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Chris Cooper, California

Christopher Walton Cooper was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mary Ann (Walton), a homemaker, and Charles Sherwood Cooper, a cattleman and internist who served as a doctor in the US Air Force. His parents were from Texas, where Cooper was raised. Educated at the University of Missouri school of drama, Cooper appeared on Broadway in "Of the Fields Lately (1980)", and off-Broadway in "The Ballad of Soapy Smith (1983)" and "A Different Moon (1983)". He debuted in films in the John Sayles movie Matewan (1987). Although his performance was well received, the picture was not successful. Other films he has appeared in include Guilty by Suspicion (1991), Money Train (1995) and A Time to Kill (1996). On television, Cooper has been featured in the mini-series Lonesome Dove (1989) and Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), as July Johnson. He has also appeared in a number of television movies. In 1996, he starred in his third John Sayles movie, Lone Star (1996), where he plays Sam Deeds, the sheriff whose lawman father becomes a posthumous suspect in a murder investigation.

Ramona Diaz

Ramona Diaz, Documentary Filmmaker, is an award-wining Asian-American filmmaker. She has received funding from major agencies such as the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the Sundance Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Institute, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Diaz is a graduate of Emerson College, Boston and holds an MA in Communication from Stanford University. Ramona's production company, CineDiaz, currently has a slate of feature documentaries and feature films at various stages of production and development.

Julia Jaquette, New York

Julia Jaquette, visual artist, is an American artist primarily based in New York and Amsterdam. Jacquette studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY (1986) and Hunter College in New York (1989–92). Jacquette's work, which is influenced by food and drink ads, has been shown widely at galleries and museums around the world including Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI, the MoMA in New York, and Galerie Oliver Schweden in Munich, Germany. Her work is featured in several prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, RI, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is a member of the board of directors of the MacDowell art colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. (Julia will join Experimental Film Virginia this summer as a visual artist at Art in a Barn, assisting filmmaker Dan Carlson on set and by offering the Blue Plate Special workshop for professional artists and youth).

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 Art Bridgman & Myrna Packer, New York

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, have collaborated as performers and choreographers since 1978. Their innovative work developing "Video Partnering" — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual.

The 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Bridgman and Packer was the first in the history of the Guggenheim Foundation to be given to two individuals for their collaborative work. Bridgman and Packer are recipients of ten grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (2007-2017) and grants from New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, National Dance Project, USArtists International, Performing Americas Project, and La Red. They have received two Choreography Fellowships and a BUILD grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, four National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, and choreographic commissions from Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Portland Ovations, Danspace Project, and the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund. Based in New York City, they have been presented by City Center Fall For Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, The Sheen Center, and Central Park's Summerstage. They have toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America, performing in festivals, art centers, and universities.  

Frederica Magliano, Italy

Federica Magliano was born in Rivoli (Torino, Italy) in 1973. Her professional activity as musician starts in 1991, when she begins to play “piano bar” in discos and private events in Novara, Milano and Verbania (Italy). In 2010, the interest in Celtic Harp brings her to approach the harp technique in workshops and festivals as BardonecchiArp in 2013 and 2014. Among the teacher: Enrico Euron, Anne-Gaelle Cuiff, Nadia Birkenstock, Ralf Kleemann, Arianna Savall. In 2014, Federica takes part in a Jazz Harp and Improvisation Technique Coure lead by Marcella Carboni. In this event, Federica meet Ludwig Conistabile, with whom she begins a deep study on improvisation and storytelling with Celtic Harp. In 2015-2016, she recieves the Master in Harp Therapy (Harp Relaxation and Storytelling) at ARPAMAGICA/ School of therapy music in Milan (Italy). From 2015, Federica, as professional harpist, collaborates with musician and folksinger as Federico Sirianni, Mano Manita and Ludwig Conistabile. As well, the practice of the harp inspire collaborations with many artists as the painter Claudio Bellino, the poet Valentina Perucca, the actor Igor Chierici and the dancer Viola Scaglione. In 2017, Federica starts the collaboration with Balletto Teatro di Torino creating original composition aside the dancers “Concept 1”, piece now part of the Company repertoire. Federica will join the musician team for “Moby Dick” created and lead by Igor Chierici that will be performed in Isola delle Chiatte in Genova. Aside her talent as musician, Federica is a well known doctor in Osteopathic Medicine since 1999.

Sheila Sheppard, Virginia

She is an award-winning violinist who lives in Cape Charles, Virginia. She studied with Dora Mullins of Virginia Beach and Susan Via at the College of William and Mary, and teaches music and plays in an old time band, Grassafras, as well as for weddings and special events in the Tidewater area. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Old Dominion University and offers Reiki and music-based therapy through her holistic wellness practice, Paloma Healing. Visit her at @sheilasheppardmusic and @palomahealing. 

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