STEPHEN ARNOLD (Light Design) Stephen’s lighting style reflects a provocative movement in sculptural lighting. His work strives to build a cohesive visual environment, amplifying the overt, and subtle intentions associated with each collaboration’s unique arc and vision. With a degree in Theatre Lighting Design from Columbia College Chicago, his work spans the genres of live performing arts. Stephen has worked on collaborations with a diversity of artists and companies including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Robert Ashely, Maya Beiser, Rennie Harris, Ralph Lemon, Ibrahim Quarishi, Norscq, Mike Ladd, Vijay Iyer, Pamela Z, Atalee Judy, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Mabou Mines and Theatreworks USA. His work has been presented in festivals including Under The Radar, The Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, Springdance, Kontracom, Venice Bienalle, BAM’s Next Wave, Dance Chicago, and Festival Internacional Música y Escena, and in 27 countries around the world.
JAMES SUGG (Sound Design) is a member of Pig Iron Theatre Company with whom he has created 18 original pieces. He has also worked with Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, The Wilma, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Arden Theater, Folger Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, Rainpan 43, Stein | Holum Projects and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. He is the composer of the musicals A Murder, A Mystery And A Marriage(book and lyrics by Aaron Posner), James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris(Pig Iron), The Sea(a one man electric chamber opera) and Cherry Bomb (book and lyrics by Jen Childs). His work has been recognized with 2 Obies, four Barrymores for Outstanding Sound Design, the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theater Artist and a Pew Fellowship.
KATE FREER (Video Design) is a multimedia designer working in live performance, film, and installation. Her work has been seen in venues across the United States and Internationally. Most recently she designed the acclaimed Stuck Elevator directed by Chay Yew for ACT San Francisco and Healing Wars for Arena Stage (Washington DC) created by Liz Lerman in collaboration with Bill Pullman. Frequent collaborators include Liz Lerman, Kamillah Forbes, Andrew Scoville, and Tamilla Woodard. Her background in film and computer science combine to generate work that is not only aesthetically beautiful but pushes the boundaries on conventional theatrical video. Kate is a founding member of Imaginary Media (http://imaginary.media).
LISA MCGINN (Production Stage Manager) Recent credits include Chimera and The Wholehearted (Stein Holum Projects, ArtsEmerson), The Object Lesson (BAM, Philly Fringe Festival, LCT3), Jacuzzi, Eager to Lose and Game Play (Ars Nova), How to Build a Forest (PearlDamour + Shawn Hall); The Perfect Play (Banana Bag and Bodice); Forbidden Creative Virgin Whore and From the Spot Where We/You/I Stand (Stood) (Miller Rothlein Dance); You, My Mother (Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf); Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb); PRELUDE Festival 2011 and 2012; The Seagull and Ivanov (Chekhov at Lake Lucille); Temporal Powers and Donogoo (Mint Theater Company); The Peripherals and Hot Lunch Apostles (Talking Band), Richard II…on Trapeze! (Matchbook Productions/Sonnet Rep); PRELUDE Festival 2011 and 2012. Regional credits include Trinity Repertory Company, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Passage Theatre.
PAUL PIEKARZ (Sound Associate) is a live audio-visual specialist and video designer from Brooklyn, NY. Recent work includes “Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” with Atlantic Theater Company, “Facing our Truth” with National Black Theater, “Asymptote to Zero Gravity” and “Perchance to Dream” with Mich-Mash Productions.
DAVE TENNENT (Video Design) creates interactive video installations, custom theatrical software, and projections designs for theater. Off-Broadway and Downtown: Love Machine (Incubator Arts Project); La Ruta (Working Theater); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (New Ohio); Bullet For Adolf (New World Stages); How to Break (HERE); The Language Archive (Fordham); Chimera (HERE, Under The Radar 2012). Regional: Interior Designs (NJPAC, Jersey Moves); Pinkolandia (Two River Theater);Twelfth Night (Aquila Theatre); The Clean House (Syracuse Stage); Holiday Review (Oregon Ballet Theater). Associate Projections: Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman Theater, Chicago); Crowns (Goodman Theater, Chicago). Dave is a founding member of Imaginary Media (http://imaginary.media).
TARA WEBB (Costume Design) is a Swarthmore college alum and a theatre artist specializing in costume design. She is especially interested in the nodes where technology and performance intersect as well as sustainability in the arts. She has collaborated with companies in New York and Philadelphia on productions that include substantial multimedia components. She worked with the Wooster Group in New York from 1998 to 2004 on both costume and video for the productions of House/Lights, North Atlantic, Hairy Ape, To You The Birdie! and the restaging of Brace Up! (2003). She also joined the Collapsable Giraffe from 1999 to 2007 as a performer, costumer, and video artist. More examples of her costuming in New York include: Chimera, with Stein | Holum Projects and Cynthia Hopkins’ internationally toured trilogy of Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don’t Whip ‘Em, and Failure of Success. Current design work in the Philadelphia area includes: costumes for the Swarthmore College Dance Program and Theater Department, costumes for Drexel University Dance Program, props and costumes for Midway Avenue, The Garden and Return, Return Departure for Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and costumes for New Paradise Laboratories’ 27. In 2013, she helped construct a series of community driven garden sculpture installations with designer Heidi Barr and the East Park Revitalization Alliance at Woodford Mansion. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Hacktory for 2014 and enjoying thinking about how the outposts of our curated future in art or performance can be elevated by technology. tarawebb.com
JEREMY WILHELM (Scenic Design for Chimera) is a Minneapolis-based theatre artist. He is the recipient of a MAP Fund grant for Clandestino with Wilhelm Bros & Co. and has created and performed with Thaddeus Phillips’ Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, currently touring Red Eye to Havre de Grace, which premiered off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in May. Wilhelm Bros. & Co. has been commissioned by Tectonic Theatre Project to write and perform music for its new project about Autism Spectrum Disorder which begins touring in July of 2015. He has directed/designed/developed new plays by Carson Kretizer, Sylvan Oswald, Lisa D’amour, Jackie Reingold, Victoria Stewart and Cory Hinkle, and has designed and collaborated with choreographers Karen Sherman, Morgan Thorson and Emily Johnson.