Artists In Residence
About the artists
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Kambi Gathesha (creator, director, choreographer) is a Brooklyn-based actor and choreographer. He studied acting at the Juilliard School and dance and African History at Columbia University. As an actor, he was most recently seen in the New York premiere of Obie award-winning playwright Aleshea Harris’ What to Send up When it Goes Down. His other New York credits include Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regionally he has appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and he recurs on the forthcoming television pilot “Big Dogs” (Choice Films). As a dancer and choreographer, he has presented work at APAP, PMT, Dance New Amsterdam, City Center, Peridance, Battery Park Downtown Dance Festival, Cool New York, and White Wave. He has collaborated and worked with choreographers Reggie Wilson of Fist and Heel; David Parker’s The Bang Group, Darcy Naganuma, and with Tony Award-winning Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. Education/Training: Juilliard and Columbia.
Sinan Refik Zafar (sound design and sonic dramaturgy) is a New York-based sound designer and composer. Broadway: What the Constitution Means to Me (Helen Hayes Theater). Off-Broadway/New York: What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb); What To Send Up, and She Would Stand Like This (The Movement Theatre Company); Intelligence (Next Door @ NYTW); Hamlet (Waterwell); Midsummer (Tiltyard). His work has been seen regionally at theaters across the country, including: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Two River Theater, and TheaterSquared. University: Yale Drama, Dartmouth University, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Creative Team & Dancers/Performers:
Nelson Chalas I, Dancer/Performer
Marie Davis, Assistant Director
Ryan “RK” Davis, Dancer/Performer
DJ Doc, DJ/performer
Michael Francis, Octopus Theatricals
Bryan Hunt, Producer with Octopus Theatricals
Brian Hickey, Sound Design
Genevieve Ortiz, Stage Manager
Adesola Osakalumi, Dancer/Performer
Victor Sho, Dancer/Performer
Charlene “Chi Chi” Smith, Dancer/Performer
Michael Wimberly, Music Director
MASS MoCA’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Additional support is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.