Artists

The Artists


Anita Gonzalez


Playwright

Gonzalez directs, devises and writes dance theatre works. Her innovative stagings of historical and cross-cultural experiences have appeared on PBS national television and at Lincoln Center Out-of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and other national and international venues. Recent plays and musicals include Liverpool Trading <->New York (a Black Caribbean woman time travels through British pubs until she finds self-discovery), Le Hot Blu, (a musical love affair set in a 1947 Harlem Bebop club) and Ybor City (Cuban unionists, readings, rhumba, and smoke converge in 1917 Tampa, Florida). Recent directing projects include The Living Lakes with Joel Valentin Martinez, a reading of Momentum by Cindy Sanabria for the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (2013), Nobody by Richard Aellen for the Juneteenth Festival (2011), two short plays for Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival (2009/2010). Anita is an member of the Dramatists Guild, the National Theatre Conference, and a founding member of the Urban Bush Women. The NEA, NYFA, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Association, the Bellagio Center, and the FIDEOCOMISO for United States/ Mexico Arts exchange have all funded her work.  She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies and has completed three international Fulbright awards.  Gonzalez is currently a Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor where she leads the Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies Minor.


Dan Furman


Music and Lyrics

Dan Furman began playing piano and writing music at the age of 6 in Old Hickory, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville). He went on to study composition and jazz piano at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he led “The Sky-Monks,” an 8-piece jazz group that performed his compositions and experimented with collective improvisation.  Following school, he traveled to South America for a year, where he studied Latin music and played with “musica criolla” bands in Lima, Perú.  Back in the US, he spent a number of years as an political activist and organizer, working in industries ranging from meat-packing to railcar manufacturing.  After moving to New York in 2003 to play jazz, Dan began writing for music theater as well.  Dan spent 4 years in the BMI Lehman Engels Musical Theater Workshop.  His musical, “Rip!,” was awarded a staged reading by Theater Resources Unlimited in 2009, was presented by the Puffin Cultural Forum in 2010 and was produced in the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Dan’s songs have been performed in cabaret venues around the city, and he wrote the theme song for the Big Apple Circus 2010-11 show, “Dance On!”  Dan works as an accompanist and music director at the Singers Forum, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Fordham University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan.  He lives in Brooklyn and appears frequently as a jazz pianist at the off-off-Broadway show Sleep No More, as well as with the Dan Furman Trio and his original jazz band, the Primordial Jazz Funktet.