BIO:
Caden Manson is a director and media artist. He is co-founder of the media ensemble Big Art Group, editor at Contemporary Performance, and curates the annual Special Effects Festival in NYC. He has co-created, directed, media and set designed 22 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Manson is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. He has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, Theater der Zeit, and Theater Journal. He is currently heads The John Wells Directing Program MFA at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

PROFESSIONAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS:

  • 2017 Opacity (Big Art Group)- Co-created, Direction, Media Design – Bard Live Art Biennial at Fisher Center For The Performing Arts
  • 2015 Lord Of The Flies (Carnegie Mellon University) – Direction
  • 2014 Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Originale – Direction & Media Design – `The Kitchen (New York, NY)
  • 2014 Body Edit (Big Art Group) – Co-Created, Direction, Media Design – BONE 17 Performance Festival (Bern, Switzerland)
  • 2014 The People – L.E.S. (Big Art Group) – Co-Created, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design
    – Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)
  • 2014 M. Lamar’s Surveillance Punishment and The Black Psyche – Media Design
    – LaMama (New York, NY), Special Effects Festival (NYC), Bone Festival (Bern, Switzerland), San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2012 The People – Portland (Big Art Group) – Co-Created, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design – Portland Center For Contemporary Art Time Base Art Festival (Portalnd, Oregon)
  • 2012 Broke House (Big Art Group) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design –  Abrons Art Center (NYC, USA)
  • 2011 The People – San Francisco (Big Art Group) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design – Z Space and Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2010 Flesh Tone (Big Art Group) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design – Abrons Art Center (NYC, USA)
  • 2010 Cityrama (Hochschule der Kunts Bern) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design – Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and Prospettiva Festival Turin, Italy)
  • 2010 The Sleep (Big Art Group) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design – Abrons Art Center (NYC, USA) – International and National Tours: Notte Biana (Rome Italy), Festival Escena Abierta (Burgos, Spain), Exodos Festival (Ljubljana, Solvenia), Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin Germany), Kampnagel Internationales Sommerfestival (Hamburg, Germany)
  • 2008 SOS (Big Art Group) – Co-Creation, Direction, Set, Costume, Media Design –  Weiner Festwochen, Vienna, Austria – International and National Tours: Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France), Temps d’Image Festival (Montreal, Canada), The Kitchen (NYC, USA), REDCAT (Los Angeles, USA), Yerba Buena Arts Center (San Fransisco, USA), Prospettiva 09 (Turin, Italy)
  • 2008 The People – Halle (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Costume, Media Design – Theatre der Welt (Halle, Germany)
  • 2008 The Imitation (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Costume, Media Design – Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany)
  • 2008 PainKiller (Big Art Group) – Creation, Media Design, Performance – Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany) Galerie Quynh(HCM, Vietnam)
  • 2007 The People – Polverigi (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Costume, Media Design – Inteatro Festival (Polverigi, Italy)
  • 2006 Dead Set #2 & #3 (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Costume, Media Design for – Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany) International and National Tours: La Comete (Chalons en Champagne, France), Theatre d’Angouleme (Angouleme, France), Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris, France), The Kitchen (NYC), deSignel (Antwerp, Belgium), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), Donau Festival (Krems, Austria)
  • 2004 House of No More (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Performance Space 122, NYC – International and National Tours: Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany), Théâtre Garonne/TNT (Toulouse, France), Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris, France), Le Manege (Maubeuge, France), Le Vie de Festival (Rome, Italy), La Rose Des Vents (Villeneuve d’asa, France), Wexner Center (Columbus, Ohio), Art Rock Festival (Saint-Brieuc, France), Festival de Otoño (Madrid, Spain), Teatro La Fenice (Sinigalia, Italy), Semaines Internationales de la Marironnette (Neuchatel, Switzerland), Theatre de Nimes (Nimes, France), Temps d’Image at L’Usine C (Montreal, Canada), Festival Mois Multi (Québec, Canada), Donau Festival (Krems, Austria), Scene Festival (Salzburg, Austria)
  • 2002 Empty Island (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Soho Repertory, NYC
  • 2002 Flicker (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Performance Space 122, NYC – International and National Tours: In Motion Festival (Barcelona, Spain), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA USA), Teatro Central (Sevilla, Spain), VEO Festival (Valencia, Spain), Teatro Canovas (Málaga, Spain), Teatro Alhambra (Granada, Spain), Teatro La Fenice (Senigallia, Italy), Trafó (Budapest, Hungary), STUK (Leuven, Belgium), New Territories Festival (Glasgow, Scotland), Emilia Romagna Teatro (Modena, Italy), Sommerszene Festival (Salzburg, Austria), The Via Festival (Maubeuge, France), Inteatro Polverigi (Polverigi, Italy), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), De (internatonale) Keuze (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Le Vie de Festival (Rome, Italy), SpielArt Festival (Munich, Germany), Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany), Mettre en Scène (Rennes, France), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France), Festival d’Automne (Paris, France), Théâtre de Lorient (Brittany, France), Performance Space 122 (NYC, USA)
  • 2001 Shelf Life (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Kraine Theatre, NYC – International and National Tours: Kaiitheatre (Brussels, Belgium), Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany), Festpielhaus Hellerau (Dresden, Germany), Pan Pan Theatre Symposium (Dublin, Ireland), The Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), Fresh Terrain/PS122/UT (Austin, TX), The Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, OH), The Warhol Museum (Pittsburg, PA), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), Sommerszene (Salzburg, Austria)
  • 2000 The Balladeer (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Kraine Theatre, NYC
  • 1999 Clearcut Catastrophe (Big Art Group) – Direction, Co-Creation, Set, Media Design – Kraine Theatre, NYC

