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It’s Poe season...
Join NEVERMORE in celebrating Edgar Allan Poe and the San Fernando Valley on October 29th! Our Poetry Hub is free and open to the public - running 11am-6pm, it is for all ages and includes crafts, face painting, literary booths, poetry readings by 40 LA poets, poetry give-a-ways, a graffiti wall, live drawing, Virtual Reality stations, and a food truck! Costumes highly encouraged, and there’s even free parking.
Purchase a ticket and you get a METRO Day Pass and access to join the Haunted Valley Bus Ride, traveling from the Hub along the METRO Orange Line. Tickets are almost sold out, so get yours now! Part haunting, part community storytelling project exploring neighborhood change and development, this will be an experience unlike any other this Halloween. You will discover hidden cultural treasures, engage with LA’s premier immersive performers, and explore the visceral power of art as never before. Tours run every hour 11am-3pm - tix at bit.ly/nevermorepoet, community rates available.
NEVERMORE is coming!
October 29th, 2016 11 AM - 6 PM
Van Nuys Civic Plaza, 14400 Erwin Street Mall, Van Nuys, CA 91401 - free Saturday parking on Erwin Street!
40 poets, arts, crafts, VR, dancers, singers, actors...and you?
300 poems painted on umbrellas, ravens, fans, masks, and top-hats for you!
NEVERMORE is a project of Theatre Magnet, a subsidiary of Artist Magnet, and RENT Poet, in partnership with the Eclectic Company Theatre. NEVERMORE is funded in part by the City of LA Artist-in-Residency Program and the Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF) with support from the Surdna Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Additional support comes from the LA Tourism & Convention Board, the Offices of LA Councilmembers Nury Martinez & Paul Krekorian, LA County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl & Michael Antonovich, and our community partners.
Artistic Direction - Brian Sonia-Wallace, Nicelle Davis
Production - David Mack, Jessica Evans, Rosa Navarrete, Angelica Estevez, Claudia Duran, Veronica Mullins
Community Relations - Julienne Mackey, Caroline Chang, Lina Rocas
Tour Guides - Linda Ravenswood, Jasmine Gatewood, Rich Yap
Poets - Luis J Rodriguez, Douglas Kearney, Laurel Ann Bogen, Jacqueline Tchakalian, Cls Ferguson, Rich Ferguson, Peggy Dobreer, Anne Yale, Nancy Carrol, David Gale, Cryrus Sepahbodi, Jerry Garcia, Edwin R Vasquez, Magdalawit Makonnen, Derrick Brown, Branson Brown, Jeremy Radin, Brendan Constantine, Susan Haydon, Radomir Luza, Daniel McGinn, Eric Morago, Jackie Bang, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Armine Iknadossian, David Mcintire, Tanya Ko Hong, Jessica Wilson, Katie Manning, Eva Konstantopoulos, Pam Ward, F Douglas Brown, Sara Borjas and more...
Musicians - Micah Wright, Francesca Falcone, Israel Heller
Archivists - Rick Davitt
Collaborators - Jameelah Nuriddin & Imaginese Productions (Sohani Holland, Rebeckah Boyle, Jennifer Strand), Eclectic Company Theatre (Adrienne Pearson, Alex Pike, Kendra Ware, Holly Leveque), Off the Wall Graffiti, Southern California Handweavers' Guild, Beyond Baroque, Tia Chucha Press, Lamplight Press, USC-VR and more...
Every worthy undertaking has an element of reaching for something beyond your grasp. Edgar Allan Poe says, "those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." This was my starting point for this project - to ride the Orange Line as a detective, ferreting out clues to the hidden worlds of art and human life that get flattened in our digital-industrial metropolis. The Valley. To connect much-loved horror tropes to the communities that adore them, to ride and write and sing with people about their spaces and how they have changed. Poe has an abiding horror of change - everything withers, in his life. And change is horrifying. But, walking paths through history with a mind to the future, we can begin to reframe ourselves, to put our short stories into the anthology of a community. Thank you for walking and riding and singing with us today. Don't mind the ravens. They are just bringing us the fragments of where they have been.
