Current Residents

Marcel Williams Foster is a choreographer and numbers geek. He worked five years with the Jane Goodall Research Center and published numerous, peer-reviewed, papers on the social behavior of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania. This scientific background influences his current mission as a performing artist and his original work consistently includes interdisciplinary leaders in technology, including collaborators from University of PA’s Robotics Laboratory (GRASP) and School of Design, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Hacktory, Philly Tech Week/Technically Philly, among others. He was described as a “brilliant artist” (Merilyn Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer) and worked as a performer with The Guthrie Theater, Pig Iron Theater, Headlong, and David Gordon Pick Up Performance Co(s), with original work presented internationally. He additionally works as a freelance accountant and arts/civic advocate with GALAEI (Philly’s Queer Latin@ Social Justice organization), Dance/USA Philadelphia, Pasion y Arte Flamenco, and Ars Nova Workshop.

Michael Kiley is a Philadelphia based composer, sound designer, performer and educator working in dance, theatre and public installation. He has worked with a multitude of collaborators including Faye Driscoll Group (NY), SubCircle, The ActingCompany (NY), Lars Jan (NY), Dan Rothenberg of Pig Iron Theater Co., Sylvain Emard Danse (Montreal), Luciana Achugar (NY) and Nichole Canuso Dance Company, of which he is a company member. In addition, Michael creates his own work under the moniker of The Mural and The Mint (TM&TM). In 2010, TM&TM created As the Eyes of the Seahorse, an interdisciplinary performance of dance and live music which premiered at HERE Arts Center (NY). 2013 marked the release of The Empty Air and Animina, two soundwalk pieces as iPhone application which use Global Positioning Service to determine what the listener hears depending on their location within two separate public spaces in Philadelphia, Rittnehouse Square and The Race Street Pier, respectively. Michael also released Kuerner Sounds in 2013, a commission by The Brandywine River Museum to be heard during a tour of the Kuerner Farm, which inspired painter Andrew Wyeth for his entire career. Michael’s work has been supported by The Independence Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The American Composers Forum-Philadelphia Chapter, FringeArts (Live Arts Brewery Fellowship), Philadelphia Music Project (PCAH) and the Wyncote Foundation through The Painted Bride. The Empty Air won Best of Philly from Philadelphia Magazine for Best Smartphone Application, 2013.

Jacob Rivkin (b. 1985; Cambridge, MD) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and BA from Vassar College in 2007. His sculptural work weaves fermentation, the durational, and the landscape of family history. His awards include the Juror’s Prize at the 25th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Juried Exhibition in 2012, a Fulbright Grant in 2008 to study Chinese Traditional Landscape Painting in Hangzhou, China, and the Weitzel Barber Art Travel Prize in 2006 to study Buddhist sculpture practices. His animation work has screened at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco, and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Tara Webb is a theatre artist specializing in costume design who teaches and works in the Philadelphia area. She is drawn to nodes where technology and performance intersect and has worked with several companies in New York and Philadelphia on productions that include substantial multimedia components. In New York, she worked with the Wooster Group from 1998 to 2004 on both costume and video for the productions of House/Lights, North Atlantic, Hairy Ape, To You The Birdie! and the restaging of Brace Up! (2003). She also collaborated with the Collapsable Giraffe from 1999 to 2007 as a performer, costumer, and video artist. More recent examples of her work in New York include: Chimera, with Stein Holum Projects and Cynthia Hopkins’ internationally toured productions of Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don’t Whip ‘Em, and Failure of Success. Current work in the Philadelphia area includes: dance costume designs for Swarthmore College Dance Program and Drexel University Dance Program, props and costumes for Midway Avenue, The Garden and Return, Return Departure for Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and costumes for New Paradise Laboratories’ 27. She also helped construct a series of community driven garden sculpture installations with Heidi Barr and the East Park Revitalization Alliance at Woodford Mansion. She likes to imagine how the outposts of our curated future can be elevated by craftsmanship and careful design.

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