TOISHA TUCKER is a conceptual artist and creative writer. She received her BA in Philosophy and History with a concentration in English Literature from Cornell University in 2002, her Post Baccalaureate in Visual Arts with distinction from UC Berkeley Extension in 2009, completed additional coursework at SAIC in 2010 and in 2013 received her Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Design. She has exhibited in Rosendale, Omaha, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Verona. Toisha is an Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, AIR Alumni of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Alumna of CUAC Feminist Artist Residency. Her short fiction After Jacob’s Room was published in the Vassar Review in 2016. She will be published in nonsensical’s Words On Paper anthology in 2017. She was a Field Organizer for Hillary for America in 2016 and currently resides in Brooklyn.
As a conceptual artist and creative writer, my work largely within epistemological, literary and linguistic investigations. I am interested in how we can illuminate and re-imagine our perceptions and manifestations of social constructions and my works have addressed a spectrum of themes including: time, memory, collective conscious, personal dystopia, nostalgia, feminism, identity and the search for contentment. My current work reacts to contemporary societal issues and events, explores the identity of the individual within the context of group/self and the boundaries of humanity, and posits new constructions of humanity and virtual space for transhumanist/post-singularity technologically-dependent future realities in which I explore my conception of technology as a prosthetic limb of desire and disability. I am fully invested in my artistic practice and am equally dedicated to helping others in theirs because I believe in the power of art to enhance and change our lives. And in these interesting times in which we find ourselves, I see art as a form of cultural activism manifested through creative and social protest. I am also passionate about wellness and believe that honest, informed and holistic feedback is beneficial to everyone. In addition to being a creative individual, I have significant experience in the arts to draw on. I have worked as an independent contractor providing arts and administrative work since 2009. I have worked in museums, non-profits and corporate organizations in various capacities, including as a volunteer coordinator, information coordinator, visitor services assistant, event planner and as an MFA class representative. I have been providing creativity + performance coaching to artists since June of 2014.
SARAH DONNELLY was born and raised in Oakland, California. She trained at the Berkeley Ballet Theater, the Ailey School, and the Joffrey Ballet. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a BFA in Dance and a BA in political Science in 2002. Sarah has danced for Nicole Berger, Mary Seideman, Khalda Logan, Alona Mor, and Breezey Berryman and is a founding member of Refractions Dance Collective. She currently works at the Thurgood Marshall Academy as a program coordinator and plays the electric keyboard for BFF.I use movement and live performance to explore social and political boundaries; danger and risk in art making; and the female presence. I am interested in challenging physical limits and pushing the confines of personal comfort. I advocate for a movement style that is distinctly athletic, blending classical line and grace with brute physical impact and force. I can work with you to balance similar tensions in your own creative practice.
CASSANDRE JOSEPH was born and raised in Brooklyn. She began training in artistic gymnastics at the age of four. Her career spanned 18 years, during which she earned several state, regional, and national titles. She has danced with The Streb Extreme Action Company since 2007 and currently coaches the STREB Kid Action Company. She is an avid reader and creative writer. Cassandre holds a B.A in English Literature from Cornell University.
I am not risk adverse and if you are looking for someone to challenge you to stand on the edge and not be afraid to jump off with you, we can figure out how to make that work so we both rise safely to the top. I am invested in helping you find the limits of your creativity and giving you the right push to break through them. I have been doing one-on-one coaching for over six years across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
M.M. DEEN is an award-winning Brooklyn-based theater artist. He has been a fellow or writing group member with the following theaters: New York Theatre Workshop, P73, the Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theatre, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (SPARC), and was an affiliate artist with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU. He is the recipient of a New Dramatists Residency, and the following fellowships: New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Bogliasco, and Wurlitzer, and has been nominated for the Weissberger Award. His full-length plays include The Shaking Earth, Draw the Circle, Tank & Horse, and Shut Up! and have been developed/presented/produced at PlayMakers Rep, NYTW, Dartmouth College, Hemispheric Institute, InterAct Theatre, BEAT Festival, Hampshire College, Georgetown University, PACE University, Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berkshire Fringe, Passage Theatre, Queens Theatre, and have won the James Baldwin Award and received honorable mention for the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize. Deen received his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama, and is represented by the Gurman Agency. Photo credit: Darcy Courteau.
Writing and acting are both processes that require you to simultaneously be present, and to get out of the way. The coming together of theater and audience is a sacred bond – the audience will do the incredible for you, they will suspend their disbelief and go with you on a journey. The artist, in return, must be willing to put themselves on the line, to walk towards their vulnerabilities. If you are hitting a block and need help, we can work together to see what’s getting in the way.