Faculty

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel (School Director, Improvisation, Creation, Seminar) is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Quinn has been one of the leading artists with the company, co-creating nearly all of the company's 25 original works of theatre and touring them to venues and festivals in Brazil, Germany, Scotland, England, Romania, Poland, Peru, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania and Ireland, among others. Additionally, Quinn and Pig Iron regularly present their work in New York City and have toured throughout the States including engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Princeton, Providence, Cambridge, Atlanta, Tampa, Logan (Utah), among others.  He has directed, designed and performed with the company since its inception. Quinn received an Outstanding Direction Barrymore Award nomination for Welcome To Yuba City, which was nominated for 6 Barrymores including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Overall Production.  Quinn received an Outstanding Choreography Barrymore for his collaborative work on Cafeteria and also won for Outstanding Ensemble for Mission To Mercury.  The company has been recognized as “one of the few groups successfully taking theatre in new directions” by the New York Times who also named Chekhov Lizardbrain, in which Quinn performs and was one of the co-creators, as one of the Top 10 Productions of 2008.  Pig Iron has been named Theatre Company of the Year by the Philadelphia Weekly, City Paper and Philadelphia Magazine.  Welcome To Yuba City was featured on the cover of American Theatre magazine in February 2010, as was The Tragedy of Joan of Arc (January, 2000) which Quinn directed. Quinn was a Henry Luce Fellow in Bali, Indonesia in 2000-2001 where he served on the faculty of the State College of Indonesian Arts and studied Balinese dance, mask work and music.  In 2002, he and his Pig Iron co-artistic directors (Dan Rothenberg and Dito van Reigersberg) were named Pew Fellows in Performance Art. In 2007, he received one of 6 national Fox Foundation Actor Fellowships.  In 2010 Quinn was awarded a USA Knight Fellowship and an Independence Foundation Artist Fellowship.  In 2016, Quinn became a USA Eisenhower Fellow, supporting a fellowship program in Spain and Russia.

Quinn has taught courses in acting and movement theatre since 2002 at Swarthmore College.  Additionally, he has been on the faculty of the Headlong Performance Institute since its inception in 2007 and has taught at Princeton University since 2005.  Quinn has taught workshops at the Alternative Theatre Festival in Budapest, with Arts on Location in Bangkok, Thailand, at Les Kurbas Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine, with Cabuia Teatro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Teatrul Fara Frontiere in Valcea Rimnea, Romania and at Princeton University, Stanford University, UVA, Wesleyan university, Utah State, Georgetown, American University, and UPenn, among many others.  Additionally, he has taught professional theatre training workshops in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco for the past 15 years.

 

Jean-Rene Toussaint (Voice) is a French actor, director, and internationally recognized theater/voice teacher. He is the founder and director of the Stemwerk International Centre for the Voice in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), founded in 1988.
 Here Jean-Rene offers guided vocal exploration for individuals, couples, and groups, as well as certification in his methods for aspiring voice teachers and theatre artists. In recent years, he also has established a center for summer intensive voice retreats in Avanos, Turkey. His unique voice work is the result of 25 years of research and development, stemming mainly from working with deaf adults and children and from extensive world travel researching the primitive
voice. His particular technique is based essentially on the movement of the body, on delineating the difference between 'voices to be' and 'voices to do', and listening based on bodily perception. He has directed theater groups and theater schools in France and the Netherlands since 1975 (in France 1975-1987; in the Netherlands 1988-2005) He has collaborated with artists such as Jerzy Grotowski, Robert Wilson, Annick Nozati and companies such as Theatre du Radeau, Theatre de Feu, The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater and The Roy Hart Theatre, among many others.

 

Emmanuelle Delpech (Improvisation, Creation) is an actor, teacher and director. She was classically trained at the Ecole Superieur d'Art Dramatique de la ville de Paris, and studied physical theatre at l'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She holds an MFA in Directing from Temple University. A former member of Pig Iron Theatre Company, Emmanuelle has been a performer/co-creator of such productions as Gentlemen Volunteers, Flop, Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Barrymore nomination for best supporting actress) and James Joyce is Dead and So Is Paris (Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). She created and performed Madame Douce-Amere, a wordless clown duet at the 2005 Philadelphia Lives Arts festival, which was also produced by 1812 Productions at the Walnut street theatre in October 2006. Emmanuelle directed Oedipus at FDR, an urban adaptation of Sophocles Greek tragedy “Oedipus at Colonus” at the FDR Skate park for the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts festival.

