MAKEHOUSE 2014-2015 SPONSORED ARTISTS

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Nico Brown is a dance artist originally from rural Illinois. His work attempts to reconcile his experience with expansive landscape against his love of extravagant, full-bodied dancing. The result is often described as minimal, formal, and irrevocably queer. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, complemented by a BFA in Theatre Stage Management from the same institution. He lives and works in New York.Nico has presented work throughout the Midwest, New York, and abroad. As a performer, he has worked with Jennifer Monson, Kirstie Simson, Renée Wadleigh, Nick Duran, Megan Kendzior, Deke Weaver and Jennifer Allen. Nico has continued to work in various administrative capacities for organizations such as the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He is a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship recipient.

Nico Brown is a dance artist originally from rural Illinois. His work attempts to reconcile his experience with expansive landscape against his love of extravagant, full-bodied dancing. The result is often described as minimal, formal, and irrevocably queer. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, complemented by a BFA in Theatre Stage Management from the same institution. He lives and works in New York.Nico has presented work throughout the Midwest, New York, and abroad. As a performer, he has worked with Jennifer Monson, Kirstie Simson, Renée Wadleigh, Nick Duran, Megan Kendzior, Deke Weaver and Jennifer Allen. Nico has continued to work in various administrative capacities for organizations such as the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He is a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship recipient.

Davina Cohen is a Brooklyn-based theater and dance artist and vocal performer. Her multidisciplinary work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency, and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and presented by the Performance Mix Festival, the FURY Factory, and Teatteri Naamio ja Hoyhen in Helsinki, Finland. Additional performance highlights: Ann Hamilton's An Event of a Thread at the Park Avenue Armory, Breakthrough Media's Deport The Statue campaign, The Lily's Revenge at the American Repertory Theater, La Damnation de Faust at the SF Opera, I'll Crane For You choreographed by Deborah Hay, vocal performance for Kun-Yang Lin's Be/Longing, and over a decade of collaboration and study with the SITI Company. Davi has taught at the Atlantic Theater Conservatory, Harvard University, Skidmore College, Pacific Union College, Solano College Theater's Actor Training Program, SF Unified School District, and Western Mass Moving Arts Festival.

Davina Cohen is a Brooklyn-based theater and dance artist and vocal performer. Her multidisciplinary work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency, and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and presented by the Performance Mix Festival, the FURY Factory, and Teatteri Naamio ja Hoyhen in Helsinki, Finland. Additional performance highlights: Ann Hamilton's An Event of a Thread at the Park Avenue Armory, Breakthrough Media's Deport The Statue campaign, The Lily's Revenge at the American Repertory Theater, La Damnation de Faust at the SF Opera, I'll Crane For You choreographed by Deborah Hay, vocal performance for Kun-Yang Lin's Be/Longing, and over a decade of collaboration and study with the SITI Company. Davi has taught at the Atlantic Theater Conservatory, Harvard University, Skidmore College, Pacific Union College, Solano College Theater's Actor Training Program, SF Unified School District, and Western Mass Moving Arts Festival.

Marshall Pailet -- As Composer/Bookwriter: Triassic Parq (Off Broadway, Soho Playhouse; Chance Theater, Ovation Award – Best Musical; Best Musical NY Fringe); Untitled Dreamworks Theatricals Project (In Development with Dreamworks Theatricals); Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War (Best Musical DC Fringe ’11; Osborn Award Nominee); Super Claudio Bros. (Best Musical DC Fringe ’10); The Chocolate Tree (NAMT ’07; Actors Cabaret of Eugene; Houston Stages); Where It’s At; The Darq Knight; Upcoming projects in development with Dreamworks Theatricals/Animation, RKO and the New Musical Foundation. As Director: Triassic Parq (Ovation Nomination – Best Director); Eudaemonia; Who’s Your Baghdaddy; Super Claudio Bros.; Uncle Pirate; Stuck; The 49 Project; Thursday; With Kings in the Back; The 70 Scenes of Halloween; Bat Boy; Escape Artists; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Resident Playwright Chance Theater. Graduate of Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com

Marshall Pailet -- As Composer/Bookwriter: Triassic Parq (Off Broadway, Soho Playhouse; Chance Theater, Ovation Award – Best Musical; Best Musical NY Fringe); Untitled Dreamworks Theatricals Project (In Development with Dreamworks Theatricals); Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War (Best Musical DC Fringe ’11; Osborn Award Nominee); Super Claudio Bros. (Best Musical DC Fringe ’10); The Chocolate Tree (NAMT ’07; Actors Cabaret of Eugene; Houston Stages); Where It’s At; The Darq Knight; Upcoming projects in development with Dreamworks Theatricals/Animation, RKO and the New Musical Foundation. As Director: Triassic Parq (Ovation Nomination – Best Director); Eudaemonia; Who’s Your Baghdaddy; Super Claudio Bros.; Uncle Pirate; Stuck; The 49 Project; Thursday; With Kings in the Back; The 70 Scenes of Halloween; Bat Boy; Escape Artists; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Resident Playwright Chance Theater. Graduate of Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com

Mike Anderson is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and designer. Select work includes art directing for the New York Times, WWAKE's 2014 lookbook, production design for Pepperidge Farms and Fanta , VFX for Beyonce's self-titled Visual Album Documentary, and director/animator of Vice. BFA in Painting from RISD, with honors.  www.mgawork.com

Kimia Ferdowsi-Kline is an Iranian-American painter born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984. She earned an M.F.A. in visual arts at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and holds a B.F.A. in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was named a Danforth Scholar. In 2011, she was awarded an artist residency at The Dune in Pondicherry, India, where she lived and painted for 8 months. In 2012, she was accepted into the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, where she has been selected to exhibit in a group show in July 2014. Ferdowsi-Kline’s paintings, detached from any literal appearance of nature, are reconstructed landscapes based on memory and imagination, inspired by the stories she grew up hearing about Iran. Unable to return, she seeks to connect to her homeland through the process of painting. Ferdowsi-Kline currently curates the permanent art collection at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in addition to continuing her own studio practice.

