Dan Fishback
playwright / performer: IAN/JUDAH

Fishback has been making surreal, political queer theater in NYC since 2003. His current work is being developed through the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. In 2006, Performance Space 122 presented a mini-festival of his work in NO DIRECTION HOMO: The Many Identical Personae of Dan Fishback. Earlier pieces, including Please Let Me Love You and Boi with an i, have been performed at venues like Galapagos Art Space, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Sidewalk Cafe. Fishback's essay, "Times Are Changing, Reb Tevye," was published in "Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer" (Alyson Books, 2004). Fishback's band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America, and recently released their new album, "The Search for Colonel Mustard," in the United States and Japan. As a solo artist, he has released several recordings, and will drop his new full length studio album, "Mammal," in 2009. He has shared stages with Ani Difranco and Kimya Dawson as part of the punk dance troupe Underthrust. Fishback regularly visits colleges all over the country to speak on queer and Jewish identity formation.
He blogs at www.danfishback.com

Joseph Keckler
performer: DEMETRIUS/MATTATHIAS

Keckler is an actor, singer, writer, and performance artist. His solo play with music, Human Jukebox, runs at La MaMa ETC in February and March, after a successful run at the Dublin Fringe. Keckler recently performed concerts at Spiegelworld and The Zipper Factory. His work has been featured on NPR, The Sundance Channel, and presented at such venues as HERE, Dixon Place, The San Francisco MOMA, The Guggenheim, Performance Studies International, London's Duckie, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, and Joe's Pub. In 2007 Keckler visited The University of Michigan School of Art as a Witt Artist in Residence, hosted by Holly Hughes. He was named a finalist in The New England Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and he and collaborator Erin Markey participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab as a playwrights. "When The Cigarette Is Over", his & Mike Enright's short film, was screened at the opening of the 20th annual MIX Festival. Keckler holds a BFA in painting from The University of Michigan. myspace.com/josephkeckler

Max Steele
performer: EZRA

Max Steele is a performer, writer and artist. He has presented work at Galapagos Art Space, Rapture Café, Deitch Projects Long Island City, and Dixon Place's 2008 HOT! Festival. He writes the experimental porno zine called Scorcher, is a contributor to East Village Boys, and his writing has been featured in HX Magazine, Fag School, Birdsong, and New York's PPOW Gallery. Steele has been profiled in AXM Magazine and was an Interview Magazine "Discovery" for the December 2008/January 2009 'Art' issue. In 2006, he starred in Dan Fishback's political satire, "Waiting for Barbara." His band, Max Steele and the Party Ice has toured the country. www.myspace.com/thepartyice

  Cole Escola
performer: MYSTERY VOICE

Escola is one half of the internet sensation "VGL Gay Boys." Their videos have been watched by tens of thousands of people, and their live shows at Joe's Pub and the Daryl Roth Theater have, circumstantially, been watched by fewer. Cole performs as a variety of characters, including Joyce Conner (a boisterous, suicidal middle aged woman), and Peg Adamson (a mildly retarted cleaning lady). www.youtube.com/user/coleywog

 

 

 



  Stephen Brackett
director

Brackett is a New York based freelance theater director focused primarily on developing new work with emerging playwrights. Recent directing credits include The Ones That Flutter (Summer Play Festival/Public Theater), Bekah Brunstetter’s Fucking Art (Winner of the 2008 Samuel French OOB Festival), Sandy the Dandy and Charlie McGee (FringeNY), The Constitutional Convention (Clubbed Thumb), Ixomia (The Crown Point Festival), Bixby Elliot’s PN1923.45LS01 Volume 2 (FringeNY) and Week 34 of 365 Days/365 Plays (The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab). In 2002 he co-founded the theater company the Bushwick Hotel with playwright Rachel Shukert; their collaborations include Johnny Apple@#%*er (The Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory), Bloody Mary with Third Man Productions (nominated for 4 NYIT Awards), Sequins for Satan (Galapagos Art Space) and The Blackstone Hotel (The Culture Project 45 Below). They are currently in development on their new project, The Worshipped, which had its first reading at Prelude ’07. Brackett spent two summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where he devised and directed two original works - No Date based on the diaries of David Wojnarowicz and an adaptation of the Styx “Kilroy Was Here” concept album. Brackett was the Assistant Director of Passing Strange at both the Belasco and Public Theaters. He is currently a member of both the Public Theater Director’s Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.


 

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The Six Points Fellowship is a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and is made possible with major funding from UJA-Federation of New York. www.sixpointsfellowship.org
Dixon Place is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. While other venues of its kind have since died off, or now only present established artists, Dixon Place remains at the heart of the New York experimental performance scene. Taking risks is crucial to the life of Dixon Place, its artists and audiences. www.dixonplace.org