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CHUCK PROPHET - Music/Book

  

TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL proved to be a high-water mark in a thirty-year-plus wild ride in the music business for Chuck Prophet. Its title track was a “Coolest Song in the World” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Before going solo in 1990, Chuck was guitarist and songwriter with Paisley Underground pioneers Green on Red. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR’s Fresh Air, and Late Night with David Letterman, and tours internationally with his band The Mission Express. His songs have been featured in The L Word, Looking, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, and Californication. His current release is the much-acclaimed Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins.

klipschutz - Book/Music

  

A long time San Franciscan, klipschutz (pen name of Kurt Lipschutz) is a poet, songwriter, and occasional journalist whose underground reputation continues to grow. In addition to extensive co-writing with Chuck Prophet, he has published five books, including This Drawn & Quartered Moon, Twilight of the Male Ego, and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder. Along with Jeremy Gaulke, he helmed the handmade, collectible minimag FOUR BY TWO through 12 issues. A complete set resides in UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library’s Special Collection.

EMILIE WHELAN - Director 

 

A director, performer, and arts organizer, Emilie has recently relocated to the Bay Area from New Orleans. An alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and current member of The Network of Ensemble Theatres and Ubuntu Theatre Project, she has trained with Hand2Mouth, TEETH, and Pig Iron. With an MFA in Directing from UCSD, and having worked with the Stella Adler Conservatory, Amsterdam International Program, and Experimental Theatre Wing, Emile moved to New Orleans to establish the social-political theatre company Cripple Creek Theatre Company. She also co-founded The DISTILLERY Artist Residency housed at the Contemporary Arts Center and served as Performance Coordinator of the New Orleans Fringe Festival.

MATT JAFFE - Musical Director

  

A 22-year-old singer/songwriter from San Francisco, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) offered to produce his first record. He has opened for Mavis Staples and Wilco and has written with Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgerson of the Plain White T’s. With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Irving Plaza. His latest release is The Spirit Catches You, another installment in his campaign to bring guitar gospel back to the masses.

ADAM LARSEN - Projection Design 

 

For the past 15 years Adam has designed video projections for nearly 100 productions both On and Off Broadway, throughout the US, and abroad. Shows include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway), The Gospel at Colonus (Athens, Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles (Singapore and Edinburgh Festival), Brief Encounter and My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival), The Women of Brewster Place (Alliance/Arena Stage), Lily Plants a Garden (Mark Taper), Le Martyre de St. Sebastien, and Peer Gynt (San Francisco Symphony).

ALEX RODRIGUEZ - Choreographer

  

An award-winning Bay Area artist, Alex’s most recent credits include choreography for Ragtime (Berkeley Playhouse), Reefer Madness, Silence! The Musical, The Wild Party (TBA Award 2016) and Heathers: The Musical (TBA and BATCC Awards 2015) for Ray of Light Theatre. National Tour: Miss Saigon. Regional Credits: Evita (TBA Lead Actor 2014), Triassic Parq (TBA Featured 2014), ROLT Cabarets: No Hablo Español: Tales of the Whitest Brown Boy, Let Saigons Be Bygones, and Rant: Take It or Leave It.

NICK BENACERRAF - Set Design

  

A national designer of sets and environments for live performance, and co-artistic director of Manhattan’s The Assembly, Nick has collaborated with Judith Malina (The Living Theatre), Trusty Sidekick (Lincoln Center), Waterwell (Under the Radar), Lars Jan (Center for New Performance), BAM Poetry, Meiyin Wang (La Mama), Kristin Marting (HERE), Goat in the Road (New Orleans), Son of Semele (LA), and has assisted design luminaries Richard Foreman, Mimi Lien, Suzanne Lacy, Douglas Little, and Christine Jones.

JC CARLOS MOORE - Lighting Design 

 

With countless Broadway musicals to his credit, among them Lion King, Spiderman, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Matilda, The Color Purple, Kinky Boots, and Warhorse, JC has also worked on numerous concert projects (U2 360 Degree Tour, Taylor Swift, Madonna, MTV Music Awards, BET Awards, Tony Awards, The Grammys), and in TV/film (Power/Omarie Hardwick, Spiderman/Jamie Foxx, Ricky and the Flash/Meryl Streep, Sesame Street, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, E! TV, and the Super Bowl with Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers).

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