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I am an artist and jeweler creating abstract botanical works rooted in line and storytelling. Growing up behind the jeweler’s bench at Durango Silver Company, I began sculpturally carving wax and studying the human for around age 7. I studied Printmaking focused on Intaglio Etching at the University of Colorado at Boulde where I received a UROP grant to study Femininity in Argentina. After receiving my BFA, I filmed skateboarding for Null Skateboards in Barcelona and the Canary Islands, Spain and exhibited video installations, one was featured in the exhibition United BAC! at the CCCB, Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona. I lived in Chiang Mai Thailand and studied cultural craft -natural dyes, batik, and grafiti, I carried these textures back to the United States and into watercolor that made me a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, receiving the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts. Back home in Durango, I founded and directed Durango Open Studio, an event celebrating and sharing lifestyles and process in the arts and began digging into my roots in adornment.
I create sculptural jewelry inspired by storytelling and nature. It has been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine and included in exhibitions such as TOP Jewels: International Jewelry Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center and Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature at the Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. To balance carving miniature sculptures in wax, I illustrate and paint, often in large scale, creating canvases and scrolls shown at small galleries, DIY spaces and locations such as The National Palace of Culture, Sofia Bulgaria, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado USA. I maintain a studio creating sculptural adornment, illustrating and painting in Southwest Colorado and am currently studying sound and light in Champaign Illinois.

Latrelle Bright is a freelance theatre maker focused on directing, solo performance and devising. When not making theatre, she uses theatre exercises and techniques to engage groups and communities in arts-based civic dialogue.

I'm an artist/illustrator/writer living in Urbana, IL. I graduated in Fine and Applied Arts/Painting from the U of I.
I'm currently involved in writing and illustrating a children's book but, as mentioned, am involved in a variety of artistic endeavors. You may refer to my painting website (listed below) if you're interested in purchasing original art, or contact me through the 40North website for illustration projects, art lessons, and writing-related services.
As mentioned, I am able to assist you with children's book illustration services or help in an advisory capacity for writing - everything from kids' material through adult fiction. In addition to ghostwriting, my strengths are helping to develop storylines, characters, and dialogue to help advance your project.
I'm able to create/assist with song lyrics as well, having played in a band for several years.
Finally, if you're interested in art lessons, I offer drawing and painting lessons for beginners through advanced.

Primarily known for her vocals (jazz-spiked folk and avant garde/noise) and songwriting (dubbed "soulful indie rock"), elizaBeth also specializes in collaborative projects for adults and children. Her other key areas of expertise include storytelling and printmaking (stencils, silkscreens, blockprints)

Full Biography for Nicole Anderson-Cobb, PhD

Nicole Anderson-Cobb, Ph.D. is a Chicago native who grew up on Chicago’s Southeast Side in the Calumet Heights community. Dr. Anderson-Cobb earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1995), a Master’s degree in History (1998) and Doctorate of Philosophy in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2007).

In addition to her work as a public intellectual, Dr. Anderson-Cobb is also an award-winning playwright and CEO/Founder of Samaritan Road Development Corporation (SRDC). Thus, SRDC is an umbrella non-profit entity for plays, courses and workshops that seek to promote reflection, dialogue, conflict resolution and personal, group and community transformation.

Because of Dr. Anderson-Cobb’s ongoing commitment to gun violence prevention, she was recruited by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) and will be serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) for the 2012-2013 year.

Regarding her theatrical production, Dr. Anderson-Cobb’s play “TANGLED”---which examines the impacts of gun violence on post-Obama Chicago---was one of four winners of the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest sponsored by the New York City’s Castillo Theatre who staged the world premiere of “TANGLED” in August 2010. For more information, check out: http://www.castillo.org/index.html

During fall 2010, “TANGLED” was also one of the featured plays at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Afro 212/Theatre 263 courses taught by Professor Kathy Perkins. A formal reading of the play was held on December 9-10, 2011 for a program entitled “Staging Black Chicago: An Evening of Readings” December 8-9, 2010 at the UIUC Armory Free Theatre under the direction of Professor Kathy Perkins.

