Tannis Kowalchuk

Artistic Director

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Theatre artist, flower farmer, and co-owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm. Tannis has directed and performed in over 30 original theatre productions in the US and Canada. Current projects include the annual Dream on the Farm (director) Stone Soup Cooking Class (writer/performer), Shakespeare on the Farm (director/performer), and a new solo performance DeCompositions. Prior to starting Farm Arts Collective, she was a founding co-artistic director of NACL Theatre with whom she created The Weather Project and Courage. Awards: Women and the Arts and Media Collaboration Award 2019.

Jess Beveridge

Company Manager

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A Sullivan County based theatre artist who has appeared in productions in the Tri-State area and NYC. She is a perfarmer who spends her days in the flowers at Willow Wisp Organic Farm.  She is an alumna of the Studio Program at AMDA, NY and has trained and performed with 29th Street Playwrights Collective, The Pearl Conservatory, Co-Op Theatre East, GoJo Clan Productions, Cornerstone Theatre Arts and Forestburgh Playhouse. She has also performed in Courage, People Like Us and Streets with NACL Theatre.

Her current projects include performances with the Farm Arts Collective ensemble, Stone Soup Cooking Class and Flower to the Power.  

Ensemble

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Pam Arnold

Melissa Bell

Jess Beveridge

Courtney Bicknell

Marguerite Boissonnault

Michael Chojnicki

Sue Currier

Gregg Erickson

Rima Fand

Karen Flood

Ginny Hack

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Karen Hudson

Julia Kerhely

Tannis Kowalchuk

Daniel Lendzian

Jessica Lopez-Barkl

Manon Manavit

Mimi McGurl

Adrianne Picciano

Doug Rogers

John Roth

Yurika Sase

 

Leo Schmidt

Gary Silien

Bobby Skotch

Ace Thomas

Hudson Williams-Eynon

Jordan Wingert

Stefanie Workman

 

Creative Associates

Mimi McGurl

Associate Director

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Mimi McGurl is a director, dramaturg and teacher whose work addresses questions of gender and racial perception in performance. Recent shows include Dream on the Farm with the Farm Arts Collective, Tracks by LAVA, Shakespeare’s Will written by Vern Thiessen at the North American Cultural Laboratory, and The Paul Robeson Project at the WOW Cafe Theatre. She also lectures and leads workshops on writing for performance in non-academic settings. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College, an MFA from UC Irvine, and a PhD from Stanford University.

Melissa Bell

Associate Playwright

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Melissa Bell writes plays that explore women’s agency and action as they navigate their power and repression. Lady Capulet, a Henley Rose Finalist, presented in Central Park, and playing at Farm Arts Collective in September, co-produced by Barefoot Shakespeare and CreateTheater. Courage by NACL Theatre (Honored Finalist, Women in Arts & Media Coalition Collaboration Awards 2019). Devil & The Deep, music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, produced Off-Broadway by Theatre East. Lost in Love, the Air Supply Musical.  Monologues in Smith & Krause’s Best Men’s Monologues of 2020, Best Women’s Monologues of 2019, and Short Plays on Reproductive Freedom. Columbia University BA. www.TheMelissaBell.com

 

Rima Fand

Associate Composer

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Rima Fand is a Brooklyn-based composer, musician and educator. An innovator who is also strongly drawn to folk traditions, she creates on an edge where the traditional meets the experimental. Since 2018 she has been composing an object-theater/chamber opera entitled Precipice, currently in development with American Opera Project, and is the recipient of a 2020 Opera America Commissioning Grant for this production. Earlier projects include Farm Arts Collective’s Shakespeare on the Farm (2019), NACL’s Courage on Governors’ Island in 2017, a workshop production of A Footnote In History, presented in the 2017 ICE FACTORY festival, and Don Cristóbal, Billy-Club Man,  created in the HERE Artist’s Residency Program and produced at the Abrons Arts Center. She was the recipient of an Exploring the Metropolis Composers’ Residency. www.rimafand.com

 

Doug Rogers

Associate Composer

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Doug Rogers, composer and multi-instrumentalist has composed for Farm Arts Collective’s productions of Trees, Shakespeare on the Farm, and Dream on the Farm, and was a musician with Courage directed by Tannis Kowalchuk at NACL Theatre.  As an actor, writer, composer he created the role of C.C. Showers in Jim Leonard, Jr's play, The Diviners, (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). He was a founding member of the Bloomington Playwrights Project and  Waterline Theatre (Harold Clurman Theatre, NYC). He has performed in plays by Ruth Margraff, Greg Armknect and Jack Garrett and produced his own musicals, Les Trois Guitar fon du Camping, Bye Bye Incubi and The Sea Devil. He now performs with his own band, Beat the Devil.

 

Manon Manavit

Artistic Associate

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Manon Manavit (BFA Université Concordia, MFA CalArts) is an interdisciplinary arts & culture producer, director, and educator interested in true stories told through a mytho-poetic lens. Based in NYC, she is guided by the principles of environmental sustainability in programming for nonprofit organizations, arts education, and community-driven events. See more at www.manonmanavit.com and Follow on Instagram: @manonmanavit _art

Daniel Lendzian

Associate Actor and Director

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Daniel Lendzian directed Stone Soup Cooking Class by Farm Arts Collective and has worked with the ensemble since its inception. He has performed with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, NACL, The Seattle Children’s Theater, The Zach Theater, FESTA Theater in Florence, Italy, Sugar Loaf PAC, Clove Creek Theater, Interlochen Shakespeare, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, The Weathervane Repertory Theater, and O’Connell and Company.  Currently, he teaches theatre at Fredonia State University.  He has taught acting and public speaking at The University of Texas at Austin, SUNY Sullivan, and Kean University.  He is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

Karen Flood

Artistic Associate

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Karen Flood is a painter, costume designer and clothing stylist.  She works both upstate and in NYC. Karen has been designing costumes and consulting with director Tannis Kowalchuk for over a decade in performances that include Shakespeare on the Farm, Dream on the Farm, Shakespeare's Will (NACL Theatre), Courage (NACL Theatre).

