Victoria Pérez is an accomplished theatre artist and teacher. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only theatre company in WNY dedicated to develop, nourish and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latino experience in order to preserve our roots. She serves as secretary on the board of the Arts… Read more »
Aleks Malejs earned both an MFA and a BFA in Acting and spent 10 years in NYC pursing her craft. Mentored by some of the finest actors and educators the industry has to offer, Aleks is a proud member of the AEA, the professional actor’s stage union. Since her arrival in Buffalo in the Spring… Read more »
The Wondermakers, now in their 25th season, perform interactive story theatre and have given over 3,000 performances throughout New York, Florida, and Ohio in schools, libraries, theatres, festivals, and museums. Their performances celebrate diversity, collaboration, improvisation, and the importance of creativity.
Melissa Kate Miller is an international recording artist, songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer and poet. As US Managing Director for Artfully AWARE, founder of the Benched Players and leader of the cabaret blues act, The Melissa Kate Project, she draws from a varied background for her students.
Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre is an innovative and exciting acrobatic dance and theater troupe. PUSH has been called “a cross between fine art sculpture and the hit movie The Matrix,” but its co-founders (with tongue firmly in cheek) describe it “like regular theatre & but more painful.” The dancers’ physical feats are awe-inspiring, but the cherry on top of this acrobatic sundae is PUSH’ s ability to engage their audience through vibrant visual storytelling.
Janice Spagnola is an entertainer specializing in magic, puppetry, juggling, and other forms of popular entertainment. She has worked in children’s theater and for an international musical mime troupe. Since the mid 1990s, she has performed educational and motivational programs for thousands of children and their families throughout Western New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Airigami, the art of folding air in latex containers, stands at the crossroads of three very ancient art forms: sculpture, puppetry and origami. Performance artists Larry Moss and John Wolfson use airigami to create original works of art, installations and experiences that range from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Performance artist Larry Moss uses airigami to create
Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer.
The Benched Players are a theatrical improvisation ensemble led by Melissa Kate Miller, a songwriter, stage and voice actress, writer, and poet. The Benched Players lift students from the sidelines (“
Gretchen Murray Sepik’s storytelling career began in Mercer, PA, where her mill-worker father, told her colorful stories about the Pennsylvania coal-mines and railroads; her mother encouraged her to dress up and perform nursery rhymes. Storytelling allows her to share history and performance with people across New York State and Pennsylvania in schools, museums, theaters, libraries and private homes.