(Co-Founder, Artistic Director)
Caden Manson is a performance maker, curator (Contemporary Performance Network and Special Effects Festival), and educator. Through the company Big Art Group, their performance work creates radical queer narrative structures and embodiments to construct and aid transitory generative critical space for participants and audience. Their work is dense, fast, multi-layered, and traverses multiple genres and forms, often using interference, slippage, and disruption strategies. Manson’s work has been presented throughout 14 countries and over 50 cities in Europe, Asia, and North America. Their work has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, Pew Fellow, and a MacDowell Fellow. Their writing, with Jemma Nelson, can be found in the publications PAJ, Theater Magazine, Theater der Zeit, and Theater Journal. Manson is the Director of The Theatre Program at Sarah Lawrence College, BA, MFA.
(Co-Founder, Executive Director)
Jemma Nelson is co-founding member of Big Art Group; has written and composed SOS, The People, Cinema Fury series, Dead Set#2 and #3, House of No More, Empty Island, Flicker, and Shelf Life, and has published articles about contemporary performance. Jemma Nelson received a 2009 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
(Flicker, House of No More, Dead Set #2 & #3, SOS)
Diane White worked with Richard Foreman on Now That Communism Is Dead My Life Feels Empty, Bad Boy Nietzsche, and Paradise Hotel/Hotel Fuck. She worked with Richard Maxwell on Showy Lady Slipper. She was the producer for Reza Abdoh’s New York-based Dar A Luz Company until his untimely death in 1995. Numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Margaret Harford Award for Distinguished Achievement in production of new plays.
(SOS, THE PEOPLE – Halle, Broke House, THE PEOPLE – San Francisco, THE PEOPLE – Portland)
Kathleen Amshoff earned her MFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon and was a Fulbright scholar in Berlin. She recently directed Rebuilding Appalachian Spring for New Resonance Orchestra in New Orleans. Next up are two new pieces: Action Ecuador with DAT, and Swell with LA-based graphic novelist Juliacks.
(Clearcut catastrophe!, The Balladeer, Shelf Life, Flicker)
(The Balladeer, Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, Dead Set #2 & #3, The Sleep, SOS)
Linsey Bostwick is a performance producer, video artist and educator. She has worked with choreographers Susan Marshall and Nina Winthrop among others. Bostwick holds a MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. Current projects include archiving Big Art Group’s ten-year history and creating an evolving pedagogy for video design within a collaborative structure.
(Clearcut, Catastrophe!, The Imitation)
Justin Bond singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and was named one of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was listed by Time Out London as one of England’s 50 Funniest People. Their debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009. In 2008 they won rave reviews for his GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village and then went on to tour the Uk with stops in Manchester, England as part of the It’s Queer Up North Arts Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at London’s Soho Theatre (‘Justin Bond is a trans-atlantic cabaret messiah’– Time Out London). Also in 2008 Justin appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title roll of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies. In 2007 they premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the classic Carpenter’s album Close To You performed in its entirety in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia. In 2005 their show, Glamour Damage, had its world premiere at London’s Soho Theatre and was hailed by the Evening Standard as “A glittering walk on the wild side.”
Rebecca Sumner Burgos
(Clearcut Catastrophe!, The Balladeer, Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, Dead Set #2 & #3)
Rebecca Sumner Burgos began performing theater with Carmelita Tropicana in “Chicas2000”, premiering at P.S. 122 in 1997. As a founding member of the time-transcendent, “chilling social realist” performance collective known currently as Coco Frio, she performed in such soul-destroying pieces as “The Ballad of Sexual Malignancy” and “Raison d’Etre”. Sumner Burgos lent her voice to Coco Fusco’s “Incredible Disappearing Woman” as a maquiladora robot (2003). She first appeared in film with “Latin Boys Go To Hell” (director: Ela Troyano, 1996). She is a member of the dangerous downtown Dazzle Dancers, most notably choreographing a 3-minute version of “The Nutcracker”. Sumner Burgos has performed in Viva Ruiz’s “telenovela nuyorkina”, “Rosa Negra” and she helped in the development of Cary Curran’s “Cary from the Cock” (2006). She holds a masters degree from NewYork University in American Studies.
(Dead Set #3)
Mandy Caughey received her BA in Dance from Bard College in 2000. Since then she has toured the East Coast and Canada with the Caravan Stage Barge, choreographed for Jamie Smith’s “Empire Burlesque”, and performed with the Vangeline Theater, Allenbody Group, Abigail Levine, and Proto-type Theater.
(The Balladeer, Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, Dead Set #2 & #3, The People – Polverigi, The Sleep, The Imitation, The People – Halle, SOS)
David Commander has worked the last nine years with Big Art Group and has had a hand in performance, set and video design, technical operation and assistant direction. His own plays The Machine World Gospel and PIGGY 1.5 premiered at the 2007 Philly Fringe festival and the 2006 NYC Fringe Festival
(Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More)
Cary’s solo show – Cary From The Cock played to sold out crowds receiving stellar reviews in Manhattan, The Chocolate Factory in Queens, Orlando and Syndey Australia as part of Mardi Gras. Cary aka Cherry Dazzle is the dance captain/choreographer for the infamous downtown dance troupe The Dazzle Dancers. She has danced on stage/screen for Blondie and The Scissor Sisters to name a few. She recently starred and sang as Priscilla in LiveFeed’s Black Eye Fixer. She also originated the role of “The Woman” in Self at Hand, a production by EAVESDROP performing the show at Dixon Place and The Baltimore Theatre Project. She does improv/sketch comedy whenever possible all ’round town. Cary wrote and stared in a new piece called Celestia which premiered at the Hot Festival in 2009. Cary frequently collaborates with performance artist Mike Albo and starred in his play, Sexotheque. Her short film, Wonder Woman: Battle with the Basher has played in festivals all over the world and won best short film in the MIX Brazil Festival. www.carycurran.com
(The Imitation, SOS)
Dan Hansel is a lighting designer and technical director. Recent tours include magician Franz Harary Imagination world tour (lighting designer), magician Travis Winkler European tour (Technical Director) & magician duo The Gamester’s American tour (Lighting Designer).
Ebony Marie Hatchett
(House of No More, Dead Set #3)
Recent credits include: modeling for photographer Vanessa Beecroft in “The Alphabet”, and also starring as Grace in Sunil Nair’s short film – “Grace”. Other New York film credits include: “Cosmic Age”, “A Tale of Abuse”, and “Broken Strings”. New York stage credits include: Christopher Marlowe’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage” at the American Theater for Actors, “House of No More” with Big Art Group, and “God in a Girl” at the W.O.W. Café Theater – in which she composed music for the show and performed as part of the live band.
Michael Helland is originally from the Seattle area and is a Brooklyn-based artist performing in the works of Big Art Group, Faye Driscoll, robbinschilds, and RoseAnne Spradlin. His works for the stage and collaborative event structures have been presented across NYC and beyond, in venues including the Chocolate Factory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, the Scope International Art Fair, and Studio 303.
Mikeah Ernst Jennings
(Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, Dead Set #2 & #3, SOS)
Mikeah Ernst Jennings The Shipment (Young Jean Lee), A Dream Play (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Apostasy (Dixon Place), Gunplay (Chocolate Factory). FILM: “Failing Better Now” (Keren Atzmon), “Sister Blister” (David O’Connor), “Things That Go Bump in The Night” (Adam Salky).
(Dead Set #2 & #3)
An art history graduate from Skidmore college, his new york credits include hades/pluto_aspect and lying at the Interart Annex, and dead city at 3LD.
