produced by
Lisa Schlesinger, Marion Schoevaert and Irina Patkanian

Lisa Schlesinger: Playwright, Poet
Lisa Schlesinger is a playwright, writer and theatre activist. A recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award, the BBC International Playwriting Award, and a finalist for a United States Artists Fellowship, her work is produced in the U.S. and internationally and published in American Theatre Magazine, Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Play Publishing, NoPassport and the New York Times. She teaches at the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.  
Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer 
Hailed as a Virtuoso and Intensely Soulful by the New York Times and Spellbinding by the New Yorker, and Incredibly Rich Sound by the CBC, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. Born in Damascus, Kinan was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard school, Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the CUNY in 2013. He is artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, and is also a frequent guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Kinan is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
Marion Schoevaert: Theater Director
Marion Schoevaert has been developing her own style of physical theater for 25 years in New York, Seoul and France. She has directed, produced and choreographed more than 20 theater shows, operas and shadow plays, blending dance-theater, rhythmic text and live music. In Korea, she has directed a North Korean mass dance propaganda play with 2 orchestras and 100 actors, performed at Korean National University of Art. Her work has been called “A triumph” (Fabienne Darge, Le Monde), “A creation of a new myth” (Michel Vinaver, La Gazette Jaune), “Post-modern perfection” (Helen Shaw, Time Out NY). “Her translation of Koltès sounds like Dante speaking in the voice of Sam Sheppard”( D.J. R. Bruckner, New York Times)
Irina Patkanian: Filmmaker 
Irina Patkanian is an award winning filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar, MacDowell fellow, and the president of “In Parentheses,” a NYC based nonprofit Film, Theater & Media Arts Company. Irina is a recipient of grants from American Association of University Women, NYSCA, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. In the words of Julie Agoos, poet and scholar “Patkanian’s aesthetic of identity mixes fact and fiction, poetry and history, moving and still image, to discover in discrete human circumstance the mysterious ways of making meaning by which imagination survives into the present, and invents new form.” Irina teaches film production at Television and Radio department of Brooklyn College.

George de la Peña – Choreographer

George is a multi-disciplinary performer-director-choreographer-researcher who continues to seek new knowledge through the arts and sciences. He has had the honor to work with many choreographers including George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Clarke, Alonzo King, Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Dwight Rhoden, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner, and many others. In 1978 he was chosen to portray Vaslav Nijinsky in the Paramount Pictures/Herbert Ross film Nijinsky. George is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory.