The members of Elizabeth Streb’s company, STREB EXTREME ACTION, combine virtuosity and technical skill with openhearted popular appeal. Founded in New York City in 1985 by choreographer Elizabeth Streb, the company has traveled, artistically as well as geographically, from the heights of the experimental dance world to the cutting-edge of popular entertainment.
Upcoming Performances:

SLAM Show Season

November 19-December 18, 2022
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 3pm
More information coming soon!

STREB Extreme Action Company

For over forty years, STREB has performed in theaters large and small, served as artists-in-residence at the world’s top art museums, and taken its work into the streets and sports stadiums. The company’s extensive international touring calendar has included presentations at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Musée D’Orsay, Greece’s Summer Nostos Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Lincoln Center Festival, the Park Avenue Armory, the Fall for Dance Festival, Wolf Trap Foundation, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles MOCA, the Wexner Center, Spoleto USA, the River-to-River Festival, the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals and in Chile, Singapore and Taiwan. The company has received commissions to perform publicly at the 2012 London Olympic Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Whitney Museum of American Arts groundbreaking, the Pan Am Games Arts Festival in Toronto, and the 2004 Cirque du Soleil 20th anniversary celebration performed in front of 250,000 people on the streets of Montreal. The company has also taken their signature extreme action to iconic locations including Grand Central Station, Coney Island’s fairground, the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Madison Square Garden, the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution and more.

In January 2003, STREB moved into a vacant former loading facility and transformed 51 North 1st Street into the STREB LAB FOR ACTION MECHANICS (SLAM). In 2007, STREB purchased SLAM with unprecedented support for building acquisition from the New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council, Mayor’s Office and Brooklyn Borough President’s Office ensuring its future as the home of STREB EXTREME ACTION, the STREB PopAction School and the España-STREB Trapeze Academy. As a performance and presenting venue and an open access education and rehearsal space, SLAM creates community through interaction and experimentation.

“My investigation of movement has led me to choices which vary from traditional norms. My dancers and I see the rehearsal as a laboratory for testing scientific principles on the body. We invent action ideas which we think are archetypal, noticeable, understandable. The outcome is a mixture of slam dancing, exquisite and amazing human flight and a wild action sport which captures kids, older people and the general public’s hearts and minds and bodies.”

Elizabeth Streb

Extreme Action Heroes

  • Cassandre Joseph
      Cassandre JosephAssociate Artistic Director

      Cassandre Joseph (She/Her/Hers) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her investigation in movement  began at the age of four with the sport of gymnastics. Over a span of twenty years as a competitive gymnast, she earned several state and regional titles. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English Literature and studied journalism at Temple University’s graduate communications program. She joined STREB in 2007 as an instructor and company member. In September 2017, Cassandre Joseph was appointed Associate Artistic Director of STREB Extreme Action, and also oversees SLAM’s education program. As a performer, she has been seen ziplining across the Park Avenue Armory, scaling the walls of the Bergdorf building and dancing on the spokes of the London Eye. Cassandre has been the Creative Director of the STREB Kid Company since 2010 for which she has choreographed and self-produced three evening length works: Heroes (2015), Momentum (2016) and Navigation (2017). She is a strong believer in the transformative power of movement and is passionate about empowering young people to push boundaries and expand their notions of what is possible. When she is not seen in a rehearsal, teaching classes or creating action events at SLAM,  she can be found training her daughter Nia to be a mini-action hero.

    • Jackie Carlson
        Jackie CarlsonSenior Action Hero

        Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Jackie Carlson (She/He/They) has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and gymnastics since the age of 6. She’s won many awards and scholarships in the dance competition world, including Miss Dance of Michigan in 2000 and “Most Outstanding Dancer ’01” with NYC Dance Alliance. She spent five consecutive summers on full scholarship at The Milwaukee Ballet School, before moving to New York City right out of high school to join Dance Theatre of Harlem, a professional ballet company founded by Arthur Mitchell. Jackie’s dream came true when her lifetime goal of becoming a stunt double and her love of dancing COLLIDED in 2008 when she joined STREB Extreme Action!

      • Justin Ross
          Justin RossAction Hero

          Justin Ross (He/Him/His) hails from the mysterious State of “Great Faces, Great Places”… South Dakota! After taking Beginning Modern Dance as a fine arts elective at George Mason University, Justin fell in love with movement and began his journey into the world of concert dance. At George Mason, Justin was fortunate to work with an amazing faculty who took a great risk in letting this prairie boy into their program. Post college, Justin began choreographing and creating site-specific performance art works. When not at SLAM, Justin can be found teaching indoor cycling at Vital or taking pictures of his plant collection. This is Justin’s fourth season with the company, and he is beyond excited to be flying with the best!

