W*LM*RT Nature Trail
Created by Headlong in collaboration with the performers
Performers: John Cherney, Eun Jung Choi, Keila Cordova, Miko Doi-Smith, Justin Jain, Christy Lee, Mike Mayo, Scott McPheeters, Amy Smith, and Christina Zani
Visual Designer: Markéta Fantová
Sound Designer: Robert Kaplowitz
Dramaturg: Mark Lord
Stage Manager: Elaina DiMonaco
House Manager/ Performer: Jo Vito Ramírez
Assistant Stage Manager: Kelsy Hodgkiss
Staff: Amy Smith and David Brick, Headlong Co-Directors
Thomas Choinacky, Managing Director
Genevieve Ransom, Programs & Marketing Associate
Chelsea Murphy, Operations Manager
Text was written by the performers and some pieces of text were used without permission, from: Haruki Murakami, 1Q84; Padmasambhava, The Tibetan Book of the Dead; Thich Nhat Hanh, Walking Meditation; Mutual Benefit, “Moonville Tunnel”
This project was supported by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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John Cherney is very grateful to Amy Smith for the opportunity to work on this project. The people who have worked on this project are brilliant and wonderful and the entire process has been amazing. John is a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute and The College of New Jersey. He has appeared as a dancer at the Pig Iron Theater benefit concert and in the Wintry Mix Performance Festival earlier this year. John will also be showing his new show Human & Autisman as part of SoLow Fest 2015.
Eun Jung Choi is an artistic co-director of Da•Da•Dance Project based in Philadelphia. Since 1996, she has been creating, collaborating and presenting work as well as performing for and with other artists/companies in New York, San Diego, Philadelphia as well as in Korea and Mexico. This is her first time working with Headlong. www.eunjungchoi.org
Keila Cordova loves the immensity of nature, the humility of breathing and the inevitability of tomorrow. Dance keeps her spirit flying and family gives her roots and joy. Much love to Headlong. www.keilacordova.com, www.954dmc.weebly.com
Miko Doi-Smith, originally from southern California, began dancing while attending the University of Hawaii. She has performed nationally and internationally with various choreographers and companies including Ralph Lemon, Philadanco, DanceTheatre X, Ballet X, Kate Watson-Wallace and Kathy Dunn Hamrick. She is thrilled to be working with Amy Smith and Headlong!!
Justin Jain is a founding member of the alt-comedy theatre company, The Berserker Residents (www.berserkerresidents.com). Regional: Arden Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Shakespeare in Clark Park, The McCarter Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and Teatro Delle Due, among others. Justin has also created several independent original theatre projects including shiFt / transFer, his solo-fantasia Neverboy, and Bedtime Stories For Special Boys created in residence at Philadelphia FringeArts in 2011-12. Justin is a graduate of UArts and was a 2012 finalist for the F. Otto Haas emerging artist award. Upcoming: Antigone at The Wilma (Fall, 2015) and a new show with The Berserkers premiering Philly Fringe 2015. Thanks and love to Amy and this amazing ensemble of artists.
Christy Lee is a Dancer/Choreographer Massage therapist with a license in PA Real Estate.
Mike Mayo is a recent graduate of UArts, and attended Headlong Performance Institute in 2013. Mike is the Co-director of Kid Haus Collective, Co-founder of Philly music collective IGJP, and a raps by the name Mikie Mayo (https://soundcloud.com/mikie-mayo). Mike would like to thank Amy for opportunity to be a part of this creative process, as well as the mentorship and love over the past two years. Thank you for everything you’ve ever taught me. Mike would also like to thank his amazing friends, and family <3 XO Free Guwop
Scott McPheeters has worked as a freelance performer/choreographer/educator in Philadelphia for the past ten years. Most recently, he has performed with Philadelphia companies including Subcircle, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Tori Lawrence + Co., and Enchantment Theatre Company. McPheeters has taught as adjunct faculty at Temple University, and as a guest artist at Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Dickinson College, Muhlenberg College, and University of the Arts. In the past year, he has choreographed for various theater companies including the Arden Theater, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and Enchantment Theatre Company.
Christina Zani is a Philadelphia based maker and performer. Her most recent project is HERSTORY, a completely wrong-yet-right take on performance over the past century. Currently she is also engaged in projects with Susan Rethorst and Meg Foley/Moving Parts. She has been collaborating with Headlong since 2005 and is so happy to continue exploring new avenues of performance with the company.
Markéta Fantová is a scenic, lighting and costume designer for theatre, dance, and performance art. She has worked in theatres, galleries and visually inspiring sites in both the United States and Europe. Her costume and set designs were included in the USA PQ National Exhibit (2007) and World Stage Design Exhibit in Seoul, South Korea (2009). In New York, she was set and lighting designer for the Off-Broadway world premier of Tiny Bubbles, with New Directions Theatre (2012). She has designed for UnderMain Theatre, Circle Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre and Water Tower Theatre, all in Dallas-Forth Worth. Ms. Fantova was a guest artist at The Ohio State University, University of Toledo and Texas State University. She has worked in collaboration with dynamic artists and choreographers on numerous performance projects and dance works including Angier Performance Works: Paper III, a site specific performance art piece performed in Prague, Czech Republic; costumes for the performance installation Liminal exhibited in The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, NY; and site adaptive installation performance pieces Waiting III and IV in the Random Room Gallery, Alfred, NY and Gem Hotel Gallery in New York City. Her current projects include Letter to the World co-created with D. Chase Angier and Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Ms. Fantova began her career there as a scenographer for Theatre 22. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre design from Wayne State University and currently serves on the Board of USITT as Vice-President for International Activities.
Robert Kaplowitz has spent the last 23 years designing sound and composing, and has been honored with an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design and a Tony® for Fela! He’s called Philadelphia home since 2010, and has worked locally with Interact, PlayPenn, The Wilma, The Arden, Lucidity Suitcase, The Lantern, Pig Iron, Elastic Theater, PTC, and Azuka; further flung credits include Lincoln Center, The National Theatre of England, The Public Theatre and Sundance. Also in his hopper are sound and music for The Winter’s Tale with Shakespeare in Clark Park and the music & book for an epic rock riff on Moby Dick entitled Leviathan. And he loves his family more than all of that.
Elaina Di Monaco is a freelance theatre artist based in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing, Playwriting & Production from UArts. In addition to developing new works with local writers and self-producing, Elaina has recently worked with PearlDamour, PlayPenn, Lantern Theater Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Hypothetical Theatre Company, The University of the Arts and Theatre Underground. Elaina is also a co-founder of Reject Theatre Project, a Philadelphia-based emerging artist collective. www.ElainaDiMonaco.com
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