2020 Live Arts Panelists
Sherrine Azab is the co-director of Detroit-based devised theater ensemble A Host of People, which premieres shows in Detroit and tours nationally. Azab holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle), where she founded the critically acclaimed company Strike Anywhere Productions (2002-2007). During her stint in New York, she worked extensively with Target Margin Theater—of which she is still a proud Associated Artist—and also served as the associate producer for The Foundry Theatre (NYC) during 2011 and 2012. Azab holds a postgraduate certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in performance at Wesleyan University and was a member of the 2008 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Other professional highlights include being a staff member of Network of Ensemble Theaters (2012-2019), working with the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn), working with NYC-based theater Ping Chong + Co., and being a 2018 University Musical Society (UMS) Artist in Residence.
Anna Drozdowski builds cultural and civic experiences to engage performance as a method of communication. Common delivery systems include: artist exchange, gently organized chats, retreats, curation, residencies, cups of tea, and belles lettres. A faculty member in socially engaged art at Moore College of Art & Design, Drozdowski has recently brought forth projects with Temple Contemporary, David Lang, JJ Tiziou, Lola38, Matteo Fargion/Jonathan Burrows, Philip Glass, Artists U, and The Crossing. She launched the Headlong Performance Institute, led the adaptive re-use of Neighborhood House, and co-founded the Thirdbird performance series and ThinkingDance journal. Early work in ethnography shapes her practice–she is recognized by NEA Dance Journalism and Fulbright fellowships, as well as grants from: the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, TMU, DAAD, Chicago Seminar on Dance & Performance, PA Arts Council, and PHL Cultural Fund. Her itinerant studio, Cultivator, is reviving a creative homestead in the Vermont hinterlands.
Miryam Johnson is a Detroit-based dance artist with degrees from Eastern Michigan University in dance and African American Studies. She’s had the honor of training with the Ailey Extension and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, and has performed works by critically acclaimed choreographers Mae O’Donnell and Diane McIntyre.
Johnson’s work explores the intersection between improvised Black movement, vernacular, and communal connection. Her works have been presented at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, The Masonic Temple, Sidewalk Festival, Eastern Michigan University, and Play House. Johnson’s first evening-length work, Rebellion: An Artistic Exploration, was performed at the Charles H. Wright Museum in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion.
Johnson is a co-founder of Collective Sweat Detroit, an organizer with Daring Dances, a committed educator and community member, and a Model D under 30 feature. Johnson believes in using her body and art as protest.
Toby MacNutt is a queer, nonbinary trans, and disabled dancer/choreographer, author, and teacher living in Burlington, VT. Their dance work includes Enter the Void (2018), a performance installation in the darkness of space, accompanied by a sci-fi poetry guidebook; and One, Two (2014), an exploration of embodiment and relationships in dancers with and without disabilities. Toby has also danced with Murmurations Dance’s immersive site works, When Women Were Birds and Bone Hooks, in projects by Tiffany Rhynard’s Big APE and Lida Winfield, and with Heidi Latsky’s GIMP, among others. They were a participating choreographer for AXIS Dance’s Choreo-Lab in 2018 and 2019 and a recipient of NEFA’s Rebecca Blunk Fund Award in 2019. Find out more at www.tobymacnutt.com or say hi on twitter @tobywm and instagram @tobymacnutt.
A native of Honolulu, Jeff Michael Rebudal is the artistic director & arts administrator with Rebudal Dance. He is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed Seán Curran Company. Rebudal choreographed the American Premier of Philip Himberg’s Paper Dolls in Washington, DC. His opera and theatre choreography credits include L’Etoile (performed in New York City Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Glimmerglass Opera, Bergen National Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Austin Lyric Opera), Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, La Rondine, and A Little Night Music (Michigan Opera Theatre), and Carmen (Cincinnati Opera). Rebudal also choreographed Two Gentlemen of Verona for The Old Globe and his concert dance choreography has been presented at Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center, NYC Downtown Dance Festival, Cunningham Studio, and DUMBO Dance Festival as well as among other venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and Anargyrios & Korgialenios Theatre of Helioupolis in Greece.
Rebudal is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, a longtime board member for the American College Dance Association—currently serving as vice president for membership—and a performing arts panelist for New York Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Council, and The Kresge Foundation, among others. He has an MFA in performing arts management & dance from the American University and a BA in dance & journalism from the University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa. Rebudal was previously associate professor and director of dance at Wayne State University. He currently resides in Manhattan, where he is the incoming director and clinical professor of arts & entertainment management graduate program for the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.
2020 Film & Music Panelists
Ephraim Asili is a filmmaker, DJ, and traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA, MoMA PS1, LAMOCA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Whitney Museum. Asili currently resides in Hudson, NY, and is a professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.
Leith Campbell is a musician and artist working in technologically mediated works exploring parallels between sound, architecture, and the human/technology interface. They have shown and performed extensively in Southeast Michigan and across the country, both solo and in collaboration with the electromechanical arts group Apetechnology. Notable installations include the “Vision In A Cornfield” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2012), New Music Detroit’s “Strange Beautiful Music” (2014), The Power Center Renegade Series (2017), and all of the Dlectricity Festivals. Campbell works in audio engineering, mastering, and technical direction, with releases on the Third Man and Two Rooms record labels. They have a Bachelors in Music Technology from Wayne State University (2012) and a Masters of Media Arts from the University of Michigan (2017). Campbell teaches music technology at Wayne State University and is a metal shop technician at the College for Creative Studies.
Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and improviser, Amy Denio performs and produces soundtracks for film, TV, dance, and multimedia performances.
Her work has been commissioned by the Berkeley Symphony, Relache Ensemble, Seattle Theater Group, On the Boards, New York Festival of Song, Bumbershoot Festival, Jack Straw Foundation, and Il Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, among others. Denio’s projects have received funding from Meet the Composer, Doris Duke Foundation, the National Education Association, Good Will Arts Festival, Washington State Arts Commission, and 4Culture. She has enjoyed Fellowships from Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and Civitella Ranieri. Denio has received the Seattle Mayor’s Award and the NYC Bessie Award.
An inductee of the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, Denio enjoys expanding all genres of music. She is a founding member and president of the all-women Tiptons Sax Quartet and has collaborated with a plethora of musicians and artists since 1980, having produced over 60 recordings and played 1,000 concerts internationally.
Marshalle Montgomery Favors is a filmmaker and producer/director raised in Inkster, Michigan. Since 2006, Montgomery Favors has produced six independent feature films and has written and directed three short films. In 2016, she was a top three finalist for The American Black Film Festival’s “Deeply Rooted In My Community” video contest. Her passion for indie movies inspired her to co-found the Trinity International Film Festival and the Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers in Detroit. Montgomery Favors works in collaboration with other filmmakers to host film screenings, workshops, and networking events with industry professionals. Recently, she received a 25 Most Influential Women in Detroit Award. Montgomery Favors works purposefully to contribute to the growth of the film community in metro Detroit.
Oona Mosna is an artist, author, curator, and director of Media City Film Festival. She has organized 1,000+ screenings, retrospectives, and performances with artists including Mati Diop, Barbara Hammer, Carolee Schneemann, and Kevin Jerome Everson at the Presidential Palace (Chile), Toronto International Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, Detroit Institute of Arts, 25FPS Festival (Croatia), and countless other festivals, museums, and grass-roots venues worldwide. An accomplished producer, her commissioned films have screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Venice Film Festival, Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Jeonju IFF (Korea), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pompidou Centre (Paris), National Gallery of Art (Washington), New York Film Festival, and Tate Modern, etc. She lives and works in Windsor-Detroit as well as internationally.