Photo: Mallory Lynn
Anna Bass(Associate Artistic Director/Performer) began working with MBB&CO in 2003 and now serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has performed Barnes’ work all over the country, on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to New York City Center and Carnegie Hall. Anna often assists Monica with commissions, workshops and theater projects. She served as the Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater and Yale Repertory Theater. Anna has also performed in radio host Ira Glass's two most recent This American Life Live! events. This past June she appeared as a roller-skating mouse alongside Mike Birbiglia on the BAM opera house stage. She is currently touring the country with Monica and Ira in their show: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Anna grew up in a tiny town in Virginia where she studied almost every dance style, from classical ballet to country line dancing. She now lives in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn, NY and is thrilled to be working with this wild team.
Photo: David Wilson Barnes
Jane Cox (Lighting Designer) has designed with MBB&CO for more than a decade, and her collaboration with the company is central to her creative life. In 2014 Jane was nominated for both the TONY and the Drama Desk awards for her work on Machinal, and she also designed All The Way on Broadway. In 2013 Jane was awarded the Henry Hewes Design Award for her work on The Flick. Other recent designs in NYC include Picnic and Dinner with Friends for the Roundabout, Passion at CSC and The Whale at Playwrights Horizons. Opera designs include Sydney Opera House, Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera. Jane has a long-standing relationship with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been teaching about light and design at Princeton University since 2007.
Photo: David Wilson Barnes
Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume Designer) is an original company member of MBB&CO, and has been collaborating with Monica since 2001. She is also an Emmy-nominated Art Director for television. Kelly currently spends most days directing art for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Kelly was born in Bryan, TX, earned her MFA in Set Design at University of California, San Diego, and joined the New York community in 2001. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children and a big black dog.
Robert Saenz de Viteri (Producer) has spent the past year working with MBB&CO and Ira Glass. He joined the New York theater community in 2005 as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith as she began creating Let Me Down Easy. He led many productions and festivals at the Public Theater including the Public Lab Series and the international festival Under The Radar. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. As a director he has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea, The Atlantic Theater, Office Ops, a tiny storefront in Oslo and Access Theater, where he directed the NYTimes Critic's Pick production of Michael & Edie. Recently he joined Ira Glass and This American Life producing Episode 528, The Radio Drama Episode, live on stage at Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is currently creating a new theater piece based on the life of author Knut Hamsun, set to premiere in Norway in 2015.