ICP CLASS OF 2019:
August, also known as Skweekz, is exploring the textural world of nature and the aesthetics of the human form. Just as the birds sing in the trees, August hopes to ignite a fire through their heart that sings to the passion of the individual. Their works explore the process of being cleansed by the rains of creating. A beautiful flower emerging from the ground that transforms into a butterfly ready to take flight.
Julia Brandenberger: I’m coming to ICP from Philadelphia- having grown up the farmlands and woods of the Pennsylvania suburbs. My artistic awakening came from the ballet world, which I entrenched myself in until I found improvisational storytelling. Once I broke open the different capacities within myself to perform I found that immediacy and direct presence with an audience were my preferred methods of reaching people and making art. I’ve come to hold this true above all else; Art must be at service to humanity, not the other way around. My objective with art is to use expression as a tool to better know myself and the human condition, through the medium of performance. I have studied theology at Pendle Hill Center for Quaker Studies. I have a BA in French Language and Linguistics from Penn State. I have studied performance at a long list of dance institutions, at Panorama Philly and the Headlong Performance Institute. Contact: email@example.com Website: www.roguetheology.com
Bayley Brown has been interested in performance since a small age. Growing up in West Virginia she began at the age of 6 creating plays in her living room with her siblings for her parents and friends. As a junior in high school she started a very successful professional radio career which lasted for 15 years and took her to work at various radio stations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Bayley graduated with a BA in Mass Communication from York College of Pennsylvania and a MS in Journalism from West Virginia University with two popular thesis papers which received critical acclaim. She’s trained in commedia, clown, aerial, improv and took a lovely Summer Intensive at Dell’Arte International. As a theatre artist she’s interested physical comedy, clown and character development. In her spare time she’s a foley artist, sound designer, lighting designer, aerialist and general theatre nerd.
Keegan Kyle: Keegan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and he attended Grant High School. He attended University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington (class of 2017) where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Philosophy. There he was a member of Ubiquitous They Sketch and Improv clubs and acted in main stage and student directed shows including The Seagull (Treplyev), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Mr. Burns), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Afterlife: A Ghost Story (Postman, Blackbird), Gnit (various characters), How I Learned to Drive (male chorus), and 365 Plays/365 Days (ensemble). He has also played Uncle Vanya in Uncle Vanya with The Serf Theatre Company in Seattle Washington.
Rebecca Miles: Rebecca is a performer and director based in Portland, Oregon. Rebecca is a graduate of George Fox University’s theatre program (2018) where she performed in numerous main stage productions. And now, just recently, she’s allowing herself to jump. To jump and soar into something new. A world of devising, expressive work and movement. She seeks to find the greater good in our world and wrestles with exploring where kindness and beauty are in society and where we can find it in each other.
Claire Rigsby: Originally from Atlanta, Claire graduated from Emory University in 2010 and bopped around the theatre scene in her hometown before heading West in 2013 for a training program in Sacramento. That experience led her to a summer of exploring in the Claireavan, her 1992 Tioga Montara RV, which became her home for four years in Portland. She’s performed in musicals, Shakespeare, children’s theatre, site-specific works, more “traditional” theatre spaces, devised pieces, tours, and more in Georgia, California, Oregon, England and China. Claire’s interest in the physical body and the mind-body connection has grown exponentially as she’s aged, leading her to yoga teacher training, ecstatic dance, Vipassana 10-day silent meditation retreats, Butoh, Aerial Silks, Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Alexander technique. She’s dedicating this year to focusing more deeply on her connection to her physical body, and the ways in which that will aid her growth as an actor, artist, and human being.
Patton Small is a director and performer with a passion for Theatre that pushes boundaries. Originally from Midland Texas, Patton fell in love with devised theatre as a teenager while first discovering the performing arts. He proceeded to attend Carleton College (‘17) and graduated with distinction in the degree of Theatre Arts, additionally receiving a Bachelors in Philosophy and an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Archaeology. Before joining ICP Patton trained in Stanislavski technique as well as in Grotowski technique and in Contact Improvisation. Most importantly Patton is passionate about the intersection of philosophy and performance creation. He believes in creating art that starts conversations and helps reimagine the world around us. Notable productions Patton has recently worked on include: Perpetrators (Performer); BAAL (Director); Hamletmachine (Director). In addition to his love of the arts Patton also maintains a deep affection for the outdoors. He is an avid mountaineer and works as a guide at Rare Earth Adventures.