collaborators

JACK BEUTTLER

Production Manager / Lighting Designer

Jack is an Oakland based production manager and designer. He’s the Director of Production for Opera Parallèle, interim Production Manager for ODC/Dance, and the Production Manager for Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He’s worked and toured nationally and internationally with MJDC, Van Anh Vo’s Odyssey, Flyaway Productions, Farah Shaikh, Fluid Huh-Hug, LEVYdance, and AXIS Dance among others. He also specializes in managing new projects as he has done for Sarah Shourd’s The Box, Scare Pair by Gordon Getty and the Ballet Sun Valley Festival. His lighting designs have been called “cool” and “evocative” by The San Francisco Chronicle and he’s a three-time recipient of the Lighting Artists in Dance grant from Dancers Group.

JOEL DAVEL

Percussion

Davel's diverse career ranges from traditional folk and classical to highly experimental and electronic. Davel is best known for his collaborative efforts with composer Paul Dresher, performing in duos and with the Electro-Acoustic Band. Often working in the worlds of dance, opera and theater, Davel is music director for dNaga dance. Davel worked with electronic music pioneer Don Buchla for 20 years, and the resultant Marimba Lumina has become Davel’s signature instrument. Davel holds a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and MFA from Mills College.

MARY DOMENICO

Costume Designer

Mary Domenico's costume design collaborations include: Liss Fain, Margaret Jenkins, Robert Moses Kin, The Diablo Ballet, ODC, the Oakland Raiderettes, Raw Dance, Capacitor, and Todd Eckert. Mary’s theatrical and Opera credits include: Rorke Music, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, The Western Stage, Pocket Opera, New Conservatory Theatre, California Conservatory Theatre, CTA Crossroads, and Porchlight Players. Mary was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award in 2013. Her styling/costumes for photographer RJ Muna have won multiple awards, including first place in the 2013 APA competition and a Platinum and Gold award from the annual 2015 Graphis Photography Competition.  Her designs have been featured on the cover of The New York Times Business Day, multiple Graphis publications, as well as showcased throughout multiple San Francisco publications and the SF Dance Film Festival.  Mary started Blackbird Tailoring in the Fall of 2014, providing set tailors for the photography and film industry. 

PAUL DRESHER

Composer

Paul Dresher is an internationally active composer noted for his ability to integrate diverse musical influences into his own coherent and unique personal style. He pursues many forms of musical expression, including experimental opera and music theater, chamber and orchestral composition, live instrumental electro-acoustic music performances, musical instrument invention, and scores for theater, dance, and film. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-07, he has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, San Francisco Ballet, Walker Arts Center, University of Iowa, Meet the Composer, Seattle Chamber Players, Present Music, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music America, National Flute Association, and the American Music Theater Festival. He has performed or had his works performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe at venues including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic the Munich State Opera, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, Arts Summit Indonesia ‘95, Festival Interlink in Japan, and five New Music America Festivals. Dresher has also worked extensively with many choreographers including Margaret Jenkins, Brenda Way/ODC San Francisco, Nancy Karp & Dancers, Wendy Rogers Dance Company, and Allyson Green Dance. www.dresherensemble.org

RINDE ECKERT

Writer / Performer

Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia. With a virtuosic command of gesture, language and song, this total theatre artist moves beyond the boundaries of what a 'play,' a 'dance piece,' an 'opera' or 'musical' might be, in the service of grappling with complex issues. Eckert began his career as a writer and performer in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead). He composed dance scores for choreographers Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins, including the evening-length Woman, Window, Square for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. He began composing and performing his own music/theater works in 1992 with The Gardening of Thomas D, an homage to Dante which subsequently toured the United States and France. Staged works for solo performer include Becoming…Unusual: The Education of an Eclectic; three one-act plays: An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango and Quit This House; and works for radio including Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall.  In February 2017, Rinde opened the inaugural season of Renée Fleming’s Voices Series at the Kennedy Center where he premiered his recital Rin: Tales from the Life of a TroubadourRinde has received numerous honors and awards for his body of work. In 2012, he was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist, was honored to receive the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award. In 2007 Rinde Eckert was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

DELAYNE MEDOFF

Production Manager / Lighting Designer

Delayne Medoff is a lighting artist in the Bay Area. He has designed lights in many places and for many groups, including Christy Funsch, detour dance, EmSpace Dance, Miriam Wolodarskiand Rosemary Hannon, FACT/SF, and 13th Floor Dance Theater. Delayne is very excited to design for the first time for MJDC and very excited by working in DZINE.

ALEXANDER V. NICHOLS

Visual Designer

As collaborator with MJDC since 1986, Mr. Nichols has created 19 visual designs for the Company including Georgia Stone, The Gates, A Slipping Glimpse and Other Suns.  Additional dance credits include Resident Designer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, American Repertory Ballet and lighting supervisor for American Ballet Theatre.  His designs are in the repertory of San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street, Hong Kong Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and ODC/SF, among others. Theater credits include the Broadway productions: Wishful Drinking, Hugh Jackman - Back On Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Latin History for Morons; off-Broadway productions: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me!, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Los Big NamesHorizon, Bridge and Tunnel, Taking OverThrough the Night, and In the Wake. Additional credits include designs for Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse and National Theater of Taiwan. Recent projects include Nixon In China at the LA Philharmonic, Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia and Angels in America at Berkeley Rep.  Mr. Nichols is a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award nominee for Outstanding Projection Design.

MICHAEL PALMER

Artistic Associate

Michael Palmer, poet and translator, has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked with the MJDC since its inception and has collaborated with many visual artists and composers. His most recent collections are Company of Moths (New Directions, 2005), Active Boundaries (Selected Essays and Talks) (New Directions, 2008), Madman With Broom (selected poems, with Chinese translations by Yunte Huang, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Thread (New Directions 2011). Among his awards, Palmer has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila Wallace – Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, two National Endowment for the Arts grants in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and in 2006, the Wallace Stevens Prize from the Academy of American Poets. In June of 2012, he received the Arts and Letters Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has taught at various universities in the United States, Europe and Asia, and his writings have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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