ROI ESCUDERO is an award-winning conceptual performance artist who uses her background in visual arts and theatre to create post-modern theatrical works and immersive spectacles. Roi is a citizen of the U.S., born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roi’s paternal grandmother, Reyes, a fantastic storyteller, opened the little girl’s imagination. Roi’s parents, art lovers themselves, sent Roi to learn art with the renowned visual artist Juan Battle Planas and dance with Natacha Albrich and Maria Fux. Roi stayed with Fux into adulthood. She learned Littérature Française and costume Design with Janette & Elvirette Kinot and her mother Nené Laplacette. She experienced the Instituto Di Tella’s art happenings. Pop artist Edgardo Gimenez, created a lithograph for Roi’s firth conceptual installation of performance-art at Nordiska: Los Que Se Disfrasan de Sol con Alfileres de Gancho. This lithograph is part of the MoMA’s New York collection. Roi continued her training in performance-art, writing and direction with Argentinian masters such as Carlos Gandolfo, Alberto Ure, Salo Vasochi, voice with Carlos Capdevila and film director Alberto Fisherman, who taught Roi screenplay writing. Her musical play Donald Sol y Luna Scored by Donald Mc Cluskey won el Gauchito de Plata. Odeon and RCA Argentina produced her songs and records. Roi learned experimental theater with Guliano Vasilico, in Rome, Italy.
In the USA Roi studied TV production at H.S.B.H. Studio, Ca; Traveling Theater with Cuban director Osvaldo Praderes in NYC and attended The School of Visual Art, NYC. Renowned playwright Mario Fratti was her playwright mentor. Roi’s artwork including her performance-art plays and documentary-visual theatre have appeared at The Art Museum Council Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles International Open Festival, The Charlie Chaplin Space L.A., The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, The Spanish Institute NYC and other cultural institutions and art galleries. Roi is the creator of performance-art-cinema™, (Theatre-Media) an immersive work containing installation art, multimedia, cinéma vérité, and live performance. Her vision paved the way for multimedia-theatre through her award-winning and nominated Connected Series BUBULINOS’ DREAMS and the ANTONIN ARTAUD Series. In New York Roi Escudero’s theatrical work has been presented at the FRINGE Festival, FRIGID New York, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (PCTF), Midtown International Theatre Festival, IATI Theater (Tertulias), American Theatre of Actors (ATA), Center for Remembering and Sharing (CRS), chashama Gallery and other events and site-specific installations, including The Indie Theater Fund.
Roi creates theatrical installations for patrons of the art and art collectors. Her soft sculptures and puppets known as Bubi’s Dolls are part of international art collections, including those of Joan and Frederick M. Nicholas, Marcia Simon Weisman, Nancy Epstein, Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Italian Designer Valentino and others.
Roi is the Founder, Creative Producer/Lead Designer and Artistic Director of the awards-winning ETdC Projects' Lab. Its productions of Documentary Visual Theatre and Performance-art cinema plays include: The 11th DIMENSION which received a 2019 IT Award Nomination from the prestigious New York Innovative Theater Awards for Outstanding Performance-art Production. Roi also won for The 11th DIMENSION the 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity AWARD for Outstanding Experimental Playwright, plus 3 NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Overall Production, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Costumes Design. Flow (2016) won The Greener Planet Award for its use of recycled material in set and props, the PCTF AWARD for Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Performance-art-Multimedia-Projections. NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Costume Design. Artaud...mon mômo (2013) won the PCTF AWARD Outstanding Multimedia Event, Video and Projections. NOMINATION: Outstanding Direction. B=Essence (2012) NOMINATION: Outstanding Multimedia Event, Video and Projections. 11 Seconds of Ecstasy! (2010) won the PCTF AWARD for Outstanding Performance-Art-Multimedia Event, Use of Projections and Special Effects. NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Sound Design and Antonin...mon Artaud at the MTF Plays by Mario Fratti, Performed, Adapted, Designed and Directed by Roi Escudero; Cain (2017) won the PCTF AWARD for Outstanding Projections Design. NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Overall Production, Outstanding Playwright, Outstanding Direction. The Colonel’s Wife (2015) won the PCTF AWARD for Outstanding Overall Production Revival/Adaptation/Sequel. NOMINATIONS: Outstanding Direction of a play with Music Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play with Music, Outstanding Multimedia Performance-art and Video Projections. Roi also designed and directed Fratti’s play The Anniversary and Translated and Adapted La Matra India an award winning Literatura Fantastica short story by Patricio Gonzales Novoa, The Matra India (2011) won the PCTF 2011 for Outstanding Performance-Art-Multimedia Event. NOMINATION: for Outstanding Overall Production of a Short Play. ETdC Projects' Lab also produced other plays by Roi Escudero: Antonin...mon Artaud, What a Trip!, After Charlie, Bubulinos Archetypes, Bubulinos Dreams and The Dimension of Progress.
