Jim Findlay works across boundaries as a theater artist, visual artist, and film-maker. His most recent work includes Soundlines by ICE/George Lewis at NYU Skirball (2019) and his original performances of Electric Lucifer (2018), Vine of the Dead (2015-2022), and Dream of the Red Chamber (2014). He directed and designed David Lang’s Whisper Opera. His video installation in collaboration with Ralph Lemon, Meditation, is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center. He was a founding member of the Collapsable Giraffe and in partnership with Radiohole founded the Collapsable Hole a multidisciplinary artist led performance venue currently located in Manhattan’s West Village. In addition to his work as a creator and director, he maintains a long career as a collaborator with many theater, performance and music artists including Daniel Fish, Aaron Landsman, the Wooster Group, Ridge Theater, Bang on a Can, Ralph Lemon, and Stew and Heidi Rodewald. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Arena Stage, A.R.T., at regional theaters across the US and over 50 cities internationally. In 2016 he received a Creative Capital Award and in 2015 he received the Foundation for Contemporary Art Artist Grant. His previous awards include two Obies, two Bessies, two Princess Grace Awards, Lortel and Hewes Awards and fellowships or residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, MacDowell, UCross, MassMOCA and Mount Tremper Arts. Grants include NYSCA Individual Artist, NYC DCA, Creative Capital MAP Fund, Belle Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, Pippin Foundation, Nancy Quinn Fund, and Mufson Foundation.
A founding member of the Collapsable Giraffe, Amy Huggans has produced, directed, and performed with the company. Most recently, she served as a producer for Vine of the Dead by Jim Findlay. Previously she was co-producer for Electric Lucifer by Jim Findlay, presented at the Kitchen. As a performer, she has appeared in Pee Pee Maw Maw/Last Crash, Meat is Floating By and Witch Mountain, Black Tarantula, all at their Obie-winning performance space, Collapsable Hole (Williamsburg and West Village NYC). At five months pregnant, she was breakdancing in Retarded Sh!t, a b-girl ode to Pam Grier movies. Huggans also directed 3 Virgins, performed in a former strip club lounge at Show World, which was at the time a still-operating adult entertainment center in Times Square. She adapted and directed Penthesilea/after Kleist at The Ontological Theater and Stein Stein, three plays by Gertrude Stein, at Access Theatre. Other collaborations with the Collapsable Giraffe include Damfino at The Performing Garage and Pre-Paradise Sorry Now at NADA. Other performing credits include School for Salomes by Yelena Gluzman, Bend Your Mind Off with Radiohole, Beer & Fisticuffs (Downtown Arts Festival), Acker Versus at HERE.