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CREATIVE TEAM

Igor Golyak,

Director,

Conceiver

and Adapter

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Golyak is the founder and producing artistic director of Arlekin Players Theatre & Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab. A global leader in the virtual theater movement, he directed WITNESS, chekhovOS /an experimental game/ and State vs. Natasha Banina during the pandemic, which became international virtual theater sensations, receiving multiple New York Times Critic’s Picks. His work has received numerous Elliot Norton Awards for The Seagull, The Stone, and Dead Man’s Diary, including a Best Director Award, This Week In New York Pandemic Awards (WITNESS and chekhovOS), and Broadway World’s Best Director of a Streamed Production Award (chekhovOS). He directed a critically acclaimed The Merchant of Venice for Actors’ Shakespeare Project, productions at Northeastern University and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and has taught at Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Harvard University, Lesley College, Wellesley College, New England Theater Conference, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts/Middlesex University, Moscow Specialized Institute for the Arts, and the ARBOS Theatre Festival. Golyak is from Ukraine and leads Arlekin, a company of immigrants, which has performed all over the world, including festivals in Ukraine, Yerevan, Armenia, New York City, Chicago, Lviv, Monaco, the US, Canada and UK, as well as the Moscow Art Theatre.

Anna Fedorova,

Scenographer

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As a scenographer and costume designer, Fedorova has developed theatre shows in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and other Russian cities, as well as in Poland, Japan and Greece. She participated in a number of full-featured and short movies as a set designer. Exhibits: Moscow Union of Artists and Season Outcomes exhibits in Moscow annually since 2006; student exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial (2007). Sketches for the performance Vernii Ruslan are held in the collection of Russian State Art Library in Moscow. Memberships: Moscow Union of Artists/Theatre and Cinema since 2009. Teaching: Lecturer at the Moscow Art Theatre School (2006-2014), Stage Design and Art Technology. The winner of “Theatre Spring 2017” prize for best scenography and costume design. Associate degree from Decorative-Applied art department of Voronezh Art School. Master of Arts degree in Scenography from Moscow Art Theatre School.

Oana Botez,

Costume Designer

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Botez is a Princess Grace Recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program Recipient and NEA/TCG Round of Global Connections Program. Nominated: The Lucille Lortel Award, The Theatre Bay Area Awards, The Henry Hewes Design Awards. Recipient: The Barrymore and Drammy Award. Critically acclaimed shows in New York: BAM Next Wave, Bard SummerScape/Richard B.Fisher Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The David H. Koch Theater/Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, LCT3, The Public Theater, 59East59, La MaMa, The Kitchen, PS122, HERE Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, BRIC Arts Media, Big Apple Circus/Lincoln Center and The Classic Stage Company. Regionally: The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia, PA), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Hartford Stage Company (CT), Long Wharf Theater (New Haven, CT), CalShakes (San Francisco), Humana Theater Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Shakespeare Theater (DC), Berkeley Rep (Berkely, CA), ArtsEmerson (Boston,MA), Broad Stage (Santa Monica, CA), MCA (Chicago,IL), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C), ODC (San Francisco), The Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), Peak Performances (Montclair, NJ), ADI (Rockville,MD), Academy of Music (Philadelphia, PA), Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA), Cutler Majestic Theater (Boston,MA). Internationally: Bucharest National Theater (Romania), Arad National Theater (Romania), Bulandra Theater (Bucharest), Château de Versailles, Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Les Subsistances (Lyon,France), The Old Vic ( London),  Budapest National Theater, Cluj Hungarian National Theater (Romania), Bucharest Operetta Theater (Romania), International Festival of Contemporary Theater (Adana, Turkey), Le Quartz (Brest, France), La Filature (Mulhousse, France), Exit Festival /Maison des Arts Creteil (Paris, France),Tanz im August Festival Hebbel am Ufer – HAU1(Berlin, Germany), Centro Cultural Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru), Centro Cultural (Lima, Peru), Palazzo Simoncelli (Orvieto, Italy), Edinburgh International Festival (UK), Singapore Arts Festival. 

