PIMA ALUMNI

Mohammad Aghebati

2017

Mohammad Aghebati is an Iranian theater director who is based in NY since 2013. He has received various awards for his plays including the Young Artist Medal of Honor from Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami. For over a decade, he worked with Leev Theater Group, which is known as one of Iran’s most successful and critically acclaimed theater groups. Several of his works have toured various international festivals such as Freiburg Theater Festival (Globen) in Germany. He was selected and commissioned by Japan Foundation to direct a new interpretation of Oedipus Rex.

Travis Austin

2016

Travis Austin is a musician living in Brooklyn. Amidst playing various instruments in multiple live acts, he has recently scored a few films and delved into several multidisciplinary projects. He is currently composing material for the next installment of his personal musical project, Mediums.

Chloë Bass

2009

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College CUNY and co-directs Social Practice Queens.

Adrian D. Cameron

2019

Adrian D. Cameron is a conservatory-trained theater-performance-media artist and alumnus of La MaMa ETC’s and Lincoln Center Theatre’s directing programs.

Nick Demopoulos

2014

Among other things, musician Nick Demopoulos performed with NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton for five years and leads his group “Exegesis.” With Exegesis he has toured and performed as a Cultural Diplomat for the U.S. Department of State in Yemen, Bahrain, Oman, U.A.E. and Kuwait. In 2010 Nick built his first Smomid (String Modeling Midi Device). This instrument allows Nick to control beats, harmonies, manipulate audio samples, play melodies and cause high powered LEDs to interact with sound. If you could play earthy, organic music on all electronic instruments that would be what you would hear coming out of the Smomid.

Isaac Littlejohn Eddy teaches at Northern Vermont University Johnson where he is the Performing Arts department chair, Head of School of Arts and Communication, and founder of the interdisciplinary B.A. program (and PIMA-inspired), Performance, Arts, and Technology. Isaac performed with the Blue Man Group as a Blue Man from 2003-2015.

Dan Foley

2018

Dan Foley is a multi-disciplinary performance artist whose work inspires visceral responses to stunning visuals and gorgeous soundscapes. Foley’s work spans scoring, sound design, performance software engineering, pop music production, experimental lighting design and full-stack web development. Project archive on his website. PIMA2018

John Gasper

2018

John is a theatermaker, musician, and sound designer, and a founding member of the St Fortune theater and performance ensemble.

Jeremy Goren

2015

Jeremy Goren is a performer and managing director of Terra Incognita Theater, where he also serves as assistant to Founding Artistic Director Polina Klimovitskaya. He began training with Ms. Klimovitskaya in 2004 and joined Terra Incognita the following year. He assisted Ms. Klimovitskaya in the workshop she taught at the Zero Budget Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2009 .

Kim Guzowski

2016

Kim Guzowski is a theatrical artist who enjoys collaborating across mediums. Most recently, she performed a self-written piece on disappearance in celebrated multi-media artist Wang Jianwei’s Time Temple at the Guggenheim museum. Kim writes, directs, performs and creates technically both traditional and devised theatrical experiences.

Marnie Jaffe

2017

Marnie Jaffe is a New York City native who was involved with the underground music and art scene of the 1980s. After a short stint at NYU’s graduate film school, she created multi-projector slide shows that were shown at The Kitchen, The Collective for Living Cinema, ABC No Rio, and other alternative venues. It was through her projection work that she came in contact with the musicians Tom Paine and Mark C., and formed the highly regarded post-punk noise band Live Skull.

Hilary Krishnan

2014

Hilary Krishnan is a producer, consultant and artist who employs a multi-disciplinary approach to designing and creating theater, performances, music, parties, and other live events.

Paul Leopold

2017

Paul is a performance artist and producer carving out spaces of fantasy in New York City and beyond. They can be seen performing often as BOYWOLF – a psychedelic queer ritual involving music, sexuality, video and movement – at clubs, warehouses, theatres and festivals such as LaMama ETC, Leslie Loman Museum, Joe’s Pub, MIX NYC, The Spectrum and Bushwig. As co-director of art collective The Culture Whore, Paul is known for throwing concept driven DIY Brooklyn warehouse parties such as OASIS, RIOT, AN1M0RPHS & the Psychic Series, as well as editing the weekly newsletter THE WEEK promoting the intersection between art and nightlife in NYC’s queer underworld.

Kaija Matiss

2018

Kaija Matiss is a performer and filmmaker whose work combines live performance, film and interactive technology.

