Stan Richardson, Caught Playwright
Stan Richardson is a playwright from St. Louis, Missouri living in New York City. His plays, which include Veritas (veritastheplay.com), The Children (with composer Hal Goldberg), wHormone and Ramona Clay (Juilliard finalist; O’Neill semi-finalist), have received workshops and readings at such venues as Second Stage, Ars Nova, Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, The Brick Theatre, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival. An alumnus of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and Edward Albee’s Playwrights’ Workshop, Stan is a contributor to nytheatre.com and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is, along with co-artistic director Matt Steiner, one half of The Representatives; they are currently working on their 2012 cycle of The Collected Apartment Plays (therepresentatives.org).
Emmy Bean, Theater Artist and Puppeteer — Caught: The Woods
Emmy Bean is a theater artist, musician, and puppeteer. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. in Religion from Vassar College, with a concentration in Music and Culture. Most recently she collaborated with Jessica Hudson on “How to Fly: Part One”, a short-story performance with original folk music and puppets. She has performed her puppet play “war bride” in Providence, Vermont, New York City and Quebec. She has also performed and created work with Naima Lowe for their long-term collaboration entitled “Mary and Sarah and You and Me”, with appearances at the Parlor in Philadelphia and Judson Church in New York City. Other performance work includes: “The Long Christmas Ride Home” at Studio Theater in Washington DC; “The Snow Queen” at Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT; “Flood” and “Stiles Under Sky” with Company of Strangers. She has also toured with Amanda Maddock’s play “Mrs. Wright’s Escape” and co-created the “Three Piggy Opera” at Links Hall in Chicago (with Barbara Whitney and Merrill Garbus). In 2008 and 2010, she worked as an Associate Curator at the Great Small Works International Toy Theater Festival in New York City. Since moving to Chicago, Emmy has worked as a performer, musician, and clown with Theater Oobleck, the Whiskey Rebellion, Abraham Werewolf, the Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials, and Chi-Town Clown at the Neo-Futurarium.
Joe Mazza, Director — Caught: The Woods
Joe’s work has been seen in venues from tavern-vaults and art galleries to nationally syndicated radio. He works in all aspects of performance– hopping from playwright, to director, to puppet-creator and set-builder, to film-maker and live performer. The Hyperbolist (“One of the most inventive productions at this year’s Fringe.” -Jon Sobel,blogcritics.org) was part of FringeNYC 2010 at HERE, Dorothy B. Williams Theatre– and extended at The Red Room and was included in FrigidFest NYC 2011. Joe’s puppet films have been seen in a tiny toy movie-house as part of the 2010 Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum at St. Ann’s Warehouse, NY, and in the Heartland Exhibition at the Smart Museum, University of Chicago. His puppets have been seen, with & without him, at the Steppenwolf Garage, the Neo-Futurists, the Building Stage and Nave Gallery (Boston). XXX, his first solo-show with puppets (1999) which Bay Windows called, “a bizarrely entertaining and provocative must-see” was performed at the Boston Center for the Arts. His work with Boston’s Catbox Cabaret– where he wrote and performed experimental works on a weekly basis– was called “intelligent lunacy…from the wildly hilarious to the deadly serious” by the Boston Globe. His two-act satire, Art and Her Ugly Sisters, is a Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist.
John Zorn, Composer – The Temptations of St. Anthony (Caught: The Wide Open)
Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, film, cartoon, popular, world and improvised music, John Zorn has created a controversial and influential body of work that often defies academic categories. He has earned great respect within his own community and beyond by going his own way without compromise, developing a large network of supporters world wide, often in unexpected places. Born in 1953 and raised in New York City, Zorn has been a central figure in the Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. He is an indefatigable worker and highly prolific: he has composed 6 string quartets, vocal music, chamber music, operas, symphonic and dance works, has released over 100 cds under his own name, has led and written music for dozens of bands (Naked City, The Dreamers, Moonchild, Painkiller), scored over 50 films, and written over 600 tunes for his popular Masada project. His work is diverse and remarkably eclectic and draws inspiration from Art, Literature, Film, Theatre, Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism as well as Music.
In addition to his composing, recording and performing Zorn is a firm believer in community and a tireless champion of experimental music, film, art, poetry and theatre, organizing festivals, recordings and concerts, and helping to establish venues and opportunities for performance. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995 (which has released over 700 recordings of new and adventurous music); runs the East Village performance space The Stone (which has presented over 5000 concerts and 60 musical workshops since 2005) and has edited and published six volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA. Honors include the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Prize for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010 and is a MacArthur Fellow.
