Directed by Amy Poux, YET brings in theater professionals to teach different techniques to our ensemble. The following are bios of some of these performing arts professionals.
Amy Poux, Director/ Acting Teacher/Vocal Teacher
Since 1991 Amy Poux has provided artistic forums to young people and professional actors in New York City and the Hudson Valley with a goal of using theater to empower those who are silenced, and restore theater as a forum for community reflection and action. YET is based upon Amy Poux’s 24 years of work in the field of arts education and professional experimental theater. Inspired by the work of Augusto Boal, Bertolt Brecht and the Open Theatre, this form of ensemble theater work is founded on the principals of the whole group having more force than its individual members.
Poux is also the Director of Education for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, founder and former Executive Director of Working Playground, Inc. (AKA: Urban Arts Partnership) which is an arts education organization that provides in-depth arts experiences to more than two-thousand children annually in the public school system. She has served on the Art and Design Commission at the New York City Board of Education and as a panelist for the following grants and programs: New York State Council on the Arts, US Department of Education, The After School Corporation, The Open Society Institute, The NYC Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education, The Center for Arts Education, and the Juilliard School’s Theater Arts Symposium and Festival.
As an arts-educator, Poux received an Award of Merit from the New York State Council on the Arts and has also been recognized by the New York Times’ Neediest Fund, The US Department of Education and the Consortium of International Arts Educators, and the New York City Department of Education.
Elijah Vanaver, Swordfighting and Stage Combat teacher/choreographer
Elijah teaches unarmed stage combat and fencing in the YET Summer Institute. Students will gain a foundation in footwork, basic parries, feints and lunges, and more advanced moves as the class progresses. A graduate of Bard College, where he studied fencing, kendo, dance, painting and directing. Elijah holds certificates in Stage Combat and Fight Choreography. He has provided fight choreography in many productions as well as the Human Chess Game and Robin Hood Scenes at the NY Renaissance Faire. He has taught sword fighting and stage combat privately and at the Adventure Game Theatre and The Wayfinder Experience. He has also taught Samurai Sword Form (Iaido) at Samurai of New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. Elijah has been making safe foam swords for theatrical play since 1990 and is a cofounder of NewBlades aka PlaySafeSwords.
Jason Boyd, Lighting Designer
Jason Boyd is the lighting designer for the YET productions. One of the first lighting designers to utilize moving lights in experimental Off Broadway theater productions, Jason Boyd has worked with theater, dance and music across the U.S. and Europe for more than 20 years. Highlights include designing lighting for Natalie Merchant’s world tour, John Mayer Trio, Lee Breuer, Powderfinger, Cynthia Hopkins, Natalie Merchant, Anne Bogart, Blues Traveler, Gale Gates et.al., Natalie Cole, Liz Phair, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Carl Welden, Sound Designer
Carl Welden is the sound designer for the YET productions. Carl has been designing sound for live theater and music events for more than twenty years. A core member of well-known puppetry company, Arm-of-the-Sea, Carl has also designed for theatrical productions at Bard College, SUNY Ulster Community College, SUNY New Paltz and at theatrical venues including Ulster Performing Arts Center, Shadowlands Theater, The Rosendale Theatre, and a wide range of music venues in the Hudson Valley and New York City.