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BRB RESIDENT RETREAT

The BRB Retreat is a deep dive into FGP’s methods of delighted listening and joyful creation, providing an opportunity for artists of all mediums to initiate their own projects, build collaborative relationships, and develop their artistic process. The annual summer retreat, now in it’s fifth year, has served hundreds of theatre artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, designers, installation artists, authors, arts administrators, and podcasters.

This year’s retreat will take place from July 31st to August 19th at Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA and will support a record number of artists and students from across the northeast. We can’t wait to share great home-cooked meals, dream around the campfire, and make some sloppy, loud, bold, and joyous art with these folks this summer.”

WEEK 1

 
Kersti BryanKERSTI BRYAN works as an actress, producer and adventurer based in NYC. She loves jumping out of things and visiting countries that worry her father. Lot’s Wife is a developing one-woman clown show about the Russian gulags in 193.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miguel GoveaMIGUEL GOVEA is an actor based in NYC, working working in film, TV, and theater. This retreat is one of his first forays into proper screenwriting, and he is both excited and intimidated by the opportunity. The film he’s working on with Jessica O’Hara Baker deal with our over-reliance on social media, and how it’s making us more lonely and detached then ever; but hopefully in an entertaining way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jessica O'Hara-Baker GJESSICA O’HARA BAKER spends most of her time as an actor and director. When she’s really looking to scare the crap out of herself she writes and/or sings, at least one of which she’ll be doing at BRB. Jessica and Miguel are working on a film about our feverish addictions to both technology and being told what to do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emma JasterEMMA JASTER is a movement director. She deals in high, low, spiritual, profane, ethereal, clown, international, local, silent and musical, but always always physical. She’s working w Kersti to make a history play into a physical comedy sucker punch that keeps us woke and still with hope.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melissa MahoneyMELISSA MAHONEY/ is an actor, singer, and farm animal enthusiast. Since receiving her BFA from NYU Tisch in 2015, she has taken on many challenging roles, including a boat, a toxic phytoplankton, a shepherd boy, and the Bishop of Canterbury. Her project, a one-woman show, will explore her fascination with robots & aliens, and the relationship between imitation and art.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17436041_10104842709114070_3524594648608027360_oMARCUS MIDDLETON is a videographer/Photographer born but not raised in the South. He loves food, film, books, photography, books about photography, music…basically almost all forms of artistic expression.
Ryann WeirRYANN WEIR is an actor/writer who loves plays. She’s currently working on play called Canary Kids- a Laura Ingalls Wilder meets John Wayne outlaw story about a bunch of badass prairie girls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zach TrebinoZACH TREBINO releases absurdly grotesque performances, videos, and texts into the world like dis-eased canaries. His project, consumption, is a toy theatre-cum-stop motion animation integrated live performance in which he re-tells the myth of roman emperor Heliogabalus as a ten-year old Antonin Artaud who is taking a bath under the supervision of his mother.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nicole WeissNICOLE WEISS is a singer, actor, and songwriter, who has most recently been seen on tour with Vocalosity and singing with John Early at the Bell House. She can’t help it that every dog loves her.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1914802_944753045432_49269048385295086_nMORGAN MCGUIRE Bio coming soon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natalie Zutter NATALIE ZUTTER writes plays & audio dramas that use superheroes to examine female competition and ableism, sex robots to rip into “friends with benefits,” time travel to unravel, gaslighting, and true-crime podcasts that let Final Girls write their own endings. Her current projects can all be summed up as “this cool thing is ruined by sexual assault.” In Denial and Other Safe Spaces, two kinksters and two larpers are horrified to discover that their respective retreats have rented the same campsite for the same weekend; their attempts to mark their territory expose secret identities and blur boundaries between play and reality.
 
 
 
18952759_10101385899239045_1047578438932131838_nMARCUS SCOTTis a journalist, blogger, playwright and musical theater writer challenging the representation of race, gender, sexuality, class and intersectionality in popular media, the performance arts and international affairs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEEK 2

 
Steven AckleySTEVEN ACKLEY is a writer, director, and actor living in Brooklyn, New York and is the founder of boom! productions, an experimental group that creates original performances that question theater practices and the various ways it can be performed to an audience. Steven is currently working on a new performance piece, the button, which questions the idea of committing to lies and feelings compared to facts by focusing on the main character who presses a button that he doesn’t know the effect of.
 
