Meet the Ensemble
Ryan Elisabeth Reid (Artistic Director) is a writer, designer, theatre director and advocate for the elderly. Ms. Reid is the founder and Artistic Director of Sprat Artistic Ensemble. She wrote and directed Sprat’s premiere work “One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle", which opened to strong reviews from the New York Times, Hyperallergic, and other publications. Ms. Reid is also currently supervising a music therapy program in the Dementia Unit at Isabella Geriatric Center and does consulting regarding elder care, outreach and programming. Ryan’s work has been showcased in the Palimpsest Exhibition, 12th Street Literary Magazine, POOL Tradeshow, Symphony Park, Arts @ Renaissance, Arts Westchester, SF Mime Troupe, and DoSomething.org. Two residencies have supported continued practice: Artist in Residence at Arts @ Renaissance and Writer in Residence at Vermont Studio Center. Ms. Reid is a graduate of the BAFA program at Parsons School of Design (Integrated Design) and Eugene Lang College (Creative Writing). Ryan dreams, paints, and dances in her room, often. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Cory Tamler (Company Manager) is a playwright, theater director, and writer. With Yinzerspielen, a collective of theatermakers she co-founded, and with Unlisted, Cory has produced performances and projects that investigate urban space use, radical interactivity, collaboration, and site-specificity in New York City and in Pittsburgh, in Germany and in Serbia. She has also worked with Open Waters Theatre Arts (Portland, ME) and The Neapolitans (Chicago) and she’s an alumna of the DirectorsLabChicago. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Troy, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Augsburg (Germany). She is the recipient of a 2012 CEC ArtsLink Project Award and a 2013 NET/TEN Seed Award. Cory was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, where she studied contemporary German theater practices and wrote on the 2011 Theatertreffen blog team. Her writing has also appeared on HowlRound, Artparasites, and the TCG Circle Blog. She holds a B.Phil. in writing, physics, and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh. Translation is a recent project for her: from German into English on her own, and from Serbian into English with collaborator Željko Maksimović.
Dan Swern (Managing Director) is the co-founder and producing director for coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, providing performance and developmental programs for emerging artists, and arts education for the local community. He is also the founder and owner of Smugbug Productions, providing services in creative development, production consulting, and video production. Properties include I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway by Tucker Max and clients such as Sprat Theatre Company, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, Foster Entertainment, and National Theatre of Scotland. Previous positions include production manager for Holiday Image, associate producer for the New York production of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, associate producer for the national tour of Gazillion Bubble Show, and company manager for George Street Playhouse. He is a proud graduate of Rutgers University.
Stephanie Kim (Graphic Designer) was born and raised in LA before graduating from Parsons School of Design. Past and Present projects include Kérastase, Shu Uemura, Dior, Birchbox, Tommy Hilfiger, Assouline Publishing, Forbes Magazine, Bevel Specs, and Nespresso. She assisted in the spatial design of the Satya Jewelry Store in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, NYC. Stephanie is currently a Graphic Designer at Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare in NYC.
Hilarion Banks (Lighting Design) was born into a theatrical family in Arlington Texas. Growing up, he immersed himself in both film and theatre. After graduating from UCLA’s Film and Theatre program with a concentration in Cinematography and Light Design, he decided to make the move out to NYC to work as a freelancer. Since then, he’s had the pleasure of working with such names as The Royal Shakespeare Company, The International Chekhov Studio, Martin Scorsese, and Angelina Jolie. He is very excited to be working with Sprat Artistic Ensemble and looks forward to future projects with this amazing cast and crew.
Stormy Budwig (Choreographer) is a choreographer, performer, writer, daughter, runner, reader & lover of the brain. Her first full-length dance work half-life premiered in February 2014 at Five Myles Gallery. Stormy is working on a large ensemble work set to unfold over the coming year at different sites in Brooklyn and beyond. Stormy’s favorite novels are Pitch Dark and NW; the thought of northern California keeps her sane; if you ask her about all her reasons for dancing instead of sitting & writing instead of Facebook messaging, she’ll have a lot to say. To contact her and see her artworks, visit www.stormybudwig.com.
Eva Tabita Jaunzemis (Costume Designer) is an artist, designer, and creator influenced greatly by performative practices. She grew up as a dancer, actress, and singer, and has since worked to integrate her passion for performing arts into a visual landscape. Eva is incredibly thrilled to join the Sprat Theatre team as Costume Designer, and collaborate with the performers to create a captivating piece of visual art. Ms. Jaunzemis uses her work to navigate social and cultural spaces through bodies, and the garments we dress them in. How the body is situated and moves in space is a reoccurring theme in her pieces, the form of which varies from constructed garments, performance, installation, to two-dimensional imagery. Eva Jaunzemis has worked with the fashion brand Eckhaus Latta, the online style magazine Stylelikeu.com, textile artist Janel Wysock, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Her work at Eckhaus Latta has been seen at the New Museum in a performance by Xavier Cha, on showstudio.com, and their FW 2014 runway collection. Along with other design students, Eva has been working with musicians from Mannes School of Music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to redesign the formal orchestral garments worn while performing. Ms. Jaunzemis is currently finishing her BFA in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Corey Crellin (Music Composition and Recording) is a self-taught recording artist living in Salt Lake City, Utah. While his professional career is centered around Operations, Corey spends most of his free time writing and recording music. His music has been used in short films and several promotional videos for various local Utah companies. His primary music project, Porch Lights, is releasing their debut album in September 2014. He feels privileged to be producing music for Henri, and has a special personal regard for this production.
Board of Directors
Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Loomstate CEO
Susan McCue, President, Message Global LLC
Ann Wyatt, Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter
Mark Lipton, Chair of Isabella Geriatric Center Board