        • Tiffany Torres
            Tiffany TorresAction Hero

            Bronx native Tiffany Torres (She/Her/Hers) began her curiosity for movement at the age of 7, studying ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hiphop dance styles at the Bronx Dance Theater, whilst also dabbling in other areas of movement, including boxing and weightlifting. Tiffany pursued her interest in performance as a commercial dancer and has had the opportunity to perform and appear in Lane Bryant’s This Body campaign, Ladies of Hiphop Showcase , Lip Sync Battle, season 4, and Ailey Summerstage. This year she is ready to embark on a new journey with the STREB Extreme Action company and is excited to be able to combine her passion and curiosity for movement and take it to new heights!

          • Nailah Cunningham
              Nailah CunninghamAction Hero

              Nailah Cunningham (They/Them) was raised in the weird city of Portland, Oregon. At a young age, following in their sister’s steps, they began their movement training at a nonprofit arts school, Portland Metro Arts, where they trained in ballet and modern dance. In 2017 they chose to pursue movement as a career and moved to New York to start training on scholarship at The Ailey School. In 2019 Nailah was honored to perform at Lincoln Center with the company in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria before graduating in 2020. Throughout 2021 they worked with 98 Art Collective as their featured movement artist. Nailah joined STREB in March 2022. They are very excited to push their limits and learn to fly.

            • Darrin Kline
                Darrin KlineAction Hero

                Darrin Kline (He/Him/His) of Wilkes-Barre, PA, has always been interested in the performing arts. At a young age, circus and pageantry fascinated him and he found himself engaged in color guard to begin his movement journey. He started in the marching drum corps with the Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps and later with the Bushwackers. But it was with the Reading Buccaneers that he won two Drum Corps Associates Championships. He hunkered down on his color guard commitment by marching indoor color guard with the Q of East Stroudsburg University Winterguard, the Emanon World Winterguard, and the Fusion World Winterguard.  Darrin was also a tractor driver, actor, puppet operator, and scare performer with Middle Earth Studios, working at Harbes Orchard in Mattituck Long Island. 

              • Angelica Mondol Viaña
                  Angelica Mondol ViañaAction Hero

                  Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Brooklyn, Angelica Mondol Viaña (She/Her/Hers) discovered her passion for dance at age 8. Her training began at Ballet Tech, later at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School for Performing Arts and Ballet Hispanico Pre-Professional Program, before graduating with her BFA in Dance & Choreography from CalArts. She has also studied at Bates Dance Festival, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Raul Julia Training Unit, and University Settlement’s New York Movement Collaborative. Performance credits include Ballet Hispanico as a member of BHdós, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Spark Movement Collective, and Emily Johnson/Catalyst. Angelica is currently a 2021 University Settlement Performance Project Fellow and a Pa’lante Scholar at Ballet Hispanico. She is a third-year member of Black Diaspora, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Angelica is thrilled to join STREB and take her love of movement to new heights.

                • D’Sherrick Williams
                    D’Sherrick WilliamsAction Hero

                    Born and raised in small town Marshall, Texas, D’Sherrick Williams (He/Him/His) spent his childhood spinning in colorguard and kicking in Karate. This sparked an interest for movement and D’Sherrick eventually pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Northwestern State University. Holding a passion and drive for learning, creating, performing and serving, D’Sherick has studied various forms such as Hip-Hop, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Partnering. Looking at the world not only from a technical aspect, but also from a perspective of ongoing discovery and exploration; D’Sherrick spent his most recent summer in Canada teaching dance at a camp for the arts. Here, he furthered his pedagogic skills as well as his deep love for choreography and free, raw movement. Involving himself in numerous activities outside of dance, D’Sherrick can be seen spending his free time skateboarding, playing one of his many instruments, or working as a fireman at his local fire station. Embracing his love for meeting new people and filling a space with his eclectic energy, D’Sherrick is  one of a kind.  

                  Open Rehearsals:

                  Our Rehearsals are Free and Open to the Public

                  Come in and watch the process as it unfolds, and if you have a great idea let us know.  STREB believes that the cross section of activity in our space feeds the creativity.  Please contact shannon@streb.org to make your reservation to visit our rehearsals.

