David Taylor is a Technical Director and Visual Artist. He holds a Masters degree in Technical Direction which he received from the art school founded by Walt Disney – The California Institute of the Arts. After Grad school he helped open the REDCAT theater within the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles for its inaugural season. From there he moved to New York City to do Technology Research and Development for Michael Counts on his project – The Ride New York – now known as The Ride. David has been a freelance Production Manager for over a decade and he has toured internationally with various Productions and Live Events. He frequently works with the celebrity event planner David Monn and is currently the Director of Production for Jazz at Lincoln Center where he has enjoyed 10 years of employment on hundreds of productions. He has been the Production Manager and Technical Director for every major YDC show and cullen+them performance since 2005.
While he has had the opportunity to work with artists and designers of immense caliber – he views his work with cullen+them as the most rewarding of his work… and is proud to be assisting in executing the vision today – of the high caliber artists of tomorrow.
Em Watson is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with performance and digital media. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May 2016 with a concentration in Art/Life/Practice: Bodies, Space, and Culture. Her field of study focused on post-modern and experimental performance in New York post-1950, with practical coursework and field experience in both dance and photography. She is interested in modern concepts of bodies and space and their political implications, and the power of performance to inform and catalyze communities to inspire social change.
She was recently awarded the Longhouse Scholarship Award for her interdisciplinary work in dance, film and photography.
Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Artsy, Galore TV, American Theater Magazine and on the cover of the Ballet Review.
Shirish Sarkar is a composer and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. Working with a combination of acoustic recordings, analog instruments, and digital manipulation, he uses music as a mode of communication. Shirish is interested in the intersectionality of dance and music as being both traditional and forward-thinking and hopes to convey this tension in the show. Shirish composed and designed all of the sound for Mark it in Pencil which premiered.
Chris received an MFA for lighting design from NYU-Tisch. His lighting design credits include Mark it In Pencil (Cullen+Them), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Theater), PJ Masks: LIVE Time To Be A Hero! (Round Room Presents, National Tour), The Taster (Shakespeare & Company), A Bright Room Called Day, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Bridget Hobbs Connection (NYU-Tisch), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Cherry Orchard, Undrown’d (Columbia University), Broadway associate Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, assistant The Other Place, Broadway League National Tour associate The Humans, Off-Broadway associate Here Lies Love (The Public Theater), assistant Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Sophia Orlow (born 1994, New York) is a founding member of Young Dance Collective, having danced with the company for 10 years, until 2012. She studied at Bard College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture and film in 2016. She has shown her sculptures in various location in New York City and upstate New York, including King’s Leap in Bushwick and at Hudson River Exchange in Hudson, New York. Sophia designed the set for Mark it in Pencil which was her first foray into scenic design.