Caleb Burhans, Composer – Excelsior (Caught: The Wide Open)
Caleb Burhans is quickly establishing himself as a significant presence in the New York contemporary music scene, active as both a performer and composer. Amazingly versatile, Burhans is a composer, violinist, violist, electric guitarist, pianist and countertenor whose composition teachers have included Augusta Read Thomas and Joseph Schwantner. He has been hailed by the New York Times as “animated and versatile,” and being a ”sweet voiced countertenor.” Mr. Burhans specializes in baroque performance practice, contemporary music, rock/pop music, electronica and free improv. He has been commissioned by various new music ensembles, recently including the Albany Symphony, Tarab Cello Ensemble and the Janus Trio. His music has been performed at various festivals, including the Bang on a Can Marathon, Look and Listen Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, International Viola Congress, The National Flute Association Convention, Open Days Festival (Denmark) and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2009 he became an Annenberg Fellow. He won the Music Educators National Conference Composition Competition and Eastman’s Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize. As a performer Mr. Burhans has worked with groups such as the Steve Reich Ensemble, Ensemble 21, Charleston Symphony, Madison Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Princeton Symphony. He is currently a member of Alarm Will Sound, ACME, itsnotyouitsme, Newspeak and the Wordless Music Orchestra. As a recording artist Mr. Burhans has recorded for Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin, Winter & Winter, Bridge, Universal, Cantaloupe, Hanssler, Lujo, Warp, Vagrant, MSR Classics, Hybrid, Arthaus Musik DVD, Sweet Spot DVD and Oxford Press. As a soloist he’s been heard on WQXR and WNYC, both as a singer and violinist. He has premiered numerous works as well as working with such composers as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, David Lang, Michael Gordon, George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, and Augusta Read Thomas.
John Coletti, Librettist — Excelsior (Caught: The Wide Open)
John Coletti is the author of Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books 2010), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further 2008), and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs 2005). He recently served as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter and co-edits Open 24 Hours Press with poet Greg Fuchs. After moving to New York from the West Coast he attended Columbia University where he was mentored by the esteemed New York School poet Kenneth Koch, receiving the Arther E. Ford Award as well as the Academy of American Poets Prize. He worked as executive assistant for the artist Kiki Smith for many years, collaborating with her extensively on projects. A collaborative print made by Coletti and Smith is currently being editioned by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University. New works are forthcoming in The Nation magazine, and a new book of poems on Thurston Moore’s imprint Flowers & Cream will be released in 2012.
itsnotyouitsme, Performers – Excelsior (Caught: The Wide Open)
ITSNOTYOUITSME was formed in Harlem, NYC in 2003. Members Grey Mcmurray and Caleb Burhans met while attending the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. They played in various musical settings together while in school, including a large improvising group called Dialects, heavily influenced by ambient, free-jazz and post-rock musics. Grey and Caleb moved to New York soon after and formed itsnotyouitsme as a means of continuing the aesthetic and objectives of Dialects. In order to create a large sound with the new stripped-down instrumentation, they began using looping devices, which play a significant role in performance as well as in the compositional process. Along with their own material, itsnotyouitsme has since performed works by composers ranging from J.S. Bach to Philip Glass.
The duo has released three acclaimed albums on New Amsterdam, walled gardens (2008), fallen monuments (2010) and everybody’s pain is magnificent (2011). The duo has been called “gently mesmerizing” (Time Out New York), and “lush and evocative” (The Very Short List). walled gardens was listed as one of the best CDs of 2008 and regarded as “meltingly beautiful” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times. itsnotyouitsme has performed at venues including Zebulon in Brooklyn, NY, Le Poisson Rouge in New York, and West Hall Auditorium at RPI in Troy, NY
Martha Cluver, Soprano – Excelsior (Caught: The Wide Open)
Soprano Martha Cluver has been hailed by the New York Times for her “fluid, dark-hued” and “soulful” vocals. Martha has performed as soloist with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Remix Ensemble, Prague Modern, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Noted performances include Feldman’s “Neither”, George Benjamin’s “Into the Little Hill”, “Shelter” by Bang on a Can, and many works by Steve Reich. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, Signal, Dogs of Desire, Axiom, Zorn Vocal Quintet (Daughters of Jerusalem), NEXUS, So Percussion and ACME. Martha has premiered many new works by composers such as John Zorn, Caleb Burhans, Chris Kapica, Sarah Snider, Bill Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, David Mallamud, Elizabeth Kelly, Paul Mealor and Emmanuel Nunes. As a choral musician, Martha is a member of the Trinity Choir Wall Street, Antioch, Voices of Ascension, and Clarion. She has worked under the baton of many greats such as Bradley Lubman, Peter Rundel, Leon Botstein, Stefan Parkman, Julian Wachner, Andrew Parrot, Alan Pierson, David Alan Miller, Simon Carrington, and Jane Glover. Upcoming engagements include a new work by John Zorn, performed by the Zorn Vocal Quintet for NYCO VOX Festival in Nov. 2012, a residency with the JACK quartet featuring new music by Jeff Myers, and the new album release show and tours with Roomful of Teeth. She will also be joining Dogs of Desire for her second appearance as soprano soloist in May 2013. Martha’s discography includes Naxos, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Mode and Tsadik. In 2003, Martha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with John Graham. She currently resides in Manhattan, NY, along with her husband and music collaborator, Caleb Burhans.