BIOS

 

CREATORS

TY DEFOE (Giizhig) is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. He is an interdisciplinary-hyphenated artist, activist, writer, cultural worker, and shape-shifter. As a two-spirit person Ty aspires to an integral approach to artistic projects, social justice, indigeneity, and environmentalism. Ty gained recognition in many circles around the world including a Grammy Award for his work on “Come to Me Great Mystery.” Ty’s global cultural arts highlights are: the Millennium celebration in Cairo, Egypt with the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company; Turkey for the Ankara International Music Festival, and Festival of World Cultures in Dubai. Ty’s frequents his own community where he learned to hoop dance, eagle dance, and play a variety of wooden flutes. Ty is always a guest artist at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. and NYC. Awards include: NEA/NEFA for reconstructing and indigenizing, Drum is Thunder, Flute is Wind, First American in the Arts Outstanding Performance Award, First Americans in the Arts Scholarship Award, an Indigenous Heritage Festival Award: this award is given to artists who have made a major positive impact on indigenous people and rights of the world, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, 2016-2018 Olga J. and G. Roland Denison visiting artist Professorship of Native American Studies at Central Michigan University, 2016-2017 Institute of the American Indian Arts Visiting Artist, 2017 Jonathan Larson Award winner creating book and lyrics on “Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon (w/ composer Tidtaya Sinutoke at Yale Institute for Musical Theatre; ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop), Hart Island Requiem (The Civilians R&D Group), Crossing Borders (CAP 21), Red Pine (Native Voices at the Autry; IAIA of Santa Fe), The Way They Lived (Co-collaboration w Micharne Cloughley and The Civilians at the Met Museum), writer on Ajijaak on Turtle Island (Ibex Puppetry at La MaMa Theater, NYC, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, NE). Ty is a co-founder of Indigenous Direction (w/ Larissa FastHorse). His writing publications can be viewed in the Pitkin Review, Woody Guthrie Anthology, the Thorny Locust Magazine, and Howl Round. He has received degrees from CalArts, Goddard College, NYU’s Tisch. A Theater Communications Group Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow alumni and an artEquity facilitator. He appeared on Netflix show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Young Anthony Black Elk and recently made his Broadway debut in Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men directed by Anna Shapiro. He lives in NYC and loves the color clear. He | Him | They | We | Us tydefoe.com

 
HEATHER HENSON  is an ardent advocate for the environment and the art of puppetry. Henson created IBEX Puppetry, a multi-platform production company to support her interests in health and healing for the planet by creating various art-driven projects. She blends the disciplines of visual art, environmental education, theater, and community engagement to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul. Past projects include:  Harmonious Migrations ,  Crane: On Earth, In Sky ,  Endangered Species Parade ,  Celebration of Flight ,  FLIGHT: A Crane’s Story , and the UNIMA Citation of Excellence-winning stage show  Panther and Crane . In addition to her theater & parade work, she has produced a puppet film series called  Handmade Puppet Dreams  with over nine volumes currently. She has also created the Puppet Slam Network, featuring about 50 puppet producing venues. Heather is a Trustee for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and sits on the Board of Directors for The International Crane Foundation and The Jim Henson Legacy.

HEATHER HENSON is an ardent advocate for the environment and the art of puppetry. Henson created IBEX Puppetry, a multi-platform production company to support her interests in health and healing for the planet by creating various art-driven projects. She blends the disciplines of visual art, environmental education, theater, and community engagement to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul. Past projects include: Harmonious Migrations, Crane: On Earth, In Sky, Endangered Species Parade, Celebration of Flight, FLIGHT: A Crane’s Story, and the UNIMA Citation of Excellence-winning stage show Panther and Crane. In addition to her theater & parade work, she has produced a puppet film series called Handmade Puppet Dreams with over nine volumes currently. She has also created the Puppet Slam Network, featuring about 50 puppet producing venues. Heather is a Trustee for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and sits on the Board of Directors for The International Crane Foundation and The Jim Henson Legacy.

KEVIN TARRANT  - Ho-Chunk, Hopi, A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. He was brought up in the traditional way and has been singing since the age of 9. For the past 27 years he has been the Lead singer of NAMMY award winning SilverCloud Singers out of New York City. He Also the Managing Director of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective. Most recently performed and served as Musical Director for  Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant!  .

KEVIN TARRANT - Ho-Chunk, Hopi, A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. He was brought up in the traditional way and has been singing since the age of 9. For the past 27 years he has been the Lead singer of NAMMY award winning SilverCloud Singers out of New York City. He Also the Managing Director of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective. Most recently performed and served as Musical Director for Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant! .

DAWN AVERY : Grammy and NAMA nominated, Avery has worked with musical luminaries from Pavarotti to Sting, Cage to Nakai; composing for Indigenous films (Smithsonian’s NMAI, Rich/Heape); touring with her own multi-media projects including 50 Shades of Red and mentoring future generations in the Native Composer’s Project. Avery holds a PhD in ethnomusicology (Indigenous theory, Native Classical music). Of Mohawk descent, her longhouse name is Ieriho:kwats and she wears the turtle clan. Some of the music from this performance may be heard on the Global Award-Winning CD,  Crane on Earth, in Sky: A Journey , available for sale.

DAWN AVERY: Grammy and NAMA nominated, Avery has worked with musical luminaries from Pavarotti to Sting, Cage to Nakai; composing for Indigenous films (Smithsonian’s NMAI, Rich/Heape); touring with her own multi-media projects including 50 Shades of Red and mentoring future generations in the Native Composer’s Project. Avery holds a PhD in ethnomusicology (Indigenous theory, Native Classical music). Of Mohawk descent, her longhouse name is Ieriho:kwats and she wears the turtle clan. Some of the music from this performance may be heard on the Global Award-Winning CD, Crane on Earth, in Sky: A Journey, available for sale.

 
 
LARRY MITCHELL  is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek, and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player. As an artist, he has released 8 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist. Larry is currently touring promoting his 2016 release "The Traveler." As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country, World music, and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering, and performing on "Totemic Flute Chants" by Native American artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as solo shows in support of "The Traveler.”

LARRY MITCHELL is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek, and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player. As an artist, he has released 8 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist. Larry is currently touring promoting his 2016 release "The Traveler." As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country, World music, and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering, and performing on "Totemic Flute Chants" by Native American artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as solo shows in support of "The Traveler.”

