Class of 2008
Most recently from Chicago, Teresa Harrison is a member of Plasticene Theatre Company there with Dexter Bullard, and has written and performed their past five shows: And So I May Return, The Palmer Raids, Blank Slate, The Perimeter, and Refuge and Live Feed. Also a member of Companies Sprung with Jon Sherman and Julie Beauvais, and Dog with Leslie Buxbaum-Danzig, Tere has written and performed their original productions of Capsize and Interference. Other credits include: Clare in Tennessee William's The Two Character Play, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Gertrude in Hamlet, Naomi Ginsberg in A Kaddish for Allen Ginsberg, and Salome in Salome. In summer 2008, Tere collaborated with Holderness Theatre Company in a production of Crave at the Boulder Fringe Festival. Currently, Tere is digging into an original work about Lady MacBeth called LM.
Kate Kohler Amory has performed in many off-Broadway theater productions including The Life of Spiders and Einstein’s Dreams (Culture Project), and Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater). Her one-woman show ‘Persona’ was featured at the prestigious Women Center Stage Festival. She has performed with many regional theatres including Shakespeare&Company and New England Shakespeare Festival. She has taught at numerous universities, Shakespeare&Company and the American Academy of Dramatic Art. She holds a master's in performance from RADA/ Kings College London and a bachelor’s in drama and theatre from Goldsmiths College, London. She is a certified Somatic Movement Educator.
Eliza Ladd is a singer, actor, teacher and original theater maker from New York City. In NY, she has created original multidisciplinary work at PS122, Dixon Place, Dia Downtown, Movement Research and the T. Schreiber Studio. Eliza is a teacher of Body DynamicsTM (freeing the performer’s instrument), she is a part of the movement faculty at Shakespeare and Co. in Massachusetts, and she has facilitated many art residencies NYC public schools. Eliza is developing a form called ‘Live Sound Action’—a multidimensional expression of sound, visual and physical image. In this form, theatrical story emerges out of the deep play between performer, object, space and time. Eliza and her company, Little Big Tree, received an encore performance of their show, Elephants and Gold, summer 2008 in the Boulder Fringe Festival.
Laurie Lynch is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, with a BA in theatre arts and dance. She is an artist who enjoys working with ensembles, creating original pieces. Most recently, Laurie produced, directed, and performed in an original ensemble-created piece entitled, woManish, at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Prior to coming to Boulder, she was touring Los Angeles with the Shumka Theatre Company in Tosca Jumps! She also taught k–12 literacy through theatre. Laurie is honored to have been part of this fantabulous program!
Zorwyn Madrone creates and performs work derived through connection with community. During her years in Portland, Oregon, she taught and directed theatre for youth through such organizations as The Young People’s Theatre Project and Portland Actors Conservatory. Also in Portland, she directed shows for a new works festival and created her own solo pieces. In addition, she worked with groups using various improvisational forms for storytelling and community building. Zorwyn’s interest in exploring human drama also took a different form during the years she served as a mediator facilitating conflict resolution in workplace, court and community settings. She continues that work in the form of “Constructive Conflict:Conflict Management for Theatre Artists.” She received a bachelor's degree in performance studies from Northwestern University.
Nicollee Nazemi is a multifaceted theatrical artist. She is a dancer, actor, teacher and director, as well as a musician. Most recently, Nicollee directed, produced and performed in When Fire Speaks, a groundbreaking show bridging the worlds of fire dancing and experimental theater. Nicollee has taught extensively; most recently teaching and directing children's theater with Kids Take the Stage in San Francisco. Nicollee loves acting, Grotowski, fire dancing, Butoh, playing piano, composing and singing.
Ross Pasquale's theater credits in the San Francisco Bay Area include The Bacchae (Dionysius), Zoo Story, Mac Wellman's Sincerity Forever and works by Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and Harold Pinter. He completed a Stanislavsky Intensive at the Moscow Art Theatre School/American Repertory Theatre.
Bobby Ryan is the co-founder (along with his husband Tyler) and artistic director of Lights Up! Productions, which produces original work for the stage and screen. He spends his life committed to the research and artistic expression of the human experience.
