Anna Rabinowitz is a prize-winning poet, editor and librettist. Her fifth volume of poetry, Words On the Street (Tupelo Press) was the recipient of the NEPC Sheilah Margaret Motton Book Award 2017. Darkling and The Wanton Sublime have been re-visioned to critical acclaim as a chamber opera and an operatic monodrama for mezzo-soprano, respectively. Darkling enjoyed a 3-week run off-Broadway in New York City, as well as performances at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, New York City Opera’s Vox series at the Skirball Center, and abroad in Poland and Berlin. The Wanton Sublime was performed in New York City at Roulette, the Players Club, and the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. It had its European premiere at the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre in London. Darkling has been translated into German and published by Luxbooks, Weisbaden, in a bi-lingual edition accompanied by the Albany Records CD of the opera. Rabinowitz’s awards include an NEA Fellowship Grant and the Juniper Prize for At the Site of Inside Out. Previous volumes are At the Site of Inside Out, Darkling, The Wanton Sublime, and Present Tense. http://www.annarabinowitz.com/
Lianne Arnold is a video & scenic designer whose work extends through theater, opera, music, dance, film & art installation. Her performance work has been seen in New York City at The Kitchen, BAM, HERE, La Mama, TheaterLab, 3LD and Judson Church. She was a production designer on the short film Toru which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. She has made visuals alongside composers John King, Robin Cox, and Earl Maneein and collaborated with visual artists Leslie Kerby, Natalia Margolis, Fariba Alam, and Urban Matter Design Firm. She was named a “Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine and a “Person You Should Know” by Visible Soul. She proudly earned her MFA from CalArts. www.liannearnold.com
Matt Marks (1980-2018) Matt’s work has been called “staggeringly creative” by the NY Times and “bright, catchy and continually turn[ing] Broadway clichés on their heads in surprising ways.” by the LA Times. His The Little Death: Vol. 1 was one of Time Out NY’s Top Ten Classical albums of 2010 and had one of Huffington Post’s Top Ten Alternative Art Songs of the Decade. Recent projects include his Strip Mall for the L.A. Philharmonic, Bluetooth Islands for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a remix for Meredith Monk’s latest album, and a live realization of The Dirty Projectors’ album The Getty Address. Also his opera Mata Hari: The Great Imitator for HERE and Prototype Festival, an album with the ensemble Hotel Elefant, his spoken word opera Velocirapture, and his slasher pop opera miniseries Headphone Splitter. As a solo performer, Matt appeared with the LA Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound, and live on This American Life. https://mattmarksmusic.com/
Kristin Marting is a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 25+ years, she has constructed 29 stage works, including 10 original hybrid works, 5 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 reimaginings of novels and short stories and 5 classic plays. Kristin has directed 19 works at HERE (where she is Co-Founder and Artistic Director) and also premiered works at BAM Opera House, 3LD, Ohio Theatre, and Soho Rep. Her work has toured to 7 Stages, Berkshire Festival, Brown, MCA, New World, Painted Bride, Perishable, UMass, Moscow Art Theatre, London and Oslo. She has directed readings and workshops for Clubbed Thumb, EST, New Georges, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theatre, Target Margin, and others. Selected residencies include Cal Arts, LMCC, Mabou Mines, MASS MOCA, NACL, Orchard Project, Playwrights Center, Smack Mellon, Voice & Vision and Williams. Kristin was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Woman to Watch by ArtTable and honored with a BAX10 Award. She also co-founded and co-directs Prototype opera-theatre festival. kristinmarting.wordpress.com
Music Director Mila Henry
Lauded for her “sublime” playing (Feast of Music) and heralding orchestral scores of “incredible range and color” (OperaPulse), Mila Henry is an integral member of New York’s contemporary opera and music theater community. Comfortable leading from both the piano and the podium, her versatility has allowed her to assist in a variety of roles in a range of styles– whether opera, musical theater, chamber music, or somewhere in between. She made her Opera Philadelphia debut as Principal Pianist (doubling on synth) for We Shall Not Be Moved, a hybrid opera that has taken her to their inaugural O17 as well as The Apollo and Dutch National Opera. A frequent collaborator of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, she has participated in all six PROTOTYPE festivals, from performer in Thumbprint (LA Opera) and Mata Hari, to répétiteur for The Scarlet Ibis, Acquanetta and Angel’s Bone (Pulitzer Prize: Music). Additional BMP shows include Persona (with Either/Or), the difficulty of crossing a field (Cantaloupe Music), Song from the Uproar, Anatomy Theater and Ouroboros Trilogy. From 2010-14, Mila was Resident Music Director at American Opera Projects, where she was Assistant Conductor for As One (BAM), The Blind (Lincoln Center Festival), and Harriet Tubman (Irondale Center). She is currently Head of Music for their Composers & the Voice fellowship program with conductor Steven Osgood. AOP introduced her to the producers above as well as American Lyric Theater, Opera on Tap, and the national organization OPERA America. Equally at home with musical theater, Mila served as Music Director for These Girls Have Demons (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera) and Vocal Director for Ripe Time’s Obie-winning The World is Round (BAM), and has presented works at the New York Musical Festival, New York Children’s Theater Festival, New York Fringe Festival and York Theatre Company. Mila holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Elizabethtown College. A native of the Philadelphia area, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, guitarist James Moore. milahenry.com
