1. Tracy Cameron Francis
Personal Bio: Tracy Cameron Francis is a first-generation Egyptian-American director and has directed and developed work with HERE, Atlantic Theatre Co, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NY Arab American Comedy Festival, Pen World Voices Fest, NY International Fringe Festival, LaMama Culture Hub, and Alwan For the Arts. Internationally with Ubumuntu Arts Fest (Rwanda), Falaki Theatre (Egypt), LaMama Umbria (Italy) and regionally with Teatro Milagro, Corrib Theatre, T.B.A. festival, and Boom Arts. Cameron has created and curated original performances for Bushwick Open Studios Performance Art Showcase, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, the W Hotel, Alwan Center for the Arts, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Queens Arts Council, and Hybrid Theatre Works. TCG 2017 Rising Leader of Color. Member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and associate member of SDC. BA Middle Eastern Studies and Theatre Arts, Fordham.
Melody Erfani is a NYC based theatre creator and director specializing in devising, new works, and classical adaptations. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of LES Shakespeare Co. with a M.F.A in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and was a participant of 2013 Lincoln Center Director's Lab. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts during which she procured an internship with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Favorite credits: The Sacrifice of Belonging (Creator), Bee (Creator and Director), Antigone, R+J (LES Shakespeare), 97 Orchard St. (Creator/Director), All an Act (The Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Our Town (Stagedoor Manor, NY).
Title of Piece: The Stars Fall Upside Down
Description: A new devised movement based work investigating displacement, inspired by Ancient Egyptian text and recent interviews with Syrian refugees.
Cast/ Creative: TBD
2. Creative Traffic Flow
Personal Bio: Creative Traffic Flow (DawN Crandell, Kristin Rose Kelly and Jeesun Choi) is a theatre collective formed to create ensemble-driven performances with queer people of color and women as leaders. DawN, Jeesun and Kristin met at the 2017 National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation hosted by Pangea World Theater and Art2Action, which fosters artists of color and LGBTQ-identified artists for arts leadership. Creative Traffic Flow is 2018-19 Artists In Residence at the University Settlement. Their play, "Voices from the Roanoke River," has been commissioned by Clear Valley Council and was developed at 2018 Works On Water Governors Island Residency. Creative Traffic Flow's process honors all experiences and skills involved in the creation. They strive to present and perform at the highest level of artistic integrity while honoring multiple forms of expressions and perspectives.
Title of Piece: Duets of Difference
Description: “Duets of Difference” is a dance-theatre performance that explores how we find unity and equity despite conflict and difference. It has been developed through a five-month-long multidisciplinary community workshops. The workshops brought two strangers, unlike each other in age, identity, faith and culture, who may not get to connect in real life, together to foster a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Through multidisciplinary performance building methods, we are creating dance/theatre duets that are informed and inspired by the participants' identities while also exploring how two contrary voices can hold space for one another. In this age of fast information consumption, we want to cultivate time and space for real exchanges instead of leaning into our current political impulses to polarize and hate. How do the duets challenge and enforce each other? What can the audience and artists learn from this pluralistic framework?
Performers: Nancy Shan, Stevie Xiong Wu, Gladys Solano, Elijah Rasheed, Allyn Wong
3. Jennifer Tuttle
Personal Bio: Jennifer Tuttle is a professional actor and director. She is a member of Name of BIRD Theatre Company in NYC, is an Equity member, and teaches at The City College of New York (CCNY). Jennifer is based out of Queens where she lives with her husband, Ryan, and son, Noah. New York directing credits include: The Seedling Project for Partly Cloudy People Theatre Company NYC, This is My Last Attempt at Fame at Dixon Place NYC, REDlight for the NYC Fringe Festival, and Hay Fever, The Arabian Nights, Working! Top Girls and Macbeth at CCNY. Regional directing credits include: Much Ado Para Nada for Shakespeare in Detroit, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, The Sound of Music at The Straw Hat Players, The Seafarer at Theatre B, Hamlet, Tartuffe, Cabaret and Three Sisters at Minnesota State University, and True West at Le Chat Noir NOLA.
Title of Piece: Immigration Stories: A Celebration of the Individual and Collective Voice
Description: Immigration Stories: A Celebration of the Individual and Collective Voice , is a piece reflecting young adults' feelings about the political climate and their desire to add their voices to the dialogue about injustice, human rights, identity, and belonging. Each actor/collaborator has researched their familial history, interviewed family members to create their own individual immigration story. The individual stories have been woven together chorally through devised physical and voice work to fully embody the atmosphere and qualities of the stories in the style of story-telling theatre. We want to share these stories with the audience as something to think about, absorb and pass along, because immigration isn't just "an issue," it's personal, and the beginning of a new story.
Actor/Writer: Hanna Ventura, Caleb Ricke, Zunairis Velazquez, Bibin Shrestha, Lucius Seo, Kayla Rodriguez
Dramaturg: Kathleen Potts