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Monkey Writr

» code art

A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever).

You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.

Everything 'Art'

2 Days of Cordwainery

» journal

Erin and I spent a couple days last week at the Colorado Shoe School in Bellvue, CO – learning, designing, and making our own sneakers. Yes, actual sneakers, fit for wearing, and built from scratch. Only the soles come pre-formed out of recycled plastic.

Pity+Fear (a travesty)

» show

What does it mean to be a person – to have a body, and live in it – to make choices, and change over time – to tell the truth?

The Better Selfs

» band

A Denver-based rock/punk/Americana band featuring members of Teacup Gorilla, Altas, PEZZ, Rat Bites, and Out on Bail.

Monkey Writr

» code art

A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time will eventually want some help writing Hamlet (or whatever).

You’re the monkey. We’re here to help.

Last Bullet

» music video

live-filmed music video

A Dark Plain

» music video

live-filmed music video

Celebration, Florida

» show

Veering between reality and simulation, Celebration, Florida orbits around ideas of surrogacy; a stand-in to replace a person you miss, a re-creation of an experience you can’t stop thinking about, nostalgia for a place that perhaps never existed.

Vagina Monologues

» show

I was invited to perform a Vagina Monologue, and ended up writing my own.

Outside The Room

» show

A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy in a world made uncertain and strange after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own. This physical theatre piece imagines what happens on the other side of the iconic door in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Ersatz Robots

» band

Trans-femme 90’s-alt sad-girl rock

JANE/EYRE

» show

We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

Some Kind of Resistance Tour

» journal

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

A Night of Grand Guignol

» show

A night of classic horror theater by Pandemic Collective, underscored with original live music by Teacup Gorilla.

User Unfriendly

» talk

A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and user feedback in agile web development.

The In-Between

» show

Try to locate the moon. Look longingly at the sky. Talk to others. Don’t lose track of where you are. This is the invitation from the Warbler to the other canyon inhabitants of the audience.

Underground Music Showcase

» music

Founded in 2001, The UMS is an annual three-day celebration of music featuring hundreds of bands across multiple venues.

Riding SideSaddle*

» novel

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

Queen City Magnetic

» album

Not our album, but we did write a few of the songs…

Fuck The Muse

» post

a series of articles on creative process

Collaboration, Queer Art, and a Multi-Media Novel

» interview

Collaboration doesn’t have to be a social activity. Successful collaboration is knowing when to bring people together and when to send them home with individual assignments.

The Obsolete Book

» performable website

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Into the Green Green Mud

» novel

A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

Raven Jane

» band

For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

Iron City

» album

For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

Script: Missa Populi

» script

A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

Missa Populi

» show

Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

Teacup Gorilla

since March 2010 » band

If you’re gonna dance for war, you’re gonna dance for sure. And if you’re gonna dance for peace, you will never cease.

Roller Skating With My Cousin

» show

Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin is a lively, dark romp in which synchronized roller skaters build a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

A Murder One Less

» show

She is a plain and pensive woman. He is a rather ordinary man who lives in an extraordinary house. This house does algebraic equations and plots violence. One evening, woman, man, and house collide; not all of them survive.

Grapefruit Lab

since August 2009 » theater

Grapefruit is a hybrid of lemon and orange. Snow is hybrid of wish and lament.

—Yoko Ono

RAIN/ of terror

» show

The citizens are easily roused and swayed, as a culture of fear infects the city with the constant threat of execution.

The Anonymous Mr. W.

» show

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece, Woyzeck, The LIDA Project reinterprets the story of a young soldier returning from the horrors of war.

Untitled #39 | Dresden Dolls

» show

We created this site-specific and interactive performance as an opening act for the Dresden Dolls – performed in the lobby.

(#9) The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

» show

A parable play and fantastic spectacle, warning of the dangers of a desperate populace handing over power to a corrupt leader.

The LIDA Project

» theater

Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance.

(#10) My Name Is Rachel Corrie

» show

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed when she tried to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)

Countdown to Zero

» theater

Countdown to Zero is a political theatre collective established in 2007 by Brian Freeland & Julie Rada. The collective has committed to a series of 10 theatrical works (10 counting down to zero) at which time the collective will disband.

Dirt Circle Dogs

» band

Blues-inflected bright/dark music

Script: Bigger Guns III

» script

An action comedy for the stage, based on our favorite movie tropes. The script was devised by the entire ensemble, lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam, Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs. I don’t believe this is the final script…

Bigger Guns III

» show

A live action comedy, inspired by the movies, and created by our ensemble.

Hello and Goodbye

» show

A sister and brother dig through the rubble of their lives…

Fear/Falling

» show

OCD and love produce the same chemical in the brain…

Sadomasochism

» show

We hurt ourselves for love…

Criminal Hearts

» show

It’s not a great script, but it was my full-length directorial debut.

Every Other Day

» show

My first one-act play…

In a Time of War

» show

Based on a series of interviews with Annie in 2003, this play was produced first by Goshen College as a runner-up for the International Peace Play Contest, and then in collabiration with New World Arts for my senior thesis production.

Fallout

» show

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.

Antony & Cleopatra

» show

A glittering tragedy, a passionate romance, and an internship opportunity.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

» education

I worked on Antony & Cleopatra with Penny Metropulos and the wonderful OSF ensemble, as a Stage Management Intern. I also got to work with the lighting & electrical department while I was there.

Goshen College

» education

I worked as Master Electrician of the college theater and music performance venues, while I studied theater, writing, and visual art.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

» show

My first foray into professional theater, as a lighting designer for New World Arts. And then, years later, as a director.

New World Arts

» theater

Founded in 1998 as New World Players, we produced original & alternative ensemble theater for over a decade – along with an art gallery and event space.