Anna & Elizabeth Project Residency

Anna & Elizabeth Project Residency

in residence december 1 - december 17, 2017

A collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle, the pair’s growing acclaim springs from a shared quartet of talents: Both are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians—in combination, a groundbreaking approach.

Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and
stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in
performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the
uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with
stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song—and they illustrate
them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, dubbed
 “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls illustrating the old songs they sing, which they
create in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric.
Anna & Elizabeth met in 2011, and their work has brought them to stages across the
world, including the Atlanta Museum of Modern Art; folk festivals in Brooklyn, the Yukon,
Chicago, Maine, and Uzbekistan; residencies at universities; summer traditional music
schools; and small theaters and folk clubs across the U.S. and U.K.

Their second album, which features Grammy nominee and legendary folk singer Alice
Gerrard, was released March 2015 on Free Dirt Records. It has been featured on Vice’s
Noisey, the Huffington Post, No Depression, and NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
This winter, Anna & Elizabeth are beginning a new cycle of work, inspired by ballad
singers of the 1930s and 1940s in Vermont and Virginia—the states where they grew up.
Spending time in archives, with the families of these singers, and with a director, Anna &
Elizabeth with explore connections between place and tradition to develop a new show,
a new set of crankies, and a new album inspired by these ballads.

ELIZABETH LAPRELLE 28, has pursued her interest in mountain ballads for over a
decade. Since the release of her debut album at age 16, she’s been hailed as one of the
most dedicated students of the traditional unaccompanied style of her generation. The
student of master singer Ginny Hawker and National Heritage Fellow Sheila Kay Adams,
Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress
at age 16, and won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International. She has
released three solo ballad albums, and was called “the best young Appalachian ballad
singer to emerge in recent memory” by UK’s fRoots Magazine. She lives on a farm in
Rural Retreat, Virginia.

ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT, 28 is a versatile and passionate multi-instrumentalist.
Classically trained on the violin in Vermont, she fell in love with the sound of banjo in
college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky,
Virginia, and North Carolina. She is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (WV State Folk
Fest, Kentucky Fiddle Contest); was awarded the Berea Archive Fellowship for a series
of biographies of female fiddlers; served three years as artistic director of Kentucky’s
traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; was a 2014 fellow
in the State Department sponsored international music residency OneBeat; and is an in-demand video artist, collaborating with Kristin Andreassen, Cuddle Magic, Rachel Ries
and Ben Sollee. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Atlanta Science Festival Project Residency

in residence march 19 - march 24, 2017

The Atlanta Science Festival Project Residency pairs an artist with an Atlanta-based scientist for time and space to work and explore alongside one another.

In this exploration of parallel practices, the artist and the scientist will complete a residency at AIR Serenbe, benefitting from a period of prolonged inquiry and exchange. The artist will visit the scientist’s lab, and the scientist will spend time in the artist’s studio. In 2017, for our pilot year, we paired Blue Delliquanti, illustrator and graphic novelist, with Chelsea Thomas, insect breeder and on amphibians specialist at Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Blue is working on a graphic novel about insect cuisine, Meal, and Chelsea is an expert in all things edible bugs. At the end of the residency, we presented a sold-out public presentation/conversation/tasting Manuel’s Tavern, as a signature event on Atlanta Science Festival’s schedule. This Project Residency will reach new audiences and develop stronger relationships in the science and arts communities, as well as the growing field of work that blends the two disciplines.

BLUE DELLIQUANTI

Blue Delliquanti is an Ignatz-nominated artist and illustrator based in Minneapolis. She has also lived in California, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Switzerland. She graduated from Franklin College Switzerland in 2011.

Blue’s work has appeared in several comics anthologies, including Womanthology, Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, and Beyond. She has also collaborated on several nonfiction comics, such as The Accidental Candidate (written by David Axe and Corey Hutchins) and New York Times bestseller  Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works (assisting Nathan Schreiber).

CHELSEA THOMAS



Chelsea Thomas is the head of the Amphibian Conservation Program at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where she grows feeder invertebrates (a.k.a. bugs) for the frogs in her care. At home, she has been farming her own bugs and learning how to cook them for her family, friends and even local livestock. 


Transient Project Residency

Transient is a collaboration project with ArtsATL and curated by Michael Kauffman to support musicians and composers who place a particular emphasis on the narratives presented between and behind songs.

AIR Serenbe and ArtsATL are excited to announce their collaborative effort to host a series of residencies at AIR Serenbe. The project residencies, Transient, will support musicians and composers who place a particular emphasis on the narratives presented between and behind songs. “At AIR Serenbe we are always looking for dynamic ways to showcase the process stories behind finished works,” says AIR Serenbe executive director Brandon Hinman. “We are focused on how the threads of process in a particular form — in this case, music — show up in the final manifestation of a piece. In line with our ongoing investment in artists who are using story as and through performance — from song to spoken word, from lyricism to lecture — we are pleased to announce the Transient Project Residency with ArtsATL as a timely and innovative addition to our program.”

