PAST ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Kareem M. Lucas
Kareem M. Lucas is a Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. His solo pieces include The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO), From Brooklyn With Love, RATED BLACK: An American Requiem, A Boy & His Bow, A Warm Winter, and Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty. He has performed his solo work at The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, Fire This Time Festival, IRT Theater, The Slipper Room, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, Hi-ARTS, AFO Theater, JACK, HERE Arts Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, among others. He is currently co-collaborating on the immersive theatrical piece The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America, as a writer/performer with the Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative as a part of their Residency at HERE Arts Center, it will premiere at HERE in November 2019. He most recently was a part of The 2019 Mentor Project at The Cherry Lane Theatre, where his solo show The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (or iNEGRO) was mounted. He’s also an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a NYTW 2050 Playwriting Fellow. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Kareem on the solo narrative:
"What draws me to the solo form is the immediacy and inherent communal nature of a group of people gathering around one person, who tells a story. It's ancient. It's the Griot around the fire. It's both tribal and familial. And, it's been some of the most thrilling and compelling theater that I've ever experienced. Recently, I've become obsessed with the solo form, because it demands so much from me as a creator, writer, and performer. A true high wire act, with nowhere to hide, you are naked and vulnerable. Firmly planted in the palm of the audience. So, hopefully, they've had a drink or two, they treat you kindly, and maybe even listen long enough that the performer on the stage possibly shifts the way everyone in the audience looks at the world and themselves. Or, you know, maybe they at least don't fall asleep."
Lizzie's play Monsoon Season received a full production in AFO's 2019 season, at both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater .
Lizzie Vieh is from Phoenix, Arizona. Her full-length plays include Monsoon Season, The Loneliest Number, Backwater Rising, Barrier Islands, and Wisconsin Death Trip. Her play Backwater Rising received Honorable Mention for the 2018 Relentless Award. The one-act version of Monsoon Season was a winner in the 2016 Samuel French OOB Festival. Her full-length play The Loneliest Number was part of Amios’ 2016 First Draughts series, and received a full production in 2018 directed by Maria Dizzia. The Loneliest Number was nominated for a 2018 NYIT Award for Best Full-Length Script. She was a member of the Amoralists’ ‘Wright Club for 2016-2017. MFA: Brown/Trinity. BA: Brown University.
Lizzie on the solo narrative:
"In Monsoon Season, Danny is always talking to someone, they're just not represented on stage. The writing is one-sided dialogue rather than the more traditional solo show mode of monologue. Though I have never written a one-person show before Monsoon Season, I don't think it's radically different than my other plays. Characters talk to each other--it's just that in Monsoon Season, we only hear Danny's side. I think this "missing" quality of other characters theatricalizes Danny's isolation and disconnectedness. Writing a one-person show is challenging in that one performer has to carry the entire narrative of the show, without getting too heavy-handed or obvious about what's happening. The reward lies in how deeply you can delve into a single character."
An award winning solo performer, actor, and poet who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century) and Off-Broadway Theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV and Film credits include "Law and Order", Nickelodeon's "Bet the House" as Darian the "SoundFX" Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film "Things Never Said."
He's the 2012 winner of The Jerome Foundation's Stakeholder's Choice Award and one of his most recent shows Death Boogie, A Hip Hop Poetry Musical, was the 2012 winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival Musical Theatre Matters Awards for BEST New Music and BEST Innovation of a Musical.
Black Sheep, his fifth solo show was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, and placed 3rd for Best Play at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival.
His band The Mighty Third Rail were 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SPKRBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. Death Boogie, the album, along with their debut album Classic is now available on iTunes.
Hailed by critics as the most accomplished and renowned mime of his generation, Bill Bowers currently performs and teaches the art of physical storytelling throughout the world. His methods and exploration of universal truths transcend the spoken word to educate and touch audiences in countries as varied as Poland, Holland, Scotland, Japan, Macedonia, Romania, Italy, Germany, Norway, Germany and Austria.
An award-winning actor, Bowers has also performed in all 50 United States and Puerto Rico appearing on the stages of Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The White House, Steppenwolf, LaMaMa, Theatre for a New Audience, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Urban Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Radio City Music Hall, HERE, and the New York International Fringe Festival. His Broadway credits include Zazu in The Lion King and Leggett in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He has also portrayed the great silent clowns: Charlie Chaplin in the world premiere of Little Tramp, Pierrot in the world premiere of Beethoven N Pierrot, and Petruchka with The Colorado Symphony.
A passionate student and educator, Bowers studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau and currently serves on the faculties of New York University, Stella Adler Conservatory, and William Esper Studios. He holds an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rocky Mountain College.
Bill has written and performed his own plays Off Broadway and in theaters around the world. These plays include ‘Night Sweetheart ‘Night Buttercup at HERE, Under a Montana Moon at Urban Stages and the Kennedy Center, It Goes Without Saying at Rattlestick Theatre, and Beyond Words at Urban Stages. His ensemble play, Heyokah Hokehay, has been produced in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and the Edinburgh Festival. He is featured in the film TWO WEEKS NOTICE, and on television on The MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW, Disney’s OUT OF THE BOX, REMEMBER W.E.N.N., ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN., and the ONION NEWS NETWORK.
With AFO, Bill developed a new solo work which premiered in the Fall of 2015.