Resident Artists

La MaMa’s 59th Season, “Breaking It Open,” explores how new work is created, performed and viewed in a global pandemic. La MaMa Resident Artists are given the time, space, and resources to make work using new creative tools and formats at the intersection of online and live theatre performance. Each residency is customized to suit the artist, their unique vision, and where they are at in their creative work. Residents receive a fee and have access to our broadcast studios, rehearsal studios, LiveLab, and technical support. Some will produce work for the spring in our theatres that redefines the audience/performer dynamic. Others will develop work to be premiered in an upcoming season.
La MaMa’s 59th Season Residencies are made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and major support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Support for Puppet Artist Residencies is provided by The Jim Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson. 

About the Resident Artists

Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/ Rappahannock Nations) is an author, playwright, director, producer, cultural artist, educator, and human rights activist. Murielle began working as an artist early in her life with Spiderwoman Theatre. After attending Long Island University, she began combining Native American myth and creation stories to help compose a subgenre of literature referred to as Indigenous Fantasy. She is the author of the book series “The Star Medicine” and short stories published by Miami University Press. She is the Artistic Director of Safe Harbor Indigenous Collective. She has recently produced, written and directed “Don’t Feed the Indians- A Divine Comedy Pageant!” at La MaMa. She works on the deconstructing the pedagogy of the arts within Native communities in the NYC education system. Nominated for the Rockefeller grant in 2001, she won a Native Heart Award. She served as the Special Assistant to the North American Regional representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Global Indigenous Woman’s Caucus Chair (North America) in 2013 to May of 2014. She has spoken at the Indigenous Women’s Symposium at Trent University, at the International Conference at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel Germany, and the Norwegian Theater Academy. Murielle Borst-Tarrant is the recipient of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s 2020 National Playwright Residency Program. 
Yoshiko Chuma (conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks) has been a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since the 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is neither dance nor theater nor film nor any other pre-determined category. She is an artist on her own journey. A path that has taken her to over 40 “out of the way” countries and collected over 2000 artists, thinkers and collaborators of every genre since establishing her company The School of Hard Knocks in New York City in 1980. Chuma is in residence at La MaMa through a 2019 MAP Fund grant for a new work “Secret Journey: Love Story, The School of Hard Knocks.” The MAP Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra a.k.a. Lady Xøk (Maya-Lenca tribal citizen) is a Midwest based artist, musician, and culture bearer whose work is rooted in Latinx Indigenous Futurisms. Her interdisciplinary practice (visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, puppetry & public art) often speaks from a perspective of Liberation Theology about interconnectedness, environmental justice, healing, and collective resilience. Lady Xøk is a nu-nueva project mixing rock, folk, and Indigenous instruments performed inside multimedia installations for experimental storytelling performance. Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Shauna Davis, originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is in a serious, but playful relationship with movement. She is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in LA performing in both the commercial/film + concert dance realms. Her works have been performed at the Dallas DanceFest and Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and she has set work at Avant Chamber Ballet and Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! 2020 has awakened a serious urgency within her to share dance and create worlds through movement. www.shaunadavisdance.com.
Charlotte Lily Gaspard / Midnight Radio Show “Part celestial creature, part sophisticated human” is how Charlotte Lily Gaspard has been described by Faerie Magazine when contemplating the ethereal artist and her work in one of their features. Shadow puppet artist, educator and children’s entertainer, Charlotte’s mission is to activate imaginations and celebrate playfulness wherever she goes. A “multi-faceted enchantress… the fanciful mastermind behind Midnight Radio Show” {Broadway World}, Charlotte is the founder and artistic director of Midnight Radio Show, a shadow puppet sci-fi fairytale theater company based in Brooklyn, NYC. She designs puppets for theater & film, including “A Snowy Day & Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats.” Mommy Poppins declares, “The incredible shadow puppets will amaze the audience.” Along with puppets, Charlotte also creates costumes for theatre & film projects. She  teaches at Child’s Play NY, a children’s theater company, and leads puppetry & theatre workshops all over NYC and beyond. Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Joshua William Gelb & Katie Rose McLaughlin / Theater in Quarantine Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic closed all theaters in mid-March, Joshua William Gelb transformed a 2' x 4' x 8’ closet inside his East Village apartment into a white-box theater. Along with Katie Rose McLaughlin, they set out to understand how artists can adapt to the digital form without sacrificing the integrity of the live event, as well as navigating how we can continue to responsibly collaborate while social distancing. Gelb’s work has been presented by Abron’s Art Center, Ars Nova, LMCC Process Space, New Ohio, Joe's Pub, Polyphone Festival, and Target Margin is an associate artist with Sinking Ship, and teaches Theater Collaboration at Cooper Union. McLaughlin is the Associate Choreographer of Hadestown on Broadway, has been an artist-in-residence LMCC’s Process Space, Dance Lab New York, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and her work has been presented by The Chocolate Factory, the Invisible Dog Art Center, HERE Arts Center, newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, and the International Festival of Art & Ideas.
