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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday 3 December to Sunday 5 December 2021

National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation (NIDEC)

A virtual weekend of conversations and workshops

Friday 3 December to Sunday 5 December 2021

The National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation (NIDEC) invited you to join us for our annual virtual convening. This program is produced by Art2Action and Pangea World Theater. Based on the in-person institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota we are offering virtual masterclasses, panels and plenary sessions in 2021 to a wider audience during the pandemic. Livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network Friday 3 December to Sunday 5 December 2021.

Livestreaming schedule

Friday 3 December 2021

Welcome & First Nations Artists Plenary
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST / 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST
Featuring Carolyn Dunn, Moses Goods, and Margo Kane. Moderated by Sharon Day.

Saturday 4 December 2021

Masterclass with Teo Castallanos
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. CST / 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST

Sunday 5 December 2021

Masterclass with Ebony Noelle Golden
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST / 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Asian American Directors & Devisers: In Conversation & Practice & Closing
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. CST / 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST

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HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based, peer-produced, open-access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing-arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and develop our knowledge commons collectively. Anyone can participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal. View the video archive of past events.

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Soomi Kim is an actor/movement artist/choreographer. As a lead artist she has created a trilogy of hybrid plays inspired by Asian American visionaries, whose lives were cut short. "Chang(e)" (2015, based on Kathy Change, a political activist and performance artist), "Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky" (2012, adaptation of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE) and "Lee/gendary" (2008, based on Bruce Lee and 3 NYITA wins). All three shows were featured workshops at the 1st, 3rd and 4th National Asian American Theater Festivals and were devised in collaboration with director Suzi Takahashi. Soomi has been featured in The Drama Review, Huffington Post, NY Times, Timeout NY, The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR’s WHYY radio, The Philadelphia Dance Journal, The Korea Times and the L.A. Times. Artist in residencies: Orchard Project’s Greenhouse Lab (2020), Marble House (2019), HERE Arts Center (2012-2015), Mabou Mines (2014), Asian Arts Initiative and the Hemispheric Institute (2013). Kim is a 2015 NPN Creation and Forth Fund recipient for “Chang(e).” Her autobiographical dance theatre solo show “My Little China Girl” was commissioned by Dixon Place (2017). Currently project: dance theatre play about gymnastics titled “Body Through Which the Dream Flows” which features competitive gymnasts formerly coached by Kim.

 

MARLINA GONZALEZ

“We are indigenous to a place and sojourners to another. In our movements through space and time, our lives have touched, clashed, converged, but are forever moving in parallels. I want to find convergence from points of divergence.”

As is a multi-disciplinary theater and media arts producer, director, curator and writer of Filipina heritage, Marlina strives to bring together the power of vox populi (“voice of the people) and her ancestral heritage through creative expression and community engagement.

In 2018, she co-directed her commissioned play Isla Tuliro with Pangea World Theater’s Meena Natarajan, as part of their collaboration with Teatro Del Pueblo’s Latino Asian Fusion.

Marlina is currently incubating a new play through Theater Mu’s Mu Tang Clan playwright incubation program, where she recently participated as a playwright for their Twenty Pho Hour Playfest. She is a 2021-22 recipient of Springboard for the Arts’s Creative Engagement Fellowship. ThroughTwin Cities Media Alliance’s Our Space Is Spoken For, she partnered with alternative hip hop/sound designer Orko Eloheim to create Bamboo Bingo, a performative interactive Bingo game based on community storyteller Davida Kilgore’s personal stories. She is also co-producing Kuwentuhan, a new storytelling podcast supported by Coalition of Asian American Leaders and Filipinx for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice in MN.

Marlina teaches Introduction to Pan Asian Theater at Augsburg University. Starting January 2022, she will be teaching a new interactive course on Black + Asian Solidarity and Community with U of MN’s Asian American Studies.

 

Denise Uyehara is a performance artist, writer and director based in Tucson who has been presented in London, Tokyo, Helsinki and across the U.S. Her most recent work focus on memory, time travel, crisis and identity. She invites us to revisit and reshape the notions of who we are.

As part of the 5th World Collective, she collaborated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to create "Shooting Columbus,” exploring what this continent would look like if settlers never arrived. She also partnered with Pan Left, Jason Aragon and local artists to create "Dreams/Sueños," a multi-disciplinary performance inspired by interviews with undocumented women in South Tucson. “Senkotsu (Mis)Translation Project” examines the U.S. occupation in Okinawa, while “Big Head” investigates connections between incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and treatment of Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 world.

Currently, she is in collaboration with t loving and Genevieve Erin O’Brien on “EZ Bake,” a project which explores queer BIPOC liberation.

