"Bryce McClendon (they/them/theirs) often self-describes as an accidental playwright. With their Master’s in Music from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Bryce’s formal training is in classical singing and opera. As a result, their plays are musical in style, form, and content: often about musicians, involving songs and other music, or inspired by musical works and forms. They have been a contributor to The MiddleClass Artist, and their other writing can be sampled on their Substack, ""The Bryce is Wrong"": https://brycemcclendon.substack.com/ Bryce brings over two decades experience performing in plays, musicals, concerts, and operas to their writing. As a young singer, Bryce was a 2020 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a 2019 Eva & Marc Stern Fellow at SongFest in Los Angeles, and a 2018 resident artist at Opera NEO in San Diego. Since relocating to New York City, Bryce has collaborated with American Lyric Theater’s Composer-Librettist Development Program in a performance and panel discussion about developing new operatic repertoire for countertenors, and originated the title role in the world premiere of Jonathan Dawe’s opera Being Ariodante, with Ensemble Échappé. www.brycemcclendon.com "
Ms. Zilbert, aka Gilbert Diego Sanchez is a queer cabaret performer and actor based in Brooklyn New York. Past creations include: Cats: The Other Cats Musical and Me and My Good Judys.
Mary-Angela T. Granberry
Mary-Angela Granberry is an interdisciplinary performer and dance choreographer. With a background in dance, music, acting, and visual arts. This versatility has enabled her to engage in various collaborations as a performer. Notable dance credits include The Tonight Show, Beyoncé, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ELSCO Dance (artistic dir. Ellenore Scott), Lollapalooza Music Festival, various music videos and commercial acting credits. As a choreographer, she has presented at Harlem Dance Festival and the AAPI Dance Festival - “We Belong Here” produced by J.Chen Project and Midheaven Network. Mary-Angela is a graduate from the Meisner conservatory program at Terry Knickerbocker Studio of which she was named a recipient of their “Excellence Scholarship” and notable student. She is thrilled to be a Core Collective Member with The Why Collective this season!
"Elizabeth Gartman is a composer and soprano currently based in Berlin, Germany. Her compositions call attention to the implications behind the vocal instrument paired with the physical body. In addition, her work explores themes of process in performance, as well as active listening and response. Elizabeth’s music has been commissioned by companies such as New Chamber Ballet, the NYC Virtuoso Singers, Beth Morrison Projects, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Chemie, and InfraSound Ensemble, and received performances at festivals and venues including National Sawdust, Mark Morris Dance, New Music on the Point, and Songfest. Accolades include being named Runner Up of Beth Morrison Project’s 2022 Next Gen Cycle 2, the William Schuman Prize for Most Outstanding Score in the BMI Student Composer Awards (2021), twice recognition as a finalist in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Competition (2021, 2019), the Karl Canter Prize for Orchestral Composition (2021), and the Giampaolo Bracali Composition Award (2021), among others. As a performer, Elizabeth is dedicated to the contemporary dramatic stage, with a background in classical voice and a current emphasis on new works. Elizabeth holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M. in Composition, 2021) and the University of Illinois (B.M. in Composition and Vocal Performance, 2019). "
Peter Ver Brugge
Tinkerer turned artist turned engineer turned artist turned engineer/artist. Exploration is the spice of life and life is too short to only do one thing. I was born in Albuquerque, NM, had a stint of 7 years in Tulsa, OK, and now live in Seattle, WA. My formal artistic background is music and I started on the upright bass at age 12 and studied classical and jazz, played and recorded in a band, and still play occasionally today. I turned to the visual arts about 8 years ago and have been working in acrylics as my main medium.
"Jacob Bolda (they/them) is a poet and art historian whose work seeks after the breaches in affective interiority and historical queerness. For them, the continuous rupture of language constitutes a site for psychic and social fantasy and the recuperation of loss as creative and political potential. Their research centers on queer cultures of collecting and interiority in the Early Modern Period. "
Cellist, Composer (if needed)
New York-based composer and cellist Ashtyn Brown (b. 2002), originally from Windsor, Colorado, is a fierce advocate of new art who seeks to become a vessel for the sonic imaginations of the world around them. They believe that music is social in nature and deeply respect the personal tenets that have always thrived in human sound. Ashtyn works to carefully curate this material themself, utilizing identity and anecdote as a space of community between composer, performer, and listener. Ashtyn is a founding member of the Mosaic Composers Collective.
Julian Wild:@actualjullan (FB, IG, TW) Gilbert Sanchez Ms. ZilbertMs.Zilbert Sydney Anderson Sophie Delphis Chelsea Helm:@chelseahelmsoprano Ashtyn Brown:@skittish.sapphic on Instagram, Ashtyn Brown on Facebook David Ross Lawn Carla Fortmann Doori Na:IG: @findingdoori_ Titilayo Funda Cizmecioglu Tanner Stegink Patrick Thompson Lucy Mcknight:Instagram: @lucifer_mcknight Kennedy Taylor Dixon:@kenndix (insta) Mary-Angela Granberry:IG: maryangela_terumi Brooklyn Motion Capture Dance Company:https://www.instagram.com/brianellissound/ Dicky Dutton:@dickydutton Laura Dearman:Instagram: @lauradearr Legs Akimbo Quaba Venza Ernest@quaba_ernest @venzadance Norm Mattox Bryce McClendon:"IG: @the.bryce.is_wrong Twitter: @Bryce_McClendon TikTok: @thebryce.iswrong" Sir Dominique Jordan* The Prolific One:@SirDominiqueJordan on Instagram, Sir Dominique Jordan on Facebook Alberto Medero Peter Ver Brugge:Bryce McClendon Amanda Austin
Elizabeth Gartman:Instagram: @lizafer_lemon ***Bloom Sound Collective ***Derek Weagle:Instagram @dweagz ***Molly Rabufo Bloom Sound Collective:@bloomsoundcollective @mollyrabuffo @dweagz Timmy Peterson Jorge Sosa Akshaya Tucker:IG @akshayatucker ; FB @akshaya.avriltucker Writers / Poets Lynn Lane Hannah Mae Sturges Elemen2al:@elemen2althepoet Sam Waits Kit Wren:"instagram: kitwrenaway twitter: kittalkssports" Vayl Larkin:@vayllarkin IG Chen-Yi Wu:Instagram: chenyiwu_film Nessa Nachelle @Vanessa.08 Frogg Corpse:@froggcorpse (Instagram) FroggCorpseOfficial (FB) Shockie G The Poet:Shockieg_the_poet ig &tiktok Musicians Katya Bormotina Alexa Letourneau:"@composingbyalexa - Instagram Alexa Letourneau, Composer - Facebook and Youtube @alexaletourneau and/or @mosaiccomposers - Tiktok" Charles Kreidler:@charleswilliamk_ Painters and Sculptors Angela Wei:"https://www.instagram.com/theangelawei/ https://twitter.com/theangelawei" Varvára Fern Tala Abunuwar:@kittaba Sheldon Kleeman Pamela Marino:"Instagram: @pamela.artist Instagram: @artteachermarino Etsy: @pamartshop Redbubble: @pamelarmarino Facebook: @PamArtShop TikTok: @pamela.artist " Nate Lanasa:@nathaniellanasa Sydni Peeler Emilie Karl Carlos Bortoni / n33fti:Instagram (@n33fti) Visual Artists (Digital) Kamini Avril (also physical art) John Boudreau:@johnboudreauartist Jared Schwartz Jairo Dealba Nionda Torriell:@neoforgiven, @neoforgivenart Kaylee Hernandez Nena Christeina Emma Sue Ewing: