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Session Five Bios

September 6 – October 4

Visual Arts

Paula Bullwinkel, Bend, OR. Visual Artist. For the first twenty years of her art career, Bullwinkel was a professional photographer in New York City and London, for Vogue, British Elle, Interview, The London Sunday Times Magazine, GQ, and others. She tried to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a personal narrative – a theme that she continued to explore when she turned her creative focus to oil painting and printmaking. Bullwinkel continues to use photography as an inspiration for the human figure. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Atelier 6000, Bend, OR; Hastings Cone Gallery, Vashon Island, WA; Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA; and The Pines, Hood River, OR; and in group shows at Franklin Crossing, Bend, OR; Jordan Schnitzer Museum, Eugene, OR; PNCA, Portland, OR; TBDloft, Bend, OR; and Pinckney Gallery, COCC, Bend, OR. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA from Montclair State University, New Jersey.

Nicola Müller, Munich, Germany. Visual Artist. Müller has exhibited her work in solo shows at Galerie nowishere, Bonn, Germany; BBK, Munich, Germany; Kunstpavillion, Munich, Germany; Gallery Caduta Sassi, Munich, Germany; and Art Office Reillplast, Munich; and in group show at Artmuc Fair, Munich, Germany; Town Hall Galerie, Munich, Germany; Art Office Reillplast, Munich, Germany; Galerie Plan D, Düsseldorf, Germany; Maison Des Esembles, Paris, France; and Babel Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim, Norway. She received her education at Akademie of Fine Arts, Munich.

Media Artists

Andrew Neumann, Boston, MA. Media Artist. Neumann is a Boston-based artist who works in a variety of media, including sculpture, film and video installation, and electronic/interactive music. He has exhibited his work in solo shows at bitforms Gallery Seoul, Korea; the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; bitforms Gallery, York, NY; and the Boston Cyberarts Festival; and solo music/video performances at Experimental Intermedia and Roulette, both in New York, NY. His music is available on Sublingual Records and his single channel videos have been shown on PBS, The Worldwide Video Festival, and Artist Space. His grants and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), an LEF Foundation Grant (2007), The Andrew Mellon Faculty Enrichment Grant (1992), and he was a Finalist in Sculpture/Installation Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Program (2003), New England Film/Video receiving a fellowship in video (1988). He received his BS from Emerson College.

Daniel Eduvijes Carrera, Los Angeles, CA. Media Artist. Carrera represents a bold new voice among emerging filmmakers. His award-winning Primera Comunion was screened at numerous major festivals and art museums around the world as well as on international television broadcasts. He is the winner of the Imagen Foundation Award, Top Prize winner in Ovation TV’s “Search for the Next Revolutionary Filmmaker” and was recognized as Best Latino Film Director by the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. Carrera is among the elite group of Fulbright Scholars in film, is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation, NHFA and NALAC film artist grants, is a fellow of Film Independent's Project: Involve and an international honoree of France’s Produire au Sud program. He served as creative producer on the award-winning documentaries Wildness and 2,501 Migrants and has also taught film courses at Columbia University. Carrera works as a screenplay analyst for the Academy of Motion Pictures, WGA and NBCUniversal and mentors aspiring filmmakers through the Tribeca Film Institute.  He is currently in development on his debut feature, Misticos, which examines homosexuality and exorcism in rural Mexico. Hailing from a large Mexican immigrant family, Carrera earned highest honors in Film Studies and English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship for an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts.


Julia Antonick, Chicago, IL. Choreographer. Antonick is a contemporary choreographer and dancer whose movement reflects a digestion of modern and classical dance forms from American, European and Indonesian roots. Her choreography emphasizes the creation of worlds the audience can enter, disrupting ingrained patterns of attention and reawakening a viewer to a language of kinetics, filigree and partnering work. Antonick has been immersed in an ongoing collaboration with Jonathan Meyer (dance) and Joe St.Charles (music) over the past decade. With Meyer, she has served as Artistic Director for Khecari since 2010. Antonick graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with the Dance Department’s Award of Excellence, received her BFA in dance from CalArts and has performed for Laurie Van Wieren, Ayako Kato, Rachel Thorne Germond, Jonathan Meyer, Julie-Ann Graham, Muffie Connelly and Cie Felix Ruckert. Antonick has received choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Hambidge, Links Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, was chosen for NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, Links Hall’s Midwest Touring Nexus project, Mordine&Co.’s Emerging Artist Program, Korespondance’s Fillimit and was presented in the 40th anniversary season at The Dance Center of Columbia College. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Driehaus, Donnelly, Cheney and Logan foundations, was awarded the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant for 2009 and has been one of NewCity’s best choreographers and top 50 players. Julia has been a mentor/outside eye for Links Hall’s Co-Mission and LinkUp Residencies, teaches Modern Dance at Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studios, somatics at Chicago Northshore Kinetics, and is an artist in residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks in Chicago through Khecari.

Jonathan Meyer, Chicago, IL. Choreographer. Somatically driven, Meyer works to develop an idiosyncratic movement palette blurring grace and awkwardness, building strange lands that can delight, baffle, and open new possibilities. A gymnast in high school, he discovered dance at Oberlin College where he studied release technique and critical theory with Nusha Martynuk and Ann Cooper Albright. After a capoeira immersion in Brazil with Maestre Medicina, he returned to college to receive an undergraduate degree in dance from UNC Greensboro. Meyer has danced for The High Risk Group, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Asimina Chremos, and The Seldoms. In addition to dance, he has worked with at-risk youth in wilderness therapy programs in Utah teaching primitive skills, and is a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. In 2002 Meyer founded Khecari in Taos, New Mexico. In 2006, He moved Khecari to Chicago, and shortly thereafter he began his intensive collaboration and partnership with Julia Rae Antonick, with whom he runs the company. Through Khecari, Meyer and Antonick create and present their own work, in addition to choreographing collaboratively. He has been a CDF Lab Artist and an artist in residence at Djerassi, Ragdale, and Hambidge and through LinkUp and DanceBridge in Chicago.

Music Composition

Grace Leslie, Somerville, MA. Composer. Leslie is a flutist and electronic music improviser. She develops brain-music interfaces and other physiological sensor systems that reveal aspects of her internal cognitive and affective state, those left unexpressed by sound or gesture, to an audience. Leslie is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Media Lab, where she researches the link between cortical and physiological arousal, and develops new music interfaces that modulate this link to bring wellbeing. She completed a Leslie completed a yearlong research position at Ircam in Paris, where she collaborated on an interactive sound installation featured in the Agora festival, and performed experiments studying the effect of active involvement on music listening. She received her BA and MA in music from Stanford University and her PhD in Music & Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego, where she studied the expressive movements and brain dynamics supporting music engagement at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience.


Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Berkeley, CA. Writer. Bledsoe’s most recent novel, A Thin Bright Line, which the New York Times says “triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances,” was published in October and has been optioned for a film. She’s the author of five other novels, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and a collection of short stories. Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have spent time at all three American stations in Antarctica. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese. Her next novel, The Evolution Of Love, will be published in 2018.

Susanna J. Mishler, Anchorage, AK. Writer. Mishler’s collection of poems, Termination Dust (Boreal Books/Red Hen Press), was a finalist for a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, an Alaska Literary Award from The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and an Artist Residency Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. Mishler received her MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona in Tucson where she also served as a poetry editor of Sonora Review. Among other things, she has worked as a dock hand, science educator, and sled dog handler. Mishler lives in Anchorage, Alaska, and earns her living as an electrician.

Lisa Strum, Jersey City, NJ. Playwright. Strum, a Philadelphia native, is an actress, playwright, producer, director, singer and educator who resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle and has performed in regional theatres all across the country.  Her solo show, She Gon' Learn premiered two years ago at the Emerging Artist Theatre Festival at TADA!, followed by sold out shows at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row, where the play received one of the festival's Best Solo Show Awards. Other She Gon' Learn performances include: The Obie Award Winning Fire This Time Festival; The National Black Theatre; The New Black Fest at The Lark Play Development Center; The Roselle Center for the Arts, University of Delaware and most recently at The Jersey City Theatre Center in New Jersey.  As an actor, Strum has performed at Lincoln Center Theatre where she worked with Tony Award winning director Thomas Kail, Summer Stage, Signature Theatre, New Federal Theatre, Intiman Theatre, The Obie Award Winning 48 Hours in…Harlem, ACT Seattle, and The Fifth Avenue Theatre. She has also had a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU and co-starred in the television pilot Citizen Baines with James Cromwell from BABE and LA Confidential.  As an educational consultant, she has worked in numerous public schools throughout New York, conducted theatre workshops for Teachers College at Columbia University, and was the Theatre Specialist for the Abrons Arts Center, Barbara L. Tate Arts Camp for nine seasons.  Strum was a Finalist for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award and is honored to be the recipient of the Playwrights Initiative Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Michael Gene Sullivan, San Francisco, CA. Playwright. As an actor and director Sullivan’s work includes productions with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Magic, Marin, and Lorraine Hansberry Theaters, Theatreworks, San Francisco Playhouse, and the San Francisco and African American Shakespeare Companies. As a playwright his work has been produced at theaters throughout the United States, in Greece, England, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, as well as at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), the International Festival of Verbal Art (Berlin), The Spoleto Festival, (Italy), and the The Hong Kong Arts Festival. He is a Resident Playwright for the Playwrights Foundation, and for the past 16 years has been Resident Playwright for the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and despite its name never, ever silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he has written or co-written over 20 plays. Other work includes his award winning all-woman political farce RecipeRed Carol, (his activist adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol), and his stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which has since been produced nationally and internationally, is published in the United States, Canada, and Spain, and in the 2017/18 season will open in Kiev, Ukraine, in its fourth language. 

Esther Wang, Brooklyn, NY. Writer. Wang is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared in Longreads,, BuzzFeed,, NPR, and The Guardian. In 2013, she was an Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and in 2016, she was a BuzzFeed Emerging Writers fellow. You can find her work at





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