A story told in movement by Sheila Cowley, Helen Hansen French and Alex Jones

Performed by: Helen Hansen French, Alex Jones

Sculpture by: Mark Aeling, MGA Sculpture Studio

Paintings by: Ana Maria Vasquez

Sound Design by: Matt Cowley 

Lighting Design by: Joseph Oshry*

*Member, United Scenic Artists 

Helen Hansen French

Helen Hansen French, received her BFA from The Juilliard School (2001) and then joined Buglisi Dance Theatre (NYC) where she rose to principal dancer and served as rehearsal director.  She has toured nationally and internationally and been instrumental in staging BDT’s works at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pieve International School in Italy, and North Carolina Dance Theater.   She has been a member of Karen Reedy Dance, been in residency at White Oak Dance with choreographer Adam Hougland, and performed in the Guggenheim’s Works/Process program with Brian Reeder and Pam Tanowitz. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and serves on the board of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.  Mrs. French is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and been adjunct faculty at George Mason University, The Juilliard School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and St. Petersburg College. She is currently pursuing her MFA through Hollins University. 

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Photo by Lauren Slone

Sheila Cowley

Sheila Cowley is a playwright in St. Petersburg whose work embraces many artforms, creating theatre that celebrates voice, movement, sound and visual art. Her plays explore gender roles, science and everyday acts of heroism. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance named her the city’s 2018 Literary Muse. Her work as an audio producer includes the Creative Pinellas podcast, audio tours for The Dalí Museum and descriptive tours of St. Pete’s murals for the St. Pete Arts Alliance. Dramatists Guild, Chicago Dramatists Network, New Play Exchange.

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Alex Jones

Alex Jones, founder and artistic director of St. Pete’s projectALCHEMY, is a graduate of University of South Florida and is a current MFA candidate at Hollins University studying dance. A native Floridian, Jones is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and is celebrating his 11th year working for Walt Disney World. He has had the opportunity to work with Alonzo King, Bill T. Jones in “Serenade/The Proposition,” and Doug Varone in “The Rite of Spring.” He has performed in Tunisia, Africa with the University of South Florida on behalf of the American Embassy and the Tunisian Dance Federation. Jones is currently the Dance Artist in Residence at the Studio@620 and excited to fill its space with dance.

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Joseph Oshry

Lighting designer Joseph Oshry is glad to be lighting the World Premier of Doors  at the Palladium. Since 1986 he has designed lighting for over five hundred and eighty productions with such organizations as Asolo Rep, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, New Orleans Opera, Carreno International Dance Festival, Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA and the Interlochen Dance Ensemble in Michigan. Joseph has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and is a four-time recipient of the Theatre Tampa Bay award for outstanding lighting design and recently received an Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Tampa Repertory Theatre. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 New York and of IATSE Local 412 Sarasota. 

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