Support includes: The MAP Fund, ACA Project Grant, COLA Award, and the Asian Arts Council. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA in Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine. She is a Sacred Naked Nature Girl, a proud mother, and university lecturer. Maps of City & Body (Kaya) documents her work. More info: www.deniseuyehara.com

 

About Specter of Sunlight// -For the lightworkers, the airwalkers, and the waymakers. For the water weavers, the fire breathers, and the earth dwellers. Specter of Sunlight// unfolds as an embodied conversation between the women who founded the Black Lives Matter and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Centering the power of sisterhood as a liberatory ritual, Specter of Sunlight// honors generations activists, educators, and artists who have dedicated their lives to global movement for liberation and justice.

 

Cast and Creative Team Featuring: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, Brooklyn, NY Vesta Kenyadah Walker, Queens, NY Audrey Elaine Hailes, Brooklyn, NY Sanchel Brown, Baltimore, Maryland Sound Design: Petra Valoma, Berkeley California Videography: Forever Photography, Ft. Worth, Texas Additional Videography, Vir-Amicus, Bronx, NY Photography, Marisol Diaz Gordon, NY, NY Photography, Brandy Glover Fuller, Dallas, TX Costume Designer: Dee Dee’s Street Boutique, Miami, Florida Dresses:Tara Daniels, Brooklyn, NY Wardrobe Assistant: Mshairi Siyanda, Atlanta, Georgia Choreography Mentor: Maria Bauman Associate Choreographer: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu Tour/Production/Stage Manager: Sará Abdullah, Brooklyn NY Filmmaker/Creative Consultant: Southern Android Productions//Viktor. L Ewing Givens, Crockett, Texas Concept/Creator/Choreographer/Text: Ebony Noelle Golden

About Specter of Sunlight// -For the lightworkers, the airwalkers, and the waymakers. For the water weavers, the fire breathers, and the earth dwellers. Specter of Sunlight// unfolds as an embodied conversation between the women who founded the Black Lives Matter and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Centering the power of sisterhood as a liberatory ritual, Specter of Sunlight// honors generations activists, educators, and artists who have dedicated their lives to global movement for liberation and justice.

 

Cast and Creative Team Featuring: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, Brooklyn, NY Vesta Kenyadah Walker, Queens, NY Audrey Elaine Hailes, Brooklyn, NY Sanchel Brown, Baltimore, Maryland Sound Design: Petra Valoma, Berkeley California Videography: Forever Photography, Ft. Worth, Texas Additional Videography, Vir-Amicus, Bronx, NY Photography, Marisol Diaz Gordon, NY, NY Photography, Brandy Glover Fuller, Dallas, TX Costume Designer: Dee Dee’s Street Boutique, Miami, Florida Dresses:Tara Daniels, Brooklyn, NY Wardrobe Assistant: Mshairi Siyanda, Atlanta, Georgia Choreography Mentor: Maria Bauman Associate Choreographer: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu Tour/Production/Stage Manager: Sará Abdullah, Brooklyn NY Filmmaker/Creative Consultant: Southern Android Productions//Viktor. L Ewing Givens, Crockett, Texas Concept/Creator/Choreographer/Text: Ebony Noelle Golden

Ebony Noelle Golden is an artist, scholar, and culture strategist from Houston, TX and currently based in Harlem. She devises site-specific ceremonies, live art installations, creative collaborations, and arts experiments that explore and radically imagine viable strategies for collective black liberation. In 2020, Ebony launched Jupiter Performance Studio (JPS) which serves as a hub for the study of diasporic black performance traditions. JPS is integral to the development of a five-part theatrical ceremony that will be developed and produced over the next three years with partners in Harlem, Brooklyn, Durham, and Ashfield, Massachusetts.

In 2009, Ebony founded Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, a culture consultancy and arts accelerator, that devises systems, strategies, solutions for and with education, arts, culture, and community groups globally. Golden's current projects include: Jubilee 11213 (in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and generously supported by Creative Capital, Coalition of Theaters of Color, and Black Spatial Relics), free/conjure/black, and In The Name Of (commissioned by Apollo Theatre and generously supported by Double Edge Theatre, Toshi Reagon, Network of Ensemble Theatres and Hi-Arts). She is a proud full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. https://www.bettysdaughterarts.com/

Teo Castellanos is an independent actor/writer/director, who for the past 25 years has worked solely in devised theater, film and television. His award winning solo NE 2nd Avenue commissioned by Miami Light Project, toured extensively for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. Teo is a Doris Duke Artist 2021, United States Artist Fellow 2019, and a Sundance Institute Screen Writers Intensive Fellow 2015. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, MAP Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, National Performance Network, Knight New Works, Knight Arts Challenge, Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs and also won the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship 2005 and 2013.

