Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon", "Fugue Fantasia", "In Memorium", "Hallowe'en", "Preludium & Fugue", "Elegie for Oboe, Orch.", "Farewell Symphony (1-act opera)", "Elegie (piano pieces)", "Rondo for Piano" and "Scherzo Grotesque".
British rose Laura Waddell caught the acting bug at an early age, performing in numerous productions from the age of 5. It wasn't long before she was noticed and went on to appear in the BBC TV drama series 'The Biz!'! Beating off the competition she won a scholarship to attend and train at the prestigious East 15 Acting School. On graduating this pretty actress went straight into the theatre. Her extensive theatre credits include being directed by Samuel West in 'Top Girls' and 'Elegies' at The Fortune Theatre, both in London's prestigious West End. Other roles include Ophelia in 'Hamlet' in the UK tour and numerous other productions. Whilst in the UK Laura starred in 'Make it Mean Something' by the BAFTA winning director Rachel Tillotson.
After attracting the attention of US agents, she moved to LA where she continues to work on major TV and film including the Lifetime movie 'William and Kate', directed by Mark Rosman and the Sci-Fi series 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' for Starz.
Brian Ames is originally from Atlanta, GA where he began modeling and acting in commercials as a child. While he relished his time on set he never dreamed of pursuing a vocation in the arts. With intentions of becoming a doctor he selected Emory University for their renowned medical school; however, a chance audition with the Shakespeare Company his first semester changed all that. He quickly became a fixture in the theater with leading roles in eight major productions. In addition he was accepted to Oxford University as an exchange student for a British Theater semester. After graduating from Emory University with Business and English degrees he moved to Los Angeles. Brian is an actor and writer, known for Maniac (2012), Elegy for a Revolutionary (2013) and Flight of the Living Dead (2007) and is currently filming his second season of Awkward (2014-2015).
Casey Lee an American Actor, and Musician born and raised in the city of New York, South Bronx to be exact. Moving to Los Angeles on a dare from his mother in the mid 90's lol. He landed a job as DJ Twist on the hit Fox television show "In Living Color" During that time, he studied with various acting teachers throughout Hollywood, soon began booking National Commercial Campaigns, from Coca Cola, Mc'Donalds, Toyota, Kelloggs, just to name a few. Not long after he booked his first lead in a movie called "Kin-Folks" where he starred opposite Maia Campbell. Continuing to study, he landed a stage play "ELEGIES" at the Wilshire Ebell theatre, where he had a chance to hone his craft working with veteran actors, Sheryl lee Ralph, Tyne Daly, Conchata Ferrell AND MORE.
Fast forward, Lee has Guest starred on many television shows, from ABC, CBS, FOX, as well as Major motion pictures. He continues to train, believing acting is a forever learning process.
Christina Haag was born in Manhattan. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in English and Theater Arts, she went on to study acting at Juilliard. A stage veteran, she won a Dramalogue Award for her portrayal of Desdemona in Othello at the Old Globe, and starred in the West Coast premieres of Proof and Amy's View at South Coast Rep.
Christina has performed at theaters across the country, notably the Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Centerstage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theater, and the Geffen Playhouse. She appeared in the New York premiere of Arthur Miller's Elegy for a Lady at Ensemble Studio Theater, and garnered praise for her performance as Annie in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at Pasadena Playhouse. She has worked in film and television, with leading roles in movies of the week and on shows such as E.R., Providence, Family Law, Heroes, Boston Public and Law and Order, and played opposite Jane Alexander and Christopher Plummer in A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieiglitz on PBS.
Christina recently added author to her list of artistic credits with the release of her memoir Come to the Edge. The book, which chronicles her long friendship and romance with John F. Kennedy, Jr., is a New York Times Bestseller, and was excerpted in the April 2011 issue of Vanity Fair. It has been well received by The Washington Post, The LA Times, The New York Journal of Books, Marie Claire, People Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher's Weekly.
Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
Alex was born in London. He moved to Wiltshire when he was six and attended school nearby, where he was involved in lots of school plays - playing lead roles from a young age - as well as studying Drama for GCSE and A Level at Marlborough College.
After school, he was invited to become a member of the National Youth Theatre, and spent the summer with them, before going to Edinburgh University to take a Masters Degree in Philosophy. Whilst studying, he was heavily involved in student theatre, performing in over twenty shows, as well as several at the Edinburgh Festival. He also attended the National Student Drama Festival - with puppetry company Pangolin's Teatime - which won awards for Best Director and Best Ensemble.
After graduating, he moved to New York for a year, where he trained as an actor at The Barrow Group, and with acting teacher Sondra Lee (a student of Stella Adler). When he returned to London he continued his training at the Actors Temple (Meisner technique).
Alex has performed in numerous plays including Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Dog in the Manger, She Stoops to Conquer, Limehouse Nights, Closer, Age of Consent, Equus, Rich Isn't Easy, Elegies of Angels and Guys and Dolls - as well as pieces of new writing by Lucy Kirkwood and Ella Hickson.
He has played leading roles in multi award winning films like The Hummingbird, Alleyman and Reel Life - as well as multi-award winning feature, Sable Fable.
In 2008, he wrote and directed his first play, The Space in Between, which performed to sell-out audiences and then transfered to the Orange Tree Theatre in London. He has written another play called Then It Started to Snow, which he hopes to produce in 2015.
Happy Accident was his first film as a writer/director and was completed in January 2012 . It is a family drama and stars Tuyen Do, Kate Fahy, Tim McInnerney and himself.
His second film, Synchronicity, is a satirical romantic comedy and stars Bill Paterson, Ty Glaser, Ben Aldridge, Gary Condes and himself.
His third film, Fingers (which secured funding after coming runner up in "Enter the Pitch 2013") is a 1960s crime drama starring James Alexandrou, Ty Glaser, Anthon Saunders and himself.
Two more shorts are in development - The Field (a WW1 drama) and The Cleaner (a financial thriller) - which is also associated with his first feature, Cash Back (which won first prize in the BFI's "Future Film" pitching competition).
An actor, writer, and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area, Brian won the UK's Royal Television Society "Best Main Title Theme" Award for his lyrical composition work in "Playing It Straight", the UK's hit musical reality program, for which he wrote and produced 30 songs on location, performing them live on-set. After completing the National Tour of "Les Miserables", he moved to Los Angeles where he created a diverse career including voice overs, TV and Film, music direction, writing and composing. Brian has been seen playing a Broadway Axl Rose in Andy Prieboy's cult favorite "White Trash Wins Lotto" at PS 122 in NYC, the world famous Roxy on The Sunset Strip, and as the featured musical guest on "The Conan O'Brien Show". Other theatre credits include: the West Coast Premiere of "Elegies", "When Pigs Fly", "Pageant", "The Last Hairdresser", "Naked Boys Singing", and the insane 35-character one-man show "Fully Committed". He is shopping his scripted comedy "McCracken Live!", feature film "Rewrite", and his arsenal of reality shows.
Robert Lee Frost, arguably the greatest American poet of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 1874. His father, William Prescott Frost Jr., was from a Lawrence, Massachusetts, family of Republicans, and his mother, Isabelle Moodie Frost, was an immigrant from Scotland. His father was a journalist who dabbled in politics, was rebellious and named his son after the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. William Frost was also an alcoholic and tubercular.
William met his wife while teaching school in Pennsylvania. Their marriage was not a happy one due to a dissimilarity of temperament. He succumbed to tuberculosis in 1885, and Isabelle honored her husband's wish he be buried in his native Massachusetts. With Robert and her daughter Jeanie, they relocated to Lawrence, near his father's parents.
Isabelle became a schoolteacher in Salem, New Hampshire, just over the state line, close to Lawrence. Robert and Jeanie became two of her pupils. Robert attended Lawrence High School, where his first poems were published in the school's bulletin. Upon graduation in 1892, he shared valedictorian honors with Elinor White, to whom he became engaged later that year.
Frost entered Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in September 1892, but left after one semester. This caused a conflict with Elinor, who wanted him to finish college and refused to marry him until he did so. In his late teens and early 20s he worked at various occupations, including mill hand, newspaper reporter and teacher in his mother's school.
His first published poem, "My Butterfly: An Elegy", appeared in the New York magazine "The Independent" in 1894, and he eventually self-published a book of poems. He and Elinor were married on December 19, 1895. Their first child, a son they named Elliott, was born on September 29, 1896. Robert was accepted at Harvard as a special student, but had to drop out due to tuberculosis and the birth of the couple's second child in 1899. He never finished his college education.
As the new century dawned, the Frost family was afflicted with the first of the tragedies that would dog them all of their lives. Elliott contracted cholera and died in July of 1900, at age four, a development that rocked the Frost marriage (Frost later addressed the event in his poem "Home Burial"). Frost's mother died that year from cancer, and his grandfather, William Prescott Frost Sr., passed away in 1901. His grandfather left him an annual annuity of $500 and the use of his Derry, New Hampshire, farm for ten years, after which ownership would pass to Robert.
The Frosts had four more children; their last, a daughter born in 1907, died after three days. Although Frost longed to be a poet since he was a youth, recognition of his talent would prove elusive. To support himself he had to work the farm and supplemented his income by teaching school, often in partnership with his wife. He tried to make a go as a poultry farmer, but he was not successful. Economic necessity forced him to spend the 1910-11 school year teaching at the State Normal School in far-off Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Frost practiced education by poetry with his children, since to him the two were one and the same. Poetry thus became part of the everyday life of the Frost family. His daughters Lesley, Irma, Marjorie and son Carol were home-schooled by their parents. Along with the basic instruction, they were encouraged to develop their powers of observation and cultivate their imaginations. Reading and writing were intended to be both pleasurable and a vehicle of discovery.
Frost shared his stories and poems with his children and they, in turn, were encouraged to write and share their stories and poems with their parents. The Frost children published their own little magazine, "The Bouquet", with their English friends while their family was living in England. The family had moved there in August 1912 because no American publisher was interested in his poems and he was feeling isolated. After coming into possession of the Derry farm in 1911, he sold it to raise the funds to finance the move. The relocation proved fortunate, as he quickly made friends and, for the first time in his life, was a member in good standing of a group of serious poets.
Living on a farm in Buckinghamshire with his family, Frost became a prolific writer as he went about finding his own, distinct poetic voice. Through an acquaintance, he met fellow American exile 'Ezra Pound', the great avant-garde poet who would prove to be a supporter of his.
Just two months after his arrival in England, the small London publisher David Nutt accepted his submission of a collection of poems primarily consisting of the work he had done over the previous nine years. "A Boy's Will" was published in 1913, and received good reviews from the English press despite being a young man's work. Frost then relocated to Gloucestershire, England, to be closer to the group of poets known as The Georgians. The second collection, his seminal "North of Boston", was published in 1914. The volume contained his classic poems "Mending Wall", "The Death of the Hired Man" and "After Apple-Picking", which have been frequently anthologized. Frost, as a poet, had not only arrived, but he had matured as an artist.
After the publication of "North of Boston", Frost moved his family back to the US due to England's involvement in World War One. By the time of his return, publisher Henry Holt had published "North of Boston" to great success. Frost was a shrewd promoter of himself as a poet, and he became celebrated by the literary establishments of Boston and New York. Holt, who would be his publisher throughout his life, brought out his third volume, "Mountain Interval", in 1916. The book, containing poems he had written in England and in his nine-year exile as a farmer-teacher, solidified his reputation. The collection included "The Road Not Taken", "An Old Man's Winter Night", "The Oven Bird" and "Birches".
Once again settling in the New England he would forever be associated with, Frost bought a farm at Franconia, New Hampshire. In 1917 he took a position at Amherst College as professor of literature and poet-in-residence. By the 1920s he was acknowledged as one of America's most important poets. Frost won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 for his fourth book of verse, "New Hampshire". He published new and collected volumes of poetry at fairly regular intervals, assumed teaching appointments at Dartmouth, Harvard and the University of Michigan, and maintained a busy schedule of lectures and poetry readings. His honors, which included a record four Pulitzer Prizes, were matched by his popularity. He was the only poet ever chosen as a selection of The Book of the Month Club, and his books of poetry were sold in mass-market editions.
Frost has been frequently but erroneously mentioned as a Nobel laureate, but he never won the prize. As he became a leading literary lion in America, he became more influential, and was a favorite of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Frost successfully lobbied Ike to have Ezra Pound, incarcerated in a madhouse since being arrested for his treasonous radio broadcasts from fascist Italy during World War II, released and returned to private life.
One of the most famous moments in American history came at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, a fellow New Englander, on January 20, 1961, when Frost read a poem. He was the first poet ever to read at an American inauguration, and the event testified to both his greatness as a serious poet and his popular appeal. He represented the United States on official foreign missions during both the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. The U.S. Congress voted Frost a Congressional Gold Medal in 1962, presented to him by President Kennedy at a public ceremony. Kennedy sent Frost as a cultural emissary to the USSR at the height of the Cold War in 1962, not long before his death.
Towards the end of his life he had achieved a popular acclaim unique for an American poet, though his critical reputation had declined due to a diminution of his powers. "A Witness Tree", his last truly significant book of verse, was published in 1942. His final three collections of poetry were not as praised as his older poetry had been, though certain pieces were acknowledged as among his best.
When Frost died in a Boston hospital on January 29, 1963, two months shy of his 89th birthday, he was the most widely respected man of American letters. Since his death his reputation has not diminished, the mark of a great artist. In 1996 three poets who won the Nobel Prize for literature, Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott jointly published an homage to the influence of Frost, whom they feel is one of literature's greatest poets.
A handsome, elf-like young actor with curly, reddish hair, Brad David played hippies, druggies and psychos on TV shows during the late 60s and 70s. Some of his best work is on Dan August "Love is A Nickel Bag" and the 2-hr "Streets of San Francisco" Pilot, both as a druggie. An excellent young actor, he could also handle standard guest-star spots such as Ironside "Lesson in Terror" and Marcus Welby "Elegy for A Mad Dog". His career culminated as a series regular on "Firehouse" (1974) playing young firefighter Billy Dalzell. Unfortunately, the series was canceled mid-season of its first.
His career faded when the hippie era passed and TV stopped writing flower child parts. He was involved with and possibly married actress Kathleen LLoyd, and they were featured as a young teen couple on 2 episodes on Room 222, one of them being "I Love You Charlie, I Love You Abbie".
Brendan Toller is a filmmaker based in New York City and New England. Toller's work has caused riots at the National Film Board of Canada, has been covered by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Dazed & Confused Korea, and has been supported by everyone from New York State Council on the Arts to Judy Collins. At 28, "Danny Says" is Toller's second feature documentary with "I Need That Record!" an elegy for a vanishing indie record store culture being his first (at age 21).
|Marcus Terrell Smith
Marcus Terrell Smith began his career as a performer at the age of nine, singing and traveling the world with the Phoenix Boys Choir and Phoenix Children's Choir. A strong passion for the stage led him to the University of Arizona, where he studied Musical Theatre, performing with the Arizona Repertory Theater in plays and musicals such as Sideshow (Jake) and Tracers (Little John). He explored Community Theater during his time there as well, performing with Arizona On Stage in the musicals Elegies: Looking Up, Songs for A New World and The Full Monty (Horse).
In 2007 he graduated from UA, receiving his B.A. in Linguistics, and, having been accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University (ASDS), he immediately set off to New York City that next fall. While immersed in his studies he performed in several Off-Broadway productions such as Dream Wedding and Falling In Love With Love. Not only did his three years of conservatory training and performance strengthen his acting abilities, he blossomed in the areas of playwriting, screen writing and directing; and it was in his final year that he began work on his first novel, Cry The Fables.
He graduated from ASDS in 2010 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting and remained in New York from another year. His steadfast tenacity and musical talent afforded him several more performance opportunities in many productions, such as Richard III (Buckingham) with Extant Arts Company and the New York Fringe Festival (Menny & Mila).
Marcus Terrell returned to Arizona in 2011 and immediately put his hand to directing. He made his directing debut at Chandler Center for the Arts that summer with the wonderful children's production of Alice In Wonderland. Finding that he had a knack for working with children on the stage, he continued on with the Chandler Center for the Arts, directing several more productions, including Best of Both Worlds, The Rockin' Tale of Snow White, Don't Stop Believin', Annie, and The Lion King.
Word spread quickly about the high quality and undeniable attention to detail stamped on his productions, and it wasn't long before he was urged to teach acting in the classroom and privately; not only to children but to young adults, college students and seniors as well. He teaches at Studio 3 Triple Threat Academy and the Anderson Institute of Music and Performing arts; where has also directed the young adult productions High School Musical, Legally Blonde, Cheaper By The Dozen, Into The Woods, and Aladdin Jr.
Though some may have thought it, performing has not taken a backseat to his other endeavors in the least. He performs in an improv comedy troupe with the National Comedy Theater and croons in the spotlight with his indie rock/pop band, Hotboxx Academy.
All the while, Marcus Terrell has continued to write, and in 2013 he finished the first novel in the Cry The Fables Books Series, as well as the children's book, Two Lovely Cadderpillars, this past year.
He is performing as Mutumbo in Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical, The Book Of Mormon.
Jeffrey Gold is a renaissance man and polymath who started out in Physics and Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Finding Academy life not suitable for his life's ambitions and the scientist/artist way of life, he finished up his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah he became distracted with the problem of the twin primes (number theory) and spent eight out of the nine years working feverishly to solve it alongside his mentor Don H. Tucker. Their combined work, and other independent researches in physics, resulted in his eight scientific publications as an undergraduate. Also an undergraduate research assistant, he worked in such diverse areas of physics as thermoacoustics, magnetoencephalography, thin film sputtering and metal evaporation, and photoluminescence. After the University of Utah, Jeffrey was accepted into the MPhil Programme in Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics at the world renowned Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, at Cambridge University. There he enjoyed the history of the "town and gown" while a member of Fitzwilliam College.
After attending Cambridge University, where he executive produced the documentary 'Children of the Wind', as a lifetime member of the Cambridge Film and Television Society, he was accepted to the prestigious London International Film School in 1997. Other film works include the narrative 'The Wallet' and the documentaries 'Twilight (Physics In The Twilight)', 'Fade To Reality', 'Isles In The Midst Of The Great Green Sea', and 'Cognoscenti: The Admirable Life Of Eli Khamarov'. Jeffrey Gold has been a member the Playwright's Group since 2001, through the auspices of the Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) under dramaturg Mike Dorrell (BBC's Soldier, Soldier, Pictures of a Floating World) and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen (Two-Headed, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, Wait!). He has had a public reading of the play-in-progress 'In The Pursuit Of Svetla' and a public reading at the American Express/Salt Lake Acting Company New Play Sounding Series of the absurdist comedy 'Horst and Graben in the Context Of The Unfinished Man'. 'Horst and Graben' was also read at the 2002 Sawtooth Writers Conference founded by David Kranes (Sundance Theater Lab) and playwright/essayist Jeff Metcalf (Where To?). Horst And Graben was a winner of the 2002 CrossCurrents Cultural Five and Dime Playwriting Competition and was produced at the Just Off Broadway Theater in Kansas City, Missouri during March 14-29, 2003. It was also selected for the 2003 Boca Raton Theatre Guild Short Play Reading Festival and was a finalist in the Ten by Ten in the Triangle, North Carolina. It also won and has been selected for production in the Shorts in Winter Playwriting Festival at the Theatre Orange, North Carolina in February 2004. The comedic tragedietta, 'Fitch Todd', was read and extremely well received at the Salt Lake Acting Company on December 15, 2002. It went on to win the 2004 New Voices/New Words Playwriting Competition and was read on January 21, 2005 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It also received a reading at the City Art Evening of Short Plays on February 16, 2005, won the Seahorse Award at the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival stageplay competition, and then was a winner in the 2006 Silver Spring One Act Festival in Maryland. He has recently finished the plays 'Dedekind', 'Horst and Graben at the Chateau Godot', and 'Candycane Hurricane'. Dedekind recently won the Experiments In Ink V Playwriting Competition and was produced on February 12-15, 2004 at the University of Utah's Department of Theatre. His one act play, 'Execution at Paradais Island' was a finalist in the stageplay competition of the 2004 Moondance International Film festival. His play Percolation Theory was a Finalist in the 2005 Theatre Publicus Prize for Dramatic Literature, and a Finalist in the 2006 Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Competition. He is currently working on other short and long form plays including Waisenhaus, The Unexpected Autobiography Of Spressa Perlesi, The Tyranny Of The Lucky, and Parker's Peace. He won the 2005 Best of State Medal for Playwriting/Screenwriting, the 2006 Best of State Medal for Playwriting, and the 2007 Best of State Medal for Playwriting. He also was a winner in the 2011 Fenton Village Players Playwriting Competition, a winner of the 2011 Strawberry One-Act Festival Playwriting Competition (New York), a semi-finalist in the 2011 Strawberry One-Act Festival (New York), and a winner in the 2011 8 Tens Playwriting Competition (California).
