In pursuit of storytelling that gives voice to communities in need and promotes genuine cross-cultural
exchange, Jesse Baxter founded and serves as Artistic Director of Dramatic Adventure
Theatre. With DAT, Jesse has opened the doors for over 280 artists to travel to 9 countries on 4 continents — teaching theatre to 1500+ children and
participating in more than 45 service projects in 27 communities and villages. This
work has lead to 10 years of ongoing programming in Ecuador, Slovakia, and Tanzania.
It has also led to the creation of 30 original plays, including the recent DAT production of Resident Playwright Jason Williamson's A Girl without Wings — called “magical" and “poignant” in a rave review by the New York Times. A theatre maker (actor, director, creative producer, and
teaching artist), Jesse Baxter studied at Temple University, the University of Gloucestershire,
the Gaiety School of Acting, and with SITI Company (viewpoints, suzuki, and composition
techniques under Anne Bogart). Jesse holds a BA in Theatre from Messiah College and
is thrilled to be on this MFA journey at Towson University.
Lindsey Griffith is a performer, playwright, and visual artist. She was born and
raised in southern Kansas and incubated in the warm wet belly of Kansas City’s weird
collaborative art community, where she lived for 10 years. Her performances use absurdity,
character comedy, games and chance to subvert and distort performance formats, from
the traditions of mime and clown to cooking shows, lectures, and reality TV. Her
work is marked by a visual style that favors the lo-fi, handmade, and ephemeral, usually
opting to make her own costumes and props out of cardboard, hot glue, spray paint,
and detritus. Lindsey earned her B.A. in literature and creative writing from Rockhurst
University, with a personal focus on playwriting, and has produced many of her plays
herself with the help of her community. Lindsey is a contributing artist for the
performance collaboratives Whoop Dee Doo, which creates large-scale installations
and live variety shows internationally, and Shitty Guy Theatre, an overhead projector
Julia Katz is a theatre artist most interested in grassroots ensemble performance
and arts as civic practice working in the mid-Atlantic. Currently, Julia is a Towson
University MFA Theatre student and the Center for International Theatre Development
(CITD) Fellow. In 2013, Julia founded Critical Point Theatre for the purpose of creating
ensemble-based theatrical work that advances a twofold mission of transmedia storytelling
and a critical ensemble generation process. Since then, CPT has premiered five original
stage works and produces several podcasts, including the multiple award-winning anthology
series The Grayscale. Julia is currently developing <ph><f>reaking, which has received
support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters and the FURYFactory Festival of Ensemble
and Devised Theater. Julia has also been assisting off-Broadway ensemble Talking Band
on Burnished by Grief at La MaMa ETC and a unique local/national tour about fracking,
The Marcellus Shale Project, the recipient of a TCG Audience (R)Evolution grant.
Duff Norris is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on themes of personal relationships, intimacy, and the peculiarities of reality and sentience. His typical mediums are live art & performance, street art, and photography. He often focuses on one-to-one and small-group audience experiences, and his work is moving toward ensemble and physical theater concerns. His work invites the audience to come have and experience and consider an idea together. He holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). He has shown at Learning Machine (Chicago), Out of Site (Chicago), and has published in Emergency INDEX (New York). His work has been collected by the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection (Chicago).
For more information visit www.duffnorris.com.
Laura Pazuchowski explores social anxieties and nuances of interpersonal communication through solo performance. She’s been a guitarist and vocalist for various bands including Elmer Fuzz, the psychedelic acid cartoon folk rock band. Her work ranges from performance art to production design and has been presented throughout Michigan, her home state, in venues such as The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, CMAP, the Yellow Barn, the Michigan Theatre, and the Dreamland Theatre. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.
For more information visit www.laurapaz.com.