Anna Lindemann | composer, animator, writer
Lucy Fitz Gibbon | soprano, bird spirit
Anna Lindemann | scientist Alida Kear
Alex Borinsky | director (Colgate performance)
Sara Holdren | director (Yale performance)
Emma Lunbeck | director (EMPAC premiere)
Kathy High & Jim de Sève | videography (Video)
Kylin Mettler | costume design
Jay Maury | lighting designer (EMPAC premiere)
Andrew Freeburg | lighting designer (Yale performance)
Julia Alsarraf, Stephen McLaughin | sound engineering & recording (EMPAC premiere)
Eric Lindemann, Jeff Svatek
William Fritz | rigging (EMPAC premiere)
Synful Orchestra | electronic music realization
Anna Lindemann | video and music editing
Nicholas Stipinovich & Sena Clara Creston | props fabrication
Scott Keith | production coordinator (Yale performance)
Joe Eakin & Mike Roberts | stage technology (Colgate performance)
William Fritz, Geoff Mielke | stage technology (EMPAC premiere)
Eric Brucker, Mick Bello
Angel Eads | master electrician (EMPAC premiere)
Bonnie Mettler | graphic design
Ellie Markovitch & Rose Mitchell | Flying Feast designers
Special Thanks | Michael Century, Kathy High, Shawn Lawson, David Rothenberg, Eric Lindemann, Bonnie Mettler, Yohei Igarashi, Yehuda Duenyas, Jim de Sève, Ellie Markovitch, Rose Mitchell, Eleanor Liu, Branda Miller, Tomie Hahn, Laura Garrison, Jenn Mumby, Curtis Bahn, Larry Kagan, Bill Bergman, Amina Shabbeer, Jean Purtell, Bill Fritz, Johannes Goebel, Geoff Mielke, Laura Desposito, Eric Brucker, Mick Bello, Todd Vos, Stephen McLaughlin, Jeff Svatek, Stephanie Tribu-Cromme, Angel Eads, Ryan Jenkins, Jason Steven Murphy, Avery Stempel, Ian Hamelin, John Cook, Laura Perfetti, CathyJo Kile, Zhenelle Falk, Lynn Schwarzer, Joe Eakin, Virginia Jewiss, Kate Krier, Jeff Brenzel, the Jaffe Fund for the Experimental Media and Performing Arts, the RPI Arts Department, the Colgate Arts Council, the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities, the Digital Media Center for the Arts, the Whitney Humanities Center, and Richard Prum and Antónia Monteiro
Anna Lindemann (composer, animator, writer, performer) creates work that integrates multi-disciplinary art and biology. Her pieces Theory of Flight, Winged One, Bird Brain, and The Flying Curiosities of the Plant & Animal Kingdoms combine digital and stop-motion animation, live and electronic music, video, and performance to explore the emerging field of Evo Devo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology). Anna’s work as an Evo Devo Artist has been featured in David Rothenberg’s book Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution (2011).
Anna is committed to illuminating the intersections of art and science for students and audiences from young to old. She presented as part of the Entertaining Science Series at Cornelia Street Café and as part of the New York Institute of the Humanities’ Survival of the Beautiful All-Day Wonder Cabinet bringing together artists and scientists. She has given talks about the integration of biology and art at Colgate University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her work has been featured at such festivals and venues as the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY; MATA Festival, New York, NY; Bio:Fiction Science, Art & Film Festival, Vienna, Austria; Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY; Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO; and Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Anna graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. She conducted field research on bird speciation and bird calls in Indonesia, and she received the Edgar J. Boell Prize for her thesis research on genes involved in the development of butterfly wing patterns. Anna received the DeWitt Wallace Fellowship, Ellis and Karin Chingos '37 Graduate Fellowship, and the Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship for her study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she completed her MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts and presented Theory of Flight as her thesis work.
Anna taught digital art as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University during the 2011-2012 academic year. She is currently a program mentor for teenagers participating in the Boston ArtScience Prize. More about her work can be found at www.askewmusic.com
Lucy Fitz Gibbon (soprano, Bird Spirit) is a versatile performer whose repertoire spans the early baroque to the present. Noted for her “clear voice” (Mittelbayerische Zeitung) and endearing stage presence (New York Times), Lucy is establishing herself as a dynamic musician capable of interpreting both technically and dramatically demanding music.
