Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, producer, and dance scholar based in Philadelphia. She is the co-director of Fidget, a platform for her collaborative work with composer, designer, and musicologist Peter Price. Bridge has presented her work at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, FringeArts, and many other venues throughout Philadelphia and the United States, and abroad in Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Germany, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, South Africa, & Switzerland. She has received funding support for her work from USArtists International, The Network of Ensemble Theaters, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Dance Abroad, and more. As a professional dancer, Bridge has performed with choreographers and companies such as Group Motion, Jerome Bel, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Susan Rethorst, Willi Dorner, & Headlong Dance Theater, and has studied with Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, & Deborah Hay. In 2020 she staged Bel’s work Gala at the Miami Institute of Contemporary Art, and in 2016 she was rehearsal assistant to David Gordon. In 2013 Bridge was named “Best of Philly” for stage performance by Philadelphia Magazine. She is also a dance writer, and has published articles in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, The Dance Chronicle, and at thINKingDANCE.net, where she also served as an editor and as Executive Director from 2014-2016. Bridge holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, and an MFA in dance from Temple University. Her teaching practice is particularly focused on improvisation and contemporary dance. She currently teaches in the dance department at Temple University, and regularly teaches and performs as a guest artist at Universities throughout the Philadelphia area. In recent years she has taught dance workshops in Poland, France, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Tbilisi, Georgia.
The artistic and creative collaboration of Monika Deimling and BBB Johannes Deimling (married since 2016) is a creative explosion that impacts their relation and artistic outcome – and everyone standing around. Both are dedicated observers and thinkers, seeing the world in its kaleidoscopic absurdity and beauty. Their gathered and shared views are transformed into photography, performance art, drawings, embroideries, videos, art films and art education.Their refreshing and curious artistic dialog inspires more fields than the production of art works. It is somehow a logical continuation and extension of their work and philosophy, that both are running the art and education project PAS | Performance Art Studies. The obviously celebrated artistic process is the motor of their art making. To make these processes available for others is just another artwork of the two Deimlings.
Sean Hanley is a director and cinematographer working primarily in documentary and artist moving image. His short films navigate the construction of Nature through studies of landscape, place-making, and the experience of the non-human. His works have screened at venues and festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, FLEXfest, Antimatter, the Aurora Picture Show, UnionDocs, the Imagine Science Film Festival, and the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema.
As a cinematographer, he has lensed three feature-length projects for filmmaker Lynne Sachs starting with Your Day is My Night (2013, MoMA Documentary Fortnight), Tip of My Tongue (2015, Closing Night of MoMA Documentary Fortnight), and The Washing Society (2018, BAMCinemaFest). His cinematography has also been shown at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Brandywine River Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and online for SFMOMA, the New Museum, and Art21.
He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from CUNY Hunter College.
Christina Knight is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Haverford College as well as director of the Visual Studies program. Before joining the Haverford faculty, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College as well as a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow. Knight’s work examines the connection between embodied practices and identity, the relationship between race and the visual field, and the queer imaginary. She is currently completing a book manuscript that focuses on theories of time in representations of the Middle Passage in contemporary American visual art and performance. Knight is also at work on a new project that examines the influences of drag culture on contemporary black art. Additionally, she is the director of knightworks dance theater, which she co-founded with her sister in 2013.
Jessi Knight is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Pittsboro, N.C. After graduating from Duke University with a self-designed dance degree with an emphasis in music and education, Jessi embarked on a teaching and choreographing career that has afforded her the opportunity to teach, choreograph and perform both locally and nationally. She spent four years in Denver, Colorado as a member of the internationally acclaimed Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and currently resides in North Carolina where she continues to choreograph and perform on a project by project basis for her company knightworks dance theater.
Mason Rosenthal is an original performance maker, director, actor, and teacher raised in Skokie, Illinois. He is a founding co-director of Lightning Rod Special (recent: NYT‘ “Best Theater of 2019” The Appointment and ’16 Obie Award for “Best New American Theatre Work” Underground Railroad Game). Mason has made over 50 original pieces in the 10 years of his professional performance creation practice. His work has been supported by residencies and grants from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Austin Cultural Arts Division, Wyncote Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, White Pines Productions, The Orchard Project, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Mason has over 15 years of experience teaching performance with students of all ages. He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU and was on faculty at NYU’s Atlantic Theater Company Acting School from 2007 to 2011. In 2020, he completed his MFA in Performance as Public Practice with UT Austin. Mason is currently on faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of the Performing Arts as part of a Post-MFA in Applied Performance.
Eva Wǒ is a queer biracial Chinese/white multidisciplinary artist working with collage, GIF and social practice. They create lush and lawless dreamscapes that function like freedom spells, conjuring fantasies of liberation and combatting outdated notions of respectability. Consistently censored for transgressing boundaries and blurring elitist determinations of sexist acceptability, the work is both joyous and obscene. Their practice is visionary science fiction that defiantly celebrates queer/trans BIPoC and sex workers as worthy protagonists, depicting inclusive possibilities of what could and should be in a world without shame and violence. As both a response and demand, their art imagines a vivid utopian future of uncensored gender and sexual self-determination for all.
Wǒ was awarded the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award for artists demonstrating a long-term commitment to art for social change and is the recipient of the Leslie Lohman Fellowship Artist Fellowship ’20-’21, Center For Emerging Visual Artists’ Fellowship ’19-’21, Elsewhere Museum Exchange Fellowship ’19, and 40th St AIR ’16-’17. Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, she has lived in Philadelphia for a decade.
Alice Yorke is an original theatre-maker and a Barrymore-nominated actor, writer, and producer. She is a Co-Director of the award-winning theater company, Lightning Rod Special, and lead artist on LRS’s latest show, The Appointment, a “thoughtful and profoundly imaginative” musical satire of the state of the American abortion debate, which was named Best of 2019 Theater by the New York Times. Performance credits include Hackles, Let the Dog See the Rabbit, Sans Everything, and The Appointment (Lightning Rod Special), How to Be Brave (Inis Nua), The Gap (Azuka Theatre), Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre), Alex Bechtel’s The West, Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups and Pay Up. She is director and co-creator of Lee Minora’s scorching hit White Feminist, which has performed in New York, London, Scotland, Michigan, and Philadelphia. In 2019 she was named the Best Theatre Talent in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine. Proud graduate of the inaugural class of the Pig Iron School.
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers. Her solo works combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and wireless MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. In addition to her solo work, she has been commissioned to compose scores for dance, theatre, film, and chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Ethel, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her interdisciplinary performance works have been presented at venues including The Kitchen (NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), REDCAT (LA), and MCA (Chicago), and her installations have been presented at such exhibition spaces as the Whitney (NY), the Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and the Krannert (IL). Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Dak’Art (Sénégal) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She’s a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize, United States Artists, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, the Guggenheim, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.