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PRELUDE Festival 2023


Exponential Festival

David Greenspan, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Ben Holbrook, SB Tennent, Cameron Stuart, Sleth Larson, Tristan Allen, Lena Engelstein



60 minutes

7:00PM EST

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Brick Aux, 628 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Exponential Festival is beginning its ninth-anniversary season with an intimate evening of artist-on-artist interviews to take place Tuesday, October 17th at 7pm at Brick Aux (628 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211). Founding Artistic Director Theresa Buchheister and Producing Director Nic Adams will introduce the hour-long event, which will feature interviews with David Greenspan, Marissa Joyce Stamps, Ben Holbrook, Lena Engelstein, SB Tennent, Cameron Stuart, Sleth Larson, and Tristan Allen! Join us for an evening of retrospection, artistic conundrums, and a dispatch from the heart of the enduring contemporary performance community.

Streamed live on HowlRound (info coming soon)

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Ben Holbrook is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright and filmmaker whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Memphis Fringe Festival, The Motor Company, Voices of the South (TN), Ugly Rhino(LA), Seoul Players (SK), Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC). He’s been awarded the Edward Albee Foundation fellowship, the Drama League Rough Draft Residency (partnering with Sam Underwood), Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup Residency, The New Concepts Theatre Lab at UNC-Greensboro, Magic Time at Judson Church. He is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a winner of the 47th Samuel French OOB Festival.

Cameron Stuart is a writer, composer, and performer. He self-produces his performance art as No-Brow Theater Company, which was formerly known as Saints of an Unnamed Country. With several friends, Cameron opened and managed The Glove, a DIY performance space located in Bushwick. The Glove was a participating venue in the Exponential Festival, which Cameron co-produced from 2017–2022. His plays Police in the Wilderness (published by A Freedom Books) and Germany, 1933 were part of the Exponential Festival in 2017 and 2020, respectively. Other works by Cameron have been presented at diverse venues and institutions, including: MoMA's PS1, JACK, The Brick, Vital Joint, Silent Barn, Secret Project Robot, and Tomato Mouse, among others. Born in Florida, Cameron now lives in Queens, NY.

David Greenspan will return to The Brick in February for the remounting of Joey Merlo’s solo play, On Set With Theda Bara - originally presented in The 2023 Exponential Festival. He has appeared in his own plays, performed solo renditions of dramatic and non-dramatic texts and worked with many contemporary playwrights. Honors include a RUTHIE and six OBIES.

Lena Engelstein is a Brooklyn based choreographer and performer. Since 2021, she has co-created and performed a series of duets– the first with performance artist Magda San Millan; the second with dancer Jo Warren. She has collaborated with and performed in work by director Lisa Fagan since 2017, and is currently the assistant choreographer/performer in the interdisciplinary performance collective CHILD. Other performance credits include: Third Rail Company’s Then She Fell, Falcon Dance, Brendan Drake, and work by Barnett Cohen, Alexa West, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, and Chafin Seymour. As a movement director, Engelstein has worked with the bands Lou Tides and Pleaser, comedian Sophie Zucker, and dance artist Nora Alami. She has taught at SUNY Brockport, Bard College, The Field Center, and Colorado Mesa University. Lena holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Dance from Colorado College.

Marissa Joyce Stamps is a Black, Haitian-American, NYC-based Afrosurreal artist + educator. She’s the recipient of the 2023 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, a member of Clubbed Thumb 2023-2024 Early-Career Writers’ Group, a Fall 2023 Mercury Store Lead Artist, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, and was named a Finalist for The National Black Theatre's 2023 I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency. Recent: …Twisted Juniper (2022 O’Neill Finalist), Being Up in Here… (Exponential Festival 2024; Princess Grace Award 2023; Brick Aux 2022), Blue Fire… (Exponential Festival 2022; Orchard Project 2021), Letiche… (Bushwick Starr SRS 2023), + deadbodydeadbodydeadbody (Ars Nova ANT Fest 2022). She’s collaborated with The Public, 24 Hour Plays, Fire This Time, Conch Shell Productions, Moxie Arts, The Anthropologists, Keen, BUFU, + more. Marissa serves as Literary Manager at The Workshop Theater. MFA Playwriting: Brooklyn College.

Sanaz Bita (SB) Tennent is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist & director of new works, musicals, and classics. Described as having a “deft directorial touch” (Culturebot), she has developed work with New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, The Drama League, Clubbed Thumb, Civilians, BRIC Arts | Media, Mabou Mines, The TEAM, New Georges, Red House Center for Culture & Debate in Bulgaria, Prague Film & Theater Center, and others. Alumni of the Drama League Directors Project, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb Fellowship, and Mabou Mines SUITE/Space Initiative. Artistic Director of the award-winning collective Built4Collapse with whom they devised NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR, which played to sold out houses in NYC, Prague, Rome and Krakow. @sbtennent

A hardworking gemini with mischievous but kind eyes, Sleth (he/she) was sliced from the belly of a drowned Texas river horse sometime around June 1990. Sleth is a playwright, PowerPoint artist, projection designer and nightlife performer. She has enlightened audiences all across NYC including House of Yes, Three Dollar Bill, the Brick Theater, NYC Inferno, Club Cumming, Bartschland Follies and Play Now!

Tristan Allen is a composer and puppeteer based in Brooklyn, NY. Tristan’s work employs the narrative power of instrumental music and puppetry to create an imaginary world. With a background in piano, bass, electronic music, and marionette theater, Tristan applies an experimental mode of storytelling to create rich works of wordless fantasy. Tristan’s ambitions to combine their music with puppetry is underway, beginning with a shadow puppet symphony named Tin Iso and the Dawn.

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