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Our Creative Society

Cue - Performers

Katie Kate

Katie Kate. Photo by Mandy Blouin

Katie Kate Musician

Katie Kate is a force. A dark horse with an extensive classical background, she channels her quirky, emotive lyrics through the lenses of hip hop, new wave, black metal and top 40 while never fully belonging to any genre. Entirely self produced, she utilizes her skills as a multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician and composer to build towering pop castles, inhabited by witches and powered by electromagnetic buffalos. Her skills as a rapper are shocking, as a singer impressive, and as a producer unprecedented. Catchy, mesmerizing, dark yet playful, Katie Kate stands alone on the frontier of future pop.

The Pendleton House

The Pendleton House

The Pendleton House Artist Collective

The core founders of the Pendleton House are comprised mostly of Cornish College of the Arts students and alumni as well as artists from across the country. The 24 artists currently housed face the challenges of being born in the millennial generation and have responded with our belief that we are more powerful working as a single entity rather than as an individual. The House strives toward building a collaborative and supportive home in which the artists can articulate their ideas and research. House artists are encouraged to develop themselves as individuals with the support of a solid foundation. The House remains a reliable structure from which multiple avenues of artistic concentration can flourish.

Artists include: Cameron Armstrong, Ariana Bird, Coulliette, Tyler Coray, Matt Drews, Chantael Duke, Lauren Evans, William Hayes, Jasper Lane, Mariah Martens, Alexandra Maricich, Benjamin Marx, Babette McGeady, Rosemary McGeady, Colleen McNeary, Joe Montgomery, Trevor Miles, Coleman Pester, Baylee Reynolds, Sean Rosado, Jordan Rundle, Makenzie Stone, Christopher Walsh, and Dylan Ward.

Amy O’Neal

Amy O’Neal. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki

Amy O’Neal Dancer, performer, choreographer, dance educator

Amy O'Neal is a freelance dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator. Over he past decade, she has taught and performed nationally and internationally and choreographed for stage, commercials, dance films, and music videos. From 2007-2012, she made work under the name AmyO/tinyrage, was the co-director of locust (music/dance/video) with musician/composer Zeke Keeble from 2000-2010, and has frequently collaborated with musician/comedian Reggie Watts since 2001. Amy has been an artist in residence at Bates Dance Festival, Headlands Center for the Arts, the US/Japan Choreographer's Exchange, and Velocity Dance Center. She is a Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts, and Foundation for Contemporary Art Grantee. She is a two time Artist Trust Fellow, DanceWEB Scholar, and two time Stranger Genius Award Nominee with a BFA from Cornish. Her next evening length work will be performed at On the Boards in December 2014 as part of the 2014/15 season.

Terry Radjaw

Terry Radjaw DJ

Radjaw DJ Gregory Smith aka Radjaw has been in the Seattle music scene for years and has been DJing for over 16 years now. Not only does he play with Katie Kate, he has also played in Mad Rad & Fresh Espresso. His Out For Stardom record label saw the many releases of these three bands as well as Metal Chocolates and Don't Talk To The Cops!. His work as a graphic designer keeps him busy day to day, but nothing makes him happier than eating lots of fresh crab and figuring out how long or short to keep his beard.

Day of Ideas - Presenters & Participants

Ellen Boyle

Ellen Boyle

Ellen Boyle Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department

Ellen Boyle, BFA, MFA is a teaching artist who has been performing and coaching nationally and internationally for over 25 years. During her tenure at Cornish she has taught Voice and Speech, Yoga and is currently teaching Physical Technique to the Freshmen. As a performer her local credits include the Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children's Theater, Seattle Opera, the Bathhouse Theater and the Seattle Rep. Other theatrical credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great American Children's Theater and the International Theater Company (of which she was a founding member performing in Greece, Cyprus and Germany). She has been a voice and dialect coach at the Seattle Rep, Intiman, Children's Theater, Bathhouse Theater and ACT. She is currently a founding member and producer of the Operating Theater Company which will open their inaugural play, THE MEMORY OF WATER, in January 2014 at the Cornish Playhouse Studio Space. Ellen is also an E-500 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, has been practicing the art of yoga for over 25 years and teaching for 11.