COMMISSIONS:

  • 2016 Fisher Center For The Performing Arts – Opacity
  • 2014 Abrons Art Center for The People – L.E.S
  • 2012 Portland Center For Contemporary Art Time Base Art Festival for The People – Portland
  • 2011 Yerba Buena Center For The Arts for The People – San Francisco
  • 2009 Szene Salzburg, Austria for the production of The People – Salzburg
  • 2008 Theatre der Welt, Germany for the production of The People – Halle
  • 2008 Hebbel Am Ufer, Germany for the production of The Imitation
  • 2007 Vienna Festwochen, Austria for the production of SOS
  • 2007 Inteatro Polverigi, Italy for the production of The People – Polverigi
  • 2006 Festival d’Automne à Paris, France; Maison des Arts de Créteil, France; Hebbel Am Ufer, Germany; Frankfurt Mousonturm, Germany; The Wexner Center for the Arts, USA; The Kitchen, USA for the production of Dead Set #2
  • 2004 The Kitchen, USA; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Theatré Gâronne, France; Maison de la Culture de Créteil, France; Hebbel Am Ufer, Germany; Caserne Mirabeau, France; Teatro di Roma – Vie dei Festival, Italy; The Wexner Center for the Arts, USA; House Of No More

WORKSHOPS:

  • 2017 Umbria 2017: International Symposium for Directors, Umbria, Italy
  • 2017 An Introduction to Collaboration, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • 2016 New Aesthetic/New Media: Data Bodies & Digital Dramaturgy, The Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2014 Hybrid Bodies / Simultaneous Presence, Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies University of Buffalo, New York
  • 2014 Hybrid Bodies / Simultaneous Presence, Abrons Arts Center, USA
  • 2012 Hybrid Bodies / Simultaneous Presence, Portland Center For Contemporary Art, USA
  • 2011 Hybrid Bodies / Simultaneous Presence, Yerba Buena Arts Center & Z Space San Francisco, USA
  • 2010 Performing Politics, International Summer Academy Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • 2010 Live Overload, Teatro Stabile Di Torino, Italy
  • 2009 Multimedia Workshop, Usine C Montreal, Quebec
  • 2007 Mediated Presence, Inteatro Festival Academy Polverigi, Italy
  • 2006 Framing the Actor, Theater Garonne Toulouse, France
  • 2006 The Mediated Public – The Actor, Technology and Public Collide, Inteatro Festival Academy Polverigi, Italy
  • 2006 Real Time Film, Usine C Montreal, Quebec
  • 2005 Bodies Divided – Dance For Multiscreen Performance, Inteatro Festival Academy Polverigi, Italy
  • 2005 Real Time Film, CalArts, USA
  • 2004 Performing the Obscene, Theater Garonne Toulouse, France
  • 2004 Real Time Film, Inteatro Festival Academy Polverigi, Italy
  • 2003 Real Time Film, The Walker Arts Center, USA

