THE EVE COMPANY
KATE MUETH (Artistic Director) is an Actor's Equity Union member who works as an actress, director and choreographer in theatre, t.v. and independent films. She founded the award- winning Neo-Political Cowgirls eight years ago to help fill the dearth of opportunities for and stories from the perspectives of women in our theater landscape. She conceives, choreographs and directs new, site- specific dance theater that is "mind- bending, gorgeous, provocative and wild" in execution. Kate is an Equity actor, a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, and co - founder/ Co-Chair of The East Hampton Arts Council. Kate has worked with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Tony Walton and Tovah Feldshuh. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Bay Street Theater, and The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall among many others. History of new works for NPC includes Wody Girtch Mama, Trojan Women Redux, ZIMA!, VOYEUR, EVE, Master Vibration and many one- offs. EVE, an 11-room, immersive experience is moving Off- Broadway to The Gym at Judson this September. Kate recently directing a world- wide troupe of rock musicians in a bioethics examination rock opera, Playing God, fresh from Helsinki which begins its American debut at The Danny Kaye Theater in New York. Kate has a lengthy biography in theater arts teaching and her work in developing, directing and teaching the theater arts program Project Hero for Guild Hall and The Hamptons International Film Festival recently won a substantial grant from The Greater East Hampton Education Foundation to help combat bullying through building empathy. Project Hero will be implemented in four local schools as a result of this support. The Neo- Political Cowgirls education outreach arm is focused on empowering girls and women through thought -provoking dance theater workshops that help them creatively explore their own voices and express themselves and their stories through staged performances.
JAEL BAKER (Actor) is reprising her role as Shadow in the production EVE for the third year in a row. “I am an artist. Music, Movement and Color feed my emotions and dictate my art”. Jael is a Colorado native, living in the Hudson Valley. She has been dancing for over 20 years. Her training began at an early age with ballet, tap and jazz. Later she began studying other forms of dance including hip-hop, contemporary and partnering. After receiving a degree in art in 2010, she continues her career as a mixed media artist and encaustic painter. Her lead dance roles include, Snow White and Sugar Plum in the The Nutcracker, as well as roles in Les Sylphides, Faust, Swan Lake, La Bayadere and Schindler’s List. She also performed at the Denver Opera House for the Mrs. Colorado Pageant. Over the years, Jael has had the privilege of learning from some of the best teachers, including Jessica Starr and MUSE Dance Company, Kenny Wormald, Sasha Radetsky, Kate Mueth and Sara Jo Strickland of Hampton Ballet Theatre School, as well as, dancing in Los Angeles and NYC studios. Jael’s character Shadow is mysterious, playful, intense character and she can’t wait for you to come and have a glimpse of her world!
COREY JANE CARDOSO (Set Designer), splits time between New York City and her hometown of East Hampton. She has worked in both theater and film since graduating Emerson College in 2011. Some past productions include, Neo-Political Cowgirls’ Voyeur, EVE and Punch Drunk’s Queen of the Night. Film credits include Moments of Reflection, I Origins, Floria’s Sunday and Brightest Star. It has been an amazing journey working on EVE for New York City and she is so excited to share it.
RAQUEL CHAVEZ (Actor) is delighted to be performing with Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls. Recent projects include, Gayropa at Dixon Place's, Hot! Theater Festival and The Tempest as Ariel with King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies and is a participant in the Steps on Broadway Work-Study Program.
VINCENT CINQUE (Production Manager/Host) is so happy to help make EVE a reality. He recently graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama and Producing. Vincent is primarily an actor. He trained at Atlantic Acting School and the Experimental Theatre Wing. He has appeared in theatrical productions spanning from NYC to The Hamptons (where he got the great fortune of meeting and working with Kate Mueth and Josh Gladstone) and is always seeking new film projects, most recently working with an online sketch crew called, Dad's Day Off. Vincent is exercising his theatre management/producing skills on this production of EVE. He spent his college career assisting and continues to work with a fast rising production company, RD Theatricals, whose credits include, All the Way, featuring Bryan Cranston, On the Town, and The Realistic Joneses. No matter what, it's always the most rewarding to work in the company of great artists and I'm so excited to see this show mount in the city and am pleased to be a small part in making it happen. Much love. Check out the website while you're at it ;)
HANNAH COOK (Set Designer) is an artist, cat lover, and thrift store fanatic who keeps a stock of peel-and-stick googly eyes with her at all times in case of emergency. She has had the privilege to work as the scenic designer for NPC since 2012, making art in unique spaces with some of the most creative, inspiring, and sexy women she has ever met. She is interested in exploring the application of “site-specificity” in art and performance and its intersection with culture and tourism.
