Eric Lee Johnson – HOST
Sarah Stanley – DANCE CAPTAIN
Nanghiti Aviankoi – QUEEN
Daniel Staaf – POET
Nick Coutsier -WANDERER
Anais Meyer – REBEL
Jane-Lynn Steinbrunn – ROOTWORKER
Rasp Thorne – BUSKER
SHOW CREATORS & EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Nick SAMPLE & Victoria LUCAI
Nick Sample is the son of the legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample, for whom Nick played bass for over ten years. He also performed with well-known artists Ray Parker Jr., Nils Landgren, and Randy Crawford. As a veteran of the music industry, Nick is now a creator and producer on an international platform. Raised within a Creole family, Nick is proud to share his ancestry in HOODOO, celebrating the music and culture of the American south.
Victoria Lucai, Nick’s partner in life and work, is executive producing HOODOO alongside Nick. Her career in filmmaking had her working with Hollywood icons such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. From these legendary storytellers, she has learned first-hand how to transform powerful stories into high-quality projects. This quality and her expertise as a producer make Victoria a perfect team leader in introducing the world of HOODOO.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Alexis GIUSFREDI
Originally raised outside Chicago, Alexis moved to New York City to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010. After graduating with a degree in Cinema Studies and Film Producing, Alexis worked as an Executive Assistant to film director Martin Scorsese. During the three years assisting Mr. Scorsese, Alexis gained valuable experience working on his many projects including, HBO’s music industry series VINYL, the feature film SILENCE, the short film THE AUDITION, and the documentary THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT. Alexis has also produced her own short films, developed television pilots, and currently runs a successful photography business shooting content for young entrepreneurs.
DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER Michael COUNTS
Michael Counts is a 20-year pioneer of immersive entertainment, creating large-scale installations, theatrical productions and innovative media and entertainment experiences, often in unconventional spaces throughout the world. He was hailed as a mad genius” by the New York Times and “one of the most fertile imaginations working in New York theater today” by Time Out New York, and the NY Times wrote an extensive profile chronicling his recent work. He’s applied creative thinking and UX to businesses and companies like MetLife, Amgen, The Walking Dead and The Baltimore Orioles.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR & SCENIC DESIGNER Spilios GIANAKOPOULOS
Athens-born Spilios Gianakopoulos, studied and worked in New York and since 2016 has been residing in Berlin. A multidisciplinary 360 designer, with studies in architecture and music, Spilios’ work explores and deepens the relationships of time, sound, vision and space while also exploring queer and racial topics. With a body of work across diverse industries and scopes, his portfolio includes eclectic projects including mumok, MoMA NY, Fischerspooner, MAC Cosmetics, Christian Dior Couture, Herzog & de Meuron via Pandiscio Co., Christie’s International Real Estate via Erin Boisson Aries, MELT Festival, Yo! Sissy Festival and BOFFO.
“A well connected architect” as quoted by The New York Times, Spilios’ work has been featured in Vogue Germany, Interview Magazine, Novembre Magazine, Arte, among others, while also contributing articles published by Vogue Greece, Paper Magazine and Stylus.com.
mumok Vienna has commissioned Spilios for the architecture and design of two exhibitions, including the upcoming Andy Warhol retrospective. Spilios premiered his first performance at Martin Gropius Bau last August, and most recently performed at HAU 1 for Colin Self’s concert at CTM Festival.
