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THE DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) is an artist resource group designed for live arts-makers of all disciplines. Formed as a complementary program to the Under the Radar Festival in 2014, DTWG creates an infrastructure to support collaborative collectives and other untraditional originators as they forge new theater. By offering the dramaturgical, technical, artistic and administrative resources of The Public Theater, DTWG operates as part of Under the Radar Festival, where unique modes of creation and independent theater-making are elevated annually.
Fostering a spirit of collaboration, DTWG cohort members join together for monthly group meetings. DTWG meetings contribute to artistic and professional development while nurturing a community of supportive artistic relationships. The INCOMING! Series of Under the Radar was created as a platform to feature in-process works by DTWG artists.
The Devised Theater Working Group is made possible with support from The Jerome Foundation.
Pictured: where love lies fallow. Photo courtesy of The Shed
The HawtPlates (Justin Hicks, Kenita Miller-Hicks, Jade Hicks)
More a performance trio than a band, The HawtPlates make conceptual live vocal works by breaking down folk and vernacular musical forms and reconstituting them into other modes of performance. In hearing their work, there is a sense that the music is specific to them as a family, and that it can only be made by them. Through improvisation, as well as their own sagacious formulas, to concoct potent tonics and “one pots” hearkening the spirit of the family heirloom recipe.
Ty Defoe and the All My Relations Collective
Piehole is a live arts collective that draws from a shared fascination with objects and media, driven by an ongoing pursuit of surprise, delight, and beauty in unexpected places. Piehole’s work has performed at JACK, Irondale, The Connelly, the New Ohio, and HERE among others, and received support from LMCC, NYTW, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Drama League, the New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Piehole recently collaborated with LA-based Tender Claws on the VR piece The Under Presents (Sundance 2019) and the AR piece Tendar (Sundance 2018), bringing liveness and theatricality to these new media platforms.
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nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright, and activist. She chooses to spell her name "nicHi douglas" and requests that you honor that. She is the Head of Movement and teaches a Performance Seminar at NYU/Tisch – Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. She has developed original work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and Ars Nova. She is a resident artist at The New Victory Theater in their LabWorks program 2019/20. Her play (pray), which is being co-composed by Starry Busby & Jerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. Recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Runaways (City Center/Encores! Off-Center and The Delacorte/Public Theater, Associate Director and Associate Choreographer), Girl From the North Country (The Public Theater, Associate Movement Director), Last Stop on Market Street (Atlantic Theater Company, Choreographer).
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Shayok Misha Chowdhury and Kameron Neal
Shayok Misha Chowdhury and Kameron Neal are a Brooklyn-based performance duo. Misha is a queer Bengali director and writer. Kameron is a queer Black video artist and designer. They create through 3D writing: a muscular process rooted in the tactility of materials and the expressive contours of the body. Their work has been seen and developed at Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Joe’s Pub, BRIC, New Orleans Film Festival, the Vineyard Arts Project, Detroit Art Week, Digital Graffiti, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Deep Water Literary Festival, Vox Populi, the CATWALK Institute, and Williams College.
Instagram: @mishachowdhury & @kamer_n
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Maiko Kikuchi is a Brooklyn based artist, who received her B.A in Theatre Arts from Musashino Art University, Japan in 2008, and her M.F.A in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, in 2012. Extensive multi-faceted professional experience in the areas of Illustration, painting, drawing, collages, sculpture, animation and puppetry/performance. She presented her self direction object theatre pieces in Lalapalooza! at St. Ann’s Warehouse twice, Japan Society, La MaMa, Dixon Place, FiveMyles, Wild project and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Her recent piece “Daydream Tutorial (WIP)” was presented at LaMaMa as part of their Puppet festival program 2018.
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