The residencies will provide time and space for rest, research, reflection and work. In addition, the organizations will present a performance and conversation at AIR Serenbe or in metro Atlanta, as well as intimate video portraits of each visiting artist, to be published on ArtsATL. “ArtsATL is thrilled to release this new series of content in collaboration with AIR Serenbe,” says ArtsATL executive editor Laura Relyea. “By providing insight into these composer’s different creative processes, we hope to inspire and arouse conversation about the creative processes that lead to contemporary music works.”

MICHAEL KAUFFMAN

To help bring this project into being, ArtsATL and AIR Serenbe recruited the aid of Michael Kaufmann, a cultural entrepreneur from Indianapolis with a rich background in city-building and artist management. His work, which operates at the intersection of cultural, economic and community development, works to empower others to create experiences of surprising beauty. Kaufmann has worked as a film archivist for the New York Public Library, a project manager for Indiana Humanities, and worked for over a decade as label manager for Asthmatic Kitty Records (Sufjan Stevens, Helado Negro, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond). Currently, Kaufmann works for the Health and Hospital Corporation as the vice president of Civic Investment, having spent the last six years supporting art and design, ecology and equitable livability initiatives for Eskenazi Health. He continues to manage musical artists including Son Lux, Hanna Benn and Oliver Blank. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to support the launch of the Transient Project Residency. It was important to me that we curated a diverse group of artists who are exploring their craft both in theory and practice. The group is not only diverse in background and musical style, but also in each of their unique ways of composing,” says Kaufmann. “I am confident this experience will not only enrich the residents, but also provide a musical legacy for the community of Serenbe and greater Atlanta area.”


MEET THE 2017 TRANSIENT ARTISTS

Rafiq Bhatia & Nina Moffitt

In residence may 1 - may 17, 2017

The music of composer, guitarist, and producer RAFIQ BHATIA seeks to reconcile meticulously sculpted sound art with risk-imbued improvisation, communicating earnest emotional intensity through labyrinthine sonic complexity. His early explorations, documented on two critically-acclaimed recordings – Strata and Yes It Will – have been described by the New York Times as “transcending real sound in real time with the unexpected,” and by the Washington Post as “approximat[ing] life in the information age…profuse, immersive and immense.”

In 2014, Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang joined founder Ryan Lott as members of Son Lux, expanding the former solo project into a trio. They have since been heralded as "the world's most lethal band" by NPR, and described as "thrilling... an ideal synthesis of contemporary forms" by the Wall Street Journal. In the past two years, Son Lux have written, recorded, and released an LP, Bones, and have given over 250 performances in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Bhatia has collaborated with singular, creative musicians across disciplines, including Olga Bell, Sam Dew, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Heems, Helado Negro, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Moses Sumney, David Virelles, and members of the chamber ensembles Alarm Will Sound, ICE, and JACK, among others. You can hear him on recordings featuring pop revisionists Lorde and Sufjan Stevens, and on the soundtracks to the films The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Air, and Afflicted.

NINA MOFFITT is an interpreter, an oral historian, and a vocalist. Her singing prioritizes emotional honesty and a desire to expand the role and boundaries of the voice as an instrument. Her style, repertoire and songwriting are informed by a vast web of influences, from Sarah Vaughan and Joni Mitchell to Mahalia Jackson and Stevie Wonder - all evidenced by incisive lyrical interpretation, soulful phrasing, and dramatic timbral shifts.

Named after Nina Simone, and the daughter of a pianist-composer, Nina's roots in sound took hold early in life. By the age of 12, she was leading her church congregation under her father's musical direction, and singing became her key vehicle for self expression. At Oberlin College, she earned her B.A. (with honors) in cultural anthropology, but spent equal time slipping into jazz classes, performing with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble, and studying classical technique at the Conservatory.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Nina lives and performs there with her alternative R&B project TUTU and The Will Mason Ensemble, an avant-spectral jazz septet. She also collaborates with guitarist/composer Rafiq Bhatia and occasionally sings backup vocals with alt-pop outfit Son Lux.

Nina is currently working on new music that explores the manipulation of her voice in an experimental choir-like role.


OLIVER BLANK & ASHA JIMENEZ

IN RESIDENCE MAY 8 - JUNE 11, 2017

OLIVER BLANK is an English artist and designer. His artwork is about intimacy and affection in public, and his design projects focus on the prevention of suffering.

Coaxing his audience out of the quotidian, Oliver’s artwork induces unforgettable experiences that instill a shared romance and sense of community. Past installations include composing orchestral music for long forgotten buildings and hosting a phone-line that collects messages for lost loves and forgotten friendships. Oliver’s artwork has appeared across the world in countries including Japan, Mexico, Spain, Finland, and the USA, and venues including Tate Gallery, London's Design Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Oliver is the co-founder of Outside, a humanitarian design agency. He loves making things: civic things for nonprofits, cloud-based things for developing countries, thoughtful things for museums, useful things for communities in crisis. Previously Oliver was a design lead at Google Life Sciences and Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, and in the past he made things with Lego, Nokia, HP, Marvel Comics, and many others.

Oliver has collaborated with various NGOs and nonprofit organisations including IRC, UNICEF, UNHCR, Mercy Corps, and War Child. In 2015 Oliver led the design of Translation Cards: a tool enabling field workers and refugees to communicate more effectively. The app received an award for innovation from the United Nations.

In 2016, Oliver convened a team of designers one day after the US election. Four days later they launched RageDonate: a site that allows people to channel their rage into giving. 

