hold is an invitation to contemplative practice in queer resistance to capitalist conditioning of time, via collective gathering and recurring durational space. hold cultivates the body as site of revolution with seeds of intention sown in the morning and the rain of prayers at night.
the structure is simple:
welcome (3 min)
opening “bell”————closing “bell” (20 min)
prayer offered by Queer Holy Troy Anthony
Mei Ann Teo (Creator, they/she) is a queer immigrant theatre & film maker who works internationally at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. As a director/dramaturg/deviser, they make work across genres, including experimental participatory work, music theatre, and documentary theatre. Devised work includes an intermedial participatory work Labyrinth: Defining Humanity for the Beijing International Festival (Top 8 of Festival in Beijing News), and an original opera WAKE with composer Jon Bernstein and singer Marnie Breckenridge. Directing work includes: Dim Sum Warriors the Musical by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun for national China twenty-five city tour, Jillian Walker’s world premiere SKiNFoLK: An American Show at the Bushwick Starr (NYTimes Critics Pick, NYMag’s matrix “Highbrow and Brilliant”), and Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Teo is the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory.
Troy Anthony (Collaborator, he/him) is a composer/lyricist, actor, and activist based in NYC cultivating a life full of Black queer joy. He has presented work at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Prospect Theater Company, the National Alliance of Musical Theater Conference, Musical Theater Factory (MTF), and The O’Neill. He’s received commissions from Atlantic Theater Company, The Civilians and The Shed. Troy has been seen in the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Hercules as well as Prospect Theater Company’s Tamar of the River. He is the founding music director of the Public Theater’s Public Works Community Choir and focuses on the intersection between art and social justice at the DreamYard Art Center. He is also a 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory Maker.
Matthias Neckermann (Collaborator, he/they) is a cultural scientist specialized in theater and the performing arts.They are a versatile creative technologist and fabricator, with varied experience behind, under, above, and in front of the stage. Through all, they are driven by a leading curiosity for their own practice as well as the interplay of live performance and prerecorded media. Matthias holds a BA in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim and is a current MFA Candidate in Video and Media Design at the Carnegie-Mellon School of Drama.