“Over the course of Ms. Schultz's performance, the Iraqi refugee population of New York City increased virtually by something like 10%, as she brought stories of urban refugee life into the spare rehearsal room...Ms. Schultz transformed herself...”
The New York Times

"Under Sarah Cameron Sunde's perceptive direction, Schultz gains our sympathies for a people who many people automatically suspect are our enemies. That alone is no small achievement."
The Star Ledger

"How can one person summarize so much pain, pride trauma, love and suffering like an Iraqi refugee while she is, in fact, not an Iraqi refugee herself? As a refugee myself, I gave up to the fact, that no one can hold the complexity of the crisis, it's so complicated and different. Yet I was wrong. In this event, I was captured from the first word until the end. It was brilliant."
Ibrahim, Iraqi refugee

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Artist Bios

Kim Schultz
Originally from Minnesota, Kim Schultz is an actress, writer, comedienne and reverend (Yes, reverend). Nationally, she has worked at The Guthrie Theatre, Childrens’ Theatre Co. and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She has performed at the Chicago Improv Fest, The Brave New Workshop and in a HBO Comedy Showcase in LA. Internationally, she wrote and performed a show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and improvised on the Disney Wonder Cruise ship. Currently residing in New York, Kim has performed for The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, Oberon Theatre, Themantics Group, Midtown International Fringe Festival and The Zipper Factory Theatre, among others. She has performed stand up/improv at Stand Up NY, Comix, HA! and NYCC. She also created, produced and acted in a regionally televised comedy improv show called Comedy Hotel - which aired on ABC-KSTC. Kim wrote and performed a critically acclaimed autobiographical solo show performed off-Broadway called, The F Trip. In addition, Kim is also an improviser and runs her own improv school called Kim Schultz Improv. www.kimschultz.net
Amikaeyla Gaston
Proclaimed one of the "purest contemporary voices in the jazz, world and folk industry since Eva Cassidy" by National Public Radio, powerhouse performer, and master percussionist Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston embraces the best of many types of music. With her soulful style, sultry ballads, & enchanting, passionate sincerity, she is a dynamic performer and is in the midst of an amazing musical journey. While the dazzling vocalist from the Washington, D.C. area draws on a dizzying array of influences, from Bel Canto, Funk and Bossa Nova to Blues and Soul, her sensibility is pure jazz. "I view myself as a roots jazz artist, because jazz feels so all encompassing," says the newly transplanted Bay area based singer. Her debut album Mosaic received national acclaim, winning a staggering 12 Music Awards, including Best Jazz Vocalist, Best Urban Contemporary Vocalist, Best World Music Vocalist, and Best Debut Artist. Additionally, she was named DC's best Female Composer in 2006 and again in 2008 for excellence in original composition. http://www.amikaeylacollective.com
Sarah Cameron Sunde
Sarah Cameron Sunde (Director) is a New York-based theater director specializing in new work and plays in translation. Her directing credits include premieres of: The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller (with Rachel Eckerling at 3LD Art & Technology Center), The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey (Rattlestick, Fringe et al.), What May Fall by Peter Gil-Sheridan (Guthrie Theater), The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues (59E59 Theaters), and her own translations of Night Sings Its Songs, deathvariations and Sa Ka La by Norway’s Jon Fosse (Oslo Elsewhere at 59E59 and 45 Bleecker). Sunde is credited as being the first director to bring Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s work to the U.S. He considers her “his American voice,” and her translations have been published by Performing Arts Journal. She is Associate Director of the award-winning downtown theater company, New Georges and Co-Founder of Oslo Elsewhere. Awards include an American Scandinavian Society Artist Award, Hermitage Foundation Residency, a NYtheatre.com Person of the Year Award, and a Princess Grace Directing Award.
Designed by Jeanette Yew and Jian Jung
Stage Managed by Sarah Izzo

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