Multi-Arts; Performing Arts: Actor, Musician, Vocalist; Visual Arts: Film, Performance Art, Sculpture
Living in Austin for 25+ years (via Philadelphia), Aileen Adler has developed deep roots in the local performance and creative community. Being a multidisciplinarian has led her on many creative adventures and experiences. From music to metalwork, seeing creativity without limitations.
Aileen Adler has been playing and performing the Theremin, the world’s first electronic instrument, for over 20 years. Invented in 1920 by Russian physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen (or Leon Theremin), the Theremin produces many tones and dynamics, from the vocal effects of a singer to the sounds of a violin. Because the Theremin performer manipulates electromagnetic fields to create sound, never touching the instrument, performance is as fascinating for live audiences to watch as to hear.
Trained as a violinist and as a vocalist, Adler strives to present the Theremin as a diverse and viable musical instrument, adapting its “other worldly” sound to many styles of music including classical, jazz, progressive rock, experimental, world music, and beyond. With her current band, Temple of Ape Collective, she spans limitless genres, with a touch of psychedelia. She has delighted audiences with her magical musical experimental voyages, from performing with the Austin Cinematic Symphony to performing at festivals and lecturing on the technology and history of the Theremin.
Multi-Arts; Performing Arts: Actor, Dancer, Musician, Storyteller; Visual Arts: Crafts, Film, Performance Art
Heather Coffey is the Producer of Tiny Black Hearts, an organization of Austin locals committed to spreading their own flavor of theater and performance art to the community.
Performing Arts: Actor, Dancer
As a youth, I was full of the energy required to pursue my dream. The collapse of USSR destroyed my opportunities to work towards my dream there practically overnight. One day, I went to sleep full of joy, plans and hopes, but very next morning I awoke as foreigner in the country where I was born, raised, and lived. From that moment my home turned into unrecognizable place, was altered completely. The movie industry was destroyed and not only me, but everyone was being forced into a new environment due to the economic collapse. I had to develop some survival skills to solve problems that new life threw at me. I’ve entered a Medical School and started a medical career, but did not gave up my dream as actress and as soon I had the opportunity, I joined one and only existing acting school, the request of the Russian Theatre in Turkmenistan. There, the competition was high- only 15 students been chosen from over 300 candidates.
Twenty years ago, I made my first step being a theater play director and also play the roles as a professional actress. I learned the best secrets from Stanislavskiy and Nemerovish, Russia’s leading theatre directors. Local media wrote great articles about my first student Musical by Chekov, promising a future, but political disagreement made things difficult, Turkmenistan closed its borders with Russia, and the institute I’ve attended to continue my education as a movie director suddenly became inaccessible. The Russian Theatre itself had been destroyed.
Government funds to support the theatre got completely cut off, employees lost their job, needless to say my dream had ended, but not for long, I’ve immigrated to USA and once again began using my survival skills to start everything over. I met my soulmate partner Zhenya Rock with the same passion and as a team, we grow and develop our skills together.
Performing Arts: Musician, Storyteller
Zonia, Tsang Lok Sze is a playwright and musical theatre composer. She is a graduate of Hong Kong University of Education and holds a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a musical theatre writer, her works have been performed in the United States, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is one of 5 composers selected for New Dramatists Composer-Librettist studio in New York City in 2018. Previous work: One of us (Hong Kong),The Broken Ballad of Monte Cristo (New York), Our Stories (Hong Kong), The Blue-and-White Porcelain (Hong Kong) etc.
Katie Van Winkle
Performing Arts: Actor, Dancer; Director, Dramaturg
Katie Van Winkle is a director, performer, and dramaturg living and working in Austin, Texas. She is a Harrington Doctoral Fellow at UT-Austin in the Performance as Public Practice program in the Department of Theatre & Dance. Katie is the recipient of several Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne awards and nominations.. She has worked with many Austin companies including Rude Mechs, Salvage Vanguard, Austin Shakespeare, Physical Plant, The Hideout, Breaking String, Rubber Repertory, and groundswell theatre company.
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