Seth Blake

Seth Blake

Seth Blake is a writer from the great state of New Hampshire who journeyed west to CalArts to earn his MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. His short fiction and reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, [out of nothing], and Trop, where he serves as editor-in-chief and occasionally writes stuff about Batman. Other interests include cooking, hiking, playing bass and watching MST3K. Keep circulating the tapes!

Samantha Chen

Samantha Chen

Samantha (Sam for short!) is a teaching artist based in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work ranges from paintings to large-scale welded sculptures and interactive installations revolving around themes of chance and play. When she is not in the office or studio, Sam can be found hiking local trails, figuring out how to surf like a true Californian, or trying hole in the wall eateries. She is also an avid animal lover, traveler, and Simpsons fan.

Devlin Grimm

Devlin Grimm
Devlin is a creative theorist, writer and art educator. Her research interests include cinema and television studies, performance history and humor theory. She has a background in improv comedy, scenic design and dramaturgy. She left a career in television production to earn her BA in Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Go Panthers. She earned her MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts in 2017. When not watching cartoons for work, she watches Star Trek for fun.

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda received her Bachelor's in Art and Art History from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and her MFA in Art at CalArts in 2014. Some of the themes that run through her visual art practice include food and the body, female gender identity, and the politics of the domestic space. In her most recent work, she is interested in exploring the world of radical hospitality through live performance, social practice and installation—and sometimes through cupcakes. In her free time, you’ll often find her in the kitchen baking exorbitant amounts of food, exploring the beaches of Mexico or taking countless selfies with her four dogs and kitten.

Donia Jarrar

Donia Jarrar

Donia Jarrar is a composer, pianist, and multimedia artist. ​​She ​holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the University of Michigan​ School of Music, Theater and Dance​. Born to a Palestinian fatherand an Egyptian-Greek mother, Donia grew up between Kuwait, Egypt, the West Bank, and the United States​.​​ ​Her personal experiences have strongly shaped her compositional works, ​leading her to explore the themes of​ Arab and refugee diasporic memory​, identity​, exile, and cultural narratives. Her latest work is a documentary and multimedia song-cycle blending photography, raw and archival footage with live chamber orchestra and dance performances, and featuring the collected oral histories of women and girls from her community. Donia enjoys reading, rollerblading, and snuggling with her cat Leonard Bernstein.

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain
Eve earned a BA from Hampshire College in 2008, and a dual MFA from CalArts in Film/Video and Photography/Media in 2014. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she learned how to ride a horse instead of a bike. Her art practice investigates her mixed Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Jewish heritages, feminisms, mysticisms, and ghosts through lens based media and installations. She teaches alternative photographic processes at CalArts, curates screenings and teaches hand processing classes at the Echo Park Film Center. When she's not at CalArts, you can usually find her in her garden with her large black cat, on a yoga mat, or in a darkroom.

Rachel Park

Rachel Park
Rachel Park is a director, writer, and creative collaborator primarily focused on the development of new plays and theatrical experiences. For more than a decade, she has worked alongside show writers, designers, and innovators across the entertainment industry, searching for ways to tell stories and engage audiences through the power of presence and integration of new technologies. A lover of dogs, breakfast tacos, and the San Antonio Spurs, the native Texan is also an avid traveler who can be found jumping out of planes or swimming with sharks when she isn't locked in a windowless theater. She holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University and an MFA in Directing from CalArts. 

Kevin Spear

Kevin Spear

Performance Art is the ever present ticking of the heart that cannot be expressed in words. All realms of Kevin’s art encompasses an evolutional language where breath steers the human form. This Pennsylvania native has a passion for physical theater and the surrounding calls of his environment. He has trained in a wide variety of physical techniques. His pallet of movement fluctuates in and out of contact improvisation, aerial dance, trapeze, corporeal mime, Skinner Releasing, and abstract body flux.  In all his creations, there is zero limitation when it comes to the body and its capabilities of storytelling. He holds an MFA from CalArts and aspires to one day outrun an ostrich in a 100 yard dash.

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