                  Upcoming Open Rehearsal Schedule:
                  Tuesdays – Fridays

                  June 14-17, 11:30 am-3:15 pm
                  July 12-15, 5:00 pm -9 pm
                  July 19-22, 5:00 pm -9 pm
                  July 26- 29, 5:00 pm -9 pm
                  Aug 2-5, 5:00 pm -9 pm
                  Aug 9-12, 5:00 pm -9 pm

                  TOURING PRODUCTIONS:

                  To Book STREB EXTREME ACTION, Contact Booking Manager Anne McDougall: anne@streb.org 

                  To Book Elizabeth Streb for Speaking Engagements, Contact Company Manager Shannon Reynolds: shannon@streb.org

                  TIME MACHINE

                  Emerging from the pandemic with a newfound appreciation for their past, the STREB Extreme Action Company revisits their roots with a retrospective of Elizabeth Streb’s classic solos from the 70s and 80s, early equipment experimentations from the 90s, and extreme action opuses with the large scale “action machines” which the company has since become known for from the early 21st century. This historic look back not only provides a sense of grounding, and an instructional DNA for how Streb built to human flight, but it sows the company’s soil for new seeds of extreme action to germinate as they push boundaries into the future. Time Machine premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2021.

                  SPECIAL EVENTS

                  Bring the Extreme Action to your next event. 

                  For forty years, STREB has performed in theaters large and small, served as artists-in-residence at the world’s top art museums, and taken its work into the streets and sports stadiums. The company has also taken their signature extreme action to iconic locations including Grand Central Station, Coney Island’s fairground, the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Madison Square Garden, the mall outside the Smithsonian Institution and more.

                  SELECTED PAST EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES:

                  ACTION HEROES: SOONER, HIGHER, FASTER, HARDER

                  A constantly evolving, one-hour production, featuring short works, each utilizing a different piece of the company’s precision equipment – from trusses and wheels to intricately machined contraptions. The show is intricately choreographed within a circus-like atmosphere to foster audience engagement. It is sophisticated performance at its most accessible.

                  two dancers come face to face with swinging bowling balls 
                  Falling and Loving

                  “Actors and action heroes slam the stage to tell intimate truths while being slimed by a merciless ‘Guck Machine’ and dodging life-threatening projectiles.” – ALL Arts.
                  “straight-up beautiful and incredibly funny” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

                  Now streaming on WNET’s ALL ARTS/PEAK HD
                  Run time ~55 minutes

                  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
                  Pittsburgh Dance Council Season Special, Pittsburgh, PA
                  Friday,  June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 2022

                  TIME MACHINE: From Ringside to Extreme Action
                  Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
                  Thursday,  January 20 – Saturday, January 22, 2022

                  Fall for Dance Festival
                  New York City Center, New York, NY
                  Wednesday, October 13, 2021 & Thursday, October 14, 2021

                  Manhattan West
                  One Manhattan West, New York, NY
                  Friday, September 17, 2021 – Sunday, September 19, 2021

                  STREB: From Ringside To Extreme Action
                  Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
                  Wednesday, August 18- Sunday, August 22, 2021

                  Behind-the-Scenes Multimedia Artist Talk with Anne Bogart & Elizabeth Streb
                  presented online by Columbia Festival of the Arts
                  Friday, June 25, 7 pm

                  MASSIVE ROTATIONS & Artist Talk
                  presented online by JoyceStream
                  December 7, 2020 – January 3, 2021

                  DANGER: Everyday Objects & Artist Talk 
                  presented online December 11, 2020 – January 24, 2021

                  Behind-the-Scenes Multimedia Artist Talk with Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb & Members of SITI and STREB
                  presented online by Connecticut College
                  Wednesday, November 18, 12 pm

                  Action Heroes: Home Season @ Home
                  presented online June, 26, 2020 @ 7 pm

                  ACTION HEROES: SOONER, HIGHER, FASTER, HARDER
                  November 16 – December 15, 2020
                  STREB @ SLAM, Brooklyn, NY

                  SPECIAL EVENT:
                  How Impossible Works: Inside the Mind of Elizabeth Streb
                  Oct 28, 2019 6:30pm
                  STREB @ SLAM, Brooklyn, NY

                  FALLING & LOVING
                  Kasser Theater @ Montclair State University
                  September 24, 2019 7:30pm
                  September 25, 2019 7:30pm
                  September 26, 2019 7:30pm
                  September 27, 2019 7:30pm
                  September 28, 2019 8:00pm
                  September 29, 2019 3:00pm

                  Louvre Abu Dhabi
                  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
                  September 18 -20, 2019