Hailing from an artistic family, Jeffrey also works in film, where he wears many hats simultaneously. His works have premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Centres in Piccadilly, London and Cardiff, Wales, on television and radio, and at regional film festivals in the United States. He was an executive producer of the independent feature film Summer Solstice, based on his story Atlantic Summer, starring Karen Black, Joe Estevez, and Jenell Slack. He is currently working on the screenplays Cherry Grave, Unseen, and Filler People. Working as a film composer, his scores appear in many independent films and documentaries, including Twilight (Physics In The Twilight), Isles In The Midst Of The Great Green Sea, Monk, Children of the Wind, Reach, Edge Running, The Racketeers, and, most recently, in Ken Verdoia's PBS documentary, Promontory. He was the composer and an associate producer of the awards-winning independent feature film Abby Singer. The score won the Jury Choice Gold Medal for Excellence in the 2004 Park City Film Music Festival and was a semi-finalist in the filmscoring competition of the 2004 Moondance International Film Festival. His Elegy: Adagio For Strings has been lauded internationally and was featured in the book MP3: Music on the Internet by Rod Underhill and Nat Gertler, part of The Complete Idiot's Guide To series (ISBN 0-7897-2036-1). He won the 2006 Best of State Award for Best Original Composition for his film scores. He has been a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1999.
Recent stage appearances include "Spider Bites," "Wreck of the Unfathomable", "Holy Mother of Hadley New York," "Darkness", "Famous Blue," "Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose", "Red Light, Green Light", "The Torture Chamber", "Free Fanjul", "Sedate-O-Bot", "Near Death", "Richard III" and "A Mulholland Christmas Carol" all at L.A.'s Theatre of NOTE. Other stage credits include "Wintertime", (Sacred Fools), "Personal and Confidential" (LATC), "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens" (Attic Theatre), "B4 I Wake" (Peculiar Works Project), "Adult Themes of a Sexual Nature" (Playwrights Horizons), "Chorus Girls on Mars" (Sanford Meisner Theater), "Cute Boys in Their Underpants" (Vortex Theater Company),"We Shall Not All Sleep" (Theater for the New City), "On the Verge" (New Math Theatre Company), "They're Playing Our Song", "Children of a Lesser God", "The Boys Next Door", "True West" and "The Blood Knot" (Mill Mountain Theater). He is a member of Theatre of NOTE and Sacred Fools in Los Angeles.
Nikolas Labrinakos is a London-based composer, attracting increasing attention for his melodic gifts, and his versatility in styles ranging from classical and all cinematic genres to jazz and popular idioms.
Born in Greece, where he graduated in mathematics (with a distinction in astrophysics), Nikolas studied musical composition in London with the celebrated pianist/theorist Susan Bradshaw, and gained a PhD in composition at the University of Surrey. His doctoral dissertation on the "Partita for Orchestra" by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, (who scored "Murder on the Orient Express"), was warmly praised by Sir Richard himself.
In April 2015, Grammy-nominated Moviescore Media released worldwide Nikolas's most extensive symphonic score to date, for the full-length U.K. feature film "After the World Ended", directed by Tony Sebastian Ukpo. The film is shot with a poised and dream-like beauty and, though different in style, the approach has something of the same effect as the 'nouvelle vague' manner of the French film master Alain Resnais in 'Last Year in Marienbad'. Nikolas's score enhances the film by evoking its dystopian futuristic setting in a complex and ethereal kaleidoscope of musical imagery.
Nikolas has also recently completed another highly dramatic score for the upcoming British independent feature "In Circles" starring Jon Campling. This is his second collaboration with director Jonnie Hurn, following the short entitled "The Girl Who Ran Away (Scared) From The World". And he has also just composed a lighter score for "Aliceville", a further feature by Tony Ukpo.
Among his previous film credits, Nikolas scored the documentaries "Mkomazi: Return of the Rhino" (National Geographic), fronted by Edward Fox, and "Nuestro Abuelo" (Eye-Cue Films). His surround-sound score for the planetarium feature "Astronomyths" (White Tower Media) has been heard in planetariums around the world, including a nine-month run in Tokyo, while John Last's short film of Shakespeare's "King John Act IV" with Nikolas's atmospheric music was shown at the 2013 AsterFest International Film Festival. And as an expert at evoking times and places, Nikolas has been taken on as an artist for Landscape Channel, which broadcasts on SKY 203 and via satellite around the world using the latest HD and Cloud technologies.
Nikolas's first large-scale orchestral album "Celebritas" has been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra for future release, and has been commended by Bruce Broughton (Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) as very well written, orchestrated and produced. Among Nikolas's other classical orchestral scores, his "Sinfonia Scenica" evokes epic panoramas while his elegy "The Last of England" conveys true depth of feeling. His choral output includes a hieratic setting of the Latin Mass commissioned by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2013, and a setting of Caliban's speech "Be Not Afeard" from "The Tempest" to be published in a forthcoming anthology from Music Sales heralding the 500th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. (also including works by Sir Jon Tavener and Steven Sondheim). And Nikolas's Christmas chorus "En Bethlehem" (Part 1 of his "Nativity Triptych') is appearing in another, seasonal anthology published by Cadenza Music. In the digital domain, Nikolas has composed around 100 pieces in a dazzling variety of styles and techniques for future possible release: ranging from the instantly memorable melody of his "Vendetta Waltz" to the fast and loose comedy of "Round the World in Eighty Ways", by way of his mesmerizing "Martian Vistas" which received praise from Kevin Rohrer at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
It was his excitement over the film music he heard in his boyhood cinema-going that first inspired Nikolas to become a composer. Although he has acquired a mastery of the techniques of modern classical music, he continues to believe that commercial idioms handled with true artistry can produce music that combines wide appeal with genuine novelty.
Nikolas holds both Greek and British Citizenship.
Nadia Benois, mother of actor Peter Ustinov, was one of Russian Imperial Theatre's finest artists who emigrated and made a career as theatre an film set designer and worked with the Royal Ballet in London.
She was born Nadezhda Leontievna Benois on May 17, 1896, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her father, named Leonti (Louis) Benois, was the owner of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci's painting 'Madonna Benois'; he was of Russian, French and Italian ancestry, and was an architect, who built several landmarks in St. Petersburg. Her mother had Ethiopian Royal ancestry. The large family of Benois lived in a grand mansion near the Imperial Mariinsky Opera House in St. Petersburg, that was built by her architect grandfather Nikolai Benois.
Nadia Benois was brought up in a highly cultural environment in her family mansion near the Opera House. She began her studies in art under her uncle Alexandre Benois, who was the neighbor next door and had an art studio. She graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine arts and worked for the Imperial Mariinsky Opera House in St. Petersburg. In 1916 she married a Russian-German pilot Iona (Jona) von Ustinov (nicknamed Klop). After the Russian revolution of 1917 she was undecided about emigration, but when she became pregnant in 1920 the couple emigrated to London, England. Her son Peter Ustinov was born in 1921, and she lived in England ever since.
Nadia Benois made a career as a ballet and opera set designer with the "Russian Seasons" produced by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev. From 1930's she collaborated with Marie Rambert and the Rambert Dance company at the Duchess Theatre in London, where she produced her acclaimed design for ballet 'Dark Elegies'. She later worked with the Royal Ballet on productions of ballets by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. She was a costume designer for two films directed by her son Peter Ustinov: 'Vice Versa' (1948) and 'Private Angelo' (1949). She also was a fine artist and participated in many art exhibitions in London and Paris during the 1920's -1930's. Her artworks are now owned by such museums, as the Tate Gallery, the Carnegie Institute, the National Gallery of New Zealand, and other collections worldwide.
|Henry David Thoreau
David Henry Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of three children to John and Synthia Thoreau. He studied at Harvard from 1822-1837, majoring in English. Thoreau was a companion of Ralph Aldo Emerson, who patronized him and introduced him to some of the most important writers and thinkers of his time. Thoreau's early publications were made possible initially only after pressure from Emerson, who suggested that his apprentice should write his observations in his journal. Thoreau's principles of non-violence and his opposition to the Mexican-American War was also inspired by Emerson. His essay "A Walk to Wachussett" was published in the January 1843 issue of The Boston Miscellany. Thoreau spent a few months later in 1843 in New York, tutoring Emerson's sons, and trying to be published.