Wi-Moto Nyoka

2017

WI-MOTO NYOKA is a writer, performer, and transmedia artist. She is the founder of Dusky Projects, creating horror/sci-fi works for young adult and adult audiences. The projects span from interdisciplinary theater to film and transmedia story worlds.

Eva Peskin

2015

Eva Peskin is a performing artist and member of ANIMALS Performance Group. She has worked with many New York-based artists including Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Banana Bag & Bodice, Hoi Polloi, ANIMALS, Target Margin Theatre, Kristine Haruna Lee, Meghan Finn, for whom she has served as a performer, musician/composer, technologist, and rigorous conceptualizer.

Rebecca Posner

2016

Rebecca Posner makes, performs, and teaches art in Brooklyn and beyond. Her work is largely rooted in the practices of sculpture, writing, and movement with a strong interest in the ritual and community engagement. She is co-founder and curator of the interdisciplinary artists’ salon The Big Intimate. Ongoing collaborations include an experimental performance series based on Virginia Woolf’s The Waves and a performance and recording cycle in the sonic duo External Lynx.

Sadah Proctor (Espii)

2017

Sadah Proctor, aka “Espii” is a writer, dramaturg, and performer based in Brooklyn. She works primarily in devised theatre and intermedia performance. Espii strives to create a “cyborg theatre” that analyzes womanism, social justice, rhythm and movement, and cultural aspects of the African Diaspora.

Inspired by the Afro-futurist, visual-kei, and cyberpunk movements, Espii explores cyborg bodies in performance through physical computing, gestural sound, circuit bending, and sound synthesis.

Rachael Richman

2014

Rachael Richman is an actor, writer and theater-maker. She has performed and created all around New York, as well as internationally, including The Public Theater, La Mama, The Whitney Museum, Flea Theatre, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, and PS 122. This summer she will be making theater with the Art Monastery Project in Italy, and returning to New York for a second run of her thesis piece Private(i) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of the BEAT Festival.

Jason Schuler

2015

Jason Schuler is an interdisciplinary artist and performer. His most recent collaboration The Oracle: Iris Atalanta Lee, The Luddite Prophetess is a performance piece in the style of a museum exhibit.

Dennis Shafer

2015

Dennis Shafer is a saxophonist, director, and live-composer based in Boston and New York City. His playing was reviewed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, performing the Chemins IV concerto by Luciano Berio with New England String Ensemble, Federico Cortese, conducting. He has toured the world as a saxophonist, educator, and live-composer. He conducts and directs Boston Conservatory Saxophone Ensemble, Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, and Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble. Shafer holds a Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation, and an Artist Diploma from Longy School of Bard. He studies Soundpainting with the inventor of the live-composing sign language, Walter Thompson.

Lisa Szolovits

2016

Lisa Szolovits is a director and developer of new plays. She has made work on the East Coast with the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Columbia University, NYU, The Assembly, UglyRhino, Tugboat Collective, Lost Theater, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as with Echo Theater Company, Theatre of NOTE and Circle X Theatre Co. in Los Angeles.

Miguel Angel Valderrama

2018

Miguel graduated from the department of Entertainment Technology at City-Tech, one of the colleges of the City University of New York, same academy where he is now a professor of Entertainment Technology and Electricity for live entertainment.

Adrienne Wagner

2018

Adrienne grew up in North Carolina between the mountains and the sea, posting up in the mountains for eight years. she graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Cross-Cultural Studies, Spanish, Sustainable Development and Modern Dance.

Justine Williams

2015

Justine is an interdisciplinary artist and performer interested in art as social practice. From 2002-2012, Justine was co-artistic director of The Glass Contraption, an ensemble-based company that presented original works of performance and film, led artist training and carried out collaborative art projects with communities locally and abroad.

Kristin Arnesen

2014

Kristin Arnesen is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar and the co-founder of the arts collective Theatre Reverb. Her full-length performances, live art, video, sound, installation and electronic sculptural works have been shown at clubs, galleries, venues and festivals throughout NYC (Brooklyn Museum, Con Artists Collective, Recession Arts, the Invisible Dog, Anarko Art Fest, HERE Arts, Galapagos Art Space, Under St. Marks, The Living Theatre, Game Play at the Brick, FRIGID NY) and abroad (HomeBase Salon & tamtamArt in Berlin, TEDx at Muzeum Manggha in Krakow).

Inkyoung Bae

2020

Inkyoung Bae is a video and performance artist who depicts a weird but heartwarming world through surreal and fun images. Combining live-action video, visual effects, animation, and illustration, she talks about humanity, nostalgia, and dystopian future.

