Jenny Rogers is an accomplished director & designer in the theater. Her theatrical work on WICKETS was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for direction for Outstanding New York Theater in 2010 and a Henry Hewes Award for Set Design in 2009. Ms. Rogers has received numerous grants for her theatrical works including grants from the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She has been a theatrical artist-in-residence at UC Santa Cruz, Bard College, HERE Center for the Arts & Mabou Mines Suite / RAP Program in New York City. Jenny has shown her theatrical pieces in New York City at 3LD, PS 122, Raw Space Studios, Dixon Place, Mabou Mines' TORONADA Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Her theater pieces have also been shown internationally, most notably at the Rio Cena Contemporanea Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ms. Rogers' video work has appeared in numerous museums and galleries throughout the world including the "Greater New York," P.S. 1 / MOMA in New York City, Paula Cooper Gallery, the Walker Arts Center & the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Her new video project, PERFECT SURF, was granted a prestigious Independent Artist Award in Film & Media, New Technology Production by the New York State Council for the Arts. Her video work, TRICK SADDLE, is now part of the Heather & Tony Podesta Collection.
Ms. Rogers' film & video work has also appeared in numerous festivals in the U.S. & abroad including Feminale 12- the International Women's Film Festival in Cologne, Bimovie 11- International Film Festival Munich, Out Takes - New Zealand, MIX 18- New York's Experimental Film & Video Festival, the Frameline Festival - San Francisco's Lesbian & Gay Film Fest, and Reeling - Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Film Fest. TRICK SADDLE was also awarded a "Grand Festival Award" at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival and it was shown at the Walker Arts Center as part of "Cinema Bizarre: Short Experimental Works by Lesbian Film/Video Artists" and "Women with Vision Film Festival". In addition, MTV commissioned Ms. Rogers to complete a signature video piece for the launch of their new lesbian & gay television station "LOGO."
In the past, Jenny has been artist-in-residence at Artist Alliance & Painting Space 122, both in New York City. She is currently an Emerging Artist in the New York Foundation for the Arts, Fiscal Sponsorship Program along with collaborator Clove Galilee.
Ms. Rogers grew up in Nebraska, completely landlocked except for the waves of the grass along the prairie. She currently splits her time rollercoasting between LA and San Francisco. She holds a BA in Visual Art and Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Penn State.
Clove Galilee is co-artistic director of her theater company, Trick Saddle and an artistic associate with Mabou Mines. Her work has been presented in New York at P.S. 122, the Public Theater, The Performing Garage, Arts at Saint Ann's, the Flea, P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art / MOMA, the Skirball Center, HERE Center for the Arts, and St. Ann's Warehouse. She has been an artist-in-residence at U.C. Santa Cruz, BARD College, Voice and Vision, Mabou Mines/Suite RAP, and HERE Art Center. Clove is a TCG New Generations Fellow, a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Fellowship recipient, a Princess Grace Special Projects award recipient, and a Jerome Robbins Grant recipient. Her work is supported by the Princess Grace Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the NYFA Emerging Artists Fiscal Sponsorship Program and the New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Commissions.
Performance credits include The Tempest at the Delacorte in Central Park, Alice Tuan's, The Roaring Girle with Foundry Theater, Lear, Ecco Porco, Animal Magnetism (Cherie Obey) and Young Lucia Joyce in Cara Lucia with Mabou Mines. Film credits include Contemplating Emily (as Emily Dickinson), Clifford Odets, Dead End Kids, and In Love Again.
Her company with co-artistic director Jenny Rogers, created and produced Trick Saddle at PS 122 and as a site-specific piece at a Drive-In in Central Pennsylvania. The company's following piece, WICKETS, played to sold-out crowds at 3LD in 2009. WICKETS, a radical adaptation of Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and Her Friends was set in an airplane at 30,000 feet and performed by 1970's stewardesses. Clove produced, co-directed and choreographed WICKETS.
Other collaborations include the choreography for and starring role in Red Beads with Lee Breuer, Ushio Torikai and Basil Twist at the Skirball Center in NYC and choreography commission with New York Theatre Ballet for a ballet of James Joyce's The Dead. Ms. Galilee also choreographed The Libation Bearers in collaboration with Jenny Rogers, Lee Breuer and Theater Armadillo in Athens, Greece for the Patras Festival. The cast of 27 performed and danced the play on a huge sand painting designed and developed by Ms. Rogers. In California, Clove is part of the ATLAS program with Theater Bay Area in San Francisco and plays the title character, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, in Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson in the SF Bay Area.
Clove was the assistant director and producer for Jenny Rogers' Perfect Surf (2012), a dance film that takes place in the largest wind tunnel in the world. In 2010 she collaborated with Ruth Maleczech, Julie Archer and Valeria Vasilewski on Imagining the Imaginary Invalid at Mabou Mines studio. They had two showings, in July 2012 at Mabou Mines ToroNada Studio and July 2013 at La Mama but never completed the project-- (This was Ruth's last performance before she passed away on September 30, 2013). Ms. Galilee has now reimagined the production and is presently directing, choreographing and performing in Imagining the Imaginary Invalid at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre in January 2016. RUTH IS HER FUSE.
Christianna Nelson is a New York City based actor and graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where she was awarded the Hershel Williams Prize for outstanding acting ability.
Christianna has performed in numerous plays and devised works in New York City, regionally and internationally. She played Shakespeare's daughter in the Off-Broadway premiere of The Last Will by Robert Brustein, directed by and starring Austin Pendleton. The production also traveled to the inaugural Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China in 2013. She worked with Clove Galilee, Jenny Rogers and the late Ruth Maleczech on her last piece, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid. The play, a joint production of Mabou Mines and Tricksaddle starring Marylouise Burke, premiered at LaMaMa in the Ellen Stewart Theatre in January 2016. Christianna also collaborated with Tricksaddle on Wickets, a devised piece based on Fefu and her Friends, set on an airplane in the 1970's.
She performed in the regional premiere of Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company, opposite John Douglas Thompson. She played the role of Jess in the award-winning play, Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino at Bloomington Playwrights Project. She will revisit the role in the New England premiere at Shakespeare & Company in the summer of 2016. She has performed in new play workshops at New Dramatists, The Lark, Rattlestick, MCC, Long Wharf, Cherry Lane, Intar, and Premiere Stages, among others. She also enjoys performing in classical work, particularly Shakespeare. Her film credits include: End of Season, BFF, and Wax. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Burke Brown’s recent designs includes work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trick Saddle, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ars Nova, NYSF-Public Theater, Apollo Theater, Ohio Theater, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. His work has been presented at the the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Yerba Buena Center and across North America, Europe and Russia. His regional work includes work at Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Northern Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Two River Theater Company, and Playmakers Repertory Company. His international work includes productions at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Opera Erratica in Toronto and the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich. Recent dance design includes work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza (Mexico), and Aszure Barton & Artists. As a projection designer, Mr. Brown has worked with Diverse City Co., the Big Apple Baroque, Yale Baroque Opera Company, and the Bone Orchard Collective. Mr. Brown was the 2008 Artist in Residence for Lighting Design for Ars Nova and volunteers with the 52nd Street Project on an annual basis. Mr. Brown has directed Sarah Kane’s Crave, and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Run, Mourner, Run (co-Director) for the Yale Cabaret. Mr. Brown has a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Theater Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. Originally from North Carolina, Burke Brown has lived in Beijing, Miami, and New Haven, and Brooklyn. His current whereabouts are unknown.