Alyson Dolan was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida, attended school in Tallahassee where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University; escaped to New York to pursue an internship with Monica Bill Barnes and Company; whisked away to Amsterdam for an inspiring dance and bicycle filled Fall; moved to Sarasota to work with Fuzión Dance Artists, and is currently “keeping it weird” in Austin, Texas. Alyson performs with Austin’s own Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre and Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company. She also teaches, collaborates and presents her own work throughout the community. Alyson is Fuzión Dance Artists’ Resident Choreographer, an Adjunct Instructor of Dance at Texas State University, and was a recent Guest Artist in Residence at Texas A&M University. She would like to thank Andrea for this opportunity and the entire cast for the inspiration and pure fun that has been had while working on The Bowie Project.
Steve Ochoa returned to Texas after spending 18 years in Manhattan. He was trained in dance and music at West Texas State University for 3 years and spent 2 summers training at the School of American Ballet, (the school for the New York City Ballet). He danced with a few ballet companies in the New York City area and Ballet Du Nord in northern France before getting his first Broadway show. His Broadway credits include Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Original Cast), Cats (Mistoffelees), Carousel (Lincoln Center), Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center), and Sweet Smell of Success (Original Cast). Off-Broadway: The Wild Party (Manhattan Theater Club). Broadway Tours: Fosse, Chess and JRB. Featured with: Dendy Dance and Theater, Feld Ballet, Nixon in China (Emmy Honoree) and with Zvi Gothiener Dance. Film: Object of My Affection, The Crucible. In Austin he’s worked with Ariel Dance Theater and Ballet East and thankful to have been a part of Andrew Hinderaker’s “Colossal” at UT this past year. He’s choreographed for Ballet East, Big Range Dance Festival and AADT. He’s also works as an Emergence Care healing artist.
Leese is the founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. The company is comprised of jazz musicians, modern dancers and actors. She established the company in 1997 to create politically-charged, original works. Leese figures strongly in the history of Soundpainting. She was the first actress to be soundpainted and was instrumental in helping inventor Walter Thompson to adapt the Soundpainting language for theater. The language has since evolved to include all performance disciplines and is now practiced in 35 countries world-wide. Leese has been a core member of the Walter Thompson Orchestra since 1997 and is one of three theater artists in the United States certified to teach the Soundpainting language. Leese has soundpainted at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Airlines Theater, the Irondale Center, Bard College, and internationally in Paris, London, Tours, Bordeaux and in Bali, Indonesia. Her work has been featured on Radio France, NPR, German Public Radio and U.S. television. Leese is the recipient of the 2011 BAX Arts Educator Award, the 2010 Arts Presenters Emerging Leaders Scholarship, and the 2004 APPEX Fellowship in Ubud, Bali. Leese freelances as a teaching-artist with B.A.M. and Roundabout Theatre. She served on the board of directors for the Network of Ensemble Theatres from 2003-2008. www.strikeanywhere.info
Nolan Kennedy is an actor, writer, musician, improviser and director. He is a co-founder and artistic director of Letter of Marque Theater Co., an ensemble member of Strike Anywhere, a freelance lighting designer and teaching artist. Hailing from Chicago, IL, Nolan received his B.F.A. in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University. NYC acting credits: Color Between the Lines, Julius Caesar, Peter Pan, London Cries, Macbeth Variations II, Same River; in Chicago: Private Lies, The Closeness of You, and Genius. His playwriting credits include Prepared Fresh (Off-Broadway and The Portland Fringe Festival), This Little Piece (Zoo Theater, Chicago) and Gifts (Fifth Estate, Brooklyn).
Rolf Sturm has been a full time NYC guitarist since 1984. He appears on over fifty CDs including recordings that feature David Johansen (NY Dolls/ Buster Poindexter), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Roswell Rudd and members of the Grateful Dead. Rolf has been a member of Walter Thompson’s Soundpainting Orchestra since the late 80‘s and he co-taught Soundpainting in the NYC public school system with Walter Thompson throughout the 90’s. He has toured the United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Canada, and the UK, performing at dozens of jazz, jam band/rock, folk, and blues festivals (including the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany). He has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. and on soundtracks for both film and television. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered” and his last solo guitar recording, “Balance”, was awarded 4 stars by DownBeat magazine.
San Antonio-born vocalist, conguero and bongocero Rey Arteaga, has co-founded or played in some of the best Latin bands in Austin over the last twenty-three years, among them are: La Tribu, Son Yuma, Centzontle, Melecumbe, Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman, and Charanga Cakewalk. Rey performs with Super Creeps and has also played with numerous other Latin, rock, pop, and jazz artists, and also has recorded for television, interactive entertainment, and film.
For years, Alán Uribe has wandered the hinterlands, overrun by highly evolved and specialized musical species living together in symbiotic balance. The black soil of Denton, Texas nurtured his curiosity as a musicologist and his prowess as a musical experimenter grew wild. He was eventually adopted by the renegade band of mutant chimeras of Sub Olso who initiated him in the black arts and life sciences of the Dub Underworld. Alán later established the Bass Liberation Front to guard this knowledge for the righteous and implant such music in our collective protoconosciousness, distorting our metacultures as it propagates itself as a byproduct of biological life, indifferent to attempts to manipulate it, cultivate it, or tame it. He has frequently been enlisted for his skill as an instrumentalist and beat maker by a host of musical compatriots including Charanga Cakewalk, Duina Del Mar, Los Bandidos Cósmicos, Gente Boa, Jackie Venson, Joanna Barbera, Night Light, OK Sweetheart, Reservations, Riders Against the Storm, Sub Oslo, Sueño All-Stars, Suns of Orpheus, Super Creeps, Tacks, Tita Lima, Tony Scalzo, Bali Yaaah, Afrofreque, UNT Ghanaian Percussion Ensemble, UT Javanese Gamelan, and 35mm.
