Jerilynn Bedingfield - dancer, mask and mime performer - is a principal performer nationally and internationally with Gateway Performance Productions. She's been integral to the creation of a variety of Gateway's performance works for the live stage and film. Click here for more
Artists in Residence
Tom Spach is a musical composer, producer, song writer and performer who has created original music and sound designs for more than 50 Atlanta, Southeastern regional, national and international theater productions, many of which have been collaborations with Gateway Performance Productions. Tom’s musical curiosity began early in life and continues to lead him in a broad variety of musical directions as a composer and performer. Under the name Tom Spock (a simplified spelling of his last name) he composed and recorded abstract ambient scores, melodic orchestral works, various types of ethnic music, rock n roll, blues and more. Tom has composed theme music, jingles and incidental music for radio and television programs and commercials. His recordings always featured his own performance on all instruments. Tom produced his own musical samples and performed custom synthesizer programming. He recorded and constructed from scratch his own soundscapes and sound effects for many of his theatrical sound designs. His work was facilitated by ownership of Silver Matrix Studio where all his work was created. Silver Matrix Studio was dissolved in the late 1990s when Tom took a break from composing. In 2009, Tom became intensely interested in exploring the magic of collaboration with other live musicians and artists and decided to become “reborn” as a live music performer. He currently writes songs, plays electric bass and sings lead and backup with “The Johnson Party” and “Wailin Jimmy Jay and athe Smoketones”. Tom now uses the regular spelling of his last name for all credits. Tom graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Broadcast Journalism degree. He worked for 8 years at rock and roll radio stations around the south and midwest as a Program Director, Music Director, News Director and drive time on-air talent. His passion for radio drama led him to produce and record “The New Horizons Radio Project” which aired on WABE FM Public Radio Atlanta and was distributed nationally to NPR-affiliated radio stations. www.reverbnation.com/tomspach
Hilda Willis - Producer, Director, Actor, Writer, Vocalist, Creative Director - began performing in 1969. Hilda has performed numerous roles throughout her performing career. While a BFA major at North Carolina A&T State University she became known for her outstanding work on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre. Her most noted performances include: Lorraine Hansberry in Young Gifted and Black and Nell Carter in Ain’t Misbehavin where she was nominated to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Irene Ryan Acting Competition and received high honors as a top 10 finalist. After college, Hilda re-entered he professional world of theatre and went on to perform and direct on some of the most well known stages in New York and other Regional Theatres. They include: The Apollo, The Cotton Club, The Baby Grand, Sweet Waters, National Black Theatre, The Mint, The Trilogy, Theatre Row, Billie Holiday Theatre, Lime Kiln, Mill Mountain Theatre, 7 Stages, The Mask Theatre, Jomandi Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse and The Great Bay Plaza (Antilles). A few of her favorite professional roles include: Lady Capulet Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Charlotte Falsettos, Amy Stone Wall Country, Ancestor The Legacy, Mother Breath Boom, Clorine Glory Bound and The Heart Of Rumi.
Gwyneth Moss-Bragdon is an Actress, Movement Artist, Teacher, and Experiential Anatomy Practitioner. She has performed leading roles throughout the Northwest United States in productions such as Macbeth directed by Peter Anthony, Hair, and Rashomon. She has choreographed and performed works internationally for the Canadian Fringe Festival. Gwyneth has taught dance at the University level through pre-school, and particularly finds working with “non-dancers” rewarding. She leads workshops in Creative Movement and Experiential Anatomy facilitating sacred space for personal discovery. She is honored to be an Associate Artist with Gateway Performance Productions/The MASK Center where she has most recently choreographed and performed as Hypatia of Alexandria in Re-Remembering Hypatia. She is currently developing the new works The Black Demeter, and Amazon Dances with Allen Pittman and Gateway Performance Productions/The MASK Center. Gwyneth announced herself as a dancer and choreographer as soon as she realized she could control her movement. She began her formal study at the age of 5 years, and has trained with Carol Sumner, New York City Ballet; Katherine Anderson, Boston Ballet; Cliff Keuter, Paul Taylor Company; Judy Rice, Joffrey Ballet; Robin Wilson, Urban Bush Women and Sandra Torijiano, National Dance Company of Costa Rica. Gwyneth has a Bachelor of Dance Arts with a minor in Dance and Music Ethnology from the University of Michigan. She was part of a University of Michigan Transpersonal Psychology research ‘Think Tank’ a group of professors, psychologists, social workers, and artists working in collaboration with Ken Wilber. She is involved in community organization and facilitation and is a trained and an award winning Community Facilitator through the Neighborhood Foundation for Atlanta, United Way. She is also the mother of four children.
Lynn Hesse - Dancer, Choreographer. For nearly 20 years Lynn had a sacred dance troupe, where she taught, choreographed, directed, and performed more than 200 pieces for adults and youth. She is a member of The Dancing Flowers for Peace and co-created with Louise Runyon the dance piece, "Blue Steel," which has been accepted into the GSU Women's Study Archives. Recently, Lynn choreographed and performed with Sandra Hughes in the fall Fieldwork Showcase performance of the "Sacred Amazon Sisterhood" and was a principal performer in Celtic Christmas at Emory University in Gateway's production of The Miracle.