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Lesley Dill is recognized for using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience
through sculpture, photography and performance. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Cleveland Museum of Art, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. In 2002-2003, Dill’s first museum retrospective, Lesley Dill: A Ten Year Survey, organized by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, traveled to the CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Scottsdale Center for Contemporary Art; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. Her most recent exhibition at the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY featured three new large-scale works, two measuring 20 x 65 feet, some of Dill’s largest works to date. In January 2009, the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, TN will present a 15-year survey of the artist’s work. The exhibition will travel to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, FL, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University.
In addition to her sculpture and works on paper, Dill is also known for her performance work and public projects. In 2000, the Southeastern Center for
Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem presented Lesley Dill, Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy, the artist’s first community-based project which
included a performance done in collaboration with the Emmanuel Baptist Church Spiritual Choir. Dill’s most recent performance project, I Heard a Voice, done in collaboration with Tom Morgan and the Ars Nova Singers was presented at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (Vancouver) in
2003 and included the world premier of the performance piece I Dismantle. Currently, she is working on a full-scale opera based on the poems of
Emily Dickinson, which will premiere at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA in August.
Dill was born in Bronxville, NY and grew up in Maine. After graduating from Trinity College, she completed an M.A. at Smith College and received an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute of Art. Dill has been a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts, Drawing Award in the Printmaking Category and a National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship.
Dill currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is represented by George Adams Gallery, New York and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.
Richard Marriott has been active as a composer and musician for over thirty years. He has composed extensively for film, television, dance, theater, opera, installations and video games, encompassing styles ranging from avant garde to commercial mainstream. He is founder and artistic director of the Club Foot Orchestra, the premiere ensemble for live music performance with silent film. This ensemble, originally an experimental night club act, began to perform with film in 1987 and now has a repertoire of ten feature-length scores which have been performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Smithsonian Institution, World Financial Center, Morgan Library, NuArt Theater (Santa Monica) and Castro Theater (San Francisco).
His new opera "Divide Light" was presented in August 2008 at the Montalvo Center of the Arts in California. This 80 minute work, conceived by visual artist Lesley Dill with text by Emily Dickinson, was scored for a forty voice chorus, three operatic soloists and string quartet. Another opera "godmachine" was presented at California State University Hayward in June 2002. This seventy minute opera, written for four soloists, speaker, Balinese gamelan, string trio, erhu, yangqing, electric guitar and bass, incorporated interactive electronics to allow the audience to determine some elements of the plot. "King Lan Ling" is an opera based on an ancient Chinese legend for four soloists, chorus, Chinese instruments and symphony orchestra with libretto by Xu Ying and Dong Fangfang.
Composing credits also include music for the feature film "Rising Sun" (Phil Kaufmann, director), the score for the Academy Award nominated documentary "Silver into Gold", music for the CBS series "The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat" also the score for "Legong, Dance of the Virgins" (scored for Balinese gamelan, string quartet, clarinet and trumpet). Among his silent scores which are often broadcast on television are "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", "Nosferatu" and "Sherlock Jr." (co-composer) . He has composed the scores for numerous independent films including “Love Suicide” (David Teague, director) “The Collectors” (Ian Day, director) and "Red Terror on the Amber Coast" (Ken Gumbert, director).
He has composed six evening-length productions for California choreographer Della Davidson since 1991 and most recently collaborated and performed with New York choreographers Yoshiko Chuma ("Page Out of Order") and Yin Mei ("City of Paper"). Works for theater include "Encarnation" (2002) with shadow puppet master Larry Reed, "Happy Hour Becomes Electra" (1991) and “University of Alaska” (2004), both musical theater collaborations with Los Angeles based Overtone Theater, and music for three California Shakespeare Company productions. He was employed as a staff composer for Atari Games (1992-1997) and composed for Leapfrog Toys (1996-2004).
