Michelle Ellsworth (Performer) Ellsworth's performance work has been produced at Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX) Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Lee, MA), The Sushi Gallery (San Diego, CA), The Telluride Experimental Film Festival (Telluride, CO), Links Hall (Chicago, IL), the Solo Mio Festival (San Francisco, CA) and in the Cultural Arts Center (San Jose, Costa Rica). Her drawings, spreadsheets, and scripts have been published in CHAIN and The Nerve Lantern. Her video installation work has been presented at P.S. 122 (NYC) and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts. With great pleasure, she regularly makes interdisciplinary performance pieces and films with Michael Theodore. She is currently making a 7 inch recording with Drummer Sean Meehan and teaching at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Michael Theodore (Music/Sound/Video) was born and raised in New York City. He was trained as a classical composer, studying with Jacob Druckman and Roger Reynolds at the Yale School of Music and at UCSD. In addition to composition for acoustic instruments, Theodore’s work explores various types of audio and visual digital technology. In the past several years Theodore’s musical nad animation works have been performed by the Sonor Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and The New Juilliard Ensemble, and has been featured in festivals in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia. Theodore is currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Bulder, where he teaches music compositiona nd technology, as well as an Interdisciplinary Performance class with Michelle Ellsworth.
Priscilla Cohan (Set Design) is a visual artist who lives and works in Lyons, Colorado. Ed and The Monkey Saddle are the two most recent collaborations with Michelle Ellsworth. She also worked with Michelle on All Clytemnestra to the Western Front. She has performed with Richard Goulis in Block and Jaime Geiser in Evidence of Floods. She designed sets for Ethelyn Friends production of My Ship the Rise and Fall of Pirate Jenny and Hey! Stop that! directed by Thalia Field.
Janice Benning Lacek (Costume Design) has been a frequent collaborator with Michelle Ellsworth on her solo performances and dance works since 1998. Costume design credits in US regional theatre: most recently Arcadia and Moon Over Buffalo with SRT 2003, Santa Rosa CA, and Cymbeline with the Utah Shakespearean Festival 2002. With the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, As You like It (’01) and Richard II (’98) – designs which were included by invitation in the US exhibit in the prestigious Prague Quadrennial International Exhibit of Theatre Design 1999. Since 1993, projects with La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, ACT in San Francisco, San Diego Rep, Sledgehammer Theatre, Evidence Room Theatre Project and other regional companies in theatre, opera, and dance. Dedicated to the development of new works, Janice is also founding company member & resident costume designer with Denver’s Curious Theatre Company since 1999 ; highlights: the Denver regional premieres of Nickel and Dimed Bright Ideas, Proof, How I Learned to Drive, Closer, Fuddy Meers and Cloud Tectonics; and also three world premieres. Janice has also been resident costume designer and assistant professor of theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1997-2003) and at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (1995-1997). She holds an MFA in theatre design from the University of California, San Diego, and is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.