Makers Lab provides a dynamic group of generative theater artists with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works. Working in a range of category-defying forms and disciplines, these artists, collaborators and companies use Ars Nova as a home base for twelve-month creative residencies. Through a wide range of development tools, institutional resources and hands-on artistic support, Makers Lab residents are encouraged to think big, take risks and push their creative potential as they make work under our roof.
SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY and KAMERON NEAL are a Brooklyn-based team bringing theater and visual art into intimate dialogue. They create through 3D writing, a muscular process rooted in the tactility of materials and the expressive contours of the body.
MISHA is a queer Bengali writer/director and co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project. His work has been seen and/or developed at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, HERE Arts Center, the New York Musical Festival, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Asian American Writer’s Workshop. A Fulbright and Kundiman Fellow, Misha’s poetry has been published in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Asian American Literary Review and elsewhere. He is currently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and the Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College. MFA: Columbia. shayokmishachowdhury.com
KAMERON is a multidisciplinary video artist and designer. His self-portrait Liquid Love was awarded Best of Show at Digital Graffiti (FL), where he will be an Artist-in-Residence in 2018. His work has also been seen at Outlet (NY), Bau Haus (NY), The Cube Art Project (NE) and Yale’s Center for Contemporary Arts and Media. With Misha, Kameron has presented work at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and New York Theatre Workshop. He has designed artwork for The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Under the Radar and Shakespeare in the Park, under the creative direction of Paula Scher. kameronneal.com
Shayok Misha Chowdhury
& Kameron Neal
CHURCH OF THE MILLENNIALS is a Brooklyn-based theater company comprised of theatrical workers dedicated to the cultivation and conservation of artistic service. Church develops devised material that is carefully curated into bizarre and abstract pastiches. They create original work that incorporates plays, dances, lectures, videos, puppet-shows, happenings and memes. Upcoming: the AMERIKA! series at IRT as part of the 3B Residency Program (April 3 – 16, 2018). AMERIKA! Episode 2 premiered at Ars Nova in ANT Fest and AMERIKA! Episode 1 premiered in Upstart Festival at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. As a company, they have presented original work at The Wild Project, Porterspace, Woods Cooperative, Dixon Place and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Church has collaborated with Erwin Wurm on One Minute Sculptures (Lehmann Maupin Gallery) and with Marcel Zaes on Landscape 1 – 3 (Residency 108). Its members were Creative Production Associates on Geoff Sobelle’s physical theater piece HOME (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival). Founded at Bard College, Church is operated by ABBY ADLER, ANTONIO IRIZARRY, DANA SAVAGE, KEDIAN KEOHAN and REEVES MORRIS-STAN. churchofthemillennials.org.
Church of the Millennials
NICHI DOUGLAS is a Brooklyn-based actor, dancer, choreographer, director, playwright and activist. She has performed all over New York and the country as an actor/dancer in a freelance capacity, in addition to performing nationally with The Dance Cartel and literacy-focused children’s theater company The Story Pirates. She currently teaches Movement/Choreography and Performance Practicum in the NYU: Tisch Drama Department – Playwright’s Horizon Theatre School studio. She is currently in residence in Fresh Ground Pepper’s inaugural In-House Artists program. nicHi’s artistic interests lie at the intersection of art and activism, with particular interest in the voice and perspective of the Black American woman. Recent stage credits: PharmaBro: An American Douchical (The Players Theatre, Choreographer), Runaways (NY City Center, Associate Choreographer), The Dance Cartel: ONTHEFLOOR (A.R.T./Oberon, Principal Dancer), NOW EVERYONE GO AROUND THE TABLE AND SAY WHAT THEY’RE THANKFUL FOR (NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Director), Decolonizing My Vagina (Exponential Festival at JACK, Choreographer) and Black Girl Magic Show! (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and JACK, Director/Choreographer/Playwright). Upcoming stage credits: a reading of tselem (The Cherry Lane Theatre, Actor). B.F.A. NYU/ETW; M.F.A. The New School.
WHITNEY WHITE is a director, musician and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her original musical Lover I’ll Bring You Back to Life was part of Ars Nova’s 2016 ANT Fest, and her adaption of Macbeth, Macbeth in Stride, has been workshopped at Chautauqua (2016), Trinity Rep (2017) and Judson Memorial (2017). This year Whitney developed work at: The Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, 59E59, Trinity Rep, Chautauqua, Luna Stage, SUNY Purchase, Princeton, Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, The Drama League, South Oxford, JACK, The Tank, New York Musical Festival, The Lark and more. She also has assisted Sam Gold (Othello, New York Theatre Workshop and The Secret Life of Bees, New York Stage and Film), Dan Sullivan (If I Forget, Roundabout) and Anne Kaufman (Marvin’s Room, Broadway). Whitney was the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow, and is currently a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. This January she will direct a production of OTHELLO at Trinity Rep. MFA Acting: Brown University/Trinity Rep, BA: Northwestern University. whitney-white.com
WINLITT – ELLEN WINTER and CHRIS LITTLER are a writing/composing duo based in Brooklyn. With degrees from Sarah Lawrence and NYU respectively, they fuse their backgrounds in playwriting and screenwriting with indie musical stylings. For the last four years, they’ve written and performed as the frontmen of Chamber Band, a five-piece nerd-rock group with three concept albums and national tours under their belts. Their knack for storytelling and fascination with pushing medium and genre led them to composing their first musical, 36 Questions, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. Ellen lives in South Brooklyn with her partner and 34 plants. Chris lives in Bushwick with his fiancée and their dog.
Ellen Winter & Chris Littler