He is a performing musician specializing in wind instruments, especially trombone and Balinese suling. He has performed with the Residents, Snakefinger, Violent Femmes, Kenny Wollesen, the Brazilian Girls, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Gamelan Dharma Swara, in addition to his shows with Club Foot Orchestra.
His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Music Fund, American Music Center and Meet the Composer. His teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Dominick Argento, Paul Fetler, Eric Stokes, Ali Akbar Khan, Masayuki Koga and Serge Tchrepnin.
Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of The Choral Project, a mixed-voice chamber ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary. Under his direction The Choral Project has begun to receive international recognition, receiving top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. The ensemble has performed in concert tours to standing ovation crowds in Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland and Wales, as well as music conventions for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the California Music Educators Association (CMEA). In 2002, The Choral Project was invited to represent the State of California at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, as part of the California State Day Celebration Service. They have recorded six compact discs available through the Clarion label. Additionally, Mr. Hughes serves as the Artistic Director of the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, an acclaimed organization committed to inspiring our diverse community through musical excellence and collective pride.
Hughes has directed sessions in Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting Technique for ACDA, CMEA and GALA Choruses, and been a regular adjudicator the California Golden State Choral Competitions. He has conducted honor choirs throughout the west coast. Recent musical collaborations include ventures with Barbara Day Turner (San José Chamber Orchestra), international performances with well-known ensembles such as Costa Rica’s Café Chorale, and creative work with award-winning Broadway composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Hughes began studying piano and composition at the age of four. He has extensive training in piano and voice, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Conducting from San José State University. His awards include: 1st place in the Conductor’s Choice Round at the 2007 California International Choral Competition; 2nd place in the Required Pieces Round at the 2007 California International Choral Competition; 3rd place in the Folk Category at the 2007 California International Choral Competition; 2nd place in the Mixed Choir competition at the 58th annual International Eisteddfod; 4th place in the 35th International Choral Competition in Gorizia, Italy; the second place award in the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition; the Christina Cadena Memorial Accompanying Scholarship; and the California Arts Scholar Awards for piano and composition.
Hughes recently served three terms as the Repertoire & Standards Chair for Community Choirs for the Western Division of the ACDA, and is currently serving as Bay Area Representative for the California ACDA Board. He is an accomplished composer & arranger, and has his own choral series through Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Mr. Hughes’s biography is featured in the 62nd edition of Who’s Who in America.
Della Davidson has been Principal
Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Della Davidson Dance Theater for over 20 years, and is the
creator of some 40 choreographic and theatrical works that have been
commissioned and performed by companies in California, New York, London and
throughout the world. Currently, Davidson is a Professor of Dance and Physical
Theater at UC Davis, and Artistic Director of Sideshow Physical Theater, the resident professional company of
the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Davidson was named a Chancellor’s
Fellow at UC Davis in 2003 for her contributions to the profession, and she has
been the recipient of numerous other grants and awards, including an Isadora
Duncan Award (Izzy) for Choreography; a Bonnie Bird North American
Choreographer’s Award; two residencies at the Sundance Institute; a Gerbode Fellowship; a Rockefeller
Multi-Arts Production Grant; an
Irvine Foundation Creation to Performance Grant; and many years of National
Endowment for the Arts support.
Davidson’s critically acclaimed Night
Story, which is based on the short story Wicked Girl by Isabel Allende, was filmed and broadcast on public
television, and won an international CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Award in
1996. Her most recent work Collapse (suddenly falling down), produced by
the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in 2007, is a multi-disciplinary
work for 3 actors and 6 dancers that was inspired by the book by Jared Diamond
and combines original text, movement, and music with 3D images, motion capture
technology, and videography. Davidson’s highly popular 1982 work, The P.M.
Dream, based on the poems of Anne Sexton, will be revived for the fourth
time and performed by the Sacramento Theatre Company in September 2008.