The NEVERMORE Team
Lesley Asistio has been doing solo performance for over a decade: Roller Coasters, White Butterflies (and Crying Myself to Sleep), Another Song for Ma, Babae: My Daughter, My Sister, My Friend, I’m in Love w/ My X, Pandesal, Araw ng mga Patay, and Praying for Chlamydia. She performed her one-woman-show, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and the ZooTown Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana. She recently received a Puffin Foundation Grant to develop her latest solo show, Nurse Asistio: Living the Filipina American Dream! She will be presenting it at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2017.
Rebekah Boyle enjoys interpreting her experiences of life through art, dance and expression of all types. She specializes in dance as a means of transmuting her experiences into physical expressions in the hopes of connecting to her audience in a way that provides a reflection and relief of all aspects of this wild life journey.
Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her poetry collections include The Walled Wife (Red Hen Press, 2016), In the Circus of You (Rose Metal Press, 2015),Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013), and Circe (Lowbrow Press, 2011). Her poetry film collaborations with Cheryl Gross have been shown across the world. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center, and with Red Hen’s WITS program. She currently teaches at Paraclete High School.
Claudia Duran is thrilled to work with the Nevermore Arts Festival. She has worked with Casa0101 since 2006. She co-founded the Latina Womyn's Theater Festival; Chicanas Cholas y Chisme. Please Visit Us: www.facebook.com/cholasychisme Theater Credits Include: After For Play, A Force to Be Reckoned With, Art Share One Acts, Chicanas Cholas y Chisme, Children of Pelops, Drunk Girl, Eastside Queer Stories Festival, Madea, Occupy the Heart
BFA Carnegie Mellon University. She thanks her mentors for their support.
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Jessica Moneà Evans
Jessica Moneà Evans, is thrilled to be a part of the thrilling Nevermore immersive journey and having the opportunity to explore they valley. She is currently the stage manager for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s production, What I Am King. She's also the business and project manager for AfroFunk Dance Fitness and teaches dance fitness classes. Evans is a graduate from Calarts with an MFA in Theater Management. Some credits include: ROMEO& JULIET (ISC), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (A.C.T.) SOJOURNERS (Sundance Theater Lab), REDCAT NOWfest (REDCAT), HANDCRAFTED HEALING (Studio/Stage), THE DEPTHS OF BLACK ARTS (A.C.T.).
Jasmine Gatewood was born January 27, 1993 in Tampa, Florida to Ms. Antoinette Gatewood and the late Reverend James A. Gatewood. She graduated with her B.A. in Theatre Arts- Performance at Alabama State University and currently she is pursuing her M.F.A. in Theatre Arts- Acting at The California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, CA. She has been awarded numerous awards such as Best Musical Theatre Award performing “I know Him So Well” from Chess at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Best Supporting Actress in The Color Purple as Shug Avery at Alabama State University. Jasmine has been recognized in LA Times, Hollywood Press, and LA Splash for her role as Eliza in the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum’s Premiere of TOM. Jasmine has performed in various productions such as A Raisin in the Sun as Beneatha, Dream Girls as Michelle, The Color Purple as Shug Avery and Church Lady Doris, Crowns as Velma, The Whitney Houston Tribute: One Moment in Time as Deborah Cox and Background Vocalist, The Wiz as Addaperle, Richard III as James Tyrell and James Blount, The Colored Museum as Miss Pat and Janine, and A Christmas Carol as Scrooge, just to name a few, as well as performed the Role of Young Rosa in the filmed documentary of First Rosa. She hosted a radio show on WVAS FM 90.7, ArtSation: A Conversation with the College of Visual and Performing Arts for 3 years at Alabama State University. She loves what she does living true to Philippians 4: 13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” “I get an overjoyed sensation that races through my veins when I am able to breakdown and buildup self to create new characters. It is so amazing to me to witness the power of storytelling when it manifest itself throughout an audience because someone can always relate and even if only one person is touched my job was done. God has blessed me with these gifts and I am thankful and honored when given the opportunity to spread them to his world.”
