The Late Night Show: Bios

B3W is a social impact multi-disciplinary arts organization with a commitment to collaboration and community. The company has performed in the US, England, Greece, Italy, and Mexico. In New York City, B3W has performed at Henry Street Settlement, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, BAAD!, the 92nd Street Y, The Irondale Center as part of FlicFest, the International Dance Festival NYC, the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and the Cool New York Dance Festival. The company has also premiered two dance films in Maryland and in Switzerland. B3W received the Mondo Cane Commission from Dixon Place where we premiered Confined in September 2010 with a three-week run. Spin Art, B3W’s last evening length work premiered at the Irondale Center January 30th, 2014 with live music by DBR. Spin Art premiered as a creating public art through performance piece with paint inside of a cube in Queens in November 2014.

Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including botanic gardens, museums, storefront windows, living rooms, sidewalks and concert stages. Weeks teaches technique, improvisation and choreography at Queens College. www.deliriousdances.com

Alice Jane Klugherz has been part of the downtown dance and performance scene since the 80s. Her docu-whimsey (talk/move) work has been supported and inspired by The Field’s ongoing Fieldwork sessions since The Fields beginnings in 1986!  “Bloody Business” was started during The Field’s Artward Bound at Mount Tremper Arts in 2012 and continued during Fieldwork! Alice has performed her work as part of PS 122's Avant-Garde-Arama, Dance Theatre Workshop's FRESH TRACKS, LaMama Club, Wet and other NYC venues. She has also appeared in the work of others, most notably in Mark Dendy’s NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place at Joe’s Pub. Her trio “Haik Dreams” was commissioned for a visual/sound instillation by Paula Jeanine Bennett in Redhook’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Alice is a regular reader at Cornelia St Cafe, Big Irv's and Stacy's Salon. She also writes theatre and dance reviews for Front Row Center. She is presently documenting her man-hunt, in piece called “Tinder Chronicles”, and is reading about the Shakers. Ms. Klugherz wishes to thank the Fieldwork gang: in particular James Scruggs and Mark Dendy for their insightful comments on this piece and all of The Field’s past, present and future artist/staff.

*Keith Johnston is a professional actor, director, educator and musician. His life's work is grounded in the transformational power of the arts to heal and educate. Mr Johnston has traveled the world and recorded and performed with Jon Hendricks, Olu Dara, Brian McKnight, Lisa Lisa, Toots and Shirley Murdock to name a few. All praises to God, the source of all art of light and creation.

Kelley  Nicole Girod is a playwright and founder/Executive Producer of OBIE Award winning The Fire This Time Festival, a festival which has presented the  work of emerging  playwrights of African American descent for the past seven years.  Her plays are often set in her home state of Louisiana, and include "Watching", "Poetics of the Creative Process", "Ambrosia", and "Straight on til Morning".

KYOUNG H. PARK is Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, and the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of "Sex and Hunger," "disOriented," "Walkabout Yeolha," "TALA," and many short plays including "Mina," which is published in "Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas." Kyoung is currently a Field Leadership Fund Arts Fellow, recipient of an Edward Albee, Global Arts Village, Theater of the Oppressed, and inaugural Target Margin Theater Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making fellowships, grants from TCG’s Global Connections’ On the Road program, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Arvon, and GK Foundations, and a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate. BFA: Dramatic Writing (NYU); MA: International Politics (KHU); MFA: Playwriting (Columbia).

MARK DENDY has worked in a variety of genres ranging from experimental dance, and edgy East Village drag to high-end Broadway productions, prominent ballet companies and opera to large-scale site-specific works. Mark Dendy Dance & Theatre was presented at PS 122, the ADF, Bates, The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and DTW, as well as numerous national and international venues. Their commercial theater credits include choreography for Taboo and The Pirate Queen (Broadway); The Wild Party, (Off Broadway); The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera); Orpheus (NYC Opera); and Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera). Mark has received many awards and honors, most notably a 1997 Bessie Award, a 2000 Obie Award, the National Society of Arts and Letters Sustained Achievement Award (1990), the Herb Alpert Award and the Joe A. Calloway Award (both in 2000). Her new company MARK DENDY PROJECTS was formed in 2008, with longtime collaborator Stephen Donovan, to create socially conscious dance-theater work. Works include Ritual Cyclical, at Lincoln Center Out of Doors (premiere 2013); Dystopian Distractions! Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara (premiere 2014); Labyrinth at Abrons Arts Center (premiere 2014), NEWYORKnewyork @Astor Place at Joe’s Pub (premiere 2015) and Whistleblower  Dixon Place (premiere 2015). MarkDendyProjects.com

Vienna Carroll is a singer, playwright, actor, historian, and herbalist. She learned music from the Black Ladies of her youth, including her fearsome great grandmother who played guitar to country & western singer Minnie Pearl on Saturday night radio and proper Pentecostal chords in church on Sunday.  She received a BA in African American Studies from Yale University. Vienna wrote and starred in "Singin Wid A Sword In Ma Han," a musical docudrama about a family escaping slavery featuring rare spirituals, which won the NYC Fringe Festival’s Audience Favorite Award.  She conceived of and produced the First Annual NYC Underground Railroad Festival Juneteenth Celebration. She partnered with Plymouth Church of the Pilgrim, a nationally certified Underground Railroad site, to produce a sold-out event which was recorded and broadcast by WBGO-FM. She will perform with Keith Johnston in The Late Night Show.*