DEKE WEAVER project-director/writer/video/performer Deke Weaver is a writer, performer, designer, and media artist. His performances and videos have been presented in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Europe, and the United States at experimental theater, film/video, dance, solo performance, and broadcast venues such as Channel 4/U.K., the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, The Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, The Moth, and many others including livestock pavilions, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms. He has been a resident artist at Yaddo, Isle Royale National Park, HERE, Ucross, and the MacDowell Colony. His work has been supported by commissions, fellowships, and grants from Creative Capital, the city of San Francisco, the states of Illinois and New York, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and other public and private foundations. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theater.
JENNIFER ALLEN codirector/choreographer/performer (Monkey, Elephant, Wolf) Jennifer Allen is a choreographer/performer recently transplanted to Champaign, IL. She has created several original evening-length works, the most recent (Open) was performed at The Kitchen (NYC) in April 2007. Her work has been shown at numerous locations in NYC including Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and The Brooklyn Museum and in Chicago at Links Hall and Millenium Park. Allen was a 2005 MacDowell Colony Fellow and has received support from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council, Movement Research Artists in Residence and a residency through PICA. As a performer she has worked with such influential artists as Yvonne Meier, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, DD Dorvillier and Jennifer Monson among others. She has been part of The Unreliable Bestiary's collaborative team since it's inception.
DAMON LOREN BAKER programmer/video systems design (Elephant, Wolf) Damon Loren Baker is the Assistant Professor of Interactive Entertainment at CUNY CityTech in Brooklyn, where he teaches in the Emerging Media and Entertainment Technology programs. He conducts research as a member of StudioBlue and the City Tech Psychology Research Lab on the creation of tools for human computer interaction with virtual worlds for the humanities, arts, and social sciences that are based on current research in cognitive science and implemented using current techniques in high performance computing and visualization. He is a member of ManifestAR,an augmented reality artists group featured in the New York Times, Wired, etc and exhibited in MoMA, ICA, The Venice Biennale, etc sometimes even with their permission. Previously he was the Associate Curator of Art, Design, and Technology at the Krannert Art Museum at UIUC where he curated the Intermedia Gallery and the CANVAS immersive virtual reality system for the public exhibition of virtual art objects with the Illinois Simulator Laboratory of the Beckman Institute, conducted research as member of the Creative Computing lab at the Siebel Center for Computer Science and the Cultural Informatics lab at NCSA, and performed as a member of the UIUC Digital Collective. He came to UIUC from Brown University where he studied and worked at the Center for Computation and Visualization on spatial hypertext systems for the Department of Literary Arts. He has also been a R+D Fellow at Wolfram Research, Music Director for a public radio station, and an archaeologist.
SUSAN BECKER costume design (Elephant, Wolf) Susan works as a designer, artist and educator in the field of fashion and dress. Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design she has designed for traditional and experimental settings, from the fashion industry to collaborations on stage, film, and site-specific projects. In addition to her design work, Susan has also taught courses on fashion and dress for RISD and is currently a lecturer at the University of Illinois. Her solo work centers around explorations of the social psychology of dress and culture.
GRANT BOWEN environment design/associate (Elephant, Wolf) Grant is an artist/designer/ performer currently exploring the intersection of performance, community, and experience through the lens of design. He recently received his MFA in Experiential Environment Design from UIUC. This is his second project with Deke after assisting the Environment Design for ELEPHANT.
VALERIE OLIVEIRO stage manager/lighting design(Monkey, Elephant, Wolf) Valerie Oliveiro is an artist, photographer, image-maker and all round arts worker. Valerie’s personal work often addresses relationships with place/space. She recently won an International Photography Award for her piece “9-0” where she photographed Merce Cunningham and John Cage’s empty New York apartment. Her photos have appeared in the New York Times, American Theatre Magazine and Time Out. She also stage manages and collaborates nationally as well as internationally. Most recently, she has been fortunate enough to work at the Ingenuity Festival (Cleveland), Lyon Dance Biennial (Lyon), Luminato Festival (Toronto), Roma Europa Festival (Rome).
CHRIS PECK sound/composer (Elephant, Wolf) Chris Peck is a Michigan-born composer whose dancing has been described as "awkwardly beautiful" by The New York Times. Peck investigates the peculiarities of listening and perception through a diverse practice that includes works for large untrained groups, interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and improvisation with the computer. His frequent work with dance has included scores for RoseAnne Spradlin, Eleanor Bauer, John Jasperse, David Dorfman, Jeanine Durning, Ming Yang/Dance Forum Taipei, Abby Yager, and others. Ongoing projects include Listening Music for the Age of Crystal Moon Cone, a series of ambient electroacoustic performances and recordings with Stephen Rush and Jon Moniaci, Brooklyn Adult Recorder Choir (directed with choreographer Beth Gill), the Live Sh-- performance series curated with Chase Granoff, Manpack Variant, an electronics duo with Jaime Fennelly, and collaborations with interdisciplinary video/performance artist and storyteller Deke Weaver. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan and is currently a PhD student in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at the University of Virginia.
