Who’s Who in the Company
Last modified June 30, 1998
Bob Bellamy (Artistic Director, Performer, Playwright) Born in Tacoma Washington and grew up in Southern California, dude! Bob is the founder and Artistic Director of Azzizz Theatre and is also a professional dog trainer in NYC working with aggressive dogs. Woof! In between dog fights he has written and directed numerous pieces for Azzizz including; Addictions, An Unknown Sleep, Flywheel, Silent Partners, Heaven and Hell, The Shaft, Sexual Healing and the newest Azzizz production FourPlay. Bob has toured extensively with The Doug Elkins Dance Company, NYC (1987–95) and Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, PA. He has also studied since 1981 at and is a company member of The American Mime Theater with Paul J. Curtis. Bob won Best Actor Awards from the Inland Empire Theatre League back in his native California for his roles of Alan Strang in Equus and John Merrick in The Elephant Man. (Dogs, horses, elephants! Are you sensing an animal theme here?) As a teacher, Bob has taught workshops in acting and movement in the USA, United Kingdom and South America.
Erin Dudley (Performer and Collaborator) Erin has been hamming it up for audiences since she was an adorable 2 yrs. old. Her career began in a tiny dance studio in Garland, Texas where she studied tap and Ballet. She continued her dance training at Arts Magnet, a performing arts high school in Dallas, Texas. Erin went on to recieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University. The off to the Big City! New York, New York where she began studying acting in addition to working with Azzizz Theatre Erin produces her own work, performs with Poppo & the GoGo Boys (a butuo/modern dance company) as well as many talented independent choreographers.
John Akin, Jr. (Composer The Shaft and FourPlay) Originally from Austin, Texas, John is currently a graduate film student at Columbia University. He grew up playing music (first piano, then violin, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and drums), and several of his sisters and father are also musicians. At Southwestern University in Texas, John received a minor in music composition, while playing bass and guitar in jazz band and performing in the “pits” of several musicals, including Big River, Damn Yankees and Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story. John also has many theater sound design credits, most recently including Wozeck of Sarajevo at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and has recently assembled a small film/video sound editing facility, where, to date, he has completed sound editing on five short films, including his own first film, “Inspiration”.
Marc Maislen (Director The Shaft, Sexual Healing and FourPlay) is an exponent of American Mime and is currently a performer and teacher in the Troupe of The American Mime Theatre. Marc has directed, written and performed his own work across the US. He most recently was commissioned to create a work, Skywatchers for the Science as Art Festival in New York City. Marc is also an accomplished lighting and set designer.
Martín Balmaceda (Former company member now a Performer in The Shaft) is a native born Chilean actor living in New York for the past six years. He was a member of the Spanish Repertory Theatre, performing in many productions including The Innocent Erendira, based on the book by Garcia Marquez, and Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding. He has also traveled widely on two national tours with The National Theater, playing Sancho Panza in The Adventures of Don Quijote, and Don Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. Working off-off Broadway, Martin has worked with Reader's Theatre Workshop performing classic African, French and Japanese children's tales for young audiences in schools throughout the city of New York. Martin joined Azzizz in 1995 with his performance of Human Rituals in Halifax, Canada and has continued to be a valuable collaborator in the creation of Azzizz’ The Shaft and Sexual Healing. Martin is also a playwright and director, having recently produced his play, The Rest is Silence, in NYC.
Brian McCormick (Choreographer The Shaft and Sexual Healing) as an artist, critic and activist, has worked with Streetwork Project, Third World Newsreel, The Youth Enrichment Services program of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Dark Star Crew, The New School, the Lesbian Theater Project, Room 203 at Teatro La Tea, and Nicholas Leichter Dance. His photography has been exhibited at Leslie-Lohman, Fools Company, and Westbeth Gallery, and has been published in the St. Mark’s Danspace Fall Calendar, the Halifax Chronicle–Herald, Time Out New York, and The Morning Call. He currently writes dance reviews for LGNY.
Tartan Amoebas (Music Sexual Healing) formed in 1992 to inject some new life into the Scottish folk scene. In 1993 they released a self-titled Tartan Amoebas CD on an independent Edinburgh label followed in 1995 with Imaginary Tartan Menagerie on Iona Records. From the original rubik of the Amoebas “anything goes” approach, they have refined their music into a fusion of a variety of World styles with funk, Latin and jazz, based on self-penned melodies, while guitar, percussion, trumpet, trombone, fiddle, and bagpipes gives the potential breadth with which to achieve this. Individual band members bring the band widely different musical tastes and backgrounds, from indie pop, through classical and jazz, to rock and World influences. It is this diversity, coupled with specific focus, that has always been the strength of the Amoeba sound.
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