DESIGNERS & CHOREOGRAPHER

CHRISTOPHER SWADER & JUSTIN SWADER  (Scenic Designers) are NY-based designers. Recent design credits include: Two River Theater, Miami New Drama, York Theatre Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem (2017 AUDELCO Award,  The Three Musketeers ), Big Apple Circus, Sotheby’s, National Geographic, Abingdon Theatre Company, New School for Drama, Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center Education, Park Avenue Armory, La MaMa, 3LD, APAC, Mason Holdings, John W. Engeman Theatre, Emerson String Quartet, Kitchen Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company (IRNE Award,  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ). 2016 Henry Hewes nomination. Graduates of Ball State University.  www.cjswaderdesign.com

CHRISTOPHER SWADER & JUSTIN SWADER (Scenic Designers) are NY-based designers. Recent design credits include: Two River Theater, Miami New Drama, York Theatre Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem (2017 AUDELCO Award, The Three Musketeers), Big Apple Circus, Sotheby’s, National Geographic, Abingdon Theatre Company, New School for Drama, Trusty Sidekick, Lincoln Center Education, Park Avenue Armory, La MaMa, 3LD, APAC, Mason Holdings, John W. Engeman Theatre, Emerson String Quartet, Kitchen Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company (IRNE Award, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). 2016 Henry Hewes nomination. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com

KATHERINE FREER  (Projection Design) is a multimedia designer working in theater, installation, and film. Frequent collaborators include Liz Lerman, Ping Chong, Ty Defoe, Tim Bond, Kamilah Forbes, Talvin Wilks, and Tamilla Woodard. Recent designs include:  Peculiar Patriot  (ArtsEmerson, dir. Talvin Wilks),  Antigone  (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, dir. Carl Cofield),  Cellular Songs  (BAM Harvey, created by Meredith Monk),  Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ  (The Duke on 42nd Street, dir. Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber),  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time  (Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theater, dir. Risa Brainin). Katherine is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design.

KATHERINE FREER (Projection Design) is a multimedia designer working in theater, installation, and film. Frequent collaborators include Liz Lerman, Ping Chong, Ty Defoe, Tim Bond, Kamilah Forbes, Talvin Wilks, and Tamilla Woodard. Recent designs include: Peculiar Patriot (ArtsEmerson, dir. Talvin Wilks), Antigone (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, dir. Carl Cofield), Cellular Songs (BAM Harvey, created by Meredith Monk), Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ (The Duke on 42nd Street, dir. Sara Zatz and Kirya Traber), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theater, dir. Risa Brainin). Katherine is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design.

MARIKA KENT  (Lighting Design) is a New York City-based designer. Recent/upcoming:  Roan @ The Gates  (Luna Stage),  Peter and the Starcatcher ;  Memphis  (CFRT),  Generation NYZ ;  Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred  (Ping Chong + Co),  Public Enemy  (The Pearl),  Perp ;  Abigail's Party  (The Barrow Group),  Skinnamarink   or The Peanut Butter Show ;  Now is the Time...  (Little Lord),  How To Hamlet ;  Rhinbecca, NY ;  You on the Moors Now  (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble),  The Snow Maiden ;  Albert Herring  (Manhattan School of Music)  She ;  No Words; Box  (Ariel Rivka Dance).  www.marikakent.com

MARIKA KENT (Lighting Design) is a New York City-based designer. Recent/upcoming: Roan @ The Gates (Luna Stage), Peter and the Starcatcher; Memphis (CFRT), Generation NYZ; Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred (Ping Chong + Co), Public Enemy (The Pearl), Perp; Abigail's Party (The Barrow Group), Skinnamarink or The Peanut Butter Show; Now is the Time... (Little Lord), How To Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), The Snow Maiden; Albert Herring (Manhattan School of Music) She; No Words; Box (Ariel Rivka Dance). www.marikakent.com

EMMA WILK  (Sound Design) is a New York based sound designer and collaborator. Her designs have been heard at numerous New York theaters, including The Public, New World Stages, La MaMa, 59E59, and HERE. Some of her favorite designs were  A Clockwork Orange, Bright Half Life, Machinal, The King Stag, The Crucible,  and Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey.  She has worked regionally in Connecticut, New Jersey, Upstate NY and Idaho. Associate/Assistant Designer highlights include, on Broadway:  Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Heisenberg, and  The Lyons,  and Off-Broadway:  Hamlet, Pass Over, What’s It All About,  and  Fun Home.  She is a graduate of Vassar College. Emmamwilk.com.

EMMA WILK (Sound Design) is a New York based sound designer and collaborator. Her designs have been heard at numerous New York theaters, including The Public, New World Stages, La MaMa, 59E59, and HERE. Some of her favorite designs were A Clockwork Orange, Bright Half Life, Machinal, The King Stag, The Crucible, andGorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey. She has worked regionally in Connecticut, New Jersey, Upstate NY and Idaho. Associate/Assistant Designer highlights include, on Broadway: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Heisenberg,and The Lyons, and Off-Broadway: Hamlet, Pass Over, What’s It All About, and Fun Home. She is a graduate of Vassar College. Emmamwilk.com.

LUX HAAC  (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer working in theatre, film, opera, and dance. Recent work includes:  Well-Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage) ;  R&J  (Hypokrit Theatre Company);  The Review  (WP Theater);  Fall River  (Penguin Rep Theatre); and  ¡Figaro! 90210  (The Duke at 42nd Street). Lux has also worked with: The Amoralists, Amerinda, The Garden Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, The New School, Rochester University, Juilliard School of Drama, New York University, The Director’s Company, and Rhymes with Opera, among others. Upcoming:  Native Gardens  (Syracuse Stage/Geva Theatre/Portland Center Stage), and  Between Two Knees  (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). MFA: NYU/Tisch.  www.luxhaac.com

LUX HAAC (Costume Designer) is a New York based costume designer working in theatre, film, opera, and dance. Recent work includes: Well-Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage); R&J (Hypokrit Theatre Company); The Review (WP Theater); Fall River (Penguin Rep Theatre); and ¡Figaro! 90210 (The Duke at 42nd Street). Lux has also worked with: The Amoralists, Amerinda, The Garden Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, The New School, Rochester University, Juilliard School of Drama, New York University, The Director’s Company, and Rhymes with Opera, among others. Upcoming: Native Gardens (Syracuse Stage/Geva Theatre/Portland Center Stage), and Between Two Knees (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). MFA: NYU/Tisch. www.luxhaac.com

CURTISS LEE MITCHELL  (Aerial Designer & Fabricator) is a globally-renowned artist specializing in Kites, Puppetry, and Lighting/Projection design from Orlando, Florida. He is known to use any media appropriate to make messages and ideas soar. His contributions to the world of indoor and outdoor kiting has helped defined the art form as an exciting and viable storytelling tool. For more intel on Curtiss and his newly-founded production firm ToDoaNew, check out Todoanew.com.

