CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is a trilogy of new works by interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro to premiere for three weeks in September 2017 at three commissioning NYC venues: The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, and The Invisible Dog Art Center. In an unprecedented collaboration between three venues and a single artist, this trilogy will take the form of one interactive installation and two live performance works.

All three works draw from a collection of audio and video recordings (the project’s “archive”) generated with fifteen accomplished NYC performing artists concerning the process of performing and casting, and the complexities of representation. CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR examines the dynamics and politics in three elements of performance: the cast, spectacle, and authorship.


Director & Choreographer: Yanira Castro
Collaborators & Performers: Kyle Bukhari, Simon Courchel, Leslie Cuyjet, devynn emory, Iréne Hultman, Luke Miller, Sai Somboon, David Thomson, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Pamela Vail, Tara Aisha Willis, Darrin Wright
Contributing Artists: John Hoobyar, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Heather Olson
Installation/Lighting Designer: Kathy Couch
Costume Designer (Masks for STAGE): Miodrag Guberinic
​Dramaturg: Susan Mar Landau​
Composer/Programmer/Interaction Designer: Stephan Moore
Musicians for STAGE: Scott Smallwood, Suzanne Thorpe
Video for AUTHOR: Peter Richards
Transcribers: Stormy Budwig, Emie Hughes
Stage Managers: Lillie De (CAST), Reilly Horan (STAGE)
Marketing Assistant: Tara Sheena
Interns: Noor Qasim, Zachary Grand, Chloe Tausk



The creation of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is being made possible, in part, by generous commissions from the three presenting organizations: The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Art Center and The Invisible Dog Art Center.

CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is also being made possible by the amazing continuing support of The Jerome Foundation Grant and by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my New Music USA project page: CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is also made possible by our generous Kickstarter donors.

The development of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is being made possible, in part, by Yanira Castro’s participation in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program and the work is being developed as part of the Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is also being researched, developed and honed with financial, administrative and residency support from the Dance in Process program at Gibney Dance with funds provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. STAGE was created with support from the Abrons Arts Center through the Abrons AIRspace Residency Program.

We wish to thank Amilcar Guzman for the donation to the making of CAST given in the name of the artistic legacy of his husband, choreographer André Gingras (1966 – 2013).

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