Canadian-Venezuelan artist ASHA JIMENEZ enjoys using the natural world as her muse, seeking to inspire people to reflect on our connection with the Earth. By combining visual, physical and experiential practices with her engineering background, Asha transforms the mundane into the extraordinary and in doing so reveals the terrestrial as cosmic.

Asha is enamored with the beauty of the Dominican Republic, and her documentary The Weight of Gold (2016) juxtaposes the idyllic locales of the island with haunting visuals of the loss and destruction caused by the mining industry. Her forthcoming installation, The Last Conservatory, is a multi-sensory experience that invites the audience to lie down on a bed of earth, which emanates passages of poetry and prose concerning nature collected from across the globe. By forcing the audience to physically connect with the natural world, Asha intends to reveal nature’s incredible therapeutic capacity.

Integrating her skills in engineering, Asha uses technology as a means to transcend the expected functions of everyday objects. In her recent collaboration with Oliver Blank, The Lady and the Stone (2017), the duo welcome audience members into an enchanted phone booth at an old hotel to share a cathartic experience and cast away a burden.

Having lived in Venezuela, Canada and the United States, Asha is a nomad by nature and is inspired by alternative living.

A. Jimenez bio courtesy of ArtsATL Laura Relyea

ROBERTO LANGE (HELADO NEGRO)

IN RESIDENCE JULY 4 - JULY 13, 2017

One of experimental electronic producer ROBERTO LANGE's numerous monikers, Helado Negro is a collaborative project associated with Asthmatic Kitty Records that made its album debut in 2009 with Awe Owe. Born in South Florida in 1980 of Ecuadorian heritage, Lange made his recording debut in the early 2000s, when he released music under a few different monikers, most notably ROM (a collaboration with drummer Matt Crum), Epstein, and Boom & Birds. The eponymous album ROM (2005) on Wimm Recordings is a compilation of Lange's collaborations with Crum dating back to 2000. He was most prolific as Epstein, releasing the full-length albums Puñal (2004), Gente Sin Pueblo (2005), Canto de Hermanos (2007), and Otros (2008); the former two on the label Botanica del Jibaro, the latter two on Arepaz. As Boom & Birds, he released the album Camino de Manos Chuecas (2005) on Arepaz.

After moving to Brooklyn, New York, in 2006, Lange began a fruitful collaboration with Guillermo Scott Herren, earning co-production credits on the Prefuse 73 releases The Class of 73 Bells (2007) and Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian (2009) on Warp Records, plus the Savath + Savalas album La Llama (2009) on Stones Throw. In the wake of these high-profile releases in collaboration with HerrenLange made his album debut as Helado Negro with Awe Owe (2009) on Asthmatic Kitty. A highly collaborative effort, Awe Owe featured input from Herren, former ROMcollaborator Crum (also of Feathers), Jon Philpot (the frontman of Bear in Heaven), and numerous others. By contrast, Lange recorded Helado Negro's second album, 2011's Canta Lechuza ("Owl Singing") after holing up in a cabin in Connecticut. In 2012, Lange collaborated with Julianna Barwick as OMBRE, releasing the album Believe You MeInvisible Life, which featured Lange singing in English as well as Spanish, arrived in early 2013.

Helado Negro returned in 2014 with Double Youth, a nostalgic, home-recorded set of songs that took inspiration from a poster he had owned since childhood and rediscovered while cleaning out a closet. In 2015, collaborators including Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensenhelped bring songs from Helado Negro's Island Universe Story cassette series to St. Paul, Minnesota's Ordway Concert Hall as Island Universe Story: Selected Works. The following year, all three volumes of Island Universe Story -- which were released between 2012 and 2014 -- were issued as a compilation by Asthmatic Kitty. Helado Negro's next album was preceded by a pair of singles, 2015's "Young, Latin & Proud" and "It's My Brown Skin," reflecting the themes of Latin pride and cultural awareness found on the rest of Private Energy. Informed by '70s Latin soul and dub, the album appeared in October 2016.


HANNA BENN

IN RESIDENCE SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 15, 2017
 

A composer, vocalist, and genre-spanning collaborator, HANNA BENN has been creating music for over a decade. Her multi-disciplinary approach has incorporated dance, opera, and theatre — submerging boundaries and discovering new sonic landscapes in the process. 

With origins rooted in gospel and choral music, Benn began exploring music as both an intimate and collective experience at an early age. Her influences soon included Stravinsky, English pastoral music, R&B, Alice Coltrane, and Olivier Messiaen.

Benn studied composition and voice at Cornish College of the Arts and has been composing ever since. While in Seattle, she co-founded an experimental pop band called Pollens. She has worked with CMF Festival Orchestra, Saint Helen's String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, St Marks Cathedral Choir, Opus 7, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

She wrote and recorded work on Son Lux's "Bones" album and toured with Boots (who has produced Beyoncé, FKA Twigs, and Run the Jewels). Her commissioned work and compositions have been performed across the country, from a five-hour immersive opera and dance performance in collaboration with Alice Gosti and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra to a composition celebrating Black American composers with Davida Ingram and the North Chamber Orchestra. She recently completed a residency at Central State in Indianapolis where she wrote much of her new album.