CURTISS LEE MITCHELL (Aerial Designer & Fabricator) is a globally-renowned artist specializing in Kites, Puppetry, and Lighting/Projection design from Orlando, Florida. He is known to use any media appropriate to make messages and ideas soar. His contributions to the world of indoor and outdoor kiting has helped defined the art form as an exciting and viable storytelling tool. For more intel on Curtiss and his newly-founded production firm ToDoaNew, check out Todoanew.com.

LOUIS HELLINGER  (Flag Choreographer) worked as a color guard choreographer and designer for over 20 years and is delighted to be a part of the project. A native of NJ, Louis currently resides in the City of Orange. When he is not twirling flags and throwing things in the air, Louis also enjoys working as a Web Designer and Front End Developer.

LOUIS HELLINGER (Flag Choreographer) worked as a color guard choreographer and designer for over 20 years and is delighted to be a part of the project. A native of NJ, Louis currently resides in the City of Orange. When he is not twirling flags and throwing things in the air, Louis also enjoys working as a Web Designer and Front End Developer.

THE JIM HENSON WORKSHOP ™ (Puppet Design & Fabrication) provides performed digital visual effects, animatronic creatures, animation and soft puppets to the international film, television, live performance and advertising industries. Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the  Sesame Street  puppets, the classic Muppets, the dinosaurs from  Dinosaurs , the aliens from  Farscape  and the fantastical creatures from  The Dark Crystal  and  Labyrinth . Other feature film credits include  Where the Wild Things Are ,  Forgetting Sarah Marshall , and  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Cee Lo Green, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. www.creatureshop.com

THE JIM HENSON WORKSHOP™ (Puppet Design & Fabrication) provides performed digital visual effects, animatronic creatures, animation and soft puppets to the international film, television, live performance and advertising industries. Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets, the classic Muppets, the dinosaurs from Dinosaurs, the aliens from Farscape and the fantastical creatures from The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things Are, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Cee Lo Green, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. www.creatureshop.com

PERFORMERS, SINGERS, PUPPETEERS, KITE FLYERS, MUSICIANS & NATIVE AMERICAN TECHNICAL ADVISORS

TONY ENOS  - 2018 Native American Music Award nominee Tony Enos (Echota Cherokee) celebrates a decade as singer/songwriter/producer/actor. His 3rd studio album , “No Place Like Home" was released in 2018, and his dramatic performance in the 2018 production of Donkey Saddle Production’s “There Is A Field” garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. A member of the NYC Native theater community since 2015, the performer and entertainer says, "my priority as an artist is to encourage love and healing through the medicine of music where ever life takes me." Visit him online on iTunes and  www.tonyenosmusic.com  for more info.

TONY ENOS - 2018 Native American Music Award nominee Tony Enos (Echota Cherokee) celebrates a decade as singer/songwriter/producer/actor. His 3rd studio album , “No Place Like Home" was released in 2018, and his dramatic performance in the 2018 production of Donkey Saddle Production’s “There Is A Field” garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. A member of the NYC Native theater community since 2015, the performer and entertainer says, "my priority as an artist is to encourage love and healing through the medicine of music where ever life takes me." Visit him online on iTunes and www.tonyenosmusic.com for more info.

JOAN HENRY  (Tsalagi / ‘Nde / Arawaka) Ms. Henry is proud to represent Ani’shinaabeg and other grandmothers along with her own lineage as Grandma Aki in Heather Henson &Ty Defoe’s magical  AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND . Composer/Performer/Artist & Educator, her life embraces stage, film and television along with over 30 recordings in native traditional, contemporary, classical and jazz venues. Having just closed the production at the New Victory Theatre, Ms.Henry’s other recent Off-Broadway adventures include  Water Is Life  (Defoe/Sinutoke),  Primer For A Failed Superpower  (Chakin & The TEAM),  Crane: On Earth, In Sky  (Henson/Defoe) and a score of concert venues including New York City’s Indigenous Peoples Day, The Clearwater Festival, with the  30th Anniversary Company of West Side Story  and the  National & Japan tours of Camelot  with Richard Harris in her distant past. She is founder of contemporary fusion band  Noyeh-Ongeh, Mother Earth,  traditional women’s drum group  Mothers of   Nations Singers,  and her current focus, the jazz sextet  Spirited  as lead singer and percussionist, along with   performing with the intergenerational  Percussion   Orchestra Of Kingston  ( POOK ) and Amerinda’s  Indigenous Shakespeare Ensemble.  Her early life was filled with her grandmothers’ & elders’ songs and healing plant-knowledge which today informs her work with youth, women & indigenous communities from the Northwest Coast to Tennessee, as former Director of the Arts for Healing initiative in Pediatrics at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the Mid-Hudson Valley, as an adjunct instructor for Vassar College’s Native American Studies program, as a Water Protector and as an independent consultant. While Ms Henry has been an educator for over 45 years and a performer even longer, she may be most beloved for her Coyote stories – if you can get her started…  http://earthsinger.net/

JOAN HENRY (Tsalagi / ‘Nde / Arawaka) Ms. Henry is proud to represent Ani’shinaabeg and other grandmothers along with her own lineage as Grandma Aki in Heather Henson &Ty Defoe’s magical AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND. Composer/Performer/Artist & Educator, her life embraces stage, film and television along with over 30 recordings in native traditional, contemporary, classical and jazz venues. Having just closed the production at the New Victory Theatre, Ms.Henry’s other recent Off-Broadway adventures include Water Is Life (Defoe/Sinutoke), Primer For A Failed Superpower (Chakin & The TEAM), Crane: On Earth, In Sky (Henson/Defoe) and a score of concert venues including New York City’s Indigenous Peoples Day, The Clearwater Festival, with the 30th Anniversary Company of West Side Story and the National & Japan tours of Camelot with Richard Harris in her distant past. She is founder of contemporary fusion band Noyeh-Ongeh, Mother Earth, traditional women’s drum group Mothers of Nations Singers, and her current focus, the jazz sextet Spirited as lead singer and percussionist, along with performing with the intergenerational Percussion Orchestra Of Kingston (POOK) and Amerinda’s Indigenous Shakespeare Ensemble. Her early life was filled with her grandmothers’ & elders’ songs and healing plant-knowledge which today informs her work with youth, women & indigenous communities from the Northwest Coast to Tennessee, as former Director of the Arts for Healing initiative in Pediatrics at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the Mid-Hudson Valley, as an adjunct instructor for Vassar College’s Native American Studies program, as a Water Protector and as an independent consultant. While Ms Henry has been an educator for over 45 years and a performer even longer, she may be most beloved for her Coyote stories – if you can get her started… http://earthsinger.net/

