Rockjazz Artist
A decade into his jazz piano career, Eric Lewis had an epiphany. The songs he was playing weren’t speaking to him the way he wanted them to. Lewis considered the landscape, and reemerged as ELEW, an artist who combines virtuosic skill on the grand piano with an unprecedented openness to modern pop and rock music. ELEW has fused the two together and, in the process, created a new genre, rockjazz.

David Blaine
For more than a decade, David Blaine has been attracting the world’s attention with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seems physically impossible, and actually doing it.

Stephen Chupaska & Lauren Lumsden
Stephen Chupaska is a story producer for Mortified NYC as well as a humorist, essayist, journalist, and performer known for his amusing takes on the vagaries of early-twenty-first-century life and for his skillful execution of hilarious and embarrassing coming-of-age storytelling. Steve’s work has appeared in the New London Day, the San Diego Union-Tribune, KQED MindShift, Connecticut College Magazine, Treble magazine, and American Songwriter. A music nut, he has lugged his record collection across America— twice. He is also an Anglophile with a cricket bat, a sports fan without athletic ability, and a movie buff with your cable login. Lauren Lumsden is Video Programming Director for, Hearst’s most popular website, where she frequently makes short films starring shirtless male models. Before that, she worked at DailyCandy for seven years. But, perhaps most notably of all, she started her career at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and is still certified to manage a store. Should she quit Cosmo and go back to the land of glazed dough? The thought has never crossed her mind, she swears.

William Close
Founder and Artistic Director, Earth Harp Collective
William Close is an installation artist, musician, and visionary who has developed more than one hundred new musical instruments, including the famed Earth Harp, which has the ability to turn every space into a giant instrument, with strings that extend up to one thousand feet in length.

Blanca Li
Choreographer, Film Director, Dancer & Actress
Blanca Li was born in Granada, Spain, where she was en route to becoming a world-class gymnast before abandoning the sport to travel to New York City, where she spent five years studying at the Martha Graham Dance Center. Li moved back to Europe to found her own contemporary dance company in Paris, which, in its twenty-two years, performed in more than a thousand venues worldwide with fourteen creations.

Pages Matam
Artist & Poet
Pages Matam is a touring artist from Cameroon, currently residing in Washington, DC. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and is passionate about the fields of education, violence and abuse trauma, and youth advocacy.

Miwa Matreyek
Animator, Designer, Director, & Multimedia Artist
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, director, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates live performances that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Building on her background in collage, Matreyek creates dream-like, often surreal, yet emotionally powerful moments on stage, by combining animation and body. Her work juxtaposes the cinematic and theatrical, the fantastical and the visceral.

Alexa Meade
Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles–based artist who is known for her portraits painted on the human body, making people into seemingly 2D works of art. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and received critical acclaim from CNN, Wired, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.

Clint Smith
Teacher & Poet
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He serves as a resident teaching artist in Boston Public Schools and as a writing instructor at Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, MA. His research interests include critical pedagogy, mass incarceration, the intersection of art and activism, how literacy shapes the formation of adolescent identity, and youth civic education.

Marco Tempest
Cyber Illusionist
Marco Tempest is a cyber illusionist, combining magic and technology to produce astonishing illusions. He began his performing career as a stage magician and manipulator, winning many awards and establishing an international reputation as one of the world’s most unique performers.

Glynn Washington
Host and Executive Producer , Snap Judgment
Before launching the NPR/PRX Snap Judgment radio show nationwide, Glynn Washington worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot-stomper.

a dandypunk
Multimedia Performance Artist & Director
A digital light poet and an imagineer in exile, a dandypunk combines a whimsical analog animation style with projection mapping and live performance to blur the boundary between fantasy and reality.

Fake Love
Design Driven Experiential Agency
Fake Love is an innovative experiential design agency, crafting award-winning work that creates real emotional connections.

Playing with Reality
Interactive Performance Artists
With the ultimate goal of empowering through interactive experiences, Playing with Reality looks to work within multiple mediums and with various artists to redefine the audience’s role from one of spectator to one of active collaborator. They provide opportunities that remind adults of the joy of play within fictional stories.

Theatrical Experience Producer
Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of theater in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation, and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

The Second City
Improv Comedy Troup
Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire—building a robust $40+ million business based on its core improvisational methodologies.

StoryBoard P
Brooklyn Street Dance King
At 23 years old, Storyboard P is a new state-of-the-art model of performance art. Dubbed “the Basquiat of street dance” by The New Yorker, he’s elevating the genre and conversation while creating a new lexicon along the way.

Freestyle Love Supreme
Improv Artists
From two of the creators of the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. The group’s five performers—Lin Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Chris Sullivan, and Arthur Lewis—take crowds on a nonstop hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.

