BRB 2014

BRB 2014

Itching to get away?
August 14-21, 2014
Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA

BRB is FGP’s annual arts development retreat. We take a handful of artists into the woods of rural Pennsylvania for a week to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process.

The retreat will have three major components:
Artist Development:
– This will be your time to work on a personal project of your choosing. This can be something you are currently developing or a totally new idea. The other artists at BRB will be available to work with you as collaborators. Groups or companies can apply together, but each group member counts as someone on the retreat.
Company Development:
– Each retreat artist will teach a master class in a subject of their choosing to the rest of the artists on the retreat as well as potentially members of the community. Each artists will also collaborate with other retreat artists on their work.
Community Collaboration:
– The week will culminate in an FGP event held at Little Pond retreat merging both FGP BRB artists and artists from the Nazareth, PA community (and surrounding areas). Each FGP artist must build and show a small piece at this event, and may be asked to combine this piece or collaborate with artists from the neighboring community.

Announcing our 2014 BRB Artists


Charly Simpson

Charly E Simpson is a playwright, poet, and performer who is based in Philly until she moves to NYC in September. Her plays want to be poetic movement-based jazz dramas, and she enjoys playing and figuring out how all those aspects come together in each. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at Plays & Players Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, HERE, WOW Cafe Theatre, Philly Improv Theater, and more. She is currently working on a new play, who we let in, that started when she was tasked to write a play as a part of her playwriting residency at Plays & Players Theatre that she could not edit for three months (she is very happy that she can edit it now). Back in 2008, Charly graduated from Brown University and then grabbed a master’s in Women’s Studies from Oxford. 

Kevin Armento

Kevin Armento is a Brooklyn-based writer originally from San Diego. He’s currently developing a way to reach me, a brand new kind of play exploring twenty-first century communication and relationships, with director Andrew Scoville and producer David Syner. He also just premiered GOOD MEN WANTED, a pop-music-infused look at women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest with director Jaki Bradley. Kevin is currently working on a commission from One Year Lease, and is excited to explore a new project at BRB.

Ryann Weir

Ryann Weir is a proud BRB alum and is all hopped up excited to work on Louise and Junior with her dear friend Evan Watkins. Louise and Junior is a two-hander about those eponymous characters. Every day Louise and Junior show up for Book Club. They’re the only ones. He conflates his own identity with those of Franklin Delano and Teddy Roosevelt while Louise philosophizes and exposes her breasts in a chance to get closer to him. If Waiting for Godot and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf had a threesome with Mork and Mindy, the result might be something like Louise and Junior. Just two nut jobs alone together at book club.


Stephen Stevo Arnoczy is a media designer, actor and proud Queens native. He is a member of Imaginary Media Artists and ANIMALS Performance Group, as well as a founding member of harunalee theater co. and company media designer for The Dance Cartel. He is currently building a library of original filmed content towards the development of new solo work, and dreaming of the next iteration of his 2011 artparty, BjörkBall II. He’s thrilled at the opportunity to BRB!

Evan Watkins

Evan Watkins is currently living in Chicago. He likes to think of himself as a bi-coastal artist (if you count Lake Michigan) since moving back to the Midwest from New York City a year-and-a-half ago. Along with FGP BRB his summer will consist of touring with The Scientists (Portland ME, Chicago and Rochester) and writing a play that takes place the evening The War of the Worlds first aired. At FGP BRB he and Ryann Weir will be writing a play about a two-person book club that meets every day, all day long. His work has been seen at PS122, Ars Nova, The Incubator, Theater for the New City, Theatre 80 St. Marks, Underground Arts (Philly) and Galapagos Art Space, to name a few.


Scears Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in Brooklyn. His practice includes performance, design, puppetry and mask construction, drawings on paper, and painting. Scears represents a diverse background having exhibited or performed in a wide variety of venues including theatres, sideshows, circuses, pageants, and parades throughout the US and Canada. His current work is SUITCASE THEATRE PROJECT – a series of short plays presented out of a vintage-suitcase turned miniature theatre. STP focuses on the reconstruction of classic stories and images. For more information on Scears, visit his website – 

Ben Gullard

Ben Gullard is an NYU alum (TSOA: PHTS, ETW, ITW) and has worked as an assistant director, performer and producer for The TEAM, Witness Relocation, 600 Highwaymen, Mallory Catlett, Julia Jonas and Jennie Liu. He has also worked as an art fabricator for Tom Sachs, Ugo Rondinone, Miroslav Balka and the Barbara Gladstone Gallery. He is currently a grad student in the Interactive Technology Program at NYU Tisch.

Max Reuben


Max Reuben is an actor, director, playwright, and founding member of AGGROCRAG, a Brooklyn-based theater company dedicated to the creation of original work. His work has been seen at places like Ars Nova, Theatre 80, The Brooklyn Lyceum, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and The Bleeker Street Theater. Most recently, he’s been directing Gentlemen Party’s semi-monthly comedy show with  at The People’s Improv Theater, as well as developing new work with The Brooklyn Soundpainting Company. During the school year, he teaches first-year playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, an undergraduate drama studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Trevor Salter

Trevor F. Salter is a New York-based director and choreographer. He is a recent graduate of NYU’s TSOA where he studied at the Atlantic Acting School and the Experimental Theatre Wing. He was last seen in the original Off-Broadway Production of Here Lies Love at The Public Theater. Directing and choreography credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (NYU) and Permission For Activity(NYU). A musician as well, he is currently working on his first EP.

Chris Williams

Christopher Alan Williams is a visual artist in New York City, creating typography- and illustration-based works as well as installations that explore the concept of Ephemeralism.The Ephemeralist school of art explores our collective temporal existence through impermanent works of visual arts. Building on the tradition of ‘happenings’, performance art, and temporary installation pieces of the 20th century, Ephemeralism uses the production of physical artifacts to mark the artist’s process of craft, while engaging the viewer in the concept of the transitory. Chris’s ephermeralist work stands in direct contrast to his work as a commjnications consultant, which targets efficiency and permanence. This distinct contradiction in working goals helps to inform the development of Ephemeralist thought. Chris is currently developing a wheat paste wildpostings concept for NYC and an accompanying digital documentation of its decay over months of installation in public spaces across the city. 

Come party in the woods with FGP!
Wednesday, August 20th
Little Pond Retreat
92 S Penn Dixie Rd‎
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064

Join the FGP BRB staff and retreat artists for a closing night, blow-out celebration.
Get there by 7:30pm for a special showing of work developed at BRB.
Stay afterward for a camp-out, grill-out bonfire.

Little Pond is just a quick 2 hour drive from NYC!
Or, round trip bus tickets are $44 from Port Authority to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We can pick you up at the bus station! Find more information on fares here:


2014 FGP BRB Reunion Show
Come check out what our retreat artists made in the woods!

Friday, September 5th
8pm to 10pm

The Robert Moss Theatre
440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

BRB is FGP’s annual arts development retreat. We take a handful of artists into the woods of rural Pennsylvania for a week to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process.

On this night, FGP gives them each a chance to share with a New York audience a small selection of what they started at BRB. There will be all the FGP staples: free entry, cheap beer, brand new wacky art, a loving audience, and a classy after-party.

The 2014 BRB retreat artists:
Evan Watkins and Ryann Weir
Ben Gullard
Chris Williams
Stevo Arnoczy
Scears Lee
Charly Simpson
Trevor Salter
Max Reuben

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