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ABOUT MONK PARROTS

MONK PARROTS is an ensemble of performing and visual artists that create concept driven live work through multidisciplinary collaboration.  From this strategy we have initiated a diverse repertoire ranging from experimental drama, musical plays, and opera.  We premiere our work in New York and tour nationally and internationally.  Our mission is to cultivate new audiences for new forms, provide opportunities for artists, and forge uncommon unions that enrich our practice and broaden our relationships with professional artists and community members.  Awards include: Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grants, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residencies, Hatchfund Grant, USA Projects Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.  Monk Parrots is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit performing arts organization based in New York.

We derive our name from Monk Parakeets, specifically the ones that have found their way into the Northeastern United States via overturned delivery trucks and other legends.  Unlike most exotic birds they can survive basically anywhere by working together and adjusting to unusual climates.  They symbolize intelligence, endurance, adaptation, and collaboration.


staffMP
Luke Leonard, Co-Artistic Director
Jessie Dean, Co-Artistic Director
John Smiley, Co-Artistic Director

Joey LePage, Co-Artistic Director
John Harmon, Administrator
Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, Administrative Assistant

boardMP
Karen Ilardi-Lowy
Luke Leonard
Brian Lowy
Jessica Pohlman

advisorsMP
Lucien Douglas
Scott Kanoff
David Lang
Margo Sawyer
Michael Smith
Mac Wellman

collaboratorsMP
Samuel Andreyev, composer, poet
Justin, Kim, and Scott Collins, musicians/songwriters
Charloett Griffin, choreographer
Alison Heryer, costume and scenic designer
Allee Ilardi-Lowy, hair/makeup artist, prop designer
Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, resident makeup artist and designer
Elise Knudson, choreographer
Kirk Lynn, playwright
Andrea Paciotto, director, writer, producer
Lucy Parker, visual artist
Katie Pearl, Obie Award winning theatre maker
Sonja Rainey, scenographer for theatre and film
Ryan Smith, filmmaker, writer, director
Peter Stopschinski, composer
David Todd, playwright
Corey Torpie, Photographer
Marie Yokoyama, set and light designer
Shaun Patrick Tubbs, director
Lih-Hwa Yu, lighting designer for theatre and lighting installation art

ACTORS / SINGERS
Nathan Baer
Jon Cook
Jessie Dean
Joanie Ellen
Emmanuel Elpenord
April Evans
John Harmon
Michael Howell
Eric Hunt
Morgan Hooper
Mariah Ilardi-Lowy
Joey LePage
Annalisa Loeffler
Clark Loeffler
Natalie Leonard
Gates Leonard
Yukihirio Nishiyama
Anna Noggle
Ben Schave
Greg Skura
Jennifer Skura
John Smiley
Shaun Patrick Tubbs