Screen Shot 2021-01-12 at 5.15.18 PMMeghan Moe Beitiks works with associations and disassociations of culture/nature/structure.  She analyzes perceptions of ecology through the lenses of site, history, emotions, and her own body in order to produce work that analyzes relationships with the non-human. The work emerges as video, performance, installation, writing or photography depending on what arises from her process of research and improvisation.

She received her BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied playwriting, acting, movement and scenic design. She has an MFA in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied Bio Art, Social Practice, Environmental Chemistry, and performance methodologies.

She was a Fulbright Student Fellow, a recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, and a MacDowell Colony fellow. She has taught performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited her work at the I-Park Environmental Art Biennale, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the House of Artists in Moscow, and other locations in California, Chicago, Australia and the UK. She is currently an  Interdisciplinary Studio Art Lecturer at the University of  Florida.

Ray Oppenheimer is a San Francisco Bay Area based lighting designer, educator, and creator who has been bringing his boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and sisyphean perseverance to lighting design and education since 2005.  Ray graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in lighting design from San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2017.  He also is an active company member with Mugwumpin and Shotgun Players.

As a lighting designer, Ray has worked with The Magic Theatre, Mugwumpin, Shotgun Players, Center Rep, New Conservatory Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company, Debutants and Vagabonds, David Herrera’s Dance Company, and Red Rooster.  He created the original lighting designs for the world premieres of A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, Grandeur By Han Ong, Pen Man Ship by Christina Anderson, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, The Virgin with 10k Arrows by Jason Tremblay, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi, and Blockbuster Season and In Event of Moon Disaster by Mugwumpin.

Ray is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University.  As such Ray oversaw the restructuring and modernization of the university’s Lightboard Programing class, which he now teaches.  He currently serves on SFSU’s safety committee, and in the past he also served on the hiring committee for the staff props position.  Additionally he, developed and taught classes in theatrical lighting design for Redwood High School as a guest artist.  Ray has worked with the world-renowned SF MOMA and event lighting industry leaders Got Light to create and administer customized training for their employees.

Ray has pursued many avenues of creative expression.  learning new skills and making an ever-expanding menagerie of artifacts. Some of his artifacts include electrified props, hand embroidery, 3D printed objects, woodworking, and metal casting using a lost pla technique.

Images: RBG/GDR/RGB, with Moe Beitiks and Ray Oppenheimer