Author: Philip Gates

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 10. Ikechukwu Ufomadu

Ikechukwu Ufomadu Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer. He is creator and host to a number of original, live shows including: his evening of talk-show entertainment Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, JACK); his night of comedy and music Nightcap | by Ike (Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater); his one-man variety hour Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Fran...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 9. Salty Brine

Salty Brine The Living Record Collection Salty Brine is a New York-based actor, playwright, and cabaret artist. He is the creative force behindThe Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances built around popular albums. Time Out New York has called him “the love child of a Paul Lynde, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey in Cabaret threeway”. NY Credits: Clown Bar (Pipeline, The Box), How Di...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 8. Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones)

Daniel Alexander Jones / Jomama Jones Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. He has dissolved boundaries and explored radical presence for over 20 years through his dynamic, interdisciplinary practice. His body of work is unified by its consistent regard for human complexity, its commitment to kindness and generosity at its core, and by its faith in the power of live art to foster empathic communi...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 6. Narcissister

Narcissister Narcissister employs a spectacle-rich approach to explorations of gender, racial identity, and sexuality. Humor, pop songs, elaborate costumes, contemporary dance, and her trademark mask are her tools in deconstructing stereotypical representations. By opening up and turning against themselves what Stuart Hall calls “fixed and closed stereotypical representations,” Narcissister ...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 7. Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)

Jibz Cameron / Dynasty Handbag Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 5. Erin Markey

Erin Markey in conversation with Katherine Cooper: KC: It seems like you have to do a lot of code-switching because you occupy a few different worlds, whether that’s an MTV audition, or family Christmas or making a YouTube video or performing in drag and I want to know how that feels and how you feel you are different in those situations. EM: Yeah, it’s funny. It’s funny to be making this show rig...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 4. Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sha...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 3. Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer.  “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), judy’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, London’s Hackney Empire, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall,...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 2. Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists. V authored the Lambda Literary Awar...

10 Performance Cabaret Artists to Know: 1. Adrienne Truscott

The Contemporary Performance Think Tank is housed in the John Wells Directing Program MFA at Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama under the direction of Caden Manson. Each year the Think Tank focuses on a set of topics concerning the fields of Theater and Contemporary Performance and conducts research and interviews to produce a paper as a resource for practitioners. This year’s topic is c...

10 Mixed Reality Artists To Know: 3. CREW (Belgium)

CREW As an experimental company CREW aims to visualize how technology is changing us. The art form that is used for this purpose and that quite simply engages the body of the spectator, is immersion. There are multiple ways of sharing immersive environments with the public but the main critera is for the art form to be live: theatre, installations and performances. These real-time creations anchor...

10 Mixed Reality Artists To Know: 4. Javier Molina (US)

Javier Molina Francisco Javier Molina is an engineer, actor and media artist working with virtual reality, motion capture, interactive installations, performance art and experimental film. He holds a degree inTelecommunications Engineering from the Army Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador. He moved to New York City to study at NYU School of Engineering along with a minor in acting at Uta Hagen’s ...