MFONISO UDOFIA is a 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab playwright, one of The New Black Fest's 2012 Writing Fellows and she is a 2012-2013 Writing Fellow with both Playwrights Realm and Rising Circle's INKTank. She has also been a semifinalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference. She received this distinction with her plays The Grove (2012) and Sojourners (2013). She has also been a semifinalist for the Page 73 Playwrights Development Programs and was a finalist for the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship. Please follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.
STUART SINGER is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer and teacher. He has danced in the companies of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Doug Varone, Wally Cardona and Lucinda Childs, and is currently performing in the revival of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera Einstein on the Beach. He is currently working with choreographers Beth Gill and John Jasperse, and has recently collaborated on performance projects with Gwen Welliver, Joanna Kotze, Yanira Castro, Jack Ferver, Netta Yerushalmy, Christopher Williams and Mollye Maxner. He is currently developing new choreographic work in collaboration with Lindsay Clark. Stuart has recently taught as adjunct faculty at Bard College, Princeton University, and Bennington College, on faculty at the American Dance Festival, and as a teaching artist for New York Live Arts. Originally from Western Massachusetts, Stuart is a BFA graduate of the SUNY-Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
LINDSAY CLARK grew up in California and North Carolina. She has recently performed with Yasuko Yokoshi and John Jasperse, and has had the pleasure of working with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Faye Driscoll, Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Yve Laris Cohen, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Vanessa Anspaugh, Jack Ferver, and Michelle Boulé. This year she was on faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia teaching modern technique and composition and curated several group shows for the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. She has been a Fresh Tracks Artist in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop and has performed her own work at several New York and international venues. Clark attended High School at the North Carolina School of the Arts, holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University.
Ryan David O'Byrne
RYAN DAVID O'BYRNE is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division '11. He has performed in New York at MoMA PS1 (with Ann Liv Young), Joe's Pub (w/OUR HIT PARADE), La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance), Culturefix, and Culture Project. Ryan recently premiered his first solo piece, LIFE.OR.DEATH.OR.SOMETHING.:
PHASE.DOWN., a multi-part work, at Dixon Place, as well as with AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance. Ryan has worked regionally in several theatres throughout the country. Ryan designs and builds his own sets, and is currently developing a series of self portraits entitled SOON.WE'LL.ALL.BE.GHOSTS. Ryan was the recipient of the Michel and Suria Saint Denis Prize for Leadership in Drama, The Goldman Fellowship, The Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, and The Gluck Community Service Fellowship. He is also a founding member of The Arusha Arts Initiative, a community outreach residency at The Umoja Center in Arusha, Tanzania.
EVAN JOHNSTON is a musician and composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. While studying jazz and anthropology at Columbia University, he was an active performer of comedy and musical theatre. In his sophomore year, he co-wrote the music and lyrics to The 116th Annual Varsity Show, a full-length musical created from scratch each year by Columbia students. Evan could be seen performing throughout college around campus and New York alongside drummer Jesse Chevan and bassist Matt Star in their pop trio Capital. After graduating from school last May, in between existential crises, he helped with arrangements on Sarah Dooley’s forthcoming debut Stupid Things while also lending voice and piano tracks here and there. He’s currently writing the score for Dream Date, a romantic comedy and NYU directing thesis. Things that are really important to Evan include the New York Knicks, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, a 13-year-old beagle named Joey, and West Indian food.
REID BARTELME began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner, John Jasperse, Pontus Lidberg, Jack Ferver and the Parsons Dance Company. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller, and Mauro Bigonzetti.