Hope Singsen is an artist, activist and researcher based in New York City, who has founded NYC’s first #HealMeToo Festival (www.healmetoofest.com) and serves as its Artistic Director, Executive Producer and host of the upcoming #HealMeToo Festival Podcast. As an actor, writer, singer-songwriter, and producer, Hope has appeared in numerous films and TV shows as well as on the national stage. Select credits include Disney’s College Road Trip (opposite Martin Lawrence), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the indie feature Collar, and the New York Premiere of José Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century at The Barrow Group, where she is a frequently-contributing member. Hope developed her solo play with music, SKIN (www.skintheplay.com), with generous support from The Barrow Group, The Red Fern Theatre and Theaterlab. She has won Artist Residencies with the Mellon-funded Creative Arts Across Disciplines program at Vassar College, The Catwalk Institute in Catskill, NY, and NYC’s IRT Theater. She recently presented SKIN together with a talk on the neuropsychology of performance in November, 2018, at the national conference of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities. For decades, Hope's work has investigated the mechanisms within creativity that may enable individual and cultural change. This research was fleshed out through practice in developing SKIN, and continues to expand through professional collaborations and encounters with live audiences.
Jessi D. Hill — director
Jessi D. Hill is a NYC-based theatre director whose credits in addition to SKIN include new work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, The Playwrights’ Center, Primary Stages, Labyrinth, The Women’s Project, P73, The New Group, EST, PS122, New Dramatists, The Lark, The Playwrights Realm, New Georges, Naked Angels, and others. She has directed and taught in professional training programs at Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center/NTI, Powerhouse/NY Stage & Film, NYU/Tisch, The Atlantic School and others. Jessi is a recipient of the Denham Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, an Alum of the Women's Project Lab, and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. Jessi served as Associate Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective from 2009-2015 and is currently the Artistic Associate at Flying Carpet Theatre Co and the Literary Team Director at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Her work has been seen internationally in Edinburgh, London, New Zealand, Berlin and Hamburg. MFA: Yale. Member SDC. Current projects: jessidhill.com
Bob Parins — contributing composer
Bob Parins of Brooklyn might be best known these days as the bass and pedal steel guitar player of California folk-rock band, Vetiver, and the guitar, pedal steel guitar, and clarinet player with indie favorite Of Montreal (earning him a tout in Rolling Stone). But a little investigation will reveal that he's been involved in a long, trailing cloud of interesting musical projects, recording with Hot Sardines and playing and recording with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Sondre Lerche, the Clientele (with whom he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Fruit Bats to name a few. Bob collaborated on the development of SKIN through numerous readings and workshops, developing guitar arrangements for many of its songs and character themes. His music has also appeared in a french film Jusqu'a toi (Parins/Manchon composition "Nothing/Nowhere" sung by Sufjan Stevens), and the American films My Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd), Paper Man (Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Kieren Culken), Manhattan Romance and Fairhaven. Also impressive are Bob's own recordings. The sound is eclectic yet familiar, with a wide palate of influences, from Spanish Flamenco to Marc Bolan's T-Rex. Pick up other tidbits from Bob’s resume (like his BA from Berkelee College of Music) and listen to some tracks at bobparins.com.
Dillon Kondor — contributing composer
Raised by musicians immersed in the world of American pop, Dillon Kondor grew up playing, listening to and dissecting music. An accomplished guitarist from an early age, his first paycheck was for live and session guitar work. Kondor began writing and recording his own songs at age 14, starting with pop tunes and later focusing on classical composition. He studied at Ithaca College and the Manhattan School of Music, where he focused on avant garde concert music. Eager for a return to more accessible, popular forms of music, Kondor began working as a guitarist on Broadway shows, simultaneously writing, performing and recording his own work. "Hostage EP" is his first record. Dillon arranged guitar for numerous songs in SKIN. He has been touring with Blood Sweat and Tears since June 2016. dillonkondor.com