AFO Solo Shorts
AFO created the Solo Shorts series in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we were unable to gather to see extraordinary solo performances, we created AFO Solo Shorts to bring extraordinary solo performances to you!
AFO only considered solo projects.
All projects needed to be three minutes or less.
Projects could be pitched in any stage of developments: an idea, a sketch, or a fully written script.
VERONICA BARRON creates physically exuberant visual theatre, using puppetry, dance, clown, music, and the human body. Her current works, Be Clean When We Die and Sound Shadows, blend shadow puppetry, dance, and traditional and original Americana music, and have earned support from the Casteliers Festival (Montreal), Maison Internationale des Arts de la Marionnettes (Montreal), Les Sages Fous (Trois-Rivieres, QC), Central Square Theater (Cambridge, MA), Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline, MA), Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), the Montreal and Cambridge Arts Councils, and the Apollinaire Theater/The Boston Foundation. Veronica tours domestically & internationally as a puppeteer for acclaimed DJ Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, which combines puppetry, live cinema, scratch DJing, and a string quartet to create a quirky, emotional love story. As an actor, Veronica specializes in new work development, and has appeared in world premieres with the Huntington Theatre Company, imaginary beasts, Fresh Ink Theatre, and others. A longtime collaborator with Liars and Believers, she helped create Who Would Be King and ICARUS, for which she was praised as “the cast’s best voice” (Scott Heller, New York Times). Veronica holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University, where her studies included visual & choreographic theater, classical Indian dance-theater, clowning, and playwrighting.
JODY CHRISTOPHERSON is a New York based generative artist and the Artistic Director of the so-fi festival. Her mediums include; theater performance, playwrighting, music/foley, photography, film, curation and theater production. Reviewers have called her a "visionary in the theater world and legendary storyteller", who is "a talent to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear”. Her work has been performed in 28 cities in 6 countries, including Canada, Detroit, New Orleans, Key West, Orlando Miami, Amsterdam, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, New York. She has been producing and co-producing her work since 2004 in America and abroad. Recent projects include: St Kilda (writer/performer), AMP, (writer/performer), Greencard Wedding, (writer/performer/
filmmaker), Because You Are Good. Publications include: The New York Theatre Review, (Creator/ Editor and Chief since 2011), The Huffington Post, the New York Times, Yale Press, Bored Panda, Howlround, American Theater Magazine, TCG and the Climate Change Theater Action Anthology. Ms. Christopherson is the recipient of an Indie Theater Fund Emergency Grant 2019, the 2017 New York Society Library Grant for emerging female writers underwritten by Alexander Sanger, All for One’s So-Co Residency (2017), The LIT Fund Grant 2014. Speaking/ teaching engagements include The Orchard Project, Mason Gross School of the Arts and New York Mensa. jodychristopherson.wixsite.com
TANYA EVERETT (Playwright/Performer) moved from Mass to Brooklyn to pursue her career as an actor and writer. Her plays have been performed in many Off and Off-off Broadway venues: including the Public, Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, TheaterLab, Kraine, Cherry Pit and the Tank. Her play And The Gods Walk Among Us was named Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Award and Finalist for the Lark Development Week. Her play, A Dead Black Man, was a Finalist for the Dramatist Guild Fellowship in 2019. She recently graduated from Brooklyn College, under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She won the AAUW Career Development Grant, the Truman Capote Scholarship, and the 2018 MFA in Playwriting Awards to support her academic pursuits. She was named an Alternate for the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in California. Some of her teachers and mentors include: Stephen Adley Guirgis, Ellen McLaughlin, Maggie Flanigan, and Julia Jordan.
RAZ GOLDEN (Director/Editor) is a director of theatre, film, and voice over. He is a Resident Director at The Flea, a member of the Roundabout Directors Group (Cohort 2), and was the 2019 Drama League Classical Directing Fellow. His current work focuses on new and classical texts, as well as narratives that explore shared cultural histories and myths and that center people of color. He has developed work with The National Black Theatre, The Public Theatre, NYU Tisch, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Waterwell, Dixon Place, and McCarter Theatre.
my pierced ears
GINA FEMIA (Playwright/Performer) work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Flea, Page 73, CTG, Theater of NOTE, Panndora Productions, among others. Plays include ALLOND(R)A (2019 Kilroys List, Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up, Yale Drama Prize), THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (2019 Kilroys List Honorable Mention), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award, Stage Rights publishing), The Mermaids' Parade (Finalist, American Blue Ink Award, Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award). Gina is the 2020 Otis Guernsey New Voices award winner, a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, the 2019 Parity Commission Winner and a 2019-2020 member of Ingram New Plays Lab & Parsnip Ship's Radio Roots writer's group. She is an Alum of EST Youngblood, Page73's Interstate 73, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, New Georges' Audrey Residency and Project Y's Writer's Group. Gina’s a New Georges Affiliated Artist and has received residencies with Page73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).
