Justin Fredrick “The Snake” Allen was born, second of fourteen, to a loving family of Irish/Swedish/German/Russian migrant workers. He spent his youth traveling the east coast, picking apples in the north, tobacco and cotton in the south. At fifteen, he took work apprenticing the great Harry “The Best There Ever Was” Munroe, from whom he tirelessly learned the craft of blacksmithing and knife throwing. He soon became revered as one of the fastest knife throwers in the circuit. In his first amateur competition he threw two knives for every one of his opponent’s. It was from Munroe himself that he acquired the nickname “The Snake,” which referred to the hissing sound the knives made as they spun furiously through the air. After accidentally disfiguring his first love, in a show of drunken bravado, Justin vowed to never throw a knife again. He traded his knives for chisels and began honing his skills as a carpenter. He’s continued to travel the east coast taking work here and there, passing the time playing his father’s guitar and singing the traditional songs of his youth. In 2009 he recorded an album of original music called Flowers and Fists which is soon to be released. Other side-accomplishments include but are not limited to: co-writing and starring in the feature length film Redbelly, and appearing as a runway model in a number of N. Hoolywood’s NYC Fashion Week shows.
Philippe Bronchtein is a musician based out of Portland, OR. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2010 with a joint degree in music and dance, he relocated to Portland, OR where he immersed himself in the music community. Philippe has composed music for several choreographers including Tiffany Rhynard (Big Action Performance Ensemble), Christal Brown (Inspirit), Nicole Smith (Project: Smith), and Simon Thomas-Train. He also worked as a musical accompanist for Lewis & Clark College and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. He is primarily active as a folk musician under the moniker Hip Hatchet & and as a piano player in the rock and roll outfit, Quiet Life.
Josh Dunn is, for now, a designer, builder, itinerant carpenter, and maker of things. Winding his way from the midwest to country's capital, the northerly woodlands to the windswept shorelines of Martha's Vineyard, Josh has, over the past year, left in his wake a series of built spaces dotting his travels like breadcrumbs in the forest. He hopes to land at the witch's house in New York City, very soon.
Eric Forman is a New York-based artist working with interactive installations and responsive sculpture. He develops his own circuits and software to create objects and spaces that are aware of their environment and can dynamically respond to it. His work crosses boundaries between fine art, design, and robotics – combining the technical rigor of engineering with the open-ended exploratory nature of the art experience. Eric's creations employ modalities of interactivity not found in dominant forms of new media: subtle, slow, thoughtful, perhaps disturbing. His work gives us the magical and exhilarating qualities of the new, yet also plays on our uneasy fascination with the intersections of human and technology. Currently Eric teaches in the Digital+Media MFA department at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), and the Interactive Arts MFA department at Pratt Institute. He has also taught at the School of Architecture at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, the Sculpture department of MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), and many others. He also likes to ride a bike.
Originally from southern California, Lea Fulton found her way to NYC ten years ago after college in Chicago, and a brief adventure in Nashville for a year long stint in the music business which included an appearance in the Billy Ray Cyrus music video "Under the Hood." She's continued to choreograph music videos for indie music artists Nadia Ali, Apollo Run The Loom and Lost Children. She is putting down roots in Brooklyn and excited to be making work with not only The Space We Make but Alexandra Beller Dances and MotleyDance. In the past she's had the good fortune of making working with co-adventurists Ryan Ross, Jillian Pena, Christine Suarez, Deborah Karp, CarteBlance Performance and Stephanie Miracle. Ryan and Lea collaborate under the name move/store and made an evening length piece of movable dance theater for the 2008 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her personal collaborative projects operate under the name "The Motor Room" - a collaboration with musician Gutter Sparrow. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at SUNY Empire State in a self designed program which is the intersection of Movement Therapy and Trauma Studies. She is also a yoga teacher and gets excited about bringing people to ecstatic experience in the body through exertion and recuperation.
John Hoobyar is a Brooklyn-based performing artist and movement improviser. John has studied with artists including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Sarah Shelton Mann, and has guest performed with artists including Compagnie Olivier Dubois, Alexandra Beller Dances, The Space We Make, Bradley Teal Ellis, Melissa Marotto’s The Pitch Project, Prince Rama, and others. John is also a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and an Underscore Facilitator of Underscore NYC.
Branic Howard is a composer of acoustic, electronic, and electro-acoustic music. For him the confrontation of pure sound and exposing its inherent elements is an impetus in itself for creating music. Much of his work attempts to creatively incorporate technology into live electro-acoustic music and improvisation. Currently he is working toward a PhD in composition at SUNY Stony Brook. www.branichoward.com.
Ben Luzzatto is an artist and designer, currently serving as the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department at The Maryland Institute, College of Art. He received his MS from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his a BA from Vassar College. He lives in Washington DC, in the house he grew up in, with his wife and three daughters.
