ARTISTS

Mark Campbell  Sonoko Kawahara  Chiori Miyagawa  Brian Nishii  Margi Sharp  Sophia Skiles
Daniel Sonenberg
 Dale Soules  Hilary Spector  Theresa Squire  Mia Yoo

 

Mark Campbell (Lyricist) has written lyrics and libretti for traditional and non-traditional musical theatre, as well as performance art, opera and dance. His work has been performed in diverse venues: from BAM's Majestic Theatre to the Joyce, Off-Off Broadway to Off-Broadway. A panel headed by Stephen Sondheim honored Mark with the first Kleban Foundation Award. He also received two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Splendora, a Rockefeller Foundation MAPP Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for his adaptation of Zola's Therese Raquin. Mark is a three-time MacDowell Fellow, a member of the Dramatists Guild and a member of the New York Theatre Workshop's "Usual Suspects." His opera, Volpone, which he has written with composer John Musto, will premiere at Wolftrap in March 2004.                                                 page top>>
 

Sonoko Kawahara (Co-founder/Artistic director) Originally from Tokyo Japan, Sonoko Kawahara started her career as an actor/dancer and has appeared in some of Tokyo’s most prestigious theaters. She came to New York to study with Anne Bogart in 1995. Since then she has worked as a director, creating original theater pieces that integrate text, music, movement and visual elements. She also has been working on new plays, revisions of classics such as Strindberg, W. B. Yeats, Chekhov and Shakespeare and has directed at renowned performance houses in NYC such as New York Theater Workshop, Women’s Project, La MaMa, Performing Space 122, HERE Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Japan Society and others. Currently, she is developing a new music- theater piece The Rose Project with Obie award composer Deidre Murray and the world premiere of Deadly She Wolf: Assassin at Armageddon by Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff. Her work has been supported by Rockefeller Foundation’s MAP Grants, NEA, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Japan Foundation’s US-Japan Collaboration Grants, The Fund for Women Artists, and others. She received the Directing Fellowship from New York Theater Workshop and the Directing Fellowship from The Drama League, served as a visiting director and as a guest artist at Fordham University. She is a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop, a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and was a recent resident artist of Mabou Mines. She holds her MFA in Directing from Columbia University.                                                                                   page top>>
 

Chiori Miyagawa (Co-founder/former co-artistic director/Playwright) Chiori Miyagawa’s is a Japan-born U.S. playwright, based in NYC.  Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally.  Six of her plays have been published in different play anthologies.  She is a recipient of many fellowships and grants including a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Rockefeller MAP Grant (twice), a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, and a Radcliffe Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University.  Two collections of her plays are forthcoming: Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays from Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays from NoPassport Press. She is a resident playwright of New Dramatists and the head of the undergraduate playwriting program at Bard College under the theater department chair, director JoAnne Akalaitis.
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Brian Nishii (Actor) Brian has been seen in CJA’s productions of Awakening and Broken Morning. He is a member of MAURA DONOHUE / IN MIXED COMPANY, last seen at PS 122 with Rip it Open, as well as with La Mama’s Great Jones Rep., Greek Trilogy (SERBAN). He has worked and toured with ROBERT WILSON, The Days Before, Persephone, Promethius. He is currently in PROJECT 400/2nd GENERATION show, The Karaoke Show at the El Flamingo and is appearing in Imua! Theatre Company's Karaoke Stories in August. TV/FILM: 100 Centre St., Robot Stories. You may visit brian at www.BrianNishii.com.                             page top>>
 

Margi Sharp (Actor) Margi was most recently seen in New York as Mehitabel in Ralph Lee's production of Communications From A Cockroach. An actress and singer, she has appeared regionally at the California Shakespeare Festival, the UCF/Orlando Shakespeare Festival and the Hangar Theater and locally at Here, PS 122 and La Mama. Credits include Rosalind in Love's Labours Lost, the Courtesan in Comedy Of Errors, and Hermione in The Winters Tale. She has workshopped and performed several plays with Crossing Jamaica Avenue in the past three years. Most recently, she appeared in CJA's production of Broken Morning at HERE. She is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program in acting        page top>>
 

Sophia Skiles (Actor) Sophia has appeared in Crossing Jamaica Avenue productions of Broken Morning at HERE, Awakening at P.S. 122 and Jamaica Avenue at SOHO Rep. Other credits include Richard Foreman's production of Now That Communism Is Dead, My Life Feels Empty at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (Amsterdam and Vienna tour), as well as performances directed by Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart and Mary Zimmerman. An active teaching artist, Sophia is also a member of Local 116 Theater Company and Baubo Performance Project (Chicago). MFA Columbia University, BS Northwestern University.                page top>>
 

