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STEVEN WANG

STEVEN WANG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Steven Wang has over seven years of experience within the consumer packaged goods industry, helping Fortune 500 companies develop and grow their store brands. His passion for opera—and the desire to find ways of getting younger generations involved in the artform—influenced him to pursue his MBA at the University of Cambridge in the UK, specializing in Culture and Arts Management. During his studies, Steven produced a modern interpretation of Dido and Aeneas, and worked as a budgeting consultant for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. After his program, he assisted the Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk on multiple consulting projects, including a revamp of their marketing message to improve their recruitment strategies for the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. Steven also holds a B.S. in Marketing (Honors) and Economics from Arizona State University.

STEVEN WANG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BILLIE HOWARD

BILLIE HOWARD

ARTISTIC PLANNING + ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Billie Howard is a Chicago-based musician, educator, and arts administrator. She has over twelve years of experience working with non-profits to produce artistic programming and develop audiences across Chicago. She is dedicated to serving artists of all disciplines, helping them bring their ideas to fruition from the ground up. As a violinist and pianist, she frequently works in collaboration, often with one of her groups: NbN Trio (Fall 2012 Sponsored Artists), The Paver, a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Akosuen. She performs frequently with many ensembles including Wrekmeister Harmonies, Bobby Conn, and Chicago Composer’s Orchestra. An active session musician, she has been featured on studio recordings by American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Grammy-nominated children’s artist Justin Roberts, and many other recording artists. She maintains a large piano studio at Concordia University where she is Adjunct Professor of Piano. Billie holds violin, piano performance, and pedagogy degrees from Northwestern University and Montana State University.

BILLIE HOWARD

ARTISTIC PLANNING + ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

REBECCA HIMELSTEIN

REBECCA HIMELSTEIN

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Rebecca Himelstein is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and arts programmer. Her work tracks cultural forms and processes understood as normal or natural through repetitive and rule driven interactions with them. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a thesis on race and gender expectations in speech speech synthesis technologies. She is a Music Programming Assistant at Comfort Station Logan square and has recently performed at Archer Beach Haus, Ballroom Projects, and is a Artist in Residence in Chicago Artists Coalition’s 2016-2017 Hatch Program.

REBECCA HIMELSTEIN

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


PAUL BOULIS

PAUL BOULIS

CHAIR

Paul S. Boulis is the retired President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois which serves more than seven million Blue Cross and Blue Shield members. As head of Illinois’ largest health insurance company, Mr. Boulis was responsible for all operations including Sales and Marketing, Managed Care Network Operations, Medical Policy, Contracting, Provider Affairs, Government Relations, Public Affairs and Advertising. Mr. Boulis joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois in 1984 following 11.5 years with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in various positions including management of Medicare Part A, Director of Utilization Review and Executive Director of Marketing Services. Prior to being named President of the Illinois Plan, he served as a Vice President and Senior Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ National Division for 17 years, growing the company’s national and major accounts business to include more than 400 large employer, government and labor customers. Mr. Boulis served as Chairman of the Board of the Arts and Business Council for 4 of the 9 years he served that organization. He was also a member of the Boards of Directors of Consortium Health Plans, Dental Network of America, Health Insurance Services Corporation and Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company of New York. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund and served on the board of directors for the Griffith Leadership Center at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Public Health. He is a past member of the Associates Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Michigan Program in Health Services Administration Alumni Association. He recently served 3 years on the Board of One Magnificent Mile Condominium Association and 3 years on the Board of Directors of Engaged Health Solutions. He served as an advisory member and chair of the advisory committee that completed the artistic installations on the 26 floors of the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Boulis earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh; a Master's in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan; and a one year Fellowship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

PAUL BOULIS

CHAIR

JONATHAN BASKIN

JONATHAN BASKIN

TREASURER

Jon Baskin is a founder and co-editor of The Point, a Chicago-based magazine of ideas and culture. A Chicago native, he is a doctoral candidate in The Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago, and holds a B.A. in English and History from Brown University. He has also worked for the Center for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly and Agate Publishing, and published articles on literature and philosophy in Bookforum, Salon and n+1.

