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The Bengsons have performed around the world. Their music was featured in Sonya Tayeh's You'll Still Call Me By Name (New York Live Arts), The National Theater of Scotland and The Team's Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theater Festival), Sarah Gancher's The Place We Built (The Flea), and Anne Washburn's Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company). They have had three singles featured on "So You Think You Can Dance" (FOX). Abigail Nessen Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Upcoming work includes Sun Down, Yellow Moon (Rachel Bonds, Anne Kauffman) produced by Ars Nova & WP Theater, The Lucky Ones (Sarah Gancher, Anne Kauffman) at Ars Nova, and a commission with Lincoln Center Theatre. www.bengsons.com
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Sarah Gancher’s writing has been seen on stages across the US and internationally, including London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Budapest’s Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, The Public Theatre, Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep, PS122, Ars Nova, P73, The Flea Theatre, and NYC SummerStage. Honors include the New York Stage and Film Founders’ Award and the AR Gurney Prize. Co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel; London’s National Theatre, int’l tour), Time Warner Fellow at Women’s Project Lab, Playwrights’ Realm Writing Fellow, alumna of P73 and Ars Nova Play Group. She frequently partners with devising ensembles including NYC’s The TEAM, Colorado’s Telluride Theatre, Portland’s Hand2Mouth, Blue Man Group, and upcoming with Second City Theatricals. With The Bengsons and Anne Kauffman, she is also writing The Lucky Ones, playing at Ars Nova in 2018. MFA: NYU.
New York: A Life, Marjorie Prime (Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination); Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra and Maple and Vine (Playwright’s Horizons); The Nether, Smokefall (MCC); Buzzer (The Public); Belleville (Lortel Nomination, NYTW, Yale Rep); You Got Older (Drama Desk Nomination, P73 Productions); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth Theater Company); Somewhere Fun, God’s Ear (New Georges and Vineyard Theater); Stunning, Slowgirl (LCT3). Regional: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Smokefall (Goodman Theatre); And No More Shall We Part, You Better Sit Down: Tales from My Parents’ Divorce, Six Degrees of Separation (Williamstown Theater Festival); Belleville (Yale Rep, Steppenwolf). Artistic Associate and Founding Member of The Civilians, Sundance Program Associate, Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, New Georges Associate Artist, Artistic Council of Soho Rep, SDC Executive Board Member. OBIES (Directing and Sustained Excellence), the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and two Barrymore Awards.
Sonya Tayeh is a New York City-based choreographer and teacher. Her work, is a tribute to her Detroit roots — a constant yet grounding influence that inspires her to create the aggressive, emotional and powerful choreography she has become best known for. Since paving her professional career, her work has been described as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range.
Tayeh has gleaned accolades for her work across the worlds of commercial dance and theater, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance" (2015 and 2013), and the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awarda and an Obie Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play Kung Fu, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination.
Some of Tayeh’s Recent choreographic credits include: You'll still call me by name (New York Live Arts Commissioned Artist/Directed and Choreographed); Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party (City Center Encores! / Dir. Leigh Silverman); Martha Graham Dance Company’s Lamentation Variation series (The Joyce Theater); Iphigenia in
Aulis (Classic Stage Company / Dir. Rachel Chavkin); The Last Goodbye (Old Globe / Dir. Alex Timbers); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre / Dir. Leigh Silverman); LA Ballet’s
New Wave and Next Wave series; and Cirque du Soleil’s Walk for Water (premiered in Las Vegas).
Her upcoming credits include: Public Works project (Show TBA, Public Theater’s Delacorte Theater 2017); Hurricane Diane (Two River Theatre); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience, 2017).
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