current artistic collaborators
Grammy-nominated composer Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (The New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York). In 2018 she made history when she became one of the two first women (along with composer Jeanine Tesori) to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. That year she was also nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Classical Composition” for her work Vespers for Violin, recorded by violinist Olivia De Prato. Mazzoli is the Mead Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, Opera Philadelphia, Scottish Opera, LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, the Detroit Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Kathleen Supové, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, the Sydney Symphony and many others. Mazzoli has received considerable acclaim for her operatic compositions. Her third opera, Proving Up, written with longtime collaborator Royce Vavrek, was commissioned by Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha and New York’s Miller Theatre. . The upcoming season includes performances of her opera Breaking the Waves at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Adelaide Festival and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Mazzoli is an active TV and film composer, and recently wrote and performed music for the fictional character Thomas Pembridge on the Amazon TV show Mozart in the Jungle. Missy is the recipient of a 2019 Grammy nomination, the 2017 Music Critics Association of America Inaugural Award for Best Opera, the 2018 Godard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, four ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a Fulbright Grant to The Netherlands, the Detroit Symphony’s Elaine Lebenbom Award, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and the Barlow Endowment. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross, VCCA, the Blue Mountain Center and the Hermitage.
Daniel Wohl is a Paris born composer and producer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His fascination with all types of sounds drives him to create Pieces that "blur the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation and seemingly melt both elements into a greater organic whole." (WNYC) He collaborates with ensembles, artists, filmmakers and choreographers, bringing to life his vision for new music that connects the endless sonic possibilities to today's world with his classical compositional background. He has been called one of his generations's "imaginative, skillful creators (New York Times.) Recent and upcoming projects include a new string quartet with electronics commissioned by the German Festival Donaueschinger Musiktage for the Calder Quartet, a new work for MoMA PS 1 featuring Caroline Saw (Roomful of Teeth) and Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) a commission by Bang on a Can All-Stars through their People's Commissioning Fund: a score for the surrealist indie film Elixir (a 2015 Berlinale selections)" He has created a ballet score commissioned by Georgia Tech's Sonic Generator Ensemble: (Cycles.) His New Amsterdam Records debut with Corps Exquis garnered widespread critical acclaim and was coded best album of 2013 by WNYC New Sounds listeners and was included in NPR Music's top 100 Songs of 2013.
Sean Hagerty is a composer, violinist, and sound designer specializing in immersive theater. He designed the previous iterations of The Brain Piece from 2015-17 at Dixon Place (NYC), Dance Place (Washington DC), Gallus Theater (Frankfurt, Germany), and Nod (Prague), as well as Jody Oberfelder''s 4 Chambers (A@R). Other work includes original music and sound for Ghost Light (LCT3), Then She Fell (Kingsland Ward), Sweet and Lucky (DCPA), The Grand Paradise, Roadside Attraction (World Financial Center), Hit the Body Alarm (Performing Garage), Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theater), and The Anthem (Lynn Redgrave Theater). www.seanhagerty.com
Angelica Negron composer and multi-instrumentalist, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Interested in creating intricate, yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, she writes for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as "willfully idiosyncratic and contemplative" (WQXR/Q2) and "mesmerizing and affecting" (Feast of Music) while the New York Times noted her "capacity to surprise" and her "quirky approach to scoring". She was recently selected y Q2 and NPR listeners as part of "The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40" and Flavorpill as one o the "10 Young Female Composers You Should Know".
Eric Siegel l is a veteran television/film director, art director, and production/scenic designer who for over 30 years has provided creative and technical leadership to the world’s most prestigious program producers, including the ABC, CBS, PBS, HBO and MSG television networks. His work as a director, art director, and production/scenic designer has been recognized with 11 Emmy awards, the Dupont Columbia Award, the Peabody Award, a Christopher Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and over 25 Broadcast Designers Association awards.
Kathy Kaufmann, a New York City native, she is pleased to be working with Jody and her company once again. She is a resident designer at Danspace Project at St. Marks Church and also teaches lighting design at Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Kaufmann is a two time Bessie recipient and was nominated for her work on Rebecca Davis's Bloost Windku in 2015. She designs regularly for Michelle Dorrance (Dorrance Dance), Joanna Kotze, The Bang Group, Mariana Valencia, Rebecca Stenn, Ephrat Asherie Dance and Mina Nishamura. Most recent projects include designs for Dorrance Dance at City Center, Ephrat Asherie Dance at the Joyce, Tendayi Kuumba, Jasmine Heard and Tatyana Tenenbaum at Danspace.
