Tina Lee has been writing since age eight and discovered her love of acting while procrastinating in graduate school for fiction writing. Writing one-person shows became a perfect marriage of both interests.
She has presented How to Ride Roller Coasters at the PIT Theater, Midtown International Theater Festival, and the Korea Society in New York City. She has performed her one-person show My Mom Across America in theaters, schools, and libraries in the New York area. My Mom Across America was featured on BBC radio and is part of an upcoming TV series on identity funded by the Annenberg Foundation. She has performed in the HERE/Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room series, The New School, Pulse Ensemble Theater, Dixon Place, the NuYorican Poets Café, Superfine in DUMBO, and the YWCA in Flushing and Manhattan, among other venues. She has been published in the Echoes Upon Echoes: New Korean American Voices (Asian American Writers Workshop, 2002), Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002), River City Journal and Kalliope magazine. Her first screenplay, “The Midas Touch,” is being produced summer 2008 by Fluid Motion Film and Theater Company. She is also hard at work at a young adult novel that takes place in the 1980s. She graduated from Yale with a B.A., Sarah Lawrence College with a M.F.A. in Fiction Writing.
She uses this blog as a repository of her memories, expanding her hard drive into the Internet.
David Godbey (director, My Mom Across America, How to Ride Roller Coasters) is an actor and director who has worked with: The Pearl Theatre, Boomerang Theatre, Judith Shakespeare Company, the Actors Shakespeare Company, and Mabou Mines, among others. He has directed for Circle of Soul ritual performance group, Mt. Hope Productions (PA) and Lakes Region Summer Theatre (NH). David has studied with Wendy Ward and Terry Schreiber and is currently working on a solo performance piece about watching paint dry.
Amy Kohn (musician for My Mom Across America) released her remarkable 2nd album: I’m in Crinoline. It’s 13 complex & extraordinary songs about melting ice-sculptures, epoxied roses, seas of calligraphy & swimming lessons, to start. I’m in Crinoline inflates with Amy’s fierce piano/accordion playing & visceral voice & her inspired arrangements for harmony, flute, clarinets, saxophones, trumpet, french horn, guitar, banjo, strings, upright bass and drums, a wind septet, an accordion quartet & a glockenspiel.
Strapped to her motorcycle-tough accordion, Amy toured the UK last August, garnering great reviews of her performances at the famed Speigeltent & Acoustic Music Centre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“Kohn is the kind of individual talent that the fringe is in danger of suffocating…” – The Scottish Herald). She also caused a stir at London’s 12 Bar & Ray’s Jazz Shop. Her band plays regularly at top New York venues (Joe’s Pub, Makor, Barbes…) and Amy’s music & music-theater are often aired on top radio. Last February was the World Premiere of her Radio-Opera 1 Plum Sq. as part of WNYC’s American Music Festival (David Garland’s program “Spinning on Air”) & last month excerpts from the 2-hour Broadcast were featured on “Spinning on Air Best of 2005.” She returned to WNYC April 9 to promote the new CD with a segment on her music which included a live interview with David Garland. Amy is a proud, pigtailed member of the Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra, where she’s infamous for her twisted arrangements of pop favorites.
Darryl Gregory (musician for How to Ride Roller Coasters) composer/performer, moved to NYC in 1991 from Ohio and has since composed for various ensembles in styles ranging from school band pieces to music for Indonesian gamelan. He currently performs with his world music ensemble, SaReel Project (www.sareel.com), and plays guitar with his band DaZa. Darryl has composed scores and sound design for productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night as well as for Praxis Theatre productions of two Karen Sunde plays “How His Wife Came to Abraham” and “Fastest Woman Alive”. He currently resides in the quiet woods of Connecticut with his wife and son.
Sasha Bogdanowitsch (musician for How to Ride Roller Coasters) is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher, whose work strives to unite East and West sensibilities by working towards a unique world music language. His compositional output has ranged from writing fo runique chamber ensembles to multitrack tapes with live performance to music for theater, dance, and film. He has a B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and a M.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a founding member of SaReel Project and World In One. Sasha has worked extensively with artists and groups, such as Lou Harrison, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, New Music Works, and Just Strings. Sasha teaches world music at CCSU and UNH in Connecticut.
Jesse Jou (director, My Mom Across America) is based in New York City. His work as a director has been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival, at the Lion Theater on Theater Row, at the Gene Frankel Theater, and at the American Theater of Actors. Other favorite projects have been Take on Me: Adoption, Addiction, and a-ha, by Christine Simpson, and Greyhounds by Daryl Lisa Fazio. He studied with the School of Russian Art Theater and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.