Cynthia Ward graduated from Western Washington University with a self-designed BA entitled "Imagination, Body, and Voice: Creativity and the Performing Arts.” Before coming to Naropa, she developed and performed new works with Stolen Chair Theatre Company and S/W/ITCHES/Looking Glass Theatre in New York. Her performing interests range from art song to Middle Eastern dance, and while we're at it—why not both together?
Damaris Webb is a graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing of NYU. Boulder credits include Holderness Theater’s production of Sarah Kane’s Crave and Laurie Lynch’s WoManish for the 2007 Boulder International Fringe. Recent directing projects include a Spring 2006 collaboration with The Compound Eye and Doctored Pictures to create How to Raise the Dead: a live event in three acts, which explored Western fascination with Hollywood Zombies, irreconcilable disconnects and resurrection. As artistic director and founding member of The Tennessee Project, Inc., her directing and acting credits are numerous; performance highlights include creating the characters of Ashira, Sangue Froid, Rita the Reckless, Candy Cain, and Sashimi for the company’s Continuing Adventures of Ashira69 Series. Damaris is a Master Teaching Artist in the New York Public School system through the not-for-profit organizations ENACT and City Lights. In partnership with the Lower East Side’s Tenement Museum and City Lights, she was the Director in Residence for the Origins Theater Summer Project from 2002–06. Damaris is a black belt of Mkeka-Do Karate/Kickboxing.
Jeremy Williams is a choreographer, director and educator. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with an interdisciplinary degree in artistic leadership. At the U of L, Jeremy has been a teaching artist, offering instruction in Viewpoints and other movement techniques and new-work development. He is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, founding artistic director of Rhythms of Life Dance Company, and founding member/teacher with Dance!Kentucky. In addition, he is a guest artist/faculty at the Arkansas Arts Center and recipient of the Individual Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council for his dance/music collaboration with the band a.m. Sunday.
Miriam Ava Wolodarski is an old little girl with too many roots. Her love affair with experimental performance began at age fourteen, with Leave Film and Theater Company in California. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden, though she spent most of that college career running away to, and from, a circus in Barcelona. She has studied and performed with Tadashi Endo, Odin Teatret, Teatro LUME and others. Before coming to Naropa she managed a little dance studio called TheHereHere! in San Francisco, where she indulged in everything from Shakespeare to live installation, to public dance, to experimental circus. Miriam's good dreams are about community and her bad ones are about borders.
Anneliese Euler's original comic work as singer-songwriter Brie Feingold-Africa was chosen as one of Philadelphia City Paper's Best Theatrical Moments of 2002. She has created and/or performed with Comedy Central's Sit 'n' Spin, Meredith Monk, Group Motion, Pig Iron, New Paradise Laboratories, and Griftheater, among others. She is a Pilates matwork instructor and a University of Pennsylvania graduate residing in Los Angeles. For mp3s and more, visit ruby7empire.com and cdbaby.com/briefeingoldafrica.
Carey-Jo Hoffman lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where she teaches at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and facilitates movement, voice and acting workshops. She recently performed as ‘the devil’ in A Soldier’s Tale and directed kut, influenced by p’ansoriand addressing issues of faith, patriotism and identity in relationship to Korean Christianity and American Buddhism. She also continues to develop Angry Ella, her thesis performance piece created in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Banks and Leigh Fondakowski. Carey-Jo is moving to New York in January of 2008 to pursue both performance and teaching opportunities.
Christa Ray, MFA has worn the hats of producer, writer, director, actor, and treasurer for Giving Voice Productions, a theater company she co-founded based in Boulder, Colorado. GVP produces the award winning play Power to Pleasing: The Sex Lives of Teenage Girls and Pressure to Prove: The Sex Lives of Teenage Boys at Fringe Festivals and University campuses. In 2007, she produced, wrote and acted in her one-woman play, Lightning In The Storm: The Clara Barton Story. Christa received her BS in Script Writing from Syracuse University and a Diploma in Voice Movement Therapy from the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1996. She has taught Voicework in various forms for 17 years including classes at Naropa University’s Extended Studies School (2003-2006).
