Ephrat ‘Bounce’ Asherie, Performer
has trained in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hip hop, and house. A recipient of the Mondo Cane! Commission, she recently presented an evening–length work, A Single Ride, at Dixon Place. Ephrat has worked with Bill Irwin, Rennie Harris, Buddha Stretch, and Cori Olinghouse, among others. She dances with her crew MAWU and teaches through- out the city and abroad. B.A. Italian Language, Barnard College. ephratasherie.com
a native of Romania, has designed for major theater, opera and dance companies including the National Theater of Bucharest and was involved in different international theater festivals. Since 1999, when she moved to New York, her collaborations in theater, opera, film and dance include Robert Woodruff, Richard Foreman, Maya Beiser, Richard Schechner, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Andrei Serban, Blanka Zizka, Brian Kulick, Annie-B Parson &Paul Lazar, Janos Szasz, Dan Safer, Eric Ting, Karin Coonrod, Jay Scheib, Kristin Marting, Gus Solomon Jr.&Paradigm, Carmen De Lavallade, Michael Sexton, Pig Iron Company, Play Company, among others. MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Princess Grace Recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program. Barrymore Award. www.oanabotez.com
has worked with Doug Elkins for over 20 years, as the Managing Director of Doug Elkins Dance Company from 1992-2001 and as General Manager of doug elkins choreography, etc. since 2006. She is the former Executive Director of Urban Bush Women and currently works as the Associate Producer of BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Amy is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Carolyn Cryer, Rehearsal Director
graduated with a B.A. in Dance from Wesleyan University. She was an original cast member of Doug Elkins and Friends’ Fräulein Maria and served as the project’s rehearsal director. Ms. Cryer is a member of STEELEDANCE, and has performed with Miriam Hess, the FeleciaMaria Project, Silver-Brown Dance, the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, Loco 7, Earl Mosley, and MayDance. Ms. Cryer is also proud mama of Miles Cryer Lee.
Anne Davison, Dramaturg
is a New York-based freelance dramaturg who also works in TV/film casting. With doug elkins choreography, etc: Hapless Bizarre, Mo(or)town/Redux, and Fräulein Maria. Other recent dramaturgy projects include Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s musical adaptation Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), Mark Gindick’s solo show Wing-Man, David Dorfman Dance’s Come, and Back Again, Jane Comfort and Company’s Beauty, and Timbers and Friedman’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public Theater and Broadway). Anne is an artistic associate of the Obie-award winning theater company Les Freres Corbusier. Recent casting projects include the independent films Concussion and American Milkshake and the Amazon series “Alpha House”. M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.
Alexander Dones, Performer
is an artist currently based out of New York City and Portland, OR. Recent collaborations include Cori Marquis and The [IX], artLabJ, and Alexis Convento & Artists. He has performed around NYC as well as across the U.S. and in Europe. Past performance seasons include Northwest Dance Project, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and Momix. Alexander also enjoys choreographing and educating through an artistic entity he created called Radical Child. areyouradical.com
Mark Gindick, Performer
Professional actor, clown, physical comedian, teacher and writer/creator of his own theatrical shows. Wing-Man, his original theatrical piece without one spoken word, won BEST ONE-MAN SHOW in United Solo Theatre Festival. Mark has appeared in films, including Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep; on televison, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and was featured in The PBS mini series CIRCUS, while touring with the Big Apple Circus. Mark also taught clowning at SUNY Purchase College and other New York City venues. Mark’s unique blend of vaudeville, dance, and physical comedy earned him three Golden Nose Awards. www.markgindick.com
Barbara Karger, Co-Director, Fräulein Maria; Co-Conceiver, Hapless Bizarre
was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and received her MFA in Physical Theater at the renowned Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. She was a founding member of the theater company, Antagon, which toured throughout Europe. As a performer she has worked with various companies including a world tour with the Swiss Mask Theater Troupe “Mummenschanz.” Since the early 90’s she has been directing productions both in the United States and abroad, including Peter and the Wolf with Doug Elkins and Michael Preston. She is an Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Trinity College, Hartford.