WREN JENG  - A veteran of the competitive sport kite scene, Wren has been performing with IBEX Puppetry since 2011 on projects including  Celebration Of Flight ,  Crane: On Earth In Sky , and the  Endangered Species Parade  as an actor, puppeteer, kite flier, puppet + kite technician, production assistant, and actor/ASM.  Functioning as an artist, musician, and conduit, Wren's additional work may be found at TRNSCVR №51X, a singular collective, including her latest print release: Something Like Home, a zine for the weary.  Coordinates: 32.250379 -110.926835  TransceiverNoSix.com

WREN JENG - A veteran of the competitive sport kite scene, Wren has been performing with IBEX Puppetry since 2011 on projects including Celebration Of Flight, Crane: On Earth In Sky, and the Endangered Species Parade as an actor, puppeteer, kite flier, puppet + kite technician, production assistant, and actor/ASM.

Functioning as an artist, musician, and conduit, Wren's additional work may be found at TRNSCVR №51X, a singular collective, including her latest print release: Something Like Home, a zine for the weary.

Coordinates: 32.250379 -110.926835 TransceiverNoSix.com

ADELKA POLAK  is an interdisciplinary performing artist who founded Sova Dance & Puppet Theater in CT in 2013. She has performed in Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Taiwan with Masque Theatre since 2008. She performed at LaMaMa with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Ibex Puppetry, and Michael Pestel. She toured internationally with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway.”  Sova Theater also provides puppet & dance theater programs to early learning centers, museums, public schools, and home-schooled youth in CT & NY. Sova Theater advocates responsibility to humanity and the environment through arts and education.  www.sovatheater.com

ADELKA POLAK is an interdisciplinary performing artist who founded Sova Dance & Puppet Theater in CT in 2013. She has performed in Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Taiwan with Masque Theatre since 2008. She performed at LaMaMa with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Ibex Puppetry, and Michael Pestel. She toured internationally with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway.”

Sova Theater also provides puppet & dance theater programs to early learning centers, museums, public schools, and home-schooled youth in CT & NY. Sova Theater advocates responsibility to humanity and the environment through arts and education. www.sovatheater.com

 
HENU JOSEPHINE TARRANT  (Rappahanock, Ho-Chunk, Kuna & Hopi) is honored to be a player in the telling of Ajijaak’s journey. It has been a very exciting moment in her life to study under the mastery of Heather and focus her attention on a new skill. Her most recent works includes  Material Witness  (Northwest Coast Tour 2018) with Spiderwoman Theater &  Don't Feed The Indians-A Divine Comedy Pageant  at La MaMa. She also co-starred in the short film  The Return Home  featured at The 3rd Annual Native + Indigenous Film Festival at NYU, written & directed by Angelo Baca. She is a Musical Theater graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. She is currently focusing on continuing her higher education in theater, songwriting composition, and using her artistic platform to educate and combat social injustice. She hopes you all enjoy! Check her out on Instagram @ChiefJosephine “UMBAY OMAA!”

HENU JOSEPHINE TARRANT (Rappahanock, Ho-Chunk, Kuna & Hopi) is honored to be a player in the telling of Ajijaak’s journey. It has been a very exciting moment in her life to study under the mastery of Heather and focus her attention on a new skill. Her most recent works includes Material Witness (Northwest Coast Tour 2018) with Spiderwoman Theater & Don't Feed The Indians-A Divine Comedy Pageant at La MaMa. She also co-starred in the short film The Return Home featured at The 3rd Annual Native + Indigenous Film Festival at NYU, written & directed by Angelo Baca. She is a Musical Theater graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. She is currently focusing on continuing her higher education in theater, songwriting composition, and using her artistic platform to educate and combat social injustice. She hopes you all enjoy! Check her out on Instagram @ChiefJosephine “UMBAY OMAA!”

SHELDON RAYMORE  is a Native American Storyteller, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, and an award-winning Grass Dancer. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sheldon currently resides in New York City. Captivating and moving, Sheldon also starred in ABC’s  Born to Explore , “Legend of Dance” with Richard Weiss, where he was the featured grass dancer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The Lakota Artist has been inspiring young traditional Native American dancers for more than 25 years, making him one of the most sought-after grass dancers in New York. Sheldon's brilliant technique and spellbinding execution prompted New York's Eagle Project to recruit the visionary to work his magic and co-choreograph the 2015 Off-Broadway production of " Trail of Tears" , at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Ever the consummate keeper of tradition, he continues to cultivate his artistry, with the upmost integrity, humility, and authenticity, letting the love for his culture shine through in all that he does.

SHELDON RAYMORE is a Native American Storyteller, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, and an award-winning Grass Dancer. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sheldon currently resides in New York City. Captivating and moving, Sheldon also starred in ABC’s Born to Explore, “Legend of Dance” with Richard Weiss, where he was the featured grass dancer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The Lakota Artist has been inspiring young traditional Native American dancers for more than 25 years, making him one of the most sought-after grass dancers in New York. Sheldon's brilliant technique and spellbinding execution prompted New York's Eagle Project to recruit the visionary to work his magic and co-choreograph the 2015 Off-Broadway production of "Trail of Tears", at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Ever the consummate keeper of tradition, he continues to cultivate his artistry, with the upmost integrity, humility, and authenticity, letting the love for his culture shine through in all that he does.

