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Panel: Responsibility

at The Bushwick Starr

January 28 @ 8pm

Join The Exponential Festival at The Bushwick Starr for an in-depth conversation on Responsibility.

Moderated by Russell G. Jones (BLIND SPOT),
the panelists include
Elinor T Vanderburg (Fresh Ground Pepper),
Moe Yousuf (Target Margin Theater),
Taylor Reynolds (The Movement Theatre Company),
Wednesday Derrico (Experimental Bitch Presents).

Perhaps it is indicative of our times or perhaps it has been a long time coming.
Or both.
As artists, we ought to lead the conversation.
So here we are.
Tonight, we aim to deep delve into Responsibility.
As an artist,
What is your responsibility to your community?
What is your responsibility to the idea of morality?
What is your responsibility to your legacy?
What is your responsibility to your ancestors?

Thank you so much. And see you all soon!


Russell G. Jones is an Auldeco, Obie and SAG Award winning actor. He has worked as a facilitator, moderator and teaching artist for two decades and is the founder of BLIND SPOT a multi-platform campaign that facilitates cross cultural dialogue and critical thinking to recognize and resist internalized and systemic oppression. He's appeared on four versions of Law & Order and never as the criminal.
In addition to serving on HB Studio’s Artistic Advisory Council, the Advisory Board for Developing Artists Theater Co. and being a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s board, he is happily the partner to Elz Jones and a father (figure) to Bolden and Kekoa.

Elinor T Vanderburg is a writer, performer, designer, composer, agent, ex-flight attendant, and former wand saleswoman from Washington, DC., who seeks to trouble and transport audiences to new vantage points through the merging of story, language, and design. Her work has been featured at Exit Art, The Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, the Scope Fair, and SheNYC, and she has collaborated with Non Grata, Built For Collapse, Title:Point, WiseFish, and Exquisite Corpse. She is a Creative Director of Fresh Ground Pepper, an multi-disciplinary arts company that celebrates emerging artists and their work. You can hear Elinor as Aisha the Water Fairy in the Netflix series, World of Winx. Elinor earned her BFA from NYU/Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School) and lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Drew, and their two calicoes.

Moe Yousuf is a theater artist and Associate Artistic Director of Target Margin Theater. He has presented works at Abrons Arts Center, PRELUDE, SoHo Rep Walkerspace, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Dixon Place, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Rubber Rep Pilot Balloon and Title Point SALON!. He was a 2017 / 2018 Abrons Arts Center artist-in-residence with Joshua William Gelb & Nehemiah Luckett. He is a Board Member of ART/NY and has sat on panels for the Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. MFA, Dramatic Writing, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He plays the bagpipes is available for weddings.
Upcoming work: News of the Strange, a part of the TMT Lab, at The Doxsee in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, June 2019.

Taylor Reynolds is a New York-based director from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Clubbed Thumb, Signature Theatre, Radical Evolution, Atlantic Acting School, Ally Theatre Company, and The 24 Hour Plays. Select directing credits: Plano by Will Arbery, ALLOND(R)A by Gina Femia, Songs About Trains (co-directed with Rebecca Martinez), Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan. She is a member of NY Madness and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a 2017-2018 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

WEDNESDAY SUE DERRICO is a director, performer, producer and arts manager based in New York. She is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of feminist artist collective Experimental Bitch Presents ( and a producing member of WOW Cafe Theatre. Recent credits include directing The Diana Tapes by James Clements (HERE in NYC, tour), co-directing HVMLET, an original adaptation for the She NYC Arts Festival, producing Anya Pearson's Made to Dance in Burning Buildings at Joe's Pub and WOW Cafe Theatre, and assistant directing the independent feature film, Santamaria by Alex Cherney, as well as a myriad of credits on Erica Rose's latest film, Girl Talk. Derrico has appeared and created at venues including the Park Avenue Armory, IRT Theatre, and The Connelly Theatre and in cities around the world including, Edinburgh, Scotland, Toronto, Canada and Providence, RI. Derrico holds a BFA in acting from the Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch, NYU. She dedicates her life to personal, political art and establishing platforms for diverse creators from all walks of life.

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