Anne Kauffman, Theater Director, Joyce Soho Residency Collaboration
REGIONAL: Yale Rep, Williamstown Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Asolo Rep, ART, Chautauqua Theater Company; OFF-BROADWAY: LCT3, Vineyard Theater, NYTW, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, P73, Cherry Lane Theater. AWARDS: Alan Schneider Director Award; LILLY Award for Direction; OBIE Award for THE THUGS by Adam Bock, Soho Rep; Barrymore Awards for Directing and Overall Production for BECKY SHAW, The Wilma Theater; Big Easy award for CHILDREN'S HOUR in New Orleans; Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Direction of a play for Naked Angels’ THIS WIDE NIGHT by Chloe Moss with Edie Falco and Alison Pill. Drama League, Founding Associate Artist of The Civilians, NYTW Usual Suspect, New Georges Kitchen Cabinet, Artistic Council Soho Rep Theater, Associate Artist Clubbed Thumb, Five years on directing faculty at NYU, Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Anne received her BA at Stanford University in Theater and Slavic Languages and Literature, and received her MFA in Directing from University of California, San Diego.
Justin Levine, Soundscape, Mo(or)town/Redux and Hapless Bizarre; Music Director
works as a composer, writer, and performer all over New York City. Writing credits include Bonfire Night (Book, Music & Lyrics), Tell Me Tomorrow (Music & Lyrics), Jump Jim Crow (Music & Lyrics), Naked Radio (Music), Pepper and Sam (Co- creator). Recent Musical Direction includes Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broad- way and the Public Theater), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), Here Lies Love (Public Theater, by David Byrne), Murder Ballad (MTC), Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater), Like Water For Chocolate (Sundance). This is his first collaboration with a dance company and choreographer, and he feels truly blessed for this opportunity. justinlevineonline.com.
Deborah Lohse, Performer
Born and raised in California, Deborah Lohse has performed in the work of the Sacramento Ballet, the San Diego Ballet, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, and is thrilled to be entering her seventh year working with Doug Elkins. She received degrees in dance and theater from the University of California, San Diego and a Professional Certificate in Filmmaking from NYU. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Bossak-Heilbron Foundation as well as artist residencies from The Yard and yearly invitations to the SILO residency and Acadia Summer Arts Program. www.deborahlohse.com
Kellie Ann Lynch, Performer
is a dance artist in New Haven, CT and New York City. She has been dancing with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2008, and spent the last two years touring with Doug Elkins and Friends’ Fräulein Maria. In New Haven, Kellie co-founded Elm City Dance Collective. Her work has been commissioned and presented throughout New England. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College.
Cori Marquis, Performer
has been dancing and choreographing professionally in NYC since graduating from Stanford University in 2008. Her collaborative company, the Nines [IX], has been presented in numerous festivals in New York, Boston, Portland, and Detroit. She’s had the pleasure of dancing with Liz Gerring, Kelley Donovan, Parijat Desai, Anabella Lenzu, Hee Ra Yoo, and Jordana Toback, among others. Cori has been dancing and touring with Doug Elkins since 2010. corimarquis.com
Kyle Marshall, Performer
graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011 with his BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While in school, Marshall was a Carr Scholarship recipient and was awarded the Dance Express Choreographer's Prize. Marshall currently dances for Doug Elkins Choreography Etc, Tiffany Mills Company and is a founder member of Randy James' 10 Hairy Legs. His choreography has been performed at the Upstart Festival 2014, AUNTS, the Green Building, Rutgers University, "Your Move" Jersey City dance festival, STAGEfest 2013 at the Loew's Theater and WAXworks at Triskelion Arts.
Aaron Mattocks, Performer
“...one of the finest young actor-dancers in New York” (New York Times). B.A. Sarah Lawrence College. New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award nominee for Outstanding Performer (2013). Associate artist, Big Dance Theater (Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, artistic directors): Supernatural Wife (BAM, 2011); Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov (Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep, 2013-2014); Alan Smithee Directed This Play (BAM, 2014). Premieres: Doug Elkins, David Gordon, Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Steven Reker, Christopher Williams. Productions: Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me, John Kelly’s Find My Way Home, David Parker’s Nut/Cracked, Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell.
