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, and 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 seven volumes currently available on Filmstruck and she has also created the Puppet Slam Network of 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, and 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 seven volumes currently available on Filmstruck and she has also created the Puppet Slam Network of 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 The SilverCloud Singers out of New York City. 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 The SilverCloud Singers out of New York City. 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 & CHOREOGRAPHERS

  CHRISTOPHER SWADER & JUSTIN SWADER  (Scenic Designers) - Recent designs include: A  Raisin in the Sun  (Two River Theater),  Annie  (John W. Engeman Theatre),  The Hunchback  of  Notre Dame  (White Plains Performing Arts Center),  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (Speakeasy Stage Company),  The Three Musketeers  (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Past collaborations with Lincoln Center Education, Abingdon Theatre Company, 3LD, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, Luna Stage, La MaMa, Ars Nova, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan School of Music, National Black Theatre, The New School for Drama, HERE Arts Center, Shadowland Stages, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Emerson String Quartet, SpeakEasy Stage Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One. Henry Hewes Design Award nomination. Finalist in the 2017 World Stage Design Exhibition. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com

CHRISTOPHER SWADER & JUSTIN SWADER (Scenic Designers) - Recent designs include: A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theater), Annie (John W. Engeman Theatre), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (White Plains Performing Arts Center), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Speakeasy Stage Company), The Three Musketeers (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Past collaborations with Lincoln Center Education, Abingdon Theatre Company, 3LD, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, Luna Stage, La MaMa, Ars Nova, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan School of Music, National Black Theatre, The New School for Drama, HERE Arts Center, Shadowland Stages, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Emerson String Quartet, SpeakEasy Stage Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One. Henry Hewes Design Award nomination. Finalist in the 2017 World Stage Design Exhibition. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com

  KATHERINE FREER  (Projection Design) is a multimedia designer working in theatre, events, and installation. Her work is driven by the love of storytelling and belief in its power to shift reality. Frequent collaborators include Ping Chong, Liz Lerman, Tim Bond, Kamilah Forbes, and Talvin Wilks. Recent designs include  Generation NYZ  (New Victory, dir. Sara Zatz and Kirya Yvonne Traber),  The Wizard of Oz  (Syracuse Stage, dir. Donna Drake),  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  (Syracuse Stage, dir. Risa Brainin),  Detroit 67  (Chautauqua Theater Company, dir. Steve Broadnax). Katherine is a Helen Hayes nominee and an Innovative Theater Award nominee.

KATHERINE FREER (Projection Design) is a multimedia designer working in theatre, events, and installation. Her work is driven by the love of storytelling and belief in its power to shift reality. Frequent collaborators include Ping Chong, Liz Lerman, Tim Bond, Kamilah Forbes, and Talvin Wilks. Recent designs include Generation NYZ (New Victory, dir. Sara Zatz and Kirya Yvonne Traber), The Wizard of Oz (Syracuse Stage, dir. Donna Drake), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Syracuse Stage, dir. Risa Brainin), Detroit 67 (Chautauqua Theater Company, dir. Steve Broadnax). Katherine is a Helen Hayes nominee and an Innovative Theater Award nominee.

  MARIKA KENT  (Lighting Design) is a New York City-based designer. Recent/upcoming theater and dance: Generation NYZ;  Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred  (Ping Chong + Co), Piano Tales (James & Jerome),  Public Enemy  (The Pearl),  Abigail's Party  (The Barrow Group),  Now is the Time...  (Little Lord),  Black Girl Magic Show  (nicHi Douglas),  How To Hamlet ; Rhinbecca, NY;  You on the Moors Now  (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble),  No Realists Allowed  (Whitey Jacobs Dance Collective),  No Words; Box; Rainbow  (Ariel Rivka Dance). www.marikakent.co

MARIKA KENT (Lighting Design) is a New York City-based designer. Recent/upcoming theater and dance: Generation NYZ; Alaxsxa/Alaska; Beyond Sacred (Ping Chong + Co), Piano Tales (James & Jerome), Public Enemy (The Pearl), Abigail's Party (The Barrow Group), Now is the Time... (Little Lord), Black Girl Magic Show (nicHi Douglas), How To Hamlet; Rhinbecca, NY; You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), No Realists Allowed (Whitey Jacobs Dance Collective), No Words; Box; Rainbow (Ariel Rivka Dance). www.marikakent.co

  EMMA WILK  (Sound Design) is a New York City-based sound designer. Recent/favorite credits include: Must (Theatre at St Clements), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), The Waiting Game (Edinburgh Fringe), Raisin (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Crane: on earth, in sky (The Lied Center, Lincoln NE), The Refugee Plays (Crane Theater), The King Stag (The New School), Lost Voices (HERE Arts Center), Miss Oriental (Glicker-Millstein, Barnard), Big River, Gypsy and Quartet, (Sharon Playhouse, Sharon CT), Gorey (Sheen Center and HERE Arts Center), Visiting Hours (TheaterLab), The Way We Get By (American Theater Group), Loose Canon (Soho Playhouse), The Crucible (Atlantic Stage 2), Zwerge (Dixon Place), Tigers Be Still (Drilling Company). Emma was nominated for a 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award for Gorey and a 2017 IT Award for Raisin. Emmamwilk.com.

EMMA WILK (Sound Design) is a New York City-based sound designer. Recent/favorite credits include: Must (Theatre at St Clements), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), The Waiting Game (Edinburgh Fringe), Raisin (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Crane: on earth, in sky (The Lied Center, Lincoln NE), The Refugee Plays (Crane Theater), The King Stag (The New School), Lost Voices (HERE Arts Center), Miss Oriental (Glicker-Millstein, Barnard), Big River, Gypsy and Quartet, (Sharon Playhouse, Sharon CT), Gorey (Sheen Center and HERE Arts Center), Visiting Hours (TheaterLab), The Way We Get By (American Theater Group), Loose Canon (Soho Playhouse), The Crucible (Atlantic Stage 2), Zwerge (Dixon Place), Tigers Be Still (Drilling Company). Emma was nominated for a 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award for Gorey and a 2017 IT Award for Raisin. Emmamwilk.com.

  LUX HAAC  (Costume Designer) is a New York-based costume designer working in theatre, film, opera, and dance. Recent credits include:The Fairy Queen, directed by Isabel Milenski and James Smith (Hofstra University); Fall River, directed by Joe Brancato; Syncopation, directed by Thomas Caruso; and Trayf, directed by Ben Kamine (Fall 2017 season at Penguin Rep Theatre); ¡Figaro! 90210, directed by Melissa Crespo (The Duke at 42nd Street); Nibbler, directed by Ben Kamine (Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater); #TEXIT, directed by Kevin Morales (Short Film); Destiny of Desire, directed by Melissa Crespo (Garden Theatre). Additionally Lux has worked as a costume designer with The Amoralists, Amphibian Stage Productions, Juilliard School of Drama, New York University, The New School, Trinity School, Royal Family Productions, The Director’s Company, The Anthropologists, No-Win Productions, Rhymes with Opera, Next Stop Broadway, and Amerinda, among others. Lux holds an MFA from New York University and is a member of USA 829. For more information, please visit www.luxhaac.com