(The People – Polverigi, The Sleep, The Imitation, The People – Halle)
Prior to forming her band Theo and the Skyscrapers with Sean Pierce, Theo Kogan traveled the world as singer of the legendary all-female rock band Lunachicks. As an actress she has worked with Martin Scorcese, Jane Campion and Ben Stiller. She’s also acted in the edgy cult classics; High Times Potluck, Tadpole, and the animated feature Live Freaky Die Freaky. TV credits include hosting the show “Pants Off, Dance Off” appearing on “Law And Order SVU” and “Third Watch” Her avant-garde theater work includes writing and performing internationally with Big Art Group; performing and co-creating ‘Screen Test’ with director /video artist Rob Roth, at PS 122 and Abrons Art Center, ‘Prozak And The Platypus’ in the Summer Play Festival 2004 and guest performing in ‘Rotozaza’ at PS 122 in 2007. Theo has worked as a model on the campaigns of Calvin Klein, Burberry and Kenneth Cole to name a few. She runs her own lip gloss company Armour Beauty and is also a makeup artist and DJ.
(House of No More, SOS, The Imitation)
Heather Litteer is an actress, singer and performance artist. She has toured internationally with Big Art Group and is currently developing Fleshtone with the company. She also performed in Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore!, Kurt and Courtney, The Secret Sits in the Middle and Clockwork Orange. Her always daring film choices include Requiem For a Dream, The Ballad of Bettie Page, In the Cut and The New Twenty. Television includes Sex in the City and HBO pilot Anyomous. Ms. Litteer’s sultry song stying has appeared in Low Life (Howl Festival NYC),Nuit Blanche (Montreal) and Return to New York (UK). Look out for her new dance single with Apokalips. She has curated and produced W.O.(e).R.D.(Women of Experience Read Downtown) and is also a member of the Legendary Jackie Factory! Where she was known as Jessica Rabbit.
(House of No More, Dead Set #3, SOS, The Imitation, The Sleep)
Hillery Makatura is the lighting designer and technical director for Big Art Group. Past BAG productions include: House of No More, Dead Set 2 and, Cinema Fury. She is also technical director for The Actors Studio and a free lance lighting designer and master electrician in NYC.
(SOS, The Sleep)
Jared Mezzocchi is receiving his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (Brooklyn College). He began programming with Big Art Group in 2008. Programming credits include: Rob Roth’s Screen Test, UTC #61’s Hiroshima: Crucible of Light, Adhesive Theater’s I, Object! and NOIR. Currently, Jared designs video at Santos Party House.
(The Balladeer, Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More)
Willie Farrad Mullins
(Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, SOS)
Willie Farrad Mullins was a part of the original cast of House of No More at P.S. 122 and he also toured internationally a number of years with Shelf Life and Flicker. He is currently preparing for the release of his self-titled debut solo pop/dance album, FARRAD, which serves the hotness and the realness. WWW.FARRAD.COM
Ana Mari de Quesada
(House of No More, Dead Set, SOS, The Imitation, The Sleep)
Ana Mari de Quesada has worked as the production manager for Big Art Group, Rob Roth, Justin Bond and Push Productions. She has co-produced such works as The Secret Agenda of Trees and The Mystery of Claywoman (Wild Project), Screen Test (Abrons Arts Center, October ’09) and Kraken (Walker Space). She is also the production manager at the Wild Project in NYC.
(Flicker, House of No More)
is a video artist and director specializing in theatrical video and projection design. His designs include Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House), the current revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Working (The Old Globe and Asolo Rep), Frank Wildhorn’s new Bonnie and Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse), The Civil War (Ford’s Theatre), Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (Cherry Lane), The Last Five Years (Asolo Rep), The JAP Show (Actors Temple), Topsy Turvy Mouse (Cherry Lane), Flags (59E59), and Monica Bill Barnes’ Suddenly Summer Somewhere (Dancepace at St. Marks Church). He is currently developing a one-woman show with Rue McClanahan called, My First Five Husbands and the Ones That Got Away. He directed and designed InsideOut, which was nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award. Other directing credits include the The Living Person as part of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Playing House (HERE), Glued to Grammy (HERE), and Princess Ivona (Polish Cultural Institute). Additionally, Mr. Rhyne directs music videos, commercials, and performance projects for television. He is a graduate of Fordham University. www.aaronrhyne.com
House of No More, SOS, The People – Polverigi, The People – Halle, The Imitation)
Edward Stresen-Reuter is a NYC based performer, filmmaker, and photographer.