In June/July 2009, Emmanuelle performed with The Second City Chicago in Reverie, directed by Dexter Bullard which was premiered at the “Just for Laughs” festival in Montreal. Emmanuelle worked for the Civilians' new piece The Great Immensity to share her physical theater skills with director Steve Cosson and was assistant director for its first performance at the Princeton Atelier. She worked again with Steve Cosson as a mime consultant for Anne Washburn's new play A Devil at Noon, which will premiere at the Humana Festival in Louisville in March 2011. In December 2010, The Philly Shakes Cabaret Series presented her adaptation of Marivaux's La Dispute. Emmanuelle will direct La Bete for the Arden Theatre Company as part of their 2014/15 Season.  Emmanuelle has taught at University of the Arts and Swarthmore College. She taught a Clown workshop for the Volcano Institute in Toronto and regularly teaches workshops in New York City and at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Emmanuelle currently teaches a 2-semester Lecoq Class at Temple University for undergraduate and graduate students and is a faculty member of the Headlong Performance Institute.

 

Sarah Sanford (Movement Analysis, Bodies & Games, Creation) Sarah Sanford is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist and has been collaborating with Pig Iron as performer-creator, company member, and teaching artist for over 15 years.  As an actor Sarah has performed frequently with Pig Iron and on many Philly stages including the Arden, Wilma, Lantern, Theatre Exile, BRAT, Mauckingbird, and Montgomery Theatre.  Recently, Sarah directed the dark horse of the 2015 Fringearts festival, Underground Railroad Game, which was written and performed by former APT students Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard.  Sarah also taught a Bouffon intensive for the Berserker Residents in preparation for their production It’s So Learning (Fringe 2015), and served as movement consultant/choreographer at Villanova University on productions of Big Love and A Wonderful Noise.  Sarah regularly teaches acting at the undergrad and grad level at local universities and has led workshops in Shakespeare and physical theatre techniques.  After graduating from École Jacques Lecoq in 2001, she returned there in 2014 to pursue a Pedagogy workshop. Sarah is also the winner of the 2010 F. Otto Haas award for Best Emerging Theatre Artist.

 

Dito van Reigersberg (Open Canvas, Cabaret), a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, has performed in almost all of Pig Iron’s productions since 1995, including the OBIE-winning original pieces Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain.  A graduate of Swarthmore College, he trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.  His most recent role for Pig Iron was Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night during the 2011 Live Arts Festival.   He has also created and performed for Headlong Dance Theatre, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Azuka Theatre Company, Act 2, and Mauckingbird Theatre Company.  He is a Barrymore Award recipient for Best Ensemble for Mission to Mercury (Pig Iron) and a nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for Hedwig (Azuka), and has been named a Pew Fellow (2002) and a Knight USA Fellow (2010).  His alter-ego Martha Graham-Cracker is famously ‘the tallest drag queen in the world” -- her monthly cabaret series at L'Etage in Philadelphia has been running for over 8 years.   He has been named a Pew Fellow and a Knight USA Artists Fellow.

 

Dan Rothenberg (Measures, Dramaturgy for Devisors) is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron's original performance works, including Poet in New York, Gentlemen Volunteers, Isabella, Pay Up, The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, and the OBIE Award-winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway and Chekhov Lizardbrain. In 2001, Dan co-directed Shut Eye with Joseph Chaikin.  Other projects include creation of audio works to accompany the paintings of Alexandra Grant at MOCA in Los Angeles, improvisation research with Headlong Dance Theatre and Miguel Guttierez, and ongoing collaborations with Stockholm's Teater Slava and the alt-comedy group The Berzerker Residents. In April 2010, Dan directed the English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada's Enjoy for Play Company in New York. In 2010, Dan Directed and co-created Cankerblossom in the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. In 2011, he directed Twelfth Night which garnered 10 Barrymore Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Overall Production of a Play.  He directed Zero Cost House, Toshiki Okada's play about Thoreau and 3/11 in Japan, for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.  It will subsequently tour to Under The Radar in New York City and Boston, Georgetown University, The Ringling International Arts Festival in Florida and the TPAM Festival in Tokyo.  Pew Fellowship in Performance Art (2002), United States Artist Knight Fellowship (2010).  In fall 2012, Dan will direct As You Like It for the Acting Company.

