2018 PRIDE ARTIST BIOS
Moe Angelos is one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, who have written, performed and published six plays and other things that the Internet can tell you all about. Moe has collaborated with the Builders Association as a performer and writer since 2000 and is now touring with The Builders’ show, Elements of Oz. She has been involved with the WOW Café forever and has appeared in the work of many downtown luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle, and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. To hear more, visit The Made Here Project and browse the artists.
Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose shows have been described as "out there" (by Morgan's mother) and "super intense" (by Morgan). Morgan has performed at Artists Space, MoMA PS1, Poetry Project, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum. Recent projects include a musical adaptation of Larry Mitchell and Ned Asta's 1977 manifesto-fairytale, The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions, at the New Museum, and More Protest Songs! at Danspace Project, which resulted in a live album recording. Morgan's yearlong residency with Recess, To Do 2017, can be found online.
Rodrigo Bellott was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His breakout film, Sexual Dependency won over 15 awards in over 65 film festivals around the world and was also Bolivia’s first film competing for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2004 Academy Awards. VARIETY magazine named Bellott as one of the “TOP TEN Latin American Talents to Watch”.
MICHAEL DE ANGELIS / ANIMALS
Michael De Angelis is a visual artist who has created video, sound, costume, prop and set pieces for theater companies HalfStraddle, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and performance artists Becca Blackwell, Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy among others.
Utilizing various modes of visual art and performance, ANIMALS move through dance, puppetry, script, and video in order to create moments that question the flexibility of the world around us and the nature of humans through irreverence, instinct, ability, and play.
Kerry Downey (b.1979, Ft. Lauderdale) is multidisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s videos and works on paper explore the relationship between states of embodiment and forms of power. They’ve recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and two-person shows at Knockdown Center and 20|20 Gallery in New York City. Downey is a recipient the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Their work has been in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, and Lookie-Lookie. Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.
Camilo Godoy is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual, photographic, and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. Godoy’s work analyzes and challenges past and present historical moments to imagine different subversive ways of being. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013.
Nicole Goodwin is the author of Warcries, the 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow, and the winner of The Fresh Fruit Festival’s 2013 Award for Performance Poetry. She published the articles “Talking with My Daughter...” and “Why is this Happening in Your Life...” (Personal essay/Review for award-winning documentary Tough Love) in the New York Times’ parentblog Motherlode. Additionally, her work "Desert Flowers" was shortlisted and selected for performance by the Women Playwriting International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
THE ILLUSTRIOUS BLACKS
With inspiration from extra terrestrials like Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Boy George and George Clinton, The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack and Monstah Black) have arrived with a mission to fuse futuristic funk, hypnotic house and cosmic pop into pulsating positivity for the planet. The real life married couple are not only c-pilots on their artistic voyage, but are united in their fantastical journey through life. The Illustrious Blacks landed their electrifying live show, Hyperbolic, for a three month residency at the legendary Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Together, as The Illustrious Blacks, they have combined their powers and metamorphosed into supernovas, blazing through the Milky Way like a comet, with their own unique brand of cosmic freak nobility.
Melissa Li (Music/Lyrics/Book) is a composer, performer, and writer. She is a Jonathan Larson Award recipient, a Village Theater resident, and a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm finalist. Her new musical Interstate has been developed at Musical Theater Factory residency, Dixon Place, terraNOVA Groundworks Residency at the I.R.T, and most recently selected for a full production at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) this July. Other musicals include Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award for Best New Play 2007) and 99% Stone (The Theater Offensive.), which received support from the National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, among others.
Samantha Nye (b. Hollywood, Florida sometime in the 1980s) is a painter and video artist currently living in Manhattan. For the first decade of her life she was a relatively unsuccessful child model. She learned early about performance and identity, which has directed her studio practice towards the investigation of seduction through reenactment. Through her paintings and videos she highlights aging bodies, celebrates queer kinship, and facilitates an intergenerational dialogue about sexuality between queer women and their mothers/grandmothers.
Eva Peskin is a collaborative performing artist and PhD student in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. As a performer, musician, technologist, and conceptualizer, Eva has made art work in places like the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Public Theater, PS122, the Queens Museum, and the LaMont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Curious about performance as civic pedagogy, ethical feelings, and queer ecologies, Eva’s research takes shapes as texts, objects, and encounters. She is a 2017 HASTAC scholar.
Tommy "Teebs" Pico is a poet from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation. He authored the books IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk, as well as myriad keen tweets including "sittin on the cock of the gay." He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a managing editor at Literary Hub. His Myers-Briggs is IDGAF. @heyteebs
Guadalupe Rosales (USA b. 1980) is an artist and archivist based in Los Angeles. Rosales is the founder of "Veteranas and Rucas" and "Map Pointz", both digital archives found on Instagram. In 2016, Rosales took over The New Yorker’s social media for a week and was one of the top rated takeovers of the year. Rosales has an ongoing project developing an archive of photographs, objects and ephemera related to the 90’s Los Angeles Latinx party crew scene and Chicanx youth culture. By preserving artifacts and memorabilia, Rosales' work deconstructs and reframes marginalized histories, offering platforms of conversation and agency of self-representation.
Justin Sayre is a writer and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre has been a fixture of the Downtown Cabaret Scene in New York, first with their long-running monthly show, The Meeting of the The International Order of Sodomites, Bistro Award-winning & 2 MAC nominations, but now with new shows at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theatre like Peaches, Eggplants, and Tears & The gAyBC’s, a five-part show which will be released in book form by Chronicle Books later this year. As a playwright, Sayre’s work has appeared at Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Celebration Theatre, The Players Club, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre.
Justine is a performer-creator, filmmaker and educator. Her performance, video art and film work has presented at diverse venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (where she was a 2014 Media Lab artist), The Public Theater, The Maryland Film Festival and New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center/MOMA, among others. She has received residencies to create new work from the Orchard Project, Dixon Place, Ars Nova and Abrons Arts. Justine is a 2018 fellow in NYWIFT’s Script to Preproduction program, working on her first feature. She teaches a course on play and collaboration at the Yale School of Drama.
Sasha Wortzel is an artist and filmmaker working primarily in time-based media. She has recently presented work at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Berlinale, DOC NYC, Frameline, Outfest, UnionDocs, Tribeca Interactive, Leslie Lohman Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, and Cooper Gallery. Wortzel's work has been supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, the Astraea Foundation’s Global Arts Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Her work has been featured by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, Art in America, and The Nation. Wortzel received her MFA from Hunter College.