En Garde Arts
written & performed by Amy Brenneman
directed by Sabrina Peck
music by David Van Tieghem
Performers: Kellie Overbey, Cate Woodruff
Dancers: Jennifer Chin, Erin Gottwald, Sherri Hellman
Production Assistant: Luana DeBorst
Technical Crew: Joshua Peck and Bodhi Silberling
Amy Brenneman (Writer/Performer) earned a B.A in Comparative Religion at Harvard University, with a specialty in Indo-Tibetan Religion. She is a founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in site-specific original theater centered on themes of social justice. Amy created, executive produced and starred in Judging Amy (3 Golden Globe nominations, 3 Emmy nominations, SAG nomination, People’s Choice nomination, Producer’s Guild nomination, two TV Guide awards).
Additionally, she directed the documentary The Way The World Should Be about special education in America. She has received numerous honors from organizations including Women in Film, the California State Assembly, the Brady Center, CSUN, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group and the Producer’s Guild of America, among others. She recently received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from The Feminist Majority for her ongoing commitment to reproductive rights. To find out more about Amy, you can visit her website here.
Sabrina Peck (Director) is a director and choreographer of socially-engaged theater, creating original productions in collaboration with diverse communities: Odakle Ste with Bosnian Muslim refugees; Speaking our Streets with NC tobacco workers; and Commodities, with NYC Wall Street traders. This is the third piece she has developed with Amy Brenneman (including Mouth Wide Open at the American Repertory Theater and Interstates). Other directing and/or choreography: Lincoln Center Theatre; The NY Shakespeare Festival; Play On Festival; LaMama; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Yale Repertory Theatre; Arena Stage; New World Theater. She has taught socially-engaged theater at Columbia University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University and was Ivers Visiting Artist at Harvard. She was a founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company and is the founder and executive director of CityStep. SabrinaPeck.com | CityStep.org
Kellie Overbey (Performer) Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, Twentieth Century, “Q.E.D.”, Judgment at Nuremberg, Present Laughter, Buried Child. Drama Desk nominations for Women Without Men (The Mint) and Sleeping Rough (Page 73.) Lortel nomination for The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons.) Most recently played Nora in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at George Street Playhouse and one of the Marys in Mary Page Marlowe at 2nd Stage Off-Broadway. Film & TV include: Imitation Girl, That’s What She Said (also screenwriter), Sweet and Lowdown, Outbreak, “FBI”, “Blindspot”, “Blue Bloods”, “30 Rock”, and “The Good Wife.” Kellie is the Executive Director of AisFor.org, an Eastern Principal Councilor at Actors Equity Association, and a founding member of FairWageOnstage.org.
Cate Woodruff (Performer) American Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Mabou Mines, New York Theatre Workshop, long time member of experimental international touring company Theatre X, and a spokesperson on Japanese television. Cate is a visual artist with multi-media exhibits and installations in New York City and Europe.
Jennifer Chin (Dancer) has performed and taught throughout the US and abroad with many inspiring choreographers. Her own choreography has been presented at Festivals in Croatia, Scotland, Italy, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Jennifer is an instructor in the Humphrey-Limón technique, yoga, pilates and embodied anatomy. www.jenniferchindance.com
Erin Gottwald (Dancer) graduated from Bates College and received a BA Hons from London Contemporary Dance School. Her formative training was at The Boston Ballet School. Erin is a member of Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, creates and performs work alongside John Carrafa and is the Rehearsal Director for The Bang Group’s annual production of “Nut/Cracked.” www.eringottwald.com
Sherri Hellman (Dancer) graduated from Adelphi University in 1989 with a BFA in Dance. Since then, she has worked with many choreographers including: Sara Hook, Murray Louis, Sabrina Peck, Joanna Mendl Shaw and many others. She spent 10 years performing with Janis Brenner and Dancers, both touring and teaching throughout the United States and abroad. In 1992, Sherri began teaching creative movement classes and in 1995, she opened the Creative Arts Studio on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. As director/producer of the Creative Arts Studio for the past 25 years, Sherri has provided students of all ages a nurturing place where they can find their own way of expressing themselves, whether it’s through singing, dancing, acting, writing or even knitting. Her students have appeared on the Nickelodeon Television Network, VH1’s Rupaul Show, the Paul Taylor Youth Showcase, and in festivals throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. She opened a second successful location in Cobble Hill in 2007. Sherri is also the proud mother of her one and only Raine Alexander Hellman.
THRESHOLD was created and first performed at The Yard, an artist residency and performance center dedicated to contemporary dance and related arts, as part of the 2019 Off-Shore Creation Residency.