LECTURES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC.:

  • 2016 Lecture, Opacity, Spectatorship in an Age of Surveillance Symposium at Bard College
  • 2016 Lecture, Mediated Bodies: A History of Big Art Group, The Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2015 Lecture, Images of Surveillance, Goethe-Institut New York
  • 2015 Panel, Imagining Architectures for Performance, Prelude 2015 Symposium CUNY Graduate Center, NY
  • 2015 Film Screening, SOS – Animals, Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance, The Segal Center NYC
  • 2014 Lecture Mediated Bodies – A History Of Big Art Group, The New School ART WORK Series
  • 2014 Co-Curator for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Queer Arts Pride Festival Brooklyn , NY
  • 2014 Panel, Building Digital Networks at the LMDA Conference
  • 2013 Lecture Mediated Bodies – A History Of Big Art Group, Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013 Lecture: The People Project and Participatory Tragedy, Prelude 2013 Symposium CUNY Graduate Center, NY
  • 2013 Co-Curator for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Queer Arts Pride Festival Brooklyn , NY
  • 2013 Lecture Mediated Bodies – A History Of Big Art Group, Technē Center for Art and Technology University of Buffalo, NY
  • 2012 Lecture Mediated Bodies – A History Of Big Art Group, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2012 Lecture, Mediated Bodies – A History Of Big Art Group, Reed College in Portland Oregon
  • 2012 Lecture, Large Scale Site Specific Video Installation for The People – Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • 2012 Lecture, Mediated Bodies, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
  • 2012 Curator for Bond on Blonde at the MOMA PS1 Performance Dome
  • 2012 Panel, The Aesthetic Moves Outward: Abdoh’s Cultural kin and Legacy, A panel discussing the aesthetic gestures of Abdoh’s work with Richard Foreman, Michael Counts, Caden Manson, Jim Findlay and curator/critic Marc Arthur. Chaired by Norman Frisch moderated at CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2011 Artist Talk with Caden Manson. Moderated by Shannon Jackson (Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and Rhetoric) and Abigail de Kosnik (Theater, Dance & Performance Studies and New Media) at The University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2011 Lecture, Mediated Bodies, Parsons School of Design in New York City
  • 2010 Artist Talk with Caden Manson at Fachhochschule Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
  • 2009 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of SOS at Yerba Buena Arts Center
  • 2009 Panel, Crossing the Disciplinary Minefield, Moderated by Ivan Talijancic (WaxFactory) and Jeff Janisheski (O’Neill Theatre)
  • 2009 Symposium, Curated the The Moving Image in American Performance Platform, Performing Europe Conference 2009, Advancing Performing Arts Project, Goldegg, Austria
  • 2008 Panel, Building Work in Multiple Site: Financing Artistic Work On The Road, Prelude 2008 Symposium CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2008 Lecture, The Image and It’s Lie, Singapore TheaterWorks
  • 2007 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of Dead Set #3 at deSignel
  • 2006 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of Dead Set #2 at Festival d’Automne à Paris
  • 2005 Lecture, This Is The Show – On live video manipulation in performance, Prelude Symposium CUNY Graduate Center
  • 2004 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of House of No More at Performance Space 122
  • 2003 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of Shelf Life at the Wexner Center For The Arts
  • 2002 Artist Talk with Caden Manson on the occasion of the presentation of Flicker at the Theater Garonne, EBAT – école des beaux-arts de Toulouse
  • 2002 Panel, Technology and Experimental Performance moderated by Mark Russell, APAP Conference

FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS:

