PERFORMING ART

 VISUAL AND PERFORMING ART IN COLLABORATION 

ABOUT PERFORMING ART 2022

Performing Art is a highly-collaborative, annual project that brings together a diverse ensemble of creators to explore the relationship between visual and performing art. Performing Art 2022 was fully devised and developed by the cast under the direction of Liz Dahmen using the visual art in the current exhibit "Mary Frank: The Observing Heart" at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.

Two women examining an art gallery wall willed with drawings and paintings by artist Mary Frank with a sculpture of a lion in the foreground.

ABOUT THE LAB

The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory provides opportunities to experiment with the performing arts through educational and community-centered programming in the Hudson Valley. The Lab fosters collaboration and learning by providing a home base for performing artists of all levels to create and learn together, and is committed to making space for local artists to excel and thrive.

ABOUT THE DORSKY

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art creates art experiences that spark curiosity, critical thinking, and delight, connecting and serving the SUNY New Paltz College and the diverse communities of the region. The Dorsky is a hub for the art and artists of the Hudson Valley—free, open, and accessible to all.

 CAST AND CREATIVE 

Liz Dahmen

Liz Dahmen

Director

Liz is the founder of the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory. As a director and writer, Liz's work has been seen at The NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and The Knitting Factory. She is the author of numerous theater pieces, including “Love Songs, Candy Hearts, and Form Letters,” “Teach A Girl To Fish,” and “The Lesbian Overtones Interfaith Holiday Spectacular.”

Liz has worked as a teaching artist for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival since 2015. Acting credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard at The Classic Stage Company, and Stella in Ex-Antwone at PS 122.

She has a BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Educational Theatre from Steinhardt/NYU. Liz is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

Andrew Garret Karl

Andrew Garret Karl

Dance Choreographer, Ensemble

Andrew Garret Karl is a Director, Producer, and Educator of experimental and traditional theatre. Andrew earned a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Ithaca College before quickly transitioning behind the table. In 2012, Andrew started The Mimesis Theatre Project; an experimental theatre company that uses the collaborative efforts of an ensemble to create musical performance art. Andrew’s work has been seen at Dixon Place, Flushing Town Hall, The 92nd Street Y, JAGFest, Feinstein’s/54below, The Cape Rep Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, and The New London Barn Playhouse. Andrew is most proud of his work as an educator, having taught students from ages 2.5 to 75 how to use the tools of performance to grow closer to oneself and one’s community. Andrew is currently finishing his MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College.

David Keohane

David Keohane

Ensemble

DAVID KEOHANE is a freelance actor, director, and arts educator currently based in the Mid-Hudson Valley. He has worked extensively in both Boston and Chicago. Favorite credits include Vanity Fair, The Crucible, Frankenstein, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. David is graduate of Boston University, where he studied acting, directing, playwriting, and theater management. He also holds a Shakespearian acting certificate from the London Academy of Music + Dramatic

Eliza Fichter

Eliza Fichter

Ensemble

Eliza Fichter is an artist, gardener and life model living in Dutchess County. Some of the creative mediums they make work in are printmaking, theater and dance. Eliza studied theater at Boston University and the London Academy of Music + Dramatic Arts, and holds a graduate degree in Arts Education.

Karl Schmitz

Karl Schmitz

Songwriter, Ensemble

Karl Schmitz is an artist, writer, musician, and actor who has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 40 years. He has previously performed and written with the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab in the 2020 and 2021 productions of Performing Art at the Dorsky Museum, as well as the online soap opera Hawk's Landing.

Paige Dillon

Paige Dillon

Ensemble

Paige is a writer and director born in Monroe, New York, currently living in Brooklyn with her pet rat Neptune. She is passionate about all things film, theater, and art. Her goal in every work is to make people laugh and show them something they've never seen before. Performing Art has been a perfect combination of all of these things and she feels so lucky to be working with such an incredible and inspiring group of artists!

Since graduating from NYU's Tisch Film program, she has worked as a testing coordinator for HBO. When she is not working, she is embroidering memes, hosting elaborate murder mysteries, or marveling at the sky with her besties.