 

Nichole Canuso (Dance-Theatre) is the artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) which she founded in 2004. As a performer and choreographer, Canuso has toured nationally and internationally to Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Japan and France, where she also studied clown technique in Paris. Her choreographic work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Knight Foundation, a Bessie Shoenberg First Light Commission, the Leeway Foundation, the Independence Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Ellen Foreman Memorial Award and others.

She was a company member of Headlong Dance Theater from 1997-2011 and co-directed Moxie Dance Collective from 1999 to 2003. Canuso has also performed and toured with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Karen Bamonte Dance Works, Early Morning Opera, Group Motion Dance Company and Theatre Exile. In 2008, she performed with Bill Irwin in the premiere of "The Happiness Lecture" at Philadelphia Theatre Company.

Canuso's choreographic projects have been presented by New York Live Arts(NYC), the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (NYC), HERE arts Center (NYC), The International Festival for Art and Ideas (New Haven, CT), Judson Church Movement Research(NYC), The Wilma Theater Dance BOOM! Festival (Philadelphia), DancePlace (D.C.), Links Hall (Chicago), ODC (San Francisco), Velocity (Seattle) Trafo (Budapest, Hungary)and Philadelphia FringeArts, whom commissioned several of Canuso’s larger works.  Choreographic residencies include 2009 and 2014 fellowships at the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (FL), Millay Colony for the Arts (NY), the Swarthmore Project (Swarthmore College, PA), the Choreographer's Project (Susan Hess Dance Studio, Philadelphia) Amherst College (MA), The Orchard Project(NY)and the BiLateral Residency in Budapest Hungary.

Canuso has been commissioned to create new work for The American Philosophical Society Museum, Axis Dance Company, Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College. Choreography for theater productions includes Arden Theater Company, Theatre Exile and most recently The Institute on Disabilities’ production of “A Fierce Kind of Love”. She is currently on faculty at Headlong Performance Institute (HPI) and Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT). 
 

Allen J. Kuharski (History, Theory, & Practice of Ensemble Physical Theater) teaches in the Department of Theater at Swarthmore College, where he holds the Stephen Lang Professorship in Performing Arts and teaches directing, performance theory, and theater history.  Since 1995, he has directed the Swarthmore Project in Theater, which provides in-kind grants for performance residencies for Swarthmore theater alumni and their collaborators, which included Pig Iron Theatre Company for many years. 

He co-founded and co-directed Swarthmore’s semester-abroad program for theater and dance students in Poland.  Allen trained as a set designer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was a Fulbright Scholar in Scenography to the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under the Polish painter and performance artist Józef Szajna.  Before moving to Philadelphia, Allen was active for ten years as a set designer for theater and opera.  He completed a doctorate in the director/scholar program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the UC-Berkeley, where he wrote the first dissertation in any language devoted to the theatrical work of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz.  Allen has served as Associate Editor and Performance Review Editor for Theatre Journal.  His articles, reviews, interviews, and translations from Polish and French have been widely published in the U.S., Great Britain, Poland, France, Norway, Argentina, Austria, and the Netherlands.  His translation of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (done with George Moskos) has been widely performed in the U.S.  Allen’s English-language version of Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr of Lublin’s adaptation of Gombrowicz’s novel Ferdydurke received a Fringe First in Edinburgh and toured widely both nationally and internationally between 2000 and 2008. 

As a performance curator, he has co-commissioned Pig Iron’s Shut Eye (2001; done in collaboration with Joseph Chaikin) and Hell Meets Henry Halfway (2004; text by Adriano Shaplin; winner of an OBIE Award in 2005), as well as The Riot Group’s Hearts of Man (2006; written by Adriano Shaplin), along with American tours and residencies by Teatr Provisorium & Kompania Teatr, choreographer Jacek Łumiński and his company Silesian Dance Theatre, and director Michał Zadara and his company CENTRALA.  With his Swarthmore colleague Barbara Milewski, Allen presented the North American premiere of CENTRALA’s Chopin Without Piano in Swarthmore and Philadelphia in 2015.  Allen has received the Order of Merit for Polish Culture (2002) and the Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Award (2006; given by the Polish chapter of the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO).  