Claude McCan has been involved in the Austin music scene since the late 70’s, playing and recording with many different artists from that time until now as a keyboard player and singer. He has played with Reggae acts Pressure, the Killer Bees, and Raggamassive and opened shows for many of top acts in that genre such as Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, and Black Uhuru. As a producer working out of his own Claude 9 Studios he produced and recorded several electronic recordings released internationally in the House and Downtempo genres, as well as the well received “Via La Remix” EP with DJ Manny as Los Bandidos Cosmicos. Currently Claude records and plays with hip hop/funk act Afrofreque, Los Bandidos Cosmicos, tribute bands Supercreeps and Hail Marley, and retro 60s lounge act 35MM. A self-titled debut album from 35MM will be released in January 2014 on Ropeadope records.
Being raised by musical parents in the New York neighborhoods of Crown Heights and West Harlem, el john learned piano at home and sang in church choir at an early age. By the time he was 12 el john was drumming in African drum and dance ensembles at Babatunde Olatunji’s Center for African Culture in Harlem. el john’s formal training came to include mentoring by drum set luminaries Alan Nelson and Anthony Williams. In 1982, el john began performing and recording as a session player in Honolulu, Hawaii while also pursuing formal music studies at the University of Hawaii. Among the known artists John has worked with: Thievery Corporation, Poi Dog Pondering, Victor Krummenacher, Federico Aubele, Penelope Houston, and Benny Rietveld.
Andy Nolte is a self-taught singer/songwriter/composer from Corpus Christi, Texas. He plays the piano, guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, & ukulele. His influences include artists such as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Brian Wilson, Frank Black, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Tom Waits, George Gershwin and Jon Brion. Born into a family full of musicians, Andy began playing around 1994, when he bought his first bass guitar. The next year he formed a band with his brother and starting performing. He continued to play in Corpus Christi until 2005, when he relocated to Austin, Texas and founded the experimental rock group Mostly Dead. Andy can also be seen playing in a wide variety of other bands around Austin. He is currently the guitarist/keyboardist for the David Bowie tribute group Super Creeps, keyboardist for the cabaret act Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat (since 2007), and guitarist for the rock group Genius Mistake. He also performs as a solo artist with his own backing trio, and has worked as accompanist to other solo artist such as Miles Zuniga, Stephanie Stephens, and Sam Arnold.
Adam Sultan has performed, written, composed or moved in some capacity or another for a variety of theater and arts organizations, including Physical Plant Theater, Fusebox Festival, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Golden Arm Trio, Spank Dance Company, Glass Half Full Theater, and Bedpost Confessions. He starred in the Physical Plant production, Adam Sultan, which was an Austin Critics Pick for 2013. He has provided guitar work for composer Graham Reynolds in the Richard Linklater films Bernie and Before Midnight. Along with performing with Super Creeps, he is also a member of the Queen tribute band, Magnifico, and is co-conspirator of the sado-vaudevillian act, Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat.
Colin Lowry produces, manages, consults and edits large media projects. Recent work includes the installation of 54 video oral histories for the World War II Museum in New Orleans and the integration of 69 math help videos for a mobile test prep product for Austin tech start-up, Querium. Some historical theatrical projection design credits include One Night with Janis Joplin (ZACH Theatre/San Jose Repertory Theatre,) Gyre, Flush and Everything Between (Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre,) Requiem for Tesla and How Late It Was How Late (Rude Mechs.)
Stephen Pruitt has been working in theater and the arts as a designer, writer, director and performer for nearly twenty years. He is currently splitting his time between Austin, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is the resident technical consultant and production designer for the Requiem Project – an effort to restore the historic Emery Theater. In Austin, Stephen has collaborated with many of the city’s most creative theater and dance groups, as the resident production designer for Forklift Danceworks, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance, and Tapestry Dance Company; resident lighting designer for Trouble Puppet Theater; a company member with the Rude Mechanicals; and in various design and creative roles for many others. He has designed and produced events of all sizes, including Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, the Mayor’s party at City Hall for First Night, and opening night galas for Cirque du Soleil. In addition to his work in live events, he is also a photographer and recently created 100yr.org – a nonprofit with the mission of creating public art projects that last 100 years. Stephen can be found at www.fluxiondesigns.com.
A costume designer for theater, dance, opera, film and television, Kari Perkins’ work has received national and international acclaim. She is passionate for design and loves to work with directors and performers to capture their vision and create lively characters. Ms. Perkins has worked with choreographers Steven Mills (Torso, Wall of Names, Women and Light), Sally Jacques and Blue lapis Light (Blue Pearl Trilogy), Kathy Dunn Hamrick (Spin). Her work has also been seen on the big screen in feature films Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly and most recently Mud. She has also been featured on the DIY network, Southern Living Magazine, Tribeza and Rare Magazines as well as a podcast on Spoiler alert Radio. Visit her website at www.kariperkins.com.