Board Members

Sue Currier

President

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The executive director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy from 2003 to 2016, a non-profit land trust working with farmers and forest landowners in New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to her work in conservation, Sue led marketing teams for a global telecommunications manufacturer.

Sue works with other local non-profits including serving on the board of SEEDS. An avid maker, Sue has worked with NACL producing costumes and props since 2015.

Michael Chojnicki

Board Member

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The Principle of the architecture, planning, and design firm, M.J. Chojnicki, Architect. The firm is focused on sustainable design, alternative energy, barn conversions and custom residential structures. In addition to being an ensemble member of Farm Arts Collective, his involvement in other organizations include: President of the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) since 2011, Habitat for Humanity - co-designer of a Passive House, the N.E. Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Conference Assistant, The Sustainable Bethel Committee Board Member, and Member of the Evergreen Community Garden Board.

Kathleen Christie

Board Member

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With a career trajectory that reflects her personal values and a deep appreciation for life, Kathleen has woven arts and humanity into most of what she does. She moved to this community after 14 years in NYC (born and raised in the Mid Hudson Valley) to broaden the impact and reach of community and education programming at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and currently has a private practice based in Liberty, NY, serves as a clinical director for a national online addiction treatment program, and consults on projects that make this adventure called life more rewarding for more people. She looks forward to working with the great Farm Arts Collective team to continue creating art and community.

Heather Jacksy

Secretary

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An urban planner with an arts background, Heather understands the value of arts and especially arts that engage and involve the community.

Heather currently works for Sullivan County Planning, Environmental Management and Real Property. She holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MUP from Hunter College.

Oliver King

Board Member

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An educator and professionally trained actor and dancer who studied with Lee Strasberg and performed street theatre in NYC with Geraldine Fitzgerald as far back as the 1970’s. He studied for a short time at the Alvin Ailey Studio in NYC and worked with the Shirley Martin Dancers in Los Angeles for 14 years. While his credits include acting and/or directing several shows at Sam Wright’s Hudson Valley Conservatory, The DVO and the SCDW, he has also performed with NACL, produced & directed Four Seasons of Shakespeare in LaPolt Park with at-risk youth here in the village of Liberty, NY and now breathes new life into the orations of Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King for libraries, museums and schools across Sullivan and Orange Counties.

Maurice LeFranc

Board Member

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A wildlife ecologist, Maurice’s career initially focused on birds of prey and endangered species while serving as director of the Institute for Wildlife Research at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. In 2016, he retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as senior policy advisor for international climate change. As the Agency’s lead on international climate change issues, he was a key negotiator in advancing the U.S. position at the Paris Accords.

Since relocating to northeast Pennsylvania, Maurice has collaborated with Narrowsburg’s One Grand Books to produce the first and second Deep Water Literary Fest. Maurice and his partner, Leslie, working with students at Sullivan West High School, created and produced the Fairy Tale Writing Project for the second literary fest. He now works closely with his partner who owns Touche-`a-Tout Gardens in Pleasant Mount, Pa.

Adrianne Picciano

Treasurer

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A garden designer and owner of The Dirt Diva, a professional gardening company serving the Upper Delaware River Valley and Sullivan County since 2006.

Adrianne’s entry into theater was through the NACL Stilt Corps, which inspired her to join the cast of NACL’s Courage in 2017 and to perform with NACL Streets in 2017 & 2018 as a stilt walker. Adrianne is passionate about street theater and is looking forward to creating and performing with Farm Arts Collective in 2019 and beyond!

Melissa Sandor

Board Member

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A strategic non-profit consultant and writer based in Brooklyn, NY and Sullivan County. She is the former Interim Executive Director of the Millay Colony for the Arts. In her role as a strategic consultant, Sandor has worked with more than 40 NYC and national organizations.

Sandor is a MacDowell Colony for the Arts Fellow (’13), a past Millay Colony resident where she received a 2009 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship, and a 2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Arts Writing Fellow at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University.

Advisors

Janus Adams

Pioneer of African-American and women’s programming, Janus is an Emmy award-winning journalist, historian, author, and host of public radio’s “The Janus Adams Show” and podcast.

Christine Ahern

The Executive Director of the Lackawaxen Food Hub a regional food hub and multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) located in Honesdale, PA, connects farmers and food producers with consumers, restaurants, and food businesses throughout Wayne, Pike & Lackawanna Counties and Sullivan County, NY

Jessica López-Barkl

Jessica López-Barkl is the Assistant Professor of Theater and Speech at SUNY Sullivan. She is also a freelance actor, director, dramaturg, designer, and long time collaborator with Tannis Kowalchuk.

Elaine Matthews

a retired scientist from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. Past collaborator of The Weather Project (NACL).

Greg Swartz

An organic farmer and owner of Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, Pennsylvania. He is former executive director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY and has held positions on numerous farmers market, environmental, and agricultural boards in the region.

Mike Uretsky

Active in Wayne County, PA community development, was co-Director of the New York University Center for Advanced Technology and Professor of Information Systems and Technology at New York University's Stern School of Business (a department that he founded).

Community Partners

To become a partner of Farm Arts Collective, contact us: info@farmartscollective.org