In April 2011, The Metropolitan Chicago Synod's South Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) hosted a reading of "TANGLED" as a the final event of their 2011 Lenten Mid-Week Services.

In June 2011, “TANGLED” was also selected as a featured play for Readers’ Theatre Series of New Plays at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August 2011.

In July 2011, “TANGLED” was also selected as a featured play and hosted as a reading for Chicago State University’s ArtLab: A CSU Theatre Collective In Partnership with ETA Creative Arts Foundation. The reading will occur on November 4, 2011.
In the spring of 2012, TANGLED enjoyed a full eight-week production in Chicago from March 29-May 20, 2011 at ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago.

For media and reviews of TANGLED, check out: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/tangled-buzz-media-coverage-of-t...

For audience responses to TANGLED at ETA, check out: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/the-people-have-spoken-chicago-a...

In June 2012, there was a reading of TANGLED at Howard University in Washington, DC as part of the 2012 DC Black Theatre Festival.

In August 2012, “TANGLED” nominated for recognition in two areas by the Black Theatre Alliance Awards 2012 of Chicago : Best Leading Actress in a Play (Drama or Comedy)---Cynthia Faye Carter---Tangled---eta Creative Arts Foundation; Best Sound Design---Mahmoud Khan---Tangled---eta Creative Arts Foundation.

In addition to preparing for productions of TANGLED, Dr. Anderson-Cobb is also currently preparing her new play CAMPUS JIHAD for production. “CAMPUS JIHAD” is a full-length play/dramedy that examines the experiences of Muslim students of diverse races at a huge fictional state institution. This play is also quite timely as it is situated at the fault-lines of heated national debates around immigration, community and citizenship, race relations and Islam, the impacts of gun violence on campuses and in local communities---all of which impact the climate and mission of institutions of higher education.

CAMPUS JIHAD will be a featured play in the New Works Reading Series at the DC Black Theatre Festival on June 22, 2013.

Regarding her other theatrical work, Dr. Anderson-Cobb has also written a one-woman play, “Black Reign?: Survivin' the Obama Years”, which she performed with the American Blues Theater in Chicago during February 2010. She also performed excerpts from the show and was interviewed on American Public Media’s “The Story with Dick Gordon”. Listen to the interview during the second half of this program at: http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_995_Geoff_Edgers.mp3/view (March 2010).
“Black Reign?” was also featured in an article entitled “Black Home Chicago” published In These Times magazine (May 2010), a national progressive magazine based in Chicago. Learn more about the article at: http://www.inthesetimes.com/archives/covers_ind/34/05/

Dr. Anderson Cobb also serves as a reader for the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest for New York City’s Castillo Theatre during the 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 competitions.

For addition information or future correspondences regarding her presentations, lectures, workshops and creative work, please contact:

Nicole Anderson Cobb, PhD
1717 W. Kirby
Suite #371
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Email: samaritanroad@gmail.com
Website: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samaritan-Road-Production-Company/1257407...
Twitter: @sandals60617

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Professional Musician, songwriter and performer

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played the Daily Buzz (syndicated nationwide tv show)

Lisa is a writer, music educator, and semi-professional performer, having sung with local performers Dave Cooper, Steve Meadows, Carnivale Debauche, and The Curses. She has also worked as a music director with the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company in their productions of AIDA and THE PRODUCERS.

When not engaged in music-related events, she writes and develops websites for ThirdSide, a company she and her husband started in 2011. You can view her writings and portfolio at thirdside.co. She also experiments with videography and jewelry making, and is currently writing her first novella.

Kim

Kim Sheahan has been a central Illinois educator since 1991, incorporating oral traditions into her multicultural programs at the University of Illinois' Spurlock Museum. She added freelance storytelling about ten years later and has performed at storytelling festivals, school assemblies, city-wide celebrations, personal parties, and gatherings of all kinds ever since. Her enthusiasm is both unmistakable and contagious. Let her share the joy and power of the tale with you at your next special event

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