On the 4-th of July, 1845, Thoreau embarked on his two-year experiment in simple living. He lived in a tiny self-built house on the shore of Walden Pond, on the land owned by Emerson on the outskirts of Concord. There Thoreau had an ideal environment for thinking and writing. However, he once spent a night in jail for refusing to pay six years of delinquent poll taxes. During that time he published an elegy to his late brother, putting himself into debt for years, because he paid all expenses out of pocket. He left Walden Pond on September 6, 1847, and worked off his debt in a few years. His essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849) was recognized by Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, and many others, as an important influence on their respective careers.
Thoreau's writings evolved from his fascination with nature and natural way of life. His interest in natural history and travel narratives, like Darwin's and Bartram's, inspired many of his own works. His essays "Autumnal tints", "The Sucession of Trees", "Wild Apples", and the recently published "Faith in a Seed" make Thoreau one of the early American environmentalist.
Thoreau suffered from tuberculosis, which he contracted in 1835. He also worked at his family's pencil factory for many years and seriously compromised his health by inhaling dust particles. He died on May 6, 1862, and was laid to rest in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. His three-million words journal was published in 1906, helping to build his modern reputation.
|Robert Briscoe Evans
Robert began acting professionally in 1976, when he toured the country, logging over 50,000 miles - four young actors in a van - all over the country - performing two original comedies and a four-person version of A Man for All Seasons - with the Repertory Theatre of America. He has recently appeared as Uncle Ernie in The Who's "Tommy," and starred in "Weekend Comedy" at Great Plains Theatre. Before that he played Estragon/Gogo in Los Angeles in "Waiting for Godot;" and starred as Max Bialystock in "The Producers" and Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple" - both at Georgia's State Theatre, the 600-seat Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. In LA: "Art," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the critically acclaimed "The Dining Room" (directed by Kay Cole), "Urinetown" (LA Weekly award winner), "Funeral Wedding," "Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens," "Laughing Wild," "Landscape of the Body," and "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." Nationally: the dinner theatre circuit, playing too many comic foils. He produced, wrote, and hosted 24 episodes of the syndicated reality series, "Could It Be A Miracle?" He has produced all Children's Theatre Group of Southern California shows since 2002, along with his producing partner, Sherry Lynn. RobertBriscoeEvans.com
His film and television credits can be seen here as well.
Aixa Kendrick (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is a MultiMedia sorceress, Ninja Starchild and Life Explorer from the 10th Dimension thoroughly thrilled and honored to delve into roles and creative work that stretch, reveal and redefine boundaries and inner truths. Recent film and television credits include Rob The Mob (Buzz, Veritas Customer Service Chick), Orange Is The New Black (Core Inmate), Law & Order: SVU (Mira Otume), Dos Equis, Bolos Lesbian Softball Teammate in the upcoming Tina Fey and Amy Poehler film Sisters as well as the awesome upcoming independent feature film, Octavia: Elegy For A Vampire as Mbalax, drummer in Octavia's all female punk band. As a lead actress on screen, she has appeared in Veena Sud's early epic One Night as Dionne (Winner of Best Short Film, Berlin International Film Festival) and in Emmy Award winning writer/director Dawn Scibilia's quirky neo-silent film Muela as Retarded Child Woman (Best Picks at LA International Film Festival).
Aixa's acting stage credits include The Woman in Lissabon (La MaMa Mainstage), Sicinius in Coriolanus (The Poet's Den), Oya in Oya (winning an AUDELCO Award for Best Female Lead performance), Oya in Sango: Lord of Thunder (Nominated Best Supporting actress) and Henrietta King in Do Lord Remember Me (National Black Touring Circuit.) She has also lent her voice-over talent for Nintendo Video Games' Shadowman, VH1's Hey, Joel..., NBC Summer Olympic Games, Kmart, Smirnoff, McDonald's, Wendy's, AT&T Broadband & Internet and more!
Outside of sharing her talents on screen, stage and sound Aixa is also a teaching artist at Bedford Hills Women's Maximum State Prison for RTA (Rehabilitation Through the Arts) as well as a playwright, director and producer. She is the co-founder of Rainbow & Thunderbolts Multimedia Promotions, Inc. (2003-present), a not-for-profit organization established to provide opportunities to collaborate, combine and present original artistic works in all modes and mediums.
Eduard Zahariev was a Bulgarian film director and screenwriter. Being among the prominent Bulgarian film directors from the last decades of the 20th century, Zahariev directed 15 films between 1962 and 1996, most notably The Hare Census (1973), Villa Zone (1975), Manly Times (1977), Almost a Love Story (1980), Elegy (1982) and My Darling, My Darling (1986) which was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. His movie Villa Zone (1975) won a Special Prize of the Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Festival (1976) and the film Belated Full Moon (1996) was nominated for Crystal Globe award at the same festival.
Itzhak Fintzi is a Bulgarian film and stage actor. He graduated from the Bulgarian National Academy of Theater and Film Arts in 1955, and made his debut in the movie "Stars" (1959). In the following years, he played in a number of theaters, both in the capital city and in other places throughout the country, as well as in many feature films. He is winner of the best actor award of the "Golden Prague" TV films festival (1982). His best loved character on the scene and in movies is the Big Little man - a human being incessantly trampled by life and the high and mighty, who frequently evokes laughter, but more often the sympathy and compassion of the audience - because of the nobleness, dignity, modesty and selflessness always helping him managed and overcome the vicissitude of his destiny. Undoubtedly, the unusual popularity of Itzhak Fintzi, called by his friends and public by the intimate name of Itzko, is because a good number of Bulgarian people identify, consciously or unconsciously, with his characters. He is known as an actor in The End of the Song (1971), The Hare Census (1973), Vila Zone (1975), A Cricket in the Ear (1975), Elegy (1982), and Belated Full Moon (1996).
|Dominique de Rivaz
Dominique de Rivaz was born in 1953 in Zurich and lives and works in Bern and Berlin. Assistant director of Alain Tanner, Jacqueline Veuve and Bakhtyar Kudoynazarov (Tajikistan), she also worked for ten years at the International Film Festival of Fribourg. Her film 'My Name is Bach' was awarded with the Swiss Film Prize for the best film in 2004; for 'Luftbusiness' she received the Quartz Swiss Film Prize 2009 for Best Actor. Her first novel, 'Douchinka' (Ed. De l'Air), won the Schiller Discovery Award in 2009. In November 2009, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she published her first photographic book, 'Without beginning or end: the path of the Berlin Wall' (Benteli Editions & White and Black Editions, 2009). Her second novel, 'Baby', was released on March 2011 by Editions Buchet-Chastel. 'Rose envy', her third novel, was published in 2012 (Ed. Zoe) and 'Game' (Ed. Zoe) also appears in 2013. In 2013 she also published her second photographic book, 'Choina's Sand Men'( Ed. Black on white), in collaboration with D. Leltschuk. Also in 2013, her film essay 'Elegy for a lighthouse' won the 2014 Canton of Bern Award.
