E|MERGE 2018 Production Team

E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency


Shyam (“shee-yahm”) is a musician and wordsmith born and educated in Florida, raised in ashrams in the U.S. and in India, and molded in San Francisco and New York City. His adventures as a producer, percussionist, and Grammy-nominated bassist have taken him to five continents, and his resumé includes ALO, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New Pickle Circus, Jai Uttal, Hamid Drake, Lincoln-Mercury, and California Shakespeare Theater. As a writer and editor, he has worked for Rolling Stone, Vibe, Keyboard, Guitar World, and Bass Player, where he is a senior editor. Shyam, who is performance curator & PR/marketing director at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, has been exquisitely inspired by EMERGE residencies in 2010, 2011, and 2017. He's thrilled to be on the 2018 production team. Stop by and say hello at www.adifferenttrip.com!
Natasha Brooks-Sperduti (bio coming soon)

Gregor Krammer was born in 1991 and grew up in Austria. At age 16, he got in touch with the urban dance scene of Europe, and upon graduating from high school, spent half a year travelling to New York and around Europe. Gregor moved to Winnipeg to study modern and contemporary dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers for two years, where he performed and choreographed numerous works. He now works as a freelance dancer, author, singer, drag queen, choreographer, maker of short art films, composer, and dance teacher. Having done the residency last year, Gregor’s whole year has been strongly informed by the skills he acquired through the residency. He is excited to continue gaining creative input from the various talents at E|MERGE and to create relationships that will be relevant after the residency.

Cory Neale is an architect, bassist/composer, and sound designer from Philadelphia, PA. He was born and raised, and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of Temple University School of Architecture. He is resident composer and sound designer for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers and Birds on a Wire Dance Theater, and a collaborator with Echo Theater Suitcase in San Francisco, CA. He works with a variety of artists across the media spectrum, including the Walnut Street Theater, keila cordova dances, Krista DeNio, Hua Hua Zhang / Visual Expressions, and as producer for Earthdance’s E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts residency. Collectively, his experience spans many genres including jazz, hip-hop, experimental, classical, and pop music where he has collaborated with a variety of artists including music ensembles, dance companies, film directors, shadow puppetry and live sculpture, circus arts, and as technical consult for stage productions. Cory was the recipient of the American Association of Community Theater Sound Design Award in 2011 for Bootless Stagework’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, and a 2015 Rocky Award recipient for collaborative contributions in the Philadelphia dance community. He is a member of the bass section for the Abington Symphony Orchestra. 

Cory’s visual art has been displayed as part of the Carpenter’s Hall 200th Anniversary Exhibit, installations in Old City Philadelphia storefronts as part of the Windows Throughout Old City Exhibition, Fleisher Memorial School of Art, and in private collections around the country. In addition, he has done illustration work for web design, print, and tattoos. www.coryneale.com

Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. She is an experienced grant writer and received her training in development at the Park Avenue Armory under the direction of the Manager of Institutional Giving. The BioBus – mobile science laboratory that brings science to kids throughout the New York City Area – enables her to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity; students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages. Latasha had the opportunity to be a part of Pavel Palissomo’s Painted Bird this past summer. The experience instilled in her the determination to continue to find ways to perform and collaborate with other talented artists.

Sarah Young has been the Executive Artistic Director of Earthdance since 2013. In this role, she leads organizational vision and programmatic direction, oversees development and marketing efforts, provides overall staff management, and engages in long-term and strategic planning for Earthdance with the Board of Directors, staff, and community.

She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. Previous to moving to Western Mass, she lived in New York City, teaching and performing with Hilary Easton, Steven Koplowitz, Ann Robideaux and Alexx Shilling, Jill Sigman, David Dorfman, the Treehouse Shakers, and Dana Salisbury's Dark Dining Projects. She has presented work at small venues throughout NYC, and has enjoyed numerous dance festivals and countless CI Jams. From 2008-10, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, collaborating to develop women's weaving associations in the High Atlas Mountains.

Sarah is a Wisconsin native and studied dance and international arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study indigenous dance in Zimbabwe. Through these studies, Sarah founded Flying Art, and facilitated international exchanges of art among youth from 2001-2011.