Violinist and pianist Israel Heller has played extensively in the Los Angeles indie rock scene with acoustic folk-rock outfit The Pyramids as well as with members of The Mowgli’s before embarking on his first solo project on violin. Under his own name, Heller performed his experimental brand of techno pop violin from Los Angeles to Berlin all the way to Brisbane, Australia and Missoula, Montana. Israel writes and produces under the name Next Emissary and collaborates with a number of artists including singer/producer Jayne Wilcox and producer Grand Atrium. In addition to violin and keys, he sings and plays guitar, currently performing around New York City and Los Angeles
Over the past decade, David Mack has managed some of LA’s most adventurous performing arts companies and productions in the fields of Theatre, Opera and Dance. During his tenure as General Manager of The Industry, he served as Producer of INVISIBLE CITIES at Union Station. In partnership with METRO and Sennheiser, INVISIBLE CITIES, developed over two years with over 100 artists and community stakeholders, animated this iconic public space through Opera and Dance while maintaining the daily life and operations of the station.
David has served as Chairman of LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, Board Secretary and Education Chair of the Watts Neighborhood Council, Board member of Mutineer Theatre Company, Steering Committee member of Arts for LA, Founding Board Member of the Theatrical Producers’ League of Los Angeles (TPL-LA) and Board member of the Dance Resource Center.
As a Strategic Consultant, David’s clients include: LA Dance Project, Ate9 Dance Company, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, and MULTIPLEX DANCE. Featured partnerships include: the LA Tourism & Convention Board, Hammer Museum, Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus, Mayme Clayton Museum, Wende Museum, LACE, SCI-Arc, Watts Towers Arts Center, Ford Theatres JAM Sessions, Company of Angels, 24th St Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Grand Performances, LA Poverty Department, Wild Up, the LA Convention Center, Dunbar Hotel (Thomas Safran Properties), TransitTV, MacDonald Media, Theatre at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA, Watts/Century Latino Organization, Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club, LACHSA, and Animo Watts and Locke Charter High Schools.
Cornell University, B.A. Theatre, Applied Economics and Management; California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A. Theatre.
Julienne Mackey recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. She has worked in outreach and marketing with West Hollywood Dance Festival, Ground.Bloom.Sway UCI Senior Thesis Showcase, Bare Bones Dance Theatre, UCI Dance Department Chair’s Student Advisory Council, Interface Dance Ensemble and ArtQuest Dance Company. Now she is training to be certified as a Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist while performing in various project based groups, and apprenticing for No)one Arthouse.
Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete is a Peruvian artist raised in Los Angeles. She’s excited to be working as a Stage Manager for the Nevermore team. Prior jobs include: Production Manager at Heidi Duckler Dance Theater; Associate Producer for "Don’t Talk About It, Sp!t About It" at Casa 0101 Theater. Earlier this year she wrote a comedic play presented at the "Chicanas, Cholas Y Chisme Play Festival." Education: UC Berkeley, Inner-City Filmmakers, Integrated Movement Studies. rosalnavarrete.blogspot.com
Jameelah Nuriddin is a NAACP award-winning artist and holds her BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California (USC.) A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she began acting in films in her early teens, playing opposite such notable actors as Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, and Kimberly Elise. While in Atlanta, Jameelah worked for HBO, FAMILY CHANNEL, and FOX while attending the Magnet School for Performing Arts; she has also studied in New York under Larry Silverberg — world-renowned expert of the Meisner Method — forming the foundation of her craft.
Over the course of her professional and college career, Jameelah appeared in over 25 TV spots and films, and performed in over three dozen theatrical productions for the stage including: the WARNER BROS. Feature film ATL, The DISNEY REDCAT Theatre's Cut, and starred in the OFF-BROADWAY run of Innocent Flesh. As a Producer and Director, Jameelah has been hired by the WATTS VILLAGE THEATRE COMPANY, and PASADENA PLAYHOUSE.
A passion for teaching and inspiring in the arts, she has taught theatre widely over the globe: a Children's Orphanage in Indonesia, Middle-school students in MacArthur Park - LA, and even sessions with inmates of NORCO California State Prison. As a leader and innovator, Jameelah serves as Artist Director/Co-Founder of a Los Angeles based Production Cooperative, Imaginese.