Teo’s most recent solo Third Trinity, was directed by long time collaborator and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003 and is also Artistic Director of the devised theater company Combat Hippies. Teo has toured solo and company works throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, China and the Caribbean. Some acting theater credits include playing Elegba in Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, (Miami) and Santos in The Hittite Empire’s Skeletons of Fish (London). Film credits include playing opposite Matt Dillon in Sunlight Jr. and opposite John Leguizamo in Empire. For years he taught theater and Zen in prisons. Teo is a member of SAG/AFTRA, and Associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers and holds a BFA in Theater from Florida Atlantic University.

Carolyn Dunn is an American Indian artist of Cherokee, Muskogee Creek, and Seminole descent on her father’s side, and is Cajun, French Creole, and Choctaw, Tunica-Biloxi on her mother’s. Her life as a storyteller encompasses both poetry and playwriting with works about family, grief, resilience, and the landscape in all genres in between. In addition to the award-winning Outfoxing Coyote, her books include Through the Eye of the Deer (with Carol Zitzer-Comfort, Aunt Lute Books, 1999), Coyote Speaks (with Ari Berk, H.N. Abrams, 2008), Echolocation: Poems, Stories and Songs from Indian Country: L.A. (Fezziweg Press, 2013), The Stains of Burden and Dumb Luck (Mongrel Empire Press, 2017), and more. Her plays The Frybread Queen, Ghost Dance, and Soledad have been developed and staged at Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles, and performed on stages across the United States including Pangea World Theatre and Carnegie Hall, among others. She received her Doctorate in American studies with a focus on American Indian Literature and Theater from the University of Southern California. She is now an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles and the Artistic Director of Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company in Oklahoma City. Her current work in progress is a play entitled Chasing Tailfeathers. Stage acting credits include The Bingo Palace, Citizen, Neechie-itas, Sliver of a Full Moon, Missing Peace, and the upcoming world premier of the musical Distant Thunder. She lives in Los Angeles and Oklahoma with her family.

Moses Goods is one of Hawaiʻi’s most prominent theatre artists. Originally from the island of Maui and now based in Honolulu he has traveled nationally and internationally as an actor and a playwright. His vast body of work reflects his exploration of his identity as Black, Native Hawaiian and Queer. As a playwright Moses has written thirteen full length plays and dozens of short theatrical pieces. Moses is an Artistic Associate with Honolulu Theatre for Youth where he is currently working on a project titled ʻImi Ā Loaʻa a piece that wil combine live theatre with Augmented Reality to explore the concept of time from a Native Hawaiian perspective. He is also the founder and artistic director of ʻInamona Theatre, an organization dedicated to reintroducing the native stories of Hawaiʻi to the community. Currently Moses has a recurring guest starring role in the new CBS series NCIS Hawaiʻi as the character Wally Holman.

 

Margo Kane:

Cree-Saulteaux Metis performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Indigenous Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’ She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival celebrating its 20 th Anniversary this coming year and numerous programs including Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts and an Indigenous Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver. She has received numerous awards and honors including an International Citation of Merit from ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Order of Canada from the Governor- General and most recently an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from SFU – Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.

 

Sharon M. Day, Ojibwe* is the Executive Director and a founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF), formerly known as the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force. She leads IPTF’s flagship program, Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble, and mentors youth via theatrical expressivity. Ikidowin young artists haves performed many plays written by her. She is an artist, musician, and writer. Her play, We will do it for the Water has been produced by Pangea World theater. As an actor she has performed with Pangea World Theater, Spiderwoman Theater, Illusion Theater, American History Theater and with festivals at the Guthrie and Ordway. An environmental activist, she has led 20 plus Water Walks since 2011, walking over 10,000 miles to offer prayers for these rivers. These extended ceremonies have occurred along the banks of The Mississippi, the Ohio, the Missouri, the Cuyahoga and Salt rivers.

Sharon’s many awards include the Resourceful Woman Award, the Gisela Knopka Award, BIHA’s Women of Color Award, The National Native American AIDS Prevention Resource Center’s Red Ribbon Award, the Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Award, and the Spirit Aligned Leadership Fellowship. The Governor of the State of Minnesota, and the mayors of both St. Paul and Minneapolis named November 10, 1998 after her: Sharon M. Day, Day. She is an editor of the anthology, Sing! Whisper! Shout! Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World: Edgework Books, 2000. She is also one of two contributors to Drink of the Winds, Let the Waters Flow Free, Johnson Institute, 1978.

Welcome everyone! This is Mollie from Pangea World Theater. Thank you for joining Pangea & Art2Action for our second Virtual Weekend of NIDEC! The event will begin shortly.