 
 
 
Jessica FreyJESSICA FREY is an actress (fun stuff: Sense & Sensibility with BEDLAM, Clown Bar with Pipeline, and BASIC WITCH https://www.basicwitchseries.com), a member of the sketch team, Uncle Function, a writer, a teacher, and a sometimes caterer and babysitter. She wants to write a cult thriller revenge film with Claire Rothrock about a murderous group of unstoppable women. Watch out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
15540708_10105708885649199_6348717960161320089_oCLAIRE ROTHROCK is an actor and writer for things on stage and things on screens. She co-created the web-series Basic Witch with a righteous gang of girls including Jessica Frey and her play I Heard Sex Noises, co-written with Andrew Farmer and Ryann Weir premiered at Ars Nova and is now being made into a streaming series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dan DalyDAN DALY is a scenic designer, theater maker, visual artist, and all around good guy. He is originally from Central Massachusetts, but after brief stints in New Hampshire and Pittsburgh he now calls Brooklyn home. His “Portable Theater Project” is an exploration into what is necessary to declare a space a performance venue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seth McNeillSETH MCNEILL is an actor and playwright who has had his work read, workshop, and produced at Dixon Place, Fresh Ground Pepper, TinyRhino, Exquisite Corpse, Amios, Primary Stages, and at various theaters across the country. His title pending project will hopefully answer the age old question “where are you from?” in a more entertaining fashion than that to which he is accustomed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jen KwokJEN KWOK a writer/performer based in Sunnyside, Queens. Most of my work has been in comedy and comedy music, but my most recent project, Songs for One, is an incredibly intimate performance where I sing to one person at a time. This piece has been a huge shift in my work and direction as an artist, and my current “project” is figuring out how to continue down this new path that I’m on.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sam SalmondSAM SALMONDis a Brooklyn- based gay ex- British Mormon with almost no trace of Mormon or British left in me. I write pop rock musical theater that’s hopefully melodic, funny, and cathartic. I’ll be working on a show called “Uncool: the Party” which is an immersive night of songs, games, dancing and storytelling that celebrates outsiders, rejects, and everything that makes you the glorious individual you are!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19388300_10155436508968829_5724336875356424294_oKEV BERRY is a queer playwright and performance artist who writes about gay shit, sometimes as himself and sometimes as his drag persona Frantic McDormand. His art-sister-wives are director Emily Moler and music director Emma Weiss, who for some reason still put up with him. On the farm, in addition to trying to avoid poison ivy and dirt, Kev will be working on his 10.5-hour 5-part American Queer Civil Rights Movement Epic, a play called FABULOUS CREATURES.
 
 
 
 
 
Lucy PowisLUCY POWIS is a dramaturg, writer, and educator who hails from Toronto and is now an MFA Dramaturgy candidate at Columbia University. She’s working on a play about seances, hoarding, literature obsessions, and inherited trauma, and hopes to finally settle on a title for it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16826082_10158376936455595_1214890124433859841_oCHARLOTTE MOROZ is a playwright, singer-songwriter, puppet-maker and performer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Charlotte likes to be a busy squirrel and has written, co-scored, and designed puppets for and performed in more than 7 original puppet musicals in the past 3 years, producing workshops with “The Society for Misfit Puppets”, a company formed with a Lincoln Center-based director. Born in Kentucky, raised in Vermont, and with family now based in Utah, Charlotte’s parents clearly can’t resist a good cult hot-bed, liberal and conservative alike. Speaking of the past and future, Charlotte will be developing her puppet musical based on interviews carried out with strangers on the subject of time travel and regret.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past BRB Resident Artists
 
2013:
Anna Abhau Elliott
Max Freedman
Ryann Weir, Andrew Farmer, Claire Rothrock
Jaime McGonagill
T. Adamson & Joel Soren
Dylan Lamb

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

2015:
Ian Axness
Anna Abhau Elliott
Vinny Deponto
Matt Gehring
Marina Tempelsman
Chelsea Hanawalt
Carly Hoogendyk
Lena Hudson
Benjamin Katz
Kevin Kautzman
Max Reuben
Michael Klein
Tori Keenan-Zelt
Kristie Wortman
A.P. Andrews

2016:
Callan Stout
Helen Banner
Hannah Vaughn
Jordan Schulze
Tori Keenan-Zelt
Gil Varod
Joel Esher
Victoria Flores
Jean Andzulis
Max Reuben
Joe Canatlupo
Gina Femia
Jonathan Alexandratos
Isaac Klein
Matthew Jellison
Thomas Gibbons
Jay Owen Eisenberg
Ryann Weir
Ben Gullard