Tara D'Andrea

Tara D'Andrea

Ensemble

This is Tara's sixth appearance in a Lab production. Previous roles are Creon in Antigone, Linda in Living Closely, and Aegeus in Medea. She got into theater to help create the experiences and understanding that moves people and breaks down the walls between them. And for fun: Every devised production with the Lab is an adventure!

Jacqueline Zamora

Jacqueline Zamora

Videographer

Jacqueline Zamora is a senior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in Digital Media and Spanish with a minor in Communication Studies. Jacqueline is from Harlem, New York with big dreams of becoming a bilingual news reporter one day, and having her own news station. Jacqueline recently joined Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab as an intern, and is excited to film Performing Art and be able to assist with the live event productions. She enjoys making video content, and being in front of the camera. She is excited to learn more about the events and workshops that Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab create and be a part of it.

Hannah Karp

Hannah Karp

Stage Manager

Hannah Karp is a Hudson Valley local and Resident Stage Manager at the Lab. She has been a part of the Lab since its foundation in 2017 and has thoroughly enjoyed working on every production and project including Medea, Hawk's Landing, Performing Art 2020, and Shakespeare Unplugged, just to name a few. Devising this show from scratch was wonderful to watch. Thank you to all the performers and our director, Liz!

Ashlie Morrison

Ashlie Morrison

Ensemble

Ashlie is a multi-hyphenate artist who enjoys performing as much as writing or sewing or taking pictures. She last appeared in Hawk's Landing with The Lab in 2020 and Love's Labour's Lost at SUNY New Paltz, where she is currently studying technical theatre and journalism. She is currently an intern with The Lab and a student assistant in both the costume and sound shops at SUNY New Paltz.

Deborah Mangrum-Price

Deborah Mangrum-Price

Ensemble

Deborah Mangrum-Price has worked in many aspects of theater and independent film as an actor, performer, writer, director, and in art departments. Deborah is particularly interested in how world cultures intersect with our human experience. She trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London and holds a degree in Art History from UC Berkeley. She has lived in various locations around the world including, Brooklyn, San Francisco, London, Taipei and British Virgin Islands. She has recently joined the ranks of creatives living in the Hudson Valley and is thrilled to call Kingston, NY her home.

Emma Myers

Emma Myers

Ensemble

Emma is a graduate of McGill University and Brooklyn College’s MFA in acting program. Emma currently teaches at AMDA and with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.. She has appeared in Pericles (New York Shakespeare Exchange), This (Proprietors Theater Company), Geppetto Complex (Impossible Bottle Theater Company), The Beacon Fairy Walk and Our Town, Rip Van Winkle and Cyrano (u/s, Roxanne) with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. She is thrilled to be performing in person again with HVPAL after having appeared in Living Closely and Medea before covid times.

Linda Raftery

Linda Raftery

Ensemble

Linda is an actor, singer, playwright, nurse, and military spouse, who has enjoyed the last five years as a member of HVPAL and The Middle Company. She thanks Liz for introducing her to Devised Theatre, and is very appreciative of the friendships of cast and crew members. She thanks Jim, her husband, for his constant support of her artistic endeavors.

Sarah Byrons

Sarah Byrons

Ensemble

Sarah Byrons is a multidisciplinary theatre maker with a background in the creation of new and devised work, as well as extensive training in Shakespearean verse and performance.

Outside of the Lab, Sarah has worked as a teaching artist with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, been a reader for Hegepig Theatre Ensemble's annual Expand the Cannon list, and currently serves as a judge for Theatre Washington's Helen Hayes Awards.

Sarah received her BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus on performance and playwriting, and has studied playwriting in both New York and London. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Dominique Gioia

Dominique Gioia

Videographer

Dominique Gioia is a student at SUNY New Paltz from the town of Poughkeepsie. She is currently an intern at The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory during the spring of 2022. Dominique is a senior studying Digital Media Production with a minor in Film and Video studies. She likes to spend her time creating content, capturing moments behind a video camera, and editing video projects. Dominique has spent her time with the Lab filming Performing Art 2022, creating promotional videos, and tracking events. She is passionate about media production and collaborative work with the arts and hopes to find a career in the media production field following graduation.