TUCE YASAK

Lighting designer Tuce Yasak graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She designs for dance. She is interested in site-specific performances, light installations, architectural and urban lighting. Credits include: Gutai Card Box Project, Guggenheim Museum; MEX I AM Festival with Vicky Araico, Yerba Buena Arts Center; David Dorfman Dance and Korhan Basaran Company, DanceMotionUSA at BAM and Bates Dance Festival; Feath3r Theory/Raja Feather Kelly at Dixon Place, JACK, Danspace Project, The Kitchen; Shasta Geaux Pop at Bushwick Star, Under The Radar Festival; Four Nights of Dreams, Alec Duffy and Mimi Lien at Japan Society; Memoirs of a Unicorn, Marjani Forte Saunders, Aroundtown, David Dorfman Dance, Next Wave Festival/BAM Harvey.

GIAN MARCO LO FORTE

Gian Marco Lo Forte is a NYC-based writer, director and set designer dedicated to performance and social practice that reflects queer perspectives and vulnerability. Gian Marco founded Pioneers Go East Collective in 2010, an ensemble of performance and visual artists in residence at La MaMa ETC, and dedicated to interdisciplinary projects that include storytelling of real events with interview-based video technology for social change. Gian Marco engages with several collaborators to create LGBTQ+ and feminists stories. Gian Marco’s projects have been widely presented in NYC at La MaMa ETC, Dixon Place/ Hot! Festival, Galapagos Arts, Incubator Arts Project/ Ontological Hysterical, HERE Arts with Performance Mix/NDA; Governors Island/ LMCC, Art on Air/ Clock Tower Gallery; St Ann’s Warehouse; Chashama gallery in Harlem, Goethe Institut; A.R.T./New York; Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; JACK; The Exponential Festival; Time Space Limited (Hudson, NY); Salon Radio Hosted by International Women Artists' Salon On City World Radio Network; and Judson Church. Gian Marco is in residence with Great Jones Repertory and he has designed at Biennale di Venezia and toured in Europe.

Gian Marco is recipient of numerous awards including New York State Council for the Arts (2017-18); St Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab residency (2014); LMCC’s Creative Engagement (2016-18); Opera America Director Award (2010), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2013-14). Since 2013 Gian Marco teaches performance, dramaturgy, installation and production design