Tyler Calkin

Tyler Calkin.

Tyler Calkin Interdisciplinary Artist

Tyler Calkin is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Art and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts and has since shown his work across the US and internationally.

His participatory projects examine social constructions, habits, and anxieties through methods of play and experimentation. Mass produced equipment such as helmets, toothbrushes and goggles, once meant to protect and isolate our bodies, now become social catalysts. Tyler rearranges, recombines, re-contextualizes, and rewires these paraphernalia to instigate contact between the people whom they are meant to separate.

Standardized measurements model uniform behavior, but by treating these models as toys, Tyler makes playful propositions out of our material culture. The work is both functional and dysfunctional, invoking the the challenges and goal orientation of a game, without the the clarity of rules or promise of success. These open-ended experiences propose new models for our relationships to other people and to the objects that fit between us.

Sujan Chitraker

Sujan Chitraker

Sujan Chitraker Artist, educator

Sujan Chitrakar is Kathmandu based visual artist and art educator who received his fine art education from Nepal and India. With numerous national and international art workshops and regular exhibitions to his credit, he practices ART extensively in public and private space — both individually and collectively. Sujan believes that art has been widely misunderstood as it has remained either within artistic sophistication or inaccessible domain for public interactions. To reinstall the importance of art in the lives of commoners, he has conceived his third solo exhibition Let's talk about art baby! from the series of "artivities" a term derived from synthesis of art and activities. He believes that the first step to inject the importance of art is by talking about it and bringing public into the arena where they could appreciate varied contemporary or traditional art forms. Let's talk about art baby! is the first major venture which has urged him to move further as an artivist and further his artivities in public and private spaces to propagate art as integral to the development of a nation and for the evolution of mankind. He currently heads the Centre for Art and Design of Kathmandu University where along with his energetic colleagues, he is dedicated to develop new generation of art practitioners in the field of fine art and visual communication. http://kalatirtha.com/brief-info

Douglas Dempster

Douglas Dempster

Douglas Dempster Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Douglas Dempster is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Before his appointment as dean in 2007, he served for several years as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, a leading, public, comprehensive college of the fine and performing arts, with programs in Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, the University’s public art collection, Landmarks, and multi-purpose Performing Arts Center, as well as, formerly, the University’s Blanton Museum of Art.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas, Dempster was the Associate Director and Academic Dean at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, one of the top music conservatories in the world. He served for 18 years on the Eastman School faculty and in a variety of administrative roles, including founding director of Eastman’s Arts Leadership and Orchestral Studies programs, nationally leading examples of entrepreneurship training in a professional arts school. While at Eastman, Dempster held faculty appointments in the departments of Humanities, Music Theory, Musicology, and a joint appointment in Philosophy at the University of Rochester.

Dean Dempster is a philosopher by training and profession with research and teaching specialties in philosophical aesthetics, music theory, cultural policy studies, and the philosophy of language. He is published eclectically and esoterically in all these areas. He currently holds the Marie and Joseph D. Jamail Senior Regents Professorship and the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in the Department of Theater and Dance.

Well known for his record in reforming professional training programs for artists, Dempster serves on the boards of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, the China Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture, and Polyphonic.org, the Orchestral Musicians Forum.

Dempster holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Philosophy and Government from St. Lawrence University in New York State.

Ezra Dickinson

Ezra Dickinson. Photo by Anthony Rigano

Ezra Dickinson Dancer

Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Ezra earned his BFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. While at Cornish, Ezra was the recipient of The Merce Cunningham Scholarship, The Kreielshimer Scholarship, and The President's Scholarship in Dance. Ezra’s work in choreography and movement installations have been on display at the OTB Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theater, Velocity Dance Center, and The Northwest Film Forum as well as many others. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The Maureen Whiting Company. You can find out more about Ezra at: ezradickinson.com

Eli Hastings

Eli Hastings

Eli Hastings Writer

Eli Hastings is an author and counselor living in Seattle with his brilliant, dancing doctor wife, Lili, and nutcase toddler, Pax. He’s passionate about using writing to help at-risk youth, so he’s also a leader with Pongo Teen Writing. He published Falling Room (essays) in 2006 and Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips in 2013 and many pieces in journals and anthologies. He’s just finished an MA in family/youth therapy and clinical internship and is pushing forward believing that writing and healing, personally and professionally, is his path. Visit him at www.elihastings.com

Tom Leeser

Tom Leeser

Tom Leeser Program Director of the Art and Technology Program and Director of the Center for Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts.

