Coral Cohen - Director, Producer, Co-creator
Coral Cohen is a theatre director and producer based in New York City. She is focused on work that explores sociopolitical structures and how they affect the people that live inside them. Most recently, she conceived and directed Between The Threads (Jewish Women Project) at HERE and directed a staged reading of the new play, Beauty Freak by James Clements with What Will The Neighbors Say? at the Plaxall Gallery. She has assisted extensively at La MaMa E.T.C under Jen Wineman and Gian Marco Lo Forte and directed at Jimmy’s No. 43 and Lehman College. She is part of the SDCF Observership class 2015/16 and 2017/18 and a member of the inaugural Director's Track at the legendary SITI Company Summer Training Intensive in 2018. She is also a freelance events manager who has worked at the Park Avenue Armory, Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center, and Lincoln Center. BA-Theatre Arts/Directing, Pace University. More info at coral-cohen.com
Zoë Aqua - Original Music, Musician
Zoë Aqua is a violinist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. From February to August of 2017, she served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”, ultimately going onstage over 18 times.
Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of Tsibele and Farnakht, both ensembles dedicated to spotlighting the creative work of women and gender-non-conforming people. Tsibele’s debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" was released in 2017 and features dark and atmospheric original arrangements of Yiddish songs. Farnakht’s debut album “Ultraviolet” was released in 2018 and combines new compositions with klezmer, Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian folk music. In the summer of 2018, Zoë performed at Yiddish Summer Weimar with Farnakht and studied folk music in Hungary and Transylvania.
Zoë is a frequent collaborator of Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joya Powell, having composed and performed music for three different pieces: Song and Dance You (2016), (For) Those We Left Behind (2017), and A Life of Many Seasons (2018). Other recent projects have included a piece with electronic musician Chris Aiello for Konverjdans Dance Company, and playing on Canadian singer Ben Caplan’s most recent album “Old Stock”.
Tatiana Baccari - Dramaturg, Script Supervisor, Co-creator
Tatiana Baccari is a Florida born/Brooklyn-based director, theater practitioner, creative producer and filmmaker. Her work often centers on women's stories and the intersections between identity, gender, and power. She has written, directed, produced and performed live theater at Joe's Pub, HERE Arts Center, HappyLucky No.1, Medicine Show Theatre, Performance Project @University Settlement, Connelly Theater, The Flea, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida. In 2015, Tatiana was awarded the Jeff Norton Dream Grant to develop Ghost Player, a full length play about the BRCA gene's effects on a group of Ashkenazi Jewish women. In 2017, Tatiana launched "Private Revolution," an online platform broadcasting women openly discussing their sexual and reproductive health in companionship with "Late," a short film she wrote, directed and produced that examines a quiet crisis many women face: pregnancy scare. Tatiana is a founding member and serves as Artistic Director of Experimental Bitch Presents, a producing entity and bitchy developer of new performative works. Other writing credits includeMeat Market (HERE/Money Lab) and Corroborators (Project T-Scape/Boston). Recent directing credits include New Nostalgias by Sophia Valera Heinecke (upcoming!), PETRIFIED by Emma Goldman-Sherman (Chain Theatre), andSeaweed, Chocolate Nibs, Pills and Black Cats by Grace Connolly (Foley Gallery). Tatiana received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. TatianaBaccari.com. ExperimentalBitchPresents.com
Hannah Goldman - Performer, Co-creator
Hannah Goldman is an actor, writer, comedian, and voiceover artist based in Brooklyn. A proud alumnus of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and NYU Tisch, she has performed everything from stand up to Shakespeare. She made her professional debut in the premiere of Versailles 2015 by Charles Mee & Jessie Bear, and her most recent role was a drag king David Ben-Gurion at The Tank. Hannah is the co-producer and host of The Straight Man: A Comedy Show Without One, a seasonal variety show at the Peoples Improv Theater showcasing femme & queer comics. She has written for The Forward and is a proud member of Experimental Bitch Presents. Currently, she is developing a devised piece called In the Kitchen, an exploration of Arab Jewish womanhood, which premiered at the International Human Rights Arts Festival. www.hannah-goldman.com
Lea Kalisch - Performer, Co-creator
Lea Kalisch, originally from Switzerland, is a multi-lingual actor, singer, and dancer based in NY.Her recent theater credits include Daphna in Bad Jews, Hennie in the New Yiddish Rep's production of Awake and Sing, and the January premiere of her solo show In Love With a Dream.She is the lead singer of the interfaith folk-rock band REVIVAL. Lea attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Newschool. Lea is also a teaching artist, kindling the sparks of expression she sees in others. Within her varied pursuits, Lea often returns to her Jewish roots, as embodied by her upcoming release of Woman of Valor, a rap music video offering a feminist update on the old Jewish song Eishes Chayil - so stay tuned at LeaKalisch.com.