  • 2017Fund Recipient, Center For Arts and Society Narrative Initiative Grant, Carnegie Mellon University (3 year grant)
    2016 Fund Recipient, The Fund for Research and Creativity, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2016 Fund Recipient, The Berkman Grant, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2012 Fund Recipient, National Performance Network Performance Residency Grant
  • 2011 Fellowship Recipient, MacDowell Colony
  • 2011 Fund Recipient, New York State Council on the Arts for production of Broke House at Abrons Arts Center, New York
  • 2010 Fund Recipient, New York State Council on the Arts for production of Flesh Tone at Abrons Arts Center, New York
  • 2009 Fund Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation’s Multi Arts Production Fund for the development and production of The People – San Francisco
  • 2009 Fellowship Recipient, Mid Atlantic Arts Fellowship/Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for general creation in the 2009/2010 creation cycle
  • 2008 Fund Recipient, Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), for the production of Cinema Fury on the occasion of the Hebbel Theater’s 100th Anniversary.
  • 2006 Fund Recipient, Étant Donnés, The French-American Fund for Performing Arts, for the production of Dead Set #2 at The Festival d’Automne in Paris, France
  • 2006 Fund Recipient, Florence Gould Foundation for the production of Dead Set #2 at The Festival d’Automne in Paris, France
  • 2005 Fund Recipient, Trust For Mutual Understanding for the touring of Flicker to the Trafo House of Arts in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2004 Fund Recipient, Greenwall Foundation for The Sleep
  • 2004 Fund Recipient, Arts International Grant for the touring of House of No More to The Festival d’Automne a Paris
  • 2004 Fund Recipient, National Performance Network Creation Fund for the creation of House of No More
  • 2003 Fund Recipient, DNA (Andrew W. Mellon foundation and Arts International)
  • 2003 Fund Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation’s Mutli Arts Production Fund for the development and production of House of No More at Performance Space 122
  • 2005 Named Top 10 New Theatrical Production’s for Flicker in Italy by Corriere della Sera
  • 2002 Fellowship Recipient, Pew Fellowship in the Arts
  • 2001 Fellowship Recipient, The Foundation For Contemporary Art, a nomination only fellowship given to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Sack, Daniel. “Imagined Theatres Writing for a Theoretical Stage.” Routlege, 2017, pp. 206–208.
  • “Creating A Contemporary Language For The Stage.” Acting For The Stage. Ed. Anna Weinstein andChris Qualls. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. N. pag. Print.
  • Manson, Caden, Jemma Nelson, and Matthew Cornish. “Gefräßige Bilderverschlinger.” Ed. Dorte Lena Eilers, Thomas Irmer, and Harald Müller. Castorf. 25th ed. Berlin: Theater Der Zeit, 2016. 131 33. Print. Arbeitsbuch.
  • Manson, Caden, and Jemma Nelson. “A Constellation of Imagined Theatres: Technology and Performance.” Theatre Journal 68.3 (2016): 398-99. Print.
  • Jemma Nelson and Caden Manson. “After Spectacularity.” Theater 42.3 (2012): 4-9. Print.
  • Jemma Nelson and Caden Manson. “Being Contemporary.” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 34.1 (2012): 58-59. Print.
  • Jemma Nelson  and Caden Manson. “After Spectacularity.”  Performing Politics: Politisch Kunst machen nach dem 20. Jahrhundert. Theater der Zeit. 2011. Print
  • Jemma Nelson and Caden Manson. “SOS.” Theater 40.2 (2010). Print
  • Manson, Caden, and Jemma Nelson. “Date Book: Big Art Group.” Movement Research 36 (2010): 8-10. Print.