Yuki Nakase Link,

Lighting Designer

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Link's recent design credits include Our Town (Dallas Theater Center), In A Grove (Pittsburgh Opera), Embarqued (Duke Performances), Red Velvet (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Queen, Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre), When Monica Met Hillary, The Cubans, Queen of Basel (Miami New Drama), Seven Deadly Sins (NYC and Miami Beach), Stick Fly (The Juilliard School), Blood Moon at Prototype (Baruch Performing Arts Center), Look Who’s Coming to Dinner (La MaMa), Theo, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theater), Triptych: Eyes of One on Another (Disney Hall, Kennedy Center and BAM). She was born in Tokyo, grew up in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives north of NYC in the woods of Hudson Valley. M.F.A.: NYU. yukinlink.com

Adam Paikowsky,

Robotics Designer

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Paikowsky is an engineer and artist having worked on various commercial and cultural projects over the past decade. Currently he leads the creative technology practice at the innovation agency dotdotdash. He typically works on projects that sit at the intersection of software development, hardware engineering, digital fabrication, architectural and interaction design.  He uses digital tools to create for, and extend, the physical world.  With a background in fine arts and technology he brings a unique perspective to the team.  Leveraging a deep knowledge in the development and integration of AV media systems and specializing in lighting, media playback, sensor control and kinetic movement he has worked for clients such as The Empire State Building, Massive Attack, Nicolas Jaar, The North Face, Prada, Microsoft and Cartier. 

Alex Basco Koch

Projections Designer

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Alex Basco Koch is a Drama Desk and Lortel nominated projection & media designer for plays, musicals, films, and immersive art events. His work can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, across the US, and in Central and South America and Europe. He created four hours of original video and animation to play alongside the Magnetic Fields' international tour 50 Song Memoir and released a dozen of the works as official music videos through Nonesuch Records. Alex's projection design work was featured in two films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, directed by Academy Award nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; and Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. He is a founding member of and produces Staging Film, an experimental film and theater project that has featured original work from Leigh Silverman, Heidi Rodewald, and Chisa Hutchinson among many others. He has led the creative direction of video for brands such as Tyra Banks’ Modelland, Benjamin Moore, and Target. 

Tei Blow,

Sound Designer

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Blow is a media designer and performance maker. Tei’s work combines original compositions with found sound and images, and re-produces them with obsolete technology and live bodies. He has performed and designed with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, and The Future of Death. Tei’s work has been featured at Hartford Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122, Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public Theater, The Broad Stage, MCA Chicago, MFA Boston, Kate Werble Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Roundabout, The Wadsworth Atheneum, and at theaters around the world. He is the recipient of a 2019 Baryshnikov Arts Center Cage/Cunningham Fellowship, A 2016 NYSCA Composer's Grant, and a 2015 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Sound Design for David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group’s I Understand Everything Better. Tei is 1/2 of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, whose ongoing multipart series The Art of Luv received the Creative Capital Award.

Alexey Prosvirnin, Virtual Sound Designer

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Born in 1977 in Stavropol, Prosvirnin Studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University. After studying, he worked as a sound designer at the BBC-MPM production company, which later changed its name to the Independent Broadcasting Foundation. He then started making music and sound design for independent directors of animated and feature films. In different years he has worked on different Russian animation projects from such studios as Toonbox, Pinkwing, Masterfilm, Shar and Soyuzmultfilm. He has worked on music and sound design for performances in Moscow theaters.

Jakov Jakoulov,

Composer

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Jakoulov is an award-winning composer and pianist. He has written four ballets, twelve instrumental concertos, music for over 20 theatrical, TV, and cinema productions, and numerous symphonic, chamber, and choral works. Jakoulov’s music has been commissioned and presented by Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland; Boston Symphony for Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival; International Arts Festivals in Scotland, France, and Italy; Kammerspille (Munich, Germany); Lilla (Helsinki, Finland); New European Strings Orchestra (London, UK); Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Fort Worth Symphony; Juilliard Orchestra; Armenian National Symphony Orchestra; and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Carol Rocamora, Translator

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Rocamora is an educator, translator, playwright, and theatre critic. Her three volumes of the translations of Anton Chekhov's complete dramatic works have been published by Smith & Kraus.  She is also the author of the biography entitled Anton Chekhov: A Life in Four Acts.  Her dramatic adaptations of 20 Chekhov short stories have been published in a two-volume collection entitled Rubles.  Her play "I take your hand in mine...", based on the correspondence between Chekhov and Olga Knipper, has been translated in numerous languages and produced around the world. She serves on the faculties of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School   She is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk.

