ToUch Performance Art

Breaking the boundary between audience and performer.

ToUch Performance Art is an entertainment company that designs immersive experiences combining both traditional and modern elements of theater, dance, music, circus arts, and technology.

IGNITE YOUR SENSES
Succumb to an awe-inspiring experience that stimulates all of your senses. 

AcousticaElectronica sets its tale in the world of art's past, resurrecting its most intriguing ghosts and planting them here — in this new future. Dorian Gray, Carmen, Pierrot Lunaire, Odette the Swan, and the Conductor all travel through time, struggling to discover who they were and what they are to become. This show blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts, and immersive theater with the infectious energy of a nightclub to bring you an evening you won't encounter anywhere else.


Its like Cirque du Soleil meets a rave but a better description would be totally unbelievable. This was the COOLEST blend of theatre, all types of music, dance, opera and creation of an atmosphere in a space that I have ever seen.
— Dig Boston

Meet the Cast

Creative Directors

Elizabeth McGuire Elizabeth has been the resident choreographer and co-artistic director for ToUch Performance Art since its inception. Originally from Cazenovia, NY, she trained as a classical pianist and dancer. She later attended the Boston Conservatory, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance. Elizabeth currently resides in New York City and works as a full-time performing artist. With ToUch, she has choreographed the hit show AcousticaElectronica and Searching for Signal as well as a myriad of original works for custom events with ToUch Events. Through ToUch Elizabeth has found the ability to create work that is both visceral and dynamic while remaining relevant and accessible to all types of artists.

Elizabeth McGuire

Elizabeth has been the resident choreographer and co-artistic director for ToUch Performance Art since its inception. Originally from Cazenovia, NY, she trained as a classical pianist and dancer. She later attended the Boston Conservatory, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance. Elizabeth currently resides in New York City and works as a full-time performing artist. With ToUch, she has choreographed the hit show AcousticaElectronica and Searching for Signal as well as a myriad of original works for custom events with ToUch Events. Through ToUch Elizabeth has found the ability to create work that is both visceral and dynamic while remaining relevant and accessible to all types of artists.

Marissa Roberts As the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of ToUch Performance Art, Marissa serves as a creator and director for all work developed for artistic performances (AcousticaElectronica, Searching for Signal, Sexyback: or What you Will, GAGA: The Musical) and customized events for clients with ToUch Events. Marissa is a native of Syracuse, NY, where she received her B.A. in Theater Arts before obtaining her M.F.A. in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed in many shows such as the A.R.T.'s The Donkey Show at OBERON, Magnificent Bastard Productions' Shitfaced Shakespeare, and Shear Madness. Marissa is also a teaching artist at The Boston Conservatory, specializing in creating your own work, immersive theater, entrepreneurship, arts administration, and acting for dancers.

Marissa Roberts

As the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of ToUch Performance Art, Marissa serves as a creator and director for all work developed for artistic performances (AcousticaElectronica, Searching for Signal, Sexyback: or What you Will, GAGA: The Musical) and customized events for clients with ToUch Events. Marissa is a native of Syracuse, NY, where she received her B.A. in Theater Arts before obtaining her M.F.A. in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed in many shows such as the A.R.T.'s The Donkey Show at OBERON, Magnificent Bastard Productions' Shitfaced Shakespeare, and Shear Madness. Marissa is also a teaching artist at The Boston Conservatory, specializing in creating your own work, immersive theater, entrepreneurship, arts administration, and acting for dancers.

Cast

Travis Artz-Grodzickyj In addition to performing in AcousticaElectronica, Travis has played Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet (Infinity Theater Co.), Jim and Jackson in Pump Boys and Dinettes  (Theatre Raleigh, Geva Theatre), and was in Off-Broadway's Hereafter (Snapple Theater) and Awesome 80's Prom. He is a proud NYU Tisch alum (CAP21, ITW Amsterdam). His original music has been performed at Yankee Stadium, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the Beacon Theater. You can check out his band, Dirty Chai, and learn more about him at travisartz.com.

