Though I moved to New York City with hopes of being an artist, I'm mostly known as a musician, especially in connection with the band I was in for many years, Talking Heads. I was inspired by the innovative downtown theater scene when I moved to NYC, and I eventually ended up working with some of those companies: Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp and Mabou Mines. More recently I have done some art installations and some theater work on Here Lies Love and Joan of Arc: Into the Fire. My ongoing interest in neuroscience and its implications led me to bring those worlds together for Theater of the Mind.
I work as a research analyst, mainly of technology trends. I've tried to apply a bit of that work at two public health non-profit groups: Ariadne and Surgo. These lines of work all require some model of how people decide to act. And yet, talking to the labs that partnered with us, it seemed some of my most basic intuitions on how we decide to act were incorrect. The experiments and ideas of the labs we met, several of which we embedded in our narrative, seemed as engaging as any piece of theatre.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Melissa joined the DCPA team in 2014 as Associate Production Manager and was part of the production management team that oversaw more than three dozen plays during that time. She also production managed all of Off-Center’s immersive and experiential work including Sweet & Lucky (created by Third Rail Projects) and The Wild Party. From 2008-2014 she served as Production Manager and Special Events Coordinator for Dallas Children's Theater where she also worked as a Director, Puppeteer, Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and Voice Over Artist. In 2017, Melissa joined the DCPA artistic team as Artistic Producer and has been producing for the Theatre Company and Off-Center since. Melissa loves bringing new, experiential work to life.
Nate is a Lortel Award-winning (Sweeney Todd, 2017) and Drama Desk Award-winning (Queen of the Night, 2015) producer, general manager, and consultant, primarily for immersive works. His company, ENVEEKAY, leads the creative, producing, general management, venue acquisition, permitting/licensing, and overall execution for multi-disciplinary projects that defy general categorization — whether they be theatrical and site-specific works, art installations, hospitality projects, or any kind of “it’s ____ meets ____” experience that involves an audience having a transformative experience in an extraordinary location. Additional past projects, partnerships, and consultation includes: Hebru Brantley’s Nevermore Park, Madison Wells Media, Secret Cinema, David Korins Design, Punchdrunk, Superfly, Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun Foundation, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Google, Ars Nova, Joey Parnes Productions, the TEAM, and Sleep No More. enveekay.com @nate__koch
Charlie is Associate Artistic Director at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He is the co-founder and Curator of Off-Center, credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art. Off-Center’s large-scale immersive and experiential projects over the last six years have garnered local and national praise and attracted a significantly younger audience to the DCPA. His most recent project, Camp Christmas, brought in rave reviews and almost 70,000 attendees. Charlie is a sixth-generation Denverite and loves creating new theatrical experiences for his hometown.
LeeAnn is a creative producer. She works with artists to ensure their vision is brought to life in whatever form that may take — from books, albums and film to theater and live performance.
Andrew is a theater director specializing in immersive layouts, technological landscapes, and hybrid-genre theater-making with an emphasis on integrating science ideas into theatrical experiences. Previous credits include The Brobot Johnson Experience (Bushwick Starr, NYTimes Critics Pick), Escape the Planet (NY Hall of Science commission with astronomer Moiya McTier), People Doing Math (podcast recorded live at National Museum of Math, Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, Strand Book Store, etc.), Piano Tales (La MaMa, Lincoln Center, Bouley Test Kitchen, etc.). Associate director: Here Lies Love (dir. Alex Timbers, Public Theater, National Theater UK, Seattle Rep), Sweeney Todd (dir. Bill Buckhurst, Barrow Street Theater), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (dir. Alex Timbers, Broadway). Head of Upper Level Projects at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU Tisch. Co-director FGP NYC. andrewjscoville.com
AMANDA BERG WILSON
The Wild Party and Between Us: The Whiskey Tasting (DCPA Off-Center); 9 to 5 and Pride and Prejudice (Creede Repertory Theatre); God's Ear, Failure: A Love Story, Rausch, Men On Boats, and United Flight 232, among others (The Catamounts). As performer: Sweet & Lucky (DCPA Off-Center), Detroit (Curious Theatre Company), There is A Happiness that Morning Is (The Catamounts). Amanda is Artistic Director of The Catamounts, a Boulder-based company dedicated to adventurous theatre.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (DCPA Garner Galleria & Vintage Theatre); The Scottsboro Boys (Vintage Theatre); Crowns (Vintage Theatre); Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies (Aurora Fox); The Darker Face of the Earth; Evelyn in Purgatory; A Thousand Circlets; Jim Crow and the Rhythm Darlings (Essential Theatre); Loose Change; On Empty (Kaiser Permanente Arts Integrated Resources). Special/Awards/Training: 2018 True West Award winner.