Mio Morales, Composer, Scott, Queen of Marys
has been composing for dance, theater, and film since 1978. He has created scores for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey 2, Dance Theater of Harlem, Niewe Dans Grope of Holland, Barnard College, Nashville Ballet, Philadanco, Zenon, Spectrum Dance Theater, The University of Illinois, Oregon Ballet Theater, and DCDC among others. He has collaborated with choreographers Donald Byrd, Gus Solomons, Jane Comfort, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Regina Nejman, Milton Myers, and Renee Wadleigh, among others. As a sound designer he has worked with Mabou Mines, the Tufts Arena Theater, Theater for the New City, and Long Wharf. Mr. Morales holds a degree in Theater from Tufts and is a master teacher of The Alexander Technique.
Naoko Nagata, Costume Designer
started her career as a biochemist in Japan. With no formal training, Nagata’s first costume was created for Jeanine Durning in 1998. Since then she has been creating for a diverse group of artists. Some of her col- laborators include Amanda Loulaki, Bebe Miller, Carrie Ahern, David Dorfman, David Neumann, Ellis Wood, Gina Gibney, Jill Sigman, Liz Lerman, Nina Winthrop, Nora Chipaumire, Reggie Wilson, Tiffany Mills, Urban Bush Women, and Zvi Gotheiner, among others. Most recently Nagata worked with Kyle Abraham for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Working closely with collaborators, Naoko helps bring to life what she describes as “the creation of a shared dream.”
David Neumann, Creative Consultant, Hapless Bizarre
has been a featured dancer in the works of Susan Marshall, Jane Comfort, Sally Silvers, Irene Hultman, Cathy Weiss, Big Dance Theater, and the late club legend Willi Ninja. He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, and an eight-year original member and collaborator with the Doug Elkins Dance Company, with whom he toured nationally and internationally. As Artistic Director of advanced beginner group, Neumann’s work has been presented in New York at PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Central Park SummerStage (where he collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn and Symphony Space (where he collaborated with Laurie Anderson) and The Whitney. His work has also been presented at the Walker Art Center and MASS MoCA. He’s currently a professor of Theater at Sarah Lawrence College and a guest lecturer at both Barnard College and The Graduate Acting Program at Yale School of Drama.
Javier Ninja, Performer
b. Javier Madrid, is best-known for his difficult “New Wave Vogue” style. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Javier frequented underground house clubs in NYC where he met the late voguing legend, Willi Ninja, and Benny Ninja, both of whom served as mentors. He has won an array of awards in vogue competitions including “International Champion of the Year” for three consecutive years. Javier has appeared on NYC concert stages and was part of a DTW “House of Ninja” residency. He was a featured guest artist on the television show “America’s Next Top Model” and performed with Madonna in the 2012 Super Bowl.
Donnell Oakley, Performer
graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BFA in Dance. Her own work has been produced through Movement Research, the 92Y, The West End Theatre, The Flea, Triskelion Arts, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, DanceNow NYC, and Dixon Place. She is currently creating a duet with Xan Burley (premiere 2013) and working with STEELEDANCE, Chavasse Dance & Performance, and Alex|Xan: The Median Movement. Donnell has been working with Doug Elkins since 2008. donnelloakley.com
Joshua Palmer, Performer
born and raised in central Maine, began dancing at a lo- cal studio in his hometown. He attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2007 with a BFA in dance. Since graduating, he has had the privilege of dancing for Gibney Dance, Douglas Dunn, and Hilary Easton, among others. Josh currently lives in Brooklyn and in addition to dancing with Elkins (since 2010), performs with The Dance Cartel and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance.
