ON THE ROAD WITH THE MAMMY PROJECT
The Mammy Project is a touring show and has been presented as a part of many Diversity, Black and Women's History Month celebrations at numerous universities and theaters across the country and beyond.
Harbourfront Centre (Toronto),
University of, California Los Angeles (CA)
University of Santa Clara (CA)
University of San Francisco State University (CA)
Stetson University (FL)
Eastern Connecticut University (CT)
University of Milwaukee (WI)
University of Pittsburgh (PA)
Clarion University (PA)
Slippery Rock University (PA)
Bowery Poetry Club (NY)
Webster University (MO)
Touchstone Theater (PA)
THE MAMMY PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS
Joan Evans (Co-Developer) has directed and taught actors for two decades. She performed her solo work throughout the U.S., Brazil, Germany, and Austria. Her solo, Rico and Dolores, received an UNIMA Award for work combining acting, puppetry and dance. She created, directed, and choreographed the ensemble work Where Ravens Rule a response to the war in Bosnia, which received a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. A Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South, she directed Is It Already Dusk? which she developed in collaboration with Harry Rubeck. She recently directed Tony Hamilton's It's a Wonderful Lie at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is the Artistic Director of the Performance Salon in NYC and Head of the Movement Program at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. The Mammy Project was developed at The Performance Salon, which is a creative place to develop solo work. For more information email email@example.com.
Amy G(ordon) (Director) is a revolutionary cabaret comedienne and director. Her audacious style - a fearless mix of physical, musical, verbal and improvisational comedy - has thrilled audiences the world over including Broadway's New Victory Theatre, The Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Adelaide International Festival, Festival International de Teatro de Bogota and Montreal 's monster comedy festival, Just For Laughs. Her work with Michelle Matlock dates back to 1993 when Amy choreographed Michelle in Caryl Churchill's Mouthful of Birds. It was the beginning of a long and productive partnership that included the monthly downtown variety show, The Circuit, theatrical collaboration under the name Crossbreeding Productions (Naughty Bits, Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson) and original clown theater (A Tale of Two Sillies). The dynamic duo toured the Caribbean and beyond with their astonishing and strangely classic comedy creations. Gordon has been involved with The Mammy Project since the beginning writings, directed the PS 122 premier of the show and continues to add her two cents whenever possible. Other directing projects have included Broadway: AntiGravity's Crash Test Dummies (writing and co-direction), and Daredevil Opera Company's Cirkus Inferno. Off Broadway: Val Bush's Two-Finger Tango and Miss Saturn's Hoops. Mostly found in the international variety and cabaret world, and touring her current full-length show, Round She Goes (a comic cabaret on rollerksates). G is a regular with the illustrious La Clique, with whom she's played seasons in New York (2006 "Absinthe"), Melbourne, Montreal, Dublin, Sydney and Adelaide. As lead comedienne and co-creator of the Daredevil Opera Company, she co-created/directed an starred in their pyrotechnic clown shows, Cirkus Inferno and Rocket and Roxy's Stunt Show over 600 times in 23 countries. Past solo shows (writing, direction and performance) On a Roll at Dance Theatre Workshop, and Loving Abroad at the Brighton Spiegeltent. www.amy-g.com
Kris Anton (Multimedia Design) Bindlestiff Cirkus's resident sound tech; Kris also drums weekly in the electro-clash accordion pyrate puppet show 'Jolly Ship The Whiz Bang', plays bass for the rock accordion band Benjamin Ickies, Preservation Society, and spends his free time looking for other things to do with the word accordion in them. His dog Luther is, in fact, the only Sound Dog ever to work on 42nd Street, and hates accordions almost as much as balloons.
Mornography (Minstrel Rap Animation) an animator and tattoo artist, Mor immigrated to the US in 1996 from Haifa, Israel to study Animation at the School of Visual Arts and the Pratt Institute. Her animation utilizes found and retouched web images, original video footage, photography, illustration, cut outs and puppets to create a moving collage. The result is an empathetic portrayal of difficult social realities and political undercurrents. Independent shorts by Mornography include The Albert movie, The Minstrel Show Rap, The Yard and Bimboim's trip to the Western Wall, which has screened internationally. Mor illustrated the first Circus Amok activity book. Her arts works include animation loops, painting, tattooing dried grapefruits and tattooing animal hide for light sculptures. www.mornographyfilms.com.
Noah Todd (Video Editor) has been filming and editing variety arts performances here in New York and throughout western Europe, including the prominent Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Noah worked for Thirteen on the Metro Arts Program, and currently edits commercials for HBO and ESPN Classic. Learn more about Noah Todd Productions at www.noahtodd.com.
Raja Azar (Old Aunt Jemima (Clown Dance)/Auctioneer Ragtime) is the musical director and co-founder of the nautically themed puppet rock group Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. A classically trained pianist, he was the bandleader for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus from 2002-2005, and also for the Bailey Bros. Circus, a touring three ring tent show. He has performed his work across the globe, from Bangkok, Thailand (as an artist-in-residence at Hoontown Puppet Fest) to Anchorage, Alaska ; and composed music for many vaudeville/burlesque acts, including the Wau Wau Sisters, Happy Hour, and Murray Hill. When he isn't out debauching with mahouts and dolly wagglers he can be found playing piano in the punk rock big band, The World/Inferno Friendship Society.
Manchildblack (Original Music; "Set Her Free") is a singer/songwriter who elevates, educates and entertains through music. Along with his songwriting partner, Shelton Garner, he is a two time winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has performed live around the city at such hotspots as SOB's, Joe's Pub, and CB's Gallery. Manchildblack is currently at work on his debut cd and is one of the forces behind the ALMA Brazilian parties at the Sullivan Room. www.manchildblack.com.
Donald Sheffey (Vocals and Lyrics; "Old Aunt Jemima Blues") founded Weezie Productions in 2005. There as a singer, songwriter and producer the focus is on new artists with a positive message. For music with meaning and songs with a story to tell, visit www.weezieproductions.com.
Jen Urban (Original Music; "Minstrel Show Rap") Jen is a native California girl that has been composing music and performing in NYC. You can currently hear her with her band, Jen Urban and the Box, a four piece, all girl, dance/rock explosion! For more information, visit www.jenurban.com.
Randy Wilson (Original Music; "Old Aunt Jemima Blues/Travelin' Music") Born in Brooklyn, Randy Wilson has been a member of the New York music community as a songwriter, producer and music technical advisor. Randy's song writing talents have covered a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Jazz to R&B to musical theater. He has worked with various artist including George Benson, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Ted Mills (Blue Magic), Fonda ("Over Like a Fat Rat"), Rae Cliff ("Moonie," Steel Pulse), Aisha Mike, Aja, and is currently a member of the Brian Jackson Band. Randy has completed the musical scores for the meditation CD of holistic health practitioner Valerie Winbourne, the CD of motivational speaker Renee McCrae, and the Community Theatre International's production "A Happening." His latest collaborative CD release is entitled "Blues Suite, Voices and Memory" with Poet Gary Johnston. Randy is presently the keyboardist for jazz/organic soul flute artist Monet.