LESLIE CUYJET (Actor) is a performer and dance artist in New York. As a performer, she works with a range of artists from choreographers, performance artists, writers, photographers and musicians from professional modern dance companies, as well as with independent artists and institutions. Hailing from the Ohio Valley, Leslie came to New York in 2004 armed with a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois. She is a founding member of Happydog, a performance company working across state and disciplinary lines to create multi-faceted works. Her independent work as a choreographer lives in mediums of dance, theater, and video and has been presented by AUNTS Realness and Populous, Movement Research at Judson Church, Danspace Draftworks, and Wild Project in New York; and across the country in Chicago, Louisville, and Portland, Oregon. Cuyjet has performed and toured with Cynthia Oliver since 2002 and Jane Comfort and Company since 2005. Along the way she has had the privilege to work and learn from Meredith Monk, David Gordon, Mark Dendy, Tere O’Connor, Vanessa Walters, Niall Noel Jones, Sean Donovan (Donovan and Calderón), and Emily Wexler, among others. She is left-handed and currently lives in Brooklyn.
BRINDA DIXIT (Actor) Since graduating NYU Tisch with a B.F.A in Drama (August '14), Brinda has interned at Sleep No More, acted in industrials for H&R Block, Oxford University Press, and DigiBank, shot an independent feature film in Paris playing a principal role, and played Juliet in a Bollywood-themed Romeo and Juliet at Access Theatre. Additionally, she has studied and performed Bharatanatyam, a classical dance-drama from South India for the past 13 years.
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LYDIA FRANCO-HODGES (The Maker/Producer) is reprising her role of The Maker. She produced and assistant-directed EVE 2012, 2013. Regional: Bay Street Theater, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, Mulford Rep Theater Company, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival… NY: The Directors Company, T. Schreiber Studio, Miller Theatre at Columbia, Nuyorican Poets Café, EST ... Creator, Director: Condemned, Medea Again; Fresh. Lydia, an associate of the Alan Alda Center, works with scientists nationwide from NASA to the Nature Conservancy.
JOSH GLADSTONE (The Maker) serves as Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall where he’s produced Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, directed by Tony Walton and starring Blythe Danner & Simon Jones – now playing in East Hampton! Other recent projects at the Drew include: Cripple Of Inishmaan; LUV; Uncle Vanya; Equus starring Alec Baldwin; Colin Quinn Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld; The Glass Menagerie directed by Harris Yulin starring Amy Irving; Moby Dick Rehearsed directed by Tony Walton starring Peter Boyle; The Exonerated starring Mia Farrow and Billy Dee Williams; and hundreds of developmental readings and concerts. At Guild Hall Josh has directed and/or appeared in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, Ghouled Hall and many Naked Stage readings. Locally he’s appeared with the Neo-Political Cowgirls in last summer’s debut of EVE; Mulford Rep in Tale of The Allergist’s Wife and All in the Timing; Round Table as The Porter / Ross in Macbeth; and SCTC as Hook in Peter Pan. Regional acting credits include The Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis; The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; Theater at Monmouth, ME; Classic Theater International, Germany and four seasons as Artistic Director of Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, which he co-founded in 1996. Josh studied at Colgate University and Broadway’s Circle in the Square where he met his wife, the actress and director, Kate Mueth.
HOLLY KRISTINA GOLDSTEIN (Asst. Director) graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama and Minor in Performance Studies, focusing on Feminism and Pop Culture in Spring 2015. During her time at Tisch, Holly studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC), movement at the Experimental Theatre Wing (NYC), Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London) and Commedia Dell'Arte in Florence, Italy. Her recent credits include THUD! A New Comedy by Dan Rider (Director), The Unbroken Salt Circle (Performer, Asst. Director), Closed Quarters (Performer), and You're Going to Hell If You Laugh (Director), which was selected as an alternate for FringeNYC 2015. Holly plans to continue working with NPC for the foreseeable future, helping spread innovative and empowering forms of theatre to new audiences across the world. Much love and thanks to Jessy for perspective, Kate for believing in me, Hannah for sticking by me and Dan for everything else.
