art’ orgs

Grapefruit Lab

Co-Founder: Multimedia performance laboratory & theater ensemble

Teacup Gorilla

Bass & Vocals: Dark indie-rock soundscapes with evocative poetry

Ersatz Robots

Bass: Trans-femme 90’s-alt sad-girl rock

Raven Jane

Multi-Instrumetalist: indie roots-rock featuring Rachel Eisenstat

The LIDA Project

Technical Director: Art theatre designed to infect the mind

Countdown to Zero

Technical Director: 10-show political theater collective

Dirt Circle Dogs

Multi-Instrumetalist: Blues-inflected bright/dark music

New World Arts

Artistic Director: Ensemble theater, gallery, and event space

Goshen College

Student & Master Electrician: Theater, writing, & visual arts

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Stage Management Intern: Among the oldest & largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation.

227 ‘art’ episodes

2020

Fallout

| film

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.

Alcohol affects the frontal cortex @ Sommer Browning

| film

Sommer asked people to record themselves reading a poem from her collection, Backup Singers. I put together this video of the poem Alcohol affects the frontal cortex.

2019

User Unfriendly @ Agnes Scott College

| talk | Atlanta, GA

A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and user feedback in agile web development.

Queer Art @ Charis Books

| reading | Atlanta, GA

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

User Unfriendly @ Design 4 Drupal [keynote]

| talk | Boston, MA

User Unfriendly @ Open Source Conference

| talk | Denver, CO

Last Bullet @ Seventh Circle Sessions

| music video

live-filmed music video

A Dark Plain @ Seventh Circle Sessions

| music video

live-filmed music video

Vagina Monologues @ Firehouse Art Center

| theater

I was invited to perform a Vagina Monologue, and ended up writing my own.

Celebration, Florida @ square product theatre

| theater

an un-rehearsed play by Greg Wohead

2018

Teacup Gorilla @ Ross-Cherry Creek Library

| gig | Denver, CO

Outside The Room @ Denver Center for the Performing Arts

| theater

A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy in a world made uncertain and strange after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own. This physical theatre piece imagines what happens on the other side of the iconic door in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Not the UMS @ Remixed Gifts

| gig | Denver, CO

Speaking of Pride @ Invisible City

| gig | Denver, CO

An LGBT concert of writers and composers by the Playground Ensemble, with three works by LGBT authors and the composers.

User Unfriendly @ Metro State Mobile Prototyping

| talk | Denver, CO

JANE/EYRE @ The Bakery

| theater

We are not here to flatter egotism, or prop up humbug; we are merely telling the [queer] story. We value what is good in the book; but we believe in the existence of other, and more vivid kinds of goodness.

2017

Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

| gig | Denver, CO

Teacup Gorilla @ Syntax Physic Opera

| gig | Denver, CO
| reading | Denver, CO

Losing ControlUVA Scholars’ Lab

| talk | Charlottesville, VA

Some Kind of Resistance Tour @ Open Grounds

| journal | Charlottesville, VA

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

2016

Some Kind of Resistance Tour

| journal

It’s been a month since our country pseudo-elected a bigoted blow-hard for president. I’m heading to DC to protest his inauguration in January, visit friends, and go on a mixed-media resistance tour…

Teacup Gorilla @ Syntax Physic Opera

| gig | Denver, CO

Underground Music Showcase @ Illegal Pete’s

| gig

Founded in 2001, The UMS is an annual three-day celebration of music featuring hundreds of bands across multiple venues.

MoonConf @ Galvanize Boulder

| gig | Boulder, CO

The In-Between @ Rio Mesa Center

| theater

Try to locate the moon. Look longingly at the sky. Talk to others. Don’t lose track of where you are. This is the invitation from the Warbler to the other canyon inhabitants of the audience.

Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

| gig | Denver, CO

Teacup Gorilla @ 7th Circle Music Collective

| gig | Denver, CO

2015

Underground Music Showcase

| gig

Founded in 2001, The UMS is an annual three-day celebration of music featuring hundreds of bands across multiple venues.

Species of the Stars @ The Bakery

| music video | Denver, CO

We’re excited to be part of the single release for Species of the Stars by our good friends Open to the Hound!

EP Release Party @ Hi Dive

| album | Denver, CO

Teacup Gorilla’s debut album

Teacup Gorilla @ Merchant’s Mile High Saloon

| gig | Denver, CO

Riding SideSaddle* @ SpringGun Press

| novel

A fragmented memory of friendship – navigating fluid genders, relationships, and bodies that resist order, category, or completion. Inspired by Margaret Clap, and the many myths of Hermaphroditus.

2014

Teacup Gorilla @ Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

| gig | Monument, CO

The Post-Obsolete BookELO Conference

| project

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Teacup Gorilla @ Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

| gig | Monument, CO

Queen City Magnetic @ BandCamp

| album

Not our album, but we did write a few of the songs…

2013

Teacup Gorilla @ Herman’s Hideaway

| gig | Denver, CO

2012

Fuck The Muse @ The Operating System

| article

a series of articles on creative process

Collaboration & Queer Art @ Boulder Writers’ Workshop

| interview

interview with Richard Wall of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop

The Post-Obsolete BookSLSA 2012 – Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman

| project | Milwaukee, WI

The Post-Obsolete Book @ post-obsolete.com

| project

An archival rhizome ecology in ten parts, and a reflection on the obsolescence of obsolescence – documented on the cloud, and open-sourced as a defense against post-post-obsolescence.

