Lisa Barcy is an animator and artist whose films have screened internationally at festivals such as Slamdance and The Ottawa International Animation Festival. She’s been awarded the Director’s Citation three times at The Black Maria Film Festival, and Best Animation at both the Chicago Underground and Ann Arbor Film Festival. She’s also directed and animated the Anonanimal music video for Andrew Bird. Before she began teaching on a full-time basis she created animation and puppets for Chicago-based theater and dance companies such as Redmoon Theater and The Seldoms. When not animating she is usually creating collages, artist’s books and anything else she can do to keep her hands dirty and covered in glue. She teaches animation at DePaul University.
Lighting Design / Technical Direction
Julie E. Ballard is a professional lighting designer and theatrical technician. Ms. Ballard is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts, specializing in lighting and sound, at Illinois Wesleyan University. She was previously the Stage Manager and Properties Master for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Additionally, Ms. Ballard is the owner/operator of OverlapLighting, a freelance production company specializing in production/stage management, lighting design and photography. She was the Lighting Director at the Dance Center of Columbia College for nearly 8 years. She has freelanced for two decades, touring regionally, nationally and internationally with Hubbard Street, Pilobolus, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and David Dorfman Dance, among others. Ms. Ballard holds degrees in Theater (BA, 1999) and Lighting Design (MFA, 2004) from Kent State University and the University of Florida, respectively. www.overlaplighting.com
Text / Direction
Seth Bockley is a playwright and theater director specializing in literary adaptation, design-driven production, and new play development. As a writer his works include Tabletop Tragedies, Gilgamesh & Enkidu, Charisma! with Minneapolis rock band Greycoats, Rip Van Winkle; or, Cut The Old Moon Into Stars, the first commission by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring NY, 2666 (adapted with Robert Falls from the novel by Roberto Bolaño, Goodman Theater), CRISPR Kids, Laika’s Coffin, Journey For The Sun, Wilderness, February House (with Gabriel Kahane, The Public Theater, NYC), and adaptations from stories by George Saunders: Jon and CommComm, plus the “Cool Dads of America” sketch from A Prairie Home Companion. Directing credits include Gilgamesh & Enkidu; the multimedia documentary theater works Wilderness and Basetrack Live with En Garde Arts (Abrons Arts Center, NYC), Lauren Yee’s Samsara and Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens, Chicago). He teaches at the University of Chicago. www.sethbockley.com
Bob Faust is the principal and creative director for Faust, a cultural branding and communications studio whose work straddles the line between art and design. His collaborative and non-secular approach to his work results in functionally expressive visual experiences that inspire and instigate. He has been recognized as a design leader nationally and internationally and has received many awards from publications and institutions such as Communication Arts, Print and How magazines, the Society of Typographic Arts and the London Creative Competition. He also is the studio/special projects director for Nick Cave’s studio practice and currently serves on the Appleton Coated Design Council as well as the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Committee. faustltd.com
Composition / Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel is a composer/designer/dj based in NYC and Chicago, but living at the intersection of classical music, jazz, electronica, and sound design. His previous dance collaborations include The Seldoms, Lucky Plush, The MCA Chicago, The Nexus Project, and The Inconvenience. Other recent projects include theatrical designs and compositions for Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Goodman Theatre, The New Victory, BAM, Chicago Shakespeare, The Old Globe Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Victory Gardens, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, and Albany Theatre Project. As a DJ, he has been exploring and blending genres for the dance floors and cerebral playgrounds since 1997. He has received eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for Sound Design and Composition, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Drama Desk Nominations, an AfterDark Award for a New Original Musical and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. www.mikhailfiksel.com
Musician & composer Bob Garrett is currently a sub for the Chicago version of ‘HAMILTON’, creates and performs as ESCP, an electronic music duo, co-created with violinist/composer Chihsuan Yang, and writes for film and commercial (garrettsoundart.com). Bob composed and performed the percussion book for the world premiere of Sting’s ‘LAST SHIP’; toured with the national tour of ‘THE LION KING’ for 4 years; performed in house band for Alan Parsons studio lecture series; co-created (with Ronnie Malley) the score for ‘A Disappearing Number’, a Timeline Theatre production; toured and/or performed with Glen Hansard at Lollapalooza, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Victory Garden with director Gary Griffin; S.V. Balakrishna, Trinity Irish Dancers, John Elmquist and Hard Art Group, Redmoon Theatre, produced, plus accompanied and/or composed for dance companies/choreographers including The Seldoms, Randy Duncan, Alvin Ailey Dance, Urban Bush Woman, Joe Goode, Bill T Jones, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Ishti dance company. Bob co-founded, with Nadine Lollino, Posterchild Art, a multi-disciplinary art company based in Chicago’s art district. They’ve performed across the U.S. as well as Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Jeff Hancock, MFA, performs, teaches, choreographs and designs movement and clothing that moves all over the US and abroad. Since 1990, dancing for River North, Hubbard Street, Same Planet Different World and others, his dance and design life collided, supported and informed each other, and shaped his path as a teaching artist. Curiosity about the semiotics of movement and clothing and their mutual influence has fueled his long history of research and exploration. Recent performance collaborations : “EX/BODY” with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, "Sword-fighting and Other Things to Do With Your Manhood", "Volledig" with Rob Welcher, "And We Shall Be Rid of Them", "Of Whales, Time and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me" with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak. Recent solo work: "Verge: at the gilded edge of loss..." Hollins University,“Verge: the edge of chaos and becoming” Northwestern University. Recent design: Khecari dance - Marginalia, Qudus Onikeku – Iyami, Peter Carpenter – When Bodies Ring, Margi Cole – Surfacing, Wini Haun – This Is (Not) My Body.
Liviu Pasare has a Chicago-based practice creating works and visual experiences using new media and technology. He works as a video designer, cinematographer, editor, and animator, and has produced, directed and performed for live multimedia experiences. He has been affiliated with theaters and artists such as Luftwerk, Collaboraction, Redmoon, Manual Cinema, Victory Gardens, Blue Man Group, Lucky Plush, Claudia Hart, Maria Marshall, Takao Kawaguchi. He has worked with The Seldoms on Power Goes, RockCitizen, The Making, and Floe.
Maria Pinto is a graduate of Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and attended New York’s Parson’s School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Soon after graduation, Pinto landed a coveted position working for legendary designer Geoffrey Beene. It was while working with Beene that Pinto learned the importance of ‘paying attention to detail’, the techniques of draping, and the art of editing. Pinto’s collections have been featured in major fashion publications, including Vogue, WWD, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle. She has received many prestigious design and fashion accolades throughout her career, including the opportunity to design costumes for the Joffrey Ballet, the Best of Fashion Award, Chicago Magazine (2000), and the Gold Coast Fashion Award, previously awarded to Anne Klein, Donna Karan and Bill Blass (1998). In 2009, Pinto was honored by the Anti-Defamation League as the recipient of their Women of Achievement Award, and the School of The Art Institute’s Legend of Fashion Award. In 2013, she launched M2057, her successful ready-to-wear collection. m2057.com