fred hersch (composer/pianist): Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Composition; Jazz Journalists Association 2011 Jazz Pianist of the Year; five GRAMMY® nominations four as jazz pianist and one as composer; Grants from NEA, Chamber Music America, Rockefeller Foundation and Meet the Composer; seven composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony; over 35 albums as leader/duo partner; performed on over 100 CDs. More than 100 compositions recorded by eminent jazz and classical artists. Jazz Studies faculty, The New England Conservatory and Rutgers University. A survivor of HIV/AIDS for more than a quarter of a century, in the summer of 2008 a vicious pneumonia left him in septic shock and a coma for two months; he precisely retained a series of dreams when he emerged from his coma.
herschel garfein (writer/director): is a GRAMMY® award-winning composer, writer and stage director. Currently: music and lyrics for the operatic adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Sister Carrie for Florentine Opera, Milwaukee; three songs for the 20th Anniversary AIDS Quilt Songbook. His libretto for Robert Aldridge's opera Elmer Gantry won him a GRAMMY® in 2012 for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. As composer: Mythologies (Mark Morris), Sueños (Mabou Mines), American Steel (Alabama Symphony); incidental music for Sir Peter Hall's Troilus and Cressida (TFNA). As writer: Aldridge's Parables; Robert S. Cohen's Alzheimer's Stories. Grants from NEA, Mass Council on the Arts, Nat'l Institute for Music/Theater. Composition faculty at New York University. More at rgdead.com
michael winther (actor/singer): received a Drama Desk nomination for his critically acclaimed solo performance in Songs From An Unmade Bed at New York Theater Workshop. Previous work with Fred Hersch includes The Songs of Fred Hersch (Lincoln Center's American Songbook). He made his Lincoln Center solo concert debut at the American Songbook series showcasing new work by contemporary theater composers and lyricists. Other New York concert work includes: Allen Room, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, Birdland, and Ars Nova. Nationally, he has appeared with Robert Kapilow in "What Makes It Great?" celebrating the songs of Sondheim, Gershwin, Porter and Bernstein. Michael's theatre credits include -- Broadway: 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, 1776, The Crucible, Artist Descending A Staircase, Damn Yankees. He has worked extensively off-Broadway, in television and film and at regional theaters including: Yale Rep, Center Theater Group, McCarter, Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Centerstage and Old Globe.
sarah wickliffe (animator): Sarah Wickliffe is an animator and visual artist currently living in New York City. A graduate of NYU Tisch, her thesis film "Art's Desire" has screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide, most notably a Gold Student Academy Award in 2007. She has since worked on a wide range of projects, from preschool television to The Onion News Network. While she wears many hats (animator, director, storyboard artist, designer), she is most happy holding a paintbrush. Currently, Sarah is working on graphics for The Onion's "Fact Zone" airing this Fall on the IFC network. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.wickpix.com.
aaron copp (lighting designer): Recent projects include lighting designs for Sinead O'Connor's Gospel Sessions at Lincoln Center, Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Off-Bway and DVD release), Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep tour, a new concert DVD by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood, Where We Live by SO Percussion at BAM, and Laurie Anderson's Homeland (in collaboration with U2 production designer Willie Williams). In 2008 received his second Bessie Award for Jonah Bokaer's The Invention Of Minus One. He had a long association with Merce Cunningham, designing such pieces as Ground Level Overlay, Windows, and Biped, for which he also won a Bessie.
eamonn farrell (video systems designer): Eamonn has designed video and projections for shows at venues such as PS 122, La Mama ETC, The Flea, The Ohio, HERE, the Kasser Theatre at Montclair, The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and the Roes Theatre, Chora Theatre, the Greek National Opera and Megaron Musiki in Athens, Greece. He designs extensively for director Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines, including Breur's upcoming "La Divina Caricatura." His multi-media theatre company, Anonymous Ensemble has presented work in NYC, Edinburgh, London, Brisbane, Berlin, Oslo and Athens
gregg kallor (conductor): Composer, pianist, and improviser, Kallor is the recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for Composition. One of ten composers nationwide selected for this prestigious residency, Kallor composed a concerto for piano and orchestra during his time at the home of the late eminent American composer. Kallor's new album, "A Single Noon," is a nine-movement piano suite - a musical tableau of life in New York City told through a combination of composed music and improvisation. Fred Hersch co-produced the album.