- Scenofest Team
Jessica Bowles - Artistic Leader of Scenofest
Jessica Bowles has worked as a set and costume designer for theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic in London amongst many others in the UK, and more recently as a creative producer on projects in the UK and Europe. As an educator, Jessica has written and designed the innovative programs that are now a recognized feature of UK portfolio, including the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course and has introduced a number of areas to higher education never before available at degree level, including puppetry and circus performance. She is now the Head of the UK government funded Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre. In this role she develops partnerships with theatre training and its industries, produces international conferences and symposia including Theatre Materials with Anne Bogart (2008), Theatre Noise with Heiner Goebbels (2009), and Theatre Applications with Rustom Bharucha (2010). All of her work is based on creating and promoting innovative live and virtual teaching and learning models for performance training, much of which celebrates the interdisciplinary nature of performance making. Jessica is a passionate advocate for the art form of puppetry and with colleagues staged the first International Student Puppetry Festival at Central in 2007, which is now a fixture on the aspiring puppetry professional’s calendar.
Michaela Stránská - Project Manager of Scenofest
Michaela Stránská studied History of Arts at Theatre and Film Department of the Palacký University in Olomouc. Since 2005 is working at czech art festivals as a production and dramaturgic coordinator (Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště, Festival of Film Animation Olomouc, International Flora Theatre Festival, Academia Film Olomouc). She also worked as a Coordinator of Culture Centre in Domov Sue Ryder that provide care to elderly frail people. She is co-founder of Theatre Konvikt and Point of the Day culture organizations.
James McKernan - Technical Director of Scenofest
Professor McKernan teaches stage technology at York University in Canada, exploring both leading-edge and traditional methodologies. His research is tied to sustainability, with a focus on seeking and implementing new, more ecologically responsible theatrical scenographic technologies. Collaborating with industry partners and professional practitioners, his contributions in the field include the production of several symposia and professional development workshops for stage designers, producers and technicians. Topics of these presentations have included the use of theatrical fog devices and lighting atmospheric effects, and LED lighting as a sustainable alternative to conventional lighting fixtures. His professional career in theatre and film production includes extensive experience as head carpenter and construction coordinator. His credits include Juno, Genie and Gemini Award shows and the award-winning Rhombus Media feature documentary Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen. James McKernan served as sound designer for Out of the Box Productions’ Toronto remount of Sound in Silence (2009), and as set designer for the company’s Toronto production of Opera Erotique (2010). The latter show was designed and produced with a view to minimizing its environmental impact, and was used as a case study investigating the methodology and feasibility of sustainable theatrical scenography. Professor McKernan is an active member of both the Canadian and American Institutes of Theatre Technology. He shares his research on the Theatre Artisan Green Skills website.
Marlies Germanus – Technical Director for Workshops
Marlies Germanus is working as a production and stage manager in the Netherlands. During the last few years she gained work experience as the production leader at different theatre companies (Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Bontehond, Almere – Het Lab, Utrecht) and worked as a stage manager at the North Sea Jazz festival in Rotterdam. She has also worked for Kunstbende and B-there festival in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At the moment she’s studying Production and Stage Management at the Amsterdam School of Arts and will graduate in July 2011.
Kateřina Matějíčková - Production Manager
Kateřina Matějíčková started her career as a voluteer in the production of different cultural festivals in the Czech Republic (Havíření, Zlínský pes or Queer film festival). She graduated at Filmschool Zlín (focusing on Production) with short film Domino which was chosen to take part in the Czech Short Films 2011 collection. She also worked as a Production Assitent at Czech film festivals MFF Karlovy Vary and MFDF Ji.hlava. Kateřina has been participating on the production of many student films and has been working as the Scenofest Production Assistant from January 2011.
Shane Kelly - Technical Director for Six Acts
Shane Kelly is an Assistant Professor and Head of Theatre Technology at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. He has worked in a variety of technical and design positions around the United States including The Second City, Chicago Spotlight, Caffeine Theatre (where he is an artistic associate), Chicago Scenic Studios, University of Northern Colorado, American Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Surflight Theatre in New Jersey, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and for Vee Corporation at the NBA All-Star Jam Session. He has an M.F.A. in Theatre Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (P.T.T.P.) at the University of Delaware. Shane is a member of USITT, the Vice-Chair for Programming of the USITT Midwest Regional Section, and an ETCP Certified Rigger-Arena and Theatre.
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Markéta Fantová - Assistant Technical Director for Street Stories
Markéta Fantová is a scenographer working for theatre, dance, physical theatre and performance art venues. She has worked in theaters, galleries and visually inspiring sites in the US as well as abroad. Her costume and set designs were included in the USA Prague Quadrennial National Exhibit in 2007 and the World Stage Design Exhibit in Seoul, Korea in 2009. Markéta is native of Prague, Czech Republic. She received her BFA in Scenography from the Academy of Performing Arts – DAMU and her MFA in Set Design from Wayne State University in Detroit.Markéta is currently a full time assistant professor of theatre design at Alfred University, NY.
Peter Reed - Assistant to Jessica Bowles
Peter Reed is a directorand producer working between Leeds and London. He is the Artistic Director of Crushed Arts – a performance company who make comic yet compelling shows which tell human stories with powerful offbeat visual imagery. For the company, Pete has directed The Grandad Orphanage for The Carriageworks, Leeds and the huge site specific piece, Sleeping Lions, commissioned for Leeds Light Night 2009. In collaboration with John East, he directed Wrecked for Theatre Royal Bath, Leeds Emerge Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall. Along with Jemima Yong, he is making Safe Keeping – a photographic installation premiering at The Bowery Gallery, Leeds in 2011. Pete is the associate director of PLaY for whom he will direct ‘til someone gets hurt at Battersea Arts Centre in 2010. He is also the International Coordinator for The Accidental Festival at BAC. Recently, he has undertaken a directing internship with internationally celebrated Lone Twin Theatre during rehearsals for The Festival at The Barbican Centre, London.
James Cawson - Social Media Amplifier
James is a London based performance maker and producer. He has a multidisciplinary approach to performance and has collaborated on projects spanning genres of live art, photography, animation and site specific theatre. In 2010 he was creative apprentice at Offstage Theatre, during the creation of Amphibians. More recently James has worked in web design for performance, and has a fascination in network structures, and the role online social platforms play in today's performance world. ScenofestExchange.com is the most recent project James has created that looks to create spaces for discussion of performance, whilst encouraging creative and performative use of new web behaviours.