Sabine Blaizin

2018

Dj Sabine’s work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African Diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, Dj Sabine’s mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of “Grassroots Dance Culture”.

Jackie Danziger

2016

Originally from Philadelphia, Jackie Danziger is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist. She hosts and produces the podcast Voices of Recovery with Serenity Lane Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers in Oregon. Jackie has presented work throughout NYC with Ars Nova, Pipeline Theater Company, The Attic, and Brooklyn Museum.

Jean Ann Douglas

2016

Jean Ann Douglass is a playwright, performer, and artist. Her play The Providence of Neighboring Bodies has received productions in New York, Edinburgh, and Brussels, and is published by Oberon Books. It was named one of the Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festivals in 2018 by the Guardian, who called it a "surreal and wonderfully written drama... pure poetry".

Patrícia Faolli

2015

Patrícia Faolli is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist graduated in Comunicação e Artes do Corpo at PUC-SP in 2009. She started her career in theater but later focused on performance art and dance always using her body as the primary media. Since she moved to New York in 2011 she deepened her studies at the Martha Graham School of Dance, took part of EMERGENYC at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Her most important work includes: “Artérias”, “House of Decay”, “Ctrl + Z ou 220 Lâmpadas de 1watt” “Urban Camping Project”, “Bursting Concrete”. In this new stage, her focus centers on urban interventions, human relations, maps and behavior patterns in large cities.

Julia Frey

2017

Julia Frey, a Philadelphia native, has split her entire career between her hometown and New York. She is a company member of New Paradise Laboratories, the experimental physical theater company with whom she created and performed The Adults, 27, Prom, and 10 Unnameable Spectacles.

Vanessa Gilbert

2015

Vanessa Gilbert is an interdisciplinary artist working in varying scales, from miniature puppet theatre to multi-day performance festivals and opera. In 17 years with Perishable Theatre, Vanessa directed and produced scores of events and founded Blood from a Turnip-RI’s only puppet salon. She is a proud member of the Magdalena Project, an international network for women in contemporary theatre and an associate artist with Sleeping Weazel, a genre-mixing performance company based in Boston, MA.

Ben Gorodetsky

2019

Ben Gorodetsky is a performer, writer, and producer based in Waterloo, Canada. He's performed at Movement Research at Judson Church, The Tank NYC, Vrystaat Arts Fest, Dancing on the Edge, Mile Zero Dance, Brian Webb Dance Company, e-Volver, Expanse Fest, and Rubaboo. He is co-creator of political satire comedy duo Folk Lordz (VICE).

Sam Day Harmet

2017

Sam Day Harmet is a mandolinist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and music educator based in Brooklyn, NY. A musician of diverse tastes, Sam's projects range from deconstructive folk music, to free improvisation, to early jazz, to electro-funk, to Soundpainting along with numerous theater collaborations.

Adrian Jevicki

2016

I am Adrian Jevicki. Movementpants is my laboratory for dance, theater, and performance art creation. I am an artist that cares about the nature of the relationship between things and I believe that actions/movement are conveyors of relationships between things. I love to dance because it is active. And I think laughing is good for you.

Deborah Latz

2019

Deborah Latz continues her journey as human being in search of unlimited possibilities.

Gloria Llompart

2009

Pioneer in somatic movement arts (= movement education), experimental dance and performance in Puerto Rico (late 70’s-present). Introduced Contact Improvisation (a somatic movement practice) in PR and for 15 years consistently studied and trained people of all ages and abilities using this form. MA Movement & Dance Studies, Wesleyan University. MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts, CUNY Brooklyn College. Certified in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, Conscious Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for at Risk Youth, NAAM Yoga Therapies (sound, movement, breath work & meditation), the Kabbalah of Birth & Beyond, Reiki and Harmonyum energy healing modalities. Adjunct faculty at CUNY Brooklyn College Dept. of Puerto Rican & Latino Studies.

Peter Musante

2014

Peter Musante works at the nexus of immersive theater, dance, music and technology to create unique performance-based experiences that transform space and create community.

His approach, as both a creator and an educator, is highly physical and focuses on discovering new points of connection that allow us to celebrate the complexity, and diversity, of human experience.

His original works have toured internationally and are created collaboratively with a diverse group of artists – most notably Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOWHERE – OBIE Award), and Trusty Sidekick Theater Co. (Lincoln Center, Park Ave Armory, Abrons Art Center) where he is a Resident Artist and Multisensory Experience Director for their latest immersive touring production, Up and Away.

