Lavinia Roberts is a playwright and visual artist based in Brooklyn.
She creates masks, puppets, and installations for gallery spaces and live performances. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Fireproof, Frontrunner Gallery, with Atlas Obscura, on Governors Island, and in other spaces.
She is published with Pioneer Drama, Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Big Dog Plays, Indie Theatre Now, Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People, and others. She has received over 100 productions in over 30 states in cities such as Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other cities. Her work has been viewed internationally in Bath, London, Athens, Mumbai, and other cities.
She was a member of the 2012 Women’s Work Lab at the New Perspective Theatre. Her work has been featured in New York City at the C.O.W Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Galapagos Art Space, The Kraine Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Theatre for the New City, in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Thespis Fringe Festival, and others. She has directed her work in New York City at The Sheen Center, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Brick, and The Secret Theatre. She has a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Kansas and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. Lavinia collaborated with Alexandra Amirov and Amirov Dance Theater on the production of Curiouser and Curiouser. www.laviniaroberts.com
Justin Perkins makes objects and performances, and works as a puppeteer and actor. In 2017, Justin has appeared in Shank’s Mare, La MaMa and national tour (puppeteer, dir. Tom Lee), and Bremen Town Band at Miller Theater at Columbia University (puppeteer, dir. Lake Simons). Upcoming performances include Alaxsxa/Alaska, La Mama and national tour (performer/puppet designer, dir. Ping Chong), Tree Pop at HERE (performer, dir. Lake Simons). Past appearances include Point Pleasant, Puppet Lab and Nordland Visual Theater, Norway (puppeteer, dir. Daniel Fay), Are They Edible?, La MaMa (puppeteer, dir. Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew), Out of Nothing, 92Y and Danspace Project (puppeteer/dancer, dir. Patti Bradshaw), Planet Egg, NYC, D.C., Honolulu, Tel Aviv (puppeteer/co-creator, dir. Zvi Sahar). Justin works frequently with Basil Twist, including assisting with the Drama Desk Award-winning puppets for Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Justin’s original works include Two Studies for a Portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, presented at Dixon Place and Cloud City, Dream of Yoko Ono (Secret Theater), Dolly Dance (Standard ToyKraft), Gulliver’s Travels (Puppet Lab). He teaches puppetry and filmmaking in schools and community centers in NYC and holds degrees in theater from Vassar and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. He was born in New Hampshire and lives in Brooklyn. Justin collaborated with Alexandra Amirov and Amirov Dance Theater on the production of Curiouser and Curiouser. www.justinaperkins.com
Described by the Los Angeles Times has having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel,” pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour “seeks out what is new and vital and delivers it with passion” (NY Concert Review). He has given performances of new music and improvisation in Italy, Bulgaria, China, and so far in a dozen states in the U.S. A frequent collaborator with other artists, Khosrowpour has released albums Crossings (new works by Random Access Music composers for cello and piano) and The Brimstone Project (music for prepared piano and electronics by Khosrowpour’s awesome vaudevillian-esque duo, Corky Has a Band); has written for theater artists including Margarita Blush (Connecticut), Andrea Thome (NYC), and Quake Theater (Colorado); and has composed for a wide net of NYC choreographers. Khosrowpour works at Horace Mann School and Manhattan School of Music. He lives in The Bronx with his pretty wife and new baby, his Steinway, and his stash of Benjamins under the mattress. Amir created the original score of the film a_SymMetrics during his collaboration with Alexandra Amirov and Amirov Dance Theater. www.amirpiano.com