 

KC Chun-Manning (Alexander Technique) is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher (M.AmSAT) and her practice interweaves the Alexander Technique, developmental movement, somatics and postmodern release technique.  The intersection of her dance and Alexander practice has also included guest artist teaching at Drexel University, West Chester University, nEW Festival, Trinity College, Denver University, Aspen Dance Connection, Bucknell University, the Cancer Support Center in Philadelphia and for breast-feeding moms at the North Suburban Hospital.  She serves on the dance faculty at Temple University, and will be joining the faculty at Bryn Mawr College in Spring 2013.  She has danced professionally for such artists as kim olson/sweet edge,Maedée Duprès, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver and Guillermo Ortega Tanus, and is currently working with Susan Rethorst and with Pasión y Arte Flamenco Co for PIFA 2013.   KC received her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and is the Artistic Director of the pickup company, Fresh Blood.  Fresh Blood has presented choreography at the 2012 Norristown DanceFest, 2011 Cool New York Dance Festival, 2011 Fringe Festival, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Aspen Dance Connection, the Packing House Center for the Arts, the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Merce Cunningham Studio and the 2006 DUMBO Dance Festival.  She has additionally coached gymnastics for competitive and recreational programs throughout Philadelphia, Manhattan, Boston and West Hartford.

 

Adrienne Mackey (Voice) Adrienne Mackey is the founder of Swim Pony Performing Arts exploring new theater forms and the potential of the human voice. She has directed over 14 original works including SURVIVE! - a 22,000 square-foot choose-your-own-adventure installation exploring humanity’s place in the universe and Lady M - an all female feminist reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Her interest in theater blended with game design has her immersed in two major projects - War of the Words: Philadelphia a mobile app/site specific theater performance in collaboration with Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio and THE END a solo ARG style mediation on mortality coming spring of 2017. Adrienne is the recipient of two Knight Arts Challenges in Philadelphia, the first for “Outside the Black Box” a series of site-specific works that brought theater into unusual and unexpected spaces. She also is the lead artist for “Cross Pollination,” also part of the Knight Arts Challenge, a project that explores interdisciplinary arts collaboration that will bring her into contact with 30 artists of different genres to experiment how different mediums can combine to create new hybrid products. In 2013, Adrienne directed The Ballad of Joe Hill at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary for Fringe Arts boasting a completely sold out run and a profile on NPR's Radio Times. Adrienne is a classically trained soprano and has also studied voice with the Roy Hart affiliate Pan Theatre in Paris as part of their professional training program. She teaches theater for Pig Iron's MFA program and Drexel University. She has received an Independence Foundation Fellowship, a Live Arts LAB fellowship and a CEC New Edge Residency and serves as a board member for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Occasionally, she can be seen singing funk vocals as "The Truth" for Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket.

 

Aaron Cromie (Mask Design) is a Philadelphia based performer, director, mask & puppet designer, writer, teacher and musician who has collaborated with such companies as the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Arden Theatre, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Rogue Theatre (AZ), Studio Theatre (DC), Pearl Theatre (NYC), Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Wilma Theatre and Philadelphia Theatre Company (Bill Irwin's The Happiness Lecture), 1812 Productions, Pig Iron Theatre Company and Folger Theatre, where his puppets are included in the Folger Shakespeare Library's permanent collection. He has had two commissions for the American Philosophical Society and original work has appeared in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe (now FringeArts) and the Capital Fringe Festival. He has toured nationally with The Buddy Holly Story and Internationally with The European Lesson with Jo Strømgren Kompani of Norway. Aaron is co-founding faculty of the Headlong Performance Institute and has taught for Bryn Mawr College, The University of Maryland, UArts, Drexel University among other programs. Aaron is the winner of five Barrymore Awards and has received grant support from the Jim Henson Foundation, is a two-time Independence Foundation Fellow, two-time Independent Artist grant recipient from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and was Artist-in-Residence for the 2014 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center National Puppetry Conference. He has studied at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, The Antonio Fava School (commedia dell'arte) and is a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He is also half of the acoustic duo Chickabiddy whose music can be found at www.chickabiddytheband.com. His online portfolio of design and performance work can be found at www.aaroncromie.com