AFO Solo Shorts

Round 1

Beaudau Karel Banks
So Tired...

So Tired.
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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. 

Eliza BEnt
Karen, I said

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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.

EllaRose Chary &
Brandon James Gwinn
NEMOD Industries Presents Dr. Blau's Seance Machine App - Surround Sound

Seance Machine App VID 1 - UPDATE 2021 (no link)
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NEMOD Industries Presents Dr. Blau's Séance Machine App: Surround Sound is an immersive, digital, theatrical experience in 4 parts. When each part ends, look for the link to get to the next part and follow any instructions. 

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ELLAROSE CHARY (she/hers) (Playwright) is an award-winning New York-based writer and advocate for inclusion in musical theater. She is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, Kleban Prize Finalist, Kernodle New Play Award Finalist, and winner of a BOH Cameronian Arts Award and the Weston Award for Musical Theater. Her musical TL;DR: THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX has been developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (NMTC Incubator Residency, NMTC Finalist), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (Triple R Residency), and the UArts Polyphone Festival. She is the bookwriter for the award-winning THE DOLL MAKER’S GIFT, which opened at The Rose Theater in 2019 and THE SÉANCE MACHINE, which premiered at The Tank in 2019. Her other shows include: COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE, THE LAKE AND THE MILL, QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME., and the Malaysian musical MARRYING MEShe has been in residence at Ars Nova (Uncharted), Harvard ArtLab, Catwalk Institute, and has received an Anna Sosenko Grant and a NAMT grant. Her work has been produced, developed and commissioned by the Great Plains Theater Conference, the Drama League, The Civilians and City Center (Encores! Off-Center), Theater C, Prospect Theater, The Flea Theater, Joe’s Pub, and 54 Below. She is an activist and advocate for inclusion in musical theater both on and off stage. She has written for The Lilly Awards Blog, HowlRound, and Musical Theater Today (where she is a contributing editor). She has appeared on panels at NYMF and with Honest Accomplice Theater and co-curates Tankaret, a cabaret series for underrepresented voices. 


BRANDON JAMES GWINN (Playwright) is an award-winning composer, lyricist and musician. His new album, Bullit, will debut later in 2020. His album Not Too Late is now available and was supported as part of Trixie Mattel's LiveNation North American Tour. His musicals include How to Survive the End of the World (web-musical now streaming on YouTube), Cotton Candy & Cocaine (Ars Nova Uncharted, NAMT Grant, Theatre C), Queer. People. Time. (Dramatist Guild Fellowship, CATWALK Residency), TL;DR: Thelma Louise Dyke Remix (The Tank, Polyphone at UArts, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Barn Arts), Matchmaker Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle (ART Club Oberon, New York Musical Festival 2011), and Small Town Story (World Premiere: American Theatre Group, Finalist Richard Rodgers Award, NAMT Writer’s Residency Grant, Village Originals Seattle, NYTB Commission). He created the horrifying soundscape for the world premiere of The Séance Machine (The Tank). Web Series Themes/Scores: It Takei's Two (George Takei), Tori Tries It (Tori Scott), The Anonymous Lives of John and Jane. Music director/producer: Alexis Michelle’s LoveFool ("RuPaul’s Drag Race," Broadway Records) Trixie Mattel’s Two Birds and One Stone (Billboard #1). MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Proud member of ASPAC, Grammy Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, & Dramatists Guild of America.


LISA C.M. LAMOTHE (Performer) is so happy to be reunited with Brandon James Gwinn and EllaRose Chary, after a spooky and fabulous run of The Séance Machine this fall, and is pleased to be revisiting Dr Blau. Lisa is an actress, singer and educator. She has had the pleasure of lending her vocals to original cast recordings, film scores, and parties/events. Favorite theatrical credits Off-Broadway and Regionally include: Incredibly Deaf Musical (Diva); Ragtime

(Sarah), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Walden (Effie/May), Romeo & Juliet (Balthazar). An avid supporter of new works, Lisa has also performed in: How Green Was My Valley (soloist) at the Actors Studio, Blood Puddin (ensemble) at New Dramatists,

Bloom! by Melvin Tunstall III (ensemble), The Goddess Wheel

(Persiphone/Penelope), The Restoration of Sight (Denise), and others. This summer Lisa joined an ensemble of actor/singers in Chris Wade’s 29Lives and will be seen in the upcoming webseries, as a featured soloist. Commercial work includes Loews, and Education Connection (EC Singer, recurring). BFA: Pace University, Magna Cum Laude. When not performing or directing, Lisa works as a teaching artist and facilitator, specializing in arts education, violence prevention, and Restorative Justice. Follow Lisa on Instagram @LisaLaDiva!

All thanks and Glory to God. Phil 4:13

Jasmine Eileen Coles