Freddy Padilla (Photographer/Animator/Video Editor) is a Brooklyn native who is a photographer, artist and major pop culture geek. He has collaborated with his wife, Gina, as dramaturg on a few of her plays (ALLOND(R)A, For The Love Of). After working at The Drama Bookshop for two decades, he still has a great love of theater and designs theater inspired t-shirts. Wepa!
NELA FORTUNATO is a Latin American Actress-Singer-Director. She is part of the Buenos Aires based physical theatre company La Monstruosa, which creates performances through dance, voice, puppeteering and has been part of Mucho Gustok Festival (2016/17/18/20 editions). She is also part of Usted Está Aquí Company: a creative ensemble, exploring site-specific and immersive pieces: Usted está aquí (2012-15); Rrom, a gypsy wedding (2016-18); La Subasta (2019). Since Covid19 quarantine, she has developed a version of her show Dora Lemer for online streaming video for @MicroteatroBA and a radio version for Tsunami Escénico Radio Show; created a short film called P.E.E.L.E, soon to be released on insta @Espacio Salvo as well as collaborated with British artist Lydia Stevens on the online piece: JJOO 2020. As a director, she gave life to the French author Chantal Thomas’ play Incrustations; by working with masks and original paintings and music. In 2019 she created a one to one piece inside a tent: A la Carte!, with which she toured London, Athens and Spain, where she closed the Short Film Festival: Luna de Cortos with her movement piece Syris, based on Russian Folk stories. She graduated from Andamio 90 Drama College in Buenos Aires, completed the post graduated course at London International School of Performing Arts (2009/11) and co-funded International Lyrebird Theatre Co.
Thanks to Giverny Petitmermet's sharp eyes and AFO.
cityDANCE 03 - Brooklyn
NATHAN GEBHARD (Creator/Performer) is an interdisciplinary performance artist based in Brooklyn, hailing from north woods of Minnesota. He creates art to breath, listen, to celebrate and mourn, and to commune. journalDANCE is a series of visual journal entries that began in 2016 and has become a staple in his artistic practice. New York credits include The Unrepentant Necrophile (HERE, IRT Theater, Cloud City) and Saint Ex (So-fi Festival at Torn Page). He has also tours nationally with TigerLion Arts' Nature. Check out nategeb.net for more information and previous entries in the journalDANCE series.
CHARLES GERSHMAN (Playwight) is a queer playwright/TV writer. He is a Dramatists Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow, a 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, and a 2019 Relentless Award Semifinalist. Recent work has been produced or developed with The New Group, The Flea, 59E59 Theaters, Theatre503, and the American Playwriting Foundation and published by Oberon Books. He received his MFA from NYU-Tisch in 2018. charlesgershman.com
WILLIAM STEINBERGER (Director) has developed new plays at Hartford Stage, the Drama League, Berkshire Theatre Group, New Light Theatre Project, the Wilma, 59E59, The Flea, The Tank, Bethany Arts Project, Judson Church, Passage Theatre, Czech Center NYC, Theatre Horizon, InterAct, FGP, Uglyrhino and several universities. He is Artistic Director of InVersion Theatre and his dramaturgy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. Will produced Andy Bragen’s Notes on My Mother’s Decline for PlayCo/ABTP at NYTW Next Door. He is a Resident Director at the Flea, past MTC Directing Fellow and member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. WSteinberger.com
EDDIE COOPER (Performer) At Classic Stage Company: The Cradle Will Rock and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Encores! Off Center: Promenade, Assassins, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and Little Shop of Horrors. Atlantic Theater Company: This Ain't No Disco. Two River: All-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. TV: “Forever,” “Mozart In The Jungle,” “Banshee”, and HBO’s “The Night Of.” Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. @MrEddieCooper
Hortice Welcomes the Day
KATIE MELBY (Creator/Puppeteer) is a theatre and puppetry artist who recently became an ASMRtist during her time in quarantine (Melby ASMR on YouTube). She is co-Artistic Director of 3 Sticks, a physical theatre company dedicated to making new work, that she co-founded after graduating from the Lecoq-based London International School of Performing Arts in 2005. Their work has been presented across the US, Canada, and Japan as well as Ars Nova, Dixon Place, and Governors Island Art Fair in NYC. Her credits include Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center) and Sister's Follies (Abrons Art Center), Mabou Mines’ La Davina Caricatura (La Mama), The Cat Who Went to Heaven (Brooklyn Academy of Music), l’Arbre Enchanté (Fire Island Opera Festival), Firebird (Chilean Tour), American Weather (HERE Arts Center), The Disappearing Man (Musical Theatre Factory) and numerous productions with Back Room Shakespeare Project. She is also a member of BREAD Arts Collective, and a co-founder of the Brooklyn arts space Cloud City.
ANDREW LYNCH (Composer/Sound Designer) is a Composer, Performer, and Sound Designer. Recent projects include: a new musical adaptation of Elektra with Director Juliana Kleist-Mendez at UCSD, Calafia at Liberty with the Wetsuit Collective at the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2019 WOW Festival, and Leap and the Net Will Appear presented by the Catastrophic Theatre in Houston and New Georges in New York. He is a co-founder of the Brooklyn arts space Cloud City, and co-artistic director of the physical theatre company 3 Sticks.