LAWANDA HOPKINS (Actor) - LaWanda was born in Rochester, New York where she studied dance in church and later joined a dance team, Borinquen Dance Theatre, where they performed Latin American dance styles, and folkloric dance. She attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in dance, which led to shows, Fame, at ArtPark, company work and various commercial work. In college, she performed in a play that traveled to Canada and Europe for the National Theatre Festival. In New York City, she was first taught by Bronwen Carson in acting, for whom she’s most grateful!
MARC JABLONSKI (Sound Design) is thrilled for this opportunity to work in the historical Gym at Judson with this talented cast and creative team. Marc is a NYC-based sound designer/composer/researcher and a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where he studied anthropology, art, and French, in addition to his education in theatre. He has just recently collaborated on NYC Fringe’s show, Butyou’reaman and on a site-specific workshopped piece with Peculiar Works Project. Other credits include Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden, Tyler Grime’s new play about robots called ADAM 2.0, and Edward Albee’s The American Dream.
JEFF LYON (Man) was given ballet lessons and a motorcycle at age 6. He graduated from the dance conservatories of Interlochen Arts Academy and SUNY Purchase. In NYC, he has performed in parking garages, on escalators, in and on top of theaters, museums and military forts. He was an original cast member of Punch Drunk's Sleep No More. Continuing his love for immersive theater, Jeff is excited to be working with the Neo Political Cowgirls. He will next be seen in Third Rail Projects new production.
ATHENA MALLOY(Actor) has worked with many fabulous choreographers, including RoseAnne Spradlin. Malloy won a 2003 Dance and Performance Bessie Award for her performance in Spradlin's under/world. She's had her choreography presented at key New York theaters, including Dixon Place, HERE, Joyce Soho, the Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Next Stage, the 92nd St. Y, P.S. 122, University Settlement, and WAX. She's taught at Dance New Amsterdam, the Susan Klein School of Dance, SUNY Purchase and the Trisha Brown studio.
JULIA MOTYKA (Actor) has appeared Off Broadway in: We Got Issues (Exec. Prod. Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda), Obama 44, The Last Starfighter: the Musical; and Golden Ladder. NY Workshops: Second Stage, Roundabout, Primary Stages, EST, The Directors Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Nöel and Company (associate artist), etc. Regional: Bay Street Theater, The Folger, The Alley, Denver Theatre Center (Westword Award), The Pioneer, The Rubicon, PRT (LA Weekly nom.), TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), and San Francisco, Colorado, and Marin Shakespeare Festivals (BATCC and Dean Goodman awards). Film: Crosseye, The Kindergarten Shuffle, In The Family. Member: The Actors Center, NYC. Assoc. Member: PRT.
ANA NIETO (Eve) - "I am thinking of a new show called Eve and I would like you to play Eve". That's what Kate Mueth said to me a winter evening in Easthampton over a beer and the world starting shaking. I have performed as a young woman and always knew it was my main passion, but it took me years of accepting myself and building my self-confidence to be able to fully express that part of me. After moving to New York from Spain and running a successful business, I followed my true passion and joined a women’s theater group, The Neo-Political Cowgirls. I experienced the amazingly powerful healing influence of performing arts. The first night I performed with NPC for Trojan Women Redux, I was not even nervous, I knew I was meant to be there, I belonged there and that premise made the whole experience smooth and sincere. EVE is by far the best accomplishment of my life so far. I was scared and intimidated at first about being the lead when my performance experience was limited but, with Kate guidance, I was able to develop EVE's character in a personal way and that made the experience much more conscious and uplifting. EVE is every woman, any woman, and it expresses the different roles that a woman plays in society: the unconscious being observed, the awakened breathing into life, the scared and stimulated, the sexy and fun, the not so sexy and fun mother role, the "unreal"-made-up-wannabe, the manipulated and finally, the one that we all strive for, the conscious, luxurious us that gets killed sometimes but that always resurrects in our own being... Eve gives the performers and the audience wings, it transports us to a time and space where we can connect with our own deep selves and with the audience that mesmerized follows and observes the characters to the point where there is not separation between the audience and them any longer. Being Eve, I feel that I am an activist sharing my truth but "activism is not activism if it is the truth".
