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This collection of material explores guilt as a theme using a premix, a queer soup of elements, both visual and visceral, to subvert and stimulate response within the viewer. Images from American history conjure elusions that seem simultaneously familiar and distant. (american)guilt is a living room admission of contrition for the conscience-stricken American. Parlor tricks and party favors included.


Bradley Teal Ellis (performer) is a Brooklyn based improviser. Originally from North Carolina, he received a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Bradley has studied and practiced Contact Improvisation for 15 years with teachers Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Nita Little, K.J. Holmes and many others. He has performed improvisation at Dance Theater Workshop/NY Live Arts, PS1:Moma, Joyce Soho, 92nd Street Y, The Cunningham Studio, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performa and other institutions. Bradley has been a guest teacher at UNC-Greensboro, University of the Arts, Temple University, The New School for Dance, DNA, 100 Grand Studio and currently teaches as faculty through Movement Research. He has presented work at DNA, The Tank and Rooftop Dance Festival. Bradley is a 2012 – 2013 Artist in Residence at Dance New Amsterdam.

David Rafael Botana (performer) is a Cuban-American artist and improviser. Currently a cast member of Sleep No More since 2011, Botana was a member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company Repertory Understudy Group (R.U.G.) 2009 – 2011. He also worked with Jonah Boaker, featured in On Vanishing performed in the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda and FILTER which premiered at Les Hirvernales in Avignon. Botana also collaborates with Leslie Satin, together they have shown their works in NY and New Mexico. Ellis and Botana have also collaborated together in a performance piece by artist/sculptor Jonathan Van Dyke shown in NY & PA.

Bobby Frederick Tilley (costume design) Bobby Frederick Tilley‘s costume designs for theater include the World and New York premieres of Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet directed by Peter DuBois and starring Joanna Gleason and Santino Fontana (Roundabout); the World Premiere of Zach Braff’s All New People starring Anna Camp, Kristen Ritter, and Justin Bartha (2econd Stage); Thinner Than Water starring David Zayas (LAByrinth Theater Company); Captors starring Michael Cristofer, Sons of the Prophet, and Circle Mirror Transformation (The Huntington Theatre Company); The Pinter Plays: The Collection and A Kind Of Alaska, the World Premiere of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness starring JoBeth Williams, Birth and After Birth, 10×20, and The Butter and Egg Man(Atlantic Theatre Company); the World Premiere of Annie Baker’s The Aliens directed by Sam Gold (Rattlestick); the Boston Premieres of Annie Baker’sThe Aliens (Company One, Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design) and Body Awareness (Speakeasy Stage Company); Lizzie Borden (The Living Theater, Drama Desk nomination); Top Girls (Act 1, MTC/Biltmore); Mel and El: Show & Tell (Ars Nova); The Betrayal and Rhinoceros (The Mighty Theatre); Gaugleprixtown and The Most Lamentable and Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons (Studio 42); The Ontological Detective (Blue Heron Arts Center); Red Angel (Williamstown); Len Jenkin’s The Country Doctor (Marymount College); the New York Premiere of Further Than the Furthest Thing (MTC); and Tallahassee, Mac Wellman’s Dracula, and the World Premiere of The Lesser Magoo, also by Mac Wellman (The 78th Street Theatre Lab). His costume designs for film include Hello, I Must Be Going; The Green; Four Lane Highway; Little Kings; and Rubout.   (

Bradley Teal Ellis - (american)guilt - (excerpt)


Bradley Teal Ellis
David Rafael Botana

Costume Design:
Bobby Frederick Tilley

Visual Design:
Daggy Melange


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