David Neumann, Marcella Murray, Tei Blow

Southern Futures

Three accomplished artists and creators who join forces to explore challenging topics.

This trio uses digital imagery, dance and theater to explore issues such as race and vulnerability. In addition to their fall 2022 presentation of Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, their Southern Futures residency will allow them to create a new work that will make its world premiere at CPA in an upcoming season. 

About David Neumann

David Neumann’s original work has been presented in New York at Performance Space New York, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Abrons Arts Center, Central Park SummerStage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, The Chocolate Factory, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

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ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center; Carolina Presents; Alverno College; MASS MoCA; The Fusebox Festival; The Ringling International Arts Festival, and the American Dance Institute/Lumberyard, among others. 

Neumann worked as a performer for many years alongside, Mikhail Baryshnikov; Big Dance Theater; Doug Elkins; Doug Varone; and Sally Silvers among many others. Recent non-ABG projects include: Tony-nominated Choreographer of Hadestown (Broadway / National Theater UK / New York Theatre Workshop); The Total Bent (Public Theater); War (Lincoln Center Theater III/LCT3); Futurity (Ars Nova / Soho Rep); An Octoroon (Soho Rep/Theater for a New Audience); directing Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson (BAM / New York Theatre Workshop); Hagoromo at BAM with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto; and Movement Director for Noah Baumbach’s film Marriage Story. Neumann is currently professor of theater at Sarah Lawrence College.   

About Marcella Murray

Marcella Murray is a recent Theater MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She is a New York-based theater artist from Augusta, Georgia. She is a playwright, performer, collaborator, and puppeteer. Murray’s work is heavily inspired by the observed ways in which people tend to segregate and reconnect. Her work tends to focus on themes of identity within a community and (hopefully) forward momentum in the face of trauma.  

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In 2018, Marcella performed in The Slow Room, a piece directed by Annie Dorsen at Performance Space New York; a workshop of Ocean Filibuster which was co-created by the team Pearl D’Amour (Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl) with composer Sxip Shirey at Abrons Arts Cente. 

Marcella was a participant in The Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2019, where she assistant directed and performed in Shoot, Don’t Talk as part of Labapalooza. Most recently, Marcella, along with Leonie Bell and Hyung Seok Jeon, has been developing a piece called I Don’t Want to Interrupt You Guys, which was granted a RAP residency at Mabou Mines and a Deep Space residency at NaCl. 

About Tei Blow

Tei Blow (co-creator, he/him) is a media designer and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. Tei works with sound, photography, video, and computers. His work has been featured at Hartford Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, PS122/PSNY, Lincoln Center Festival, The Roundabout, The Kitchen, BAM, The Public Theater, The Broad Stage, MCA Chicago, MFA Boston, Kate Werble Gallery, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Roundabout, and The Wadsworth Atheneum. He is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Sound Design for David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group’s I Understand Everything Better. Tei is one half of Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, whose ongoing multipart series “The Art of Luv” is a recipient of the Creative Capital and Franklin Furnace Awards. teiblow.com

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