Ana Nieto has performed with Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) in Trojan Women Redux (2011), ZIMA (2012, 2013, 2014), Voyeur (2014) and as Eve in the latest NPC immersive dance theater production "EVE" (2012, 2013, 2015) and has also collaborated with NPC as a production manager and managing director. Ana cultivates her passion for the arts, health and wellness by promoting awareness through creative expression, education and lifestyle. In Spain, her native country, she studied ballet and modern dance as a young dancer. Upon moving to New York City, Ana opened her own personal training studio to teach exercise and body awareness to people from all walks of life, from bankers to ballerinas.
EMI OSHIMA (Shadow) is excited to be portraying the role of Shadow in this production. Oshima recently moved from Temecula, CA to Brooklyn and is enjoying many of the opportunities the city has to offer. Her training began in ballet, tap and jazz at age 3, and continued to include modern dance, contact improvisation, partnering, some ballroom and Latin dance, contemporary dance, hip hop and advanced pointe work. She has been selected to attend numerous summer ballet intensive programs at a young age, and attended Boston Ballet Summer Intensive at the age of 15. Oshima has danced the lead in many productions of The Nutcracker and various ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, and Swan Lake, to name a few. For many years she worked alongside Mark Erickson at The Ballet Studio as Assistant to the Director, aiding in choreography and staging many works. Oshima graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Public Health Sciences (pre-med). Attending UC Irvine gave her the opportunity to learn under exceptional educators such as Loretta Livingston, Jodie Gates, Tong Wang, Molly Lynch, Sheron Wray, Michel Gervais and Diane Dieffenderfer. In 2010 under the direction of Lisa Naugle, Oshima was awarded the UROP/SURP grants along with a select group of dancers at UC Irvine in order to collaboratively study movement research and perform in various cities in Spain. In NYC, she has danced with Pink Pig Ballet and Intersections Dance Collective. As a performer, artist, and human being, Oshima enjoys learning about the importance of health, wellness, and the process of healing through involvement in non-profit humanitarian organizations, which she hopes to work with once she returns to her studies to become a doctor. She feels very privileged to be a part of this production.
MARGI PULKINGHAM (Actor) Margi Pulkingham (Void) has been with NPC since 2011 as an EVE chorus member in 2012 and 2013. She appeared as Rachel Carson in The Beautiful and the Senseless by Megan Chaskey as part of the 2012 Plant and Sing Festival at Sylvestor Manor Education Farm. For years she served as a Dance Teaching Artist for the Texas Institute for Arts in Education, an initiative modeled on the Lincoln Center Institute. She recently appeared in a stage adaptation of Christian McLain’s beloved DuckHampton in the featured role of Police Duck. With the Fisherfolk, a theatre/dance/music ensemble, she toured extensively throughout Great Britain and Europe.
JENNIFER SYDOR (Chorus) described as "dazzling" by The Boston Globe and "remarkable for her intense focus and vivid dramatic skill" by The New York Times, has worked with choreographers such as David Parker, Doug Elkins, John Heginbotham, Jill Sigman, Stefanie Nelson, Janice Lancaster, Sharon Moore, Ben Asriel and Janessa Clark, to name a few. She has toured internationally to 12 different countries as a dancer with the avant-garde performance troupe and electro pop band Fischerspooner, with choreography by Vanessa Walters, in collaboration with the experimental theater company, The Wooster Group. Jennifer currently works with Laura Peterson Choreography and is in her eighth season as a guest dancer with The Metropolitan Opera.