                  Parade
                  Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, France
                  September 13 -15, 2019

                  SEA II – A Live Action Show
                  SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics)
                  March 23 – May 12, 2019
                  Saturdays @ 5pm
                  Sundays @ 3pm

                  Picasso Circus
                  Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
                  Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm & 9:00pm
                  Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm & 9:00pm

                  Tanz in August
                  August 11th, 2018 @ 1pm & 4pm
                  (Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz): SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)
                  August 12th @ 2pm, 2018 (HAU3): STREB Kid Action Event

                  Internationales Sommerfestival-Kampnagel 
                  August 15th, 2018 @ 8pm
                  August 16th, 17th, 18th, 2018 @ 7pm

                  The Under Construction Summer Festival 2018
                  at Lumberyard (Catskill, NY)
                  July 6, 2018 @ 8PM
                  July  7, 2018 @ 7PM
                  July 8, 2018 @ 3PM

                  Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
                  Kimmel Center
                  Philadelphia, PA
                  Tuesday, June 5 – Thursday June 7, 2018

                  Arts Brookfield & Brookfield Place
                  New York, NY
                  Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:30pm & 6:00pm
                  Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:30pm & 6:00pm
                  Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:30pm

                  FREE KID ACTION CLASS – Arts Brookfield & Brookfield Place
                  New York, NY
                  Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:00AM – 11:00AM

                  SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)
                  Brooklyn, NY
                  March 2 – April 8, 2018

                  OZ Arts
                  Nashville, TN
                  Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 3:00pm & 8:00pm
                  Sunday, January 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm
                  Post-show Q&As on January 27

                  LIED Center
                  Lincoln, NE
                  Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm

                  South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
                  Miami, FL
                  Saturday January 20, 2018 @ 8:00pm
                  Sunday, January 21, 2018 @3:00pm

                  Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
                  Athens, Greece
                  June 18 -22, 2017
                  7:30PM

                  The Harris Theater
                  Chicago, IL
                  January 13-14, 2017

                  The Kennedy Center
                  Washington, DC
                  November 4-5, 2016

                  SEA us Together in ACTION, SLAM
                  A benefit for NYC Together and STREB
                  Brooklyn, NY
                  October 22, 2016 @ 7:30pm

                  Fall For Dance,  New York City Center
                  New York, NY
                  September 26 & 27, 2016 at 8pm

                  First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival
                  Rochester, NY
                  September 16-17, 2016

                  Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
                  Breckenridge, CO
                  August 20-21, 2016

                  SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)
                  SLAM in Brooklyn, NY
                  March 31- April 24, 2016

                  National Geographic- Brain Games

                  Miller Outdoor Theater
                  Houston, TX
                  October 30, 2015, 7:30pm & October 31, 2015, 7:30pm

                  Peace Concert Hall
                  Greenville, SC
                  October 17, 2015, 8pm

                  GA Institute of Technology
                  Atlanta, GA
                  October 8, 2015, 7:30pm & October 9, 2015, 8pm

                  Fife Theatre
                  Blacksburg, VA
                  October 2, 2015, 7:30pm

                  Just for Laughs Festival
                  Montreal, Canada
                  July 16 – 26 2015

                  Toronto Pan American Games
                  Toronto, Canada
                  July 11 – 12 2015

                  Collaborators

                  Zaire Baptiste (DJ/MC)

                  Zaire Baptiste is a multi-disciplinary artist that has been a part of the Streb Extreme Action for over 10 years producing visual and audio content as well as performing movement with the company. Zaire’s athletic football background has helped him fit in with Elizabeth Streb’s extreme action movement. Known as “The Voice of Streb” Zaire has been DJ/VJ and MC now Zaire will curate the sound talent as a part of Elizabeth Streb’s show SEA, presenting DJs and producers playing sounds to accompany the pop action movement. Zaire is set to showcase sound and movement for Streb’s latest Slam Show.

                  Laura Flanders (Libretto)

                  Laura is a long-time journalist, author and media activist.  She wrote the New York Times bestseller Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species (2004, Verso) and Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America, (2007, The Penguin Press.) She’s the founder and host of GRITtv. You can find out more at lauraflanders.com and follow her on Twitter @GRITlaura.

