MFA Creative Producers for the year 2016 -2017
Avanti is a creative producer with experience in festivals and venue managing and curation. Currently, she is looking for a full-time position with a performing arts presenting organization, anywhere in the world; while producing some freelance projects alongside.
The work that interests her the most are adaptations, and new work that is social, political or experimental by way of form or text.
Earlier trained as a media professional, Avanti is also excited by marketing, media and communications.
Ratri Anindyajati is a creative producer and cultural manager from Indonesia. Her extensive background of work included 4 years of supervising the producing department at the Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF – Jakarta’s biannual international performing arts festival) as well as leading organizational engagements with the Salihara Theater, Jakarta. Ratri is currently a candidate of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Producing and Management at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles. Her main interest is to lead, produce and engage in local and international collaboration as well as multilateral exchange and cooperation for arts and culture projects of sustaining significance.
I'm an MFA graduate who major in Creative producing program, before I enrolled in Calarts I used to work in Shanghai Film Group for 4 years as the co-production producer. My recent work is the Time Raiders released in 2016.
Salvatore Mannino is a New York-based creative producer originally from New Orleans. He has worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Currently, Salvatore serves as a producing associate for independent producer, Mara Isaacs and her company, Octopus Theatricals. With Octopus, Salvatore has collaborated on Christine Jones’ Theatre For One at Signature Theatre, and Anaïs Mitchell & Rachel Chavkin’s Hadestown. He has also worked with the CalArts Center for New Performance, and created and led the Rebirth Theatre Company at Pier 17 of the South Street Seaport. Sal holds his MFA in Creative Producing from the California Institute of the Arts.
More information at www.salmannino.com
Betty Hu (Producer) MFA2: Betty’s theater producing credits at CalArts include: Sleep Deprivation Chamber, Back Door, She Kills Monsters, Nightwalk in a Chinese Garden (directed by Stan Lai), House of Gold, Jackie, Medea and others. She's producing CalArts Graduating Actors Showcase 2017 after assisted producing it in 2016. Her short film producing credits in CalArts are Challenger (directed by MFA3 Emir Atac), Audition (directed by MFA2 Richard Van). Prior to enrolling at CalArts, Betty was a commercial & entertainment events producer active in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Betty enjoys working with collaborators with diverse cultural backgrounds. One goal of Betty's creative career is to produce work about contemporary Chinese culture and lifestyles and promote the work to the audience internationally.
Changting Lu is a MFA1 creative producing candidate in California Institute of the Arts. She is enthusiastic in producing new works. Her producing credits include photography-dance interdisciplinary work Cat’s Cradle: Game of Strings; The End, The End, The End…(Edinburgh Fringe, 2017); and two plays she wrote: Man in a Case, In the Free World. She was a member of CalArts New Works Festival Committee 2017. She also started a student playwriting group in her undergraduate school. Changting believes that artistic expressions have a critical influence on the future of a society. She received her bachelor degree in Information Management in Tsinghua University School of Economic Management. Changting was from Beijing and she loves that city.
Marrok Zenon Sedgwick is a disabled trans activist and educator who uses artmaking as their primary tool for challenging society’s injustices. As a creative producer and documentarian, Sedgwick has most recently produced and directed the documentary film Rewriting Love for their theater and film company, Fearless Minds Theatrical (FMT). The film looks at the changing nature of families as society grows more inclusive of LGBTQIA community members. As an educator, Sedgwick has worked in general education and special education classrooms, as well as with a drama program for youth with disabilities. Sedgwick’s goal is to build FMT into a non-profit community arts center, which will serve as a safe space for people from the disability, LGBTQ, and intersecting communities (especially communities of color) to make art, share resources, and find camaraderie.
April Tse is currently an MFA 2 Producing candidate at CalArts. Before studying in CalArts, she participated Producing Daily_Unusual Everyday in Penghao Theater; Massage, Turandot, Wangfujing, Coming Home In A Snowy Night, A Doll's House, La Traviata, and the world premiere of Rickshaw Boy in National Centre For The Performing Arts in China; Eight Beauties in Guangzhou Dramatic Art Center; Hamlet In Park in C&E troupe. She is also one of the leading actor in Flower, Book and Moon produced by 80 Troupe.