IOAN ARDELEAN attended the University of Arts Târgu - Mures - Romania, where he received his Ph.D. in Theatre and MFA in Directing. Mr. Ioan Ardelean is an NYC based actor and director born in Romania. His formal training and versatile style is ideally suited for dramatic roles as well as Commedia dell' Arte characters. He has assembled an extensive list of stage, commercial and film credits. His repertoire includes Shakespearean productions and modern plays at The National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca-Romania, The Almeida Theatre in London and several Off-Broadway productions in New York City. In June of 2019, his directed piece Fourteen Little Red Huts, was presented in Voronezh-Russia at the Andrei Platonov Festival. In September 2019 he conducted a workshop based on Suzuki&Viewpoints at Hop FestivalConstanta, Romania, and directed The Returning, at North Theatyre Satu-Mare, Romania. Among his favorite roles are Artaud in The 11th Dimension, a Roi Escudero performance art play (Nominated for Outstanding Performance Art Production New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2019 and the PCTF Award 2018), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Khlestakov in The Governor Inspector, Tormod in More and Samuel Beckett in The Last Godot. Currently, Ioan is an artist in residence at ETdC Projects’Lab collaborating in movement and portraying Artaud in ARTAUD MARAT, which will be presented in NYC as part of the FRIGID 2020 and in June at the Atelier Festival Theatre Baia-Mare, Romania. As a recent citizen of the U.S, Ioan has a heightened sensitivity to create an environment where diverse identities and communities are honestly and courageously affirmed.
VALENTIN EWAN an NYU graduate with a Major and Honors in History from the College of Arts and Science, and a Minor in Documentary Film from the Tisch School of the Arts. Valentin is an active artist at ETdC Projects’ Lab, where he works as creative producer, researcher, editor, stage manager, videographer/multimedia designer and technical director. His work at ETdC includes award-winning and nominated productions like the performance-art plays of Roi Escudero: The 11th Dimension (2018), Flow (2016), Antonin mon Artaud (2013) and B=Essence (2012), as well as Mario Fratti's plays Cain (2017) and The Colonel’s Wife (2015). For The 11th Dimension, Cain and Flow, Valentin won the PCTF award for Outstanding Multimedia/Projections/Special Effects, and a 2019 Innovative Theatre Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance Art Production as co-producer of The 11th Dimension. Valentin loves working and creating with ETdC Projects' Lab, and he works as a freelance project manager and technical director for commercial and philanthropic multimedia events. Valentin is also a passionate freelance writer and editor who has written articles and reviews for many groups and is an active at-large judge at the Innovative Theatre Awards. "I am ever eager to be part of the wonderfully collaborative and creative experience of theater!" email@example.com
MIKA OYAIZU born in Tokyo, Japan, first started ice-skating at an early age, since then she has been deeply involved with music and dance, and later became a competition dancer in International style Ballroom Latin Dance. Mika has training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, West Coast Swing, Yoga and Pilates as well as Acting and Narrating. She received her BFA in Scenography, theater arts. Since Mika discovered Tango in 1999 she has been studying and dancing different styles: Milonguero, Apirado, Canyengue, Traditional Salon, Fantasia and Nuevo. Mika has frequently danced in New York and Buenos Aires, studying with masters such as Juan Carlos Copes, Mingo and Esther Pugliese, Pablo Pugliese, Chiche and Marta, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Olga Besio, Guillermina Quiroga, Chicho Frumboli, Maria Plazaola, Mariela Franganillo, Mauricio Castro, Adrian Veredice and Alejandra Hobert, Moira Castellano and Gaston Torelli, and great Milongueros among them. Mika has also taught Argentine Tango in groups and private, as well as choreographing, and performing in Milongas, corporate events and shows: NY Dance Center, Stepping Out Studios, The Arts Cure Center, Australian Consulate of New York, Lincoln Center, 92Y, Riverside Church Theater NY, New York Athletic Club, Bar Sur, and as far afield as Japan. Mika’s enthusiastic devotion to Tango was featured on "La Nación", the Argentine national newspaper, as “Tanguera from overseas”. As a dancer and actor, she has appeared in theatrical shows, films, TV and off-off-Broadway productions, including "Sayonara" at Miller Theater in NY, "Agapanthus Tango" at the Australian Consulate of New York, "Still Alice" by Sony Pictures, "Person of Interest" on CBS, and "Manhattan Love Story" on ABC. As an artist, she is working to achieve her own style based on strong traditional techniques. Since 2009 she has been a continual artist in residence of Roi "Bubi" Escudero's ETdC Projects' Lab and has featured in several of their productions: "Argentina Passionate!” at American Theatre of Actors at New York Musical Theater Festival, "B=Essence" at Bleeker Street Theater in NY, the award-winning production "Artaud...mom momo", "11 seconds of ecstasy!", "Matra India" at The Robert Moss Theater in NY, where she was nominated for Outstanding Dance Choreography, and "The Colonel's Wife" by Mario Fratti at The Paradise Factory Theater in NY, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards. Currently, Mika is collaborating with the new production of ETdC Projects’ Lab: ARTAD MARAT, a Roi Escudero Performance-art play.