Travis Artz-Grodzickyj

In addition to performing in AcousticaElectronica, Travis has played Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet (Infinity Theater Co.), Jim and Jackson in Pump Boys and Dinettes 
(Theatre Raleigh, Geva Theatre), and was in Off-Broadway's
Hereafter (Snapple Theater) and Awesome 80's Prom. He is a proud NYU Tisch alum (CAP21, ITW Amsterdam). His original music has been performed at Yankee Stadium, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the Beacon Theater. You can check out his band, Dirty Chai, and learn more about him at travisartz.com.

Brian Castillo Hailing from Northern Jersey, Brian has always had an eye for the arts of drawing, photography, and cinema. However, he did not discover his love for dance until graduating from Penn State with a degree in Film. He moved to NYC and has been performing with ToUch Performance Art since 2012. Some of Brian's greatest moments have been dancing in works by his mentors Brice Mousset and Mike Esperanza. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Mary John Frank, The People Movers, E|N|Z|A, director Derrick Belcham, and at special events for the Boston Lyric Opera and The Trevor Project.  Brian has trained at Springboard Danse Montreal and taken to the stage in works by Johannes Wieland and Spenser Theberge. He greatly enjoys working in print and film and has been seen on ABC's The View and in the pages of Schön Magazine. Most recently he has joined Schoen Movement Company for an upcoming performance at Brooklyn Brewery. He is overjoyed to be on this journey doing what he loves and looks forward to more good times with the Touch family.

Brian Castillo

Hailing from Northern Jersey, Brian has always had an eye for the arts of drawing, photography, and cinema. However, he did not discover his love for dance until graduating from Penn State with a degree in Film. He moved to NYC and has been performing with ToUch Performance Art since 2012. Some of Brian's greatest moments have been dancing in works by his mentors Brice Mousset and Mike Esperanza. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Mary John Frank, The People Movers, E|N|Z|A, director Derrick Belcham, and at special events for the Boston Lyric Opera and The Trevor Project.  Brian has trained at Springboard Danse Montreal and taken to the stage in works by Johannes Wieland and Spenser Theberge. He greatly enjoys working in print and film and has been seen on ABC's The View and in the pages of Schön Magazine. Most recently he has joined Schoen Movement Company for an upcoming performance at Brooklyn Brewery. He is overjoyed to be on this journey doing what he loves and looks forward to more good times with the Touch family.

Ali Castro Ali graduated with honors from NYU with both a BFA in Dance as well as a BFA in Journalism. At NYU, she was selected to perform in new works by Cora Bos-Kroese & Shannon Gillen. Ali is represented commercially by Clear Talent Group and currently dances for several companies, including ToUch Performance Art, E|N|Z|A, and Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective while working as an editorial assistant at Dance Magazine. Most recently, Ali was named one of 110 Students to Watch by Variety. She enjoys collaborating and creating with artists of all types, performing a variety of installation and immersive works across the country.

Ali Castro

Ali graduated with honors from NYU with both a BFA in Dance as well as a BFA in Journalism. At NYU, she was selected to perform in new works by Cora Bos-Kroese & Shannon Gillen. Ali is represented commercially by Clear Talent Group and currently dances for several companies, including ToUch Performance Art, E|N|Z|A, and Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective while working as an editorial assistant at Dance Magazine. Most recently, Ali was named one of 110 Students to Watch by Variety. She enjoys collaborating and creating with artists of all types, performing a variety of installation and immersive works across the country.

Colette Dong Colette graduated with honors from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, BS in Dance Science, and Minor in Exercise Science. She has been fortunate to work for many artists and companies such as NCO Dance, E|N|Z|A.| and Dirty Soles Dance. Her recent credits include Mountains to the Sea, a music video by The Hollows and Skin a film by NCO dance. She enjoys collaborating and creating with artists of different mediums, especially her ToUch family.

Colette Dong

Colette graduated with honors from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, BS in Dance Science, and Minor in Exercise Science. She has been fortunate to work for many artists and companies such as NCO Dance, E|N|Z|A.| and Dirty Soles Dance. Her recent credits include Mountains to the Sea, a music video by The Hollows and Skin a film by NCO dance. She enjoys collaborating and creating with artists of different mediums, especially her ToUch family.