Linda Ravenswood BFA, MA, PhD Abd
Community, Liberation and EcoPsychologies;
Founder, The S1X 2 M1DN1GHT Performance Collective;
Founding member, The Melrose Poetry Bureau
Linda Ravenswood is a Performance artist from Los Angeles. Her work aims towards inquiry and uncovering, reminding viewers to hold memory, history, place and lineage as meaningful, and available markers. Recent work (2014-2016) has appeared, or been commissioned for Cornell University, The Broad Theatre, AWP Pen USA, The Google Corporation, The Hammer Museum, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, The Los Angeles Arts Commission, The Angel’s Gate Cultural Centre, Highways, The Artery, The Bootleg Theatre, Gallery 16 (San Francisco), The Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles, The Lancaster Museum, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Japanese American National Museum, Casa del Tunel (Mexico) and Craftswoman House. She has been published in 30 literary journals, her music has appeared in 3 documentary films (PBS), she appears in 4 books in print (Sybaritic Press, Mouthfeel Press, Gallery 16 Press, LACMA Press - forthcoming), and she is a 2016 Vermont Studio Centre grantee in Poetry. Finalist for Poet Laureate of West Hollywood (2016), and twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize for Poetry, Linda is a lecturer, dramaturg and workshop presenter, most recently teaching at Occidental College. Linda Ravenswood is NDN / First Nation, (Pokanoket, Wampanoag) and a Mayflower descendant on her mother’s side, and an Indigenous Mestiza from Baja California Sur on her father’s side. She was raised in Los Angeles by Jewish Holocaust survivors from WWII.
Current projects include: Artist residency at ArtShare L.A., a residency at The Vermont Studio (Winter 2016), collaborations on two books, the touring project Quickdraw Poetry Cabaret in San Francisco, Berkeley and New York (2017), The West Hollywood Lit Crawl THE MELROSE BELLOW (co - producer, November ‘16), FEMINIST ACTING CLASS (a 4 day performance event at The Hammer Museum, October 2016), and GRLCRUSH, Improvised Performance and Witchway (2016). She is a fellow at The Women’s Centre for Creative Work (2016).
Brian Sonia-Wallace is a poet and experience designer who has created over 20 plays, happenings, and multi-disciplinary arts projects on four continents. In 2014, his Bike Odyssey LA partnered with METRO and earned him a nomination for a Doris Duke Impact Award for innovation in American theatre. Brian’s live poetry companies RENT Poet & Melrose Poetry Bureau work across the non-profit/for-profit divide, with past clients ranging from Google to the LA Library Foundation. Brian is a 2016 Artist-in-Residence for the City of Los Angeles and was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence for the National Parks System. His work has been featured on APM Marketplace, KCET, ABC7, Telemundo, LA Weekly ("ingenious...completely unforgettable"), LA Magazine, and others.
Rich Yap is an actor, writer, director from Los Angeles. His name is often mistaken as ‘Richard’ but his immigrant parents were too poor to afford the last three letters, so he is just Rich. His films have screened at film festivals across the globe and his writings have been published in 3-Pack Jack and The Live Art Almanac Vol. 4. He is currently writing his next project and trying to stay relevant on social media. Most of the time he is trying to figure out what he wants for lunch. Follow him on Twitter @richyaps
Holly Leveque is thrilled to be part of the Nevermore Team. Last year she returned to the character of Elizabeth in Linda Ravenswood's How to Make a Monster, a role that Holly originated. At LMU Holly received both her Bachelors in Theatre Arts and a Masters in Feature Screenwriting. While studying at LMU she had the privilege to study at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. Her favorite roles include : Katharine in Proof, Sister James in Doubt, Mrs. Samsa in The Metamorphosis, Natasha in Three Sisters, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Myrrhine in Lysistrata, Bianca in Othello, etc. She would like to thank her family and friends. But mostly thanks to Brian, Bri Guy, for being a constant source of genius and madness in equal parts, and Linda Ravenswood for her heart, laugh, soul and mind. And you for supporting live theatre!