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously.  In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty five operas, large and small; twelve symphonies; three piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.
John Maria Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist, creator, and performer originally from Washington Heights, NY. Since finishing his BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, John has ventured into various worlds of performance, working with directors and choreographers from around the world - recent credits include The Trojan Women at La MaMa directed by Andrei Serban, performing internationally with Miguel Gutierrez (This Bridge Called My A$$, Sadonna), MOTUS (PANORAMA), and Pilobolus. He is a graduate of the Terry Knickerbocker Studio and faculty at Peridance Contemporary Dance Center. John is a proud member of the Great Jones Rep Company of La MaMa and G^2, an ongoing collaboration with Beth Graczyk which recently presented work at Judson Church and the Shanghai Tower in China.
Justin Hicks is a multidisciplinary artist and performer who uses music and sound to investigate identity and value. As a composer and performer, his work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performance Space New York, The Public Theater, JACK, Dixon Place, The Whitney Museum of American Art, \ and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, among many others. Hicks has collaborated with notable visual artists, musicians, and theater-makers including Abigail DeVille, Kaneza Schaal, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and Cauleen Smith. In 2018, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his work as the composer of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage at The Public Theater. Hicks was born in Cincinnati, OH, and currently lives and works in The Bronx, NY.
JJJJJerome is a dysfluent composer, performer, and writer living in New York City. His recent work investigates time, silence, disability, and divinity in the Black Atlantic. His work has been presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, La MaMa, Lincoln Center, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies.
Paul Lazar founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Annie-B Parson. His work with the company includes conceiving, directing and/or performing in such works as “17c” (BAM) Supernatural Wife (BAM), Comme Toujours Here I Stand (The Kitchen), PLAN B, Mac Wellman’s AntigoneAnother Telepathic ThingShunkin, Mac Wellman’s Girl Gone, Tristan Tzara’s The Gas Heart, Ödon von Horvath’s Don Juan Returns from the War and Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom. Paul directed Young Jean Lee’s “We’re Gonna Die'' which was reprised in London at the Meltdown Festival in London featuring David Byrne. Other directing cred- its include “Bodycast'' with Fran McDormand (BAM), Christina Masciotti’s “Social Security” (Bushwick Starr) “Major Bang” (for The Foundry Theatre) at Saint Ann’s Warehouse. Mr. Lazar has appeared in The Wooster Group’s North AtlanticBrace Up!Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape. Other acting credits include “Tamburlaine” directed by Sir Michael Boyd, “The Three Sisters” directed by Austin Pendleton, Marie Irene Fornes’ Mudd, Richard Maxwell’s Cowboys and Indians, Young Jean Lee’s “Lear”, “The False Servant” and “Richard The Third'' directed by Brian Kulick. He is an instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has taught Acting, Direct- ing or Theatre History at Yale University, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, The Bill Esper Studio and The Michael Howard Studio. He is currently teaching at the Theater, Dance and Media concentration at Harvard. Paul’s film career includes roles in Silence of the LambsMickey Blue EyesLorenzo’s OilPhiladelphiaThe Host and Snowpiercer as well as numerous other films and television shows. Lazar is the recipient of La MaMa’s FY21 Distinguished Artist Initiative grant, with lead funding provided by the Marta Heflin Foundation.