Michael Preston, Co-Director, Fräulein Maria; Co-Conceiver, Hapless Bizarre
was a member of the Shaliko Company in New York City, founded by Leonardo Shapiro. He also worked with such artists as John Sayles, David Cale, Wynn Handman and Theodora Skipitares. From 1991 until 2000 he toured the world as one of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, which included three different runs on Broadway. With them he collaborated on and performed 9 different shows, ranging from the post-modern tragedy Le Petomane, to an update of Room Service (winner of an L.A. critic’s award in 1998). They were nominated for an Olivier award in London for Best Comedy in 1994. He directed their last show, Life: A Guide for the Perplexed. He co-directed Peter and the Wolf, with Barbara Karger, which was choreographed by Doug Elkins, in Amsterdam in 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Trinity College, Hartford.
Amanda K. Ringger, Lighting Designer, Hapless Bizarre and Scott, Queen of Marys
has lived in New York since 1997, designing locally, nationally and internationally with artists such as Faye Driscoll, Doug Elkins, Nora Chipaumire, Julian Barnett, Alexandra Beller, Deborah Lohse, Laura Peterson, Cynthia Oliver, Kota Yamazaki, Katie Workum, Doorknob Company, Shannon Gillen, Darrah Carr, cakeface, Mark Jarecke among others. She received a BA from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and an MFA in lighting design from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She is the recipient of a 2009 Bessie award for her collaboration on Faye Driscoll's 837 Venice Boulevard at HERE Arts Center.
Randi Rivera, Stage Manager
is a native New Yorker. She holds a BA in Theater from Hamilton College. In 2006 and 2007 respectively, she studied Technical Theater at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and Production Management at Universidad San Pablo (CEU) in Madrid, Spain. Currently, Randi is the Stage Manager for Half Straddle theater company. In 2014 she will travel with Half Straddle to France and Croatia. From 2009-2013 she was the Technical Director for dance company, Faye Driscoll Group. Randi has proudly worked with many performing arts organizations both in NYC and on the road - favorites include Phantom Limb Company, Keigwin + Company, New York City Players, and Sidra Bell Dance. Randi is delighted to be working with Doug and this team for the first time. All of her work is for her family.
Heather Smaha, Lighting Designer, Mo(or)town/Redux
is a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s MFA program in Lighting Design/Technology. Off-Broadway: Lebensraum (Abingdon Theatre Co.). New York City: Jane Monheit & Mark O’Connor (92Y Concert Series), ART (The Wild Project), Charles Winn Speaks (Cherry Lane Studio Theatre), Together This Time (NYC Fringe 2010), Ruby’s Story, The White Cliffs (Stella Adler Studio). Production Electri- cian: The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Beckett, Theatre Row), Miranda (HERE Arts); Assistant Master Electrician: The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (The Public); Lighting Director: Doug Elkins & Friends’ Fräulein Maria tour 2010-2012, Monica Bill Barnes & Co. 2010-2011.
John Sorensen-Jolink, Performer
is a movement-based artist living in Brooklyn, NY. He trained at Jefferson High School in Portland, OR and graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s Tisch School (BFA) at the age of 20. John went on to join the Broadway Tour of Tharp’s Movin’ Out playing the role of Tony across the US and Canada. He has since spent time dancing with Stephen Petronio, Rioult, Tino Seghal, in the cast of Tharp’s Come Fly Away and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. John’s choreography has been presented in New York at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, NYU’s 5th Floor Theater, and the West End Theater; in Portland at AWOL Dance Center; and in Miami at the New World School for the Arts. www.johnS-J.com
Matt Stine, Musical Soundscape, Mo(or)town/Redux and Hapless Bizarre
has been working as a music producer, composer and sound designer in New York City since 2002. Matt produces pop/hip hop records for artists such as Metermaids, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Styles P, Clinton Curtis and more. Currently he runs an independent production company called 27 Sound (www.27sound.com). Matt is also resident sound designer and composer for the last 10 full seasons at the Schoolhouse Theater. Off-Broadway Credits include: Love's Labour's Lost (Music Supervisor, Shakespeare in the Park). Here Lies Love (Music Editor, The Public Theater). Brownsville Bred (Sound Designer, 59E59).