JOHN SCOTT-RICHARDSON ’s maternal lineage is Saponi/Nansmond, and paternal lineage is Tuscarora. He is an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi Nation in North Carolina. John received his undergraduate BA Liberal Arts degree from Atlantic Christian College. He began theatrical arts by directing small community plays and taking classes at North Raleigh Community Theater. Prior credits include Comedy Central Awards,  Banshee  (Cinemax),  Vice Principals  (HBO),  The American West  (AMC),  Jamestown  (Sky1)  New Circle Theater ,  Dvorak in America  (La Mama),  Don’t Feed The Indians  (La Mama) and recently  Mangled Beams . He volunteers as a board member for AICH, Amerinda inc., and Images For Inclusion. Johns passions include working with the youth, Native culture and traditions with his highest value being family. www.johnscottrichardson.com

JOHN SCOTT-RICHARDSON’s maternal lineage is Saponi/Nansmond, and paternal lineage is Tuscarora. He is an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi Nation in North Carolina. John received his undergraduate BA Liberal Arts degree from Atlantic Christian College. He began theatrical arts by directing small community plays and taking classes at North Raleigh Community Theater. Prior credits include Comedy Central Awards, Banshee (Cinemax), Vice Principals (HBO), The American West (AMC), Jamestown (Sky1) New Circle Theater, Dvorak in America (La Mama), Don’t Feed The Indians (La Mama) and recently Mangled Beams. He volunteers as a board member for AICH, Amerinda inc., and Images For Inclusion. Johns passions include working with the youth, Native culture and traditions with his highest value being family. www.johnscottrichardson.com

DANCERS

JAKE MONTANARO  has been a Color Guard performer since 2012 when he joined the Floral Park Memorial High School Marching Band. Since then he has gone on to compete in Winter Guard International with Emanon A and Open class guards, Drum Corps Associates with The Cadets2 in open class, and has spent the rest of his time in Drum Corps International World Class with The Cadets where he is currently the captain of the Color Guard. During the day, Jake is a student at Montclair State university where he is studying for his BFA in dance performance.

JAKE MONTANARO has been a Color Guard performer since 2012 when he joined the Floral Park Memorial High School Marching Band. Since then he has gone on to compete in Winter Guard International with Emanon A and Open class guards, Drum Corps Associates with The Cadets2 in open class, and has spent the rest of his time in Drum Corps International World Class with The Cadets where he is currently the captain of the Color Guard. During the day, Jake is a student at Montclair State university where he is studying for his BFA in dance performance.

JENNIFER SANCHEZ  is a Passaic High School graduate and is now a Senior receiving her BFA in Dance at Montclair State University. She designs and choreographs for the State Champion Passaic High School Marching Band (2012-present) along with their Drama & Theatre Department (2014-2018). Jennifer also works the Stories in Motion Dance program with Arts by The People with Senior Citizens. She also works as a Brand Ambassador for Capezio and as an Aerial Silks Instructor. Outside of dance Jennifer has worked in the Public School system as a Substitute teacher and One-to-One Assistant for grades K-12.

JENNIFER SANCHEZ is a Passaic High School graduate and is now a Senior receiving her BFA in Dance at Montclair State University. She designs and choreographs for the State Champion Passaic High School Marching Band (2012-present) along with their Drama & Theatre Department (2014-2018). Jennifer also works the Stories in Motion Dance program with Arts by The People with Senior Citizens. She also works as a Brand Ambassador for Capezio and as an Aerial Silks Instructor. Outside of dance Jennifer has worked in the Public School system as a Substitute teacher and One-to-One Assistant for grades K-12.

EUNI SHIM  is native to Long Island, New York. Her performance background including being a cast member with programs such as, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, and Emanon Winter Guard. She has also danced for  Ajijaak on Turtle Island  in 2018. Euni is excited to return for the 2019 rendition of the program.  When she’s not performing, she can be found wrapping up her Bachelors degree in Linguistics at Stony Brook University. She also is planning on pursuing a Masters degree in Childhood and Special Education.

EUNI SHIM is native to Long Island, New York. Her performance background including being a cast member with programs such as, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, and Emanon Winter Guard. She has also danced for Ajijaak on Turtle Island in 2018. Euni is excited to return for the 2019 rendition of the program.

When she’s not performing, she can be found wrapping up her Bachelors degree in Linguistics at Stony Brook University. She also is planning on pursuing a Masters degree in Childhood and Special Education.

DORMESHIA WARD  started performing since the age of 4, first with the NJTAP Dance Ensemble for many years. Next in 2004, starting her colorguard career with Passaic high school winterguard. After H.S., she performed with the cabelloros, raiders, and fusion drum corps. She also performed with Alter Ego IW Winterguard in 2009 -2015. Alter Ego was also featured in the nominated Critics' Choice documentary  Contemporary Color . Following as colorguard choreographer for the production " Joan of Arc " at The Public Theater directed by David Byrne. Most recently she was apart of the 2018 production of  Ajijaak on Turtle Island  and is excited to return for her second year.

DORMESHIA WARD started performing since the age of 4, first with the NJTAP Dance Ensemble for many years. Next in 2004, starting her colorguard career with Passaic high school winterguard. After H.S., she performed with the cabelloros, raiders, and fusion drum corps. She also performed with Alter Ego IW Winterguard in 2009 -2015. Alter Ego was also featured in the nominated Critics' Choice documentary Contemporary Color. Following as colorguard choreographer for the production "Joan of Arc" at The Public Theater directed by David Byrne. Most recently she was apart of the 2018 production of Ajijaak on Turtle Island and is excited to return for her second year.

PRODUCTION TEAM

STIVO ARNOCZY  (Assistant Projection Desiner) is a video designer from Queens. He is company video designer for The Dance Cartel as well as architect of a residency program in Otsego County, NY. TSOA ‘08. Upcoming: B’way:  Be More Chill  as Asst.,  The Band’s Visit  B’way Int’l Tour as Assoc., Recent Off B’way:  untitled danceshowpartything ,  Be More Chill  (Signature Theater, as Programmer),  Primer for a Failed Superpower  (Dir: Rachel Chavkin)  Cute Activist  (Bushwick Starr),  Wet Clutch  (Seaport Music Festival),  The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir  (Intn’l Tour, as Engineer),  Memory Retrograde  (Public Theater, UTR). http://stivo.video

STIVO ARNOCZY (Assistant Projection Desiner) is a video designer from Queens. He is company video designer for The Dance Cartel as well as architect of a residency program in Otsego County, NY. TSOA ‘08. Upcoming: B’way: Be More Chill as Asst., The Band’s Visit B’way Int’l Tour as Assoc., Recent Off B’way: untitled danceshowpartything, Be More Chill (Signature Theater, as Programmer), Primer for a Failed Superpower (Dir: Rachel Chavkin) Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr), Wet Clutch (Seaport Music Festival), The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Intn’l Tour, as Engineer), Memory Retrograde (Public Theater, UTR). http://stivo.video

 
LAURA KROUCH  (Production Stage Manager) Over the years, Laura’s traveling boots have taken her to all but three states in the U.S. and across an ocean. Some adventures include:  In the Heights  (John w. Engeman Theatre)  Ajijaak on Turtle Island  (Ibex Puppetry 2018),  Jesus Christ Superstar  (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and third national tour of John Tartaglia’s  ImaginOcean  (Gables Grove Productions). She would like to thank her family for being there for her and encouraging her wandering antics, and to Kirk, Weston and Emily, her Apartment 4 Family. Enjoy the show!