ASSOCIATE & RESIDENT DIRECTOR Jason MCDOWELL-GREEN
Jason McDowell-Green is a freelance theatre director based in Brooklyn, NY. From 2014-2019, Jason served as the Director of the Professional Training Program at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a Tony Award-winning summer theatre company and one of the nation’s top professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists. His work as a director and as an actor has been seen at the Old Globe Theater, Guthrie Theater, Two River Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is an alumnus of The Acting Company where he toured the nation for two years in productions of Romeo and Juliet and Comedy of Errors. He is an established fight choreographer and a co-director of an immersive escape room in NYC. Jason is also the recipient of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship. Jason received his training from Boston University, LAMDA, and A.C.T. and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Katie PEDRO
Katie Pedro is a Brooklyn based director and theatre maker interested in making female centric work that deals with reclaiming our historical narratives, queer identities, live video and media and magical realism. Katie works as a Creative Director with Michael Counts and Counts Projects. Past credits: Samuel Beckett’s Play (Troy Foundry Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Fefu and Her Friends (Sarah Lawrence College), Love Stories My Mother Told Me, Twelve Batches to Midnight (Dixon Place), as well as work with Hunger & Thirst Theatre, The Dare Tactic, and Exquisite Corpse Company. BS Russell Sage College, MFA Sarah Lawrence College.
CHOREOGRAPHER M.J HARPER
Michael-John Harper is a Berlin-based performance artist, classically-trained dancer, movement director and model. Harper brings together movement, spoken word and moving image in his performances, allowing for his unique form of self-presentation to reside between choreography and visual art. Harper began his training at Michael’s Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2010, he joined the Alvin Ailey II Junior Dance Company in New York and in 2010 became a member of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (now Company Wayne McGregor) where he remained until 2015. Harper has toured the world extensively with performances in venues such as MoMA and the Guggenheim. Since moving to Berlin in 2015, Harper has presented works at galleries, including Blain|Southern, Souvenir By, and The Schinkel Pavillon. Harper has also performed with the Bavarian State Opera and the Komische Oper Berlin. Most recently, Harper took residence and performed “A Study For An Exercise In Balance” and “An Exercise In Balance” within the Serpentine’s Sackler gallery in London as apart of Grace Wales Bonner’s exhibition, “A Time For New Dreams”. Harper has previously collaborated with Wales Bonner, choreographing her previous presentation, Blue Duets (Spring/Summer 2018), inspired by ideas of searching, cruising, and romanticism.
COSTUME DESIGNER Nhu DUONG
Born in Ho Chi Minh City as daughter of a Kung-Fu Master and a tailoress, Nhu Duong Immigrated to Sweden at the age of 7. After studying fashion in Florence, she graduated in 2010 from Beckmans college of design in Stock- holm and became the first recipient of the Mercedes Benz young fashion industry awards in Sweden. By experimenting with new ways to present and produce fashion, Duong extends her practice through numerous and independent projects, collaborating with artists such as Das Institut (Kerstin Brätsch & Adele Röder), United Brothers (Tomoo & Ei Arakawa), Max Pitegoff & Calla Henkel, Megan Francis Sullivan, Karl Holmqvist and Wu- Tsang. Duong has participated in exhibitions at Essex Street/ New York City, Kunsthalle Zürich, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Chicago Art Insitute, Family Business/ New York, Villa Romana/ Florence, Freedmann & Fitzpatrick/Los An- geles, the Serpentine in London and Gavin Brown Enter- prise in New York City.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nick AUER
Nick Auer is a Brooklyn-based director and theatre-maker. His work pursues different relationships between audiences and live performance. He is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Brouhaha Theatre Project and directed Brouhaha’s first five productions: Tunnel Odyssey (Prospect Park), Wrestling with Lesbians (The Tank), R&D: a nightmare in three flowcharts (Dixon Place, The Keep), Heydays (Prospect Park), and Soft Boy (The Tank). He has also worked extensively with acclaimed immersive theater company Third Rail Projects. He graduated from Bates College with a BA in Theater. He is an Associate Creative Director for Counts Projects.
SOUND DESIGNER Max SILVERMAN
Max Silverman is a New York City based composer and sound designer. Originally from Boulder, Colorado he holds a BFA from Westminster College of the Arts in New Jersey. NYC credits include Atlantic Theatre Company, MCC Theatre, Inproximity Theatre Co, Theatre For a New Audience, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 5th Floor Theatre Co, Encores! Off-Center and Juilliard. Regional credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA, Quintessence Theatre Group, PA, Trinity Rep., RI, Hartford Stage, Penguin Rep., NY, Cara Mía Theatre Co., TX, 4th Wall Theatre, NJ, Princeton University, and CLB Berlin.
