Artistic Director - Laura Dunn
Laura Christina Dunn is the 2015 recipient of The Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Fugue, At Length, The Bear Deluxe, and Zocalo Public Square, among others. In March 2015, her chapbook Spider Blue was published by Dancing Girl Press. She has released three full length folk albums with her band The Ghosts of Xmas Past. While living in New York City, she composed music and performed for the theater companies RadyBloom and Art Party, including 2011’s Live! Mermaids! Live! and 2012’s The Orange Person. The Broken Planetarium produced her show The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera for Fertile Ground 2015. Listen at Laura Dunn's Bandcamp page
Choreographer - Rebekah Stiles
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Artistic Designer - Taylor Kamsler
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Laura Hadden is a documentary media artist and radio producer who currently serves as the producer and editor of Live Wire Radio, a public radio variety show currently broadcasting on over 125 public radio stations across the country. Before that, she spent three years producing media for The Moth in New York City. As a filmmaker, her work has been featured at Frameline Film Festival and Hot Docs as well as on The Documentary Channel and BBC News. Her ongoing creative projects include co-producing Wage/Working (a jukebox-based oral history project about workers and income inequality) and co-hosting United Noshes (a one-meal-per-country dinner party series) with her husband Jesse. She has taught storytelling and media production through the Center for Digital Storytelling as well as at Hunter College, where she is currently pursuing an MFA. When she was a kid, she wanted to be a country singer and/or dog. She now spends her free time hanging out with her dogs, Emmylou & Reba, which is close enough.
Maggie Mascal is a Chicago-based opera singer, composer, theater-maker and teaching artist. Winner of the Margaret Morris Henderson Endowed Scholarship in Music (2010) the Neale-Silva Young Voice Competition (2009) and the Bel-Canto Foundation Bella Voce Award (2009), Maggie has toured the United States and Europe as a soloist since 2000 and has performed at venerable venues including the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Maggie has been an artist-in-residence with Mess Hall and SWARM Artist Residency, and has devised original theater and music in collaboration with Opera Cabal, High Concept Labs, Links Hall, The Music Room Collective, Chautauqua Opera, The Institute for European Studies (Vienna, Austria), Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking, Broken Planetarium, Salonathon, and the Chicago Cultural Center.