Andrew Eisenmann began his singing career by taking the advice of an eighth grade student in Cottonwood, Calif., in 1990. By 1991, he was introduced to one of his mentors, 25 year-old Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano soloist Irene Dalis, and was invited to become a member of the exciting Opera San José Artist in Residence Program. After two seasons, he was awarded a principal residency and performed 15 leading operatic roles for San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area audiences. In 1997, Andrew performed the world premiere song cycle of Craig Bohmler’s Why I Like Movies (later adding orchestration and changing the name to Cinema Song), which was written for him.
Since leaving Opera San José, Eisenmann appeared as Count di Luna in Verdi’s Il trovatore with West Bay Opera, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Apollo Opera, and Falke in Die Fledermaus for Santa Barbara Grand Opera (with performances at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Calif.) in the 1997 - 1998 season.
In 1998 - 1999, he made company debuts with Opera Memphis (Schaunard in La Bohème), and the Baltimore Opera (Eugene Oñegin and Giordano’s Andre Chénier). In 1999, Eisenmann debuted as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall in Fauré’s Requiem at The Kennedy Center in Vaughn-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and at the Prague Music Festival (Mozart's Requiem).
In 2000, his debuts included Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles) with Cleveland Opera and Bach’s Mass in G Major and Cantata No. 214 with the Washington Bach Consort, Count Almaviva for Anchorage Opera, and in the fall of 2000, Eisenmann returned to Opera San José to appear in the title role of Eugene Oñegin. In 2002 he sang Count Almaviva for Cleveland Opera and Count Monterrone for Sacramento Opera, and embarked on another trip to Prague to sing the Mozart Requiem.
Also in 2000, Eisenmann returned to his first love of teaching, working with the San Jose Unified School District and was named the No. 1 Hero of the Arts by the San Jose Mercury News (December 2002).
During the 2004 - 2005 season, Eisenmann’s engagements included a performance with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in Craig Bohmler's newly orchestrated, Cinema Song. Other engagements included his manipulating portrayal or Dr. Falke with Mississippi Opera and Belcore with Anchorage Opera.
Today, Eisenmann can be found teaching rudimentary vocal music to middle school students for the Palm Springs Unified School District, or working on the development and production of OPERASSEMBLIES! (June 2008 was the highly acclaimed third season) for the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert’s free in-school outreach program. Most recently, he has been heard singing recitals for the AIDS Assistance Program and Palm Springs Opera Guild, as well as the world premiere cantata, The Spirit of the Desert, by Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler (May 2008). Upcoming engagements include, Divide Light a world-premiere opera by Lesley Dill and Richard Marriott (www.dividelight.com -- August 2008).
Andrew is also an active community member, serving for 18 months as Cathedral City, California Public Arts Commissioner, co-producing Cathedral City LIVEARTS! Public Performance Series.
Soprano Jennifer Goltz specializes in the performance of new music and fin de siècle art song. Her 10-year affiliation with the ensemble Brave New Works has yielded performances across the country of such works as Leslie Bassett's Pierrot Songs, William Bolcom's Briefly It Enters, George Crumb's Madrigals, Bright Sheng's Three Chinese Love Songs, and Alberto Ginastera's Cantata para America Magica, as well as the premieres of Andrew Mead's Let the Air Circulate and Far Cry, Carter Pann's Women, and Sea Changes by Forrest Pierce. In 1999, she performed Luciano Berio's Circles with Klangforum Wien at the Salzburg Music Festival, at the invitation of the composer. In recent years, Goltz has become known for her sensitive and elegant Mozart interpretations, including appearances as soprano soloist for the Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass, and Requiem at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria and Stephansdom in Vienna. She can be heard on Evan Chambers' Cold Water, Dry Stone (Albany) and Logan Skelton's An American Circus (Centaur). In 2007 she released a recording of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire with the Los Angeles-based ensemble inauthentica on MSR Classics. Goltz holds Master's degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Theory and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Moss has been recognized as a singer with a “great voice and
projection, and a dramatic ability seldom seen on the opera stage.” (San
Francisco Classical Voice)
2008 Moss has appeared as Judith in Berkeley Opera’s Bluebeard’s Castle,
Mrs. Grose in San Francisco Lyric Opera’s production of The Turn of
the Screw, and as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera San Jose.
