WORKSHOP HISTORY & INSTRUCTORS
International WOW Company has a long tradition of involving young theater artists in its work and in its international exchange programs. The company has led workshops in collaborative creation techniques, dramatic structure, and international physical theater (LeCoq, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Butoh, Thai Dance, Grotowski) and improvisation in New York City, Thailand, Japan, The Philippines, Germany and France for the past 13 years.
JOSH FOX Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde” Josh Fox founded International WOW Company in 1996, a theater and film group with membership of over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, technical, and visual artists spanning 30 countries on 4 continents. With International WOW Company he has conceived, written, directed, and/or produced over 30 productions in New York City, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Japan and Germany which have included RECONSTRUCTION, SURRENDER (2009 Drama Desk Nomination) You Belong To Me, Death of Nations Part V, “Heimwehen”, Limitless Joy, The Expense of Spirit; The BOMB (one of the first major plays to address 9/11 and the war on terror from the point of view of New Yorkers who experienced it); HyperReal America and the explosively controversial 2009 feature film "Memorial Day." His extensive work in Asia includes productions at Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theater, The New National Theater of Japan, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at theaters throughout Thailand. In the Fall of 2005, Josh was the Francis Ann Cannon Artist-in-Residence at Sarah Lawrence College. He has conducted guest lectures at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, SUNY Purchase and at
numerous universities in the US and abroad. Josh is currently in final production of the film "Gas Land" a documentary about toxic natural gas drilling in the USA (www.waterunderattack.com)
ROBERT SAIETTA the Producing Associate of International WOW Company, and has performed in over 20 plays, including: The Expense of Spirit, American Interference, You Belong to Me, This is not the Ramakien, Macbeth, Antigone, Alice's Evidence, A Tiny Infinite Burn, Stairway to the Stars, Silent Noise, The Bomb, Death of Nations: Parts I – V, Orphan on God's Highway and the feature film, Memorial Day. As a writer and director, he has created the original plays: Box (The Brick Theater, 2003), Mrs. Sweetney (HERE, 2004), Ordinary Days (37 Grand Theater, 2005), Uncomplicated (The Brick Theater, 2007) and Crime Scene Cleaners Inc. (Mabou Mines, 2008), and Yudkowski Returns! (The Brick Theater 2007, Vortex Theater 2008). Robert received his Master's Degree from L'Ecole Internationale Du Theatre Jacques Lecoq. Robert can next be seen in the one-man show, Robert Saietta is a Liar (And So Can You!), at Ars Nova on Nov. 9th: http://arsnovanyc.com/ant-fest/
MELISSA CHAMBERS trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia in the techniques of Etienne Decroux, Yoshi Oida and JerzyGrotowski. She has appeared in Australian feature film and television including "The Secret Life of Us, ""Blue Heelers", "Satisfaction"and "City Homicide" and among many Australian stage appearances in "Cruel & Tender" (Melbourne Theatre Company) "The Cherry Orchard" (45 Downstairs) "Oleanna" (Hothouse Theatre), "Far Away" (Grant St Theatre) "Sugar" (The Black Lung) and the Australian premiere of Mark Ravenhill's "Pool No Water" (Red Stitch Actors Theatre). Melissa was a 2008 fellow of the Ian Potter Foundation and The Australian American Association and is an Australian Industry award nominee (Green Room Awards). Melissa has appeared off broadway for The Outhouse Theatre in "Ride" (59E59) and for the International WOW Company in the world premier of RECONSTRUCTION.
HERBIE GO is a Filipino actor, theater director and drama teacher. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Theater Arts from the University of the Philippines. From 1990–1994, he trained as an actor with the prestigious Actors’ Company of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. With TP, he appeared in more than two-dozen productions. He was also a Theater Arts Instructor at the Philippine High School for the Arts, a specialized public school for the artistically gifted youth (1997-2006). He rejoined TP in 2002 to become the company’s Artistic Director. Most notable of his productions are R’meo Luvs Dew-lhiett (a Filipino adaptation of Shakespeare’s play), Capek’s R.U.R., Pirandello’s It Is So! (If You Think So), and Shakespeare’s Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra. He was one of the 16 Asian theater directors who collaborated in the Asian Contemporary Theater Project under the Setagaya Public Theater in Tokyo, Japan.
SARA GOZALO is originally from Madrid, Spain but has lived in New York for the past three years. She recently got her MFA in acting from The New School for Drama where she studied with some of New York theatre greatest. Her training is mainly in Lee Strasberg’s “method” but she has also trained in View Points (with Mary Overlie), clowning and other movement disciplines. Recent work in New York includes Jose Rivera’s newest version of “References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot”(Pippin Parker dir), “Surrender” (Josh Fox dir), “Appetite for Destruction”, “Red Light Winter”. She is a proud member of the Wow International Company and Abroad Stage Company. The Revolution is coming and it’s starting in the Theatre!
MORGAN JENNESS (DRAMATURG) Obie-winning dramaturg Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects. She has worked as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant at theaters and new play programs across the country, including the Young Playwrights Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, MidWest Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford Stage, and Center Stage. She has participated as a visiting artist in playwriting programs at the University of Iowa, Brown University, Breadloaf, Columbia and NYU and is currently on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University. She has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA and the NEA, with whom she has served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. In 1998 Ms. Jenness joined Helen Merrill Ltd., an agency representing writers, directors, composers and designers, as Creative Director. She has just recently moved on to the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. She has been working with Josh Fox and International WOW Company as dramaturgical advisor for the past 3 and a half years.
MASATAKA MATSUDA (PLAYWRIGHT AUTO DA FE) started his career in drama while a student at Ritsumeikan University. He formed Jiku Gekijo theatre company in Kyoto in 1990, and wrote and directed all the works for the company until it was disbanded in 1997. He created Marebito No Kai company in 2003 to start to work with the idea of theater as a collective. He is known for his ability to apply everyday setting and unflinching language to depict the unconscious fetters hidden in the human unconscious. He has received numerous awards, including OMS Drama Award 1994 for Saka no Uenoie (The house on the hill), OMS Drama Award and KISHIDA Kunio Drama Award in 1996 for Umi to Higasa (Sea and Parasol), Yomiuri Drama Award for Tsuki no Misaki (Moon Cape), Yomiuri Literature Award in 1998 for Natsu no Sunanoue (On the sand of the Summer) and Kyoto Cultural Encouragement Prize in 2000. He is a guest professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.