92Y Musical Theater Development Lab presents a workshop performance of MakingBkjckt, a new creation at the intersection of contemporary dance and musical theater.
What happens when you use contemporary dance and a soundtrack of popular music to bring together a dystopian coming-of-age story with complex characters and dialogue? Over the past year at 92Y, director/choreographer Courtney Laine Self, choreographer Megan Doyle and production designer Stephen M. Cyr have been collaborating to do exactly that. The result is MakingBkjckt, which focuses on the power of dance to advance the story and portray the relationships of the characters involved.
This special workshop performance is the culmination of this year’s musical theater development lab, exploring the intersection of contemporary dance and musical theater.
Courtney Laine Self (director/choreographer) has worked as director/choreographer in NYC for many companies such as Medium Face Productions, Rebel Theatre Company, The Dirty Blondes, The Gallery Players, The Chappell Players, Eager Risk Theatre Co., Concrete Temple Theatre, The Mimes and Mummers, Red Garnet Theatre Company, Nu-ance Theater and Skeleton Rep. This past year, she workshopped new plays/musicals 1989 and Hot with Everyday Inferno’s Development Lab (Dir.), In Kharms’ Way (Dir.), The Memory Lanes (Dir.), Under Her Hat (Dir./Chor.) and This Life (Chor.). Other recent credits include The Tunnel Play (Dir., NY Fringe), Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid (Dir./Chor., Millbrook Playhouse), Hallowed Ground (Dir., The Brick) and Bonnie and Clyde (Director/Choreographer, Fordham Univ.). Courtney has had work produced at the Kraine, the Brick, TADA, HERE, Foxwoods Rehearsal Studios, Five Angels Theater, C.O.W., 4th St. Theater, The Tank, The Secret Theater, Access, Dixon Place and Theater 80. Previously Head of Dance and Acting/Movement professor at Southern Illinois University.
Megan Doyle (choreographer) holds a Masters Degree in Dance Education from NYU and is the Director of the School of Dance here at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Megan has choreographed for Mattel Inc. (American Girl), Netflix, Disney, Lululemon Athletica, The Staller Center, Gateway Playhouse, Noel S. Ruiz Theater, Plaza Theatrical Productions and Theater Three. Megan is the Artistic Director of Community Dance Project NYC (CDPNYC), a professional dance company at Harkness Dance Center. CDPNYC has presented work at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Symphony Space, Mark Morris Dance Group, Dixon Place, DanceSpace (Gibney Dance), Triskelion Arts and The Staller Center. CDPNYC is also committed to serving the community and performs monthly at nursing homes and community centers. As a performer, Megan spent 5 years on tour as Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, performed in industrials/concerts with the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Emily Osment, and can be seen in The Disney Channel’s “How to Dance with Hannah Montana” video.
Stephen M. Cyr (production designer) has provided branding, media and design for a variety of properties, investigating the intersection of theatre and immersive technology. Selected theatre design: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tunnel Play (Kraine Theater), Detroit NY (4th Street Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Millbrook Playhouse), The Rocky Horror Show (Cardinal Rep). Selected branding: Waitress, Chicago, Come From Away, NYU Langone. Selected media: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Women’s History Museum, Muhammad Ali Center.