LUX HAAC (Costume Designer) is a New York-based costume designer working in theatre, film, opera, and dance. Recent credits include:The Fairy Queen, directed by Isabel Milenski and James Smith (Hofstra University); Fall River, directed by Joe Brancato; Syncopation, directed by Thomas Caruso; and Trayf, directed by Ben Kamine (Fall 2017 season at Penguin Rep Theatre); ¡Figaro! 90210, directed by Melissa Crespo (The Duke at 42nd Street); Nibbler, directed by Ben Kamine (Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater); #TEXIT, directed by Kevin Morales (Short Film); Destiny of Desire, directed by Melissa Crespo (Garden Theatre). Additionally Lux has worked as a costume designer with The Amoralists, Amphibian Stage Productions, Juilliard School of Drama, New York University, The New School, Trinity School, Royal Family Productions, The Director’s Company, The Anthropologists, No-Win Productions, Rhymes with Opera, Next Stop Broadway, and Amerinda, among others. Lux holds an MFA from New York University and is a member of USA 829. For more information, please visit 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  - Voted 2017 Native Trailblazer Indie Music Awards "Artist To Watch," Echota Cherokee pop artist and actor Tony Enos celebrates a decade as a singer/songwriter/producer. Enos' 2012 sophomore album "The Heat" thrust him into commercial success, with a national tour to promote the record. His 3rd studio album, 'No Place Like Home" is slated for a 2018 spring release, 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 - Voted 2017 Native Trailblazer Indie Music Awards "Artist To Watch," Echota Cherokee pop artist and actor Tony Enos celebrates a decade as a singer/songwriter/producer. Enos' 2012 sophomore album "The Heat" thrust him into commercial success, with a national tour to promote the record. His 3rd studio album, 'No Place Like Home" is slated for a 2018 spring release, 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  (Tsalag / ‘Nde / Arawaka) performed happily this year with Rachel Chavkin & The TEAM, at the NY Musical Festival, Clearwater Festival and Indigenous People’s Day in NYC. Traditional song-carrier & dancer, favourite theatre & film credits include Lady Macbeth & Paulina for Amerinda’s Indigenous Shakespeare Ensemble, the West Side Story 30th Anniversary Company, Disney’s Pocahontas, Lionsgate’s Blood Red Earth, and appearances with jazz legend Jack deJohnette, Pete Seeger, Paul Winter, Magic Circle Repertory Ensemble and her jazz sextet, Spirited. She is honored to again share about Mother Corn and represent the Pawnee Nation in song along with her own, with support from the Pawnee Tribal Council & linguists & new friend Deb EchoHawk, and to sing for the waters in this production. http://earthsinger.net http://www.thetalentexpress.com/our-signed-roster/

JOAN HENRY (Tsalag / ‘Nde / Arawaka) performed happily this year with Rachel Chavkin & The TEAM, at the NY Musical Festival, Clearwater Festival and Indigenous People’s Day in NYC. Traditional song-carrier & dancer, favourite theatre & film credits include Lady Macbeth & Paulina for Amerinda’s Indigenous Shakespeare Ensemble, the West Side Story 30th Anniversary Company, Disney’s Pocahontas, Lionsgate’s Blood Red Earth, and appearances with jazz legend Jack deJohnette, Pete Seeger, Paul Winter, Magic Circle Repertory Ensemble and her jazz sextet, Spirited. She is honored to again share about Mother Corn and represent the Pawnee Nation in song along with her own, with support from the Pawnee Tribal Council & linguists & new friend Deb EchoHawk, and to sing for the waters in this production. http://earthsinger.net http://www.thetalentexpress.com/our-signed-roster/

  WEN JENG  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 rapper. They originated the role of Sammy the Turtle Activist in  Crane: On Earth, In Sky  (2017) and are proud to reprise the role in  Ajijaak On Turtle Island.   Wen ( Team 8+ of Taiwan, Fengshen of Taiwan) has been flying kites for 9/10ths of their lifespan, performing and competing internationally across Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam. They joined their first team in 2007, co-founding iSPACE in the same year- the only indoor kite event in Taiwan- running four times a year up to present day. They placed top three in the American Kiteflier’s Association Grand Nationals every year they competed, and their performances may be found both indoors and out, rain or shine, in winds ranging from zero to moderate gales.

WEN JENG 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 rapper. They originated the role of Sammy the Turtle Activist in Crane: On Earth, In Sky (2017) and are proud to reprise the role in Ajijaak On Turtle Island.

Wen ( Team 8+ of Taiwan, Fengshen of Taiwan) has been flying kites for 9/10ths of their lifespan, performing and competing internationally across Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam. They joined their first team in 2007, co-founding iSPACE in the same year- the only indoor kite event in Taiwan- running four times a year up to present day. They placed top three in the American Kiteflier’s Association Grand Nationals every year they competed, and their performances may be found both indoors and out, rain or shine, in winds ranging from zero to moderate gales.

  ADELKA POLAK  is a puppeteer, dancer, mask-performer, and movement director who founded Sova Dance & Puppet Theater in 2013. Her work with Larry Hunt’s MASQUE Theatre traveled to Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Taiwan. She has performed at La MaMa with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Ibex Puppetry and Ty Defoe. She toured nationally and internationally with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway.”  Adelka also works throughout Connecticut as a Teaching Artist in early learning programs, public schools, and in rural landscapes with home-schooled youth to practice and create puppet & dance theater. Sova Theater advocates responsibility to humanity and the environment through arts and education. www.sovatheater.com; www.AdelkaPolak.com

ADELKA POLAK is a puppeteer, dancer, mask-performer, and movement director who founded Sova Dance & Puppet Theater in 2013. Her work with Larry Hunt’s MASQUE Theatre traveled to Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Taiwan. She has performed at La MaMa with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Ibex Puppetry and Ty Defoe. She toured nationally and internationally with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway.”

