Who's who in Shadowland

CREATIVE TEAM: Steven Banks tl_files/gui/bio.gif
  Robby Barnett tl_files/gui/bio.gif
  Renée Jaworski tl_files/gui/bio.gif
  Matt Kent tl_files/gui/bio.gif
  Itamar Kubovy tl_files/gui/bio.gif
  Michael Tracy tl_files/gui/bio.gif
MUSIC: David Poe tl_files/gui/bio.gif
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Josie M. Coyoc  
  Mark Fucik  
  Molly Gawler  
  Christopher Grant  
  Damon Honeycutt  
  Beth Lewis  
  Roberto Olvera  
  Derek Stratton  
  Lauren Yalango tl_files/gui/bio.gif
LIGHTING DESIGN: Neil Peter Jampolis tl_files/gui/bio.gif
SET DESIGN: Neil Patel tl_files/gui/bio.gif
COSTUME DESIGN: Liz Prince tl_files/gui/bio.gif

 

STEVEN BANKS

Creative Team, is the Emmy-nominated head writer of SpongeBob Squarepants. He wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man show Home Entertainment Center on Showtime and the PBS series The Steven Banks Show. He has written over twenty children’s books including two New York Times best sellers. His first novel, King of the Creeps, was recently published by Knopf. He wrote the libretto and additional lyrics for SpongeBob: The Musical! for Richard Frankel Productions. His plays include Love Tapes (co-written with Penn Jillette) and American Love Sex Death. Film/TV credits include The Aristocrats, Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, and King of The Hill. He has performed at The New York International Fringe Festival, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Marine’s Memorial Theater, Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, Pasadena Playhouse and Flea Theater. He attended Ringling Brother’s & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College.

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ROBBY BARNETT

Creative Team and Artistic Director of Pilobolus, born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains and attended Dartmouth College. He joined Pilobolus in 1971.

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RENÉE JAWORSKI

Creative Team and Artistic Associate of Pilobolus, originally from Long Island, NY, Renée received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, she began work with MOMIX, performing and teaching throughout the world and creating her own work in Philadelphia. In 2010, her Alma Mater honored her with the University’s Silver Star Alumni Award for work as an artist in the field of dance. She has worked with Pilobolus since 2000, collaboratively working on and performing in exciting projects, such as the 2007 Academy Awards, as well as directing, teaching, and choreographing for the many parts that make up Pilobolus.

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MATT KENT

Creative Team and Creative Director of Pilobolus, has worked with Pilobolus, Inc. since 1996, as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer, and associate artistic director. Matt has worked closely with Rob Kapilow, creator of NPR’s “What makes It Great?,” on several original productions for symphonic stages including “Jabberwocky” a commission to reopen the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Matt is Head Executive Choreographer for Andre Heller’s Magnifico, a large scale production touring German speaking Europe. He choreographs and consults for television and stage. Recent projects include Duncan Sheik’s latest musical, “Whisper House,” zombie choreographer for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” a Sports Emmy nominated teaser for the NFL network, and on television including Late Night with Conan. He has performed in over 24 countries and on the 79th Academy Awards. Matt currently live in Atlanta with his wife and two children who remain a constant source of inspiration.

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ITAMAR KUBOVY

Creative Team and Executive Director of Pilobolus, after graduating from Yale with a degree in Philosophy and before joining Pilobolus as its first Executive Director in 2004, Kubovy ran theaters in Germany and Sweden, directed several new plays by John Guare, co-directed the 2002 season finale of “The West Wing,” and made a film, Upheaval, starring Frances McDormand. At Pilobolus, Kubovy founded and co-curates the critically acclaimed International Collaborators Project, which opens the choreographic process to artists and thinkers from diverse fields. Recent collaborators include Inbal Pinto/Avshalom Pollak, Art Spiegelman, Basil Twist, the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab, the band OK Go, and Steve Banks, the head writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Kubovy also evolved and heads up Pilobolus Creative Services, developing movement for film, advertising, publishing, commercial clients, and corporate events. In keeping with the company’s traditionally collective approach to creative work, Kubovy now focuses his efforts on securing the company’s transition into a sustainable laboratory that convenes creative minds to produce imaginative physical entertainment and distribute it on diverse platforms.

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MICHAEL TRACY

Creative Team and Artistic Director of Pilobolus, was born in Florence and raised in New England. He met the other Pilobolus founders at Dartmouth in 1969, becoming an Artistic Director after graduating magna cum laude in 1973. He toured with Pilobolus for 14 years — for eight as the only touring Director — and continues to choreograph and direct the company. He has set his work on the Joffrey, Ohio, Hartford, Nancy, and Verona Ballets and choreographed a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute with John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, and a national tour production for the National Theater of the Deaf. Mr. Tracy taught at Yale University for two decades and lives in northwestern Connecticut.

 

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DAVID POE

Composer, is an American songwriter, producer and composer for film, theater and dance. His recordings include his eponymous debut (Sony/550), The Late Album (Sony/Epic), and Love Is Red (Universal), David Poe Live & Solo (The Artists Den) and a live performance DVD, David Poe Onstage at World Café (Decca/Universal.) Poe created the music for choreographer Jill Johnson’s “The Copier” which premiered last summer at New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. He scored the films Capers, Dare, Harvest and Little Spirit, and has collaborated with numerous songwriters, including T-Bone Burnett, Kraig Jarret Johnson, Regina Spektor, Duncan Sheik, Reni Lane and Grace Potter. Music from his collaboration with Pilobolus was released in 2009.

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LAUREN YALANGO (dog girl)

born in New York, began her dance training at the Jacksonville Ballet Theater under Dulce Anaya. She continued training at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in 2005. She became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2005. Ms. Yalango was one of few selected to dance in the Montreal Professional Dance Project where she worked with Hua Fang, Fabrice Lemire, Nathalie Buisson, & Margie Gillis. She has performed works by noted choreographers including Gus Solomons Jr., Johannes Wieland, Bill T. Jones, Rodrigo Paderneiras, & Stephen Petronio. Lauren was thrilled to join Pilobolus in 2008. Since then she's been traveling the world performing both on stage and television for people such as Conan O'Brien and the Queen of England. She is proud to be one of the original collaborators of SHADOWLAND and loves performing the lead role, “dog girl.”

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NEIL PATEL

Set Designer, is a New York based scenic designer who works in theater, opera, dance and film. He has designed ‘Night Mother and Ring of Fire for Broadway. Off-Broadway his credits include productions at prominent theatres such as Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater and Playwrights Horizon, Living Out, Here Lies Jenny, Dinner with Friends, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Quills and The Grey Zone. His regional work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theater, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare among many others. His work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company has been seen throughout the world, including the Holland Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Exit Festival in Paris and BAM.

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LIZ PRINCE

Costume Designer, has worked extensively with Bill T. Jones designing numerous works for his company as welll as his work on the Boston Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Other design credits include works by: Doug Varone (Doug Varone and Dancers, Jose Limon Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company),Trey McIntyre (American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO), Mark Dendy (Dendy Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dortmund Theater Ballet), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Neil Greenberg, Jane Comfort, Bebe Miller, Lawrence Goldhuber and Ralph Lemon. Prince’s costumes have been exhibited at The Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She received a 1990 New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for costume design.

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