in kinship ensemble artists
As director/producer of Open Waters, Jennie’s projects include Farms & Fables, an original play created in collaboration with Maine farmers and Choirspeak: The Maine Woods, developed from 50 interviews conducted in five Maine towns. In 2014, Jennie developed a partnership with Stephanie Gilbert of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Jennie and Stephanie designed and co-facilitated three farmland preservation meetings, innovating policy development practices by engaging stakeholders’ hearts and minds.
In 2014, Jennie was a pilot round member of the Catalyst Initiative, a national cohort of civic artists supported by Michael Rohd and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. Jennie has shared her approach to community arts practice through consulting and collaboration with One Year Lease Theater Company (2016), Saco River Theatre (2015/16), and writer/performer Bess Welden (2014/15).
In August 2016, Cory Tamler began a Ph.D. program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Just before that, she spent eight months as the Spring 2016 R&D Season Fellow at the New Museum. In 2015 Cory designed a writing residency on board the RV Roger Revelle, a research vessel on which she shadowed and worked with physical oceanographers for five weeks in the fall.
As a teaching artist, Cory leads creative writing workshops for kids ages 7-18 with Writopia Lab all over NYC and works with the youth performing arts group Brooklyn Acts in her neighborhood. With Sprat Artistic Ensemble, she has helped create and teach intergenerational arts classes at senior centers in Las Vegas since 2015. In spring 2016, Cory taught a writing/performance class in experimental nonfiction at the Abrons Art Center.
Ian Petroni grew up near Berkeley, CA and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Drama and Philosophy. Currently, Ian runs his own business creating original art installations, theater sets, giant puppets, and custom furniture, pieces that he hopes inspire the imagination of the community. His work has been shown at the International Children's Theater Festival at Playhouse Square, at the Station Hope festival presented by Cleveland Public Theater, and at this summer's Parade the Circle Celebration.
Ian has worked extensively with the Community Arts Department of the Cleveland Museum of Art - on Parade the Circle and other events - designing and building his own work as well as instructing and helping members of the public to create their own work. He has worked with Groundworks Dancetheater for the past several years, collaborating with the choreographers and dancers to design and build set pieces that solve unique problems in movement and support the innovative style of the work. Previously he was the Properties Carpenter with Cleveland Playhouse. Ian lives with his wife Hannah and their two children in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
in kinship collaborating artists, partners, & advisors
Bonnie Newsom, Archaeologist