Studied Theatre and Voice at Philadelphia Musical Academy and Philadelphia Actors' Workshop. Favorite stage roles in NYC include: Bishop Of Canterbury ("Edward II"), Sir George Crofts ("Mrs. Warren's Profession"), Mitch and Nat ("Elegies For Angels, Punks, And Raging Queens"), King Marchand ("Victor Victoria"), Sir Danvers Carew ("Jekyll And Hyde - The Musical"), Mr. Laurence ("Little Women"), The Priest in two productions of ("Bare - The Pop Opera"), Nelson Zee ("702 Punchlines N Pregnant"), Frederick Chasuble in two productions of ("The Importance Of Being Earnest"), Robert DeBeaudricourt (G.B. Shaw's "Saint Joan"), Mother Chere' (Tennessee Williams' "A Cavalier For Milady"), Johann Beethoven ("True Artists"), Mister Ellwide ("Self"), Lou Locatelli ("Whatta Ya Nuts?"- nominated, Most Outstanding Lead Actor In A Full Play) and his own Cabaret show, "Pieces Of Dreams".
Christy Carew is a Canadian-American composer and pianist who works full time in composing and licensing for film, TV and advertising. She holds a Bachelors of Music from Loyola University New Orleans and a Masters in Film Scoring and Composition from New York University. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to embark on a career as a composer. Her credits include composing, arranging and performing music for major studio features (The Veronica Mars movie, Admission, Sex and the City, Elegy), network television shows, independent feature and short films, and major advertising campaigns.
Damon was born and raised in Taiwan until his family immigrated to the States during the early elementary years. This started him on a bi-cultural understanding and outlook on the world. Those early years combined with an extensive study abroad program specializing in the Italian culture has given Damon a unique world perspective that shows through in his choice of stories, themes, and characters. In college, he finally succumbed to his dreams of filmmaking: letting go of all rational thinking and the "safe route". Totally learning independently, his knowledge of movies increased book by book, project by project, discussion by discussion.
Though he calls Los Angeles his home, he calls the world his palette. He has written feature scripts drawn from French existentialism (No Exit) and Italian Renaissance history (Michelangelo!). His production company Subtitled Films produces commercials, documentaries, narrative shorts and features. Last fall he produced Marcus, a classic suspense thriller from the old days of Hitchcock and Polanski starring UTA actors Scoot McNairy and Sam Shelton.
Subtitled Films is also working on developing another movie under option titled A Means To An End, a dark comedy about a failed writer who can't do anything well, including committing suicide; until that is, he becomes witness to a murder. In a desperate attempt, the writer and the criminal make a pact to satisfy both parties: the pact being the criminal kills the writer.
Recently Damon finished Co-Producing services on the 30th Annual Mrs. America Pageant televised on the Women's Entertainment Network. Other notable credits for Damon include a 1st runner up finish out of 270 teams in the 2003 NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness and entries into the 2004 Cinequest Film Festival (Elegy), 2004 SXSW (Visions), 2004 Damah Film Festival (Elegy), Best Student Short Film Winner at the 2004 Screamfest LA festival (The Taking) and Best Of Fest 2005 AVIFF Festival (The Taking). Feature Credits include Line Producer roles for Halletsville (currently in production, staring Gary Busey) Miriam (WWII period piece) and Cake (wedding comedy directed by Will Wallace. Notable short projects include Bunny & Clydo (16mm) shot at The Austin Studios, Except For Danny for 20th Century FOX, and The Ride of Lucky and The Navigator (Viper Camera) for LA post house Digital Domain). Damon and his projects have also been covered by NBC (KXAN), FOX (FOX-7), The New York Daily, Wired Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine.
Damon is now based both in Los Angeles, California and Taipei, Taiwan.
Luis Lazaro Tijerina is not only a film actor, but a published poet, military historian, and soccer coach. He has recently had his poems published in contemporary New England Reviews. One of his poems, "Stalingrad" was published in Political Affairs A Marxist Monthly. Another one of his poems, "London Elegy" will soon be published in Political Affairs in the summer of 2006. Two of his collages was recently printed in Onion River Review, a literary magazine published at Saint Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont, 2006. Tijerina currently resides in Burlington, where he is working on a military history called, "The Battle of Quebec, 1759: War of Liberation".
Bruno Arturovich Freindlikh was born on October 10, 1909, in Russia. His German ancestors were invited to Russia by Tsar Peter the Great and settled in St. Petersburg around 1700's. The Freindlikh family started a successful glass-making factory in the Russian capital. Young Bruno Freindlikh received an excellent private education and was amateur actor at school. From 1931-1934 he studied acting at the Leningrad Theatrical School, then studied at the Leningrad Institute of Arts from which he graduated in 1938 as an actor.
Freindlikh worked on stage at the Leningrad State Theatre named after Komsomol, which was evacuated to the city of Tashkent during the Second World War. During the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, all members of the Freindlikh family were arrested "as German suspects" upon the order from Joseph Stalin. Actor Bruno Freindlikh escaped the arrest because he was evacuated with the theatre to the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From 1941-1945 he worked at the Leningrad Theatre for the Young Audience in evacuation, and returned back to Leningrad after the end of the siege in 1945. From 1946-1948 he worked with the Leningrad Bolshoi Drama Theatre.
From 1948-2002 Bruno Freindlikh was the leading actor of the Pushkin Drama Theatre in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). There his best role was his highly acclaimed portrayal of Ivan Turgenev in the biographical play 'Elegy'. His stage partners at the Pushkin Drama Theatre were Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Simonov, Konstantin Skorobogatov, Yuriy Tolubeev, Aleksandr Borisov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Leonid Vivyen, Olga Lebzak, Nina Urgant, Igor Gorbachyov, Valentina Panina, and other notable Russian actors. In 1941 Bruno Freindlikh played Hamlet on stage, in what was the first collaboration of director Grigori Kozintsev and writer Boris Pasternak, before they made the legendary film.
Bruno Freindlikh was awarded the State Prize of the USSR for his film work, and received many other awards and decorations from the State of the USSR. He was honored with the title of the People's Artist of the USSR. He died on July 9, 2002, in St. Petersburg, and was laid to rest in the "Literatorskie mostki" Necropolis of The Masters of Art at Volkovskoe Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Krysta Gonzales is a Los Angeles based performer, voiceover artist and writer originally from El Paso and Dallas. She studied at The Experimental Theatre Wing while attending NYU's Tisch School of Arts, immersed in physically-based acting techniques, self-scripting, and the Meisner technique.
She is a "Company Member At-Large" of the Generic Ensemble Company ("The Experiment," "Before This Was Texas I," "Before This Was Texas II") and a member of the Vortex Repertory Company ("Salvador Dali's Naked Feast," "Sing Muse," "FIRE," "AIR," "Vampyress," "Sleeping Beauty"). Other theatre credits: Theatre en Bloc ("Bright Half Life"); Teatro Vivo ("El Nogalar"); Denton Community Theatre ("A Raisin in the Sun");
The first play she wrote, "Robin Hood: An Elegy," premiered at the Vortex in August 2015 in Austin. Her newest play, "Más Cara" had a workshop reading with Teatro Vivo in Austin, Texas in February 2016.
