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Meet The Curators

A conversation with Alice da Cunha & Marc Frost

Lead by Julia Mayer

Saturday, June 9th 3pm 

Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

Over the past five years, Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost have brought over twenty theater companies from more than a dozen countries to perform at Physical Festival Chicago. At the close of the fifth edition of the annual summer Festival, the Co-Artistic Directors will reflect upon their experience in conversation with Julia Mayer, performer former Senior Program Officer at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. There will also be an opportunity at the end for audience members to ask questions and join the discussion on what exactly is “physical theater”.

Alice da Cunha

Alice has worked for various festivals. While in London, she was the Marketing Director for CASA (London's Latin American Theatre Festival) and she produced, curated and presented SHORTCUTZ (a weekly short film festival). She was also the Production Assistant for TODOS Festival, an interdisciplinary festival in Lisbon, Portugal. In Chicago she has worked in Hospitality for the Chicago Latino Film Festival for the last two years. Alice is also an actress and has performed in many plays and films.


Marc Frost

Marc has started two theater companies and one theater festival. At Tufts University, he co-founded Bare Bodkin Theater Company to give student playwrights a platform for their work. In London, he co-created and curated "Physical" (a scratch night for new pieces of physical theater). Back in Chicago, he founded Theater Unspeakable to create devised, physical theater. 

Julia Mayer has worked in Chicago in the fields of arts administration and philanthropy for over 20 years. Until recently, Julia managed grantmaking to Chicago-based arts and culture organizations at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.  From 2009-14, she was Assistant Director of Programming and Senior Program Manager at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Julia also brings decades of experience as an active member of the dance and performance community in Chicago. As a choreographer and teacher, she has performed and taught at the college level in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. She loves supporting the deeply collaborative work of producing amazing cultural experiences for the public. “Now, more than ever, these opportunities to come together and draw nourishment from the generosity of artists is vital—to our young people, our city, our world.” Julia has co-chaired the performance committee at Links Hall since 2012. She is currently a participant in the SET FREE performance in process residency program at Links and a Fellow at LimeRed Studio.

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