Artists & Projects Directory
Okwui Okpokwasili recently teamed up again with Peter Born for the first iteration of Bronx Gothic, a new solo work that premiered in the Parallels series at Danspace. She has performed various roles in multiple productions, including Leda in Sounding at HERE Arts Center; Goneril in Young Jean Lee Theater Company's LEAR at Soho Rep; Joan in Joan Dark, a co-production of the Goodman Theater and the Linz 09 European Culture Capital. With the early support of 651Arts and FUSED, Okpokwasili premiered the 2010 Bessie Award winning Pent-Up: a revenge dance at PS 122, made in collaboration with and directed by Peter Born. She recently completed a tour of Ralph Lemon's latest piece, How Can You Stay In The House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? and together, she and Lemon were a featured duet at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. For her performance in the third installation of Ralph Lemon's Geography Trilogy, Come Home, Charley Patton, she received a 2005 Bessie Award for Performance. Okpokwasili has worked with Annie Dorsen, Richard Foreman, Josh Fox, Melanie Joseph, Richard Maxwell, and Dean Moss.
Eric Ting (Director)
Eric Ting is Associate Artistic Director at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Recent directing credits include world premieres of Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... (Victory Gardens Chicago) and Aditi Kapil's Agnes Under the Big Top at Long Wharf; Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy (American Repertory Theatre); and Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment... (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Other credits include: world premiere adaptations of Macbeth and Hemingway's The Old Man and The Sea, both at Long Wharf. Recent developmental workshops include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate (Vineyard Arts Project), Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's A Soldier's Tale (Marin Theatre), as well as workshops and readings at ACT, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep, the LARK, the Vineyard Theatre and the Public Theater among others. Ting's work has been presented internationally, including France, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bali. He has taught acting, directing, mask, and puppetry in various workshops across the country; and is a founding member of the artists' collective INTELLIGENT BEASTS. Awards and grants include a 2012 MAP Fund Award and a TCG New Generations Future Leaders fellowship, as well as the Jerome & Roslyn Milstein Meyer Career Development Prize.
Omar Sosa (Soundscape Composer)
Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today. He fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound - all with a Latin jazz heart. Omar Sosa's musical trajectory has taken him from Camagüey and Havana to touring in Angola, the Congo, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua in the 1980s; to a sojourn in Ecuador in the early 1990s; to an extended presence on the San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz scene; to his current engagement with artists from France, Cuba, Brazil, and several North, West, and East African nations. Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC in 2003 for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States. He has received six GRAMMY nominations, as well as two nominations from the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards, in 2004 and 2006. In 2003 he received the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalists Association in NYC for his recording Sentir; and a nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for Latin Jazz Album of the Year in 2005 for his recording Mulatos, featuring Paquito D'Rivera. Omar Sosa has received orchestral commissions from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Oakland East Bay Symphony; the city of Girona, Spain and the Festival de Músicas Religiosas y del Mundo de Girona; and from the Barcelona Jazz Festival to present a tribute to Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue recording, featuring Afro-Cuban interpretations of the seminal Davis work on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Olivier Clausse (Lighting and Visual Designer)
Olivier Clausse lives in Le Mans, France. Clausse's career in lighting started in the cinema where he worked on feature-films with Philippe de Broca, Jacques Audiard, Philippe Harel, Pierre Salvadori, Raul Ruiz, Olivier Marchal, among others. In 1996 he collaborated with the performing artist Stefan Fortin, for El Amor Es Ciego and in 1999 with Abdel Baybay for Au Hasard des Oiseaux. From 1999 to 2001 he was the resident lighting engineer/designer of the Tapis Franc Company (street arts) and is currently the lighting engineer/designer for Têtes d'Atmosphere. In 2001, Clausse founded Baltringos- a collective of builders and plastic artists. Since 2005, he has worked with choreographer and performer, Florence Loison and her company, Zutano Bazar, as a videographer and lighting designer.
Lucas Indelicato (Sound Designer) is a New York City based sound engineer with mixing credits including: the 2012 production of One Man Two Guvnors; the 2008 revival of West Side Story; the national tour of John Doyle's 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd; and the national tour of Chicago the Musical. Though he has enjoyed working on these theatrical projects he most appreciates the opportunity to work with great artists like Nora and Okwui. He would like to thank MAPP for bringing him aboard for Miriam. Indelicato has also designed sound for MAPP artists Sekou Sundiata and Ralph Lemon. Further mix credits include work with Meredith Monk and Sequentia.
Naoko Nagata (Costume Designer)
Naoko Nagata started her career as a biochemist in Japan. Her evolution into costume making is a long story. With literally no formal training, Nagata's first costume was created for Jeanine Durning in 1998. From that moment, she has been creating for a diverse group of choreographers and dancers non-stop. She has collaborated with Amanda Loulaki, Bebe Miller, Carrie Ahern, David Dorfman Dance, Doug Elkins, David Neumann, Ellis Wood, Gina Gibney, Liz Lerman, Nina Winthrop, Nora Chipaumire, Reggie Wilson, Tiffany Mills, Urban Bush Women, Zvi Gotheiner and many, many others. Working closely with collaborators, Naoko helps bring to life what she herself calls, "the creation of a shared dream." Nagata's work has been seen on both international and national mainstages including: The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C. ); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA ); Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, FL); PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Il); Royce Hall UCLA Theater(Los Angeles, CA); Walker Art Center(Minneapolis, MN); Dance Theater Workshop (New York, NY), Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York, NY); Danspace Project (New York, NY); Joyce theater (New York, NY); Dance New Amsterdam (New York, NY); and Joyce SoHo (New York, NY).