Benn's voice carries with it the crispness of cathedral tones — the sensuality of her sacred sonic corpus mixes with a clarity that rushes ambiguity out through the stained glass windows. She is able to take clearly delineated genres, deconstruct them, and then unify them in her work — creating pieces that are simultaneously accessible and profound, elevated and organic, sacred and common.


New Territories 

New Territories Playwriting Residency celebrates its 2nd year as the Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays, in partnership with Serenbe Playhouse.

In residence January 15 - January 28, 2017
 

2017 playwrights, L-R: Joe Calarco, Jami Brandli, A. Rey Pamatmat; with L-R: AIR Serenbe's Michael Bettis, Serenbe Playhouse's Ryan Olivetti, and New Territories Program Facilitator Tira Palmquist. On the grounds touring Serenbe for inspiration.

2017 playwrights, L-R: Joe Calarco, Jami Brandli, A. Rey Pamatmat; with L-R: AIR Serenbe's Michael Bettis, Serenbe Playhouse's Ryan Olivetti, and New Territories Program Facilitator Tira Palmquist. On the grounds touring Serenbe for inspiration.

The New Territories Playwriting Residency, developed by Serenbe Playhouse’s Artistic Director Brian Clowdus, AIR Serenbe’s Executive Director Brandon Hinman, and playwright Tira Palmquist, builds on the core focus of Serenbe Playhouse: producing artistically rich outdoor, site-specific performances. “After the premiere of my play ‘Ten Mile Lake’ at the Playhouse, I realized that Serenbe would be the perfect place for a writer’s residency,” said Palmquist, “and that the company’s mission to produce site-specific theater could provide the perfect inspiration for new work.” Palmquist will serve as New Territories on-site dramaturg and program facilitator.

“We are continually floored by the caliber of artists working with Serenbe Playhouse,” said Brandon Hinman. “In 2015 we partnered with the Playhouse to host a residency for Broadway set designer Adam Koch. It was exciting to see Adam have space and time to dig deeper into the land here in Georgia, cultivate his own practice, and elevate the caliber of the Playhouse’s future productions. An ongoing commitment of our program is to provide residencies for artists—some who have never done a residency—at pivotal spots in their careers. It is this deep investment in the creative process that grounds our vision. We like to say the work of AIR Serenbe is to nurture critical moments of imagination—New Territories will do just that.”


MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS

JAMI BRANDLI (Playwright): Plays include Technicolor LifeS.O.E.M-Theory¡SOLDADERA!Sisters ThreeA Merry Little Christmas and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in The Kilroys Top 46 List in 2014. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize.  Most recently, Technicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. She’s been a finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus. A proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA.


JOE CALARCO (Playwright): Published works include In The Absence Of Spring (also included in The Best Stage Scenes of 2004), Shakespeare’s R&J (Lucille Lortel Award), Walter Cronkite is Dead, and his short plays, Just A Little Sniffle and Parting Gifts. Two collections of his plays for young audiences, My Vacation in Paris, Salat, Civil Wars, Aftershock, Shakespeare, Will, Image is Everything, Revolution, Hero Worship and Veni, Vidi, Vici, will soon be published by Samuel French.  Other adaptations include A Midsummer Nights Dream and Antigone Renewed (first workshop at the National Theater in London.) His play A Measure of Cruelty was nominated for the Carbonell Award as Best New Work. Monologues from Walter Cronkite is Dead and A Measure of Cruelty are included in The Best Stage Monologues of 2013. His play Separate Rooms was invited to be part of the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center and he’s the book writer for the theater/dance piece Wolf (Theater Raleigh). He wrote the book for the musicals Golden Gate with composer/lyricist Richard Pearson Thomas (developed at Second Stage with a reading at Lincoln Center) and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with composer Chris Miller and lyricist Nathan Tysen, which premiered in London in conjunction with Mercury Musical Developments, and premiered in the U.S at Barrington Stage Company. He was a contributing book writer of The Audience (Drama Desk Nomination) for The Transport Group. Upcoming: The musical SCKBSTD with songs by Bruce Hornsby and Chip Dematteo, Home Front: a play with songs with composer/lyricist Matt Conner and his latest full-length play In The Attic. He was resident playwright at Expanded Arts for two years and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is Director of New Works and Resident director at Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia.


A. REY PAMATMAT (Playwright): His play House Rules premiered at Ma-Yi Theatre, and his play after all the terrible things I do was produced in About Face’s 25th Anniversary Season, both in Spring 2016. Recently, his work was celebrated in Boston where the Huntington and Company One Theatres presented after all and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them concurrently in the Calderwood Pavilion. Edith premiered at the Humana Festival, received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, and was nominated for GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards. Rey’s plays A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name and Thunder Above, Deeps Below were developed at the O’Neill, and his shorts appeared in 59E59’s Summer Shorts 2016, New Black Fest’s Facing Our TruthThe Mysteries at The Flea, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Play Project, and two Humana Festival anthologies. Other productions: Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me (Waterwell), DEVIANT (Vortex), High/Limbo/High (HERE); publication: Samuel French, Playscripts, Cambria Press, Vintage; awards: ’12/’13 Hodder Fellowship, ’11/’12 PoNY Fellowship, Princess Grace Award and Special Projects Grant, NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, E.S.T./Sloan Grant. Rey is Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and teaches at Primary Stages ESPA and SUNY Purchase. BFA: NYU, MFA: Yale School of Drama. 