Jonathon Rios- Native Angeleno
Associate Produced the play "Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret" with the Melrose Poetry Bureau
Assistant choreographer for movies "The Hot Chick" "Big Mama's House 2" and "Bring It On" movies
Leadership Council for the Empowerment Congress Arts and Culture Committee for the city of Los Angeles
Poet, Short Story writer
Hopes to bring art to the masses in every way possible!
Kendra Ware is a performance based multidisciplinary artist who writes and directs original work that is steeped in cultural research and utilizes elements of ritual theatrics and experimental performance concepts to explore the intersections of race, gender, class, cultural politics and identity. A graduate of CalArts and Sarah Lawrence College, she oftentimes fuses puppetry, video, music, text, and spoken word poetry of a personal nature to critique existing societal norms and challenge the notion of otherness. Her work has been shown at REDCAT in Los Angeles, Son Of Semele, The Santa Barbara Contemporary Museum, The Last Bookstore, La Mama Theater, and the Pan Asian Theater in New York City and site-specific locations. She has been a guest artist with the Long Beach Dance Foundation, Indy Convergence based in Indianapolis and Toronto and an invited artist to the La Mama Umbria Residency.
Rick Davitt is a filmmaker and photographer based in Orange County California. He specializes in marketing work for private schools, but his filmmaking experiences extend beyond this specialty. In most of his film work he writes, directs, runs camera and sound, and edits the final product. When branching out he’s worked with crews to shoot everything from music videos to corporate training films to documentaries for the festival circuit.
Primary clients include Sage Hill School, The Pegasus School, St. Mary’s School, and Mayfield Jr. School, but he’s also made films for Pepsi, The Chase Walker Band, The Clown School and many others.
His award winning documentary What It Takes follows a group of high school water polo athletes as they take on U.S. Navy SEAL’s famously arduous BUDs training, proving that he has the vital skill to operate without sleep when on a shoot.
Bernadette McComish earned an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence, and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Hunter. Her poems have been published in The Cortland Review, Sunday Salon, Hakol, Hospital Drive, Slipstream, and Storyscape. She teaches High School in Los Angeles, and tours with the Poetry Brothel performing works from her collection, The Book of Johns, where every man, woman, and literary hero is just a John.
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In his role as Van Nuys Field Deputy, Ovanes answers constituent calls and assists constituents with any issues they are experiencing in Van Nuys. In addition, he aides the field deputies with their field inspections, and helps them organize events. Ovanes' free time is spent at 24 Hour Fitness, or indulging in a meal at Outlaws Cafe or Lusy's Mediterranean Cafe and Grill.
Michael McDowell recently stepped down as the first Vice President for Cultural Tourism at L.A. Tourism, where he promoted Los Angeles as a premier cultural centers for visitors worldwide since 2004. In 2011, he also assumed responsibility for marketing efforts created to attract African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino and LGBT visitors.
Previously, McDowell held leadership positions at the CalArts and USC as well as top positions in higher education and government on the East Coast.
As a volunteer, McDowell has served on boards for Arts for LA, Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, LA Stage Alliance and Travel & Tourism Marketing Association, among others.
Cece Tio is the Producer for Moving Arts and The Playwrights Union. Site-specific theatre with Moving Arts: The Car Plays at RADAR L.A. 2011, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival 2012, 2013, and for La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Series 2012, WoW Festival 2013, 2015; Paranormal Communications Specialist for Watts Village Theater Company’s Meet Me @Metro: Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasures. Cece thanks Stephanie Walker for introducing her to Moving Arts, Paul Stein for creating The Car Plays, Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez and David Mack for first showing her new ways in which to experience Los Angeles as an artist and Metro-rider, and Chuma Gault for being her Most Valuable Partner.
- Guillermo Marquez (Councilmember Nury Martinez' Office)
- Ovanes Chobanian (Councilmember Nury Martinez' Office)
- Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez (Consultant)
- Karen Swift (METRO)
- Loren LeBlanc (Sculpture Artist)
- Rogue Artists Ensemble
- All of our Kickstarter donors (http://bit.ly/nevermorekick)
- October 29, 2016 at 11am – 6pm
METRO Orange Line
14400 Erwin St
Van Nuys, CA 91401
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