LIGHTING DESIGNER Fabian BLEISCH
Fabian Bleisch is a freelance lighting designer, and master of event technology. He is mainly active in the field of contemporary dance, but also for performances and theater. He started doing light in 2000 at the theater of the Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, since 2003 he is master for event technology.
He has participated in numerous national and international productions and guest performances in small and large venues and gained significant experience.
Among others, he has worked with the following artists: Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Akademie Berlin | Jo Fabian
Martin Schrittmacher / MS Schrittmacher | Matanicola | Mouvoir / Stephanie Thiersch
Nico and the Navigators | Penelope Wehrli | Tanzcompagnie Rubato | Sergiu Mattis
SOUND ENGINEER Florian BACH
Florian Bach operates as live sound engineer, working mainly for theater shows and television, and audio consultant for Venues, Bars, and Conference Centers. In 2008 he started assisting at venues across Vienna, such as the Volksoper, Muth, and Metropol, later studying at FH St. Pölten ‘Mediatechnoloy’ and establishing his own business in 2014. After starting his career in film and television (ORF, Puls4 ServusTV), he got the opportunity to work as recording engineer for CDs, at VSL Synchron Stage in Vienna, and went back to university being a tutor for TV audio. As FOH engineer for theater since 2012, Florian mixed operettas such as ‘Der Zigeunerbaron’ and ‘Der Vogelhändler’, got the opportunity to work with orchestras like the ‘Wiener Kammerorchester’ and ‘Schönbrunner Orchester’ and mixed Musicals ‘Scrooge’ and ‘Santa Maria’. Newer projects focus on exploring new possibilities for mixing in 3D spatial audio for live use such as Dionysos Rising, the first live opera mixed in 360 sound with the L-Acoustics L-ISA processor.
GENERAL MANAGER Jens OCHMANN
Jens Ochmann is the managing partner of Fezziwig & Friends GmbH as well as owner of Artists Berlin Agency. As board member and founding member of the “Deutsche Musical Akademie e.V.”, he dedicates his time freely to promoting and funding the genre of musicals in the German-speaking area.
Jens Ochmann knows all facettes both artistically and organizational of a musical or theater production. As a qualified singer and actor, he has immersive on-stage experience in various productions. His company, Fezziwig & Friends Ltd., produced high-quality musicals, Live Entertainment Productions and programs such as the Musical “SCROOGE”. Jens Ochmann is looking forward to his position as General Manager of the HOODOO-Team.
STAGE MANAGER Sophie ZIMMERMANN
After 8 years working in the tourism sector and traveling mainly through spain as Quality Manager for Entertainment in Hotels, Sophie came back to Germany in 2008, and started working as Stage Manager for Stage Entertainment. She studied Stage Management in London, completing courses in Event Management and Technical Stage Management. Sophie continued to travel, and has so far worked in nearly all European countries, as well as Dubai, doing large scale events, festivals, theatre, Open Air Shows, touring musicals and parades. Companies Sophie has previously worked with are Disney Entertainment, Knie National Circus, Franco Dragone, and Really Useful Productions. Sophie is excited to work for HOODOO, which combines theatre, event, and concert into one great evening.
PROP MASTER AND ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Zoe LOHMANN
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER Angela LIARIKOS
Canadian-born Angela Liarikos studied architecture in Montreal and has been living in Berlin for over twenty-five years, with a two year period in New York. Her scope of work includes private residences, art galleries, restaurant and hospitality design which have been featured in „Cool Restaurants Berlin“ and Elle Germany. In 2013 she spent a summer on the Greek island of Amorgos where she discovered her interest for Greek, vernacular architecture and the love of a culture she carries in her ancestral roots. A restaurant design ensued and she now divides her time as a freelance architect between Berlin, Athens and Amorgos. Current projects, such as an initiative for the re-generation of decrepit, heritage buildings and real estate in and around the center of Athens will continue to demand her attention over the next few years.
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