Laura Lassy Townsend - Performer, Co-creator
Laura Lassy Townsend is a New York based actor originally from Paris, France. Credits include the National Opera of Paris, the Venice Film Festival, La MaMa ETC, Classic Stage Company, The Rattlestick Theatre, Mabou Mines, The New Ohio and Target Margin Theater. Laura was recently seen in the critically acclaimed new play The Workshop (NY Times Critics' Pick) at HB Playwrights Theater and in The Maids at La MaMa ETC. She is the co-founder of L'Atelier Theatre NY, where she regularly presents French plays in the original language in New York. With Moroccan and Israeli roots, Laura is also the lead singer of the New York Andalus Ensemble, where she regularly performs songs from the Judeo-Arab, Middle Eastern and Andalusian repertoires. Credits include The Met Museum, DROM, La Nacional, JCC DC & NYC, CUNY, BMS East & Middle East Festival, and the World Music Institute. Laura has been classically trained by Met Baritone Mark Oswald, holds an MSc in Business from HEC Paris and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Coming up: The Franca Rame Project, a feminist take on women’s lives in 5 languages at Irondale. www.lauralassytownsend.com
Luisa Muhr - Performer, Co-creator
Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, New-York-based multi- and interdisciplinary artist who works as a theater-maker, actor, vocalist, movement artist, director, choreographer, writer, and educator. She is the founder and curator of Women Between Arts at The New School, New York's leading interdisciplinary womxn artists series. Luisa is originally from Vienna (Austria) and has lived in Montreal (Canada) for multiple years. She is also the co-founder/artistic director of FENGARI Works and part of the Theater Faculty at Yiddish New York. Her performance work varies from experimental/avant-garde, puppet, Yiddish, movement-based, classical, to music theater, performance art, and solo and ensemble engagements as a singer/vocalist. Luisa has performed and collaborated with artists such as Ashley Fure, Kenneth Goldsmith, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, and John Zorn. In June 2018 she presented the world premiere of her experimental full-length solo work Anna at the Austrian Cultural Forum. In September 2018 she performed in the world premiere of Ashley Fure's "Filament" with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, as part of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor (lead by Marisa Michelson). Additionally Luisa performed at venues such as The Jewish Museum, The Stone, Park Avenue Armory, Judson Memorial Church, The New School Glass Box Theater, and the Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo). She is honored to have been offered by Meredith Monk to teach Monk’s work in different schools and communities. Throughout the last decade Luisa has created and directed multiple pieces on national and international stages. www.luisamuhr.com
Daniella Seidl - Performer, Co-creator
Daniella Seidl is a Brooklyn based theater and film artist (and yoga teacher ॐ). Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Daniella has lived and worked in Miami, Tel Aviv, Florence, Boston, and NYC. She is currently a student at the William Esper Studio and a graduate of Boston University, where she studied Film and English Lit. Daniella is passionate about collaborating in and developing new work.
Aside from her own work, she has previously assisted Jen Wineman on Less Than 50% at 59E59 (New Light Theater Project) and Gregory Mosher on the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) at Colony Theater. www.daniellaseidl.com