Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration Company Bios
AMY B. DAVIS (Technical Director, Resident Designer) Originally from Oregon, Amy B. Davis moved to New England to attend the Univerity of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received her MFA in Scenic Design. As a member of IATSE Local 488 and United Scenic Artists 829, she has worked as a scenic artist, sculptor and prop builder for theatre, opera, television and movie sets. Amy now lives in Easthampton, MA where, with her daughter Ava and her partner Andrew Stuart, she owns New City Scenic & Display, Inc., a full service design and fabrication facility.
AARON KAHN (Co-Artistic Director, Founder) is a teaching artist and theatre maker. He co-created the LEC in 1996 and has since directed more than a dozen productions in the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Israel and India. Acting and puppetry highlights include work with Company of Strangers, The Bread and Puppet, Sandglass, and Living Theatres. He is a founding member of Namaste Theatre Company and an affiliated artist with the International Theatre Institute (ITI/UNESCO). Aaron is the author of Peacebuilding with Collective Creation Theatre and The Itsy Bitsy Spider, a play about Dr. Kervorkian. Mr. Kahn holds a BAIS in Theatre Directing from Marlboro College and SIT.
IRA S. MURFIN (Co-Artistic Director, Playwright in Residence) is a writer and theatre maker. In addition to his work with LEC on Beautiful Losers and The Values Americans Live By, he has produced work with Walkabout Theatre, the Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials, Five7Five, and Structures Without Integrity. His work has been published in Mobius, Text Off the Page, The Moustachioed Dissident, and Collected, as well as the book The Mind Garden. Ira is the former Head of the Soleri Book Initiative at Arcosanti. He holds a BFA in Playwrighting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
JONATHAN TAYLOR (Graphic Designer, Web Master) teaches photography, graphic design, and visual art in a wide-variety contexts from a magnet high school arts program, to the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, to Green Mountain College and Castleton State College. In 2005 he was selected as a University of Vermont Teacher of the Year. He has been a working graphic designer since 1993, and a photographer and visual artist since 1995. He holds a BA in Visual Art and Literature from Marlboro College and is currently working on getting his Studio Art MFA from MICA. He has designed all of the graphic work for the LEC since An Experiment Goes Public in 1996.
BARBARA WHITNEY (Artistic Associate) is a performer, puppeteer, director and dramaturg who has worked with such notable directors as Anne Bogart, Robert Woodruff, Dominique Serrand, and Marcus Stern at the A.R.T. From 1997-2002 she toured internationally with Sandglass Theater and has performed with Blair Thomas & Company since 2005. She is Co-Artistic Director of Company of Strangers, a multi-arts performance ensemble. She currently works as a production stage manager for Grammy award winning new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.
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