Target Margin Theater Names 2017 TMT Institute Fellows

By: Feb. 03, 2017
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As part of their 25th Anniversary Season, Target Margin Theater has announced the 2017 TMT Institute Fellows - CB Goodman, Ayun Halliday, Brian Lawlor, Aaron Minerbrook, and Anthony Wills, Jr.

These are five artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to making theater and share a deep connection to TMT's principles.

The Institute is a year-long fellowship (January - December) that harnesses Target Margin Theater's history of nurturing emerging talent, providing a $1,000 stipend, support, and space for Fellows to challenge themselves and their art-making practices. It is a place for open-ended questioning and experimentation within, and at, the edges of the form of theater. The core goal will be to rigorously question assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be.

In their time at the 2017 TMT Institute, Fellows will take part in structured weeklong intensive workshops led by David Herskovits and other Associated Artists; focused experimentations to challenge and test the limits of theatrical form; adventures to explore the cultural range of New York City, ranging from neighborhood encounters to major institutions; and regular breakfasts to share work and develop opportunities for collaboration.


CB Goodman creates theatre and puppetry that incorporates disparate source materials and object manipulation, blurring the lines between truth, lies, and theatricality. Her work has been presented at venues in Austin, New Orleans, and NYC, and she has worked with such artists as Dan Hurlin, Tom Lee, Lake Simons, and Koryu Nishikawa V. She also collaborates with others as a director and puppet designer, makes props, and teaches theatre-making and design. Her next project, How To Kill An Elephant, is currently in development as an artist-in-residence at Dixon Place.

Ayun Halliday is a performer, playwright, and author of seven books, including "No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late" and the graphic novel, "Peanut." As a member of the Neo-Futurists from 1989-1998, she wrote, directed and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Recent plays include The Mermaid's Legs, Fawnbook, and Zamboni Godot, a post-menopausal spin on Beckett's celebrated, prostate-centric work. Co-founder of Theater of the Apes. Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine. Homeschooler. Hoos-Yorker.

Brian Lawlor is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and educator residing in Jersey City. A fervent collaborator, he is the music director for Seattle theater group Saint Genet -- conducting, composing, and performing for/with a variety of ensembles (from chamber orchestra to synth trio). Recent engagements include On the Boards, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, DonauFestival, New Island Festival, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. Lawlor earned a BM from Cornish College of the Arts, an MM from SUNY Purchase, and studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. In 2005, he was named Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility's "most promising inmate."

Aaron Minerbrook is a New York based artist. His work can be seen in music videos like the one he produced and directed in 2013 for DJ Trax, and in the post-production work he does for companies like Coty. He also creates label art and video designs for the audio-visual collective Detuned Transmissions. In the theater, Aaron works as a Technical Director and Production Manager, and has worked on projects such as Shadowland by John Jesurun at LaMama, and RoosevElvis by the TEAM. He was also the Associate Production Manager for Target Margin Theater's Stein Lab, and part of last year's Iceman Lab at HERE Arts Center. As a Projection Designer, Aaron has contributed to projects such as Karaoke Bacchae at the ICE Factory Festival, Redshift by Yiannis Mavritsakis at the Wild Project, and Hôtel Méditerranée, an adaptation of a Chuck Mee play at the Wild Project.

Anthony Wills, Jr is Artistic Director of Artistic Pride Productions and Our Space. An artist of many genres; from directing and producing to performing and visual arts, he's presented work at Art in Odd Spaces, Milwaukee Rep, The New Museum, Target Margin, Steppenwolf, Utah Shakes, Performa and many more. Recent credits include Rob in Ace the Case starring Susan Sarandon, Richard in Casanova Was a Woman. He's collaborated with such greats as William Pope L., Holly Hughes and Barbara T. Smith. He is currently the Host/MC of Jersey City Theater Center's The BOX curated by Dan Piericcini.

Previous TMT Institute Fellows include: Avi Amon, Eliza Bent, Kaaron Briscoe, Stephan Cedars, Tanisha Christie, Morgan Gould, Claire Moodey, Kyoung Park, Barbara Samuels, Cara Scarmack, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Ari Tabei, Sugar Vendil, Peter Mills Weiss, and Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li.

Target Margin Theater was founded in 1991 by Artistic Director David Herskovits. For 25 years Target Margin has been praised for its aggressive interpretations of classic texts, lesser-known works, and new plays inspired by existing sources. TMT has presented ambitious re-thinkings of plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Gertrude Stein, and Beaumarchais, among others. TMT has also created original works and new music / opera over the years and has served over 1,000 artists (mostly emerging) through its annual LAB. In addition, TMT is committed to nurturing the creative aspirations of the next generation of theater makers in the TMT Institute, our yearlong fellowship program. The company's artistic and cultural vision has resulted in 41 Mainstage productions including 11 world premieres, 8 company-created works, 3 U.S. premieres and 5 new translations, which have garnered 4 OBIE Awards and employed over 500 Equity actors and hundreds of other theater artists. The company's production of Mamba's Daughters received an OBIE Award, and their epic 2004-06 production of Goethe's Faust received extensive critical acclaim. Recent productions include Uncle Vanya and The Tempest at HERE, Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! at The Chocolate Factory, Composition...Master-Pieces...Identity, a new solo performance piece from OBIE Award-winner David Greenspan at The Connelly Theater, Drunken With What at Abrons Arts Center, Reread Another at The Brick, called "something kind of wonderful" by Ben Brantley in The New York Times, and, most recently, The ICEMAN Lab at HERE Arts Center called a "bold, playful, vivifying re-creation of the Eugene O'Neill classic" by Laura Collins-Hughes in The New York Times.