Carly Jurman Carly Jurman is an NYC-based dancer and actress. As a dancer, she has had the opportunity to dance with companies such as Doug Elkins and Friends, Wrush Dance Crew, Project Nailz, choreography by Donnell Oakley (Gibney Dance/Jacob's Pillow) and Ellenore Scott (Assistant Choreographer: Cats Broadway) and at venues such as Lincoln Center. Her favorite theater credits include The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), South Pacific (Reagle Music Theatre), The Wild Party (Strasberg), West Side Story, The Who's Tommy, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Turtle Lane Playhouse).  She has also acted/danced in several short films, national commercials, and music videos. Carly performs regularly for ToUch Events and was in the cast of their production, Gaga: The Musical. She graduated with honors from Emerson College and received her acting training from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.  She studies and does comedy with the People's Improv Theater, and currently trains with Upright Citizen's Brigade. To learn more, visit her website.  

Carly Jurman

Carly Jurman is an NYC-based dancer and actress. As a dancer, she has had the opportunity to dance with companies such as Doug Elkins and Friends, Wrush Dance Crew, Project Nailz, choreography by Donnell Oakley (Gibney Dance/Jacob's Pillow) and Ellenore Scott (Assistant Choreographer: Cats Broadway) and at venues such as Lincoln Center. Her favorite theater credits include The Donkey Show (A.R.T.), South Pacific (Reagle Music Theatre), The Wild Party (Strasberg), West Side Story, The Who's Tommy, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Turtle Lane Playhouse).  She has also acted/danced in several short films, national commercials, and music videos. Carly performs regularly for ToUch Events and was in the cast of their production, Gaga: The Musical. She graduated with honors from Emerson College and received her acting training from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.  She studies and does comedy with the People's Improv Theater, and currently trains with Upright Citizen's Brigade. To learn more, visit her website.

 

Tori Markwalder Originally from Crystal Beach, FL, Tori began her training in artistic gymnastics, acting, and dance before she discovered her passion for aerial arts. Specializing in aerial hoop, silks, and duo trapeze, she trained extensively at the Orlando Circus School under her coach, original Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba cast member Katya Guimaraes. From 2012 to 2015 she toured both nationally and internationally with the show Life in Color, performing for crowds of up to 10,000. After relocating to the Boston area in 2015, Tori was thrilled to join ToUch Performance Art and the cast of AcousticaElectronica. To learn more, visit her website. 

Tori Markwalder

Originally from Crystal Beach, FL, Tori began her training in artistic gymnastics, acting, and dance before she discovered her passion for aerial arts. Specializing in aerial hoop, silks, and duo trapeze, she trained extensively at the Orlando Circus School under her coach, original Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba cast member Katya Guimaraes. From 2012 to 2015 she toured both nationally and internationally with the show Life in Color, performing for crowds of up to 10,000. After relocating to the Boston area in 2015, Tori was thrilled to join ToUch Performance Art and the cast of AcousticaElectronica. To learn more, visit her website

Taylor McMahon Born and raised in Massachusetts, Taylor has been dancing since the age of 3! Trained in a myriad of styles, Taylor has performed for national and international companies — including Samsung in NYC and Pilobolus at MIT. Additional credits include Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, teaching artist at Watertown Children's Theater, OBERON’s Cyclops: A Satyr Play, West Coast Dance Explosion's national tour, and the A.R.T and ToUch Performance Art’s Searching for Signal. Taylor currently resides in NYC, but is SO excited to come back to OBERON as a Clone for the 5th anniversary run of AcousticaElectronica.  

Taylor McMahon

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Taylor has been dancing since the age of 3! Trained in a myriad of styles, Taylor has performed for national and international companies — including Samsung in NYC and Pilobolus at MIT. Additional credits include Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, teaching artist at Watertown Children's Theater, OBERON’s Cyclops: A Satyr Play, West Coast Dance Explosion's national tour, and the A.R.T and ToUch Performance Art’s Searching for Signal. Taylor currently resides in NYC, but is SO excited to come back to OBERON as a Clone for the 5th anniversary run of AcousticaElectronica.

