The House Artists Program supports artists and companies
based in the San Francisco Bay Area by offering a suite
of financial, outreach, and facilities services. The curated artist
roster that is looking to expand includes these set of creators,
performance companies, and organizations linked below, whose creative
vision aligns with that of CounterPulse. Together we work to nurture
risk-taking, assumption-shattering art of, by, and for diverse communities.
This comprehensive program serves as a nesting place and launching pad for
artists. We provide the home base for these artists and advocate for their
work to increase the range of their reach. Robust fiscal oversight is at
the core of the program to provide the solid foundation on which to
build creative work. CounterPulse is committed to supporting the
development of our House artists by connecting them with our community and
expanding the reach of their work to new audiences, presenters, and arts
Questions? Email Zerena for more information.
Seth Eisen’s work is a hybrid of contemporary performance: Butoh, puppetry, physical theater, clowning, drag, and performance art. As a visual artist he works with the forms of installation, video, book arts, fetish object and costume. His layered aesthetic communicates across multiple genres and artistic frameworks, blurring boundaries and expanding dialogues between various disciplines. Seth has been performing, exhibiting, curating and collaborating with various artists in the Bay Area since 1994. In 1998 he developed the company Eye Zen Art producing performances and installations featured at The Oakland Museum of California, Theater Artaud, Zeum, Yerba Buena Center, SOMARTS, Theater of Yugen, and CounterPulse. He has performed as a member of several Butoh companies including Harupin–Ha, and Ink Boat from 1994-1999.
Evan Johnson is a SF based playwright, actor and teaching artist. His plays Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer, Pansy and Barn Owl have received support from Z Space, Intersection for the Arts and New Conservatory Theater Center. Evan has studied with master clowns Bill Irwin (ODC), Giovanni Fussetti (Boulder Circus Center) and Ronlin Foreman (Dell’Arte). Since 2009, Evan has performed as Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress), in local drag clubs, theaters, galleries and museums. He teaches drama classes at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts.
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad.Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she problematizes the borders between proper and improper ethnic, gender, and queer subject and teeters between degeneracy/abjection and the spectacular/joy.
Mica Sigourney / OX
Mica Sigourney has 15 years of training and experience in performance. The bulk of his education has centered on physical techniques in performance . Utilizing his training Sigourney creates performance that rides the tension between artifice/construct and vulnerability/authenticity. By combining strong images, physical movements/execution, vibrant emotional energetic and spiritual work Sigourney manipulates audiences while betraying the manipulation, which allows for a deeper connection and joint journey. Sigourney’s work shines when taken out of traditional performance contexts. At May Day 2010 he and Maryam Rostami created a drag queen peepshow installation, which was then curated into YBCA’s big idea night in 2011. His method go-go installations at Qbar on Wednesday nights have drawn attention and notoriety to the artist.
Trash Mash Up
The founding members of Trash Mash-Up are Bridget and Jessica McCracken, a sister team who graduated from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and San Francisco State University. Drawing from their talent for creating original theatrical productions and their commitment to serving their community, Trash Mash-Up shares cultural traditions with diverse communities in public performances and workshops. Reducing waste by using trash to make art, TMU reminds all of San Francisco that one person’s trash could become an entire city’s treasure.
Scott Wells and Dancers
Scott Wells received The Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2005 and 2010; this is San Francisco’s most prestigious choreographic award and Wells is its only two-time winner since 2000. He also received Los Angeles’ Lester Horton award for choreography (1995). In 2005 Wells was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. He has toured to Europe for the last 15 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Zagreb to name a few. Locally he has taught at A.C.T, the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Scott Wells & Dancers was founded in 1992 and has created new work every year. Wells has taken on many projects revolving around masculinity and athleticism.
Mangoes with Chili
Mangos With Chili is a North American touring, Bay Area based arts incubator committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Their goal is to produce high-quality multi-genre performances reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) and speaking out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face. Mangos With Chili’s multi-genre productions present work in the disciplines of dance, theater, vaudeville, hip-hop, circus arts, music, spoken word and film.
Laura Arrington Dance
Laura Arrington has been living and making work in Bay Area since 2008. Her work has been seen at The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, Supperclub, and her own home. She created/curates the performance event SQUART. She served as assistant director on Erika Chong Shuch's Love Everywhere, creating and facilitating an entire day of public action performances. She has performed as a company member of with New York's Christopher Williams, Ellis Wood, and Nina Winthrop. In the Bay she has performed as a guest with Axis Dance/David Dorfman and Keith Hennessy. She has a BFA in dance form The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she focused on choreography, art, and gender studies.
Krista DeNio>>Moving Ground
KD>>MG creates collaborative, interdisciplinary performance projects using dance and theater to investigate impactful socio-political issues and our intimate personal lives. Centrally invested in social justice, the work offers participants multiple perspectives through site-responsive and audience-interactive experiences. Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator committed to interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges performance work, education and activism. Current projects include EchoTheaterSuitcase and NETWORK. Krista is also an Artist Facilitator with Skywatchers and ABD productions; teaches dance and performance making throughout the Bay Area and country, and is a member of the International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium. www.kristadenio.com
Since his first Mexican folkloric dance class at age 5, dance has always been a major part of Javier’s education and mental/emotional/spiritual growth. Across his life, he has garnered experience in multiple genres, including Flamenco, ballet, contemporary, social partner dance (salsa, cumbia, swing, blues), vogue, and danza azteca. His a part of The House of Prolific, a San Francisco vogue house led by several of the SF Bay Area’s most seasoned and ovah Vogue performers, including, Soul Nubian (father) and Jocquese Whitfield (prince).