The Windmill Factory
Creative Collective
The Windmill Factory is a creative collective based in Brooklyn that manufactures experiences where the audience is king. The goal of their work is to spark a “sublime art pause” for the public—the indescribable pause created by a moment of “wow” caused by excellence, grandeur, or beauty that evokes an immediate unexplained connectivity between the viewer and the work. They want their audiences to laugh, to be moved, and to interact with their work. The Windmill Factory’s projects have been featured in the Louvre, the New Museum, the MIT Media Lab, and on stages and festivals around the world. Projects include choreographing Nine Inch Nails’s 2013 and 2014 festival tours, a shadow play on a castle wall in Cartagena, a voice-activated pixel forest of LED balloons at SXSW, a light ceiling for Lady Gaga, and a massive slide/aerial performance center for Burning Man.

Jon Batiste
Musician, Entertainer, Educator & Bandleader
At 25, Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. A Movado Future Legend award recipient, and a Steinway Performing Artist, Jon has performed in innumerable prestigious events and venues across the world.

Tim Fain
Violinist & Orchestral Soloist
With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, Avery Fisher Career Grant–winning violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing new presence on the music scene. He was seen on screen and heard on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the hit film Black Swan, and gives “voice” to the violin of the lead character in the hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere’s violin in the film Bee Season.

Lisa Fischer
Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but she doesn’t care. She’s busy loving every minute of it. It’s easy to see why she works all the time: her astonishing range, her spot-on intonation, her mastery of the stage, the way her tone wraps itself around your heart and won’t let go, the infectious quality of her time feel: these things keep her on top of the list. But it’s the sweetness of her smile, her visible pleasure in watching her bandmates do their stuff, her glamorous girl-next-door quality that make fans all over the world think she’s their own secret discovery (despite the fact that the YouTube version of her duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter” has millions of hits).

Helder Guimarães
Sleight of Hand Artist & Magician
In 2006, at the age of 23, Helder Guimarães became the youngest ever World Champion of Card Magic. He was awarded the title after his performance in a triennial competition, which left both the judging panel and more than a thousand other performers utterly baffled. Since then, using his background in acting and theater, he has created and performed his one-man shows all over the world.

Neil Harbisson
Artist, Composer & Cyborg Activist
Neil Harbisson is a Catalan contemporary artist, composer, and cyborg activist. He was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in gray scale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction. Neil started to feel like a cyborg, a union between his organism and cybernetics, when he started to hear colors in his dreams. Since then, he has created sonochromatic art works and performances that explore the relationship between color and sound, and the relationship between bodies and cybernetics. In 2010, he cofounded the Cyborg Foundation with Moon Ribas, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights, and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement.

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
Performance Poets
Sarah Kay is a poet who has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the 2011 TED Conference, the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; and Joe’s Pub in New York City, among hundreds of other venues. Phil Kaye is a performance poet who has shared his work around the world. His poetry has been featured in media outlets ranging from NPR, to Al Jazeera America, to

Robert Krulwich
Correspondent, Co-Host, NPR, Radiolab
Robert Krulwich works in radio, podcasts, video, and the blogosphere. He has been called “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide.

Freestyle Love Supreme
Improv Artists
From two of the creators of the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. The group’s five performers—Lin Manuel Miranda, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson, Chris Sullivan, and Arthur Lewis—take crowds on a nonstop hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.

Manual Cinema
Shadow Puppeteers
Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and live sound manipulation to create immersive theatrical stories

Purring Tiger
Purring Tiger is a multicultural, multimedia, experimental performance group dedicated to bringing people together in the context of art in a subtext of wonder.

Yung Jake
Artist and Rapper
Yung Jake’s debut YouTube video, “Max Moyer”, combined a slideshow of photos poached from one young Max Moyer’s Facebook with Yung Jake’s custom cocky rap track, mythicizing the character and his seemingly opulent lifestyle.

The Holladay Brothers
Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay will be creating a custom musical score for the ferry ride to and from Snug Harbor. They have worked together all their lives, most recently as the music and tech duo Bluebrain.

Natasha Bedingfield
Ever since her Grammy-nominated multiplatinum solo debut in 2004, British-born Natasha Bedingfield has been one of the world’s most inspiring and innovative female singer-songwriters.

Baratunde Thurston
Comedian & Author
Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian who “cares enough about the world to engage with it politically.” A former Onion Digital Director and adviser to the Obama White House, he currently works as a Fast Company columnist and MIT Media Lab fellow.

Inocente is a young Latina artist whose art and story have captured the attention of the nation. A teen with immense talent, Inocente’s bold, bright art communicates nothing about her dark past. She survived domestic abuse, homelessness, and the constant threat of deportation. Her powerful journey is captured in Shine Global’s documentary Inocente.

