Jennifer Gwirtz's work emerged from a background in ballet, contemporary dance, technology, Butoh and visual art. Originally from Philadelphia, she began her career performing for ballet companies, then moved to contemporary dance when she arrived in San Francisco. She developed a passion for blending disciplines while earning her MFA in New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute. In the 1990s she created theatrical, movement-based experiments that challenged assumptions about performance for theaters, galleries and outdoor spaces. In 1998 she and John Baumann formed Right Brain Performancelab as a collaborative group for performance experimentation. She is responsible for the gargouillade that is inserted into nearly every show as a stylistic easter egg for unsuspecting balletomanes. (Not sure what that is? Look it up!) She currently lives and makes work in Portland, Oregon. More on Jen here.
Originally from Oswego, New York, John Baumann has been producing, writing and performing in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years after studying literature, theology, philosophy and theater at Drew University. His energetic and philosophical solo performances have been seen at The Marsh, Theater of Yugen, Climate Theater, and The EXIT Theatre. He co-directed Right Brain Performancelab with Jennifer Gwirtz from 1998 through 2010. John appeared in Goldie Award-winner Dan Carbone's There Be Monsters and other plays. John is a workshop facilitator for and became Co-Executive Director of The Field San Francisco in 2005. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Laura Marsh has a B.F.A. in Theatre/Dance from University of Memphis. She was the co-artistic director for Project:Motion, a Memphis - based dance company, and a member of Professor Chameleon's Eccentric Medicine Show, a children's theatre company. In San Francisco, she has worked with Spinning Yarns Dance Collective, Megan Nicely and Company, and Automatic Art. Laura has been working with Right Brain Performancelab since 2000.
Lisa Claybaugh has performed with Right Brain Performancelab since 2000. She has been their costume designer since 2010. Lisa has most recently been seen often at Coastal Repertory Theatre both on stage and off. She also stays busy as a freelance costume designer, obsessive knitter and mother.
Apryl Renee Pipe is a social practice dance artist who lives in London and will soon be living in Hong Kong. A past resident of the Bay Area, she co-founded, co-directed and created work for Spinning Yarns Dance Collective and has collaborated with Right Brain Performancelab, a hybrid performance ensemble. She is an Executive Director and Arts Facilitator for London's Bounce Theatre, a participatory arts organization in London whose mission is to bring theater to at-risk and economically disadvantaged populations. She has taught dance and held residencies in Arizona, California, Michigan and West Virginia. After earning her masters degree in Dance and Technology from Arizona State University, she was a member of ADaPT (The Association of Dance and Performance Telematics), an interdisciplinary association of artists, technologists and academics who explore online technology sites for performance from 2001 to 2010.
Dave Rodgers (Composer)
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Photo credits: Steven Gelberg, Lance Huntley, Jo Nemoyten, Kegan Marling. Videography credit: Loren R. Robertson Productions.