Heidi is an artist, scientist and creative technologist. She designs expanded reality and transmedia storytelling experiences, and devises networked dance and theatre using biocreative technology. She is the founder of futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency and think-tank that harnesses the power of pop culture, emerging technology, and neuroscience to ignite culture change. Heidi is currently Director of Emerging Media Technology at CUNY and an MIT research affiliate. She received her PhD in Electronic Arts from RPI. futureperfectlab.com
Selected credits include A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater), Native Son (The Acting Co), Original Sound (Cherry Lane Theater), Hatef**k (The Women’s Project), and A Chronicle of the Death of Two Worlds (New York Theater Workshop). Regional credits include Top Girls, Her Portmanteau (A.C.T); The Royale (A.T.C.); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Signature Theatre); Pipeline (Studio Theatre); School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Haunted Life (M.R.T); Two Trains Running (Weston Playhouse); Berta Berta, A Late Morning with Reagan (C.A.T.F); Having Our Say (Philadelphia Theater Co). MFA NYU/Tisch. saritafellows.com
Douglas is currently the Director of New Play Development at the DCPA Theatre Company. His adaptations include The Three Musketeers (with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos) and Women in Love (with Art Manke). His translations from the German include Faust, The Good Person of Szechuan, Spring Awakening, and The Prince of Homburg. He has written modern English translations of Shakespeare's Henry VI plays for the Play On! Project.
JEANETTE OI-SUK YEW
Vietgone and Smart People (DCPA Theatre Company). KPOP (Hewes Design Award, LIT Design Award; Lortel and Drama Desk Nominations); Emily Mann's Gloria: A Life with Diana Paulus (Daryl Roth Theater); Aziza Barnes’ BLKS (Woolly Mammoth); Lauren Yee’s Song of Summer (Trinity Rep); Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel (Atlantic Stage II); NEVERMORE PARK, an immersive art experience powered by the imagination of artist Hebru Brantley (Chicago). Upcoming: Choir Boy (DCPA) and Sweet Land, a site-specific opera at LA Historic Park (Los Angeles). Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. jeanetteyew.com
Born in Wales and educated at Yale College and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Neil has applied his passion for design and storytelling to distinguished work in Theater, Opera, Dance, Film and Television. Recent credits include “Dickinson” (Apple TV+), “The Path” (HULU), Little Boxes (Netflix), Dil Dhadakne Do (Excel Entertainment), Some Velvet Morning (Tribeca Films), Time and the Conways (Broadway), Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Royal Court London), Mughal E Azam (NCPA Mumbai and Delhi), Alcina (Washington National Opera), Norma (LA Opera) and Shadowland for Pilobolus throughout the world.
GRADY SOAPES, CSA
Grady is the Director of Casting and Artistic Producer with DCPA. Selected casting credits include Twelfth Night, Indecent, A Doll’s House and A Doll’s House, Part 2 in repertory, Oklahoma!, Last Night and the Night Before, The Constant Wife, The Who’s Tommy, The Wild Party, A Christmas Carol, This Is Modern Art and casting associate on many other Denver Center productions. Choreography credits include Twelfth Night, Goodnight Moon, Anna Karenina, As You Like It, Drag Machine, Lord of the Butterflies, DragON (DCPA); Comedy of Errors (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); The Music Man (Perry-Mansfield). Grady is the producer of the Colorado New Play Summit and former producer of the Colorado New Play Festival.
Cody’s work as Sound Designer includes Broadway Bounty Hunter, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Here Lies Love (Lortel Award) and The Pee Wee Herman Show. Some of his work as Associate Sound Designer includes Mean Girls, Lazarus, Beautiful, Book of Mormon, Bring It On: The Musical, and Annie. In addition to theatre, Cody has co-designed some of New York’s biggest concert venues including Brooklyn Steel, Terminal 5 and Webster Hall.
Brooklyn Research is a creative technology consultancy working at the intersection of art and technology and has worked with a wide variety of partners including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Google and Jim Hodges. The team for this installation consists of Patrick Rummage, Johnny Lu, and Ezer Longinus. Brooklyn Research was founded in 2012 by Alex Dodge, Ezer Longinus, and Johnny Lu as a co-research space for independent researchers building new technology in Brooklyn, NY. brooklynresearch.com
slow immediate is the creative engineering R&D studio of Xin Liu and Gershon Dublon. With projects from immersive theatre and multi-sensory virtual reality to outer space robotics, the duo applies science, engineering and design to create unexpected, intimate moments of perception that bridge the inner self and the outside world. Through both original commissions and collaborative productions, the studio's work has been shown in venues including the Sundance Film Festival and Ars Electronica. Based in New York City, slow immediate is an incubee of the New Museum's NEW INC Creative Experiments program. Theater of the Mind marks their Denver debut.
Off-Center produces unexpected theatrical experiences that put the audience at the center of the story. What began in 2010 as a small theatrical test kitchen has grown into a signature line of programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art.
Among Off-Center’s large-scale productions that have garnered local and national praise are: Sweet & Lucky created with New York-based Third Rail Projects, The Last Defender with The House Theatre of Chicago, Perception featuring live music by Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, and a 360-degree staging of The Wild Party, which was produced in Stapleton’s reclaimed airplane hangar. With support from the Doris Duke and Wallace foundations, Off-Center has been recognized as a leader in developing new programming that attracts new audiences.