Tom Lee is a puppet artist, designer and director from Hawai’i. His work explores Asian puppetry forms, miniatures and performing objects in dialogue with the language of film and animation. His collaboration with Japanese master puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank’s Mare, has toured the U.S., Japan and France.  Mr. Lee was a puppeteer in the original Broadway cast of War Horse and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Queen of Spades), Dan Hurlin (Hiroshima Maiden, Disfarner, Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed). He designed puppetry for the adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Wind Up Bird Chronicle and is co-director of the Chicago Puppet Studio (2019 Jeff Award for puppetry design). Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, founded by Colombian born artist, Federico Restrepo in 1985, develops and promotes creative productions of Dance, Theatre, Puppets, Visual Arts, Media, Music and other forms of artistic expression. The company explores the junction of race, culture, history, and media in New York and throughout the global community. Loco7's cultural policies emphasize pluralism, dialogue, and cultural transformation. Loco7 is an organization that has been built on diversity and this is reflected in the history of work. Our audiences reflect our artists: they are multigenerational, multicultural, multiracial, and inclusive of all sexual and gender identities. We pay particular attention to the growing immigrant communities and support their efforts to engage within the community. Loco7 is a Latinx-run organization that feels it is of the utmost importance to be inclusive and represent the voices of underrepresented people. In addition, the company provides an artistic home and professional foundation for a multicultural group of performers, designers and theatre artists who collaborate with Loco7 on a project basis.  Currently our annual programming consists of workshops and performances for children and workshops and performances with seniors in affiliated senior centers, as well as a bi-annual fully realized adult production. Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Leah Ogawa is a puppeteer, director, and model based in New York City. Raised in Yamanashi, Japan, Leah has worked with puppeteers, artists, and companies including The Metropolitan Opera, Phantom Limb, Dan Hurlin, Tom Lee, Nami Yamamoto, Loco 7, and others. She has performed across the US as well as at the Quay Branly in Paris and across Asia. Leah is a recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts' New Work Grant for her original piece, Molding. She is currently in residency at New Victory LabWorks. For more information visit leahogawa.com and follow @leahogawa on Instagram. Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto, was born in a small steel mill town called Clairton, PA located south of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a self taught artist and has been creating art from a very young age. As a teenager, he moved to the East Side of Pittsburgh and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School. In the late 90’s Tarish joined the BridgeSpotters Collective and became known for his Live paintings and Poetry. He was also a Barber for over 20 years. He moved to North Carolina in 2005 where he launched his career in Puppetry. There, he fine tuned his skills by doing street performances with his puppets. In 2008 he started working with Paperhand Puppet Intervention. He has built puppets and performed in several Paperhand productions. Most recently, Jeghetto had the pleasure to work with national recording artist, Missy Elliott on her music video, WTF ( Where They From) controlling the Pharell puppet and doing some puppet building. He also worked on the Amazon Echo commercial featuring Missy Elliott and Alec Baldwin as puppets. Tarish is a former teacher at Just Right Academy, a private alternative school for children with special needs. Tarish is married and a proud father of five children. Jeghetto’s passion is promoting Oneness through the magic of Puppetry.  Funded in part with support from Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Stacey Karen Robinson is a multidisciplinary theater artist. She performed her solo work, You Never Can Always Sometimes Tell, at JACK (NYC) & Salvage Vanguard Theater (TX). The show was developed with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. She’s a recipient of an Art Matters Grant (2019) and a BRIO Award for Playwriting (2009). Her previous monodrama, Quiet Frenzy, is published in solo / black / woman: scripts, interviews, and essays, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
Bobbi Jene Smith is an alumnus of The Julliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), and a former member of Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Her choreography has been presented by Batsheva Dance Company, La MaMa, Martha Graham Dance Company, PS122 COIL Festival, A.R.T., The Israel Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, and CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, among others. Film work includes the choreography for Annihilation directed by Alex Garland, and choreographing and starring in Boaz Yakin’s Aviva. She is the subject of Bobbi Jene, winner of the awards for Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. She is the recipient of The Harkness Promise Award and was the Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center in 2019. She is part-time faculty at The Julliard School and is a guest teacher at NYU and UArts.
Split Britches, founded in 1980, is the feminist performance duo of Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver. Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a Wellcome Trust Engaging Science Fellow for 2016-19. Shaw is a performer, writer, producer and teacher of writing and performance. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 USA Artist Fellow, and was the 2014 recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award. The duo’s shows at La MaMa include Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) (2018), Ruff (2014), Miss America (2008), Dress Suits to Hire (2005), Miss Risque (2001), Salad of the Bad Café (2000), Faith and Dancing (1997), Lust and Comfort (1995), You’re Just Like My Father (1993), and Belle Reprieve (1990). 
Timothy White Eagle is an undocumented Native American artist based in Seattle. He crafts objects, photographs, performances and spaces. He currently presents a weekly “public access performance art ritual” on Instagram at 7 PM Pacific every Friday, follow him in instagram @timothy.whiteeagle. Timothy’s works as Dandy Minion Artistic Director for the touring company of Mac Arthur Genius, Taylor Mac on his Pulitzer Prize finalist “A 24 Decade History of American Popular Music”. His first major solo performance. The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture awarded Timothy as a 2020 “City Artist.” In 2019 he was named as one of 3 recipients of Western Artist Alliance/AIP Launch Pad career development award and received two major commissions to create public work in Seattle.