Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, sound, installation, and theater arts. Muhr is also an educator, writer/lyricist, healer, and the creator and curator of New York's leading interdisciplinary womxn and non-binary artists performance series Women Between Arts at The New School. She is the co-founder of the performing arts company FENGARI Works, a band member of Dilate Ensemble and PlayField, a core member of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor, and part of Sarah Weaver’s NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble.
Muhr's primary focus is working with musicians in a theatrical, ritualesque setting, exploring the relationship between sonic and physical movement in space.
She was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works in New York in April 2019 and at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Estate with six-times-Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill in June 2019, with whom she is currently developing a new opera with. As part of Constellation Chor, Muhr will return to Pioneer Works for another Music Residency in 2021.
Additionally, Muhr has been commissioned to write her one-act installation-opera BABƏL (Babel) was commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum and Undercurrent Art Gallery to create a new interdisciplinary art work with co-creator Flemish artist Ada Van Hoorebeke, Stoff Stuk, was performing in Yuval Avital’s Human Grid (New York) as part of Europe’s Manifesta Biennale Art Festival, and was featured at Collar Works' virtual exhibition If You Like This, You'll Love That.
She has collaborated with artists such as Iva Bittová, Claire Chase, Daniel Carter, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sarah Hennies, Shelley Hirsch, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, Jenny Romaine, Peter Schumann, Sxip Shirey, David Torn, Sarah Weaver, John Zorn, and was part of Constellation Chor’s performance of Ashley Fure’s ‘Filament’ with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
Muhr performed at venues such as Lincoln Center (David Geffen Hall), Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, The Jewish Museum, The Stone, Park Avenue Armory, Roulette Intermedium, Judson Memorial Church, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The New School, Queenslab, Queens Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and various other experimental venues in NYC and Brooklyn.
JAMES LEAF (d. 2017)
Co-Founder/Artistic Director/Director/Performer/ Set/Lighting/Producer
James Munro Leaf was a professional actor, director, and educator.
He grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan where he had the opportunity to study Commedia dell’arte under Malcolm Tulip.
He attended Harvard University where he designed a special concentration in theatre allowing him to train under the directors and actors who comprised Robert Woodruff’s American Repertory Theatre. He acted in numerous productions in college where he also directed Cloud 9, Lysistrata, Marat/Sade, and Danton’s Death.
After graduating James worked in New Haven Connecticut as an instructor for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud program, teaching poetry for performance to public high school students across Connecticut.
James also founded The Young Mechanics Theatre Ensemble, a group dedicated to bringing politically relevant theatre to a stratified small city, and directed productions by Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee and Clifford Odets alongside new work by local playwrights. He staged the world-premiere of COCKPIT (formerly known as The Specials), written by Steve Bellwood, and worked as an actor at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.
Since coming to New York, James has continued to act and direct both classical and new work, Off and Off-Off Broadway, his most recent production being a staging of an adaptation of Chekov’s The Bear.
As a dramatic arts teacher, James had worked for four years as a guest lecturer in theatrical literature at Barnard College. He was additionally employed as a theatre instructor at University of Michigan, Amherst, Harvard University and Elm Shakespeare.
James passed away in December 2017.
Kathleen is a professional actor and director. Broadway: The Father, Fish in the Dark, Enemy of the People, A Death of a Salesman, Coram Boy, The Constant Wife, After the Fall, A Few Good Men. Off- Broadway: Gates of Gold, Mind Game, Three Travellers, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Winters Tale. Regional: Outside Mullingar (Philadelphia Theater Company), Equus (Guild Hall), Moon for the Misbegotten (McCarter), Richard III (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Beyond Therapy, Good German (Westport Playhouse, CT critics nom. Best Actress), Our Town, Sylvia, Sight Unseen, Human Events (George Street Playhouse). TV: Blacklist, House of Cards, Person of Interest, The Black Box, The Good Wife, New Amsterdam, Law and Order (original, CI and SVU), Third Watch, Pennsylvania Miners Story MOW, numerous failed pilots. FILMS: A Happy House, Morning Glory, Music and Lyrics, School of Rock, Life with Mikey, It could Happen to You. Her teaching credits include: Juilliard, Rutgers, Temple, UCSD, Cap 21, and the Actors Center. Most recently she directed, wrote, and produced PILLOW TALK about event planner Preston Bailey. Kathleen is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama. For more information visit: kathleenmcnenny.com
Born and raised in Yorkshire, England. Playwright, monologist, story-teller and poet, Steve Bellwood has produced and performed his work in London, New York City, and for the past twenty-odd years in his adopted home-state of Connecticut, where he continues to write and perform regularly.