                  Adam H. Greene (Assistant Lighting Design)

                  Recent Projects: America Amerique, Jena Co. Tour 2010. Asst. Lighting Designer: A Boy and His Soul, The Vineyard Theatre; Othello, Shakespeare on the Sound. Off-Broadway Design Credits; The Public Theater, NYC: Embedded (Written and Directed by Tim Robbins). 59E59: Cooking for Kings and Beau Brummell (Director Simon Green) Los Angeles Design Credits; The Actors’ Gang: Blood, Love, Madness (Director Brent Hinkley), Little (Director Shira Pivens), Self Defense (Director Beth Milles), Embedded, Orlando (Director Joyce Pivens). Evidence Room: Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (Director Bart DeLorenzo), CRINGE (DeLorenzo), and 99¢ DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA- 2002 (Choreographer Ken Roht). The Boston Court: Pera Palas (Director Michael Michetti), Garland Award for Lighting Design. Resident Assistant: Mark Taper Forum 2003-2006. MFA – NYU, Tisch. Web: www.greenelightdesign.com

                  Wendall Harrington (Projection Design)

                  Ms Harrington received the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and American Theatre Wing Awards for the projections in The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway credits: Amy’s View, The Good Body, Civil War, Putting it Together. Freak, Ragtime, The Capeman, Racing Demon, Company, Having Our Say, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, The Heidi Chronicles, My One and Only, and Their Playing Our Song. Off Broadway: Les MIZrahi (Visual Director), As Thousands Cheer, Merrily We Roll Along (3 times!) Hapgood, and the ill-fated Whistle Down the Wind. Opera: Brundibar, Grapes of Wrath, Nixon in China, A View From The Bridge, The Photographer, The Magic Flute, Ghosts of Versailles, Rusalka, Orpheo ed Euridice Ballet: Anna Karenina, Othello Ballet Mecanique, Concert: Stop Making Sense, The Talking Heads, Ira Gershwin at 100,Carnegie Hall, Simon and Garfunkel Old Friends Tour, Chris Rock. Sports: Player introductions for the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty at Madison Square Garden. Ms Harrington is the recipient of the 1995 Obie Award for excellence in projection design and the Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration. The former design director of Esquire Magazine, she produced Words on Fire for PBS and two fine daughters. She lectures widely on Projection design and is on the faculty of the Yale school of Drama.

                  Andrea Lauer (Costume Design)

                  Broadway: American Idiot. Off Broadway: Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage),’Or (Women’s Project), The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Uptown), Elephant Dreams (Joyce), Status Entropus (NYC, Greece), Our Lady of 121st Street, and Hair (NYU).  Touring: Bring It On, the Musical National Tour, American Idiot, National Tour.   Regional:  TRU (Baystreet), Bring It On, the Musical (Alliance Theatre) American Idiot (Berkeley Rep), Selected Alley Theatre Credits (Houston, TX): The Crucible, After the Fall, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Steel Magnolias, Soccer Moms (Fleetwood Stage). She also designs for dance: The Trey McIntyre Project, STREB (Kiss the Air!, FORCES), and is a fashion stylist.   Her fashion designs have been published in Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour and her styling work has been seen in the 2010 April issue of American Vogue, and on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. M.F.A. NYU (Baryshnikov Fellow)

                  Jim Lewis (Book)

                  Jim wrote and co-conceived FELA!, winner of 11 TONY nominations on Broadway, and 3 Oliviers for the National  Theatre production in London.  He personally received nominations for both “Best Musical” and “Best Book for a Musical” for these productions.   Prior to that, Jim also received a Lortell Award for “Outstanding Musical” for FELA! and an unprecedented two Drama Desk nominations in the same year for “Best Book” for both FELA! and This Beautiful City (w/ The Civilians).  FELA! recently completed a two-year worldwide tour.  Other selected works. Broadway: Chronicle of a Death Foretold (TONY, Drama Desk nominations); and Dangerous Games (both w/ Graciela Daniele). Off Broadway/Regional: Tango Apaisionado; Ionesco’s The Chairs; Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea. Opera/Dance: Paul Dresher’s The Tyrant; Ballet Hispanico’s Nightclub; Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles;PastFORWARD (w/ Mikhail Baryshnikov). Dramaturg: House Arrest (Anna Deavere Smith); Drawn to Death (Art Spiegelman); Cymbeline and Waste (w/ Bartlett Sher); Lincoln Center’s WOZA AFRIKA Festival. W/ Bill T. Jones: Dream On Monkey Mountain, Chapel/Chapter, and Still/Here (20th Anniversary Season.

