Brian Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist working in mixed media visual art, photography, video, music composition and performance, performance art, and dance. He has a BFA in Visual Communication from Maryland Institute College of Art and currently works as an art director for digital media at Discovery Communications. Recent projects have included video for Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, and UpRooted Dance. www.bluefieldarts.com
Sharon is a Washington, DC area based experimental multi-media dance artist with longtime interests in improvisation, somatics, and the subtle energetic aspects of dance embodiment in relation to the environment. She is the artistic director of the performance project mansurdance, and her choreography and improvisation integrated with video and photography have been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad in traditional, alternative and site-specific venues. Mansur has had the honor of working with various U.S. and international dance, music and visual artists, including BodyCartography, David Dorfman, David Rousseve, and Sara Rudner, and longtime collaborator Daniel Burkholder, among others. She has received support from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Bossak‐Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Sharon is currently an Assistant Professor of dance at the University of Maryland, and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. www.mansurdance.com
Artists who regularly collaborate with The PlayGround.
Jonathan Matis has been composing and performing many types of music professionally since 1993. He has performed in venues across the country; as diverse as the Kennedy Center and CBGB's. Jonathan leads the DC Improvisers Collective, a free jazz ensemble; the Low End String Quartet, a re-imagining of the classical standard; and Eigenvalues, a duo project exploring the possibilities of spoken-word and electronic processing. http://jonathanmatis.alkem.org/
Susan Oetgen is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary performing artist whose work combines text, music, movement, video and visual art in solo and collaborative performance projects that explore how stories define our identity. Her recent work has examined the relationship between art and war in a series of projects about the US Marine Corps, including Command Voice, which premiered at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in 2010; Bazm-o-Razm, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic for the Music Off the Walls series in 2008; and IED: Improvised Experimental Diva, which premiered at the Capitol Fringe Fest in Washington, DC in 2007. Raised in Washington, DC, Susan earned a Master of Music from Catholic University of America and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She studied composition with David Lang at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and with Randy Woolf during a 2007-2008 fellowship with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. A recipient of a 2007 Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant and a 2010 Meet the Composer Creative Connections Grant, Susan has been an artist-in-residence at Tribeca Performing Art Center since 2009. www.susanoetgen.com
Chad Speed is a sound artist based in the DMV. He is a founding member of People With Shoulders. website