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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.  Support received from Creative Engagement, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residencies, Hatchfund, USA Projects, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  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.

Co-Artistic Directors
Jessie Dean
Luke Leonard

John Harmon, Executive Director
Mariah Ilardi-Lowy, Administrative Assistant
Sarah Weinflash, Producing Intern

Karen Ilardi-Lowy
Luke Leonard
Brian Lowy
Jessica Pohlman

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

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

Nathan Baer
Jon Cook
Jessie Dean
Joanie Ellen
Emmanuel Elpenord
April Evans
Ruthy Froch
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
Sarah Grace Sanders
Ben Schave
Greg Skura
Jennifer Skura
John Smiley
Shaun Patrick Tubbs