recent credits include: Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera San Jose; Polina
in Pique Dame with West Bay Opera;
Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte; Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia and
Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with San
Francisco Lyric Opera; Cherubino in Le
Nozze di Figaro and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Cinnabar Opera; Mad Margaret in Ruddygore and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance with The Lamplighters; Boulotte
in Bluebeard and Maddalena in Rigoletto with Pocket Opera; Hansel in Hansel
and Gretel with Opera a la Carte and she covered the role of Anna Hope in The Mother of Us All with San Francisco
concert stage, Moss appeared most recently as the Angel in The Dream of
Gerontius with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra. She has performed
as a soloist in the Messiah with the Stockton Symphony and as a featured
soloist in the San Francisco Earthquake Centennial Concert, broadcast live on
National Public Radio.
In 2009 Moss
will sing the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così
fan tutte & Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
equally at home on the musical theater stage and has performed with such
companies as American Musical Theater of San Jose, TheatreWorks of Palo Alto,
and Sacramento's Music Circus.
Isabella Marriott is a third year voice student at Brooklyn College. She studies with Monica Harte and performs in Brooklyn College's Opera Theater program under the direction of Richard Barrett. Previously, she studied voice with Janet Campbell and Muriel Brown, and piano with Paul Fink.
Del Sol String Quartet
Del Sol String Quartet is known for introducing new work from prominent
and emerging composers, collaborating with other musicians across cultures and
genres, as well as presenting a Bay Area season concert series. The group is a two-time winner of The Chamber Music
America/ASCAP Prize for Adventurous Programming and stands out as a group of
pure invention. In 2008 the group premiered Spiral X: In Memoriam (for amplified
string quartet) by Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Chinary Ung. As a result
of this performance at the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C., the quartet has been invited to play at
the Palaces of St. Petersburg Music Festival, to be held in Russia in June
2009, and will premiere a multimedia version of composer Michael Harrison’s
Revelation (Best of Recordings 2007: New
York Times, Boston Globe and Time-Out New York) at the Other Minds
Festival in 2009. Other Minds Recordings has recently produced their new Ring of Fire CD to be released in August
Introduced in 1992, the quartet began in residence at the Banff Centre
for the Arts, followed by a residency at San Francisco State
University in association
with the Alexander String Quartet. Other appointments have included the 2003
Emerging Quartets and Composers Residency with the Muir String Quartet and Joan Tower
in Park City, Utah;
Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas
(2004-05); and quartet-in-residence at University of New Mexico.
The Choral Project
The Choral Project has developed an outstanding reputation
for performing high-level choral literature and bridging the gap between text
and music, singer and spectator. Under the direction of Daniel Hughes, the
award-winning ensemble has performed throughout the world in concert
performances, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. The San Jose Mercury News hailed the choir
as “a Bay Area jewel,” stating that “there is nothing subtle about why this is
one of the best choirs you will ever hear.” The Choral Project has received
awards in some of the world’s most cherished choral festivals, including first
place (Choir's Choice category), second place (Required Pieces category), and
third place (Folk Music category) at the 2007 California International Choral
Competition; and second place (Mixed Choir) at the 58th annual International
Eisteddfod in Wales, where they were described by the international panel of
judges as a "tour de force." Committed to a vision of “healing our
world through music and words,” The Choral Project’s philosophy of how words
and music can transform mankind is a perfect marriage with the artistic mission
of Divide Light.
Jorge Luis Morejón’s artistic versatility has been nourished by two decades of theatre, opera, dance and performance art experiences.
He has participated in over forty seven performances with Prometeo Theatre, Telemundo, Creation Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Miami,
Greater Miami Opera and his own company Thelos Theater. Most notably, he has appeared in THE MAIDS and SLEEPLEESS CITY.
As he performs in DIVIDE LIGHT: A New Opera, he prepares for the opening of THE TEN PM DREAM with Side Show Physical Theatre.