Adelka also works throughout Connecticut as a Teaching Artist in early learning programs, public schools, and in rural landscapes with home-schooled youth to practice and create puppet & dance theater. Sova Theater advocates responsibility to humanity and the environment through arts and education. www.sovatheater.com; www.AdelkaPolak.com

  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 Rebel Theatre to recruit the visionary to work his magic and co-choreograph Rebel's 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 Rebel Theatre to recruit the visionary to work his magic and co-choreograph Rebel's 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.

  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. She recently came from the production of  Don't Feed The Indians-A Divine Comedy Pageant  at La MaMa and Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival with SilverCloud Singers & Dancers. 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. She recently came from the production of Don't Feed The Indians-A Divine Comedy Pageant at La MaMa and Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival with SilverCloud Singers & Dancers. 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!”

CREW

  ADAM MACKS  (Production Manager) has been the line producer for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Adam has also been a production manager for Festival Productions, Carnegie Hall, Absolutely Live Entertainment, Lincoln Center, and Soul Station LLC. Adam is also a lighting designer, having designed the lighting for over 95 operas. His recent credits include  Dido & Aeneas plus Trouble in Tahiti  for Temple Opera Theater, the First Friday Dance Performances Series at the Frick Collection, and a booth for a major electronics manufacturer at the Consumer Electronics Show. Adam was part of the Technical Artistry team that recently updated the lighting for Judy Chicago’s  Dinner Party  at the Brooklyn Museum. Upcoming productions include Keith Jarret’s solo concert at Carnegie Hall and the latest chapter of the improvisational dance standard, From the Horse’s Mouth.

ADAM MACKS (Production Manager) has been the line producer for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Adam has also been a production manager for Festival Productions, Carnegie Hall, Absolutely Live Entertainment, Lincoln Center, and Soul Station LLC. Adam is also a lighting designer, having designed the lighting for over 95 operas. His recent credits include Dido & Aeneas plus Trouble in Tahiti for Temple Opera Theater, the First Friday Dance Performances Series at the Frick Collection, and a booth for a major electronics manufacturer at the Consumer Electronics Show. Adam was part of the Technical Artistry team that recently updated the lighting for Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum. Upcoming productions include Keith Jarret’s solo concert at Carnegie Hall and the latest chapter of the improvisational dance standard, From the Horse’s Mouth.

  LAURA KROUCH  (Production Stage Manager) Over the years, Laura’s gypsy boots have taken her to all but three states in the U.S. and across an ocean. Adventures include:  Jesus Christ Superstar  (Bristol Riverside Theatre), third national tour of John Tartaglia’s  ImaginOcean  (Gables Grove Productions), first national tour of Jim Henson’s  Dinosaur Train Buddy’s Big Adventure  (Gables Grove Production and Mills Entertainment). She is also the Co-Founder and General Manager of 4PuppetPeople. She would like to thank her family for being there for her and encouraging her gypsy antics, and to Kirk, Weston and Emily, her Apartment 4 Family. Enjoy the show!

LAURA KROUCH (Production Stage Manager) Over the years, Laura’s gypsy boots have taken her to all but three states in the U.S. and across an ocean. Adventures include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theatre), third national tour of John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean (Gables Grove Productions), first national tour of Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Buddy’s Big Adventure (Gables Grove Production and Mills Entertainment). She is also the Co-Founder and General Manager of 4PuppetPeople. She would like to thank her family for being there for her and encouraging her gypsy antics, and to Kirk, Weston and Emily, her Apartment 4 Family. Enjoy the show!

  NATHANIEL FUENTES  (Pre-Production Video Assistant & Indigenous Culture Researcher )

NATHANIEL FUENTES (Pre-Production Video Assistant & Indigenous Culture Researcher )

 
 
 

IBEX PUPPETRY, INC

  HEATHER HENSON  (Executive Producer)

HEATHER HENSON (Executive Producer)

  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).

  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.

  ANASTASIA MCALISTER  (Graphic Designer)

ANASTASIA MCALISTER (Graphic Designer)