Kate Bashore is a New York City-based lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera. Her design work has been presented in New York City and regionally at theatres including: Ensemble for the Romantic Century; Royal Family Productions; LaGuardia Arts High School; The Rose Theater; Clarence Brown Theatre; Playhouse on the Square, and Brevard Music Center. She served as the Resident Lighting Designer for Festival 56 in Princeton, IL from 2008 until 2011. Kate graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and was selected as the Gilbert V. Hemsley Lighting Intern in 2013. Kate lives in Brooklyn and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829
Savannah Bell is an upcoming New York City based lighting designer and electrician. Her design work is most well known with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet in Columbia, MO and around the New York City area. Savannah is often seen across the country traveling with shows such as: Bullets Over Broadway and Elf! The Musical. She graduated Magna Cum Laude at Stephens College with a BFA in technical theatre. Savannah has also worked at the Santa Fe Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Okoboji Summer Theatre
Weiji Ma is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. He grew up in Groningen, the Netherlands, where he obtained his Ph.D. in physics. This was followed by postdoctoral research in neuroscience and psychology at Caltech and the University of Rochester, with an emphasis on computational models. His laboratory investigates how the human brain deals with uncertain information in visual perception, multisensory perception, working memory, and decision-making. He teaches courses on perceptual illusions and on mathematical models of brain function. Wei Ji has been a consultant for The Brain Piece since 2014, appeared in Dance of the Neurons, and continues to be mesmerized by the translation of cerebral concepts into motion and emotion.
Cecilia Fontanesi is an Italian dancer, PhD candidate in Neuroscience at CUNY, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) at LIMS®, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She currently collaborates with IDACO Italian Dance Connection, Jody Oberfelder Projects, and Parcon NYC. She combines performative practice with research in neuroscience, and clinical work as a dance/movement therapist, crossing the boundaries between dance, movement, neuroscience, and biology. Cecilia is investigating the effects of dance in Parkinson’s, as well as working with people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Juergen Riehm, FAIA, received his Diploma in Architecture from Fachhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz in Tier, Germany (1977). In 1980 Juergen returned to his architectural education at Stadeschule, Academy of Fine Arts, Frankfurt A.M. He moved to New York in 1983 and became a founding member of 1100 Architect, PC. His belief in architecture as an all-encompassing art form, capable of effecting and portraying all facets of life and nature through and honest and timeless architectural expression, became one of 1100's guiding principles. He is currently a member of the teaching faculty at Parsons School of Design. In addition, Juergen has collaborated on numerous performance projects including Art on the Beach, Creative Time, and set designs for the Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects. He has been awarded several visual arts grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and an Artist's Fellowship grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Almeda Beynon is a New York based sound designer for musicals, plays, and alternative performance work. Her recent sound design work includes: Gretchen Mertching is Dead (Ensemble Studio Theatre), 99 Histories (The New School), and Madame Ovary (Jody Oberfelder Projects). Almeda had worked in many of the New York City theatres as designer, associate designer, and sound/video supervisor. In addition to live performance projects, she is also a full time audiobook producer for Harper Collins Publishing. MFA: Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, please visit www.almedabeynon.com.
Lexy Ho-Tai is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in the intersection between art making and making the world a better place. Her work spans a range of mediums, often exploring social themes through humor, play, and interaction. She is passionate about arts and accessibility, and she has most recently been exploring public art, performance, and workshops. She has worked as a teaching artist for a variety of organizations, including the Children's Museum of the Arts and Groundswell. In 2015, she co-created Accessible Art, an adaptive art program for disabled youth in the South Bronx. She believes that everybody is an artist, and gets immense joy from bringing art to people who would not normally seek it or have access to it. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School for Design, where she is currently an adjunct Professor. She has been an artist-in-resident at the Watermill Center, a Van Lier Fellow at the MAD Museum, and is currently an artist-in-resident at The Flux Factory, a community art space in Queens. She is based in New York City, though she spends most of her time up in the clouds...
Jess Applebaum is a dramaturg, creative producer, scholar and the literary manager for One Year Lease Theater Company (www.oneyearlease.org). She specializes in devised, ensemble-based performance practices. In May 2015 she co-led "Dance Dramaturgy Research in Action Workshop with collaborator Katalin Trencsényi for the 2015 LMDA conference. In May 2014 she presented "Dramaturg for Hire: Contextual Dramaturgy for a Global (St)age" at the conference Alternative Dramaturgies of the New Millennium in Tangiers, Morocco; curated the discussion "Devised Performance Dramaturgy" at last year’s LMDA conference in Boston, and had her article "Finding the Hyphenate - Embodying Dramaturgy" published in The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (ed. by Magda Romanska, 2014). She holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.