Ellpetha Tsivicos is a multidisciplinary, Cypriot-American, artist based in Brooklyn. Ellpetha graduated from NYU in 2011 with a BFA in Drama, and a minor in Art and Public Policy that focused on Dialogical Art. In 2012, She co-founded multimedia production company, One Whale's Tale, with her collaborator, Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez. Ellpetha was the Associate Producer of "Primer for a Failed Superpower", a concert of intergenerational protest music, produced by TEAM and directed by Rachel Chavkin, as well as the documentary about the creation of the project. She continued her work with the TEAM where she is a two-time Petri Project artist, developing the theatre piece QUINCE at the People’s Garden. In August of 2020, a workshop of QUINCE became the first live theater to return to New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic and has subsequently been commissioned for a full run at the Bushwick Starr. QUINCE was developed through a residency at The SHED, and has inspired community events in collaboration with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, OYE! Group, and the Bushwick Starr. In 2021, Ellpetha directed and starred in “Night Descends on Svalbard” which premiered as part of the Exponential Festival. Later that year she went on to direct and co-produce “Persou,” a participatory experience that transported audiences to the Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus inspired by the power, spirituality and mysticism of Hellenism and in the indigenous traditions of her village in Cyprus. These traditions were further examined in her book, “A Life Into Lands,” published in English and Greek, which tells the stories of her family’s rural traditions. Her company, One Whale’s Tale, has produced award winning short films “Fruit Detective” (Director) and “Dolores” – as well as the comedic web-series “This Is Me Trying” (Director), music video “Hurt Me” (Director) by Michelle Kash, and “Beds” (Director). Ellpetha’s work has been supported with funding from The Venturous Theatre Fund’s Plays for Now grant, the Brooklyn Arts Fund, the A.R.T./NY Creative Opportunity Fund + Strengthening NYC Theatres grant, and the NYSCA Multi-Disciplinary Support for Artists grant. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Token Theatre Friends, American, Theatre, The Dramatist, Broadway World, and CBS Local. Ellpetha is an old soul who tries to bring a sense of purpose and functionality to her work while remedying our existence between dreams and reality. She believes every problem has a solution, that all souls deserve a helping hand and that art can change the world; bold colors, perfect sounds, wild ideas, and the passing of time make her cry. She loves her grandmother and all the spirits and souls that seem to show her the way.
Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez is a Chicano theater artist, filmmaker, and visual artist from Los Angeles, California. He began his artistic journey at community arts center, Plaza de La Raza, which inspired and empowered him to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012, Camilo co-founded multimedia production company One Whale’s Tale, with Ellpetha Tsivicos. Camilo first collaborated with Brooklyn based ensemble the TEAM, filming and editing a short documentary about the creation of Primer for a Failed Superpower. In August of 2020, he wrote and co-created a workshop of QUINCE, as part of the TEAM’s Petri Project Series, performed outdoors at the People’s Garden in Bushwick. QUINCE has since been commissioned to be a part of the Bushwick Starr’s 2022 season and has been developed through a residency at The SHED. QUINCE has inspired a series of community events including two Dia de los Muertos celebrations with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, a piece at the Summer Arts Festival hosted by OYE! Group and the Bushwick Starr, and a fall celebration announcing the Bushwick Starr’s new theatrical space. His other credits include the outdoor immersive spectacle Leonora’s World (Designer, Performer) at Double Edge Theatre, Persou (Writer, Co-creator) at the cell theatre in Manhattan, Night Descends on Svalbard (Writer, Co-creator) which was part of the Exponential Festival, and Dolores (Co-writer) a short film about colorism in the Mexican-American community. Camilo’s crafts stories, masks, puppets, and large sculptural objects inspired 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.
Sarah Jones (Associate Producer) is a theatre producer, stage manager, and administrator, especially passionate about uplifting dynamic queer narratives onstage. She is a recent graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate program at Hunter College with a degree in Theatre Production & Management. Some of her favorite projects include Persou (Production Stage Manager), Shelter in Love (Stage Manager), Quince x La Musica @ The Summer Arts Festival w/ OYE Group + The Bushwick Starr (Stage Manager, Producer), Ludlow Fair (Graphic Designer & Social Media Manager), LEAR (ASM & Wardrobe Supervisor), Opening Up (Production Manager), and chipotle chips and peanut butter brittle (Co-Creator/Director). When not at One Whale's Tale, Sarah works for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a freelance stage manager, striving everyday to make culturally-relevant art safe and accessible.