JAYNE WENGER dramaturg (Wolf) Jayne Wenger is a director and dramaturg whose exclusive focus is on original material. Throughout over 25 years of professional theater experience she has been dedicated to the development, direction and production of new plays and solo performances. She is the past Artistic Director of the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation and was the Artistic Director of Women’s Ensemble in New York. She has developed the emerging work of acclaimed playwrights such as David Adjmi, Brenda Wong Aoki, Kate Bornstein, Nilo Cruz, Christine Evans, Sara Felder (June Bride and Shtick! both tour the country), Julie Hebert, Dan Hoyle, Holly Hughes, Naomi Izuka, Sherry Kramer, Brighde Mullins, and Laura Shamus, among many others. She has collaborated with Claire Chafee on numerous projects, including the original direction of the world premiere of Why We Have a Body at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Her work has been recognized with many awards. Jayne leads workshops for playwrights at Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. She is a Featured Guest Artist, and a member of the Advisory Council for the annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, League of Professional Theater Women, and AlterTheater of San Rafael. She works privately with playwrights from across the country on the development of new plays. www.jaynewenger.com
AARON LANDSMAN performer (Wolf) Aaron makes performances, performs, and teaches. He is the current artist-in-residence at ASU Gammage and will be a visiting artist at Stanford University and Columbia College this year. His project City Council Meeting will be at Zspace in San Francisco next summer.
ANGIE PITTMAN performer (Wolf) Angie is a Virginia-born dance artist. She has performed and presented work in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington DC, New York, Illinois, and Bucaramanga, Colombia. Angie graduated with a BA in Dance, minoring in art history, from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
BRADFORD CHAPIN audio systems design (Wolf) Bradford is sound designer and audio/video engineer from Grayslake, IL. His work had been heard regionally with Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks (SF), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He holds an MFA from The University of Illinois and has a mild addiction to steel-framed bicycles.
ELIZABETH SIMPSON performer (Wolf) elizaBeth has been working with the conflicts and group dynamics of communities, organizations, and individuals for over 16 years. She is also a performance artist who incorporates vocal composition, puppetry, fire spinning, street theater, and storytelling. She specializes in collaborative projects with people who would not call themselves "Artists."
JESSICA CORNISH performer (Elephant, Wolf) Jessica has a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois and is currently situated in Chicago working as an independent artist.
LAURA CHIARAMONTE performer (Wolf) Laura, a Chicago based dance artist, has been performing and producing work professionally for the past 15 years throughout the US and abroad. Laura received her M.F.A in dance from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in 2009 and completed her Alexander Technique Teaching Certification June 2013.
MARIA LUX installation artist (Wolf) Maria earned her MFA in studio art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and her BFA from Iowa State University in 2006. She currently lives and works in Champaign.
NIALL JONES performer (Wolf) Niall is a third year MFA candidate in dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
NICKI WERNER stage manager/prop master/installation artist (Elephant, Wolf) Nicki is returning to The Unreliable Bestiary after working on ELEPHANT in 2010. She is an emerging sculptor who sometimes moonlights as a stage manager. She earned her Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Recent career highlights include a 2012-2013 teaching stint at Illinois State University at the School of Art and a summer artist residency at Figure One Gallery in downtown Champaign. She is very excited and grateful to be working on WOLF.
Nico is currently a graduate student in dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked with Jennifer Monson and Kirstie Simson. His work has been presented at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the Center for Performance Research. He has worked in various administrative capacities for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, Movement Research, and The Old Globe Theatre.
SUSAN SUMMERS lighting design (Monkey)
Susan has been designing lighting for dance, opera and theatre performances for over thirty years. Her work has given her the opportunity to collaborate with performers, designers and students from around the country and around the world. She has recently toured internationally with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. In the past, Susan taught lighting design in the Theatre Department and production for dance in the Dance Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
ANDY WARFELproduction design (Monkey, Elephant)
Andy Warfel has been creating award-winning theatrical environments for over 20 years, with credits ranging from regional and off-off Broadway (including 2004’s NYC Fringe Festival hit musical, Mimi le Duck), to Off-Broadway (New York Premiere of Clive Barker's Subtle Bodies), on Broadway (Associate Designer for Dream, the Johnny Mercer musical), on national tours (Footloose The Musical), and on film, in the feature-length adaptation of Mark Roberts’ hit play, Welcome To Tolono. His concert designs include the 2004 Rock The Vote/MTV Choose Or Lose Tour, Mariah Carey's Butterfly and Rainbow tours, and numerous private concerts featuring acts such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, and kd lang, while his television credits include work for CBS, ESPN, Fox, Time Warner, and Viacom. Andy has also created press events, product launches, and experiential environments for hundreds of corporations, which have been seen worldwide in virtually every form of media. After a decade in New York City, during which he served as visiting faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Chief Aesthetic Officer of his own firm, cpr-group, Andy relocated to central Illinois, from where he continues to provide creative direction and environment design for an ever-expanding client base. www.andywarfel.com/
WOLF PACKDEKE WEAVER project director
JENNIFER ALLEN choreographer
DAMON LOREN BAKER video systems
SUSAN BECKER costume
GRANT BOWEN environment design
VALERIE OLIVEIRO lighting
CHRIS PECK composer
JAYNE WENGER dramaturg
AARON LANDSMAN performer
ANGIE PITTMAN performer
BRADFORD CHAPIN audio systems
JESSICA CORNISH performer
LAURA CHIARAMONTE performer
MARIA LUX installation artist
NIALL JONES performer
NICKI WERNER stage/prop/artist
NICO BROWN performer
PAST BESTIARY COLLABORATORSSUSAN SUMMERS lighting
ANDY WARFEL production design