Alumna Eleni Papaleonardos is based in Ohio where she teaches, creates, and performs movement-based original and classical work. A visiting assistant professor at Denison University, Eleni teaches classes in acting, movement, and ensemble creation and is currently working on a new project about dyslexia and visual disorientation. She was most recently seen as the title role in Mary Stuart with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, and in the original work Tomorrow is the Question with Available Light Theatre. Eleni lives in Granville, Ohio with her husband Mark Evans Bryan, a playwright and historian, and her two cats, Red and Mary Todd.
Gleason Bauer is an award-winning director and costume and set designer, as well as performer and teacher. Before receiving her MFA from Naropa, she was the Artistic Director of Zoo District, a critically acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company that she helped found over 10 years ago. She has worked professionally throughout the U.S. and internationally and is currently traveling the country directing and teaching. Recent work includes: directing Zen Cabaret for the New York Clown Theatre Festival, assistant directing Casa Cushman, a play in development by Leigh Fondakowski at NY Theatre Workshop, as well as teaching contemporary performance techniques for North Carolina’s Governor’s School and the Dalton School in NYC.
Janna Meiring is a graduate of the Naropa MFA Contemporary Performance Program. She creates, performs and directs new work for the stage that is at the intersection of post-modern dance, theatre and visual art, and focuses on community and social justice issues. Her one act play Start Over As Me Dead was honored at the Pueblo Playwrights Festival in 2004. In 2006 she debuted her solo performance detonate kate in the Boulder International Fringe Festival. In addition to solo and ensemble creation of new theatre, she is also an acting and movement teacher for performers and non-performers of all ages.
Jessica Cerullo lives in New York where she works as a performer, writer and teacher. She is a board member and Managing Director for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. Her play, Miracle Tomato, premiered at P.S. 122 as part of the soloNOVA Festival and continues to tour in the United States. Her work has been part of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange First Weekend Series and she has been the artist in residence at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, Colorado's Arts District.
Jessica is a former member of the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington, DC and the Flock Theater in New London, Connecticut. As a member of the Mystic Seaport Players, she performed and wrote a one woman piece entitled Women Keepers of the Light. She has created experimental works with The Actors’ Ensemble in New York and has performed in regional theaters such as the Folger Theater, Horizons Theater and Stage Works.
As a teacher Jessica has taught for the Michael Chekhov Association’s International Workshop and Festival, the Stanislavsky Theater Studio, The London Academy of Theatre, Prince Georges Community College, the Professional Performing Arts School in NYC and Naropa University. She has been a guest teacher at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, University of Colorado, Florida International University, Working Classroom in Albuquerque, the Actors Movement Studio, the Open Center in NYC, the Michael Chekhov Workshop in Belgium and at the Micro Theatre in Thesseloniki, Greece.
Jessica earned her BA in Communications from Hofstra University and her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. She trained at the National Theater Institute in the USA, London and at the Moscow Art Theater in Russia.
Joan Bruemmer, Interim Co-Director, BFA Performance
BFA, New York University
MFA, Naropa University
Joan Bruemmer has taught Movement and Acting at Naropa University, Working Classrooms in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dance Theater of Cologne, Festival D'Avignon, School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Moscow Art Theater, CounterPULSE and San Francisco Dancer's Group. She is Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Marijoh DanzTheatre, a movement theater company known for integrating multidisciplinary techniques and original text for the stage. In San Francisco, her work has been performed at ODC Theater, the San Francisco Edge Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Women on the Edge Festival, Theater Artaud, Dance Mission and The Marsh. In New York she performed at The Kitchen, P.S. 122, St. Mark's Church, Theater Regenesis, ABCnoRio and St. John the Divine. She was invited to perform twice at the Festival D’Avignon in France and her work has been performed internationally as part of works-in-residence in Germany, France, the Netherlands and at the International Theater Festival in Arezzo. She was selected Pick of the Fringe for 2005 and 2006 for original works produced at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. She has performed with Meredith Monk, and been directed by The Siti Company and Leigh Fondakowski of the Tectonic Theater. Recent acting credits include Mrs. Freeman in square product theatre’s GOOD COUNTRY PEOPLE; Carol in Theatre13’s THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY; and the Nurse in Boulder Ensemble Theatre’s ANTIGONE.
