Programs

Freshworks: Residency + Showing + Workshop

Freshworks is KST’s month-long creative residency for Pittsburgh based artists and collaborators. The program supports interdisciplinary collaborations in contemporary dance, theater, music and multimedia and provides artists with studio space, production support, lighting and sound design, professional development and encouragement for creative risk taking. The month-long residency culminates with an in-process performances during Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn Avenue.

Freshworks made its debut at KST in 2013 supporting the playful exploration of new works and encouraging creative risk taking through interdisciplinary collaborations. The program was launched with an initial grant from The Fine Foundation. 

Freshworks is currently in session! Check out these upcoming showings and workshops from the Freshworks Winter/Spring 2020 cohort!

The application for Freshworks Fall 2020 Residencies will be opened in Spring 2020. Check back for more details soon!


MARCH 2020: Scott Andrew & Jesse Factor

Scott Andrew is a multimedia artist, working in video, installation, performance, and new media. He creates speculative fantasies that peer into otherworldly portals and voids. Scott has most notably exhibited with the Institute for New Feeling at MoMA’s PopRally (NYC), Recess (NYC), Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Black Cube (Denver, CO), the Hammer Museum (LA), the J. Paul Getty Museum (LA), as well as many regional, national, and international venues.

Scott is an educator, advising and teaching animation, video, and performance courses as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, and with the CMU Pre-college program. Scott has taught at Youngstown State University, Seaton Hill University, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and has conducted workshops at the Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Scott is a curator of TQ Live!, with Joseph Hall and Suzie Silver, an annual LGBTQIA variety performance at the Andy Warhol Museum. Along with Angela Washko, Scott has started a new curatorial performance series called Fail-Safe that recently debuted at the Glitterbox Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Other previous curatorial projects include the drift and the Institute for New Feeling’s Felt Book. 

Scott’s work is inherently collaborative in nature, spanning many modes of inquiry, processes, and themes, including investigations into queerness, queer aesthetics, divas + camp + kitsch + drag, voids and vortexes, dominance and submission, and speculative fantasies. Previous collaborators have included The Institute for New Feeling with Agnes Bolt and Nina Sarnelle, TQ Live! with Suzie Silver and Joseph Hall, ‘Subsurface: Site Specific Sight and Sound’ with Jesse Stiles, ‘The Drift’, with Steve Gurysh, ‘The Long Song’ with Jennifer Meridian, Afronaut(a) with Alisha Wormsley, ‘The Diva Saga’ with John Musser/Veronica Bleaus, Fail-Safe with Angela Washko, among others.

Jesse Factor creates dance projects inhabiting divas, queer nostalgia, and longing. Using the body to re- think and to re-imagine performance and gender, the work endeavors to “remember into the future”. Factor’s growing performance repertory is informed by traditions of theater, dance modernism, and drag. Jesse employs the aesthetics of camp and genderfuck through diligent creative research. The performance work pushes a hyper-theatrical body into innovative theatrical scenarios. Jesse’s solo performance reckons with the past and future of queer aesthetics, legends, and desires, often through the medium of femiconicity. Factors studied channeling of diva icons in exile–from time and bodies– hauntingly rejects the impressions they’ve left behind.

Jesse Factor’s work is consistently recognized for physical virtuosity, dramaturgical rigor, and creative audacity. Factor’s ongoing Marthagany series has been enthusiastically received at the American College Dance Association, Blunderland Variety Show at Brooklyn’s infamous House of Yes, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, City Center Studios NYC, Donatella Queer Variety Show in Pittsburgh, PA, Fierce! Queer Festival in Toronto, ON, Flyover Festival in Iowa City, IA, KYLD Performance Series in Philadelphia, PA, Midwest RADfest in Kalamazoo, MI, OUTsider Fest in Austin, TX and PEARLpresents in Pittsburgh, PA. Jesse’s additional dance work, including Mommie Queerest, Relic, and Kween Kong have been selected for presentation at the American College Dance Association Gala, Chicago Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Greenspace NYC, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery NYC, Suite Summer Festival NYC, and the Tank NYC. Factor received the Iowa Arts Fellowship (2015-2016) and an Obermann Graduate Institute Fellowship (2017) at the University of Iowa. Jesse danced professionally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II, received a BFA in Drama with honors from Tisch/NYU, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.

SHOWING: Scott Andrew & Jesse Factor, I Am A Haunted House

Friday, March 6
8:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios
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Scott Andrew is a multimedia artist, working in video, installation, performance, and new media. Jesse Factor creates dances that inhabit longing, queer nostalgia, and divas. The artists’ collaboration invites attendees to engage with an ever-changing composition of physical and virtual bodies. Click for tickets!

WORKSHOP: Scott Andrew & Jesse Factor, Residual Action

Saturday, March 7
12:00pm – 2:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios
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Using improvisatory movement-based tasks and experimental visual projections, Scott Andrew and Jesse Factor lead workshop participants through an exploration of liveness and virtuality, memory and myth. Click to register!


