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The Creators

Lee Douglass, Director, Concept, Writer and Choreographer

LEE DOUGLASS is a director, writer, performer and filmmaker but prefers to be identified simply as a storyteller.  Her work reflects her innovative vision both with the written word and through the use of movement, physical theater and image.  She seeks to create remarkable moments through the stories she chooses to tell and with a style that illuminates our common humanity. By embracing both the beauty and the horror, her work bears witness to the truth and the profundity of the mysteries of the human experience.

 

She earned her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts NYU in Film Directing and was a Directing Fellow in the MFA program at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.  Lee has several films to her credit including the award winning Birdboy and has worked as writer/director on many projects: promos both live action and animation, documentaries and narratives.  Lee has penned numerous screenplays and currently her commissioned screenplay, Kingdom by the Sea, is in development with Axial Pictures in Los Angeles.

 

 In 2012, she and her theater partner, Tricia Mancuso Parks, formed a non-profit theater company.  It is the goal of the company to produce unconventional and challenging productions both classical and experimental incorporating diverse cross-cultural elements, cinematic structures, music and multi-media.

 

Selected directing credits include: 

 

THEATER: If You See Something, Say Something (Kraine Theater), The Architects of Time (Manhattan Rep Theater), Jyou en (unShout the Noise); Shorts Pants (unShout the Noise) Hello My Name is… (Living Image Arts),  Cowboy Mouth (NYU),  Happy Days (NYU),  Eclipse (Neighborhood Playhouse)

 

FILM: Birdboy, (Douglass); World Tribe (LaBarthe/Douglass ); Life You Save May Be Your Own (Douglass)

 

DOCUMENTARY AND CONCERT: Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelas at St. John the Divine ( Douglass/Hahn); Songs From the Heartland: The Music of Glenn Miller (Desert Sky Productions)

 

Selected writing credits include:

 

SCREENPLAYS: A Hell Full of Angels, Carnival, Eclipse, Even the Deaf Can Hear, Kidnap Girl, Kingdom by the Sea (commissioned screenplay currently in development at Axial Pictures, Los Angeles), The Lovely Leave (commissioned by Claire Stansfield, Stansfield/Labarthe Productions), Burning Bridges (commissioned by Marcus Hahn)

Toshinori Hamada, Writer,, Director,, Choreographer, Fight Choreographer, and Translator

TOSHINORI HAMADA came to New York to intensify his dance training where he studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. His traditional Japanese background and life experiences in New York empower him with a unique quality and voice as an East/West performing artist. As a principal artist with BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM), Toshi has been featured in the roles of Rahwana from Ramayana-The Abduction of Sita, Fragrance; Ancestor/Demon from Spirit Window; and in his choreography, NYC-Baris, and Sunda Upasunda, a critically acclaimed masked dance drama inspired by the Mahabharata that he created for BALAM’s Bali Tour 2010. Toshi has choreographed and performed as a featured solo artist many times in Bali, Indonesia, where he was accompanied by the world renowned Gamelan Semara Ratih of Ubud. Toshi performed as an actor in Kabuki theater (Yorozuya Family) and trained in the Noh Theater(Ho-syo School) for over 30 years. He has taught Noh theatre and dance as a guest teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Tisch School of the Arts, and also at Columbia University. He holds a black belt in karate and was a karate instructor at their New York dojo. His performance credits include Saeko Ichinoe, Harmonia Opera, guest artist with the Connecticut Ballet, Temple of Jehan, American Dance Festival, Rubin Museum of Art, and as a supporting Noh singer and dancer with Japanese national treasure, Master Watanbe in Tokyo, Japan.

Kento Iwasaki, Composer and Musical Director

KENTO IWASAKI is a composer and koto performer. Commissioned for his intercultural voice and theatric sensibilities, he creates with theater and music new mythologies that acts as a bridge to the lexicon of traditional arts.

 

He was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Champaign, IL; Ottawa; Princeton and Philadelphia before moving to New York City.

 

He studied koto with Satomi Fukami as part of an expenses-paid program by Columbia University and continues his koto studies with Yoko Reikano Kimura. Kento has received training in opera composition from Libby Larsen, John Corgliano and and William Bolcolm as part of the John Duffy Composers Institute. Kento received his B.A. in Music Composition at Temple University and his M.M. in Classical Composition at Manhattan School of Music. Previous composition teachers include Mark Jurcisin, Matthew Greenbaum and Richard Danielpour.

 

Kento is currently developing portable operas that utilize traditional Japanese instruments. Kento's opera Beloved Prey premieres on November 24th at the Secret Theater - a production of the Traveling Opera Company.