JONATHAN BASKIN

TREASURER

ROBYN TREM

ROBYN TREM

SECRETARY

Robyn Trem is a Researcher for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2015 as a Program Assistant to the Arts and Culture in Chicago and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MacArthur Award) programs, before moving into her current Research position in early 2016. Previously, Robyn has worked as an urban educator in Boston (Senior Fellow, AmeriCorps Urban Fellowship) and as the grants coordinator for INTUIT: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, a Chicago arts non-profit. Professionally Robyn focuses on program development, evaluation, and grant writing; she is dedicated to work that supports understanding and ending institutional racism and urban inequality. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. Robyn is a life-long student of the arts.

ROBYN TREM

SECRETARY

CINDY BLIKRE

CINDY BLIKRE

Cindy Blikre has over 20 years of experience in marketing blue-chip brands with a career in global advertising agencies Ogilvy, JWT and Leo Burnett. She spent 16 years of her career at Leo Burnett in account management, including four years as an Executive Vice President/Group Account Director. Passionate about the power of people, creativity and ideas to drive change, Cindy is currently back at Northwestern getting a Master's in Learning and Organizational Change and is continuing to consult in the marketing space. She also has a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota where she sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

CINDY BLIKRE

SARAH CURRAN

SARAH CURRAN

Sarah Curran is the Programming Director for the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, where she creates multidisciplinary arts programs to align with the teaching and research mission of Stanford University. Sarah began her career in Chicago, teaching high school theater, and has worked with a variety of arts organizations, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Chicago Humanities Festival. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.

SARAH CURRAN

SHOSHONA CURRIER

SHOSHONA CURRIER

Shoshona Currier is the Director of Performing Arts for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In her four years with the department she has been integral in the development and integration of dance and theater into Chicago’s civic programming. She has directed and overseen such large-scale civic events as the Chicago World Music Festival, SummerDance, Downtown Sound, and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz. She also oversees a robust performance residency program at The Chicago Cultural Center. Prior to her role at DCASE, Ms. Currier served in Producer positions at Dance New Amsterdam and Performance Space 122 in New York City. Shoshona holds an Associates Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a B.S. in Liberal Arts from the New School University in New York City and was a member of the inaugural class of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. She is an Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, a Consortium Member of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, and serves on the board of High Concept Labs.

SHOSHONA CURRIER

MÓNICA MILLÁN

MÓNICA MILLÁN

Mónica is an attorney in Chicago with a passion for the performing arts. For the past four years, she has served as counsel for a Chicago-based aircraft leasing company, managing all aspects of motion practice, discovery, and trial preparation for the company’s complex commercial and criminal litigation. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University, with Certificates in Latin American Studies and Musical Performance, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Throughout her studies, Mónica was actively engaged as a soprano soloist for the University of Chicago Motet Choir, Women’s Chorus, and University Chorus and the Princeton University Chamber Choir and Glee Club.

MÓNICA MILLÁN

MARK ROBINSON

MARK ROBINSON

Mark Robinson is a professor at DePaul University. His academic research explores the bioethical and social implications of emerging developments in translational science, biomedicine, and technology. Mark’s cross-disciplinary research has garnered recognition from the Ford Foundation, Italy’s Giannino Bassetti Foundation, and Harvard University’s Institute for Social Inequality. Mark has also worked in a number of capacities with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Foundation Enterprise, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the Heartland Alliance for Health and Human Rights. Mark has published on topics spanning neuroscience, the history of antipsychotics, and new developments in stem-cell research, genetics and prosthetics. An alumnus of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, he received his Ph.D from Princeton University as a Presidential Fellow.

