BENJAMIN JONES (Kaleidoscope Designer) grew up in upstate New York and attended college at Syracuse University with a degree in Set Design for Theater. He moved to NYC in 1999, where he has been working in the fields of architecture, acoustics and sculpture. Benjamin joined the crew of FLIGHT18 after Captain Wally discovered his TreeHouse installation on Governors Island. Within 48 hours the Universe serendipitously brought them face-to-face.
RACHEL KANN (Cruise Director) TEDx Poet Rachel Kann is a modern-day mystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human. She’s a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. Rachel has performed her poetry with artists and leaders such as daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Marianne Williamson, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, and Rahzel, at venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage, The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as spiritual and sacred spaces like Jewlicious Fest X aboard The Queen Mary, Agape Spiritual Center and Sinai Temple. She is also a shamanic apprentice, dancer, teacher and DJ. Her work in all fields remains the same: to set people free and help them feel outrageous love.
STEVEN McMULLEN (Boatswain) From The Bronx to
Broadway, from hip-hop to gospel, Steven has been an audio engineer since 1976. A graduate of the Center for Media Arts and a member of The Paradise Garage, he has worked with artists such as Mary J Bilge, Puffy, Roberta Flack, Kool and the Gang, just to name a few. He also manned the sound for FLIGHT18’s Maiden Voyage and Cosmic Joyride. Recently he ran sound at the Minskoff Theater and the Apollo.
JASON ROGENES (Spaceship Construction) is an artist whose work has appeared around the world in international galleries and museums including The Whitney Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, The Arm and Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles, and has been featured in Surface Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Frieze and California Home and Design. For more, visit http://www.infectedeye.com/rogenes/
PETER SMITH (Light Designer) Peter and Eric met in 1993. It was a good year. They produced “Millesgarden” together and experimented with dancing zebras and authority figures. Peter came to New York City in 2008 to rejoin Captain Wally and build the Spaceship Kaleidoscope and he’s been illuminating her ever since.
MATTHEW TENNIE (Interactive Technologies and Video / Sound) has designed video and sound in New York City at HERE Arts Center, PS122, 3-Legged Dog, Incubator Arts Project, Danspace at St. Marks, Dixon Place, The Cave and Joyce Soho among others. His recent design credits include video for Vampire Cowboys’ The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G at Incubator Arts Project and Alice In Slasherland at HERE Arts Center (NY Innovative Theatre Nominee, 2010), Peculiar Works’ Can You Hear Their Voices, SoGoNo’s Art of Memory at 3LD, sound for She of the Voice (2009) and Father of Lies (2010) at the Underground Zero Festival at PS122, Taylor Mac’s Obie Award winning The Lily’s Revenge (Hewes Design Award Nominee, 2010), Miranda (HERE) and served as the Associate Video Designer for Blue Man Group’s North American Tour which is currently touring. He has the honor of sharing the 2009 Ross Westzeon Obie Award for his work with HERE Arts Center where he served as Technical Supervisor. He graduated from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
ERIC “WALLY” WALLACH (Captain Wally) creates responsive entertainment. He is a soldier in the army of love, a truth-seeker, soul-plumber and ecstatic dancer. Wally is a torch-bearer of the great artists he has worked with such as Jack O’Brien, Robert Wilson, Joseph Chaikin and Penny Arcade. He has created many shows across the country and abroad including Millesgården, The End is Here: Enjoy!, The Didi Plays and the musicals Suc Daddy, The Jack of Tarts and The Breasts of Tiresias. He published the true-to-life play titled Interview or Who’s Afraid of Mr. Albee? in the Brooklyn Rail. He crucified himself in Astor Place in his direct action called Radical Jew, 33. Spaceflight18, Wally’s brainchild since 2002, is getting ready to set sail again in 2016. Wally presently works with Theatre Development Fund bringing theatre-making to New York City students of all ages. Browse around www.ebwally.com for scripts, articles, photos, videos and much more. One Love Supreme.