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Lisa D'Amour is a playwright and performance
artist currently living in New York City. Lisa received her
M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin
in 1996. She has created plays and site-specific performance
installations that have been performed at many venues around
the U.S. including Zeitgeist
(New Orleans), Salvage
Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Clubbed
Thumb Theater (NYC), Intermedia
Arts and the Walker
Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN). Lisa has received many fellowships
and awards, including a Jerome Fellowship, a McKnight Advancement
Grant and a MacDowell Colony Residency. She is a core member
of the Playwrights' Center and a member of New
Kathy Randels, artistic director of ArtSpot
Productions, is a native New Orleanian. She is a performer,
director and teacher who works locally, in New Orleans, nationally
and internationally. Original performance pieces include Rumours
of War; Rage Within/Without; The End and Back
Again, My Friend; Lower 9 Stories and How
to be a Man in the 21st Century. Her work has been seen
throughout the U.S. and in Bulgaria, Denmark, New Zealand, Romania,
Scotland, Slovenia and Yugoslavia. Since 1997 she has been an
artistic associate of Dah
Teatar from Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In November 2002, she
toured the U.S. with Maps of Forbidden Remembrance,
Dah Teatar's latest performance, a collaboration with 7
Stages Theatre in Atlanta.
Katie Pearl is a collaborative theater maker
specializing in alternative, often site-specific new work. As
director, dramaturg, or performer, she has joined musicians,
visual artists, and others to create provocative, award-winning
work in cities such as New York, Austin, Minneapolis, Seattle,
and Ithaca. Katie is an alumnus of the Drama League of New York
(directing fellow, 2000). She received her degree from the University
of Washington before participating in international collaborations
with La Fura dels Baus (Barcelona) and Brith Gof (Wales). She
trained further at Anne Bogart's SITI (NY) and Tadashi Suzuki's
SCOT festival (Toga, Japan). firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom McDermott was born in St. Louis, Missouri
in 1957. He began piano study at age 6 and professional work
at 16, receiving a Master's Degree in Music in 1982 before moving
to New Orleans in 1984. He has performed his music on five continents
and in many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall. Tom
has released several CDs of original and New Orleans music.
In 1995 he founded the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, which he accompanied
to Brazil for sold-out concerts in 2001. In 1986, the New York
Times wrote: "Whatever direction he moves in, Mr. McDermott
is a very skillful pianist."
An interest in fashion and sewing led Olivia Wildz
to get a degree in costume design and construction at the University
of Texas Austin. Her love of Louisiana took her back to New
Orleans where she began to research and take photographs of
the clothes of the two sisters Flora and Piroska Gellert (Nita
and Zita). Olivia has designed costumes for several original
plays such as Kerthy Fixx's Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show,
which opened at the Vortex Theater in Austin before moving to
Chicago. Olivia has shown her original lines of clothing and
in fashion shows such as the Karaoke fashion show and the Renegade
Mobil Fashion Spectacle, presented in New Orleans and Cophenhagen.
Olivia resides in New York City and New Orleans.
Shawn Hall is a painter, installation and video
artist who recently began collaborating with theater artists.
Recent projects include the set for Brad Elliot’s I & You,
set and costumes for Elliot’s Shall We Go Walking Then,
You and I, and set and costumes for Kathy Randels' Rumors
of War. Shawn has exhibited her work locally and nationally,
most recently in a solo show at Delgado University in New Orleans.
Shawn holds a MFA from the Maryland Art Institute. email@example.com
Maria Cataldo is a visual artist and writer, among other things.
Recently she has been developing the play “Small Spaces, Sometimes” (Choate Rosemary Hall),
writing prose/poetry for performance (Human Rights Action Team/THAW/The Tank),
directing film/video for live theater/installation, and woodworking/design in her grant-awarded Manhattan studio.
Maria is an artist-in-residence through Chashama Theater Company.