MARK ROBINSON

KEMPE SCANLAN

KEMPE SCANLAN

As an accomplished designer, sculptor, and business owner, Kempe Scanlan seeks to address issues at the intersection of human behavior and empowerment through product design. He’s the president of KEMPE Clothing, a line of performance wear focused on healthy ways of gender expression for those who find themselves outside of the gender binary of male and female. He’s worked in marketing and nonprofit in Boston, publishing in Charleston, and conceptual design in Chicago. Kempe has a degree in economics from Skidmore College, and a master of design in designed objects from The School at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is from South Carolina and New York, but now calls the Windy City home.

KEMPE SCANLAN

KEVIN SIMMONS

KEVIN SIMMONS

FOUNDER

For more than a decade, Kevin Simmons has worked in Chicago and abroad as a program strategist, project designer, and consultant for diverse cultural, environmental, and philanthropic initiatives. A former AmeriCorps*VISTA member and Site Director for LIFT, he studied housing and education policy at Princeton University, Russian language and Slavic literature at the Nevsky Institute in St. Petersburg, holds a certificate in Conservation Finance from the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, and is an NAI-certified interpretive guide and naturalist. Institutions for which he has worked in development, communications, or program management capacities include the UNDP/Global Environment Facility, Audubon Society, ANAI, ArtBasel (Basel), and the BioMuseo, in collaboration Frank Gehry, Bruce Mau, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). He is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and serves on the boards of The Foundation for National Progress & Mother Jones Magazine, Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, Opera Omnia, and is the Board Chair of Opera Cabal.

KEVIN SIMMONS

FOUNDER

GWEN SMUDA

GWEN SMUDA

Gwen is a Software Engineer at Wellspring, a Chicago-based technology company that focuses on intellectual property management. Prior to entering software, she worked as a costumer for storefront theaters and filmmakers around Chicago, and interned at the Chicago Weaving School. In 2015 and 2016, Gwen was Chair of the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee, a volunteer process focused on increasing civic engagement. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

GWEN SMUDA

ARTISTIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

High Concept Labs’ Artistic Advisory Council (AAC) is composed of an experienced panel of arts practitioners, critics, writers, and thinkers who work with our staff to guide the artistic direction of our programs. The AAC is instrumental in the selection and growth of the Sponsored Artist Program, making HCL a prime resource for artists who lack the support structures of Chicago’s larger cultural institutions. Council members also recommend artists to the program, devise creative methods and partnerships, and support occasional large-scale creative projects. The AAC provides invaluable contributions in support of HCL’s mission to support working artists and audiences.

SARA BLACK

SARA BLACK

Sculpture/Visual art

Sara Black works broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer, and curator. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2006 and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a founder of the artist group Material Exchange that was active in Chicago until 2010, working closely with artists John Preus and David Wolf, and has since been engaged in a number of collaborative works with artists Jillian Soto, Raewyn Martyn, Amber Ginburg, Lia Rousset, and others. Her work uses conscious processes of carpentry, wood-working, and repair as a time-based method along with inherited building materials or other exhausted objects as material. This results in works that aim to expose the complex ways in which things and people are suspended in worlds together. In the fall of 2012, Sara and her collaborator J Soto were Sponsored Artists at High Concept Labs, working on the exhibition Two Histories of the World.

SARA BLACK

Sculpture/Visual art

MAJEL CONNERY

MAJEL CONNERY

Music

Majel Connery is co-founder and Executive & Artistic Director of Opera Cabal, an arts think tank for the conjunction of academic and creative work on opera. Connery is a scholar, vocalist, actress, and stage director, and has performed with Opera Cabal and other ensembles. Current and recent collaborations include the world stage premiere of G.F. Haas’s ATTHIS with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (The Kitchen); Hong Kong Graft, co-created with Ken Ueno and Thomas Tsang (recently presented by High Concept Labs); stage direction for Kurt Rohde’s Death With Interruptions; Hecuba and Passionate Pilgrim, albums in progress co-created with Alexander Overington and Oracle Hysterical (Doug and Brad Balliett, and Elliot Cole); and the recent commission of a new opera by Sarah Kirkland Snider for Shara Worden. As a scholar, Connery holds degrees from Princeton University and from the University of Chicago. She recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley, where she was also a fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and at the Art Research Center. Connery is pleased to serve on the Artistic Advisory Council for High Concept Labs, which has headquartered many of Opera Cabal’s past and current commissions, including works by Caroline Shaw, Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Phyllis Chen, Ken Ueno, Teddy Rankin-Parker, and Alexander Overington.

