I am a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 25 years, I have created 27 works for the stage, including 12 original hybrid works, 8 adaptations of novels & short stories and 7 classic plays. I make theatre because it forges community. I seek to create immediate, substantive work that engages the complexity and intensity of today’s culture. I work in a collaborative, process-driven way to fuse different disciplines into a cohesive whole. I recently premiered TRADE PRACTICES, a live art interactive work, on Governor’s Island. It is available to tour. I am currently developing IDIOT with Robert Lyons for a 2016 premiere. This season, I am also directing Bombay Rickey’s exploration of Yma Sumac for our Prototype Festival and a new devised work titled SEEN BY EVERYONE. I am a co-founder and Artistic Director of HERE, where I cultivate artists and programs all events for two performance spaces–including 17 OBIE-award winners—for an annual audience of 30,000.
BOMBAY RICKEY is a super fun opera cabaret about Peruvian songbird Yma Sumac that I directed for the Prototype festival. Called “the future of music” (New York Music Daily), Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with a “little” coloratura soprano. Photos by Cory Weaver.
I am developing IDIOT, a hybrid live art-work in response to Dostoevsky’s The Idiot with Robert Lyons. This wholly new work incorporates original text, live cinematography, gestural choreography, and contemporary music. Our central character, Myshkin, is a “completely beautiful soul” whose brief glimpses of spiritual wonder suggest a transparent, guileless way to live in a corrupt world. Our immersive staging implicates the audience as part of a society more concerned with wealth and power than simple decency and spiritual epiphanies. Just finished June workshop showings at NACL, Catskills and New Ohio, NYC. IDIOT will premiere in May 2016 at HERE and will be available to tour starting in fall 2016.
In the fall of 2013, I workshopped a new 90-minute adaptation of Henrik’s Ibsen’s play with undergraduate and graduate students at CalArts. We started work on crafting a dynamic physical-theatre piece with video and puppetry. I am very excited to refine these ideas further in a full production down the road.
In the fall of 2012, I developed a condensed 90-minute version of Anton Chekhov’s classic with undergraduate and graduate students at Sarah Lawrence. We created a really fun, heightened dance-theatre piece with video. I am very excited to refine these ideas further in a full production down the road.
In September 2014, historic building on Governors Island was transformed into a living market in this immersive site-specific event. After a breezy ferry ride, the audience entered a fun and interactive world of booms and busts, as they followed a fictional currency company’s evolution from family business to publicly-traded corporation. Cash in hand, the audience chose how to invest their time and money.
TRADE PRACTICES was created by director Kristin Marting, and designer David Evans Morris (along with writers Erin Courtney, Eisa Davis, Robert Lyons, Qui Nguyen, KJ Sanchez, and Chris Wells and designers Liz Bourgeois, Jared Mezzocchi, Natalie Robin, Jane Shaw, and Gil Sperling). Performers were Jennifer Diaz, Daphne Gaines, Megan Hart, Brooke Ishibashi, Mike Iveson, Daniel Kublick, Pete McCabe, Mariana Newhard, Mary Rasmussen, and Dax Valdes. The show premiered on August 31, 2014. We are available for tour.
Check out our TRADE PRACTICES Slide Show.
If you would like to learn more, please visit our blog here for more info.
An interactive live art event, LUSH VALLEY is hatched by a creative artistic team and shaped nightly by an ever-expanding community of you. LUSH VALLEY invites audience members to abandon their spectator hats and become key players in shaping an alternative national ethos through real-time video interviews, citizenship tests, lectures, voting, and historical hallucinations. Have a hand in building LUSH VALLEY, your own idyllic-yet-realizable society, and rediscover this country as the home of differences.
LUSH VALLEY was created by dramaturg Yana Landowne, director Kristin Marting, and video artist Tal Yarden (along with writers Robert Lyons and Qui Nguyen and designers Oana Botez, Chris Kuhl, Clint Ramos and Jane Shaw). The show premiered on September 11th, 2011 at HERE. We are currently putting together an American tour leading up to the 2012 election.
Check out a LUSH VALLEY Slide Show
If you would like to learn more, please visit our blog at lushvalleyproject.wordpress.com for more info.