APRIL 2020: Ty Greenwood & Cherish Morgan 

Ty Greenwood holds a B.A. in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Honors in Theatre from Washington & Jefferson College ‘17. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University ‘20, in Dramatic Writing. In 2013, Greenwood landed a four-year scholarship/apprenticeship with KDKA TV- News Pittsburgh where he wrote anchor packages and helped produce the “Pittsburgh Today Live Show,” through the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization that places college students with a corporate sponsor, with a goal of promoting diversity in the media. In 2016, his short lm “Fuzzy on the Details” was entered into the British Film Festival. The same year he also received the “Ubuntu” Emma Award through the Emma Bowen Foundation for his sense of community, promotion of diversity and togetherness in his work, at Washington & Jefferson College and the media. He has presented his short play, “NOT A FAIRY TALE” and research “Protecting our Black Men: Black Masculinity and the use of the Black Body in “For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide…”’ at the Mid-America Theatre Conference ‘18. He developed and had a staged reading of his full length choreopoem play, “DEATH DREAM” at Alumni Theatre Company ‘19. Recently, he participated in City Theatre’s 2019 Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages where he presented an except of “Untitled Thesis Play” as part of the “In Their Own Voices” event. His work focuses on telling stories that are not damaging to the identity, existence and bodies of Black people, but are rather empowering, unapologetic and radical in nature.

Cherish Morgan is a choreographer and performing artist. She is a choreographer for Alumni Theater Company (ATC), has taught at propel charter schools, hip hop teacher at Hill Dance Academy Theater (HDAT), and also has taught hip hop at Alloy studios. In February of 2019, Cherish created and performed in a dance show called REVEAL. In 2016 Cherish was featured in the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s New Moves Dance Festival. Cherish is apart of ATC professional ensemble where she sings, dances, and acts. Last summer Cherish played Eveline in ATC’s production of The Wiz. Cherish’s goals are to create an adult dance company in the future with an objective to demonstrate overcoming insecurities and celebrations of life. She also plans to continue doing Musical theater in her future.

SHOWING: Ty Greenwood & Cherish Morgan, Death Dream

Friday, April 3
8:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
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Ty Greenwood & Cherish Morgan explore the choreopoem to delve into the power of spoken word and political performance art that is unapologetically Black and radical. Click for tickets!

 

WORKSHOP: Ty Greenwood & Cherish Morgan, Choreopoem Clash

Saturday, April 4
12:00pm – 2:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
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Ty Greenwood and Cherish Morgan engage workshop participants through choreographed movements, poetry, and music to create bold and radical engaging content. Click to register!

 


MAY 2020: Sue Abramson & Mita Ghosal

Sue Abramson is a fine art photographer working in Pittsburgh. For four decades she has produced work using a variety of methods in connection with the environmental landscape. Abramson’s photography focuses on the organic and fragmented composition of nature and explores the process of grief and grieving. Widely exhibited, her work has been acquired for many permanent collections, including The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Polaroid Corporation, University of Pittsburgh, Bibliotheque Nationale, and Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania. Her exhibited work has been nationally and internationally shown. Featured exhibitions include “Gestures 15” at the Mattress Factory, “Digital to Daguerreotype at The Carnegie Museum of Art, “No Mirrors” at Rayko Photo Center and “Connecting Pittsburgh” at Gallerie Nahore, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. Her recent exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Only Constant is Change, includes garden work made in response to a life in transition. Abramson’s book, A Woodlands Journal is a decades long photographic meditation on her evolving relationship with light, loss, chaos and place. She recently retired from her Associate professor of photography position at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where she taught for 30 years. Art critic Mary Thomas writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called Abramson’s work “simultaneously confident and humble, assertive and demure…. [Abramson’s] commitment and close observation have resulted in a honed body of work in which the superfluous is eliminated to produce compositions that project beauty and not a little mystery through subjects that are often dismissed as mundane.” To see her most recent portfolios visit sueabramson.com.

Mita Ghosal’s choreographic work is a cross-disciplinary study of contemporary movement and how it intersects with spoken language to tell a story that is full of nuance that is both literal and figurative. As a dance theatre artist of Indian-American decent, early on she discovered that the types of roles she was being asked to play were binary and stereotypically “Indian”. If she wanted to perform and be seen as a whole human being: specic, unique and universal, it was up to her to create the work itself.

Her choreography and performance work explores issues in a wide array of subjects including Indian- American Female Identity, grief and loss and our current health care crisis. Most recently she has been working on a piece entitled High Level Summary that explores workaday, corporate life, capitalism and their parallel relationships with Colonial India and the Swadeshi Movement of West Bengal.

Her work has been presented by many professional venues in New York City including The Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Mulberry Street Theatre, New York Film Institute, the Joseph Papp Public Theatre and the New York International Fringe Festival. In Los Angeles her work has been presented through REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Highways Performance Space, Crazy Space, the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Barnsdall Arts Park, Studio A Dance and the David Henry Hwang Theatre. Since moving back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, she has presented her original style of choreography at the Wood Street Galleries, the NewMoves Contemporary Dance Festival and Raw Artists Pittsburgh, among others.

She holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an Interdisciplinary Focus in Dance through the Pennsylvania State University, an MFA in Dance/Choreography from UCLA, and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.

SHOWING: On Lungs and Leaves

Friday, May 1
8:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
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Sue Abramson has produced work that connects with the environmental landscape. Mita Ghosal‘s work employs movement and spoken language. The artists’ collaboration explores the process of grieving through movement, storytelling, images, and sculptural objects. Click for tickets!

WORKSHOP: Exploring Memory

Saturday, May 2
12:00pm – 2:00pm

KST’s Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave
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Using photography and movement, workshop participants explore the creation of a short piece. Attendees should bring an object of significance that symbolizes loss or memory, plus a camera/phone and comfortable clothing. Click to register!