Seth Gore,

Designer of American Sign Language (DASL)

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Gore is a Deaf bilingual creative house. Specializing in interplay between English and ASL languages, arts, teaching and technology, Seth allows his deafness to permeate and influence his work. His work is centered around signed language and effective and authentic human communications. As Director of ASL and ASL Coach for several Hollywood and Broadway productions, including Paramount’s A Quiet Place 2, Freestyle Love Supreme and To Kill a Mockingbird in MSG, Seth ensures the signed message gets through to the audience. He lives in New York City and currently is developing signed script collaboration solutions (Visual Script) and English grammar learning (Grammar Shapes) and teaching workshops (Unlearning Words) that aim to unlock people’s signed thought and make their communications more whole.

Alexander Huh,

Interactivity Designer

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Huh graduated from the directing department of the Moscow State Institute of Culture in 2003, and from the directing department of the Russian State Theatre Institute - GITIS in 2010 (class of Sergei Zhenovach). In 2008 he took part in the Creative Lab of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre (RAMT) "Young Directors to Children" Credits: Rikotu Island (Rybinsk Drama Theatre); Illusions (Alexander Pushkin Krasnoyarsk Drama Theatre); The Mockingbirds of Windsor (Red Torch Theatre, Novosibirsk); Panochka (Novoshakhtinsk Drama Theatre, Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov Region); The School for Wives (Oleg Tabakov Moscow Theatre); Adventures in Pajamas (play by the Doctor Clown charitable foundation, performed at the Saratov Regional Children's Clinical Hospital as part of the III All-Russian Theater Festival named after Oleg Yankov); At the Ark at Eight (Sviyazhsk, 2014); Princess Mery (festival-laboratory "Andrei Moguchy's Theatrical Space" in partnership with the Bolshoi Drama Theatre); Frontovichka (Prokopyevsk Drama Theatre); The Source of Saints (Training Theatre of the B. Shchukin Theatre Institute); Tales of the Last Wednesday (Arlekin Players Theatre); The Traveling Frog (Novoshakhtinsky Drama Theater); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Arlekin Players Theatre); Caramora; Blizzard; and HUNDRED (RAMT). Opera: Antonio Salieri Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle (Bolshoi Theatre). Radio Kultura productions: The Ivanov Family; People's Love and Where is Your Brother, Abel? Awards: 2010 -  "Golden Leaf" award given to graduates of state theatrical and film schools in Moscow, for the creation of the best acting ensemble in the play Leo Tolstoy. Scenes - the scene "Nikolai Rostov and Princess Marya". 2011 - Special Jury Prize at the Russian National Theatre Award "Golden Mask" for the production of The Magic Ring (thesis work, Russian Academic Youth Theatre).

Jennifer Rogers,
Production Stage Manager

Rogers' Broadway credits: Jagged Little Pill, Cats, Dames at Sea, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Invention of Love, The Lion King, The Addams Family, Hairspray. Off-Broadway includes: Little Miss Sunshine, On The Line, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, Madagascar, Talking Pictures, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black & White, Griller, Amphigorey. TV: Lipstick Jungle, The Black Donnellys. (she/her/hers)

UNREAL DESIGN TEAM

Athomas Goldberg, Technical Designer

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Goldberg is an artist and creative technologist whose nearly 4 decade career in the live and interactive entertainment industries began in New York City in the early 90’s where he was the resident designer for the King’s County Shakespeare Company and The Balinese American Fusion Dance Company. A chance encounter with Dr. Ken Perlin, led to a position as research scientist at New York University’s Media Research Laboratory where he led the IMPROV Project applying the principles of live performance to real-time interactive animation, which eventually yielded a patent for his work on behavioral animation systems for digital actors, and led to technology leadership and consulting positions in the interactive entertainment and virtual reality industries, including Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Microsoft, Relic Entertainment, Zenimax Online Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Oculus VR. Athomas is currently the Creative Director of Shocap Entertainment, and a founding artistic director of Pepper’s Ghost New Media & Performing Arts Collective. 

