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FailSafe Festival


Featuring Work From:

* Barbara Ann Michaels

* Mia Anderson

* Dianna Lauren Jones

* Jaime Sunwoo

* Jasmine Eileen Coles

* Louis DeVaughn Nelson, Hokum Arts

Event Date:

Wednesday, November 7 @ 7pm


Speyer Hall, University Settlement

184 Eldridge Street NYC 10002

(F to 2nd Ave., B/D to Grand St., 6 to Spring St.)

Free Admission


FailSafe Festival invites you to join five artists as they share work-in-progress. In an evening of new work, audiences will enjoy refreshments and provide feedback as artists share 10 to 15 minutes of work in development. Join Barbara Ann Michaels (FSF 2017: Books and Music), Mia Anderson (FSF 2017: her, him, prince, michael & marvin AKA Love is Love is Love), Jaime Sunwoo (FSF 2018: Specially Processed American Me), Jasmine Eileen Coles, and Dianna Lauren Jones for this new FailSafe Festival event. 

Supported by the Guest Artist Program of The Performance Project @ University Settlement

Artist Information

Mia Y. Anderson is an actress, director and bourgeoning writer. A native of New York, she was born and raised in the Republic of Brooklyn. She spent over 10 years in Boston, where she founded, directed and produced the all-female cabaret troupe Drag Kings, Sluts & Goddesses, which ran for a decade and was profiled in the Boston Globe, Color of Change, Bay Windows and the winner of the Fresh Fruit Festival Audience Favorite in New York. In Boston as an actress , she performed with companies like RadioDisney, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Boston Theatre Works, Boston Playwrights Theater and Theater Offensive.  Since returning to New York, she has been featured in several award-winning films like Sleep and Production. As a director she has worked with several theater companies including Rising Sun Company, Construct Theater , Culture Project and she was a directing fellow with New Perspectives Theater and an alum of the 2015 Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab.  As an actress, she has performed as Lady in Yellow in Colored Girls, Tatiana in Midsummer’s Night Dream, Porter in Macbeth among others. As a writer, she has shared at the Nuyorican Poets Café, New York Public Library, Fresh Fruit Festival Poetry Night and The New American Theatre and has published essays in the Lambda Literary award nominee Pinned Down by Pronouns and Bi Any Other Name

Mia Y. Anderson

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Jasmine Eileen Coles is a storyteller, she tells stories through song, dance, and word.

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Dianna Lauren Jones

Dianna Lauren Jones: Since earning her B.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Dianna has worked in the theater, indie film, voiceover, commercial and industrial space. She is an aspiring playwright, filmmaker, and poet in the process of workshopping her first solo show. She loves working with artists from around the world creating projects that excite and surprise audiences and bridge communities. 




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Barbara Ann Michaels

Art is love. Love is Art. Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace, combines love, art, and humor to create audience-participatory performances and installations which inspire connection and transformation. Recent projects include #IVote4U, voting for people to be President of anything, which toured the US funded in part by Participatory Safety, Inc; AND NOW: WOMAN, a living room self-expression salon series for women, also on tour; the Love Letter Lounge annual writing event; and work themed for life milestones, like marrying your self, and current events, like the Olympics. Ms. Michaels has been presented with AirBnB, The Miami Project, Barcelona's NauART, Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, The New York Clown Theatre Festival, International Human Rights Arts Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Unarthodox, Museum of Fine Arts Boston Art in Bloom, Boston Museum of Science, and many festivals. She has been seen on The Learning Channel’s Four Weddings, in the New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, on CNN, in The Guardian and the Huffington Post. She also is an award-winning wedding officiant in New York City, specializing in creative ceremonies, inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame. 

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Louis DeVaughn Nelson


Louis DeVaughn Nelson is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. He studied education and playwriting/screenwriting at DeSales University, Drexel University and The New School and has trained at The Koresh School of Dance. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized for his video work that delves into cultural and movement research. He received a top prize for “YouBahn” at the CIANT Festival of Film and New Media Art in Prague. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Credits Include : The Peekaboo Revue, English Theatre Berlin, The Berlin Music Video Awards, Tanzbad 4, CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, CIANT Festival for Film and New Media, Dark Matter Productions NYC, Exquisite Corpse Company NYC, Sans Limites Dance Festival, Take Ten Festival and Village Playwrights.

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Jaime Sunwoo is a Korean-American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She combines video, audio, sculpture, and storytelling to create sensory performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works are part playful, part tragic, and often examine food as a way to discuss identity, history, and death. She studied art at Yale University, where she wrote and directed Household. Her site-specific projects include The Creature for the DUMBO Arts Festival, and interactive bar installation Earshot. She has collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo, and appeared on PBS's Art21. Her upcoming public works will be featured in STooPS Art Crawl and Art in Odd Places 2018. She is currently a fellow at the Laundromat Project for socially engaged art.

The Performance Project answers the call to mentor, encourage, and diversify our art makers, leaders, educators and students. University Settlement is a 130 year-old cultural kitchen that is deeply rooted in our community, and the arts are represented across our entire body of work. Our creative community development approach fosters a sense of belonging, reciprocity and possibility for creative leaders from all walks of life at every stage in their development. Through our series of cutting-edge theater, music, dance and performance art events presented in a welcoming environment at little to no cost, we aim to break down barriers and build community among the diverse groups that call the Lower East Side their home.

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Ticket Information

Free Admission

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