He is pursuing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Davis.
Sara Gifford began performing in dance and theatrical productions at the age of 15 and received a B.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sonoma State University. She then performed as principal dancer for the Christopher Beck Dance Theater Company for 5 years. Ms. Gifford also performed in myriad dance and theater productions both as collaborator and performer throughout the Bay Area. After having children (Isabella and Angelina Marriott) she took a leave of absence from the stage, only returning to dance samba in San Francisco’s Carnival Parade. In 2004 Ms. Gifford received a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies. She currently runs a dance group for young women with special needs and abilities.
Angelina Marriott followed in the footsteps of both of her parents in her love of the arts. She practiced violin for six years before deciding to focus most of her energy into dance. She studied ballet with Western Ballet School and Voleé Dance for many years and performed in several productions such as *Coppelia* and *Carnival of the Animals*, and dancing solos in* The Nutcracker*for multiple years*. *Marriott moved on to explore different types of dance such as bellydance and Latin dances. She has also taken part in many productions with the Children's Theatre and through her school's theatre department. She helped with a special education choir and now assists in a dance class for special education girls in Palo Alto. Marriott will attend Palo Alto High School as a senior in the fall.
Video Executive Producer
Ed Robbins is a multi-award
winning Director-Writer-Producer and videographer with 20 years
experience. He has directed/written and often filmed numerous
national and international documentaries from culture to science to
public affairs. He has worked across America and in countries that
include Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Iraq, India, Nigeria, Pakistan
Awards include: BANFF
Special Jury Award; multiple CINE Golden Eagles; Emmy Award; Emmy
Citation; GLAAD Award, INPUT99 selection; GRACIE Award; Houston
Int'l Film Festival Bronze and Gold Medals; Int'l Film & Video
Festival Cert. for Excellence; 1st Place NY Int'l Film Festival;
ACT Award for Children's TV; CINDY Silver Medal; Best of Year Media
& Methods; Ace Award Nominee; Foundation Award for Excellence.
Benjamin Schellpfeffer trained as an actor at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing(BFA 2004) before pursuing Photography, Video and Related media at the School of Visual Arts (MFA 2008). His interest in performative space provides complement to his practice as an experimental filmmaker. Working throughout the world, he has been exploring the way identities are shaped and transformed across national, cultural, linguistic, and intimate borders.
Laura Oxendine is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on digital video, motion graphics, and typography. She is especially drawn to the interaction of ephemeral media and tangible objects, and this interest is evident through her series of artist books that repurpose video stills and voiceover text. Oxendine recently screened at Up-and-Coming International Film Festival in Hannover, Germany. Oxendine is also a member of MPG: Mobile Performance group. MPG is an artist collective using custom software to create real-time video and audio performances outside the bounds of traditional venues. MPG has performed at ISEA 2006 in San Jose, ProvFlux in Providence, and Full Load in Miami. Oxendine recently received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Naho Taruishi lives and works in New York. Her single-channel videos and installations have been shown at Exit Art, Dumbo Arts Center, Visual Arts Gallery, P.C.O.G Gallery, Ise Cultural Foundation, Artists Space and Brooklyn Artists Gym in New York. Taruishi also has participated in numerous international film/video art festivals at Goethe-Institut, Park Tower Hall, Yokohama Museum of Art, Aichi Arts Center and Fukuoka City Public Library in Japan, Forest City Gallery in Canada, Matadero Madrid in Spain, and art channel in France. Her collaborative video works with several Tokyo-based video artists have been collected by The Video Art Foundation and the Video Dictionary in UK and Spain. Taruishi has been awarded the Honor Award in Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Special Departmental Award from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Peter is Director of Software at Livid and manages all software
programming, design, and production. After years of audio manipulation,
Peter started to dive into the world of real-time video manipulation in
1999 when he designed a four screen video sampler for San Francisco's
Recombinant Media Labs to be used in that year's Ars Electronica
performance showcase. He has continued to create real-time interactive
software for audio and video manipulation, and has independently
produced a number of programs prior to working with Livid, including of
the first hybrid DJ/VJ software called Yowstar. He has also assisted in
a number of custom softwares, installations, and performances for a
number of artists, including Mix Master Mike, Ikue Mori, Thomas Dolby,
DJ Sasha, and Bob Ostertag. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a
degree in Applied Mathematics and has continued to apply them in code,
performance, and daily life.