Pilobolus is a modern performance company that wears its revolutionary stripes on its sleeves. Pilobolus curates and convenes groups of diverse artists -including the MIT Distributed Robotics Lab, Art Spiegelman, OK Go, Radiolab, and many others- to make inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen while using the human body as a medium for expression.

This nationally respected education and media organization was founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, the StoryPirates offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective.

The Moth
The Moth is an acclaimed, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.

Daria Musk
Singer and Songwriter
Through the use of Google+ as a platform to perform her music, Daria has gained an international fan base of over 1.5 million people in less than a year. By performing live concerts via the video chat feature, “Hangouts,” Daria is pushing the boundaries in music, tech, and social media.

MAE & Tim Fain
MAE—(m)ultisensory (a)esthetic (e)xperience—is an ever-evolving music and art project formed in 2001 in Norfolk, Virginia. With a critically acclaimed career spanning over 1,600 concerts on four continents and seven studio albums selling in excess of 500,000, MAE consistently delivers emotionally-driven cinematic soundscapes. Born out of funded academic research on the relationship between color and sound, MAE uses artfully crafted music as a means of expanding the concept of harmony to include other sensory languages, and of placing listeners inside an art experience for the whole body.

Tim Fain is a world-renowned violinist whose innovative approach has captivated both the music and film scene. Fain has pushed the envelope of his field, emerging as a collaborative artist that weaves cutting edge technological trends into musical presentation.

Andrew Nemr & The Google Tilt Brush Team
Legendary tap dancer Andrew Nemr will tap up a visual storm using Tilt Brush and their new audio reactive brushes.

Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator, and speaker, Nemr’s work explores tap dance as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. He has played with Grammy Award–winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and cofounded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc. (along with Hines).

B.E.A.T. featuring Kaila Mullady and Y?
Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT) works to educate and empower both students and artists through programs of creative self-expression that include music, dance, and performance art.

Kaila Mullady is an NYC–based performer. She is the head director of BEAT Global's Beat Rocker program, where she created and pioneered a speech therapy and beatboxing curriculum while working with blind and mentally handicapped populations.

NYC–based musician and actor Mark Martin (aka Mandibul) has been beatboxing since age 13 and is the 2016 Beatrhyme Battle Champion. He is a teaching artist at the Beat Rockers program, which teaches beatboxing as music and speech therapy to the blind at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.

Y? (Yogi Guyadin) is an NYC–based artist, audio engineer/producer, and educator. He currently works with BEAT Global, where he instructs the Beat Makers course and has created two programs: Beat Rhymers (a creative/songwriting program for aspiring poets, emcees, and singers) and Beat Band (a live music course in which students compose and produce original music and songs alongside professional musicians).

Monica Bill Barnes
Contemporary Dancer
Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company known for bringing dance where it typically doesn't belong.

Projection Performance
Japanese supergroup enra defies conventions of space, time, gravity, and physics through the seamless synchronization of digital projection and physical movement.

Brooke Gladstone
Reporter, WNYC
Brooke Gladstone is best known for the …pause…that Bob Garfield inserts before mentioning her name in the credits for On the Media.

Kaki King
Composer & Guitarist
Hailed by Rolling Stone as "a genre unto herself," composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast.

Shimon Robot
Shimon is an improvising robotic marimba player that uses artificial intelligence to improvise with human musicians, leading to novel musical experiences and outcomes. Real-time collaboration between human and computer-based players can capitalize on the combination of their unique strengths to produce new and compelling music.

Gil Weinberg is a professor and the founding director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he leads the Robotic Musicianship group. His research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Examples of the projects Weinberg has overseen include Shimon pand a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities.

Mason Bretan is a PhD candidate of Music Technology and a member of Gil Weinberg's Robotic Musicianship Group. He is the primary developer and researcher for the Shimon, Shimi, and drumming prosthesis platforms. Bretan's research focuses on how to create robotic systems that are capable of meaningful musical interactions by designing sophisticated machine intelligence and robotic motion-planning algorithms.

Bill T. Jones
Artistic Director, Dancer & Choreographer
Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer, has received major honors ranging from the Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

Broken Bone Bathtub
Siobhan O’Loughlin
Broken Bone Bathtub is an immersive theater project that takes place entirely in a bathtub, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity, vulnerability, and connection.

Yago de Quay
Video Mapping Dance
This multimedia spectacle features a tai chi dancer, a Broadway singer, and stunning immersive visuals.

Hideaway Circus
Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid
See five of the best juggling, contortion, acrobatic, and dance acts and learn about future of the world’s oldest art form.

Justin Sight
Look for Justin Sight around the FoST Festival campus as he performs amazing feats of magic.

The Westerlies
New York–based Brass Quartet
The Westerlies present a unique and panoramic view of chamber music steeped in folk-oriented roots.