 
Ariel Ash Ariel graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in dance and has been a company member with ToUch Performance Art since 2012. She is also a company member with Double Take Dance and has performed with them at Summer Stage, The Battery Dance Festival and the New York Half Marathon. She recently made her off Broadway debut as "Kendall Jenner," in Katdashians: Break the Musical!, a show that Entertainment Tonight called "clever and downright hilarious." Ariel also performs nightly with the rising burlesque troupe Rox Republic. Recently named "sexiest burlesque" at the Go Magazine Night Life Awards.

Ariel Ash

Ariel graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in dance and has been a company member with ToUch Performance Art since 2012. She is also a company member with Double Take Dance and has performed with them at Summer Stage, The Battery Dance Festival and the New York Half Marathon. She recently made her off Broadway debut as "Kendall Jenner," in Katdashians: Break the Musical!, a show that Entertainment Tonight called "clever and downright hilarious." Ariel also performs nightly with the rising burlesque troupe Rox Republic. Recently named "sexiest burlesque" at the Go Magazine Night Life Awards.

Sarah Naughton Sarah is a New York based singer and actress. Some favorite recent credits include Summer and Smoke at the Access Theater in New York, The King's Masquerade Ball  at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC, and Mame at the Human Race Theater in Dayton, OH. Sarah will be joining ToUch Performance Art for her third season playing Carmen in AcousticaElectronica in February of 2017. She has also appeared as Viola in ToUch's Sexyback: or What you Will at the A.R.T.'s OBERON. To find out more about Sarah check out her website! 

Sarah Naughton

Sarah is a New York based singer and actress. Some favorite recent credits include Summer and Smoke at the Access Theater in New York, The King's Masquerade Ball  at the McKittrick Hotel in NYC, and Mame at the Human Race Theater in Dayton, OH. Sarah will be joining ToUch Performance Art for her third season playing Carmen in AcousticaElectronica in February of 2017. She has also appeared as Viola in ToUch's Sexyback: or What you Will at the A.R.T.'s OBERON. To find out more about Sarah check out her website

Gabriel Nesser Gabriel is a 2015 Emerson College grad and Boston performer. He currently performs with the A.R.T.'s The Donkey Show as well as with the dance company Paradise Lost, where he serves as a board member and choreographer. Recently, he has worked with Ryan Landry's theatre company, The Gold Orphans, as well as with Newton South High School. He has taken joy in appearing throughout Boston's vibrant burlesque scene in productions such as The Slutcracker and The Wrathskellar. Gabe has worked with ToUch Performance Art in Searching for Signal and is so grateful to join the talented cast and crew of AcousticaElectronica. 

Gabriel Nesser

Gabriel is a 2015 Emerson College grad and Boston performer. He currently performs with the A.R.T.'s The Donkey Show as well as with the dance company Paradise Lost, where he serves as a board member and choreographer. Recently, he has worked with Ryan Landry's theatre company, The Gold Orphans, as well as with Newton South High School. He has taken joy in appearing throughout Boston's vibrant burlesque scene in productions such as The Slutcracker and The Wrathskellar. Gabe has worked with ToUch Performance Art in Searching for Signal and is so grateful to join the talented cast and crew of AcousticaElectronica. 

Danny Satori Whether it be performing Liszy repertoire at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall or DJing Deep House hybrid sets for ToUch Performance Art's AcousticaElectronica, Danny "Satori" Kutty is no stranger to the pursuit of artistic expression. Praised for "bringing the marble back to life," he now maintains a performance standard of New Music improvisations inspired by universal soundscapes. As a DJ/Producer, his multi-faceted blends of House Music, Global Lounge, and Chill Electronica have made him an established performance artist in nightlife at venues such as the A.R.T's OBERON, RISE, Blade LLC, Venu Boston, Santos Party House, & more. To learn more about Danny, visit his website.

