Amith Chandrashaker (Production manager/ Associate Designer): For Liz Gerring Dance Co., (T)here to (T)here (Lighting Design), GLACIER & HORIZON (Production Manager/ Associate Designer). Premieres by Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Aalto Ballettt Theatre Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, The National Dance Company of Wales, and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. Theater: The Lucky Ones (DD Nom., Ars Nova), Cardinal (2ST), Twelfth Night (The Public), Fairview (Soho Rep) Fire in Dreamland (the Public) Her Requiem (LCT3), Time’s Journey Through a Room (PlayCo.), This is Reading (Reading Train Station), Stuffed (The Westside Theatre), FADE (Primary Stages), [PORTO] (The Bushwick Starr/ The Women’s Project), Alligator (New Georges/ Sol Project), Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick) The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane) Ike at Night (UTR/ The Public), Quiet, Comfort (Hoi Polloi), Take Care (The Flea), Platonov (The Kitchen/Jay Scheib), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm), Book of Disquiet (Peak Performances), Stoop Stories (Weston Playhouse), Carnival Kids (Lesser America), Baal (Hoi Polloi). Opera: The Flying Dutchman (Houston Grand Opera), Falstaff (Opera Omaha) The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado), Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera), Cato in Utica (Opera Lafayette), L’ Elisir D’Amour (The Curtis Institute).
Michael J. Schumacher
Michael J. Schumacher (Music Director) has collaborated with Liz Gerring since they were both students in the 1980s. Their work together has ranged from reworking Bach piano suites to day-long “dance installations”. Schumacher's specific interests are in the areas of electronic music, improvisation, algorithmic composition and spatialized sound. His works have been presented in galleries, museums and concert halls, as well as in public and private spaces. His most recent project is the Portabe Multi-channel Sound System, a 12 channel sound system that fits in a suitcase.
Schumacher's interest in the relationship of musical form and architecture led to the founding of Diapason, a gallery devoted to the presentation of multi-channel sound installations, long-duration performances and intermedia artworks. In its 15 years of existence, Diapason presented over 300 artists, at a time when sound art was emerging as a distinct practice in the United States.
Schumacher studied music composition with Stanley Applebaum, Bernhard Heiden, John Eaton and Vincent Persichetti and piano with Seymour Bernstein, John Ogdon and Shigeo Neriki, and has degrees from Indiana University and Juilliard. He has received awards and residencies from NYFA, Harvestworks, Rennsellaer , DAAD and others. He's an adjunct professor at NYU and has guest-lectured at Bard and RPI as well as having recently been the Varèse professor at Berlin's TU.
Mr. Wierzel (Lighting Designer) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in opera, theatre, dance and contemporary music, on stages throughout the country and abroad.
Dance work includes 33 years with choreographer Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company,
His other dance collaborations include works with choreographers Elizabeth Streb, Alexei Ratmansky/A.B.T; Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance; Doug Varone; Sean Curran; Heidi Latsky; Larry Goldhuber; Molissa Fenely; Donna Uchizono; Alonzo King; Charlie Moulton; Michael Tracy/Pilobolus Dance Theatre; Arthur Aviles; Margo Sappington.
Broadway credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald; the musical FELA! and David Copperfield’s Broadway debut Dreams and Nightmares. Off- Broadway includes productions with the Roundabout Theatre Company;
including productions at the Lyon Opera Ballet;
Berlin Opera Ballet; and Walking The Line at The Louvre Museum, Paris.
Horizons, among others.
NYSF/Public Theatre; The Signature Theatre and Playwrights
productions with the International opera companies of
Paris-Garnier; Tokyo; Toronto; Montreal; Vancouver; Bergen &
Norway; Folk Opera, Sweden.
Robert has numerous productions with American opera companies including
Glimmerglass Festival; LA Opera; Chicago Lyric; Opera Theatre of Chicago;
NYCO; Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; San Francisco; Houston; Virginia;
Portland; Wolf Trap; San Diego; Florida Grand as well as
Opera credits include
Enfants Térribles and Hydrogen Jukebox. Robert’s extensive
•Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, 2015.
•TONY Award Nomination 2010- ‘Best Lighting in a Musical’ for FELA!, directed & choreographed by Bill T. Jones.
• San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award- winner; ‘Best Lighting in a Musical’ for The Tosca Project, A.C.T. Cary Perloff, director.
•Connecticut Critics Circle Award- 2009, winner; ‘Outstanding Lighting Design’ for Of Mice & Men; Westport Country Playhouse; Mark Lamos, director.
Currently, Robert is a creative partner at Spark Design Collaborative and is on the faculty of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Burt Barr (visual artist)
Kay Rosen (visual artist)
Ursula Scherrer (visual artist)
Vittoria Chierici (visual artist)