 

Daniel Sonenberg (Composer) Daniel Sonenberg's concert music has been presented by the Da Capo Chamber Players, American Opera Projects, the New York Singing Teachers Association, Friends and Enemies of New Music, the American Composers Alliance, the Ground Base Artists Society, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and others. He has received grants and fellowships from Meet the Composer, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Daniel has also written theater songs and incidental music for Crossing Jamaica Avenue and the Compass Rose Theater Company, and is currently composing an opera based on the life of Negro league baseball legend Josh Gibson. He holds a D.M.A. in composition from the City University of New York, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.                                                                        page top>>
 

Dale Soules (Actor) She is currently performing the role of "Sarah Good" in the Broadway production of the Crucible . She has created the highly acclaimed role of "Sugar" in Karen Hartman's Girl Under Grain winner of Best Drama, NY Fringe Festival. She has created roles Off and On Broadway in such landmark productions as Hair, The Magic Show, Whose Life is it Anyway? Getting Out, and Jet Lag, appearing at the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop. Atlantic Theatre Co., Manhattan Theatre Club, HERE, Mabou Mines, Lincoln Center, and regionally at the Guthrie, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, Center Stage, and many stops in-between. TV/Film: Sesame Street, American Playhouse, Really Rosie, Love God. Awards from: Mabou Mines, New Dramatists, Spencer Cherashore Fund, Richard Porter Leach Fellowship, SUNY.                                                         page top>>
 

Hilary Spector (Associate Artist) Hillary Spector is a performer, choreographer, director and teacher. Her work in theater and opera has been seen in the United States, France and Spain. In NYC: Classic Stage Company, the Guggenheim’s Works in Process Series, Danspace at St. Mark’s, New York Theater Workshop, The Lark, La Mama, The Public Theatre, the French Institute/Alliance Française, P.S. 122, P.S. 1 Art Radio, Chelsea Rep, the Ohio Theatre among others. Festival work includes: the Prelude Festival, Spoleto USA, and the Edinburgh, Toronto and New York City Fringe Festivals. In Europe: the National Theater of Cataluña , L’Opera de Nantes, L’Opera d’Angers and L’Opera de Nice. She is a company member of CJA, Hotel Savant and Pan Theatre, Paris, France and a frequent collaborator with playwright Angels Aymar in Barcelona, Spain. She is Co-Artistic Director of Nomad Theatre and was Co-Artistic Director of the Water Street Theater in Port Townsend, WA. Hillary has an MFA from CalArts and is currently completing her MS in Educational Theater at CCNY. .                                                                               page top>>
 

 

Theresa Squire (Costume Designer) Theresa Squire has been designing costumes for theatre and dance in and around New York for the past eight years. CJA credits include Awakening and Woman Killer. Other credits include The Cuchulain Cycle directed by Sonoko Kawahara. Can’t Let Go, Three-Cornered Moon, Museum, The Voice of the Turtle (off-Broadway), The Good Thief (off-Broadway), and The Second Man produced by the Keen Company, Far and Wide at The Mint, Signals of Distress (Soho Rep) and Utopians with The Flying Machine. Pirates of Penzance (Directed by Worth Gardner) at Virginia Opera, Tony Kushner’s Hydriotaphia (Directed by Michael Wilson) and The Golden Bird (Directed by Andrei Serban) at La Mama Etc. Dance credits include Imago’s Unbecoming Snow White, Stefa Zaverucha’s Legal While Moving at DTW; Melissa Briggs’ Quartet at Joyce SoHo and Frozen at Blair Academy; Douglas Becker’s An Extremely Quiet Party and Darlene Casanova’s Amazonia both with NYU’s 2nd Avenue Dance Company and most recently Red Dive’s Peripheral City. Theresa holds an MFA from NYU. page top>>
 

Mia Yoo (Actor) She performed in La Mama's production of The Trojan Women (Andromacha), in New York, Korea and Taiwan, and Oedipus (Jocasta) and Geranos (Ariadne) in Eastern Europe. She has also performed in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Grusha) at La Mama and Cymbeline (Helen) at The Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, Peter Hall's production of Tantalus at Denver Center Theatre which toured in Europe. She played writer/activist Agnes Smedley in Masahiro Shinoda's film Spy Sorge, and most recently performed in Shakespeare's Pericles as Thaisa at the American Repertory Theatre directed by Andrei Serban.                                                                        page top>>