TIRA PALMQUIST (Program Facilitator):  Tira’s plays include Two DegreesTen Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell, and others. Ten Mile Lake is a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize. Two Degrees has been featured in numerous festivals, including the New American Voices festival in the UK, the Caltech 2014 Mach 33 Festival and the 2014 Great Plains Theater Conference, and will be featured in the Denver Center’s New Play Summit 2016. And Then They Fell was workshopped by Brimmer Street (Los Angeles, 2015) and the UMass New Play Lab (2014), and will have its premiere at Brimmer Street in Los Angeles in 2016. Ten Mile Lake, which premiered in 2014 at Serenbe Playhouse just outside of Atlanta, GA, was developed and workshopped in 2012 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Age of Bees premiered at MadLab Theater in 2012 (and was named Best Original Work by the Other Papers “Best of 2012” list), and was subsequently produced in 2015 at the Tesseract Theater in St. Louis. Age of Bees is now available through Original Works Publishing. Her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Inkwell, 9Thirty Theater, The Road Theater, EST-LA and the Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings program. Tira teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, the EST-LA’s Playwrights Unit, the Antaeus Theater’s Playrights Lab and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 


SERENBE PLAYHOUSE

Serenbe Playhouse is a professional theatre company committed to producing bold new works and reinvented classics that connect art, nature and community.

Serenbe Playhouse believes that theatre as an art form has the unique power to illuminate the human experience. In pursuit of that vision, we produce artistically rich site-specific performances and programming that reduces the barriers between artists and audiences by immersing patrons in an environment that amplifies the beauty of nature, and provides opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration.

Serenbe Playhouse was founded in 2009 under the executive and artistic direction of Brian Clowdus, an accomplished actor, educator, director and producer. Established under the umbrella of their parent organization, The Serenbe Institute for Art Culture & the Environment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Serenbe Playhouse operates with the support of a diverse working board of directors and community volunteers.


Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship

Linda Lee McDonald

Linda Lee McDonald is 2017's recipient of the Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship, awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up.

In residence December 18 - December 30, 2017

Linda Lee McDonald is a fiction writer, memoirist, poet and a teacher. As a single parent, she earned her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual focus on fiction and poetry. More recently, she was selected as a 2016 Finalist for the Southeastern Review’s World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest and her poem, “Enlisting,” was included in the 2016 anthology of poetry and art, Verse Envisioned. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Chaos Journal of Personal NarrativePeeking Cat, 5AM and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Saturday poem. McDonald has taught creative writing and English at the University of Pittsburgh, the
Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, TX- where she received the Outstanding Teacher of Humanities award from Humanities Texas.
Linda Lee McDonald currently resides with her opinionated corgi, Griffin, and teaches English
and Fiction Workshop at Shady Side Academy.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship

Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel is 2017's recipient of the Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

In residence October 21 - November 21, 2017

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared internationally in children’s books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia.

Brendan’s latest book They All Saw A Cat is the recipient of the 2017 Caldecott Honor, an award given to an artist of the most distinguished picture book for children. The Caldecott Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA).


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is 2017's recipient of the Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship, awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up.

IN RESIDENCE AUGUST 8 - AUGUST 17, 2017

Laurel Snyder is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer, with a focus on writing for younger readers. She is the author, most recently, of Orphan Island (Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins), and Charlie & Mouse (Chronicle Books), and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon, Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and NPR’s All Things Considered. Laurel has been the recipient of the Sydney Taylor Medal, E.B. White Honor, and Orbis Pictus Honor. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches in the MFAC (Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults) program at Hamline University.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.

Shy Jones Focus Fellowship

Bright Son (Bryson Rollins)

Bright Son is 2017's recipient of the Shy Jones Focus Fellowship, awarded to a lyricist who is making work for and about children and childhood.

IN RESIDENCE AUGUST 1 - AUGUST 31, 2017

Emcee, poet, singer, and guitarist Bright Son grew up with a jazz musician for a father and an artistic art study for a mother in Omaha, NE. Raised on jazz it led him to hip hop culture. Being introduced to rap through his older sibling, he started listening to artists such as Master P, Biggie Smalls, Nas and Tupac Shakur. He began freestyling at the age of 14 in rap battles for fun, and his interest in the culture grew.

Throughout his formative years, he took creative writing classes and became immersed in the open mic poetry scene. The effects of these inspirations can still be seen in his passionate and imaginative style. Known for his energetic presence, it's not surprising he started a break dancing crew while still in high school—the first of its kind in Ohama. By the age of 24, he decided to move to Atlanta to join the burgeoning music scene. A short while later he was introduced to Soul Food Cypher, where he was welcomed with open arms and encouraged to grow as an artist and individual. SFC has become a home away from home for this brilliant artist. A home so comfortable that he many times brings his 4-year-old son, Elijah, to come and enjoy the experience.


