Artistic Team

Jen Abrams
Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer (Audrey),
Writer (Audrey’s blog)

Maria Bauman
Performer (Maddy)

Tara Betts
Writer (Maddy’s blog)

Barbara Bickart
Video Artist (Frances’ blog)

Asta Hansen AEA, SAG
Performer (Helen)

Matt Tennie
Video Artist (live episodes)

Jordan Thomas
Performer (Isaac)

Documentation

Reels4Artists – video

Lindsay Comstock - photo

Jen Abrams

Jen Abrams is an independent choreographer and performance maker living in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented regularly at Dixon Place, as well as at LaMama, BAX, HERE, WAX, and at WOW Café Theater, where she has been a member since 1999. Most recently her work has been seen at Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, WOW, and as part of the DancenOw Festival. The New York Times called her last evening-length work, Most of This Is True, “compelling,” and offoffoff.com called it “sharp…full of comic tension…[a] gem.” The Village Voice has called her work “quintessentially New York,” and her performances “convincing no matter what [she chooses] to do.”

Jen was a 2005 BAX space grantee and a 2007 Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space resident, and she received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2003 and 2004 she was co-producer with Sally Silvers of TalkTalk WalkWalk, a poetry/dance festival featuring over 140 artists. She has taught Contact Improvisation since 1994, most recently at Movement Research and Dance New Amsterdam. She is trained as an actor, and performed in plays throughout Chicago before moving to NYC to focus on movement-based performance.

Jen is co-founder of OurGoods.org, a barter network for creative people.


Tara Betts

Tara Betts is an author, a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, and a Cave Canem fellow. Tara’s poetry and prose has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She has contributed to interdisciplinary collaborations such as John Sims’ “Recoloration Proclamation” and “Rhythm of Structure” installations, filmmaker and Nijla Mu’min’s short film “Why I Collect the Hair.” She was commissioned to write “THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali (Winged City Press) by Peggy Choy Dance Company. Her work has been anthologized in VILLANELLES, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Gathering Ground, both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies, Bum Rush the Page, and Poetry Slam.


Asta Hansen AEA, SAG

AistaAsta Hansen has worked in theatre, film and television in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. She has appeared at La Mama in John Jesurun’s “Stopped Bridge of Dreams”, “Chang in a Void Moon” and Jessica Hinds’s “The Only Child.” She also appears in Jesurun’s web serial “Shadowland” and had a leading role in “Spotless”, selected for the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in California. She recently played Winnie in Beckett’s “Happy Days”, was Co-Artistic Director of The Catskill Actors Theatre, an original member of The Scorpio Rising Theatre in Los Angeles and a member of the acting corps at the Padua Hills Playwriting Festival. Asta has trained with Joseph Chaikin and Deborah Hedwall.


Matthew Tennie

Matthew Tennie Recent design credits include Miranda (HERE Arts Center), The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G at Incubator Arts Project and Theatre Rowe, Alice In Slasherland (HERE), Art of Memory (3LD), 1.26 milliseconds (HERE) and served as the Associate Video Designer for the currently touring Blue Man Group North American Tour. He has been nominated for a Hewes Design Award and a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and has the honor of sharing an Obie Award (Ross Westzeon 2009) for his work with HERE Arts Center where he served as Technical Supervisor. He is the resident video designer for Vampire Cowboys and holds a Master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Jordan Thomas

JordanJordan Thomas is an actor, writer, director, who has appeared in independent film, soaps, and off off Broadway theater. His latest project, Fort Greene, is a short film set in the vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood of the same name. Jordan received his M.F.A in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.


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