Concrete Temple Theatre (CTT) is a multi-disciplinary company, committed to the creation of compelling new theatrical works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, music and the visual arts. Since 2004, the company has created devised visual theatre that challenges the traditional relationship between design and text. Through touring original works and presenting workshops in NYC, nationally and internationally, CTT strives to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialogue, by presenting works and workshops that address real issues within communities (grief, family relationships, environmental stewardship).
Dan Hurlin is a multidisciplinary artist, puppeteer, designer, and director, and has been a pioneering artist in contemporary American puppetry for the last thirty years. His full-length pieces include: The Day The Ketchup Turned Blue, Hiroshima Maiden, Disfarmer, Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, and Erractics. Dan is also the subject of David Soll's documentary Puppet. He has received individual artist fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire State Council on the arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Creative Capital and has received project support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller MAP fund. Dan is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College where he teaches both dance composition and puppetry. He was the director of the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse for nine years, served on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony. Dan is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in Choreography (2002), an Alpert Award in the Arts (2004), and a United States Artists Prudential Fellowship (2009) in Theater, and the Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize (2013/14) in visual art.
Genesee Dance Theatre provides quality ballet productions and dance training to rural communities in New York state. Since its inception in 2014, the company has produced seven full length ballets including its annual staging of The Nutcracker and an original contemporary ballet, Paper Moon. After two years in Allegany county, Genesee Dance relocated to Perry, NY in 2016 as part of the Wyoming County Rural Arts Initiative. The Genesee Dance Theatre School offers a high level of training in ballet and contemporary dance to both recreational and pre-professional level students, along with performance opportunities for young dancers.
Hamida Khatri is an artist, writer, curator, art educator, and a community activist, raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and living in Baltimore, U.S. She works in a variety of mediums, from figurative drawings to photography, to sculptural puppets, to animation. She holds an MFA in Community Arts and a Certificate in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art (U.S.), Certificate in Humanistic Counselling (U.K.), and an MBA in Marketing (Pakistan). Her personal work embodies the spirit of feminist ideologies and seeks to document the uncharted memories of domesticated women within patriarchal societies. As the Founder and Director of Creative Therapy Platform: A Voluntary Travel-Community Project, she helps transform “space” into a healthy communal place where meditative art making is practiced. You can find more info at www.hamidakhatri.com
Josh Marcks is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist focused on puppetry, movement, live-foley, and original instrumentation. He is based in New York City and holds a Bachelors degree from Pace University’s International Performance Ensemble Program. In both 2014 and 2015 he created original work for the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Romania. During his education, he also produced and performed original works with his company “The Cult Next Door” including Down the Urinal Hole, an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “Masque of the Red Death.” Since graduating he has traveled to Hachioji, Japan to study a traditional form of puppetry called Kuruma-Ningyo with Koryu Nishikawa V, a fifth generation master of the art. He also became an Associate Artist with Flock Theatre in New London, CT, where he assisted with educational residencies in charter schools and helped to run a drama program at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. Continuing his interest in educational theatre, he recently became a member of ScienceTellers, a national science-based performance agency. Josh has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Perry, NY. He first joined Shake on the Lake for their 2016 touring production of Twelfth Night as Sir Andrew, and was excited to return this past December as a puppeteer and shadow puppet designer for Shake’s A Christmas Carol.
Josh Rice is a multidisciplinary theatre artist specializing in puppetry. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the inaugural New York State Puppet Festival, a biennial festival of puppetry, in his hometown of Perry, NY. Most recently, Josh relocated from NYC to his hometown when he was awarded a Wyoming Country Rural Arts Initiative Grant to start a theatre in an abandoned main street storefront in Perry, NY—Theatre@37. Josh was a puppeteer in Dan Hurlin's Demolishing Everything With Amazing Speed. He was also the head puppeteer, assistant director, and builder on Shank’s Mare, a collaboration between Tom Lee and Koryu Nishikawa V; Petrushka with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (The Barbican); The Scarlet Ibis (HERE Prototype Festival); Janie Geiser’s Reptile Under the Flowers at St. Ann’s Warehouse; and his own original work, The Marooned at Dixon Place; The VaudeVillains and Composite Portrait at La MaMa; The Tempest, directed at Shake on the Lake and Sarah Lawrence College.
