Whit MacLaughlin is the OBIE and Barrymore Award-winning Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories. He has created 23 original works with the company since 1996, including the recent HELLO BLACKOUT! (2017), GUMSHOE (2017), SPECTRE VIVANT (2017), O MONSTERS (2016), THE ADULTS (2014), and the web-based immersion pieces EXTREMELY PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF PRIVACY (2011) and FATEBOOK (2009). He has created work in Seattle, Minneapolis, Louisville KY, Princeton, at CalArts, and is currently working in Turkey, Kansas City, MO, and in the Free Library of Philadelphia. He has received Fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trust, the NEA, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; grants from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Mapfund, NEA, TCG, and the William Penn Foundation.
His publications include Batch, An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle by Alice Tuan and Whit MacLaughlin, Humana Festival 2007; Prom, U of Minnesota Press, 2010; Live Movies, a Field Guide to New Media for the Performing Arts, ed. Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White, George Mason University, 2006. His work has been presented in NYC at the Ontological Theatre, the Connelly Theatre, and PS 122; at the Walker Art Center, Warhol Museum, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Fusebox Festival, Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, and Prague Quadrennial.
KC Chun holds a MFA in contemporary dance and composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Latin American studies from Trinity College. Prior to joining NPL in 2015, Chun served as the company manager for the Pasión y Arte Flamenco Company, during which time they produced the first Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. Chun is currently working as an Artist Collaborator with Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities exploring the arts as an extension of advocacy with and for people with disabilities.
Chun has taught contemporary dance technique, composition, and the Alexander Technique on the faculties of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Drexel University, Temple University, and Bryn Mawr College, and has been commissioned eight times to create new work for students at Drexel University, West Chester University, and Trinity College. She is the artistic director of the project-based company freshblood, whose choreography has been presented at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in collaboration with Pasion y Arte, in addition to NeXus/University of Colorado at Boulder, Aspen Dance Connection, Cool New York Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, among others. Her professional performing credits include the choreography of as Susan Rethorst, kim olson/sweet edge, Maedée Duprès, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver, Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, and Jessica Warchal-King.