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Artistic Director/Founder

Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, Tess Howsam curates and directs ekphrastic shows that blend theater, installation art, and performance. Howsam seeks to subvert theatrical expectations while building cross-disciplinary collaborations that offer visibility to marginalized artists and address issues of gender. Her installation work is rooted in story and collaboration, viewing art as a dialogue to address contemporary sociological, political, and environmental issues.


Her installation Corseted Community is a part of an international exhibit Puentes - No Muros/ Bridges - Not Walls, (El Centro de las Artes de Querétaro (CEART) Querétaro, Mexico, March 2018/ Casa de Europa Mexico, San Miguel, Mexico, October 2018).

She has worked as performer/director in a variety of New York venues including Arts@Renaissance, The Barrow Group Theater, Brooklyn Lyceum, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, Governors Island, HERE Art Space, Jimmy's no.43, Signature Theatre, Soho Playhouse, and The Living Theater.​

MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts: Goddard College, Washington, BA: Bard College, New York.


Casting Director & Director of Programming

Blaire received a B.F.A. in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, and continued studying as an Apprentice at The Barrow Group.  She has worked off-stage at The Ohio Theater's Ice Factory Festival, The Soho Playhouse, and with Subjective Theatre Company. 

Performance credits with ECC include Secession 2015(Governors Island), Below (NY International Fringe Festival & Encore Series), Night, Still (HERE Arts Center), WareArt: SubTerra (Galapagos Arts Space), Below (NY Fringe),Odd.A.See (Arts@Renaissance), and Jung Girls(Developmental Reading), The Forgotten World of Egon Schiele (UnFair Festival).  Other performance credits include: Katie & Frank (The Barrow Group), Broken City(PopUP Theatrics), Titus Andronicus, The Cherry Orchard(Shapiro Stage), Hedda Gabbler (< 3 Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentleman of Verona(Shrunken Shakespeare Co), Auto Da Fe (International Wow Company), Sometimes It Feels Like That (Going To Tahiti Productions), The Importance of Being Earnest (The Tank)

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Literary Director

Blake is a Brooklyn-based playwright, founding member, and Literary Director of Exquisite Corpse Company.  His plays have been performed in upstate New York, as well as at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in NYC.  His most recent short play, NoBaby, was performed at New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theater.  His latest long play, Unequilibrium was performed at HERE Arts Center.  He is currently serving as the co-producer and leader of the ECC Writers’ Lab.  He has also worked as an assistant producer for 13P and PreludeNYC, been a substitute teacher of creative writing at Rutgers University, and was assistant to the Literary Associate at NYTW.   He is a graduate of Bard College, the British American Drama Academy, an NYTW Usual Suspect, and is currently pursing his MFA at The New School for Drama.




Liz Frost is theater producer based in New York City. A proud graduate from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, she graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and a minor in Mathematics. Liz is originally from Irvine, California where her love for the arts was nurtured and supported by her two loving parents. Liz is inspired by passionate and passionate people. Currently she is working with Tess Howsam and the amazing Exquisite Corpse Company. She can also be found working at The Barrow Group.

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