The People Behind Adaptive Arts
Marielle Duke (Founder/Core Member): As a director, Marielle has directed with Boomerang Theatre Company, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Manhattan Theater Source, World Theater Day, and Metropolitan Playhouse, among others. With Adaptive, she’s directed Mensch’s All Hail Hurricane Gordo, Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan, Barrie’s Alice Sit by the Fire, Schulenberg's Faust and multiple workshops for their “Autism Initiative” program. As an educator she has taught artists from 2-80 years old and has developed curriculum for theater residencies across the five boroughs. She has spoken across the country on ways to create accessible theater performance for populations with disabilities.
Gabby Sherba (Core Member): has worked in theatre and film as an actor and composer since she was an adolescent. She has collaborated with thespians and musicians in New England and New York who inspire the nonsense out of her. It turns out she also does devised theatre and performs with a few Brooklyn-based bands. She still hopes to grow up to be a sitar someday.
Collin McConnell (Core Member): holds his BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, with honors for his year-long study of the artist / audience relationship and how to bridge that gap to create more immediate theater. As an actor, he is a company member of Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Accidental Shakespeare Company, Adaptive Arts, Stable Cable Lab Co., and Gorilla Rep, and is also on the board of Adaptive Arts and Stable Cable Lab Co.
Dana Sumner-Pritchard (Core Member): Dana is thrilled to be officially joining the Adaptive family after participating in various projects with them throughout the years. Dana graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. She has trained with Atlantic Theater Company, Movement Theater Studio, and is currently an Artistic Associate with the Institute for Collaboration and Play. She toured her solo show to sold out audiences in Santa Cruz, CA, Chicago, and North Carolina in 2013 and can soon be seen as the lead in Wonder, coming to an internet near you in 2016.
Matilde Keizer (Guest Artist): Matilde is an Actor, Teaching Artist, nonprofit event organizing master, and general Theatre Enthusiast. Born and raised in Rome, Matilde has always had a passion for story-telling and performance. First found in the Violin, this passion has grown to envelop many more aspects, finally leading her to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Drama and Applied Theatre. With Adaptive Arts Matilde worked on the Faust and most recently co-produced I Don't Belong Here – Stories of Self Proclaimed Outsiders. In her work as a teaching artist she has worked with Shenker kids in Rome, Dance Theatre Etc, in Red Hook Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Acting Lab. After five years in New York, Matilde has taken the plunge back to Europe and is now living in Berlin, where she is excited to keep the wonderful relationship with Adaptive alive.
Olivia Harris (Guest Artist): Olivia Harris is an applied theatre artist, educator, director, and light designer from Cambridge, MA and Atlanta, GA. She has facilitated the creation of original theatrical work that addresses social issues in New York, Nepal, New Jersey, and Guatemala, and worked with incarcerated populations in Washington DC, New Jersey, and the Bronx. Olivia has worked with Bond Street Theatre, Arts For All, the Moth, Impetuous Theatre Group, Piper Theater, Inventing Room Productions, Sunglasses After Dark, and is thrilled to be a member of Adaptive Arts. A graduate of Drew University and CUNY, Olivia is currently an Academic Coordinator for the TRUCE Media and Arts program of the Harlem Children's Zone and an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Drew University.
Emily Hartford (Guest Artist): Emily is an actor, theatrical creator, puppeteer, puppet designer, and fundraiser. She is a founding member of the New York Innovative Theatre Award-winning company Rabbit Hole Ensemble (est. 2005). She talks about stuff she's doing at www.emilyhartford.com.
Andrew Davies (Guest Artist): Andrew Davies is an Actor, Jewish Educator, Musician, and Improv Teacher working in New York City. A Brandeis Graduate, Andrew’s film Hotel Brandeis won the Brandeis Alumni video challenge. Andrew has studied Improv comedy at The Magnet Theater and is leader of Cherub Improv which performs comedy shows for those who need a laugh. Andrew has toured 23 states with over 150 performances of his original Jewish Comedy Show, The Bible Players. See videos and more at www.TheBiblePlayers.com
Philip Emeott (Guest Artist): Philip has worked extensively with Boomerang Theatre Company as a director (Richard III, King Lear, Parking Lot Lonely Heart, Dangerous Corner) and actor. He has also directed for Oberon Theatre Ensemble, WorkShop Theatre (for Rich Orloff) and more. He co-developed and directed the play Captain Ferguson’s School for Balloon Warfare, which ran at 59E59 and he Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is also a graphic designer and multimedia producer. And he’s excited to work with Adaptive.