Krista DeNio is a choreographer, and movement theater performer/director/educator based in Brooklyn, New York. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Krista produced her own work, and collaborated with Jo Kreiter and Flyaway productions, Kim Epifano/ Epiphany Productions, violent dwarf, Gabriel Todd, Rachael Lincoln, Susannah Martin, Joan Bruemmer and others over the last decade. She co-founded the Experimental Performance Institute (EPI) at the New College of California (2002), where she has served as faculty, Administrative Director (2002-03), and Outreach Director (2006-2007) (www.epi.newcollege.edu). Krista received her BA in Dance/Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. One of her current movement theater works, Sally:MIA, was recently produced at CounterPULSE in San Francisco (February 2007), where she was an Artist-In-Residence. Recent Choreography credits include: The Man of La Mancha, directed by Jon Tracy (San Francisco Playhouse); Three Seconds In the Key by Deb Margolin, directed by Leigh Fondakowski (San Francisco Playhouse); Onward, a solo for Ashley Hayes; Casa Cushman, a workshop production of Leigh Fondakowski's play in development (New York Theater Worskhop); Bayard Rustin, a workshop production of Laura Eason/Paul Stovall's play in development.
Kwesi Kwarteng-Justice received his BFA in theatre/drama, with a focus in experimental theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2001. He has also trained in Amsterdam, Netherlands and London, England and was born and raised in Ghana, Western Africa. He has taught theater at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and is a Master of Science candidate in the Professional Communication Program at Clark University. His recent theatrical work, "Segregation" was performed in the Boulder International Fringe Festival Mini Fringe Festival event.
Mary-Laurence Bevington digs that life is long and beauteous. Currently, Mary writes and teaches in Boulder, specializing in mind-body movement and outdoor action learning. At age ten, she wrote and acted in her first play, and continued to perform throughout her school days. As a grown up, Mary has performed in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Italy. In addition to her MFA, Mary has a BA in Creative Writing from Colorado College. In 2008 she plans to co-direct her screenplay, Eggs (working title), co-written with Hannah Nordhaus, by the side of gifted director, Marlowe Fawcett, no relation to Farrah.
Meridith Crosley, M.F.A. is an award-winning actor, improviser and teacher. She has worked with The Second City, American Conservatory Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Improv Olympic, Strawdog Theatre Company, Art Street Theatre Company, Cathy Reinking, The Arvada Center, Sprung Movement Theatre, The Dark Eyed Strangers, Bas Bleu Theatre, The Evergreen Players, Playback Theatre West, Plays Well with Others and Old Man McGinty, voted "Best Sketch Comedy" at the 2004 San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has appeared in TV commercials, print ads and voiceovers for clients such as Dell Computer, Famous Footwear, Perkins Restaurants, Frontier Airlines and the Starz Network.
A professional actor, teaching artist, director, and clown, Sondra Blanchard has been creating and performing original works both nationally and internationally for the last twelve years. Until recently, she was based in Philadelphia, where she performed with regional companies, worked with Big Apple Circus Clown Care, and founded two companies, Theatre V and Belligerent Muse. Currently, she is teaching clown, mask, and improvisation, in addition to finishing her latest new work, The Wife Album. Sondra is also a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Stacey D’Angelo completed her BFA in Musical Theatre at Ithaca Collegeand has performed with companies such as the Kitchen Theatre, Salt City Center, The Firehouse Theatre, and Town Hall Arts Center. After serving as a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy, Stacey toured with the National Theatre and moved to Denver in 2002. There, she began teaching as a full time theatre instructor for at risk youth. Upon graduation from Naropa she has served as a guest artist at Ithaca College, director for Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids and KidStage, and now is currently the Artistic Director for Crossroads Theater in Denver. www.denvercrossroads.com
Wm. Perry Morgan-Hall appeared on tour in MASS APPEAL opposite Tom Delaney, and later, John Boucher. He was Conservatory Director at Playhouse On The Square; Director of Fine Arts at Hutchison School; and Head of Theatre at Apple Farm. Most recently, Perry spent five seasons at the famous Barter Theatre in Virginia. He is a Grammy nominated composer, premiering ballet scores in Europe. New Jersey's Theater Awards are named after him: The Perry Awards. Perry is currently the Director of Musical Theatre Studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.