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ARTISTS

LUISA MUHR

Co-Founder/Artistic Director/Director/

Performer/Costumes/Design/Producer/Casting Director

Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, director, theater maker, and installation artist, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde.

As a performer she works as a movement and theater artist, vocalist, improvisor, and performance artist.

Muhr is also the creator and curator of New York's leading interdisciplinary womxn/non-binary artists series Women Between Arts at The New School (Mannes School of Music) and the co-founder/artistic director of the performing arts company FENGARI Works. 

Luisa has collaborated with artists such as Claire Chase, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sarah Hennies, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, John Zorn, and, as one of their core members, she was part of Constellation Chor’s performance of Ashley Fure’s Filament with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Additionally she performed at venues such as Pioneer Works, The Kitchen, The Jewish Museum, The Stone, Park Avenue Armory, Judson Memorial Church, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The New School, the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and various other experimental venues in New York and abroad.

She was an Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works in April 2019.



Muhr's primary focus is working with musicians in a theatrical setting, exploring the relationship between sonic and physical movement.

www.luisamuhr.com

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.

DIRECTOR

KATHLEEN MCNENNY

(Dolores)
 

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 WatchPennsylvania 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

PERFORMERS

PLAYWRIGHT

STEVE BELLWOOD

(Albright/COCKPIT)

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.

STAGE MANAGERS

TAMAR LOPEZ

(Dolores)

LAURA MALSEED

(Albright/COCKPIT)

DIALECT COACH

JULIA LENARDON

(Dolores)

SET DESIGNER

NATALIA VIKHLIAEVA

(Dolores)

PRODUCERS

MARK GOLDMAN

(Albright/The Wedding of the Waters)

WILLIAM HAND

(COCKPIT)

MUSIC and MUSIC LISCENSING EXPERT

IRWIN CHUSID