Selected Touring

2002
Premiere Performance Space 122 (NYC) Flicker
Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France) Flicker
Festival d’Automne (Paris, France) Flicker
Théâtre de Lorient (Brittany, France) Flicker

2003
The Via Festival (Maubeuge, France) Flicker
Inteatro Polverigi (Polverigi, Italy) Flicker
Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) Flicker
La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland) Flicker
De (internatonale) Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Flicker
Le Vie de Festival (Rome, Italy) Flicker
SpielArt Festival (Munich, Germany) Flicker
Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany) Flicker
Mettre en Scène (Rennes, France) Flicker
Pan Pan Theatre Symposium (Dublin, Ireland) Shelf Life
The Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN) Shelf Life
Fresh Terrain/PS122/UT (Austin, TX) Shelf Life
The Wexner Center For The Arts (Columbus, OH) Shelf Life
The Warhol Museum (Pittsburg, PA) Shelf Life
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany) Shelf Life
Sommerszene (Salzburg, Austria) Shelf Life

2004
New Territories Festival (Glasgow, Scotland) Flicker
Emilia Romagna Teatro (Modena, Italy) Flicker
Sommerszene Festival (Salzburg, Austria) Flicker
Kaiitheatre (Brussels, Belgium) Shelf Life
Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany) Shelf Life
Festpielhaus Hellerau (Dresden, Germany) Shelf Life
Performance Space 122 (NYC) House of No More

2005
In Motion Festival (Barcelona, Spain) Flicker
RED/CAT (Los Angeles, CA USA) Flicker
Teatro Central (Sevilla, Spain) Flicker
VEO Festival (Valencia, Spain) Flicker
Teatro Canovas (Málaga, Spain) Flicker
Teatro Alhambra (Granada, Spain) Flicker
Teatro La Fenice (Senigallia, Italy) Flicker
Trafó (Budapest, Hungary) Flicker
STUK (Leuven, Belgium) Flicker
Dance Theater Workshop (NYC) House of No More
Hebbel Theater (Berlin, Germany) House of No More
Théâtre Garonne/TNT (Toulouse, France) House of No More
Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris, France) House of No More
Le Manege (Maubeuge, France) House of No More
Le Vie de Festival (Rome, Italy) House of No More
La Rose Des Vents (Villeneuve d’Asq, France) House of No More
Wexner Center (Columbus, Ohio) House of No More
Art Rock Festival (Saint-Brieuc, France) House of No More
Festival de Otoño (Madrid, Spain) House of No More
Teatro La Fenice (Sinigalia, Italy) House of No More
Semaines Internationales de la Marironnette (Neuchatel, Switzerland) House of No More
Theatre de Nimes (Nimes, France) House of No More

2006
Temps d’Image at L’Usine C (Montreal, Canada) House of No More
Festival Mois Multi (Québec, Canada) House of No More
Donau Festival (Krems, Austria) House of No More
Scene Festival (Salzburg, Austria) House of No More
Hebbel Theater (Berlin Germany) Dead Set #2
La Comete (Chalons en Champagne, France) Dead Set #2
Theatre d’Angouleme (Angouleme, France) Dead Set #2
Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris, France) Dead Set #2

2007
The Kitchen (NYC) Dead Set #3
deSignel (Antwerp, Belgium)Dead Set #3
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany) Dead Set #3
Donau Festival (Krems, Austria) Dead Set #3
The People – Polverigi at Inteatro Polverigi (Polverigi, Italy) The People – Polverigi

2008 
Theater der Welt Festival (Halle, Germany) The People – Halle
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria) SOS
Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse, France) SOS
Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany) Pain Killer
Theater Works (Singapore) Pain Killer

2009
Temps d’Image Festival (Montreal, Canada) SOS
The Kitchen (NYC, USA) SOS
REDCAT (Los Angeles, USA) SOS
Yerba Buena Arts Center (San Fransisco, USA) SOS
Prospettiva 09 (Turin, Italy) SOS
Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin, Germany) The Sleep
Ljubljana – Exodos Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia) The Sleep

2010
Szene Festival (Salzburg, Austria) The People – Salzburg
Prospettiva 2010 (Turin, Italy) Cityrama – Turino
BernUniversity of The Arts (Bern Switzerland) Cityrama – Bern
Kampnagel (Hamburg, Germany) The Sleep 

2011
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Z Space (San Francisco, USA) The People – San Francisco

2012
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA Festival (Portland, OR, USA) The People – Portland
Abrons Arts Center (NYC, USA) Broke House

2014
BONE 17 Performance Festival (Bern, Switzerland) Body Edit

2017
Bard Live Art Biennial at Fisher Center For The Performing Arts (Bard, NY) Opacity