Tom Leeser is a digital media artist, educator, curator and writer.He is the Program Director of the Art and Technology Program in the School of Art and the Director of the Center for Integrated Media at?the California Institute of the Arts.

Tom's film and video work along with his interactive installations and public performances have been shown at Telic Arts Exchange, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Kitchen, The Millennium, The Knitting Factory, Siggraph and film and video festivals worldwide. Tom's projects have received support from Art Matters, Creative Time and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.

Tom's recent curatorial projects include 'Radical Cosmologies, ISEA2012','Indirect Intention- A Home and Garden Intervention at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation','Future Imaginary' for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design,'The Lament Project- An Evening at the Manual Archives','Underground Cinemamachine' for Machine Project and 'Object Lessons' for Gigantic Artspace in New York. Tom is also an editor and producer with the web based journal and curatorial project- viralnet.net.

David Leventhal

David Leventhal. Photo by Amber Star Merkens

David Leventhal Program Director, Dance for PD®

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, an acclaimed collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in nine countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 350 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 20 cities around the world. Along with Olie Westheimer, he is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and healthcare at the medical schools of University of Michigan and Columbia University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

Tonya Lockyer Executive/Artistic Director, Velocity Dance Center

Tonya Lockyer has served as Executive/Artistic Director of Velocity since 2011, leading the revitalization of the Northwest’s premier contemporary dance center. Lockyer has overseen the significant financial and artistic expansion of Velocity including the development of Velocity’s first humanities programs, in-depth community-based artist residencies, commissioning and developing more than sixty new works of performance, installation and cinema; and the presentation of over a hundred contemporary performances by established and emerging artists including zoe | juniper, Ezra Dickinson, Keith Hennessy, Danielle Agami and Miguel Gutierrez. Lockyer sits on numerous national and local arts panels and is a sought after speaker and writer on contemporary performing arts. She has served as a guest speaker and lecturer at American Dance Festival, On the Boards, Dance/USA, Congress on Research in Dance, and the Dance Critics Association. She is published in international journals, exhibition catalogues and the book Vu du Corps: Lisa Nelson Movement et Perception. An Affiliated Faculty Member of Cornish College of the Arts, Lockyer is also a critically acclaimed dance artist with more than twenty-years experience touring internationally. She holds an MFA from The University of Washington, and was selected for the Institute of Curatorial Practice in Performance / Wesleyan. She currently serves as the NW partner of the National Dance Project. In 2013, she was named by The Seattle Times and KUOW “one of the 13 people poised to shape the future of the arts in the Northwest.”

Kate Myre

Kate Myre. Photo by David Hiller

Kate Myre Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department

Kate Myre is an Associate Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. Favorite regional credits include: Rosalind in As You Like It, Helen in Baby With The Bathwater, directed by Michael Murray, Ann in All my Sons, Phyllis in Fat Men in Skirts, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, Anna in Boston Marriage, and Lady Macbeth with James Marsters in the title role. Additionally, she had the honor of working with Arthur Miller in the role of Patricia in his play The Last Yankee in New York for the Signature Theatre Company under the direction of Joseph Chaikin.

Kate is a national voice over actress and regularly works as a dialect and vocal coach for theaters including ACT, The Village Theater, The Seattle Children's Theater, The Young Artists Training Program at The Seattle Opera, and Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department

Lisa Norman is an actor and coach in her 10th year at Cornish College of the Arts, where she is an Associate Professor of Theater.

She has taught and coached in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and points in-between. She earned her MFA in Acting from the Univ. of Tennessee, interning with such stage luminaries as Sir Anthony Quayle, Zoe Caldwell, Judith Anderson, and Ralph Allen (author of Broadway’s Sugar Babies). She furthered her studies at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and with Voice Master Cicely Berry.