ABOUT SOUL FOOD CYPHER

Soul Food Cypher utilizes the power of speech to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. We are an organization that showcases the positive aspects of rap through our cypher events, membership program, and community outreach. Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist (rappers) community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voice and artistry can grow. In addition, we look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship

Amy Park & Paul Villinski

Amy Park & Paul Villinski are 2017's recipients of the Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship, awarded to an AIR Serenbe Alumni artist who will bring their family along for a residency.

IN RESIDENCE JULY 1 - JULY 31, 2017

Amy Park’s large-scale watercolor paintings take Modernist architectural facades as their point of departure. She was a recipient of a Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award in 2007-2008, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in 2012. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US, including Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY; The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Project Row House, Houston, TX; The Poor Farm Experiment, Manawa, WI; and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Her work is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments; New York Presbyterian Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic; Deloitte and Touche USA; Microsoft Corporation; The College of DuPage; and Drawing Center’s Artist Archive at the Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY with her partner, artist Paul Villinski and their 5-year-old son, Lark.

ABOUT PAUL

Paul Villinski has created studio and large-scale artworks for more than three decades. Villinski was born in York, Maine, USA, in 1960, son of an Air Force navigator. Villinski’s work is widely collected, including major public works created by commission. His studio recently completed “SkyCycles,” three full-scale “flying bicycles” to be installed at “Ocean Breeze,” a new Parks and Recreation Track and Field facility, through the New York City Percent for Art Program. The City of New Haven Percent for Art Program commissioned “Dreamdesk,” a flying school desk with 18’ wingspan which was installed at the entrance to the East Rock Magnet School in 2014. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Serenbe Institute, GA. He lives with his partner, the painter Amy Park, and their son, Lark, in their studios in Long Island City, NY.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Seikilos Focus Fellowship

Michael Kurth

Michael Kurth is 2017's recipient of the Seikilos Focus Fellowship, awarded to a composer. 

IN RESIDENCE JUNE 12 - JULY 4, 2017

Michael Kurth (b. 1971) has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1994. The Orchestra has given world premieres of four of his orchestral works, May Cause Dizziness in 2011 under Roberto Abbado, Everything Lasts Forever in 2013 under Music Director Robert Spano. Prometheus Unhinged in 2015 under Joseph Young, and A Thousand Words in 2016 under Robert Spano. His fifth Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commission will be premiered in spring 2018.

Kurth has been commissioned twice by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Other groups that have performed his works include the Atlanta Young Singers, the Peachtree String Quartet, the Franklin Pond String Quartet, Concert Artists Guild-award-winning violist Jennifer Stumm, the Georgia Sinfonia, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble and modern dance company gloATL.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Coesistere Focus Fellowship

Adam Frelin

Adam Frelin is 2017's recipient of the CoEsistere Focus Fellowship, awarded an artist of any discipline whose work explores human population growth and its impact on wildlife.

IN RESIDENCE MAY 22 - JUNE 20, 2017

Adam Frelin (b.1973, Grove City, PA) has shown widely at venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the College Art Association. Frelin has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo, among others. He has published two books of photography and has had several artworks commissioned throughout the world. In 2016, Adam served as lead artist on Breathing Lights, a multi-city, temporary public art installation that involves illuminating hundreds of abandoned buildings with a breathing effect created with light. Frelin received a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA University of California, San Diego. Currently he is an Associate Professor of art at the SUNY University at Albany, and lives in Troy, NY.


ABOUT BREATHING LIGHTS

For two months in fall 2016, Breathing Lights illuminated the street-facing windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in the neighboring cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY. Warm light filled each window with a diffuse glow that pulses with the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, these installations  transformed vacant structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth. This massive installation helped illuminate the region’s struggle with vacancy and its effects on residents and neighborhood economies, and regenerated interest in once-vibrant communities.

Funded through a $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies "Public Art Challenge" grant, Breathing Lights was led by Adam Frelin as lead artist, and architect Barbara Nelson. This project brought together local architects, students, engineers, artists, and product developers to design and install custom light instruments. Illumination kits consisted of miniature LED strip lights bound in adhesive fabric, affixed to interior window frames. The lights shined through windows covered in diffusion material, powered and controlled by batteries. In a region that pioneered electricity, a project centered on lighting technology infuses the installation with history and place.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Jogger 5K Focus Fellowship

Brutal Studio

Brutal Studio are 2017's recipients of the Jogger 5K Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist of any discipline with work featured on the Jogger 5K course route.

IN RESIDENCE March 31 - April 30, 2017

Left to Right: Sara Santamaria, Allie Bashuk, Danielle Brutto, on the deck of AIR Serenbe's container studio, 2017.

Left to Right: Sara Santamaria, Allie Bashuk, Danielle Brutto, on the deck of AIR Serenbe's container studio, 2017.

Brutal Studio is an all-lady- run design and build studio with principal artists
Danielle Brutto, Sara Santamaria, and Allie Bashuk. Brutal Studio launched in
June of 2016 and specializes in experiential events and installations, with an ever-evolving collective of talented makers and experimental thinkers.


jogger 5k

Last year, Edgar Allan collaborated with Monday Night Brewing to create Jogger, a 5K featuring art from signature Atlanta artists along its West Midtown route. Participants not only got some exercise, a little culture, and some awesome swag (like a commemorative beer glass Monday Night filled with brew at the finish), they also got to vote for their favorite artist: EA partnered with AIR Serenbe to award a Focus Fellowship to the winner, a one-month residency inside the creative community that included a cash stipend of $1,500.