LAURA KROUCH (Production Stage Manager) Over the years, Laura’s traveling boots have taken her to all but three states in the U.S. and across an ocean. Some adventures include: In the Heights (John w. Engeman Theatre) Ajijaak on Turtle Island (Ibex Puppetry 2018), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and third national tour of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (Gables Grove Productions). She would like to thank her family for being there for her and encouraging her wandering antics, and to Kirk, Weston and Emily, her Apartment 4 Family. Enjoy the show!

BRIAN T. CARSON  (Puppet Wrangler and Video Technician) is also a performer, puppeteer, and puppet creator/builder enjoying many aspects of entertainment. He’s honored to perform full-bodied and puppet mascots for (inter)national brands. Brian has built puppets at The Jim Henson Co., The Lyon Puppets, Concrete Temple Theater, music videos, and his own Creatures Inspired. Creating and performing the bunny puppet for Sandra Boynton’s “End of a Summer Storm” music video is a favorite along with rigging and puppeteering “McClarty” on  Inside Amy Schumer  and performing Off-Broadway in  ImaginOcean . Brian is pleased to have wrangled puppets on  Sesame Street  and appeared as himself.

BRIAN T. CARSON (Puppet Wrangler and Video Technician) is also a performer, puppeteer, and puppet creator/builder enjoying many aspects of entertainment. He’s honored to perform full-bodied and puppet mascots for (inter)national brands. Brian has built puppets at The Jim Henson Co., The Lyon Puppets, Concrete Temple Theater, music videos, and his own Creatures Inspired. Creating and performing the bunny puppet for Sandra Boynton’s “End of a Summer Storm” music video is a favorite along with rigging and puppeteering “McClarty” on Inside Amy Schumer and performing Off-Broadway in ImaginOcean. Brian is pleased to have wrangled puppets on Sesame Street and appeared as himself.

 
JAKE HART  (Cultural Consultant) is a Native American artist and educator. For 10 years he served as instructor for Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre. He’s taught artistic residencies at several colleges and universities for theater and voice acting. He’s a visiting artist with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, and has performed in theaters across the country, on television, and in video games. Jake has worked as an actor/advisor for new works at NYU’s Tisch School, The Public Theater Emerging Writers, The LARK, and elsewhere. He is humbled and grateful to be a part of this beautiful gathering of nations, wado.

JAKE HART (Cultural Consultant) is a Native American artist and educator. For 10 years he served as instructor for Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre. He’s taught artistic residencies at several colleges and universities for theater and voice acting. He’s a visiting artist with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, and has performed in theaters across the country, on television, and in video games. Jake has worked as an actor/advisor for new works at NYU’s Tisch School, The Public Theater Emerging Writers, The LARK, and elsewhere. He is humbled and grateful to be a part of this beautiful gathering of nations, wado.

TECUMSEH CEASER  (Cultural Consultant Northeast Regions) is a Native American artist and cultural consultant. He is of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wampanoag Pokanaoket band, Montaukett, and Blackfoot descent. Born in Queens,he is a Wampum carver whose goal is to bring exposure to Northeast tribes and a contemporary artist. As a cultural consultant, native activist, and Cultural educator he currently serves as the North American Advisor for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for Indigenous Americans' rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. He has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions.  www.nativetec.biz .

TECUMSEH CEASER (Cultural Consultant Northeast Regions) is a Native American artist and cultural consultant. He is of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wampanoag Pokanaoket band, Montaukett, and Blackfoot descent. Born in Queens,he is a Wampum carver whose goal is to bring exposure to Northeast tribes and a contemporary artist. As a cultural consultant, native activist, and Cultural educator he currently serves as the North American Advisor for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for Indigenous Americans' rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. He has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions. www.nativetec.biz.

 
KATE MOORE HEANY  (Associate Director ) is a director, producer, and dramaturg committed to promoting empathy and investigating social, political, and human rights issues through theatre. Kate is a Resident Director at The Flea, Associate Artistic Producer at Noor Theatre, and a Co-Program Director for the Amoralists’ ’Wright Club. She has directed with the Civilians’ R&D Group, NYTW, The Shakespeare Society, Theatre 4the People, Fundamental Theatre Project, Director’s Gathering Jam, and more. She has worked, trained, and/or assistant directed at McCarter Theatre, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, CRY HAVOC, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Théâtre du Châtelet, and 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. BA: Yale.  katemooreheaney.com

KATE MOORE HEANY (Associate Director ) is a director, producer, and dramaturg committed to promoting empathy and investigating social, political, and human rights issues through theatre. Kate is a Resident Director at The Flea, Associate Artistic Producer at Noor Theatre, and a Co-Program Director for the Amoralists’ ’Wright Club. She has directed with the Civilians’ R&D Group, NYTW, The Shakespeare Society, Theatre 4the People, Fundamental Theatre Project, Director’s Gathering Jam, and more. She has worked, trained, and/or assistant directed at McCarter Theatre, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, CRY HAVOC, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Théâtre du Châtelet, and 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. BA: Yale. katemooreheaney.com

RYAN CHAPMAN  (Audio Technician) is an Audio Engineer based in the New York area, this is Ryan’s first tour with Crane, Earth, Sky. Prior to this he has been working at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport as the Audio 1 and Audio 2. Ryan is so excited to be working with this company and looks forward to sharing this story with all of you.

