Dominique D’Amico, lead singer and lyricist of Doctor Pyramid (see below), believes in the power of sound and the ritual of rock and roll. She will be contributing to VAGINA as sound designer/audio reinforcer. And she will make you move your body in the lobby, to the sweet sounds of music’s most powerful and enchanting women, as DJ Lady Drug Deal.
Doctor Pyramid is a five piece rock band from Chicago, born from old friends and chance encounters.Their songs of death, love and magic soar with wailing guitars, pounding rhythms and howling vocals.They exist at the meeting point between the logical and the mystical, the real and un-real, playing and singing their hearts out at the crossroads of the old and the new.
Marie Cisco is a Director, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Teaching Artist, and Theatre Enthusiast. She was born in Atlanta, GA and is a 2010 graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University, where she received her BFA in Theatre Arts. Marie is a proud company member of MPAACT Theatre where she also serves as the Marketing Director and Resident Stage Manager. Her Stage Managing Credits Include: Tad in 5 Tongues: The Chronicles of Babel, and Sweet Home. Her Directing credits include Reality Check by Kevin Douglas, Blackademics by Idris Goodwin, and Baseball Music: The Sweetest Sound by Sati Word (MPAACT).She has been blessed with the opportunity to share art with the kids as a Teaching Artist for MPAACT, After School Matters, and an Assistant Teaching Artist for Steppenwolf. Marie is thrilled for the opportunity to work with the Good Night Ladies in Vagina III, and can’t wait to see what the future holds this group of beauties.
Intermedia & Performance Artist
Sid Branca is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in performance. Her work draws from many different artistic forms, including performance art, sound art, movement, new media, and others. Her primary medium is often the body, working with the performer’s body as sculpture and the body of the spectator as a site for physical, sensory experience. She is interested in the relationship of the body to digital culture and the current role of vulnerability and privacy, as well as the increasingly blurry lines between the production and consumption of culture. Branca’s pieces collide pop culture with literary canon, lo-fi DIY with “high art” to examine thematic continuity and foster a popular culture that feels an engagement with, rather than isolation from, the often hegemonic literary and artistic canon. She holds a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Chicago, and is currently an MFA student in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. See http://sidbranca.com for more.
Darling Shear is a member of Suna Dance, a collaborative arts company that provides work opportunities to artist through site specific works. They opening more doors by taking performing from the stage setting and putting it in the middle of everyday life. Therefore making performance more accessible by widening the demographic.
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Lesley Jackson is a Chicago-based artist specializing in mixed-media sculpture, woodworking, and social practice. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she received her bachelor’s degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this past May. Her sculpture explores ideas about nature in the context of the contemporary urban landscape and the tension between the two. By slightly altering found materials- both directly from nature and the artificial counterpart- her work suggests themes of longing, displacement, and the discontents of a fabricated nature.
In addition to a more traditional sculpture practice, Lesley is also interested in the union of fine craft and social engagement. Founded in March of 2012, Furnishings for Refugees is a collective lead by Jackson that constructs furniture from secondhand materials fordisplaced refugee families. She collaborates on a number of projects, just recently partnering with a local chef and food connoisseur to create an edible art installation for the Chicago Artist Coalition. Lesley is interested in the collaboration of multiple fields of study and the sharing of skills as an instrument for community engagement.
Julia Neary was a founding member of the Organic Theatre Collective, Powertap Productions and Running With Scissors - all companies based in the creation of original and physically inspired work. Neary has acted, directed and choreographed dance, movement and combat for theater, television and film and has co-adapted three novels for the stage which have received two After Dark Awards and a nomination for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Adaptation. Neary is an Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting at The Theatre School, DePaul University, and is honored to work with TTS alums, Jessica Marks, Eve Ryberg and many more… “I love it when students and teachers make the leap to artistic peers!”
Paulina Makuch am a visual artist who creates paintings using whatever materials she can get her hands on - newspapers, coupons, gum wrappers, etc. Through the process of layering everyday everyday materials, painting them, and sanding them down, she creates paintings that reference maps and topography. Paulina wants her work to invite the viewer to explore the many physical and conceptual levels of my paintings. She received her BFA in Studio Arts for the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2013, and is currently working a sales job to gain materials for my upcoming art works.