Ellpetha Tsivicos is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. She is first-generation Cypriot-American, a dual identity that has inspired and shaped much of her artistic work and life. At the age of three she began taking ballet, which taught her the beauty and importance of understanding structure in order to break out of it. Ellpetha graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a BFA in Drama, and a minor in Art and Public Policy which combined her passion for the arts and her desire to make meaningful, structural change. Her minor focused on Dialogical Art, which removes the barrier of “the audience” and engages the community by making them co-creators instead of spectators. Dialogical Art emphasizes listening, and storytelling and turns the dialogue created between the artist, the participants, and the subjects, into the art itself. In 2012, Ellpetha co-founded a multimedia production company, One Whale's Tale, where she serves as a producer, director, writer, editor and performer. One Whale’s Tale has produced award winning shorts – “Fruit Detective” (Director) and “Dolores” – as well as the comedic web-series “This Is Me Trying” (Director), which was featured on FunnyorDie, NY Mag, Dailymotion, and the Wild Magazine. She directed the music video, “Hurt Me”, by Michelle Kash, who is #8 Billboard Dance artist, as well as the web-series, “Beds”, by Sundance Episodic finalist Kirsten Chen. Collaborating alongside visual artist Mariah Robertson, Ellpetha co-developed an aesthetic of organized chaos, and performed at the MoMa, Ps1, Art Basel, and the Art in Embassies Gala at the Smithsonian Institute. In 2019, Ellpetha completed her second artistic collaboration as a designer and performer on the immersive spectacle “Leonora’s World", with Double Edge Theatre. Ellpetha was the Associate Producer of "Primer for a Failed Superpower", a concert of intergenerational protest music, directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, as well as the documentary about the creation of the project. In 2020 Ellpetha co-created and directed, "Quince", the first live theater performance in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Performed outdoors at The People’s Garden in Bushwick, "Quince" incorporated all social distancing and safety protocols into the narrative and artistic world of the show. "Quince", was a co-production with The TEAM as part of the Petri Project Series, and was supported by a grant from The Venturous Theatre Fund. "Quince" was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Theatre, Broadway World, Playbill, and Token Theatre Friends. In the fall of 2020, Ellpetha co-created a Dia de los Muertos event hosted by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, creating a community altar and a space for guests to share items, memories, and celebrate loved ones who had passed away. Ellpetha also works as a stylist and costume designer, with an emphasis on body positivity and finding true expression through patterns, textiles, and various sewing traditions. Ellpetha finds power in the spirituality and mysticism of Hellenism and in the rural traditions of her ancestral village which are diligently kept up by her family in an isolated farming community in Cyprus. Her book, “A Life Into Lands” which tells the stories of her family’s rural traditions through the lens of her dual Cypriot and American existence, was recently published in English and Greek by Cypriot Arts & culture center Phaneromenis70 in Lefkosia, Cyprus.
Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez is a Chicano theater artist, filmmaker, and visual artist from the mythical land of Aztlán located somewhere off the 101 freeway. Camilo began his artistic journey at community arts center, Plaza de La Raza, learning the techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. This education inspired and empowered him to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Through his production company, One Whale’s Tale, and an ongoing 10-year collaboration with Ellpetha Tsivicos, Camilo has co-written and co-produced two award-wining short films: “Dolores” (co-writer Scarlet Moreno), a drama about colorism in the Mexican-American community, and "Fruit Detective", a slapstick noir about a specialty detective who investigates fruit related crimes. He has collaborated on short documentary projects with A.R.T.E (Art and Resistance Through Education), which works on social justice projects and bridging the gap between incarcerated and non-incarcerated youth through the visual arts. In 2018, Camilo collaborated with The TEAM on the creation of a short documentary around the development of a two-night concert of reimagined, intergenerational protest music, "Primer for a Failed Superpower". Camilo has developed his love of spectacle and collaborative performance through training – spanning 8 years – with the Double Edge Theatre ensemble culminating in two artistic collaborations on outdoor performances of "Leonora’s World", based on the paintings and writings of Leonora Carrington. In 2020 Camilo wrote/co-produced an outdoor performance of "Quince", the first live theater performance in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Performed outdoors at the People’s Garden in Bushwick, "Quince" incorporated all social distancing and safety protocols into the narrative and artistic world of the show. "Quince" was a co-production with The TEAM’ Petri Project Series, and was supported by a grant from The Venturous Theatre Fund. "Quince" was featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Theatre, BroadwayWorld, Playbill, and Token Theatre Friends. In the fall of 2020, Camilo co-created a Dia de los Muertos event hosted by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, creating a community altar and a space for guests to share items, memories, and celebrate loved ones who had passed away. Camilo’s work is driven by the stories, songs and dances of his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, friends, neighbors, and spirits who intimately shared the spaces of his childhood.