 

EDGAR ALLAN

Edgar Allan combines Brand Strategy, Responsive Web Design, & Brand Journalism to help companies better communicate with humans who love them. They do it through the lens of story to help customers find their part in yours.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship

Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman is 2017's recipient of the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work explores the integration of health, wellness, and the creative process.

IN RESIDENCE March 31 - May 1, 2017

Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman (known musically as SHIRA) is a songwriter, producer, writer and visual artist. She's shared stages with CocoRosie, Mirah and TuNe-YaRdS. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in PBS Poetry, Buzzfeed ReaderThe Huffington PostBUST MagazineWinter TangerineThe Massachusetts Review, as well as alongside Patricia Smith in Bull-Gouging the Matador, in the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the Lambda award winning LGBTQ anthology Glitter and Grit. She received her BA from Hampshire College, a Millay Colony Fellowship and a James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her latest album “Subtle Creature” premiered in BUST Magazine in October 2016.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Frances Focus Fellowship

Ray Christian

Ray Christian is 2017's recipient of the Frances Focus Fellowship, awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the American South.

IN RESIDENCE March 3 - March 17 | July 14 - July 28, 2017

Raymond Christian is a storyteller, whose storytelling began with his role as reader for
his illiterate parents at age 10. He escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by joining
the United States Army at 17. Here he served in a number of capacities and
assignments at home, abroad during peace time and in combat, primarily as an
Infantryman and Paratrooper, where he retired after 20 years of service. Following
retirement the combat-decorated veteran went back to school and earned a BS in
History, MA in Public History, and an EdS in Education Leadership. He is currently
pursuing a doctorate in Education, where his dissertation research explores the
relationship between parental behavior and academic success among African American
students. Ray also teaches part time at Appalachians State University, the courses “The Souls of Black Folks”, an examination of African American social culture, and “Life in the
Narrative” a course that explores the historic and contemporary use of storytelling and
oral history in America.  

Ray has shared his stories on the Moth Main Stage in the US
and Canada. His stories have appeared in Readers Digest (One of the Best Stories in
America Edition) and have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment.
In addition, as a competitive storyteller Ray is a 7 time Moth story Slam Champion, and
the winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray also has his own
podcast “What’s Ray Saying”. Ray hopes to continue crafting stories that can serve the
cause of cultural enlightenment and social justice by using oral expression to present
the human experience in a compelling and memorable way. Ray currently resides in
Boone, North Carolina.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship

Amy Huntington

Amy Huntington is 2017's recipient of the Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship, awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

IN RESIDENCE February 1 - February 22, 2017

Amy is a children’s book writer and illustrator from Vermont. She enjoys taking her sketchbook with her everywhere she goes, often creating her stories on its pages. When she is not using her sketchbook, Amy utilizes pieces of paper, bits of wood, barn doors, and even her mailbox. A multi-media artist, Huntington practices with pencil, pen, watercolor, oil, and gouache paints. You can find Amy in her studio, located near her kitchen, writing stories and making pictures.

Right: Amy Huntington talks AIR Serenbe on Write the Book, August 7, 2017.


ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR CHILD SUCCESS

Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is a private, nonpartisan research and policy organization. ICS works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. ICS supports policymakers, service providers, government agencies, funders, and business leaders focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education - all to coordinate, enhance, and improve those efforts for the maximum effect in the lives of young children (prenatal to age five). Rather than being a direct service provider, the Institute's approach focuses on helping those who help young children succeed by working with stakeholders to seek holistic solutions to complex early childhood challenges.


ABOUT REACH OUT AND READ

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that trains and supports medical providers who give books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child exams.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing healthcare infrastructure. Each year, Reach Out and Read serves 4.5 million children across all 50 states, focusing on those in low-income families.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


SWACC! Focus Fellowship

Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing is 2017's recipient of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship, awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration

IN RESIDENCE February 1 - February 12 | February 20 - February 28, 2017

Eve Ewing inside AIR Serenbe's Rural Studio Cottage

Eve is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago; in 2018, she will begin as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Currently, she is developing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Shuttered Schools in the Black Metropolis: Race, History, and Discourse on Chicago’s South Side," explores these topics in the context of the 2013 public school closures in Chicago, and the relationship between such closures and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community. 

Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry MagazineThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, The Nation, The New RepublicUnion Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, and a scholarship recipient for the New Harmony Writers Workshop. She co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Crescendo's projects include the Emerging Poets Incubator and the Chicago Poetry Block Party. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. 

For ten years, Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings, including Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of MassLEAP, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and supporting spaces for youth, artist-educators, and organizers to foster positive youth development through spoken word poetry forums throughout Massachusetts.


ABOUT FOCUS FELLOWSHIPS

AIR Serenbe supports artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council—esteemed peers and experts in the field.  Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists (discipline, geography, demographic, subject) the fellowship will serve.  

To learn more about establishing a Focus Fellowship, contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman at brandon@serenbe.com.


Gentlemen Bosses Project Residency

GENTLEMEN BOSSES: The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page. 

AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.

CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ is a New York Times Best Selling nonfiction writer and author of six books of poetry, including her latest collection, The Year of No Mistakes, which was named the Texas Book of the Year for Poetry in 2014. Her latest nonfiction book, Dr Mutter's Marvels, spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller List. Her most recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt House residency and the ArtsEdge writer-in-residency position at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit: www.aptowicz.com 

ANIS MOJGANI is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner for the International World Cup Poetry Slam and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-in-the-Schools program. Anis has performed in venues around the globe, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR and numerous literary journals. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including his most recent: the fully illustrated poetry-memoir, The Pocketknife Bible. He lives in Portland, OR. For more information, please visit: www.pianofarm.com

DERRICK BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of the Year for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president and founder of Write Bloody Publishing, what Forbes and Filter Magazine call "one of the best independent poetry presses in the country. The New York Times calls his work, "...a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words." He is the author of five books of poetry, and is publishing a sixth collection, Uh-Oh, this Fall. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.brownpoetry.com/

 

 

Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriter's Retreat

This short residency pairs the winners of ATLFF’s Screenplay Competition with screenwriting mentors for two days at Serenbe. 

More Information to follow.

2016 Screenwriters' Retreat Mentors:

  • Michael Lucker is an acclaimed writer/director with twenty years experience creating film, television and animation. He began his career writing and directing television commercials in college in Boston. Soon after he landed in Los Angeles working in production on series for ABC, NBC, CBS and HBO before taking a job as assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment on feature films Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Back To The Future ll & lll and Jurassic Park. He went on to work in creative affairs at Hollywood Pictures, helping develop the movies Crimson Tide, Terminal Velocity, Taking Care of Business and Straight Talk. He then went onto write movies for DreamWorks, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Universal and more, including “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for best-animated movie. Michael hosts a quarterly Screenwriter School and hosted 2014's ATLFF Screenplay Reading.
  • Robin Henry is a writer and comedian who loves to make people laugh. She's written for "The Queen Latifah Show," "East Los High," "The Rickey Smiley Show," and "House of Payne." Robin writes, directs and produces sketches for Sketchworks, the premier sketch comedy theater in metro Atlanta, and teaches introductory and advanced sketch writing. A co-founder of Joke Pony and “The Black Nerd Show,” Robin can be found performing stand-up comedy in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
  • TBA

Oxblood Project Residency

AIR Serenbe & New Noise Partnership

Innovative New Orleans theater ensemble NEW NOISE presents Oxblood, a panoramic new outdoor performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South. Estranged sisters Rose and Laurel reunite in rural Georgia after their centuries­ old family home burns to the ground. While Rose's husband Jacob loses himself in the scarred farmland, the two sisters grapple over its uncertain future. Oxblood unfolds in a fearless blend of dialogue, dance, and sweeping choral music. With rich, keening harmonies composed by Brendan Connelly, and deeply intimate, unflinching choreography by Angelle Hebert, Oxblood unearths the tangled histories buried deep in the land and asks what happens to us as we struggle to leave that land behind.

Oxblood is the second work in NEW NOISE's New Southern Hymnal trilogy, following 2013's nationally­ touring Runnin' Down the Mountain.

New Territories Project Residency

AIR serenbe & Serenbe Playhouse Partnership

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are proud to announce a new play development program unlike any other: the 1st Annual New Territories Playwriting Residency, a Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays.

New Territories will bring three playwrights to Serenbe to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater. While the primary goal of the New Territories Playwriting Residency is to provide a nurturing and supportive space for playwrights to develop new environmental work, Serenbe Playhouse also commits to further developing one or more of these plays in subsequent seasons. By supporting playwrights who share mission and vision, the Playhouse will continue to cement its reputation for exciting, innovative performances of groundbreaking American plays – all in concert with AIR Serenbe’s commitment to artists and their creative process.

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are excited to announce the playwrights for the inaugural year: Liz Duffy Adams, Edith Feiny, and David Hilder. "Serenbe Playhouse selects material and performance locations hand in hand. We have a strong mission to expand our support of new works and New Territories will do just that,” said Clowdus. “The playwrights are coming with a blank page. They’ll explore Serenbe and choose a location that inspires them. That inspiration will spark their pen to paper creating a work that goes hand in hand with the environment they have chosen with the long term possibility of developing into a fully realized production as part of our mainstage season." In addition, Serenbe’s resident apprentice acting company will be available for cold reads and table work of the plays being developed. Finally, Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe will host a Speaking of Making artist talk with the three playwrights and an informal reading of the works in progress with the Serenbe and the Atlanta communities.

“We are continually floored by the caliber of artists working with Serenbe Playhouse,” said Brandon Hinman. “In 2015 we partnered with the Playhouse to host a residency for Broadway set designer Adam Koch. It was exciting to see Adam have the space and time to dig deeper into the land here in Georgia, cultivate his own practice, and elevate the caliber of the Playhouse’s future productions. An ongoing commitment of our program is to provide residencies for artists—some who have never done a residency—at pivotal spots in their careers. It is this deep investment in the creative process that grounds our vision. We like to say the work of AIR Serenbe is to nurture critical moments of imagination—New Territories will do just that.”