Teerapat Parnmongkol

2015

Teerapat Parnmongkol (aka Lemur Onkyokei) is a minimalist noise maker based in Brooklyn, NY, an artist working with electronic media. He believes that the deconstruction is a purest form of beauty(imperfect beauty). Interpret the expression aesthetic through out electronic media in the sense of sighting and hearing to represent the aesthetic of “Breaking Beauty."

Peekaboo Pointe

2019

Peekaboo received a BFA in Dance from George Mason University in 2002. Since then she has created her own solo Burlesque career. Performing all over the world, she has headlined two tours across Australia, performed in Russia and China and self-produced solo tours across South Africa and Europe

Hilary Preston

2019

Hilary Preston is a Brooklyn, NY based artist who began her training as a dancer at Mill’s College in Oakland, CA and went on to perform, collaborate and choreograph contemporary and aerial dance works in the Bay Area before moving to London to complete a MA in choreography at Middlesex University. In London, followed by Brooklyn, she continued her work as a choreographer, collaborator and performing artist, working with dance and theater forms, site-specific performance, installation and work with film and video.

Emily Rea

2012

A Co-founder of The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, Emily Rea is a collaborative theater maker, educator, and production manager. She has taught at UC San Diego, Williams College, and NYU. Professional highlights include her work as a company member of The Wooster Group and ongoing collaborations with Michelle Ellsworth.

David J. Rios

2018

David J. Rios graduated “Cum Laude” with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entertainment Technology in June 2010. Invented, designed, programmed and constructed the MIDI Interface AMMA (Arduino MIDI Machine Alchemation). Worked on several video pilots for “Terramax Entertainment” as a Sound Designer and Music Producer.

Bhurin Sead

2019

Bhurin Sead is an actor and musician based in Queens, NY. He attended The University of Texas at Austin and received a bachelor of science in human biology. Bhurin has performed and toured with Blue Man Group as a Blue Man since 2008 and is currently a permanent cast member at the Astor Place Theater. He has worked as a teaching artist for Asian American youth with a focus on identity and storytelling. As a musician, Bhurin has been a member of punk and instrumental rock bands and is currently a guitarist for the four piece rock band Mortars.

Chanan Ben Simon (aka Ben Simone)

2020

Chanan Ben Simon (aka Ben Simone) is a Singer, Composer and Multimedia artist, born and raised in Jerusalem, currently Brooklyn Based. Ben Simone got his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art at Brooklyn College and Bmus in Composition from the Jerusalem academy of music and dance. His previous works includes a 90’s themed TV opera (the weather Channel), an LP named “Toy Store”, a youtube music video project called “Bedroom POP”, “The Dino Show” (a voice/video installation and performance) and other works which usually explores pop culture/modern day references and its relations to the experimental contemporary art knowledge.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

2014

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a multidisciplinary performer, conceptualizer, and laborer, working in Brooklyn, New York and Toronto, Ontario. His work is a constant re-evaluation and complication of the Black body’s relationship to environments and the various agencies which inhabit them. He frequently collaborates with musicians, designers, videographer, and choreographer, under the name CROWNS. His works have been featured by Arts East New York (with choreographer André M. Zachary), Assembly New York (with videographer Nicole Van Straatum), at Toronto’s HarborFront Festival (with musician Brendan Philip), and on Dazed Digital.

Eva von Schweinitz

2014

Eva von Schweinitz is an interdisciplinary artist, primarily working in theater and film. Holding a B.A. in screenwriting that she received from international film school Cologne in 2007, she has expanded her interest in storytelling into exploring ways of using media as a narrative device and technology as a performative tool. As a 2014 MFA candidate at PIMA, her research has been focused on interactive theatrical structures and immersive game designs that blur the line between the analog and the digital world, and between the fictional and the real.

Magali Wilensky

2015

Through my interest in art, I developed a fascination for the human body, which eventually led me to pursue extensive training in healing and massage techniques. I graduated from “Educating Hands, School of Massage” as a Holistic Massage Therapist and got my license shortly after. In 2008 I participated in the Soundwork Practitioner Training Program directed by Gary Diggings, where I completed my certification in Soundwork as Soulwork and also studied sound as a healing tool with Jonathan Goldman (2010) and Vickie Dodd (2011). I have also acquired body-mind techniques for the development of the human being at Rio Abierto in Argentina, and I am certified in Kundalini yoga (2011).

André M. Zachery

2014

André M. Zachery is a Chicago bred and now Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, scholar and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College.

2020 pima @ brooklyn college

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