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Writer/Director

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 Dramatists.

Performers

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). kpearl47@hotmail.com

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."

Costume Design

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.

Set Design

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. shawnhall2001@hotmail.com

Video Design

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. videoscratch@hotmail.com


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