Into the Green Green Mud @ greengreenmud.com

| novel

A novel about new love, moving apart, and what comes next. A love story, and an after-love story – told wiith poetry and pictures.

2010

Raven Jane @ BandCamp

| org

For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

Iron City @ BandCamp

| album

For a few years, Teacup Gorilla performed & recorded music with Rachel Eisenstat – initially as Iron City, and later as Raven Jane.

Fundraiser @ The Packing House

| gig | Denver, CO

Missa Populi

| script

A modern, theatrical interpretation of the Catholic Mass – created by Grapefruit Lab and Teacup Gorilla.

Missa Populi @ PackingHouse Center for the Arts

| theater

Combining the sacrifice, transcendence, blood, and circumstance of the Catholic Mass with history, live music, science, dance, literature, and pop culture to find a wholly modern communion experience. What we have left is our selves, broken and battered, but surviving together.

Roller Skating With My CousinBINDERY | space

| theater | Denver, CO

Part science lab, part disco, Roller Skating With My Cousin is a lively, dark romp in which synchronized roller skaters build a tower under a star-flecked mirror ball sky.

2009

A Murder One LessBINDERY | space

| theater

She is a plain and pensive woman. He is a rather ordinary man who lives in an extraordinary house. This house does algebraic equations and plots violence. One evening, woman, man, and house collide; not all of them survive.

RAIN/ of terrorBINDERY | space

| theater | Denver, CO

The citizens are easily roused and swayed, as a culture of fear infects the city with the constant threat of execution.

2008

The Anonymous Mr. W.BINDERY | space

| theater | Denver, CO

Inspired by Georg Büchner’s unfinished masterpiece, Woyzeck, The LIDA Project reinterprets the story of a young soldier returning from the horrors of war.

(#9) The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiBINDERY | space

| theater

A parable play and fantastic spectacle, warning of the dangers of a desperate populace handing over power to a corrupt leader.

Untitled #39 | Dresden Dolls @ Bluebird Theater

| theater | Denver, CO

We created this site-specific and interactive performance as an opening act for the Dresden Dolls – performed in the lobby.

(#9) The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui @ Countdown to Zero

| theater

A parable play and fantastic spectacle, warning of the dangers of a desperate populace handing over power to a corrupt leader.

(#10) My Name Is Rachel Corrie @ Countdown to Zero

| theater | Las Vegas, NV

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed when she tried to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)

The LIDA Project

| theater | Denver, CO

Founded in 1995, The LIDA Project is a meta-media art collective dedicated to experimental live performance.

2007

(#10) My Name Is Rachel Corrie @ Countdown to Zero

| theater

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She was killed when she tried to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer o perated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF.)

Bigger Guns III @ New World Arts

| theater

A live action comedy, inspired by the movies, and created by our ensemble.

Bigger Guns III @ New World Arts

| script

An action comedy for the stage, based on our favorite movie tropes. The script was devised by the entire ensemble, lead by Michelle Milne, Miriam, Emily Swora, and Ben Jacobs. I don’t believe this is the final script…

2006

Hello and Goodbye @ New World Arts

| theater

A sister and brother dig through the rubble of their lives…

Fear/Falling @ New World Arts

| theater

OCD and love produce the same chemical in the brain…

2005

Daffodil MF

| script

a ten minute play, and short film

Sadomasochism @ New World Arts

| theater

We hurt ourselves for love…

In a Time of War @ New World Arts

| theater

Based on a series of interviews with Annie in 2003, this play was produced first by Goshen College as a runner-up for the International Peace Play Contest, and then in collabiration with New World Arts for my senior thesis production.

Fallout @ shortfilmfest05

| film

I wrote this at the start of the Iraq war (2003), and later made the short film. It’s been on my mind again during COVID-19 isolation.

2004

Criminal Hearts @ New World Arts

| theater

It’s not a great script, but it was my full-length directorial debut.

Every Other Day @ New World Arts

| theater

My first one-act play…

Every Other Day @ Pinchpenny Press

| script

a play in one act, and a short film

2003

In a Time of War

| script

Reflections of a Mennonite holocaust survivor after the war

FalloutGC One Acts

| film

Fallout

| script

a glimpse of the aftermath

Antony & Cleopatra @ Oregon Shakespeare Festival

| theater | Ashland, OR

A glittering tragedy, a passionate romance, and an internship opportunity.

2002

A Lie of the Mind @ New World Arts

| theater

Some brutal Sam Sheppard…

2001

The House of Yes @ New World Arts

| theater

The play by Wendy MacLeod.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea @ New World Arts

| theater

My first forray into professional theater, as a lighting designer for New World Arts.

New World Arts

| theater | Goshen, IN

Founded in 1998 as New World Players, we produced original & alternative ensemble theater for over a decade – along with an art gallery and event space.