Young Joo Lee is a multimedia artist from South Korea. Her work deals with personal narratives about her experiences of being an immigrant in Europe and the US, a woman, and a cultural nomad. In her recent moving image works, these personal narratives interweave with the current and historical narratives in order to investigate the issues of cultural colonialism, alienation, and assimilation processes. Young holds an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University and an MFA in Film at Academy of Fine Arts Städelschule Frankfurt. She currently is a Visiting Lecturer in Film and Animation at the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. She was a College Fellow in Media Practice at Harvard University (2018-20), a Fulbright Scholar in Film & Digital Media (2015-18) and a recipient of DAAD artist scholarship (2010-12). Her work has been exhibited in national and international institutions and film/video festivals.
Edward Columbia is a producer, writer, and director whose filmmaking focuses on issues of social and environmental justice. He holds a B.A. in China Studies from Yale University and works in the US and Southern China. Most recently Edward has produced content for South China Morning Post, the United Nations, and renowned artist/activist Roberto Lugo. In 2016 he co-founded Sulde Productions, a production company that brings diverse groups of artists together through community-driven film projects.
Andrea Gonzalez Mereles is a Mexican director of photography that focuses on narrative storytelling. She attended some of the most prestigious institutions; Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Maine Media Workshops and College in Maine and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. She’s a 2014 Fulbright Scholar, a 2017 Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellow and a 2019 Berlinale Talents participant. She’s a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (I.C.F.C.) and Apertura. Her films have been screened in numerous international film festivals; Viena International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, among others. With 10 years of experience as a director of photography, her true interest lies in the art of telling stories. Cinematography is a professional journey she’s embarked on but it’s also a personal one. Her intention is to understand what it means to be a human being; weaknesses, strengths and doubts, to portray it in her body of work. She’s currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
Ao Li is a set designer and visual artist based in New York. His recent designs include: Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre), All My Fathers (La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club), Airline Highway (Fordham Theatre), A Summer’s Day (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center), Lucretia (HERE Arts Center), Scraps (Flea Theatre), Real (The Tank), As You Like It (Columbia University), Waiting for Godot (Alfred University), The Tempest (Alfred University), Where is My Maple Town (Theatre Row), Blind (Shanghai International Arts Festival), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Yale School of Drama), Titus Andronicus (Yale School of Drama), Yale Cabaret credits include: The Apple Tree, Xander Xyst, Dragon:1 and The Styx Songs, Cao Zhi (Academy Theatre), Everything in the Garden (Duanjun Theatre) among others. Ao associate designed Soft Power (The Public Theatre), The Orphan of Zhao (Beijing Poly Theater) and assisted on productions including Judgement Day (Park Avenue Armory), Tamerlano (Frankfurt Opera), Le Nozze Di Figaro (Theatre Des Champs-Elysses) and Scenes From Court Life (Yale Repertory Theater) etc. His artwork has received three solo exhibitions including Expression, 2009 and Childhood. He holds an MFA in Set Design from Yale School of Drama and a BFA in Stage Design from Shanghai Theatre Academy. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Theatre Program He is also the receiver of Donald and Zorca Oenslager Travel Fellowship Award in Design, Richard Harrison Senie Scholarship and Donald M. Oenslager Scholarship in Stage Design.
Stine Dahlman is a visual storyteller with a BFA in Fashion Design from Germany and a MFA in design for stage and film from NYU Tisch. Curious to challenge the mind beyond the real, Stine thrives in creative collaborations where she can create, test, explore, and develop concepts with others. Raised in both Norway and Germany, Stine investigates history and culture in continuous explorations. Stine’s recent works include dance, theatre, opera, film, and animation. Stine holds a BA in Fashion Design from AMD Akademie Mode & Design Düsseldorf, Germany and an MFA in Costume Design at Theater and Film at NYU Tisch, USA.
Hye Seon Jeon is a Menswear Fashion Designer based in New York. She earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in 2017. A common theme across her projects and collections is conjunction in visual and the outside of its world. Hye Seon actually believes in the functionality of clothing, but she tends to tweak the idea a little. A lot. Indeed, she also has a faith in her mission of spreading ‘positive influence,’ which connects to the brand name ‘Nannerwave.’ Nannerwave is a combined word of the designer’s English name ‘Nancy’ and the term ‘Wave’ stands for a cultural influence/trend. Due to her religious conviction and life philosophy, she has been devoted to providing a message of ‘hope’ throughout the work.
Krista Smith is a New York based Lighting Designer and visual artist. Originally from California, she holds a BA in Drama from San Francisco State University, and her MFA in Lighting Design from Yale School of Drama. Recent NY Theatre credits: Coop (Paradise Factory), At Black Lake (The Tank), Good Person of Setzuan (Atlantic Theater Company), Machinal (Strasberg Institute), Twin Size Beds (Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival), This American Wife (New York Theater Workshop Next Door), Doll’s House Pt3 (Ars Nova). Recent regional Theatre credits: Twelfth Night (Two River Theater Little Shakes),Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Triad Stage), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), An Enemy of The People (Yale Repertory Theater).