Jay Smith is the Founder of Livid, a real-time video performance company. As an innovator in interactive video performance, Smith has performed and exhibited in thousands concerts, festivals, galleries, and events worldwide, paving the way for new medium of live video mixing. He introduced the world’s first video instrument the Viditar, (video guitar) which he performs as part of the rock band Sinch, and was dubbed the Viditar God by Wired Magazine. The Viditar is the original instrument that sparked the concepts behind Livid’s hardware and software line. Smith has designed and produced tours for a number of artists including; Juanes, Chayanne, Hilary Duff, Ja Rule, MTV, and the Source Awards. Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and teaches part time in the Multimedia Department at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia
Having graduated from Wittenberg University in Ohio with a
degree in theatre and sociology, Bob Bones began his professional theatre
career 27 years ago as a carpenter in the scene shop at the Alley Theatre in
Houston. His next, most extended career was as an Equity stage manager. Bones
has stage managed over 100 productions with American Musical Theatre of San
Jose, Sacramento Music Circus, 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle,
Theatre Under the Stars in Houston and several national tours. He then made a
change three years ago when asked to take over as Director of Production at
American Musical Theatre. Bones has also taught stage management at San Jose
State University and Foothill College and is a contributing writer for the
book, “Stage Management,” by Lawrence Stern.
Sylvie Vray-Ent has been designing lights for over 15 years
locally, nationally and internationally (France, Germany, Australia). She has designed lights for opera, dance, theatre, music and
mixed media productions. Vray-Ent's lighting design credits include numerous
productions for UCSC Opera, Santa Cruz Ballet company, Watsonville Taiko, Tandy
Beal Dance Company, Montalvo Arts Center Garden Theater Music Productions, Interkunst multimedia
production in Germany, and Ritual II multimedia productions in America and
Sound Engineer - Recording
Arman Christoff Boyles career as a Recording Engineer started in 1991
with a seven year stint in the Los Angeles music, television and film
industries. The classical recordings he made as Chief Engineer at the
Aspen Music Festival have been heard on NPR Performance today, WGBH
Boston and WFMT Chicago. In 1998 he moved to Aspen, CO full time
where he started Flickertista Productions producing sketch comedy TV,
Radio Theater, CDs and award winning short films. His work in
theatrical sound includes HBO Comedy Festival and sound design work
on over twenty musicals and plays. As a composer and musician he has
scored for TV, short films, and has just completed his fourth album
with the progressive rock band Product. In 2002 Arman moved
operations to Aptos, CA where he continues providing professional
audio for the arts.
Costume Production Manager
Howie is a theatrical costumer, star dresser and wardrobe supervisor, whose job
as touring wardrobe supervisor for dance companies and rock ‘n roll shows have
taken her to almost every state in the continental U.S. and several major
cities in Canada. She has also plied her skills as a wardrobe supervisor on two
off-Broadway shows in NYC, as well as in Nashville, TN, for the Radio City
Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular show. Other memorable jobs include spending
several summers in the Berkshires as costume designer assistant and wardrobe
supervisor at Barrington Stage Company, and working as a stitcher on the Contact, Oklahoma!, Doctor Dolittle and Irving Berlin’s White
Christmas national tours. Howie has worked alternately for San Jose
Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the last two years, and
this fall will find her happily beginning a permanent position as Wardrobe
Assistant and Wig Supervisor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the 2008-09
season. Howie holds degrees in Psychology and English from Appalachian State
University in Boone, North Carolina, and is proud to call Charlotte, NC her hometown.