Danny Satori

Whether it be performing Liszy repertoire at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall or DJing Deep House hybrid sets for ToUch Performance Art's AcousticaElectronica, Danny "Satori" Kutty is no stranger to the pursuit of artistic expression. Praised for "bringing the marble back to life," he now maintains a performance standard of New Music improvisations inspired by universal soundscapes. As a DJ/Producer, his multi-faceted blends of House Music, Global Lounge, and Chill Electronica have made him an established performance artist in nightlife at venues such as the A.R.T's OBERON, RISE, Blade LLC, Venu Boston, Santos Party House, & more. To learn more about Danny, visit his website.

Katie Lee Hill Katie Lee Hill is a NYC-based actor. Theatre includes: Nerds (Broadway); The Wildness (off-Broadway, Ars Nova/ PlayCo.); Film Chinois (off-Broadway, Pan Asian Rep.); The Rose Tattoo starring Marisa Tomei (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV/ film credits include: Succession (HBO); some wacky music videos and commercials. She has a band called the Baby Chemist Band! Many thanks to ToUch, the AE cast and crew, and Oberon! For more info, visit Katie's website.

Katie Lee Hill

Katie Lee Hill is a NYC-based actor. Theatre includes: Nerds (Broadway); The Wildness (off-Broadway, Ars Nova/ PlayCo.); Film Chinois (off-Broadway, Pan Asian Rep.); The Rose Tattoo starring Marisa Tomei (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV/ film credits include: Succession (HBO); some wacky music videos and commercials. She has a band called the Baby Chemist Band! Many thanks to ToUch, the AE cast and crew, and Oberon! For more info, visit Katie's website.

Brittany Testone Fiery like her hair, Brittany is an NYC-based artist and graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Performance highlights include the Faces of Tisch Gala at Lincoln Center choreographed by Josh Bergasse, Left Exit at The Joyce with The Sean Curran Company, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Buggé Ballet, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Gala in NYC and Boston with ToUch Events, and the role of the Ballerina in ToUch Performance Art’s AcousticaElectronica since 2012.  Her television credits include a featured extra role in the HBO series Vinyl. In 2016, Brittany joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a Production Cast Dancer onboard the Norwegian Gem, where she performed the Broadway musicals SWING!, Get Down Tonight and Pure Variety. She was also a Magician’s assistant in the show Magika and received certification in Aerial Bungee. Brittany is excited to return to OBERON for ToUch’s 5th anniversary of AcousticaElectronica.

Brittany Testone

Fiery like her hair, Brittany is an NYC-based artist and graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Performance highlights include the Faces of Tisch Gala at Lincoln Center choreographed by Josh Bergasse, Left Exit at The Joyce with The Sean Curran Company, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Buggé Ballet, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Gala in NYC and Boston with ToUch Events, and the role of the Ballerina in ToUch Performance Art’s AcousticaElectronica since 2012.  Her television credits include a featured extra role in the HBO series Vinyl. In 2016, Brittany joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a Production Cast Dancer onboard the Norwegian Gem, where she performed the Broadway musicals SWING!, Get Down Tonight and Pure Variety. She was also a Magician’s assistant in the show Magika and received certification in Aerial Bungee. Brittany is excited to return to OBERON for ToUch’s 5th anniversary of AcousticaElectronica.

Matthew Ortner Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, where he had the opportunity to perform master works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolias, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Ohad Narahin and Danielle Agamie. Other credits include Springboard Dance Montreal where he worked with Victor Quijada and Alanna Kraaijeveld, as well as Movement Invention Project with Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, and Jill Johnson. Matthew resides in NYC as a freelance performing artist and choreographer. He is beyond excited to be re-joining the ToUch family!

Matthew Ortner

Matthew attended the Boston Conservatory, graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Dance, where he had the opportunity to perform master works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolias, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Ohad Narahin and Danielle Agamie. Other credits include Springboard Dance Montreal where he worked with Victor Quijada and Alanna Kraaijeveld, as well as Movement Invention Project with Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller, and Jill Johnson. Matthew resides in NYC as a freelance performing artist and choreographer. He is beyond excited to be re-joining the ToUch family!

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