Artistic Team for At the Water’s Edge
Director: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Ph.D.
Currently a Visiting Professor of Performance Studies and Theatre and the Interim Coordinator, Theatre Concentration at MICA, Kanta is the Director of At the Water's Edge. As the Director of Folded Paper Dance and Theatre Limited (Hong Kong, Kochi, Seattle), she focuses her collaborative undertakings on building cross-cultural networks and new forms of dance and theatre laboratories. Her written scholarship includes topics such as water and performance, translation and embodiment, disability and performance, and transnational avant-garde Asian performance. She is the author of two books and many articles and a former editor of Theatre Topics. Her recent awards include a Design Trust (an Initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design) Grant (2016-2017) and a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Artist and Scholar Fellowship (2017-2018).
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Jacob Budenz
Jacob Budenz is a writer, multi-disciplinary performer, musician and witch with an MFA from University of New Orleans and a BA from Johns Hopkins University. The author of PASTEL WITCHERIES (Seven Kitchens Press 2018) and Spellwork for the Modern Pastel Witch (winner of Birds Piled Loosely's Hard to Swallow chapbook contest), Jacob has recent fiction and poetry in Slipstream, Pussy Magic Press, Gingerbread House, and Mason Jar Press's Broken Metropolis anthology. As a pianist and singer, Jacob has performed all over Baltimore, New Orleans, DC, New York, and even Spain as cabaret alter ego Dreambaby, the lead singer/lyricist of Moth Broth, and lead singer of New Orleans's premier Yiddish folk band, The Sages of Khelm. Budenz's original adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita was awarded among City Paper's Top Ten Staged Production of 2016, and his debut solo show, SIMAETHA: A Dreambaby Cabaret, played to sold-out houses in 2017. More of Jacob's work can be found at https://www.jakebeearts.com.
DRAMATURG: Joan Weber
Joan Weber has been a theatre artist, teacher, and administrator in the Baltimore region for the past two decades. She is an adjunct faculty member at University of Baltimore, where she teaches in the Integrated Arts Department, and a graduate faculty at the Towson University Arts Integration Institute, where she teaches public school teachers how to integrate drama and theatre into their curriculum. Joan is the past Head of Education at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, first executive director of Arts Every Day, and has served on local boards and commissions. She received her MA from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, where she specialized in the history of theatre of Northern Ireland during The Troubles.