Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith's artistry and performed as a multi-media re-imagined concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos. Presented by Asylos from Brooklyn, NY...

Teresa Braun (Bedie/Video Designer) is a visual and performance artist currently based in NYC and Montclair, NJ. She studied sculpture at the University of Manitoba and received her BFA with Honors in 2011. Braun relocated to the United States in 2013 and received her MFA from Montclair State University in 2015. Her work has been shown in NYC at Eyebeam, Brian Morris Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Central Booking Art Space, Glasshouse, and Brooklyn Fireproof East and internationally at The Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg) and La Petite Mort Gallery (Ottawa). She is a founding member of two performance collectives, Asylos and Sacra, and has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. This is her third production with Asylos.


Virgina Rupert (Josephine/Music Director) is a Michigan native, trained opera singer, graduate of The Acting Studio and a founding member of Asylos. She is proud to be appearing in her fourth production with Asylos. Recent credits include Jenna in Iphigenia, Glinda and The Wicked Witch in The Oz Project, Esther in Out of the Ash, The Senator in Crystal Jukebox Hymn, Arthur in a staged reading of Pterodactyls and A Whore in A Sketch of New York. Virginia is delighted to be sharing her renewed love of music with you. 




Yael Shavitt (Scientist/Co-video designer) is a proud founding member of Asylos! Yael co-created and performed in Asylos’ Out of the Ash and Crystal Jukebox Hymn, and appeared in (Miss)ter Silhouette Man (HOT! Festival) and Quizzically Quimsical. She’s performed at the Public Theater with Obie Award winners 600 HIGHWAYMEN in The Record, and understudied (& performed) the title role in Yentl with Beautiful Soup Theater. Yael has played lead roles in the indie features Delenda and Calvary! Parade!, the web series Plan B, and the shorts White Lies and There She Hung (Big Apple Film Festival). Yael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (Israel), with additional training from AMAW, MN Acting Studio and UCB.

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G.J. Dowding (Artistic Director/Pearl) is a Brooklyn based theater director, performer and writer. He is the artistic director of Asylos, an experimental theater company. Original works written and choreographed by G.J. include Quizzically Quimsical (Gene Frankel Theatre) and (Miss)ter Silhouette Man (HOT! Festival, Dixon Place). Original devised pieces with Asylos include Crystal Jukebox Hymn (Glasshouse ArtLifeLab and The Brick), Out of The Ash (Dixon Place and Glasshouse ArtLifeLab) and Woolgatherers (FiveMyles and The Kraine Theater). G.J. directed and produced a dreamy re-imagining of Tennessee Williams’ Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Invisible Dog Art Center and Wild Project). G.J. assistant directed and stage managed under director Katherine Brook on Getrude Stein's Pink Melon Joy (Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and Brave New World, Cloud City). He is currently stage managing Title:Point’s Chroma Key (Exponential Festival, Brick Theater). G.J. founded, curated and emceed the performance laboratory Smoke from The Ashtray. G.J. has performed with butoh dance company LEIMAY, Tele-Violet as well as in numerous movement and theater pieces.


Graham Shelton (Co-director/lighting designer) is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied Theater and African American Studies. This is Graham's first directorial project with Asylos. He recently performed with the company as Tommy in a staged reading of Pterodactyls. He also recently starred in a Nashville Independent film Juicy Mooshu



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