From an early age, Sophie Maguire was a member of the Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble, with whom she traveled to Hungary, The Czech Republic, Scotland, and Hawaii. Sophie graduated with honors, in dance, from Connecticut College, where she studied with and danced for David Dorfman, Shani Collins, Heidi Henderson, Adele Myers, Lisa Race, Robyne Watkin, Nicholas Leichter, Monica Bill Barnes, and Colleen Thomas. In the winter of 2010, Sophie founded lonely goat. Sophie’s work has been shown at the 2010 American College Dance Festival, Studio A (CT), Rooftop Dance Performance Series, Art CartNYC’s Truck Yeah!, The Asheville Fringe Festival (NC), Greenspace, The Construction Company, The Chi Movement Center (PA), The Hygienic Art Gallery (CT), Westfest at Westbeth, Dixon Place, DNA, Triskelion Arts, and Galapagos Art Space. lonely goathas enjoyed several residencies at The Dragon’s Egg in Mystic , CT, and has curated a master class series in Northampton, MA. In addition, Sophie dances for Raja Feather Kelly, as part of the feath3r theory.
John Mosloskie is a songwriter, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer living in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. More than a decade removed from his North Jersey punk rock roots, he continues to channel that energy as solo performer under the moniker Gutter Sparrow, and is the principal writer for his band, Holler Wild Rose.
John plays bass guitar for Sounds Familyre artists Ben+Vesper, and is a touring member of the Eastern devotional band Aradhna. He is a long-time collaborator with indie pop artist Ian Mcglynn, having co-produced his 2008 record, This Is The Sound. John has been so fortunate as to work alongside Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens during the making of Ben+Vesper's 2009 record Honors, and to contribute electronic treatments to the music of composer Joshua Stamper.
Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, IA, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Ms. Riegel holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. She has performed with Michel Kouakou’s Daara Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Tania Isaac Dance and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. She has toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra/ Beller Dances and johannes weiland. Currently Jenna dances for Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Christina Robson originally of Tewksbury, Massachusetts graduated Summa Cum Laude and Alpha Chi from Roger Williams University, where she earned a BA in dance performance. In 2007 Christina studied abroad at the London Contemporary School while she completed a core concentration in visual arts. During her undergraduate experience she had the privilege of performing works by David Dorfman, Tiffany Mills, Martha Graham, Neta Pulvermacher, Kyle Abraham, Kate Weare, and many others. She has performed internationally as well as throughout the USA including The Joyce, Joyce SoHo, Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and American Dance Festival. Since moving to nyc, Christina has had the joy of performing and collaborating with fantastic artists such as Deganit Shemy, JinJu Song Begin, Kinodance, Michael and the Go - Getters, Raja Feather Kelly, and Lonely Goat Dance Company. Christina currently dances for The Sean Curran Company(2009), Monica Bill Barnes & Company (2011), Kendra Portier - BandPortier (2012), Heidi Henderson/ Elephant JANE (2012), and Alexandra Beller Dances (2013).
Hanna Satterlee attended Goucher College in Maryland to achieve a double BA in Dance and Psychology/Dance Therapy. Hanna has spent many years traveling through dance, in the US, Ghana and Brazil, and will tour France, Germany and Austria this summer. She returned to VT in 2010 to the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio to become the the Artistic Director of the Teen Jazz company and the Director of Professional Programming. At CD&FS she developed the artist in residence program and guest artist series to introduce professional dance to the community. Hanna has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work and has performed professionally in Baltimore, NYC, SF and throughout the state of VT- including projects with: Double Vision; BIG APE; and as a choreographic partner and performer in both Hannah Dennison's "Dear Pina," as well as the Montpelier Movement Collective's "The People Gallery." She is currently the director of the interdisciplinary performance titled ANIMAL, a has been a collaborator in The Space We Make since 2012.
Australian cellist Richard Vaudrey is quickly becoming a notable force in the new breed of string players, classically trained and proficient across a multitude of genres. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Richard was a scholarship holder at The Australian National Academy of Music before heading to the United States, where he completed doctoral study in classical cello performance and contemporary improvisation at SUNY Stony Brook under Colin Carr and Ray Anderson whilst acting as Teaching Assistant to the Emerson String Quartet. Richard has had a prolific background in chamber musicand performs regularly both as a soloist and collaborator across a multitude of genres including classical, new music, jazz folk and pop in venues including Carnegie hall, 92Y Tribecca, the Stone, Alice Tully Hall and the Harvey Theatre, BAM. Richard is currently working on a project for a 2013/2014 tour of his own compositions for cello, voice and electronics. The show also incorporates transcriptions and studies of the late Arthur Russell. Richard currently resides in Brooklyn, and plays “The Beleura Cello” - a 1791 William Forster cello generously loaned by the Tallis Foundation.
Kathryn Wilson is currently living and working in the Adirondacks. She is a mother, philanthropist and widow. Kathryn will put clothes on your children's backs during the day and stir you by night with her emotional stage performances and readings. You may see her riding bareback through your dreams.
Emma Wiseman is a Brooklyn, NY based performer, fabricator, and theater maker. She has been seen at St. Ann's Warehouse, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Public Theatre, Dixon Place, TheatreLab, a field in Cold Spring, NY, and many other exciting spaces in New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia performing theater, music, puppetry, comedy and dance. As a director/creator Emma strives to create multidisciplinary performance works out of left field that embrace academia and that explore and look for beauty in typically inaccesible or obscure facets of our world while remaining humorous, thoughtful, and generous.