Fresh Ground Pepper’s In-House Artists are a group of unique artists selected by FGP to collaborate and develop a brand-new project from the ground up. These artists will work directly with FGP’s Creative Directors, utilizing the company’s delighted feedback model to nurture a project’s development over the course of a year, or longer. The goal of the residency is to delve deeper into FGP’s process for creation and to provide an opportunity for artists within our community to continue to grow, alongside our creative staff.
In-House Artists will perform showings of new work at events throughout the year. They will be participate in 2-3 short rehearsal intensives and a week-long rehearsal process at BRB, FGP’s summer artist retreat. Their sloppy, loud, bold, and joyous project will premiere as a workshop production in Spring 2018 as part of the first ever Fresh Ground Pepper Festival.
nicHi Douglas is an actor, dancer, choreographer and writer. she has performed all over New York and the country as an actor/dancer in the freelance capacity, in addition to performing nationally with The Dance Cartel and literacy-focused children’s theatre company The Story Pirates. she currently teaches Movement and Choreo in the NYU: Tisch Drama Department – Playwright’s Horizon Theatre School studio. And she is currently working on a brand new comic and pod cast series that focuses on celebrating uncelebrated characters in children’s literature (i.e., “untraditional” families, queer and gender non-conforming youth and adult leaders, differently-abled youth, people who are not White, drag queens, and every other person who is rarely celebrated in books for kids).
BFA in Drama, NYU; MFA in Creative Writing, The New School
Nikki Calonge is a founding member of ANIMALS, a member of Witness Relocation, and has performed with artists and theater companies such as Jim Findlay, Nellie Tinder, Hoi Polloi, Half Straddle, Katherine Brook/TELE-VIOLET, Eliza Bent + Dave Malloy, Spellbound Theater, William Burke, and The National Asian American Theater Company. With ANIMALS she is the recipient of the 2012 Tom Murrin Award and has been presented at Fresh Ground Pepper, CATCH, Prelude, as part of Target Margin Theater’s Gertrude Stein Lab, and Under the Radar’s Incoming Series. Calonge has received training from People’s Improv Theater; The Patravadi Theatre and Theater Mitu in Thailand; Traditional Dance and Wayang Kulit in Bali, Indonesia. She earned her BFA from NYU/Tisch. nikkicalonge.info + bearelephantibex.com
Elinor Vanderburg creates scripts, music, performance art, and voices. She has performed with Exit Art, Non Grata, Panoply Performance Lab, Title:Point, and Fresh Ground Pepper, and is currently developing her first musical, The Human Incubator, co-written with her partner Drew Vanderburg.
Ryann Weir is an actor/writer. Recent credits include Your Hair Looked Great(Abrons), I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova), DEBUTANTE. (Ars Nova, Bernie Wohl) and A Christmas Carol with Andrew Neisler & Andrew Farmer. TV/Web performances: Drunk Girls in Heels, The Untitled Web series Morgan Evans is Doing (NYTVF), and An Actor Unprepared (Outstanding Actress Nomination LAWebfest). She is a writer/co-creator on the series Basic Witch and upcoming series I Heard Sex Noises BFA NYU. More at ryannweir.com.
Matthew Dean Marsh is a Brooklyn based composer, writer, and performer. His compositions have been heard at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, the Michigan Opera House, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), TriBeCa Film Festival, McKittrick Hotel (Sleep No More) and the White House in Washington, DC. Accompanying credits include Joseph Keckler (at Centre Pompidou in Paris), Ato Blankson-Wood, Todd Almond, Jo Lampert, Salty Brine, David Cale, Max Jenkins, Tom Hennes, Erin Markey, Shaina Taub, and Sherie Rene Scott. He has worked on projects with directors Steve Cosson, Preston Martin, Shaun Peknic, Leigh Silvermann, and Alex Timbers. He music directs the band for Shred for Your Life’s 2016 viral sensation champion, Mrs. Smith. His song and music video “Lost Boys” is a finalist at the Los Angeles 2016 Music Video Awards, a semi-finalist in the 2017 International MV Awards in Paris, and a contender in the 2017 Portland MV Festival. He first performed at an FGP event in 2009 and has been a collaborator ever since.