Lucy’s 2012-2013 season includes Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel, the modern stage premier of Joseph Vézina’s opera Le Lauréat (Pauline), and the premier of Adam Sherkin’s Water Makes You Dream at the Glenn Gould Studio. As guest soloist with the Quodlibet Ensemble, she performs Handel’s Silete Venti and the premier of Mark Kuss’ Slave Songs and Spirituals. She will also give recitals with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and with pianist Peter Tiefenbach and harpist Ingrid Bauer at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Recent performances include Cavalli’s La Calisto (Calisto)in Koerner Hall, Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate (Amore)at Le Poisson Rouge, and concerts at the Lake George Music Festival.
A graduate of Yale College, she is the 2010 recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Wrexham Prize in Music, and the Beekman Cannon Friends of Music Prize. While at Yale, Lucy appeared in principal roles with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, Yale Opera, and Opera Theater of Yale College. The CD she released with the Etherea Vocal Ensemblein 2011, “Ceremony of Carols,” has been received to much critical acclaim, praised by Opera News for its “elegant nuance.”
She currently studies with Monica Whicher in the Artist Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School, where she is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Rex Le Lacheur Scholarship and the 2012-2013 recipient of The Lilly Kertes Rolin International Prize in Vocal Studies. Find out more about Lucy Fitz Gibbon at www.lucyfitzgibbon.com
Sara Holdren (director, Yale performance) is a theater artist from Charlottesville, Virginia and a 2015 Directing Candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Her previous directing work includes Shakespeare’s Richard III and The Tempest, Peter Barnes’ Red Noses, and her own adaptations of Leonid Andreyev’s He Who Gets Slapped and Shakespeare’s Henry IV. She is a 2008 graduate of Yale College, where she served as the artistic director of the experimental theater ensemble the Control Group. See more of her work at saraholdren.com.
Alex Borinsky (director, Colgate performance) is a playwright, director, and performer. He's worked on Shakespeare and Chekhov in parks, backyards, bedrooms, bars, and theaters. He's a co-founder of American Centaur, an experimental-classical band of well-meaning nutcases, and a member of Youngblood, the Ensemble Studio Theater's collective of emerging professional playwrights. He grew up in Baltimore.
Emma Lunbeck (director, EMPAC premiere) graduated from Yale University in 2008 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. During her time at Yale, she was a member of the experimental theater ensemble The Control Group, serving as Artistic Director for a year. She directed Oscar Wilde's Salome in 2008, collaborating with Anna Lindemann to produce an original score and choreography for the Dance of the Seven Veils. She received weapon certification from the Society of American Fight Directors and went on to choreograph the combat for over a dozen student shows, including Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Troilus and Cressida, and Macbeth. In 2008, she co-founded the non-profit writing education organization DEEP Center in Savannah, Georgia. In 2010 she participated in the Film & Media Program of the India Study Abroad Center in Mumbai.
Kylin Mettler (costume designer) studied at RISD for a BFA in Sculpture, where the swans lit upon the lake, and went on to study in Rome at the European Honors program, where the pigeons abounded in squares, and seagulls dove into the Tiber. Since then Ky has started the Art/Gardening business Kylin Arts LLC — the art of gardening, the cultivation of art which seeks to hire artists and bring a design sense into the garden. Many birds, from grackles to grey herons, are eyed from the garden beds. During the winter, projects of whimsy take flight in the form of art shows, writing projects, dance performances, and wild costumery. Ky's sculptural work currently consists of small wire, sculpy, and found object humanoid figures, some of whom even sprout wings.
Jay Maury (lighting designer) is a New York based lighting and sound designer. He is a resident designer and Technical Director of The Bushwick Starr Theater. Jay also works with the Lake George Opera Festival as master electrician and sound consultant. His recent clients include Travis Bass Inc. and Adelphi University.
Julia Alsarraf (stage manager and sound engineer) is a current undergraduate in RPI's Electronic Arts and Computer Science programs.
Ellie Markovitch (Flying Feast designer) is an Electronic Arts MFA candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a multimedia artist who explores new ways of storytelling. Some of her explorations include relational aesthetics and paths to extend sensory experiences. She uses food as a starting point for conversations. Gathering is part of who she is. She gathers people's stories as a photojournalist. She created the website storycooking.com as a place to capture reflections on the roles of food in our lives, the impact of food on community, and explore people's relationships with cooking and eating. She lives in Troy, New York with her husband and two children.
Rose Mitchell (Flying Feast designer) grew up in a cooking family, learning to participate in every aspect of a meal from a young age. She is now a working mother who makes every effort to feed her family a home cooked meal each night of the week. Her definition of world peace is "everyone having what they need and liking what they have", and she believes that one of the most fundamental rights of humanity is access to good, clean and fair food. She also strongly believes that every morsel of food is a precious gift and should be treated deliciously! Rose is a native to the Capital Region and currently lives in Downtown Albany with her partner, Steve, and their wonderful little boy, Rowan.