Kimia Ferdowsi-Kline is an Iranian-American painter born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984. She earned an M.F.A. in visual arts at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and holds a B.F.A. in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was named a Danforth Scholar. In 2011, she was awarded an artist residency at The Dune in Pondicherry, India, where she lived and painted for 8 months. In 2012, she was accepted into the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, where she has been selected to exhibit in a group show in July 2014. Ferdowsi-Kline’s paintings, detached from any literal appearance of nature, are reconstructed landscapes based on memory and imagination, inspired by the stories she grew up hearing about Iran. Unable to return, she seeks to connect to her homeland through the process of painting. Ferdowsi-Kline currently curates the permanent art collection at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in addition to continuing her own studio practice.

Cody Owen Stine is a composer, lyricist, arranger, performer, and music director who writes for theater, film, and cabaret. His work has been seen at Ars Nova, Prospect Theater, Joe’s Pub, Laurie Beechman, Duplex Cabaret, 54 Below, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Second City, LA among others. Recent credits: "The Prisoner of Vegas," a full-length musical (NY Theatre Barn, Manhattan Musical Theater Lab [upcoming]); "Street Seen," Prospect Theater Company's 10-minute musical lab (with collaborator Sharyn Rothstein); Associate Conductor on Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club and Union Square Theatre; music director/arranger of Eager to Lose at Ars Nova; and concerts with Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, and Daniel Breaker. Upcoming projects include a full-length show with bookwriter Sharyn Rothstein, and a rock musical based on Heinrich von Kleist's play "Penthesilea." He is a member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theater Workshop and the Dramatists Guild. www.codyowenstine.com

Cody Owen Stine is a composer, lyricist, arranger, performer, and music director who writes for theater, film, and cabaret. His work has been seen at Ars Nova, Prospect Theater, Joe’s Pub, Laurie Beechman, Duplex Cabaret, 54 Below, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Second City, LA among others. Recent credits: "The Prisoner of Vegas," a full-length musical (NY Theatre Barn, Manhattan Musical Theater Lab [upcoming]); "Street Seen," Prospect Theater Company's 10-minute musical lab (with collaborator Sharyn Rothstein); Associate Conductor on Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club and Union Square Theatre; music director/arranger of Eager to Lose at Ars Nova; and concerts with Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, and Daniel Breaker. Upcoming projects include a full-length show with bookwriter Sharyn Rothstein, and a rock musical based on Heinrich von Kleist's play "Penthesilea." He is a member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theater Workshop and the Dramatists Guild. www.codyowenstine.com

Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer whose work includes: A Beautiful Day on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson (New Georges), Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown (The New Ohio), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (59E59), The Momentum by CollaborationTown (Guild Hall/Watermill Center, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater, Laurie Beechman Theater, LaMama), Flooded with Light by Stan Richardson (The Representatives), God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Juilliard), When (Women Center Stage, Culture Project), All Girls by Anna Greenfield (Kraine), The Big Fix (Brooklyn Arts Exchange),The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cyrano de Bergerac (Waterwell/PPAS), The End of Life Project (Outside the Wire, Coatesville VA Medical Center), The Deepest Play Ever by Geoffrey Decas (The New Ohio), Big Money, a new musical by Kyle Jarrow and Nathan Leigh (Choreographer, Williamstown). As Associate Director to Young Jean Lee: The Shipment (Wexner Center, The Kitchen), Lear (Soho Rep), Church (Under the Radar/The Public Theater). As the Resident Director for CollaborationTown, she conceives and directs original works of ensemble-based devised theater. She is an inaugural recipient of the 2-year Archive Alliance Residency at The New Ohio & IRT Theater, along with the other members of CollaborationTown's Artistic Core. She also teaches Devising at the Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS in NYC and with the International Theater & Literacy Program in Tanzania and Rwanda. New Georges Affiliated Artist, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. BFA: Boston University.  

Lee Sunday Evans is a director and choreographer whose work includes: A Beautiful Day on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson (New Georges), Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown (The New Ohio), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (59E59), The Momentum by CollaborationTown (Guild Hall/Watermill Center, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater, Laurie Beechman Theater, LaMama), Flooded with Light by Stan Richardson (The Representatives), God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz (Juilliard), When (Women Center Stage, Culture Project), All Girls by Anna Greenfield (Kraine), The Big Fix (Brooklyn Arts Exchange),The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cyrano de Bergerac (Waterwell/PPAS), The End of Life Project (Outside the Wire, Coatesville VA Medical Center), The Deepest Play Ever by Geoffrey Decas (The New Ohio), Big Money, a new musical by Kyle Jarrow and Nathan Leigh (Choreographer, Williamstown). As Associate Director to Young Jean Lee: The Shipment (Wexner Center, The Kitchen), Lear (Soho Rep), Church (Under the Radar/The Public Theater). As the Resident Director for CollaborationTown, she conceives and directs original works of ensemble-based devised theater. She is an inaugural recipient of the 2-year Archive Alliance Residency at The New Ohio & IRT Theater, along with the other members of CollaborationTown's Artistic Core. She also teaches Devising at the Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS in NYC and with the International Theater & Literacy Program in Tanzania and Rwanda. New Georges Affiliated Artist, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. BFA: Boston University.