A number of talented and generous artists will help us celebrate the Storylines Project on November 17, 2011. The evening will highlight a performance by acclaimed musicians Stephen Dunn and Richard Mannoia. Way Shen designed and created this year’s Storylines Award.
STEPHEN DUNN, trombonist, is an active orchestral and chamber musician, and an avid performer of new music. In addition to regular appearances on concert stages in New York City, he has performed with the Cincinnati, Hartford, and New Haven symphonies, and as principal trombone of the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. Stephen’s continued commitment to education and community engagement has led him to join the teaching artist faculties of the NY Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, where he works to more deeply incorporate music into educational settings. A graduate of Rutgers University and the Yale School of Music, Stephen was an inaugural member of The Academy, the prestigious postgraduate fellowship program of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.
RICHARD MANNOIA, clarinetist, continues to engage audiences with a wide variety of repertoire. He has performed with such orchestras as the New York City Opera Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, New Jersey Pops, Haddonfield Symphony, and Manhattan Virtuosi. He has appeared in chamber music and recitals in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, BAM, Weill Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. This season Richard returns to the interdisciplinary performance collaborative, VisionIntoArt, performing new music with theater, poetry, dance and film. Richard received first prizes in the International Glenn Miller Competition and Atlantic Wind Symphony Concerto Competition. He has been freelancing in the New York area since graduating from Manhattan School of Music and, in addition to local performances, he has performed abroad extensively in countries as far reaching as South Africa, Nepal, Serbia, and Paraguay. Richard maintains a deep commitment to educational outreach and teaches and performs for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. As a consultant, Richard has trained musicians, curated concerts, and designed curriculum for many organizations including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has also taught at the Professional Performing Arts High School, coached chamber music at Juilliard Pre-College, and coached graduate chamber music at Manhattan School of Music for educational outreach performances. Richard is a founding member of the innovative chamber music series, Music Unlocked! Concerts, creating, producing, and performing concerts most recently for Carnegie Hall and the 92nd St Y. This season Richard continues creating and producing programs for a new project, MishMash Concerts, which fuse chamber music and audience participation in non-traditional ways.
WAY SHEN was born in Kunming, China, but has spent most of her life in the U.S. Although a long history of ceramics is in her cultural heritage, Way only began working with clay during several extra-curricular classes in college. She did not return to clay work until after the birth of her first child. Eventually, making pottery became one of her passions, especially after spending a semester in 1975 as a special student at the Kansas City Art Institute. There she studied with Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Timock. Subsequently, she worked as an independent studio potter as well as taught ceramics to both children and adults (the latter on the adjunct faculties of both Dowling College and Adelphi University on Long Island, NY). During a break from pottery, Way received a Masters in Social Work and embarked upon a dual career. She gradually evolved into a Developmental Social Worker (a title her son coined), focusing on the emotional and social development of children with special needs. Her goal is combining making functional art in her studio and helping children function effectively in our society.
After spending most of her life on the east coast, Way and her partner Chris moved to Denver in 2001, finally realizing the oft-expressed desire to be closer to the western mountains. http://wayshen.com/
EDELEN MCWILLIAMS is the Storylines Project photographer. She is an actress, teacher, photographer, dog-lover, hiker, and is equal parts Baltimorean and Brooklynite (except when it comes to sports teams and seafood). For many years now, she has been performing on stage in NYC and across the country, and she has appeared in numerous commercials, films and television shows. Most recently she has enjoyed roles on Royal Pains, Boardwalk Empire, and Nurse Jackie. She received a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont and a MFA from the Old Globe Theatre program in San Diego. She is a member of the theater company The Outfit and is a contributing creator of their project Jester’s Dead, a Shakespearean parody of the 80’s movie Top Gun (running currently at the Peoples Improv Theater). www.theoutfit.org
The Storylines seal was designed and drawn by Hilary Schenker. The Storylines website was created by Hank Mitchell.
is an illustrator and graphic designer. Since 2006 she has been the literacy assistant at the Tompkins Square and Seward Park Centers for Reading and Writing. She is inspired by bright colors, old city signs, and the view from the Brooklyn Bridge. http://hilaryschenker.com/