MELISA TIEN (Playwright) is the author of the plays Best Life, The Boyd Show, Yellow Card Red Card, Familium Vulgare, and Refraim, co-author of the music-theater works Swell and Mary, and co-producer of the audio series Active Listening. Best Life will be produced at JACK in 2021. Swell was part of the 2019 HERE Summer Sublet Series and will be produced online in 2021. Yellow Card Red Card was produced at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC in 2017. A New Dramatists resident playwright, Melisa is a recipient of a grant from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, a commissionee of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting. She has been a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a participant in the Nautilus Composer-Librettist workshop, and a member of the 2010-2012 WP Theater Lab. She has also been a resident of the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and Tofte Lake Center. Melisa has presented work at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Women Playwrights International Conference, and the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival. She currently teaches a course in experimental theatrical writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She holds a BA from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a Culinary Diploma from the French Culinary Institute. melisatien.com
SANDRA DALEY (Performer) is an Afro-Caribbean artist, living in Harlem. As an actress, her credits include Savages, Absent, Madam Secretary, Blacklist, The Breaks and The Miracle Worker. She is an OBIE Award-winning producer, award-winning playwright, director, and dramaturg. Sandra is a recipient of the Josephine Abady Award for her contribution of diversity to the American theater landscape. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College and teaches Acting and Playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College. Two of her plays made it to the Kilroys List 2017. Sandra is a member of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. Most recently, The Fire This Time presented a reading of her full-length play Hedda: A Portrait of a (Young) Woman and a production of her short play Anonymous, which was also produced by the EstroGenius Festival 2018. Sandra’s play Straddling the Edge is a Barbour Award finalist and was recently workshopped at the cell theatre. Les Fréres is a 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and a 2017 Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist. She received a SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency, where she began her new play The Island Bull’s Wife. It is now complete, under the mentorship of Adam Bock, and is a Princess Grace Award semi-finalist. She was named a NYFA Fellowship Finalist for Playwriting. Her short play Man in the Moon was developed and presented by The Exquisite Corpse Company; Shirley and Iris was presented at the Going to the River Festival 2016 at EST, and Jake was produced at New Perspectives Theater and most recently at Silver Spring Stage. Her choreo-poem Genesis was presented May 2017 at 50in50: Writing Women Into Existence, curated by Dominique Morisseau. Sandra’s short film Take Flight was featured at the Everybody Digital Film Festival and Dreams Deferred, which she wrote/directed/produced, was featured in the 2017 African American Women in Cinema Film Festival.
Zonia, Tsang Lok Sze
Up Here to Breathe
ZONIA, TSANG LOK SZE (she/hers) (Playwright/Composer) is thrilled to be part of AFO's Solo Shorts. Her work has been presented at the Apollo Theater, Two River Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, the Cherry Lane Theatre, La MaMa, the Duplex, 52nd Street Project, and also in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Previous plays include: Eye of the Beholder, The Cantonese Opera Play, The Blue-and-White Porcelain (Finalist: World Sinophone Drama Competition). She is a graduate of EdUHK and NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
KENDRA CUI (she/hers) (Director/Child) is excited to be exploring virtual theatre as a new medium for the first time. Usually she can be found behind the stage, where her recent credits have included A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dramaturg), Die Fledermaus (Assistant Director), The Joy Luck Club (Dramaturg) and The White Snake (Director). After graduating from Wellesley College with a Theatre and Economics degree, she recently returned to Hong Kong, where she grew up. Massive thanks to Zonia for her unwavering trust and love of onesies.
Beaudau Karel Banks
BEAUDAU (Bo-day) KAREL BANKS is a Choreographer, Dancer and Production Technician born and raised in Belize, Central America. Beaudau is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming immigrant artist and Theatre Technician based in New York City that started formal dance training at the age of thirteen studying ballet and modern dance. They were accepted and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. They are now living in New York City freelancing with various artists while still following their love of theatre production.
Karen, I said
ELIZA BENT is a playwright and performer whose performances are indeed, “bent”: “different from normal; strongly inclined; changed from an originally straight condition” and often feature misfits who toil in the recent past. These "bentertainments" include soloish works (Toilet Fire and Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen), plays (Indeed, friend!, On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba, The Hotel Colors), adaptations (The Beyoncé, She of the Voice), and hybrid affairs (Real Talk / Kip Talk, Blue Wizard / Black Wizard, Pen Pals Meet). Bent’s shows have been developed, workshopped, and produced at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the New Ohio, the Atlantic, the Bushwick Starr, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Series. Residencies with MacDowell, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges, Target Margin Institute Fellow, Casa Zia Lina, and Pilot Balloon. As an actor Bent has performed in pint-sized New York theatres, regionally in Omaha and Louisville, and toured internationally. Bent has a BA in philosophy and an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. She currently is a lecturer in the Radio/TV/Film department at Northwestern University.