Monica Bill Barnes
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country's biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn't belong. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen's Brigade to The BAM Opera House, and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US. Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a collaboration with author/visual artist Maira Kalman creating a guided Museum Workout, and Happy Hour, the world's only office party turned dance show, and the company's first long-running show with recurring performances in NYC.
Jane Cox has designed with MBB&CO for more than a decade, and her collaboration with the company is central to her creative life. Recent theater includes Color Purple and Jitney on Broadway, Othello at NYTW, Hamlet at the Barbican in London, the new play Roe currently playing in DC, and Amelie, a new musical arriving on Broadway this spring. Other designs include The Flick, The Ambassador, All The Way, and Machinal (TONY and Drama Desk nominations). Jane has a long-standing relationship with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is the director of the Program in Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
ROBERT SAENZ DE VITERI
(Creative Producing Director)
Robert Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith while she developed Let Me Down Easy. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He originally joined MBB&CO to tour with Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host in 2013. Since then he has gone on to create and produce Happy Hour and The Museum Workout with the company. In 2014 he joined Ira Glass and This American Life producing Episode 528, "The Radio Drama Episode" live on stage at BAM. As a director in New York he has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea, The Atlantic Theater, Office Ops, and Access Theater where he directed the NYTimes Critic's Pick production of Michael & Edie.
(Associate Artistic Director/Performer)
Anna Bass has worked with MBB&CO since 2003, performing all over the country on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to comedy clubs and Carnegie Hall. Anna wears the grey suit in Happy Hour, tours the country with Monica and Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host and juggles many of MBB&CO's day-to-day operations. She also served as company Rehearsal Director, Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater and Yale Repertory Theater and a roller-skating mouse alongside comedian Mike Birbiglia in This American Life's The Radio Drama Episode at the BAM Opera House. Anna hails from Forest, Virginia, where she studied almost every dance style from classical ballet to country line dancing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
(Set and Costume Designer)
Kelly Hanson has worked with MBB&CO on every company show since she first met Monica in 2001. She is also a Production Designer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she does approximately 220 live shows a year. She has been nominated for an Emmy and an Art Department Guild award. Kelly was born in Bryan, TX and earned her MFA in set design at University of California San Diego. She lives in Queens with her husband and two amazing kiddos, who support her more than they know.