MAJEL CONNERY

Music

RACHEL ELLISON

RACHEL ELLISON

Council Chair, Performance and Visual arts

Rachel Ellison is an artist, writer, and sculptor of experiences based in Chicago. She served as Manager of Artistic Planning and Administration at High Concept Labs for three years, working closely with the Sponsored Artists and Artistic Advisory Council. Currently she is focused on building Bat Sarah Press, an arts platform that aims to evaluate generative roles religion can play in contemporary life. As an artist, Rachel creates performance-events called Rehearsals for Ways of Being using strategies to rethink, recontextualize, and reperform scenes of everyday life. She has exhibited works at venues across Chicago including The Museum of Contemporary Art and Comfort Station Logan Square and in cities across the US and Canada. Her projects have been featured in Fanzine and on CBC Radio One in Toronto. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago in 2012.

RACHEL ELLISON

Council Chair, Performance and Visual arts

MARC FROST

MARC FROST

Theater

Marc Frost is an actor, deviser, educator, and native Chicagoan. He has performed and produced work in Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the U.S.A., and the U.K. His company Theater Unspeakable has created and performed three original works, which have toured to Lincoln Center Education in New York City, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Chicago Children’s Theatre, among other venues. The company’s work has been selected for juried showcases at both the International Performing Arts for Youth and ArtsMidwest booking conferences. Marc also serves as co-Artistic Director of Physical Festival, one of the only international festivals in America dedicated to physical theater. He currently teaches at Columbia College, The School for Theatre Creators and the Chicago High School for the Arts. He graduated with his M.F.A. in Lecoq Based Actor Created Theater from Naropa University in cooperation with the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).

MARC FROST

Theater

TED HEARNE

TED HEARNE

Music

Composer, performer, and bandleader, Ted Hearne draws on a wide breadth of influences ranging across music’s full terrain to create intense, personal, and multi-dimensional works. Hearne’s newest theatrical work, The Source, sets text from the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs—along with words by Chelsea Manning (the U.S. Army private who leaked those classified documents to WikiLeaks)—and was premiered to rave reviews in October 2014 at the BAM Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn. Hearne’s Katrina Ballads, a modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize in composition and was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post. Recent projects include commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, Roomful of Teeth, eighth blackbird and Yarn/Wire, performances with his vocal-electronic duo R WE WHO R WE (with Philip White) and Wet Ink Ensemble, and collaborations with writer-filmmaker Dee Rees and soul music icon Erykah Badu. Hearne has twice been a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs. Alongside composer-performer Philip White, with whom he forms one-half of R WE WHO R WE, Hearne has taken full advantage of HCL’s resources in the development of new musical material.

TED HEARNE

Music

MEIDA MCNEAL

MEIDA MCNEAL

Performance

Meida McNeal is an Independent Artist and Scholar of performance studies, dance and critical ethnography. Dr. McNeal works with the Chicago Park District as Arts & Culture Manager supporting partnerships and programming initiatives across the city’s parks and cultural centers. She is also faculty in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education. Recent performance projects with Honey Pot Performance (Sponsored Artists at High Concept Labs in 2014) include The Ladies Ring Shout, The Sweet Goddess Project, Price Point, and Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House & Chicago Social Culture. HPP’s newest work, Ma(s)king Her, will premiere in April 2016 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and is supported through residencies with the Arts & Public Life Initiative/University of Chicago and Propeller Fund.

