Niki Tulk is an Australian writer, cellist and theater-maker based in the US, currently a PhD student in Theater and Devaney Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Niki Tulk studied Literature and Theatre Making at both the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia, where she also directed and performed with St Martin’s Theatre, Australian Nouveau Theatre and Danceworks. As a long-time high school drama and English teacher, Niki gained her Masters in Education from the University of Georgia, where she also ran theatre and creative writing workshops with at-risk teens for the Athens-Clarke County School District. Having worked for over a decade as a Theatre Teaching Artist, as well as creating and directing multimedia pieces in abandoned warehouses and other unclaimed spaces, Niki recently received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, New York City, and for three years taught writing to undergraduate artists at Parsons The New School for Design. In addition to directing a multi-year, off-Broadway production of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, she has published poetry, fiction, dramatic and literary criticism in Emergency Index, The Saranac Review Tenth Anniversary Edition, Rock River Review, The Sheepshead Review, The Feminist Wire, The Journal of Language and Literacy Education and Antipodes—for which she is upcoming fiction editor. Niki’s debut novel Shadows and Wings—a novel exploring the legacy of World War Two on successive generations and across two hemispheres—was published in April 2013; Claire McAlpine (book blogger and freelance reviewer for the Guardian in the UK) picked it as one of her top ten reads of 2013; Niki is represented by Martin Shaw from the Alex Adsett Literary Agency. Niki has been studying with Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) for several years and makes work combining improvisation, material poetics and occasionally a custom-made re-pluckable chicken.
Ligia Batista Silverman was born in Portugal and lived there until she was 16. In and out of the theatre since she was 9–with a brief passage through the world of Portuguese telenovelas as a child star–Ligia deepened her passion for theatre and performance while attending Lester B. Pearson United World College, in Canada. She later spent her undergraduate years studying theatre–first at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and later at Quest University Canada, in British Columbia. In Canada, Ligia continued to develop her passion for connection between medical science and theatre. She worked as a psychodrama intern, founded a theatre group for a local women’s shelter, and continued studying applied theatre both in North America and in Europe. Her undergraduate thesis, Maps To Nowhere, investigated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through the lenses of both psychiatry and theatre, and responded to the research question What Is Normal?. Currently, Ligia is a M.A. student in theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as a student of drama therapy through the North American Drama Therapy Association. Locally, she works as a bilingual assistant director (Spanish/English/Spanish) for Motus Theatre’s Salsa Monologues as well as an ensemble member with Boulder-based Affinity Arts Consulting. Currently, Ligia serves as co-president of Performers Without Borders. Ligia’s work has been featured in the Portuguese American Journal, ATINER, The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and Plath Profiles. She is presently finishing some pre-requisites to complete her application to medical school; in addition, she works as a Neurology intern for the Neuroscience Institute at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Ligia speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English fluently.
Alia Goldfarb is a performance artist, musician and a practitioner-scholar of Applied Theatre, currently undertaking her M.A. in Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her B.A. in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence studies with a focus on applied performance art from Brandeis University, MA. Her foundational training focused on methods of Augusto Boal, Michael Rohd and Cynthia Cohen, PhD. Alia was born and raised in Switzerland, with family roots in the U.S.A. Her bi-national and multi-lingual upbringing (Swiss-German, German, English, Spanish, French and Hebrew) has allowed her to engage in diverse intercultural projects around the globe, and continues to guide her work towards positive social transformation. Alia’s research currently explores the nexus between psychotherapy, conflict resolution and performance, specifically by unfolding the depth and power of catharsis. As a practitioner she seeks to provide space, tools, and positive relationships for self-empowerment, creative self-expression, and community building. As part of her undergraduate work, she also facilitated the devising of the performance piece Diversity at Brandeis University and has since published her related writings in the online Peacebuilding and the Arts Resource Library. In 2013 Alia co-founded The Crossroad Players (Boston, MA) – a theatre company for young theater-makers. 2013 – 2014 she serves as an Israel Service Fellow in northern Israel working with underserved Israeli, Arab Israeli, Druze and Palestinian youth through Ma’ase Olam. At CU Boulder, she currently serves as co-president of Performers Without Borders.