Recent works include We Won’t Forget, winner of the SIGGRAPH 2021 Real-Time Live Audience Choice Award; Press Play with Cause & Effect Circus; Jill Barber, Live from the Palomar Supper Club; Re:Verb; Written on the Body with Olivia C. Davies; The Return with director Reid Farrington at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Manipulation: an Evening of Live Performances in Virtual Worlds, which premiered at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival and Worlds and Glass Dance with co-artistic director Thecla Schiphoorst.

Upcoming performances include Maamawi: Together Strength with Anishinaabe choreographer, Olivia C. Davies, which will premiere in August at the World Scenic Design Conference; The LiViCi Concert Series with Montreal circus arts collective The 7 Fingers, which will premiere onstage and online in June and Gloaming, a multi-site international event taking place simultaneously at dawn and dusk in cities across the world currently set to premiere in the fall of 2023.

Alex Coulombe, Technical Producer

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An architect turned XR-chitect, Alex has been crafting theater (and theaters!) for over a decade. A consummate adopter of emerging tech, in 2013 he brought virtual reality to Fisher Dachs Associates for designing venues around the world. This led to helping venues previz live shows with VR and AR, such as Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth (2014). In 2016, Agile Lens opened as a full-service XR creative studio in NYC designing experiences for clients ranging from architects and storytellers to Intel and Samsung. In 2018 Agile Lens oversaw a wide-ranging study of effective live VR performance, the results of which led to collaborations on several pieces, including the Venice Biennale’s first live VR show viewable around the world, Loveseat (2019), as well as the ongoing live VR theater festival, OnBoardXR (2020-Present). Alex's newest venture, Heavenue, is a platform to immerse audiences interactively in high-fidelity live performances through cloud gaming technology. The first production was a new take on Christmas Carol with Actors Theatre of Louisville in December 2021.

Daniel Cormino,

3D Environment Artist

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Cormino is an experienced 3D environment artist, having worked on a wide range of interactive experiences over the years. He started his career working on VR and AR experiences for businesses and in 2020 he began working with virtual production and XR, mixing his virtual worlds with live action talent. He also worked on WITNESS, a virtual theater experience by Arlekin Players Theatre, creating the virtual environments and animations. Daniel’s work has been featured on Epic Games, 80.lv, GamingBolt, GamesArtist and others. At the moment he's creating environments for virtual production and video games. He’s responsible for part of the virtual environment for The Orchard.

Yu-Jun Yeh,

Unreal Technical Artist

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Yeh is an Unreal Engine generalist specialized in XR and 3D pipeline. Besides Unreal Engine, Jun studied in Columbia GSAPP, MSAAD and is a fully-trained architectural designer. For The Orchard, Jun works on the interactive functions inside the virtual space.

PRODUCING TEAM

Sara Stackhouse,

Executive Producer

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Stackhouse is Managing Producer at Arlekin Players Theatre & Zero-Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab where she produced WITNESS and co-produced chekhovOS /an experimental game/ and the international tour for State vs Natasha Banina.  She is a founder of BroadBand Collaborative where she co-produced two streaming series during the pandemic featuring artists from around the globe (All Together Now & Latitudes). She is Founder and Creative Director of The Mama Project, a arts-based project for women in townships in South Africa. Sara was Founding Executive Producer of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, producing 48 productions, during which time the company received multiple Elliot Norton, IRNE, and Best of Boston Awards, and an Innovative Theater Company award from American Theater Wing. Sara is the recipient of the “Inspiration Award” from Boston’s Social Innovation Forum. She was Chair of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Supervising Producer of INSIDE This Old House on A&E/Time Warner, Executive Producer of Toy Symphony at the MIT Media Lab, and Project Manager for cellist Yo-Yo Ma in her twenties, where she managed collaborations, recordings, and was on the producing team for numerous films, including the award-winning series Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach. 

Staci Levine,

Groundswell Theatricals, Inc.