He is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shake on the Lake, a not-for-profit, summer, touring theatre festival in Silver Lake, NY, that specializes in fast, physical, and accessible adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, incorporating simple performer-driven spectacle, puppetry, live music, improvisation, and audience interaction. He is a Teaching Artist with the New Victory Theater and Adjunct Theatre Faculty with Pace University. He co-taught Culturehub with Tom Lee and Jeanette Yew, a puppetry and media class taught via telepresence with the Seoul Institute of the Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and CultureHub NYC. Josh and his projects have received NYSCA funding from 2012-2018, and was also a part of Tom Lee's 2015 TCG/Andrew W. Mellon In the Lab Grant to train and collaborate in Japan with fifth-generation puppet master, Koryu Nishikawa V; he was a 2015 Artist In Residency with Sagafest in Iceland where he developed his puppetry installation, Tiny Vikings; a 2015 Regional Economic Development Council Grant; a 2015 Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) Grant from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs for his puppet project, Suspicious Shadows; and was awarded a 2014 Creative Community Fellowship with National Arts Strategies for his work as Founder and Director of the Mnemonic Theatre Project, his puppetry program with seniors living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, that was featured on the PBS documentary series, Visionaries. Josh has an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College (2014) and a BA in Theatre from SUNY Brockport (2003).
Koryu Nishikawa V is the fifth generation headmaster of the 160-year-old traditional puppet theatre company, Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, a national asset of intangible folk culture. Since he was a child, Koryu Nishikawa V was trained in the form by his grandfather (third generation) and his father (fourth generation). At the age of 23, he studied the three-person-manipulation-technique as an apprentice at the Bunraku National Theatre. In addition to regularly scheduled performances in Hachioji town, Koryu Nishikawa has performed throughout Japan. He also teaches and directs for many traditional puppet theatre companies throughout the country. Since 1995, he sponsored the program “Succeeding Traditional Puppet Plays” and continues to promote Japanese traditional puppet theatre in order to protect and preserve it. Nishikawa receives many invitations to perform overseas. He and his company have performed for Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) international festival in the Soviet Union, Belgium, India and France.
Other invited performances include the 200th Commemoration of the Founding of the U.S.A., Belgian Music Festival, and the Lisbon International Puppet Festival. Since 1987, he has taught Kuruma Ningyo for The Swedish National Puppet Theatre Company and for the Swedish Puppetry Institute. In 2000, Mr. Nishikawa participated in the Uruguay Theatre Festival, where he received the Frorrenshio prize, a special prize for foreign play. In 2004 he was chosen as Hachioji sightseeing ambassador and in 2006 Koryu Nishikawa received the Hachioji city Cultural Testimonial Award
Sam Jay Gold is a theater artist, filmmaker, and arts educator based in New York City. As a THEATER ARTIST, Sam works as an actor, puppeteer, writer, and deviser. His original work has been featured at venues including the 9no Fesitval de Mimo en el Caribe, the Bali Arts Festival, and Action, Scene, Voice: 21th Century Dialogues with Edward Gordon Craig. Sam studied traditional forms of puppetry around the world as a 2011/2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellow and trained for many years as a Corporeal Mime with Thomas Leabhart. He is a member of Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company, as well as Roman Paska's Dead Puppet, performing most recently in Echo In Camera (Watermil Center, La MaMa, Palais de Tokyo, DIALOG Festival). Other recent credits include Up and Away (Lincoln Center), Blossom (Dixon Place), All We Have Left (Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, La MaMa), Venice Double Feature (HERE Arts Center) and All Hallow's Eve (Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center). He is also the co-founder of The Brothers Čampur, a touring Indonesian-American shadow theater collective. As a FILMMAKER, Sam focuses on inventive approaches to storytelling on camera. His work has received national broadcast, won awards in festivals, been featured on NPR, as well as the Independent Television Festival, SeriesFest, NYTVF and the Puppets on Film Festival at BAM.
Sam's work as an ARTS EDUCATOR spans disciplines and age groups. He is a member of the teaching artist ensemble at The New Victory Theatre, where he helps develop and teach new curriculum in workshops, residencies, and public engagements events through the New York City school system. Sam is on faculty at the Professional Performing Arts School and a teaching artist with CO/LAB Theater Group, where he offers individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.
Tom Lee is a puppet artist, designer and director. His work explores the synthesis of manipulated objects, miniatures and figures with the language of film and animation. He has designed projections and performed in pieces incorporating live-feed capture of puppetry, notably Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Petrushka (2015) with Giants Are Small and New York Philharmonic. He designed puppetry for the adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and his collaboration with Japanese puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank’s Mare, is on tour this year. His puppetry performance includes Hiroshima Maiden, Disfarmer & Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Dan Hurlin), War Horse (Broadway), Madama Butterfly (Met Opera). www.tomleeprojects.com.
Lisa Gonzales is a dance maker, performer, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. Interested in the complex array of meanings revealed by bodies in relationship to environment, Gonzales’ work often investigates some aspect of the power and frailty inherent in humanness. She has shown her work at DTW in New York, The Dance Center of Columbia College and Links Hall in Chicago, Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, and in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Gonzales is co-founder of The Architects, a dance collective dedicated to the performance of improvisation. www.lisagonzales.org.
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