Gian Marco RIccardo Lo Forte (artistic director/ writer & director/ educator)
Daniel Diaz (resident writer, choreographer & lead performer/ educator)
Philip Treviño (resident artist, designer, curator)
Hao Bai (resident designer)
Parijat Desai (resident choreographer)
Beth Graczyk (resident artist and choreographer/ educator)
Agosto Machado (resident artist)
Jon Burklund (cinematographer)
Joyce Isabelle (development consultant)
Paolo Verzani (graphic designer)
Board of Directors
Daniel Barry - president
Rhoda Cosme - treasurer
Margaret Browne - secretary
Jean Carbain - board member
Gian Marco RIccardo Lo Forte - board member
Barry Ghirija Ranganathan - board member
Honorary Board of Directors
New York State Council of the Arts
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The Puffin Foundation
Nancy Quinn Fund - A.R.T/ New York
The Kinley Fund
Off Broadway Angels Fund
Creative Space - A.R.T/ New York
DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund.
Pioneers Go East Collective is a a resident company at La MaMa since 2010, a company member at A.R.T./ New York since 2012; and a company in residence at Judson Church (2018-20).
Residencies: Judson Church (2018 on going); La MaMa (on going); A.R.T./New York - Theatre Pilot program (2017); New Victory LabWorks - Professional Development Artists (2015/16); Process Space/ Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2014); St Ann’s Warehouse – Puppet Lab (2013/14); Incubator Arts Project (2013/14); Chashama (2011); Goethe Institute (2011).
Collaborators: Mark Tambella – visual artist; Kamala Sankaram - composer; Adam Cuthbert - composer; Rocco D’Santi - designer. The collective has collaborated and presented works by Kat Yee; Maura Nguyen Donohue; Ellen Fisher; John Gutierez; Rebecca Hidalgo; Jose Rivera'; Anna/Kate Band (Kate Foster and Anna Gothard); Chloe Li Piazza; Mike Cotayo; Marisa Tornello; Fleur Voorn; Dmitri Barcomi; Seth Gilman; Ashley Winland; Daniel Allen Nelson; Nehprii Amenii; Jiyoun Chang; Marie Yokoyama; Michael Burke; Brian Walters; Allison Hiroto; Marina Celander; John Sully; Dorothy James Loechel; Ian Cherry; Emily Asaro; Xavier Reminick; Brittane Rowe; Julia Sirna-Frest; Laura Marciano; Zoie Omega; Brendan Reilly; Jess Barbagallo; Niko Tsocanos; Erick Montes.
THE COLLECTIVE - BIOS
Daniel Diaz (writer/ performer/ video-maker/ curator), a NYC-based performance artist and educator, is a lead member of Pioneers Go East Collective. Joining in 2013, Diaz with projects presented in all five boroughs. Diaz works alongside LoForte, Trevino, and Graczyk, from concept to presentation on all the collective’s presented works. His passion has drawn him to aspects beyond dance and acting, including performance art, video-art and design. Diaz creates works from a queer male perspective to inform audiences and bring clarity on social-political injustices through storytelling, movement, burlesque, video and choreography. With a focus on modern and interpretative dance, Diaz has performed at various New York City venues including La MaMa, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, PS1 MoMa, The Brooklyn Museum, The Coney Island Sideshow, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, JACK Arts, Time Space Limited, as well as nightlife spots up and down the East Coast.
Parijat Desai (choreographer/ performer/ educator). India-born, U.S.-raised choreographer/dancer Parijat Desai creates hybrids of contemporary, Indian classical and folk dance, theater, and other forms, crossing boundaries of nation, language, and identity through performance. The NYT wrote that Parijat “moves with lush attack,” and called her work “a seamless blending of new and old” . . . “a rejoinder, both physical and verbal, to the sentiment” of xenophobia. Parijat is a recipient of the 2019–20 LMCC Creative Engagement grant, and a finalist for the NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography. Parijat was also a member of Gibney’s 2018–19 Moving Toward Justice Cohort and an artist-in-residence through CUNY Dance Initiative. She also leads Dance In The Round—collective movement experiences based on circle dances from Gujarat, India—offering workshops for all ages and abilities. Parijat’s work has been performed at venues including: Danspace Project, Harlem Stage, and Asia Society (NYC); Skirball Cultural Center and the J. Paul Getty Center (LA); ODC Theater (SF), The Dance Centre (Vancouver), and National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai).
Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte (writer/ director/ video-maker/ educator), a NYC-based, artist is dedicated to performance and social practice that reflects queer perspectives and vulnerability. LoForte founded Pioneers Go East Collective in 2010, an ensemble of performance and visual artists in residence at La MaMa and Judson Church. The group is dedicated to interdisciplinary projects that include storytelling of real events with interview-based video technology for social change. LoForte’s projects have been widely presented in NYC: La MaMa, JACK, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Dixon Place/ Hot! Festival, Galapagos Arts, Incubator Arts Project/ Ontological Hysterical, HERE Arts with Performance Mix/NDA, Governors Island/ LMCC, Art on Air/ Clock Tower Gallery, St Ann’s Warehouse, Chashama gallery in Harlem, Goethe Institute, A.R.T./New York, The Exponential Festival, Time Space Limited (Hudson, NY), Salon Radio Hosted by International Women Artists' Salon on City World Radio Network, and Judson Church. LoForte is in residence with Great Jones Rep. He has designed for Ellen Stewart at Biennale of Venice and toured in Europe. LoForte is recipient of numerous awards including NYSCA Individual Artist (2019), NYSCA Theatre program (2017-19), New Vic LabWorks Associate Artist (2015), St Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab residency (2014), LMCC’s Creative Engagement (2016-18), Opera America Director Award (2010), and Process Space /LMCC (2013-14). Since 2013, he has been teaching performance, dramaturgy, installation, and production design courses at Universities and in the Public-School System. He leads several of the collective’s Educational Programs designed as storytelling platforms for LGBTQ young adults. LoForte holds an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Philip Treviño (lighting design/ environment design) is a resident artist with Pioneers Go East Collective. Treviño is a 2010 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his lighting and scenic design for Pam Tanowitz’s Be in The Gray with Me. He is also the scenic designer for Camille A. Brown and Company’s Mr. Tol E. Rance, which won a 2014 BESSIE for Outstanding Production. Some of his other credits in lighting and scenic design can be seen in works by Brian Brooks Moving Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Henning Rübsam’s Sensedance, Kymera Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance. His work has toured nationally, internationally, and at venues including BAM, The Joyce, Joyce Soho, DTW, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Kitchen, New York City Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. He has stage managed for Trisha Brown Dance, and José Limón Dance Company. Treviño is a proud alumnus of San Francisco State University and is the current TD for the Dance Department at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches Production. (www.philiptrevino.com)
Hao Bai (video) Originally from China, Hao Hao works as a designer in lights, sound, & video. The Innovative Theatre recipient 2019, she’s been working with artists who have inspired her: Charlotte Brathwaite, The Talking Band, Pioneers Go East Collective, Ping Chong Co., The Wooster Group, Split Britches. Selected Lighting Design credits: Shasta Geaux Pop (CAC, Cincinnati); Run! It’s getting ugly (by Susana Cook @ JACK); YNCAST (by Stacey Robinson @ JACK); 2017 La Mama Moves!; Kate Bornstein (La Mama); ADITL (La Mama); Being (NYU), "Medusa" and "Oddity" (TNC); Lighting/Set Design: House or Home (Park Avenue Armory); The Workroom (One Art Space). Sound Design: Gemini Stars/Scorpio (Pioneers Go East Collective); Paisieu (Target Margin).
Beth Graczyk (choreographer/ performer/ educator/ curator), a Brooklyn-based artist and scientist, has been a resident artist with Pioneers Go East Collective since the 2016/17 season. She brings a decade of teaching nationally and internationally, working with populations spanning from non-dancers to advanced professionals. She recently began teaching movement practices to artists with developmental and mental disabilities through Interact Theater in Minneapolis and is commissioned to make a new dance work with their LGBTQIA artists in 2019. She is currently on staff at Peridance Capezio Center in New York where she co-teaches improvisation with John Gutierrez, and partners with BAIRA in Detroit as a teaching collaborator. In addition, Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India for the past 17 years. Concurrently, she has contributed to 10 science publications in the field of cancer research. She co-directed the performance company Salt Horse in Seattle with Corrie Befort and Angelina Baldoz from 2008-2016. After moving to NYC five years ago, Graczyk launched a solo project called Desire Motor. In NYC, her solo works have been presented by Gibney, La MaMa, Judson Church, Jack, Triskelion, CPR, Movement Research, Oye Group and through Pioneer Goes East Collective. As a performer, Graczyk has most recently danced for Raja Kelly, Sara Shelton Mann, Mark Haim, Scott/Powell Performance, K.J. Holmes, and Jen Salk/Chase Angier.
Office: Pioneers Go East Collective is located at 140 2nd Ave, Suite 502, New York, NY 10003
Office hours: Monday through Thursday 10am-5pm and by appointment
Mailing address: Pioneers Go East Collective - 7 East 3rd Street, # 10 - New York, NY 10003