Choreographer and director
Jane Gotch is originally from Omaha, NE, and graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with honors in 2000. Her choreography has been awarded a Rocket Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation in collaboration with The Charlotte Street Foundation and The Spencer Museum, three Inspiration Grants from The Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City, The Innovation in the Arts Award from UMKC's Small Business and Development Center, and The 2014 Charlotte Street Foundation’s Generative Performing Artist Award. She has danced with Myra Bazell, Netta Yerushalmy, and as an apprentice with Tere O'Connor. She has collaborated with artists Johanna Brooks, Brad Cox, Leo Gayden, Helen Gillet, Shawn Hansen, Peregrine Honig, Miles Neidenger, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland and many others.
Her choreography has been self-produced and presented by The Fifth Stop Open Studios (Brooklyn), Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC), Roulette (Brooklyn), The Bentway and I/O Movement (Toronto), Long Winter Arts (Toronto), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and in Kansas City at A Modern Night at the Folly, The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Belger Crane Yard Gallery, The Lawrence Arts Center, The Spencer Museum, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
She is a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer and Pre-trainer, and has taught this system of mind-body conditioning in Israel, India, New York, Kansas City, and Toronto since 2001. She is currently studying Somatic Experiencing®, a trauma resolution work based on the research and practice of Dr. Peter Levine. She is in the final of a three year professional program to become a trauma informed therapist and artist.
Ian Garrett and Toaster Lab
and VR consultant
Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; and Producer for the mixed reality production company Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography and He is currently working with Rulan Tangen on Groundworks, looking at native lands in Northern California through the collaborations with artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; and with Swim Pony Performing Arts in Philadelphia on Trail Stories focusing on the trails in watershed areas of Philadelphia through geolocated immersive audio. Other projects include the mixed-reality geolocated project Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York), the set and energy systems for Zata Omm's Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a solar 150’ wide crane at Coachella. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. His writing includes Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for Americans for the Arts; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production in Readings in Performance and Ecology, and Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada.
Leo Gayden and Trina Warren
Trina Thompson Warren is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. In New York, Warren danced with the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1998-2006. She has taught masterclasses and workshops, and restaged Brown’s work at University of Minnesota, Western Washington University, PARTS, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet. In Kansas City, she has had a studio residency through Charlotte Street Foundation, her own work has been presented at the Folly Theater, and she has been a collaborator in performance projects with Jane Gotch, Emily Evans Sloan and Peter Warren.