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Groundswell is a NYC-based producing and general management company founded by Staci Levine. Groundswell has produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, across North America, London’s West End, Australia, and New Zealand. Productions include the new podcast Radio Play Revival; Arlekin Players Theatre Off-Broadway production of The Orchard; the national tour of Patti LuPone’s Don’t Monkey with Broadway; Lisa Lampanelli’s touring production Losin’ It; An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin (Broadway, tour); John Lithgow’s Stories By Heart (Broadway, tour); the new musical A Taste of Things to Come (Off-Broadway, Chicago); The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman (Off-Broadway, tour); the tour of An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn; Mandy Patinkin’s solo concerts: Dress Casual (Broadway, West End, tour), Mamaloshen (Broadway, Off-Broadway, tour), Celebrating Sondheim (Broadway, tour), and Diaries (Off-Broadway, tour). Staci cut her teeth in commercial theater with Dodger Theatricals, working on numerous Broadway productions including Once Upon a MattressTitanic, The King & I, Footloose, The Music Man, 42nd Street, Wrong Mountain, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Dracula the Musical, and Good Vibrations, as a member of Dodger Management Group. Staci is a member of The Broadway League.

Maria Schlover,

Cherry Orchard Festival

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Shclover, producer and co-founder of the Cherry Orchard Festival, is a classically trained pianist who went on to graduate from NYU Stern School of Business. With extensive finance experience and her background in the arts, Shclover founded Maestro Artist Management (MAM) in 2004, focusing on providing a bespoke experience to international artists. Over the years, MAM became one of the leading boutique artist management companies that presented acclaimed international tours of renowned classical musicians. In 2012 Shclover co-founded the Cherry Orchard Festival to promote and present international theatrical projects and acclaimed performers to American audiences. During the pandemic, Shclover closely worked with director Igor Golyak and the  Arlekin Players Theatre to promote and present his groundbreaking works in virtual theater, State vs. Natasha Banina and chekhovOS, which has received critical acclaim and recognition. In 2020, Maria co-founded Maestro Immersive Art Inc. that partnered with Canadian Lighthouse Immersive to bring the immersive exhibits to the US. With the success of the Immersive Van Gogh and other titles, Maria Shclover became one of the pioneers in the immersive arts industry.  

Irina Shabshis,

Cherry Orchard Festival

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Shabshis is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Cherry Orchard Festival. At the start of her career in 2005, she joined Maestro Artist Management (MAM) as a Partner and Artistic Director. Bringing a strong classical music background and vast computer science experience to the table, she helped MAM become one of the leading boutique artist management companies in the United States. In 2012, Shabshis co-founded the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, a non-profit focused on introducing North American audiences to cutting-edge international theatrical projects and esteemed performers, welcoming prominent international companies and projects such as the Gesher Theatre (Israel), John Malkovich &  the international cast of Giacomo Variations (Austria), The Theatre of Nations (Russia), Vakhtangov State Theatre (Russia), Jaunais Rīgas teātris (Latvia), Tango Fire Dance Company (Argentina), Rafael Amargo Flamenco Company (Spain), Max Raabe & Palast Orchester (Germany), Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko (Russia) and many more. In 2020, Irina co-founded Maestro Immersive Art which partnered with the first experiential entertainment company, Lighthouse Immersive, to cultivate large-scale immersive exhibitions and events of all art forms that would become recognized across the United States.

Svetlana Dvoretsky

ShowOne Productions

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MICHALOS

MANAGEMENT LLC

 General Manager,

led by

Leah Michalos

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Michalos Management is an entertainment management, producing and consulting firm with 15 years’ experience in both commercial and nonprofit entertainment ventures. Broadway: lead producing team, Chicken & Biscuits (Circle in the Square). Select credits include: The Lucky Star, Renee Taylor’s My Life on a Diet (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nom.) In The Pocket, Terms of Endearment with Molly Ringwald, Butler, A Better Place, The Road to Damascus, On A Stool at the End of the Bar, Almost Home, Jericho, Murder in the First, Poetic License, The Best of Everything. Film: Executive Producer: Beau, a new musical. Director: GABBY Awards at Carnegie Hall, El Capitan (LA) and Ellis Island. michalostheatricalmgmt.com