Alexander Tomov was born on 3 July 1944 in Sofia. He graduated in Bulgarian Studies from the University of Sofia in 1972. In the period 1972-1982 he was an editor at Bulgarian National Radio, Sofia; until 1992 was an editor at Boyana Feature Film Studios; the movies My Darling, My Darling (1986); Margarit and Margarita (1989) and Live Dangerously (1989) were based on his novels and stories. Among his most popular movies as a scriptwriter: Elegy (1982); The Green Fields... (1984); Death Can Wait Awhile (1985); Reference (1986); Dreamers (1987); Pantudi (1993)
Composer and pianist who has made many records, she was educated at the Music Academy of Dairen and the Berklee School of Music (the latter on scholarship). She studied with Margaret Chaloff. She was piano soloist with the Japan Philharmonic, and a pianist in dance bands from 1948, forming the Toshiko-Mariano Quartet with her husband Charles Mariano. Her compositions include "A Jazz Suite for Strings, Woodwinds" (which received the Mademoiselle Award); "My Elegy"; and "Silhouette". Her popular songs include "Long Yellow Road" and "Between Me and Myself".
Kimberley Hodgson is one of Australia's most charming performers appearing in the Australian Premiere of Disney's Aladdin the Musical as Understudy Princess/Jasmine/Attendant/Ensemble (Disney Theatricals Australia, 2016/2017). Kimberley graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (BMus: Musical Theatre, 2013) with the Bachelor's Excellence Medal. Since graduating, her theatre credits includes Into The Woods as Little Red (Harvest Rain, QPAC 2015) for which she was nominated for Matilda awards Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Billie Brown Best Emerging Artist, originated the role of Sarah in the Australian Premiere National Tour of Rolling Thunder Vietnam alongside Chong Lim and the John Farnham Band (Blake Entertainment, 2014), Harvest Rain's Pirates of Penzance as 'Isabel' (QPAC, Brisbane, 2015) Cats 'Demeter (Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, 2014), QPAC's Spirit of Christmas (QPAC, Brisbane, 2013), Queensland Conservatorium's Miss Saigon as Kim (2013), And the World Goes Round' (2013), Elegies For Punks, Angels and Raging Queens (2012) and Fiddler on the Roof (2012). Film and TV credits include Don't Tell as Grace (Feature Film - Scott Corfield & Steve Roche, 2015), The Morning Show (Channel 7), Sunrise (Channel 7) and The Today Show (Channel 9) .
In 1927, in time for the birth of modern British Ballet, Maude joined Ballet Rambert as a Principal Dancer. Her first recorded appearance were in Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" and "Echo Dance" with Diana Gould choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Performed in the first production of "Facade" and in lost Ashton works such as "The Lady of Shallott, "The Lord of Burleigh" and "Florentine Picture". Her diversity was expressed in a series of ballets on sport called "Le Boxing" by Susan Salaman, this contrasted with roles in "Les Sylphides, "Carnaval" and "Aurora's Wedding". Maude is remembered as the foremost interpreter of Antony Tudor's works, dancing in his first ballet "Cross-garter'd" to her acclaimed performance as Caroline in "Jardin aux Lilas" 1936 (now performed as "Lilac Garden" in the Paris repertoire). Tudor danced with her in his "Dark Elegies" 1937 (premiering at the Duchess Theatre in the Strand) and again in 1938 for his "Gala Performance" partnering her role as the Italian Ballerina and the role of Chatelaine in Andrée Howards's superb "La Fete Etrange". Although a relatively short career Maude secures not only a significant place in dance history but in television history with her performance in "Pasquinade", the first BBC Revue Show in 1937. Another historical note is both Maude and great friend Margot Fonteyn took ballet class in Paris from the legendary Mathilde Kschessinska (HSH Princess Romanovsky-Krassinsky). When Antony Tudor left for New York, Peggy van Praagh and Maude became joint directors of his London Ballet he had set up with Agnes de Mille. After leaving the Stage, together with husband Nigel Gosling, Arts Critic, an important contribution was made as authors and critics under the pseudonymn "Alexander Bland". Amongst the ballet and dance titles, two others of great historical importance are "Leningrad" and "Nadar". There home became a "Salon to the Arts", and provided the first home in England to their devoted, lifelong friend Rudolf Nureyev. Lionel Bradley has described Maude as having "a noble serenity and a deep expressiveness allied to sparkling gifts of comedy". A lady in every sense she remained active and entertained until peacefully passing away at her Kensington home on November 27th 2004, surrounded by her family and son Nicholas. One of her last vistors was Wallace Potts, her devoted companion and partner of their beloved Rudolf Nureyev.
|Benjamin Akira Tallamy
Benjamin Akira Tallamy is a British writer, Actor and musician.
Growing up in the sleepy county of Devon, Ben left school at age 15, notoriously truant throughout much of his education. Exposed at a young age to an abundance of music and literature, Ben was primarily self-educated - encouraged by his loving parents and grandmother to pursue writing.
His first major works were screenplays, but in 2006 Ben completed his first set of novels - The Cold Highways trilogy.
Shortly after their completion, Ben began to focus on his music again - appearing as a founding member of groups such as; The mutineers, The pyrates and Catherine and the owl. In 2008 Catherine and the owl released a debut EP 'I', which was well-received by local press. This was followed up in 2010 with a second EP 'By your hand I am spared' - for which Ben also produced the artwork.
His debut solo album 'The melody of distaste' was released in 2011, following a humorous Christmas single 'Christmas is a sham - elegy for Aled Jones.' Ben played over nine different instruments on the album, multi-tracking them in live overdubs.
He has played with many acts, supporting artists such as Jim Causley, Wojtek Godzisz of Symposium as well bands such as Enon and Ill Ease. More recently Ben also played with The Imagined Village, singing a duet with Eliza Carthy as well playing alongside Martin Carthy and Jackie Oates.