MEIDA MCNEAL

Performance

JULIA A. MILLER

JULIA A. MILLER

Music

Julia A. Miller is a guitarist, composer, improvisor, sound artist, visual artist, curator, and educator. In 2013, Julia received the Meier Achievement Award, an unrestricted grant given for the work of a significant mid­career artist. Since 2014, Julia Miller and Volcano Radar have collaborated with painter Lewis Achenbach on multiple iterations of his Jazz Occurrence Series. In 2015, Julia initiated the Art of the Guitar concert series. Art of the Guitar spans the history of the modern guitar and related instruments from the Renaissance to the present, with a particular focus on the avant­ garde. Art of the Guitar is particularly concerned with a synthesis of styles and techniques, and cross pollination. Julia is pleased to serve on the Curatorial Board of the Ragdale Foundation and on the Advisory Board for High Concept Labs. Julia is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and is Guitar Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha. Julia received a DMA in composition from Northwestern University in 2005.

JULIA A. MILLER

Music

JAXON PALLAS

JAXON PALLAS

Multi-discplinary visual arts

Jaxon Pallas is an artist, archivist, curator, and educator primarily concerned with projects at the intersection of the personal, the popular, and the political. His collaborative, community-based projects have been produced and presented nationally and internationally. He was a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs in 2011, and a Curatorial Resident with the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s HATCH program in 2014-2015. He serves as the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. His other projects include the Teen Creative Agency at MCA Chicago, and the Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation. He earned a MFA from the University of Chicago, BA degrees from Rice University, and certificates from NYU and the European College of Liberal Arts (Berlin).

JAXON PALLAS

Multi-discplinary visual arts

JAVIER RIVERA

JAVIER RIVERA

Theater

Javier Rivera received his BA in Theatre and Education from American University in DC. He completed his MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. As an actor some of his favorite roles include Michael Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa, the wild boy in Wildboy The Musical (world premiere), Daniel in Kissing Fidel (world premiere), and Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor. As director he most recently tackled Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, The Who’s Tommy, and Glengarry Glen Ross (ACTF recommended) for American University’s Department of Performing Arts. Professional directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew for Lean & Hungry Theatre (WAMU/NPR broadcast), and I Am the Gentry (world premiere, Intersections Festival, DC). Javier was awarded with the Princess Grace Faberge Award for Acting in 2003, was inducted into American University’s Hall of Fame in 2004, and received the 2014 Best Actor award at the United Solo Theatre Festival (Theatre Row, NYC) for his original one-man show, Salve Regina: A Coming of GAY Story. Javier is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

JAVIER RIVERA

Theater

MOLLY SHANAHAN

MOLLY SHANAHAN

Dance

Molly Shanahan is the Artistic Director of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, the Chicago-based company she founded in 1994 to support her research in choreography, performance, and collaboration. Through her career, Molly has developed a distinctively fluid vocabulary with a singular purpose: to find and express the most unbridled of inner impulses. She continues to deepen and hone her singular approach to movement and the body, which feeds her multi-modal collaborations and the public performance of her solo and ensemble dances. Shanahan is recognized as a “singular voice in Chicago dance,” (Zac Whittenburg, TimeOut Chicago) who has been “distilling the essence of performance—the relationship between audience and artist—for years, exposing the honest beauty of the body in its natural state: fluid, organic motion” (Sharon Hoyer, New City Chicago). Molly’s work has been supported by two NPN Creation Fund Awards, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, an Illinois Arts Council fellowship for choreography, and a 2010 Meier Achievement Award, among others. My Name is a Blackbird was listed as one of the “top ten dance moments of the decade” by TimeOut Chicago. Shanahan was included in New City’s 2010 and 2012 feature “The Players, 50 people who really perform for Chicago: “discarding the rules of modern dance, Shanahan puts movement under the microscope, cultivating gorgeous organic phrases by observing motion at an atomic level.” (Sharon Hoyer, New City). In 2012 Molly received a fellowship from Temple University (Philadelphia) for doctoral research focusing on her embodied transformation through the freeing of abdominal musculature to move, rather than control, the pelvis and spine, a transformation that subverts normative employment of a “core” to centrally control the body and, related, conformity to aesthetics of ideal fitness and femininity. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and currently splits her time between Chicago and Philadelphia, where she teaches at Temple University and Bryn Mawr College, and is writing a dissertation on My Name is a Blackbird.

MOLLY SHANAHAN

Dance

CASEY SMALLWOOD

CASEY SMALLWOOD

Film

Casey Smallwood works with performance through lens-based media, exploring the kind of acting we do in everyday life—looking at the things around theatre and film: interviews, auditions, rehearsals, etc. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; College Art Association’s ARTspace Media Lounge, New York; Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro; El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, The Institute of Superior Arts (ISA) and The National Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art, Havana, Cuba. She was a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs in 2011, a resident at the Banff Centre’s thematic residency Our Literal Speed in 2013, and a resident in Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects in 2014-2015. Casey received an MFA from the University of Chicago in Visual Arts and a BFA from Missouri State University in Photography.

CASEY SMALLWOOD

Film

WALKABOUT THEATER COMPANY

WALKABOUT THEATER COMPANY

Theater

Founded in 1999 and dedicated to the production and development of new and arresting theatrical events, Walkabout Theater Company continues its legacy of producing the highest quality of unique performance work. Highlights from its history include The Wild (Steppenwolf Garage Rep), a sumptuous and provocative collaged deconstruction of the work of playwright Charles L. Mee and ancient Dionysian rituals that questioned the savagery and civilization within us all. The sold-out production at Steppenwolf was made possible and developed through a residency at High Concept Labs and was met with critical and artistic acclaim: “A daring, stunningly surreal ritualistic feast,” “altogether brilliant,” “a monumental work,” and “a wild ride, indeed,”. The Wild was highly recommended by TimeOut and the Sun-Times and received three stars from the Chicago Tribune, and is currently touring. A summer spectacle interpretation of The Wild, renamed Wild Summer, was presented through partnership with the Chicago Parks District Night Out in the Parks programming in August 2015. In 2014 Beach Party at the End of the World—a flash mob, guerrilla beach-party spectacle created by the Walkabout ensemble, 5 Chicago choreographers and 40 performers—performed over three weekends at 7 Chicago beaches up and down the shore of Lake Michigan. Walkabout Theater’s ensemble is comprised of ten multi-disciplinary artists that live and work in Chicago. Artists Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Al Evangelista, Cooper Forsman, Dina Marie Klahn, Katie Mazzini, Kendra Miller, Dana Murphy, Thom Pasculli and Paul Scudder train and practice together in a laboratory theatre setting. The ensemble leads monthly Open Trainings, inviting fellow Chicago theatre artists to participate in Walkabout’s physical artistic practice.

WALKABOUT THEATER COMPANY

Theater

PHILIP WHITE

PHILIP WHITE

Music

Composer, performer and improviser Philip White works with electronics at the intersection of noise, jazz and contemporary concert music. Current music projects include R WE WHO R WE (with Ted Hearne) and duos with Chris Pitsiokos, Paula Matthusen, Bob Bellerue, and Taylor Levine. He collaborates with Ralph Lemon, Nora Chipaumire, and Urban Bush Women. His music has been released on Carrier Records, New Focus Recordings, Infrequent Seams and Tape Drift Records. It has been described as “utterly gripping” (Time Out Chicago), “bona fide evocative music” (Brooklyn Rail), and a “vibrant textural tapestry” (Wall Street Journal).

PHILIP WHITE

Music

ZACHARY WHITTENBURG

ZACHARY WHITTENBURG

Dance

Zachary Whittenburg spent ten years as a professional dancer with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He then returned to Chicago to work as a freelance performer, choreographer, and teacher. As a reporter and critic, Whittenburg has written for numerous print and online publications, contributes regularly to Dance Magazine, is a panelist and guest speaker, and tweets @trailerpilot about contemporary culture and the performing arts. He returned to Hubbard Street in 2012 as manager of communication, currently represents the company on the Chicago Dancemakers Forum consortium (CDF), is a member of the executive committee for the Chicago Dance History Project, and has hosted Cultural Conversations and CDF Works in Progress at High Concept Labs.

ZACHARY WHITTENBURG

Dance