Regional productions include Dangerous Liaisons, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Measure for Measure, Dancing at Lughnasa as well as three different Gertrudes for Hamlet. National work includes commercials, industrials, prime-time TV and film. Her screenplay, “A Little Learning,” is in development. Lisa is a longtime member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association.

Ashmina Ranjit

Ashmina Ranjit

Ashmina Ranjit Artist

Ashmina Ranjit, a citizen of Nepal, is an interdisciplinary visual artist. She received her MFA from Columbia University Graduate School of Art, New York, USA. She holds a BFA from the University of Tasmania, Australia as well as from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

Ranjit's works are designed to increase awareness of crucial ongoing social and political issues of marginalized communities. She works with groups of women, children and artists using a wide range of media: drawing, painting, video, sound, installation, and performance. Ranjit explores female identity in her artwork, raising questions about women's cultural roles, social gendering, physical experiences, and sexuality in her paintings, prints, installations, performances, sounds and videos. In her provocative works, she reclaims women's experiences and gives voices to their political concerns as well as to their most intimate expressions of desire, joy and fulfillment.

Ranjit works also focus on social injustice, human rights violations and the ongoing violence - war in her country and around the world. During her interdisciplinary project, participants are provided an opportunity to express themselves, raise issues of mutual concern, and increase awareness. Ranjit has worked on issues of female body awareness and celebration with women's communities in Nepal, India and Japan. She has protested the civil war in Nepal thru installations and street performance coupled with national radio broadcasts by every radio stations in the country of the sound piece composed of ofthe cries of the war victims in fusion with staged sound.

Ranjit has traveled and exhibited widely in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the USA including Dhaka Biennale and Fukuoka Triennale. Her installations, performances, films have been included in solo and group exhibitions around the world. She has participated in several artists residencies in Asia and Europe. She has organized and coordinated national and international residencies in her home country. Ranjit has won several awards Scholarships and fellowships such as a Fulbright (USA), Aus-aid (Australia), Honorable Mentioned- Dhaka Biennele. Ranjit had taught at Tribhuwan University, Nepal and has lectured at including Fahan School, Tasmania, Australia, Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark and Cornell Nepal study program in Kathmandu. Ranjit, currently resides in Kathmandu, Nepal. http://www.ashminaranjit.com.np/inner.html

Peggy Weiss Art Program Manager, UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center

Peggy Weiss is the founding director of interdisciplinary art programs at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She oversees acquisitions and the care and conservation of more than 1000 works of art collected protected and interpreted to advance healing and well-being. Additionally, she develops alliances with artists, funders and community organizations to engage writers- and visual artists-in-residence, and offer changing exhibitions, workshops, lectures, theatre and musical programming to benefit patients, their families, Harborview staff and its neighbors. Beyond Harborview, Weiss extends related programming to patients in UW Medicine’s Neighborhood Clinics and affiliated medical centers.

Current and future programs include:

  • Ongoing therapeutic workshops provided by artist Nancy Coleman to patients in psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine
  • Exhibitions by Liz Tran, the artists of Seattle’s Gallery 110, ceramic artist Saya Moriyasu, and photographer Richard Cardwell
  • Performances by the World Doctors Orchestra, a 100-piece assembly of professional doctors/musicians, touring to increase access to fundamental healthcare for all people

From 1994 to 2002, Weiss served as the director and curator of the Bank of America Art Program, producing exhibitions and cultural events and stewarding the bank’s art collections and gallery. Prior to 1994, Weiss managed the King County Arts Commission’s Percent for Art and Visual Arts Programs and Collections.

In addition to her work at Harborview, Weiss develops independent projects that bring history and the arts more actively into community life. Personally, Weiss enjoys international exploration, furthering abroad her interest in the meeting of art and medicine. Recent travels include China, where Weiss studied the evolution of design and monetization of remedies and pharmaceuticals; and Vietnam and Cambodia, where she studied the work of the Kantha Bodha Foundation and its originator, Dr. Beat Richtner.