The Faculty of the PIMA program is comprised of members from the graduate theater, music, film & television, and fine art departments.
Director of the MFA Program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, Associate Professor of Theatre, Brooklyn College, Editor, Signals: Contemporary Performance Journal, featuring articles on international performance. Areas of research: contemporary performance and technology; Theatre in the Age of Globalization; the Théâtre du Soleil; theories of directing; methods of collaborative creation. Artistic Director, Global Theatre Ensemble. Co-curator, producer, and dramaturg of Global Theatre Ensemble’s project on Eliminating Violence Against Women, commissioned by the United Nations, 2008. Chapter on the theatre practices of the Théâtre du Soleil, in Actor Training by Routledge. Working on a book Theatre in a Global Context: A History. Worked internationally as stage director and trained with Ariane Mnouchkine of the Théâtre du Soleil, and Sotigui Kouyaté of the Peter Brook Company. Served as Artistic Director of the Stalhouderij Theatre Company, Amsterdam’s award winning English-language theatre, an international ensemble of actors creating new works in the 1990s. Director of The Game, by Mariella Romero, listed as the best production of the year in the Netherlands by Amsterdam’s City Life (later Time Out).Currently working on a contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, FATIMA, originally workshopped at Oregon Shakespeare Co., and an opera on American Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller with composer Christopher Drobny. Artist in Residence, Theaterlab, 2014-15, www.theaterlabnyc.com. Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley’s Director/Scholar program. Signals can be found at: http://contemporaryperformancejournal.com/
David Grubbs is an associate professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).
Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers such as Susan Howe and Rick Moody, and with visual artists such as Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, Cosima von Bonin, and Stephen Prina. His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a 2005-6 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and is a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.
Associate Professor John J.A. Jannone makes and studies noises, pictures and stories, and he is particularly interested in noises, pictures and stories that somehow involve electricity, numbers and people. He designed the College’s two graduate programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA), which he directed through Spring 2008. He currently coordinates the M.F.A. program in television production. His current research interest is the psychology of collaboration, specifically the sensation of conscious will during the collaborative process. Jannone co-directs two summer camps for children: Camp Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts, and The Farm Arts Camp. He believes in providing kids and adults with delicious food prepared from scratch using local, seasonal and sustainably produced ingredients. He spent Summer 2009 working with collaborators at the camps to provide this sort of food service to the camp community.
Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician, who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music (since the mid-90’s) using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments. She draws on an eclectic musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music, and as performer she also interprets the music of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers, in a large variety of projects with well-regarded musicians around the world. Dafna has received fellowships and awards including from New York Foundation for the Arts (2013 Music and Sound , 2001 Computer Arts, 2013 Music/Sound), New York State Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace, American Composers Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Music Center, and has recorded several CDs, including “What is it Like to be a Bat?” a digital punk trio with Kitty Brazelton (on Tzadik).
Andrew Kircher is a CUNY teaching fellow with the Theatre department and adjunct lecturer for the Performance And Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) MFA program. He is pursuing a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center and has an MA in Theatre History from Brooklyn College. Research interests include digital technology and remix culture, Creative Commons and copyright alternatives, and Don Juan play adaptations. He has presented at ATHE, ASTR, MATC, IFTR, and is the Graduate Representative for the ATHE Latino Focus Group. He has produced with companies including Ars Nova and Les Freres Corbusier, and is currently the Associate Producer for the Devised Theater Initiative & Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Erwin Maas is a New York based theater director, teacher and performing arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, and USA. In New York, he directed numerous Off Off & Off Broadway productions as well as various site-specific works. He collaborated with the Sundance Theatre Institute, American Opera Projects, Hybrid Theatre Works, Pocket Opera of New York, Nico Muhly, Mimi Lien, Oana Botez, Jian Jung, Jeanette Yew, Lucrecia Briceno, Judith Adong, Sam Forman and Saviana Stanescu, among many others. He was a guest speaker, lecturer, instructor and director at academies and universities including Yale School of Drama, NYU Drama Department, Columbia University / Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Brown University / Trinity Rep, and at academies in Berlin, Barcelona, Sydney, and Amsterdam. From 2010 to 2014, Maas shared the position of Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA. He is a member of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee and he is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn. Erwin holds a M.A. in Drama Teaching and Directing from the Academy for Dramatic Arts Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a M.A. in Media Arts and Production/Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Technology Sydney – Australia, and a MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC.
The work of the American artists team Jennifer and Kevin McCoy has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S.1, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. International exhibitions include projects at the Pompidou Center, the British Film Institute, ZKM, the Hanover Kunstverien, the Bonn Kunstverein, and F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, UK). Grants include a 2002 Creative Capital Grant for Emerging Fields, a 2005 Wired Rave Award, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. Articles about their work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Flash Art, Art News, The New York Times, and Newsweek. Residencies include work at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Their work is represented in New York by Postmasters Gallery and Gallerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva and can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and MUDAM in Luxembourg.
Carmen Montoya has lived and worked throughout Latin America where she served as the sole interpreter for an assembly of rural villages in San Salvador, an advocate for battered women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and an English teacher for a craft cooperative in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Her work has been shown at SIGGRAPH, PERFORMA, New Museum Festival of Ideas, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Venice Biennial of Architecture and Visiones Sonoras, in Morelia, Mexico, where she cofounded an artist residency for multimedia performance art. As a core member of Ghana ThinkTank she was awarded a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields. The project attempts to spark problem solving collaborations between immigrants and anti-immigrant factions on the US/Mexico border and is ongoing.
She holds an MFA in Digital + Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Tal Yarden is a video artist and designer for live performance. He has collaborated on many shows with director Ivo van Hove including Cries and Whispers, Antonioni Project, Angels in America, and Roman Tragedies. Operas include Brokeback Mountain, Der Schatzgräber, Macbeth, and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. He’s also designed POP!, Indecent (Yale Rep) King Lear (Public), Distracted (Roundabout), Little Foxes, Liberty City, The Misanthrope (NYTW), Lush Valley, Sounding (HERE), He designed for Reza Abdoh: Tight Right White, Quotations from a Ruined City and Conway & Pratt: Too Close to Home, As a Dream that Vanishes and A Woman’s Work is Never Done. He is directing the documentary Kaycee Project and is a consultant for the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. He’s also VJ’d and directed live video with Annie Lennox, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, James Brown, Garbage, Lady Sovereign, Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, Peaches, Patti Smith and Moby.
Briggan Krauss in an internationally recognized saxophonist, composer and sound artist who has been a strong presence on the New York creative music scene since 1994. He is a founding member of the band Sexmob, has played on Grammy Award winning and nominated recordings, and leads several of his own projects as well as collaborating with many other improvisers and composers in New York City and around the world. He has recently earned an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts [PIMA] program.
Artists in the PIMA program come from a range of disciplines: acting, directing, music performance and composition, social anthropology, electronic arts, dance, fine arts, illustration and performance art, among varied others.
Alumni from the PIMA program work as artists, educators and creative technologists at establishments such as MoMA, Blue Man Group, The Wooster Group, U. of Maryland, NYU and Yale, as well as operating as independent performers, producers and consultants.
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