RYAN CHAPMAN (Audio Technician) is an Audio Engineer based in the New York area, this is Ryan’s first tour with Crane, Earth, Sky. Prior to this he has been working at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport as the Audio 1 and Audio 2. Ryan is so excited to be working with this company and looks forward to sharing this story with all of you.

 
 
 
MORGAN JENNESS  (Dramaturg) has worked as an educator, activist, worked in the literary office and as Associate Producer at the Public Theater, and also was an Associate Artistic Director at NYTW and LATC. Morgan has served in dramaturgical capacities at theaters and developmental situations all over the USAmerican theater for over three decades, as well as creative consultant at both the Helen Merrill and Abrams Artists agencies. Has been a guest artist with multiple educational theater programs, is currently on the faculty of Columbia, Fordham and Pace University and has been on multiple theater funding and award panels including NEA, NYSA, NEFA, the Drama Desk and Herb Alpert Award. Morgan is also a recipient of an Obie for Long Term Support of Playwrights, the prestigious LMDA Lessing Award, the first Elsa Rael VintAge Award and a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, under which they are pleased to work as a Creative Consultant for Double Edge Theater as well as several projects at LaMama. Is currently Creative Director/founder of In This Distracted Globe – a dramaturgical and management consultancy.

MORGAN JENNESS (Dramaturg) has worked as an educator, activist, worked in the literary office and as Associate Producer at the Public Theater, and also was an Associate Artistic Director at NYTW and LATC. Morgan has served in dramaturgical capacities at theaters and developmental situations all over the USAmerican theater for over three decades, as well as creative consultant at both the Helen Merrill and Abrams Artists agencies. Has been a guest artist with multiple educational theater programs, is currently on the faculty of Columbia, Fordham and Pace University and has been on multiple theater funding and award panels including NEA, NYSA, NEFA, the Drama Desk and Herb Alpert Award. Morgan is also a recipient of an Obie for Long Term Support of Playwrights, the prestigious LMDA Lessing Award, the first Elsa Rael VintAge Award and a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, under which they are pleased to work as a Creative Consultant for Double Edge Theater as well as several projects at LaMama. Is currently Creative Director/founder of In This Distracted Globe – a dramaturgical and management consultancy.

ADAM MACKS  (Production Manager) has been the line producer for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival as well as a production manager for Festival Productions, Carnegie Hall, Absolutely Live Entertainment, Lincoln Center, and Soul Station LLC. Also a lighting designer, Adam has designed lighting for over 95 operas. Recent credits include First Friday Dance Performances Series at the Frick Collection, Red Hills for EnGarde Arts, and From the Horse’s Mouth. Adam was part of the team that updated the lighting for Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party and recently consulted with the Dia Arts Foundation on Nancy Holt and Andy Warhol exhibitions.

ADAM MACKS (Production Manager) has been the line producer for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival as well as a production manager for Festival Productions, Carnegie Hall, Absolutely Live Entertainment, Lincoln Center, and Soul Station LLC. Also a lighting designer, Adam has designed lighting for over 95 operas. Recent credits include First Friday Dance Performances Series at the Frick Collection, Red Hills for EnGarde Arts, and From the Horse’s Mouth. Adam was part of the team that updated the lighting for Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party and recently consulted with the Dia Arts Foundation on Nancy Holt and Andy Warhol exhibitions.

 
HAYDEE ZELIDETH  (Assistant Costume Designer) is a New York City based costume designer. New York:  This Tree  (HERE Arts Center),  Afloat  and  Two Mile Hollow  (Women’s Project),  This is Modern Art ( NYTW Next Door Series),  Corpse Backpack  (Pipeline Theatre Company),  Medea  (Atlantic School Acting Company), and  Epic Reads Fashion Challenge  (Harper Collins). Regional work:  Pride & Prejudice  (Dorset Theatre Festival),  Skin of Our Teeth, The Merchant of Venice  (Yale School of Drama),  Imogen Says Nothing  (Yale Repertory Theatre),  Cunning Little Vixen  (Opera Theater of Yale College),  The Silent Lyre  (Elm City Consortium) and several productions at the Yale Cabaret. Film credits: include  As Shadows  (Premiere at Hamptons Film Festival) and  Pear  (Premiere at SENE Film & Music Festival). MFA Yale University.

HAYDEE ZELIDETH (Assistant Costume Designer) is a New York City based costume designer. New York: This Tree (HERE Arts Center), Afloat and Two Mile Hollow (Women’s Project), This is Modern Art (NYTW Next Door Series), Corpse Backpack (Pipeline Theatre Company), Medea (Atlantic School Acting Company), and Epic Reads Fashion Challenge (Harper Collins). Regional work: Pride & Prejudice (Dorset Theatre Festival), Skin of Our Teeth, The Merchant of Venice (Yale School of Drama), Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Theater of Yale College), The Silent Lyre (Elm City Consortium) and several productions at the Yale Cabaret. Film credits: include As Shadows (Premiere at Hamptons Film Festival) and Pear (Premiere at SENE Film & Music Festival). MFA Yale University.

EMILY ROTH  (Assistant Stage Manager) is freelance stage manager and production manager. Most recent regional credits include  Constellations  (Hudson Stage Company),  Alternating Currents  (The Working Theater),  This Girl Laughs… (Atlantic for Kids),  Polkadots the Cool Kids Musical (Atlantic for Kids), and  The View UpStairs  (Invisible Wall Productions). She is the co-author of  Stage Management Basics  (Focal Press © 2017).

EMILY ROTH (Assistant Stage Manager) is freelance stage manager and production manager. Most recent regional credits include Constellations (Hudson Stage Company), Alternating Currents (The Working Theater), This Girl Laughs…(Atlantic for Kids), Polkadots the Cool Kids Musical(Atlantic for Kids), and The View UpStairs (Invisible Wall Productions). She is the co-author of Stage Management Basics (Focal Press © 2017).