Lainie Fefferman is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer, teacher, organizer, and general proponent of new music. Lainie’s past, present and future collaborators include: guitarist James Moore, bassist Eleonore Oppenheim, pianist Kathleen Supové, electric guitar quartet Dither, Hotel Elefant, JACK Quartet, So Percussion, the New York Virtuoso Singers, NOW ensemble, Newspeak, TILT Brass, and ETHEL. Lainie (b. 1982) did her undergrad at Yale and her PhD at Princeton. Lainie started Exapno, a new music community center. Lainie’s recent performance projects include writing for, laptoping, and singing in laptop ensemble Sideband, writing for and singing alto with avant vocal trio Celestial Mechanics (with sopranos Anne Hege and Sarah Paden) and writing for and singing with minimalist folk band Phthia (with Missy Mazzoli and Mila Henry on melodica, Sara Phillips Budde on clarinet, Andie Springer on fiddle, and James Moore on banjo). Lainie organizes the New Music Gathering, a yearly conference-style nation-wide event.Lainie has performed or been programmed in several New York venues, including: The United Nations General Assembly, Carnegie Hall, Google HQ NYC, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Miller Theater, Tenri, and Monkeytown, She has occasionally performed at venues in California, (including Oakopolis), Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Lainie organizes the New Music Bake Sale, a yearly event in downtown Brooklyn. Her works have also been heard in Ireland, Holland, England, and Florida. Lainie’s music has been featured in many concerts, festivals, and online shenanigans, including the Ecstatic Festival, the Sonic Festival, the Music With A View series, and the Floating Points Festival. She has been an invited speaker/composer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, the Ruckus Conference in NYC, and at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Lucrecia Briceno (lighting) is a Peruvian artist currently based in Brooklyn. Much of her work has been in association with artists developing innovative and original pieces. Her work includes theatre, dance, puppetry & opera, as well as collaborations in several non-performance projects. Her designs have been presented at such venues as Oxford Playhouse (UK), Arena Stage, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Theatre Center, BAM (Fischer), Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts, Berlind Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, La Mama ETC, Birmingham Repertory (UK), Culture Project, Pregones Theatre, Intar, HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep, Ohio Theatre, Irondale Center, ArtsEmerson, among many others. Internationally her work has been seen in Caracas, Peru, Turkey, Scotland, Seoul, Bogota, Norway, and England. Her design work for “Crime and Punishment” was part of the Venezuelan delegation for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, a resident designer with Pregones Theatre/PRTT and La Micro; she has also been a guest artist/lecturer at NYU, Princeton University, Hunter College and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts http://lucreciabricenodesign.com/
Kate Fry (costumes) My work as a costume designer explores clothing as poetry- to illustrate the complex nature of identity as both individual and contextual within society. Deeply psychological, ordinary garments function as a source of familiar association for an audience, which I employ, heighten, or subvert to visually express a character’s true nature. Working in theater and dance I have discovered the power of physicality and so the relationship between costume and body is essential to my design. I am both an avid creator and audience member- I love visually lush and surprising landscapes and find stories- linear and non-linear, narrative and anti-narrative- to be the vehicle for cathartic expression and rousing revolution. My work is collaborative and ever evolving, elegant and eccentric. Member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. http://www.katefry.com/
Arnulfo Maldonado (scenery) is a New York City based set and costume designer. Notable design credits include the world premieres of Clare Barron’s Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls, Or; The African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater), Bryna Turner’s Bull In A China Shop (Lincoln Center Theater), Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men On Boats (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons), Anne Washburn’s transadaption of Iphigenia In Aulis (Classic Stage Company), and Jenny Schwartz/Todd Almond’s IOWA (Playwrights Horizons); the NY premieres of Philip Dawkins’Charm (MCC Theater), Christopher Chen’s Caught (The Play Company); and George Brant’s Grounded (Page 73); the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green’s generations (Soho Rep); the regional premieres of Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Guthrie Theater), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (Berkeley Rep), and Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company); the international tour of The Magnetic Fields’ 50 Song Memoir. In addition, Arnulfo is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist and has served as a Resident Scenic Designer of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He has exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, the international exhibition of scenography and theatre architecture. Arnulfo is a Henry Hewes Design nominee, the recipient of a Princess Grace Theater Fellowship (Faberge Theater Award) and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Department of Design for Stage and Film. Member United Scenic Artists Local 829. http://www.arnulfomaldonado.com/
Information about our seven performers can be found under Sins.