Creative Team for Faust 3
Ayun Halliday: Ensemble
Ayun Halliday is a performer, playwright, and author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. As a member of the Neo-Futurists from 1989-1998, she wrote, directed and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Longer works include The Mermaid’s Legs, Fawnbook andmost recently, Zamboni Godot. Ayun is proud to be a 2017 Target Margin Theater Institute Fellow. Co-founder of of Theater of the Apes. Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine. Homeschooler. Hoos-Yorker. ayunhalliday.com
Aidan O'Shea: Ensemble
Aidan O'Shea was born on Long Island, June 16th, 1975. In 1987 he first auditioned for the Pickle Family Circus, with a self taught artistic trampoline choreography. He trained initially with Wendy Parkman, who introduced him to his core teacher, Master Lu-Yi of the Nanjing Acrobatics Troupe. Aidan trained with Lu-Yi and performed with the Pickles, from 1992-2005.
Film credits include the Polar Express, and the initial design for the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movies. In 2006 Aidan attended The New School for Drama, where he earned his Masters degree in acting. Aidan has taught in NY, LA, SF, and in Brattleboro Vermont at the New England Center for Circus Arts. He is excited to be back at Judson; in and among the best 'good people' of New York!
Regina Strayhorn: Ensemble
Regina Strayhorn is a New York based singer, actress, and proud graduate of UNCSA. She has performed in plays and staged readings at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Secret Theatre, and Lincoln Center. Currently, Regina is studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade training center, improvising with New York’s best up and coming comedians. Most days she can be spotted as her alter ego Clarissa, surprising and serenading people around across the nation with her band, Bandits on the Run. To your ears, these whimsical criminals will sound like a nostalgic medley of old and new: strummed, plucked, and bowed away on cello and guitar, and propped up on an old timey spine of three part harmony. Their debut album, The Criminal Record, was released in March 2017..
Ben Watts: Ensemble
Ben Watts, a native of England, studied and danced with numerous choreographers and companies throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, including theDaniel West Dance Company, Laura Dean Dancers, the Merce Cunningham Studio, Movement Research, Marta Renzi, Lance Gries, and Howard Fireheart.
From 1993 to 2015, Ben and his life partner Tiina Dohrmann, operated Greenspan Center, a multi use Physical Arts and Watsu (Water Shiatsu) facility in Williamsburg. In addition to gallery showings, photography sessions, workshops and classes, Greenspan hosted a number of notable appearances ranging from dance artists Shelley Senter, Miguel Gutierrez, and Barbara Mahler to Zero Balancing master Fritz Smith, and Watsu creator Harold Dull.
Felled by uncontrolled gentrification, one of Greenspan's final events was the Brooklyn premiere of Greg Kotis' and Mark Hollmann's Bio-Historical musical, Yeast Nation, which Ben co-directed with Faust 3 castmate, Ayun Halliday. He was a member of the Dzieci Service and Art Theater Group from 2013 to 2015, participating in paratheatrical events and performing in their productions of Makbeth, The Passion, and the annual Fool’s Mass. Most recently, Ben has been working with Vit Horejs at the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater group, appearing in The Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom, Dvorak in America (as Anton Dvorak) and the upcoming The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Augustus Heagerty: Director
Augustus Heagerty directs work for the stage. He also writes and performs. He recently directed
Franco Giocomarra’s Fade to White at Fordham University. Regionally, he has developed and
directed plays for Burning Coal Theatre, American Theatre Company, National Players @ Olney
Theatre Center, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Source Festival and the Kennedy Center
for Performing Arts. Augustus served as the Assistant Director for the Shakespeare Theatre
Company for three seasons, where he assisted over thirteen productions. 2010 Kenan Directing
Fellow at the Kennedy Center. Augustus’ first AOL screen name was BritneySpears2000. BFA
from North Carolina School of the Arts.
Jarrod Beck: Scenic Design and Props
Jarrod Beck is an installation artist, printmaker and sculptor. He has created outdoor sculptures for Socrates Sculpture Park (Astoria, NY), Sara D. Roosevelt Park (NY, NY), Calder Plaza (Grand Rapids, MI) and the Anti-Defamation League (Omaha, NE); installations at Wave Hill, South Street Seaport Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Instituto Cervantes, Rhode Island School of Design, Stony Brook University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Cape Cod National Seashore and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. His drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He was recently a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn and has been an artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné Papermill, MacDowell Colony, Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, Sculpture Space, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, Vermont Studio Center, Siena Art Institute and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. His recent collaborations include a series of prints and a score for sculpture created with the choreographer Will Rawls, an installation created for performance artist John Kelly’s Love of a Poet, and a series of prop-sculptures for the choreographer Jon Kinzel. He earned a M.Arch degree from Tulane University and a MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kia Rogers: Lighting Design
Kia Rogers - Lighting Designer - Recent selected designs at: BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. West coast designs: El Portal's Monroe Forum Theatre, LA and Z Space, San Fransisco. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Outstanding Lighting Design for Mr. Toole, MITF 2016 - www.krogersld.com
Melissa Friedling: Video
A film and video artist, writer, and commercial web video producer. Her creative work has been selected for numerous international festivals and has also been presented in galleries and museums including PS1 MoMA (NY,NY), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), and Apex Art (NY,NY). She has been an artist in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY, NY) and is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and artist’s grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts. In 2006, she also founded her own web video production company, Slouch Productions. In addition, her writing on film, art, and culture has been published widely including essays in Flash Art International, Afterimage, and Discourse and a book, Recovering Women: Rhetoric, Feminisms, and Addiction (Westview Press, 2000). She has been teaching courses in film and video production and aesthetics at the New School since 2004 and has also taught at The Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and Syracuse University. Overall, she teaches with an eye towards the “total filmmaker” who is not just trained to perform a series of technical skills, but who can also see the big picture, use techniques and tools critically and purposefully, and is appreciative of a wide range of film traditions and modes.