MATTHEW A. STEPHENS  (Music Director) NATIONAL TOUR:  The Sound of Music  (Associate Conductor), NEW YORK/OFF BROADWAY:  The Body Politic  (NYMF),  The Mikado  (NYGASP),  Paris Through the Window  (Abingdon). REGIONAL:  Rooms (MetroStage)  The Most Happy Fella ,  The Light In the Piazza ,  Into the Woods ,  West Side Story ,  Side By Side By Sondheim ,  Carmen  (Forth Worth Opera). UPCOMING:  My Fair Lady  in Concert with the Utah Symphony. Concert/cabaret performances with Norm Lewis, Mary Testa and opera star Deborah Voigt .  Recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Education. EDUCATION: Masters of Music, UNC School of the Arts.  www.matthewastephens.com

MATTHEW A. STEPHENS (Music Director) NATIONAL TOUR: The Sound of Music (Associate Conductor), NEW YORK/OFF BROADWAY: The Body Politic (NYMF), The Mikado (NYGASP), Paris Through the Window (Abingdon). REGIONAL: Rooms(MetroStage) The Most Happy Fella, The Light In the Piazza, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Side By Side By Sondheim, Carmen (Forth Worth Opera). UPCOMING: My Fair Lady in Concert with the Utah Symphony. Concert/cabaret performances with Norm Lewis, Mary Testa and opera star Deborah Voigt. Recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the Lincoln Center Education. EDUCATION: Masters of Music, UNC School of the Arts. www.matthewastephens.com

ANDREW THOMPSON  (Technical Director ) has been on the production side of theater for 32 years, 15 seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage, 13 seasons as Technical Director for Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 3 in Philadelphia Pa. Has designed for theater and dance over the past 15 years. Has designed sets for Walnut Street Theatre: Mainstage, Studio 3 and Walnuts Kid series  Other  credits: Spoleto Festival USA (TD/ATD) 20 seasons, 954 Dance Movement Collective/ 3 pony show- keila cordova dances (technical supervisor/ scenic design) Scenic Design/ Technical Consulting for Playhouse Productions, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival (crew chief 7 seasons), Trisha Brown Dance Company international tour (production carpenter 3 years ). Thanks to all.

ANDREW THOMPSON (Technical Director ) has been on the production side of theater for 32 years, 15 seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage, 13 seasons as Technical Director for Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 3 in Philadelphia Pa. Has designed for theater and dance over the past 15 years. Has designed sets for Walnut Street Theatre: Mainstage, Studio 3 and Walnuts Kid series Other credits: Spoleto Festival USA (TD/ATD) 20 seasons, 954 Dance Movement Collective/ 3 pony show- keila cordova dances (technical supervisor/ scenic design) Scenic Design/ Technical Consulting for Playhouse Productions, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival (crew chief 7 seasons), Trisha Brown Dance Company international tour (production carpenter 3 years ). Thanks to all.

IBEX PUPPETRY, INC

HEATHER HENSON  (Executive Producer)

HEATHER HENSON (Executive Producer)

 
G. ACQUAVIVA  (Producing Assistant) makes experiences.  📍 Brooklyn, NY

G. ACQUAVIVA (Producing Assistant) makes experiences.
📍 Brooklyn, NY

BRENNA ROSS  (Lead Producer for  Ajijaak on Turtle Island/ Associate Producer for IBEX Puppetry) has worked with various institutions focused on the developments of new works including: The 24 Hour Plays, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm and IBEX Puppetry. Recent projects include: Harmonious Migrations, Crane: on earth, in sky (IBEX Puppetry), The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (The 24 Hour Plays),  What a Young Girl Ought to Know  (Climate Nexus, Art Rising)  Journey to the Center of a Black Hole, Insomniac’s Almanac  (independent).

BRENNA ROSS (Lead Producer for Ajijaak on Turtle Island/Associate Producer for IBEX Puppetry) has worked with various institutions focused on the developments of new works including: The 24 Hour Plays, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm and IBEX Puppetry. Recent projects include: Harmonious Migrations, Crane: on earth, in sky (IBEX Puppetry), The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway (The 24 Hour Plays), What a Young Girl Ought to Know (Climate Nexus, Art Rising) Journey to the Center of a Black Hole, Insomniac’s Almanac (independent).

CARINA WAYE  (Company Manager) is an Australian actor and producer best known for co-hosting and producing the national television show “Couch Time.” Other presenting credits include “Behind the Words” on Channel 31 and the TV Week Logie Awards. As an actress, Carina received accolades for her performance as April in Company and Marilyn Monroe in Nude – a one woman show that she also co-produced. Other favorites include City of Angels, A Little Night Music and West Side Story. Carina trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and is thrilled to be joining the Ajijaak team!  www.carinawaye.com  @carinawaye

CARINA WAYE (Company Manager) is an Australian actor and producer best known for co-hosting and producing the national television show “Couch Time.” Other presenting credits include “Behind the Words” on Channel 31 and the TV Week Logie Awards. As an actress, Carina received accolades for her performance as April in Company and Marilyn Monroe in Nude – a one woman show that she also co-produced. Other favorites include City of Angels, A Little Night Music and West Side Story. Carina trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and is thrilled to be joining the Ajijaak team! www.carinawaye.com @carinawaye

UTSUKI OTSUKA  (Consulting Producer for  Ajijaak on Turtle Island ) has worked for various New York City cultural and theatrical institutions, festivals, and productions including: Jazz at Lincoln Center for its opening seasons, the Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, White Light Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Park Avenue Armory.

UTSUKI OTSUKA (Consulting Producer for Ajijaak on Turtle Island) has worked for various New York City cultural and theatrical institutions, festivals, and productions including: Jazz at Lincoln Center for its opening seasons, the Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, White Light Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Park Avenue Armory.

 
TSERING CHOEDRON  (Education Program Coordinator), aka Ciren Quzhen, of Lhasa, Tibet, has studied at the American University School of International Service. She is the Education Coordinator for IBEX Puppetry and has co-authored the following Tibetan children's books: A Little Frog and A Crow; Little Shepherd,Little Shepherd, What Are You Doing?; Lhomo Trung Trung and Dhondup.

TSERING CHOEDRON (Education Program Coordinator), aka Ciren Quzhen, of Lhasa, Tibet, has studied at the American University School of International Service. She is the Education Coordinator for IBEX Puppetry and has co-authored the following Tibetan children's books: A Little Frog and A Crow; Little Shepherd,Little Shepherd, What Are You Doing?; Lhomo Trung Trung and Dhondup.

 
 
LAUREN DOLL  (PR Consultant)

LAUREN DOLL (PR Consultant)

MEREDITH LYNSEY SCHADE  (General Manager Consultant)

MEREDITH LYNSEY SCHADE (General Manager Consultant)

FELICIA MONSANTO  (Executive Assistant)

FELICIA MONSANTO (Executive Assistant)

ANASTASIA MCALISTER  (Graphic Designer)

ANASTASIA MCALISTER (Graphic Designer)