MAPP is dedicated to developing sustainable environments for artists to create, premiere and tour performing arts projects. We provide support and opportunities for challenging artistic voices to be fully heard and engaged by bringing together arts, humanities and public dialogue. This means not only placing live work on the stages of performing arts venues worldwide, but also creating opportunities for discussion, learning and civic engagement that encourage appreciation of different cultures and perspectives. We nurture contemporary artists who reside and create in many parts of the world, embracing multidirectional infiltration and invigoration, and contributing to the U.S.'s role as a valued partner in a global creative community.
Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer and media artist, and founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, the multidisciplinary performance + art lab behind HOLOSCENES, previous works including ABACUS and A SUICIDE BOMBING BY INVITATION ONLY, and the upcoming THE INSTITUTE OF MEMORY (TIMe). His work has received major support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC; Troy, NY), The Whitney Museum (New York) and many other venues in the US. The son of first generation émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, Jan is committed to international artistic exchange. Jan is a past MacDowell and Princeton Atelier Fellow, artist-in-residence at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and recipient of the Sherwood Award. He is a 2013-15 TED Senior Fellow.
Geoff Sobelle is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist dedicated to the "sublime ridiculous." He is the co-artistic director of rainpan 43, a renegade absurdist outfit devoted to creating and touring original actor-driven performance works. R43's shows include: all wear bowlers, Amnesia Curiosa, the rube-goldberg-inspired kinetic junk play machines machines machines machines machines machines machines and the magic spectacular, Elephant Room (commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles). He has been a company member of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company since 2001. Geoff's independent work has been supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International, the Wyncote Foundation, the Independence Foundation and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. His work has received an Innovative Theatre Award, a Drama Desk nomination, an OBIE award for design, and an Edinburgh Fringe First Award. Geoff received a 2006 Pew Fellowship in the Arts as a performance artist and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.
Pablo N. Molina is an LA and NYC based video, lighting and sound artist. He specializes in emerging technologies and custom software development. His design work has also been seen in numerous exhibitions, theatrical, music, and dance works at venues such as RedCat, BAM, The Wexner Center, Beta Level, the Katmandu International Theater Festival, LACMA, EMPAC, and many others. Most recently his animated video content was prominently featured in Linkin Park, Nickelback, Creed, and A.R. Rahman's world concert tours. He is an associate artist with MODE Studios in Seattle. Pablo also helped initiate the Video for Performance MFA Specialization at the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater, where he teaches.
Annie Saunders is a performer, theatermaker, and recreational freediver. Her company, Wilderness, debuted The Day Shall Declare It, a site-responsive, immersive production exploring themes of work, labor and economics at the Bush Theatre in London in 2012. The company will present its latest work, a study of identity and relationship, at REDCAT in 2013.
Nathan Ruyle is a Los Angeles based cross-disciplinary artist, designer, producer, educator and technologist. He is the founder and managing designer of This is Sound Design, a studio and consulting company that creates sound and develops technology for traditional and new media. Notable projects include the feature films It Felt Like Love and This is Martin Bonner which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Cloud Eye Control’s Multimedia Opera Under Polaris, and many projects with Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera, including the sound and music for [AB][AC][US]. Nathan holds an MFA in Sound Design and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts where he is currently adjunct faculty in the School of Film/Video and the Center for Integrated Media.
Irina Kruzhilina is a theatre artist, painter, and fashion designer. During the past year, Irina designed set and costumes for Three Graces with Marcy Arlin and Ruth Margraff at the 3-Legged Dog Theatre in New York, for the play Arctic Hysteria by Abi Basch, directed by Else Marie-Lauvik (Odin Theatret) in San Francisco, for the Hudson River Pageant in New York, and was involved in international collaborations including Mirandolina, at the Russian Drama Theatre in Baku, Azerbaijan, and King Lear at the Plovdiv Dramatischen Theatre in Bulgaria with director Stayko Murdjev. Planned collaborations for 2013 include Petrushka with director Doug Fitch for the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall, DAH theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, and Ruth Margraff in Chicago. Irina was the 2007/2009 recipient of the NEA/TCG career development program for designers.
Chris Kuhl is a lighting, scenic, installation and conceptual designer for new performance, theatre, dance and opera. Recent work includes ABACUS. Early Morning Opera (Sundance Film Festival, EMPAC, REDCAT, BAM); John Cage Song Books (SF Symphony, Carnegie Hall); The Elephant Room. Rainpan 43 (Philly Live Arts, Arena Stage, St. Ann's Warehouse, Center Theatre Group); Under Polaris. Cloud Eye Control (REDCAT, EXIT Festival Paris, Fusebox Festival Austin); Trembler/Shifter, Watch her not know it now. Meg Wolfe (REDCAT); Tov. Rosanna Gamson. Horton Award. (REDCAT); There is an Elephant in this Dance. Lionel Popkin (REDCAT); Monster. Pappas and Dancers (UCLA); Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages, The Geffen); How to Completely Disappear. Ovation Award (Boston Court Theatre); The Author, Eclipsed (Center Theatre Group); Model Behavior, Monster of Happiness. Ovation Award Nomination (Theatre Movement Bazaar); Everyone Who Looks Like You, Uncanny Valley, Undine, My Mind Is Like A Open Meadow, (Hand2Mouth Theatre), Into The Dark Unknown (Holcombe Waller). In 2011 Kuhl received Sherwood, Drammy, Horton, and Ovation Awards. He is originally from New Mexico and is a graduate of CalArts.
Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, communication design firm devoted to art, function, and real human presence. He has been influencing the design discourse internationally since 1988 and is a leading presence in design as a practitioner, educator, and mentor.
Valicenti was honored by the White House in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper‐Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006, he received the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession, for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession, and in 2004, was recognized as an AIGA/Chicago Fellow. Valicenti has been a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since being invited in 1996.
Barry A. Farley is an aquatic performance specialist and certified diver with over twenty years of experience. He is a certified AHA CPR instructor and Red Cross EMR trainer. Barry has been the Head of Aquatics at Circque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas since 2006.
Peter Zuspan is a founding principal of Bureau V, a New York-based studio that designs innovative architecture and experimental projects ranging from cultural institutions and commercial buildings to performances, installations, and events. Clients and collaborators have included cultural institutions such as the Original Music Workshop and the Montello Foundation, as well as artists and designers such as Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Early Morning Opera, Arto Lindsay, and Mary Ping. Bureau V projects have been exhibited or performed at the Guggenheim Museum, the Venice Biennale of Art, Inhotim, the Sophiensaele, the Performa Biennial, and Los Angeles’s REDCAT Theater. The studio’s projects has received support from Saatchi & Saatchi, the Art Production Fund, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Peter teaches architecture at Columbia University and has taught architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Kentucky’s College of Design. He holds a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Blaine O'Neill is a transdisciplinary artist, designer, and activist. He last collaborated with Early Morning Opera on ABACUS at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Andrew LeClair grew up in New England, with a brief formative stint on an island in the Pacific, where he rode his bike everywhere and watched nuclear missile tests for fun. He received his BA from Swarthmore College, where he wrote his senior thesis on the visual perception of objects suspended in empty space. After graduation, Andrew realized he was as interested in the design of his research as the research itself — and decided to study graphic design. Since coming to RISD, Andrew has worked on a range of self-initiated projects and with startups in Boston MA, The Design Office in Providence RI, and Project Projects in New York NY.