, Philip Glass’ Days & Nights Festival, The VORTEX, Joust Theatre Co, Theaterlab, The Tank, Dixon Place, The Oklahoma Contemporary, among others. Katherine has Assisted/Associate Directed for Anne Bogart, JoAnne Akalaitis, Sam Gold, Whitney White, and Robert Wilson. MFA Directing, Columbia University.
kt shorb is the producing artistic director of the devised theatre troupe, Generic Ensemble Company. Theatre directing credits include The Future of Ismael, black girl love: an adaptation project, The Women of ____ (a song, not song), Carmen, 893 | Ya-ku-za, Scheherazade, The Mikado: Reclaimed and Robin Hood: An Elegy. shorb’s work has earned multiple B. Iden Payne Award and Austin Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Opera directorial work includes directing fellow for Wolf Trap Opera and Chicago Summer Opera. shorb has acted in many venues including: Victory Gardens Theater, the Electric Lodge, the VORTEX, the Off Center and Mary Moody Northen Theatre.
p1nkstar + Y2K
p1nkstar™ (ur fav electr0nic pop superstar!!) creates a world through music and conceptual shows mixing saccharine beats with subversive lyrics, tiaras with ball gags, and body hair with hypnotic ponytails – a realm far removed from this dimension’s binaries. Musically categorized as hyperpop, p1nkstar has been described as early Aughts Paris Hilton on Hello Kitty steroids by The Austin Chronicle. In her live performances p1nkstar affectionately delivers pure pop performance, mixing witty vocals with electronic beats and video interludes with choreographed numbers and back-up dancers.
Y2K is a performance, music, and installation artist, whose work moves freely through different realms of club theatre, music and multimedia performance art. Their work explores themes of queer stigma and trauma as it relates to technology and the “”online””. In their multimedia performances, they embody a personified version of the Y2K Virus/Millennium Bug spreading queerness through technology (“the desirous virus leading the queer apocalypse”). Additionally, Y2K operates under wthe name Y2K Technologies to create dynamic, nightlife experiences centering queer and trans creatives in Texas.
Wunderbaum is a collective that makes plays on current topics, mostly on location, but also in theatre. A recurring theme in Wunderbaum’s repertoire is the tension between ideologies and the difficult transition thereof to the actual daily reality.
The Wunderbaum actors are Walter Bart, Wine Dierickx, Matijs Jansen, Maartje Remmers and Marleen Scholten. They studied together at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht, after which they made theater under the wings of Johan Simons' ZTHollandia and NTGent / Rotterdamse Schouwburg for seven years. Besides the actors, Wunderbaum consists of Maarten Van Otterdijk (design), Maartje van Doodewaard (financial director), Josine Gilissen (planning and acquisition), Carry Hendriks (production manager), Eva van den Hove (public relations and education) and Margreet Bergmeijer (office manager). In each project, Wunderbaum collaborates with other artistic teams, often from different disciplines such as music, art, film or architecture.