Scout Isensee: Costume Design
Scout is an award winning costume designer whose work has been exhibited in museums in both New York and New Zealand. She has dressed on many Broadway shows including Matilda and Something Rotten!, and is currently working as a dresser at The Book of Mormon on Broadway. She has also designed costumes for many shows, including two of Paul Young's plays, Clown Play and Kentucky Cantata. She is delighted to be designing the costumes for his newest show, Faust 3.
Garrett Markgraf: Stage Manager
Garrett recently received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Garrett, while pursuing his passion for performing, is also equally interested in increasing his experience in the technical aspects of theatre. Since moving to NYC over the summer, Garrett has been a background actor on TV shows such as James Franco's The Deuce and Mozart in the Jungle (with Bernadette Peters and Wallace Shawn), and movies such as Rock That Body (starring Kate McKinnon, Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, and Jillian Bell), and the Woody Allen Summer Project [working title] (starring Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Juno Temple) and many more! Garrett has also modeled for companies such as Goodwill and Mumm Champagne. Garrett is busy editing "Spooky Shenanigans" from Cedar Point's Haunted Halloweekends that he filmed this October! Look for it soon on YouTube!
Paul David Young: Playwright
Paul David Young's Kentucky Cantata premiered in 2015 at HERE in New York. Howard Miller on Talkin' Broadway described it as "brilliantly composed": "Kentucky Cantata is a masterful work that is likely to stay with you for a long time after the final bows." Miller picked Kentucky Cantata as one of the top 13 plays of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway for 2015: "Paul David Young’s devastating play about a family tragedy, a blend of naturalism and a fourth-wall-breaching expressionistic design, was given a stellar production at HERE Arts Center under the direction of Kathy Gail MacGowan." Angel Lam, on The Easy, praised it as "a dark, poetic play": "Playwright Paul David Young's poetic writing moves comfortably between the psychological world of the characters (where a character speaks directly to the audience) and the traditional dialogue between a pair of actors at a specific time and place." His play In the Summer Pavilion was produced to critical acclaim in 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and again at 59e59 Theaters in New York in 2012. Erik Haagensen of Backstage chose it as "Critic's Pick" and wrote: "Paul David Young’s compassionate drama 'In the Summer Pavilion' was a highlight of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. It has moved on to an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters with a tweaked script and one cast replacement. The show remains a quiet winner." His Clown Play in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival was hailed by The Village Voice as “intelligently bizarre.” His play No One But You won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Kendeda Fellowship, and his one-act Aporia was a finalist for the Kennedy Center's John Cauble Short Play Award. His short play Christians Having Sex in Silence was a semifinalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival in 2011. His work has also been performed at MoMA PS1, Marlborough Gallery, Living Theatre, apexart, The Brick, LMAK Projects, Lion Theatre, C.O.W. Theater, Kraine Theater, Chain Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, Red Room, and Kaffileikhusid in Reykjavik. His translations, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome and Macbeth were published in 2012 as Heiner Müller: After Shakespeare. Robert Woodruff directed a reading of his Titus translation (with Bill Camp, Reg E. Cathey, et al.,) at CUNY's Segal Theater Center in New York in 2013. A Contributing Editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), he also writes for Art in America and Hyperallergic. His book newARTtheatre: Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic, about visual artists appropriating theatre, was issued by PAJ in 2014. New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) selected him, along with Jess Barbagallo, to write Context Notes for the 2014-15 season. He appeared as a principal performer (with Janie Geiser and Michael Buscemi), in Patricia Thornley’s feature film THIS IS US: Don’t Cry For Me, in the New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde at Lincoln Center in 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa), Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and the New School for Drama (MFA Playwriting). He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He has had residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace, Millay Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Ensemble Studio Theatre's Summer Conference. LMCC awarded him a five-month Process Space residency on Governors Island for 2015, where he conceived and performed Curtain Wall Part 3: An Immersive Landscape Theater Performance of Christopher Marlowe's "Hero and Leander," in which he swam across New York Harbor. The project includes process documentation and his 28-minute video.