IRINA THOMPSON is a recent graduate of Circle in The Square Theater program. Recent credits include Circle In The Square Theater school productions of Top Girls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Irina is originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia. Since moving to Eastern Long Island back in 2010 she has performed in several regional productions working with the Neo-Political Cowgirls (EVE, Voyeur, ZIMA), Round Table Theater Company (Macbeth), HIT Fest (Midsummer Night's Dream). She has been performing since the age of 4 and never lost the passion for theater. After receiving her Master's Degree in Linguistics and Intercultural Communications she has relocated to United States to deepen her study of the American language and culture. She has been lucky to get acquainted with the theater community in the Hamptons which finally led to pursuing her dream of studying theater professionally. Irina is currently residing in New York City and is eager to start new and exciting projects. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world and educate people on cultural differences through the art of theater.
VANESSA WALTERS (Actor) originally hails from Baltimore where she began dancing in high school at the Peabody Institute. She then came to NYC, got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch of the Arts, and has lived here ever since. Walters makes choreography for live dance performance, for film and video, and for various multi-media art projects and events. Her time is now devoted almost entirely to RIPENING, a multi-disciplinary art theater project involving dance performance, film, and installation. Ripening premiered its first evening-length work for the finale performance of FLICfest 2014 at the Irondale Arts Center (February 2014). In April 2014, the Ripening Cabaret: Fur and Porcelain, presented its first cabaret performance evening at Galapagos Art Space. Excerpts of RIPENING have shown in “Art Lab: White River/Black Sky”, (salon for Fashion Week, February, 2012), and “Vanishing Acts, An Evening of Performance and Visuals” at Location 1 (April 2012). The project’s dance film teaser, “Ripening – the House”, has screened in the 2012 Dance on Camera Festival, the Cucalorus Film Festival, and the Nada fair/Art Basel. Also, Walters had the pleasure of choreographing and performing in the art film “Une Danse des Bouffons” by artist and director Marcel Dzama commissioned for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and making it’s NYC premiere in an exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery (September 9 – October 25th 2014).
Since 2001, Walters has been the lead choreographer of Fischerspooner, a performance group known for combining pop entertainment with a high art sensibility. The most recent Fischerspooner show, Between Worlds, was created in collaboration with the Wooster Group. Walters has choreographed for, staged, and performed in Fischerspooner shows for both music and concert venues and for non-proscenium, interactive gallery shows. London’s Royal Festival Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City’s Deitch Projects, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Pompidou Center in Paris are just some of the locations for these shows. Fischerspooner also performed on Top of the Pops, the Jimmy Kimmel show, and twice on the Carson Daly Show. Walters also choreographed music videos for Zola Jesus, AVAN LAVA, CREEP, Blank Dogs, Department of Eagles, Cyndi Lauper, Kings of Leon, Jamie Lidell/Nintendo, and Har Mar Superstar, as well as live events for Mercedes Benz, Juicy Couture, House of Diehl, Daisy Spurs, Chaos & Candy, Narcissister, the Pixie Harlots, Wynter Gordon, and the JVA Flag Corps. She has done commercial work for various MTV promo spots, and national commercials (Swedish Diet Drink, Hood Harvey Bar). Walters choreographed the musical, Camp Wanatachi (La Mama, 2011), as well as a children’s musical, “Peace, Love, and Cupcakes” (Vital Theater, 2014. She did choreography for Sarah Small’s Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions (Skylight One Hanson, 2011) and she and choreographer Nicole Wolcott collaborated on the evening length work “100 Beginnings” (DNA, 2010) as well as “Alley of the Dolls, This is Not a Sequel” (Joe’s Pub for the Dance Now Series, 2010).
DAVID WORNOVITZKY is originally from Mexico City. He moved to San Diego where he received a scholarship for The Academy of Performing Arts. Since then he has had the privilege of working with different companies around San Diego and Los Angeles such as Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and The PGK Project, where he was also rehearsal director. He has worked with several talented choreographers such Khamla Somphanh, Michael Mizerany, Mark Haim, Erica Buechner, Kim Epifano, and Kevin Patterson.
LUCY YORK (Lilith) founded and directed her own dance company for five years, before an extended period of working full-time as a performer. She was an original cast member of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More in New York and danced for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. She has studied acting with Terry Schrieber, Maggie Flanigan, John Gould Rubin, and others, and has performed at many off Broadway venues throughout the city as well as film projects. She studied Economics in college and has worked as a freelance writer, graduate school tutor and admission consultant. She grew up in Baltimore, studying dance and performing in community theater before attending the Baltimore School for the Arts as a Theater major.