Plamen Dzhurov graduated from the Music Academy in Sofia with three specialties: piano - in the class of professor Mara Balsamova; conducting - in the class of professor Konstantin Iliev and Composition - in the class of professor Marin Goleminov. As a student he became a laureate of the national contest «St. Obretenov » and Chairman of the Cabinet of the young composer at Union of Bulgarian Composers. In 1976, he began working as a conductor of the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked for six years. During this period he carried out a series of premieres of Bulgarian and foreign composers (Kancheli, Plakidis, Tchaikovsky, Shahid) and works with many of the famous Bulgarian performers and famous foreigners. From this period began to export musical educational concert for young audiences - students. Part of these educational activities with different compositions was broadcast by national TV in 24 series - "Music time personalities." Then Professor Plamen Dzhurov worked in the system of Department "Music" as a Deputy and General Manager. Meanwhile he conducted Bulgarian and foreign orchestras, among them the Philharmonic in Mexico, symphony orchestras in Havana, Flensburg, Sarajevo, Algeria, Skopje and the Leningrad Philharmonic. Since 1988 he works continuously with the "Sofia Soloists". Every year dozens of concerts organized the ensemble in Sofia and the country discovers and develops new acoustic spaces for public concerts. Each concert was recorded and broadcast by Radio and a part of the concerts have been broadcast by Bulgarian National Television and abroad. In recent history, the composition has several direct broadcasts across Europe through the European Broadcasting Union. Along with "Sofia Soloists" he has conducted hundreds of concerts in over 30 countries in Europe, North America, Japan and Republic of Korea. Professor Plamen Dzhurov won a series of awards for composition and conducting. Among his numerous radio and television recordings (over 300) are a series of first performances of Bulgarian and foreign authors. Found up sound recording companies (the Denon,'s Victor, the ABC , Labal Records, etc.) are issued integrals of piano concertos by JS Bach, integrated view of literature for guitar and orchestra, others over 20 CD under the baton of Professor Dzhurov. He was accounting for a series premiere performances of foreign and Bulgarian composers and first events with an orchestra of young Bulgarian talents. Since 2009 professor Plamen Dzhurov in cooperation with Sofia Municipality is one of the active organizers of the International Composition Competition "Sofia" which were written over 140 new works. In his work as a composer he has focused primarily on instrumental genres. His works as Sonata for Piano (1975); Elegy for Orchestra (1980); Toccata for Orchestra (1982); Fantasia for Orchestra (1985); Four Ballads, Cadenza for saxophone and Violin (1994) were performed and recorded in several foreign countries. Plamen Dzhurov is professor of conducting at the Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia. His students and graduate work in different cities of the world. Since 1990 he is founding a series nonprofit organizations related to Bulgarian musical heritage - foundation "Boris Hristov", "Pancho Vladigerov", "Petko Staynov", "Sofia Music Weeks", "International Ballet Competition» and « Musicautor ».Bil is also chairman of the Artistic Committee of the Program "Culture "of Sofia Municipality. Professor Plamen Dzhurov is an honorary citizen of Sofia.
American composer born 1943. Works performed by Frederica von Stade, Peter Serkin, Richard Stoltzman, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode. The Music of Christine Berl, Distinguished Artists Series 92nd Street Y took place in 1990. She has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the 92nd Street Y and the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic. Works include The Lord of the Dance for piano solo, The Violent Bear It Away for two pianos, Elegy for piano solo, Masmoudi for violin and piano. Carlo Levi Minzi's recording of Elegy and The Lord of the Dance was released on Rusty Records by Rugginenti Editore Milano,
|Thomas Hewitt Jones
Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer of both concert and commercial music. Winner of the 2003 BBC Young Composer Competition, Thomas has since had numerous pieces performed, broadcast and published. Thomas' ballet, vocal and instrumental music, in particular, is highly acclaimed. He has also worked in Hollywood. Thomas' music is published by Oxford University Press, Faber Music, ABRSM, Novello & Co, Universal Music, Banks Music Publications and Encore Publications as well as Boosey & Hawkes.
From 2010-12 Thomas composed and produced the music for the four animated Mascot Films for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, narrated by Stephen Fry, with stories by Michael Morpurgo. 2012 also saw the premiere of The Same Flame, published by Boosey & Hawkes and released on Vivum Records, a thirty-five-minute choral work based on the Olympic values with lyrics by distinguished poet and broadcaster, Matt Harvey.
In December 2012 The Hallé Orchestra performed A Christmas Cracker at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; the piece was then premiered in Canada and the USA, and played on Classic FM. Also in December 2012, Sloane Square Choral Society gave the world premiere performance of Incarnation - A Suite of Songs for Christmas (with lyrics by Paul Williamson), a modern approach to the Christmas story, commissioned by SSCS and The de Laszlo Foundation.
First performed and recorded in 2013, Formation was commissioned by Ralph Woodward and Fairhaven Singers, Cambridge (with lyrics by Andrew Motion), to commemorate the anniversaries of the birth of Benjamin Britten (1913) and the death of J.F. Kennedy (1963), which both fall on 22 November. Another commission to mark Britten's centenary is Daydreams, a set of children's songs celebrating Britten's Friday Afternoons, published by Boosey & Hawkes, that will be premiered at Oakham School, Rutland, on 22 November.
Thomas' most recent work includes Untamed Elegies (with words by Paul Williamson), a choral work for Lincoln Cathedral, based on themes taken from the life of St Hugh of Lincoln. He has also written newly-commissioned Christmas carols for Tewkesbury Abbey, RCM and Colet Court School. Notable events in 2014 include the premieres of two large-scale works: Panatheneia, commissioned by Hugo Ticciati for the festival O/Modernt (Stockholm, June 2014), and Coronation Meadows, seven songs reflecting on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War for a massed choir of 200 children, commissioned by Arts for Rutland, the Curve Theatre (Leicester) and the British Army.
Graduated in Literature for the Keio University. Debuted as a writer in 1938 with "Elegy", but the II World War cut his career until 1949, when he resumed his activity. In 1951 he was finalist in the Akutagawa Prize (which he won next year) for his novel "Death Mask". From 1956 his novels were made into movies, the first of them being "8th Cell". That same year his most popular character, Kyoshiro Nemuri (also known as "Sleepy Eyes of Death"), is converted in a three-part film series ending in 1958, starring Koji Tsuruta as Nemuri. The character returned in his most famous reincarnation, Raizo Ichikawa, who played it in a film series from 1963 up to his death in 1969, being replaced by Hiroki Matsukata. From the 70s many of Shibata's novels have been converted into TV series.
Studied in Madrid and published poems in various literary periodicals. Lead an adventurous life, travelling through the USA, earning a living from lectures, performances and readings. Was also successful as a playwright and owed much of his fame from his acquaintance with famous poets such as the Machado brothers, Juan Ramon Jimenez and Ruben Dario. His most successful play was "El Alcázar de las Perlas", from which the elegy "Las Fuentes de Granada" is still quoted and recited frequently.
Ababil Ashari is a musician working out of Bandung, Indonesia. He has written scores for "At the Very Bottom of Everything" and "Solemnly/Elegy". This is in addition for score work done for student films "Ngintip! Run, Budi Run!" and "Minor Miracle of Engineering". Ababil's work on "Dream:Chase" was placed at #1 on the list of the 2009 edition of Jakarta Globe's Albums of the Year.
Ababil is also a medical student and the primary composer and performer of the band Shorthand Phonetics.
Jeryn Sonnabend, was born as Jeryn Durtka on February 18, 1994 in Redmond, Washington but was raised in central Washington. She is German and African American, also having Polish and French decent within her family. Jeryn has always loved the performing arts and has been active in them through out her life. She was in choir for six years, Taekwondo for ten years, dance for four years and even though always loved acting, just recently began in 2013.
Jeryn has always wanted to go to school to become a sign language interpreter and through her ASL teacher was introduced to acting when he prompted her to take his Acting I course. Later that year he had come to her with the opportunity to go with a theater troupe that was traveling to Scotland for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After accepting, for a year she worked with the cast and crew and performed the two characters, Rafaela and Alma in the play Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, her first theater performance and new found love for acting.
Recently, Jeryn has been a part of a new web series called Siblings (2014) that is aired on YouTube. The series just wrapped up it's first season and is going to start filming for the second in the coming months. Although acting is new for her, she has been dedicated in immersing herself into theater, other web series, TV and film.