Leah Curran Moon (“J Van Stone,” Tia Nina Co-director), is a DC-based performance artist, dancer, writer and researcher whose work centers on gender, race, sexuality, popular culture and social theory. Leah works through multidisciplinary art-making, academics and social advocacy to understand the multifarious and often invisible ways that gender, race and class are performed, constructed and resisted in daily life. Leah has shown her work at the Whitman College, the University of Maryland, Capital Fringe, Atlas Theatre, the Phillips Collection, the WPA Art Parade, Katzen Center for the Arts, DC Jazz Festival and art galleries and alleyways in the District of Columbia. Leah holds a BA in Urban Studies, an MPA in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Public Administration from The George Washington University. Leah works in the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park and teaches Women’s and Gender Studies
Ilana Silverstein (“Sammy Rain,” Tia Nina Co-director) is a founding ensemble member of force/collision, as well as a founding bandmember of Tia Nina. She has been presented by the Philly Fringe Festival, Gaia in Washington DC, and the Source Festival. Her work challenges the contrasts between the elegant, the grotesque, the organic and the digital. She has performed with Dance Box Theater, Daniel Burkholder, Yoko K. and other artists in the D.C. area. The Creative Communities Fund and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities have funded her work as both an artist and a community organizer. As a resident artist at Georgetown Hospital, she guides patients through relaxing imagery and staff through short stretching breaks, applying dance in practical ways to enhance quality of life. Ilana also directs The Field/DC, providing artist workshops called Fieldwork for artists of all disciplines in the DC metro area. She holds an MFA in Dance from The George Washington University and a BA in Dance and Environmental studies from Denison University.
Lisi Stoessel (“Sticks,” Tia Nina Co-director) is a Baltimore-based multidisciplinary theatre artist working in puppetry, dance, and scenic design. Lisi engages in projects that combine visual and performative media to create immersive theatrical experiences that challenge traditional deﬁnitions. She has studied puppetry and performance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and physical performance under Dody DiSanto at The Center for Movement Arts in Washington DC. Lisi has designed sets and puppets for many companies along the east coast and beyond. She has won a non-equity Jeff Award in Artistic Specialization for her robot design for Sideshow Theatre Company’s Heddatron, a UNIMA-USA scholarship to study marionettes in Prague with Mirek Trejtnar, and a grant from the CuDC through the Creative Communities Fund to participate in Artistic Blind Dates for the Source Festival in Washington DC. Lisi is a founding member of performance duo Red Fox|White Fox and a band member of Tia Nina. She holds her MFA in Scene Design from the University of Virginia.