                  Erik Pearson (Video Design)

                  Erik Pearson is a director and projection designer.  He has directed in New York for Playwrights Realm, American Opera Projects, HERE, terraNOVA, Studio NYC, New York Theater Experiment, Lark and NYU/Tisch, as well as regionally for Shakespeare Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and BRAVA!  He has designed projections in New York for SOHO Playhouse, Intar, STREB and the new musical Heading East with B.D. Wong.  Regionally he has designed for El Paso Opera, The Magic, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Marin Theatre Company and Center Rep as well as Moorehouse/Spellman College, Brandeis Theater Company and The University of California at Santa Cruz where he taught theatrical projection design.  Upcoming: Directing Billy Witch, a new play by Gregg Moss, for Studio 42.  Erik holds an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.  www.elpearson.com

                  Alex Rappoport (Cinematographer)

                  Alex Rappoport is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and independent video producer specializing in documentary filmmaking.  Since 2009 he has been the director of photography for History Channel’s Swamp People series.  From 1996 to 2001 he produced numerous segments for WNET’s City Arts and PBS’s Egg: The Arts Show.  More recently he has directed and shot several music videos, image spots for the Sundance Channel and Nick Jr., documentary shorts for Etsy.com and Gallery HD, and produced multiple interstitial programs for the Sundance Channel. In the early 1990’s, Alex shot and/or cut numerous promotional pieces for MTV, VH1, USA Network, Nickelodeon, and The Sci-Fi Channel.  As a director of photography he has numerous broadcast credits including National Geographic, The History Channel, PBS, Food Network, VOOM, and several Emmy Award-winning programs for HBO and HBO Family.

                  David Van Tieghem (Original Music & Sound Design)

                  Broadway: Doubt, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, Elling, The Normal Heart, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Reckless, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, After Miss Julie, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Crucible, The Good Body, Uncle Vanya. Off-Broadway: Happy Hour, The Lyons, Wit, Through a Glass Darkly, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Farragut North, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, The House in Town, The Paris Letter, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Jack Goes Boating, Woman Before A Glass. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Eye of God, Working Girls, Penn & Teller and The Wooster Group. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Michael Moschen, Elisa Monte, Hilary Easton, Boston Ballet. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and Steve Reich, Love of Life Orchestra. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. Internet: www.vantieghem.com

                  Robert Wierzel (Lighting Design)

                  As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, contemporary music, museums and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Robert has a long collaboration (26 years) with choreographer & director Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  His other dance collaborations include works with choreographers Elizabeth Streb, Liz Gerring; Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance Company; Doug Varone; Larry Goldhuber and Heidi Latsky; Sean Curran; Molissa Fenley; Donna Uchizono; Alonzo King; Charlie Moulton; Arthur Aviles; Margo Sappington; the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Productions with the opera companies of Paris-Garnier; Tokyo; Toronto;  Bergen & Kristiansand, Norway;  Folk Opera, Sweden; Glimmerglass Festival; New York City Opera;  Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; San Francisco; Houston; Washington; Virginia; Chicago Lyric; Montreal; Vancouver; Florida Grand; Portland, among others. His theatre work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the musical Fela! (Tony Award nomination) and at the Royal National Theatre of London, UK. Robert’s extensive theatre work includes productions at most major regional theatres within the country, from New York to San Francisco.

                  Brandon Wolcott (Sound Design)

                  Brandon has composed music and designed sound for dance and theater at dozens of productions around NYC and the U.S. Recent/Notable productions include:   Hit the Wall at Barrow Street. Henry V at Two River (Original Music). Kiss the Air at The Park Avenue Armory. Titus Andronicus at The Public (Original Music). The Maids with Red Bull. The Tenant with the Woodshed Collective. NYC credits include: MTC, The Public, Ontological, The Joyce, LaMama, DTW, Clubbed Thumb, 59e59, PS122, 3LD, New Ohio and many more…

                  Paul Piekarz (Audio Engineer)
                  Robert Woodruff (Associate Director)

                  Robert Woodruff has directed over 60 productions across the U.S. at theatres including Lincoln Center Theater, Public Theater and BAM. Most recently, he directed Celebration at the Hungarian State Theater in Cluj, Bergmans Autumn Sonata at Yale Rep and Madame White Snake for Opera Boston, which premiered at The Beijing Music Festival. Internationally, his work has been seen at the Habimah National Theatre in Israel, Sydney Arts Festival, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Festival of the Arts, Jerusalem Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Early work includes many premiere productions with Sam Sheppard including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child. He is currently on the faculty of Yale School of Drama. United States Artists named Woodruff a 2007 USA Biller Fellow.

                  Booking Information

                  STREB EXTREME ACTION Booking Inquiries

                  anne@streb.org