Sherrine Azab is the Co-Director of A Host of People. In addition to directing she’s also a producer, performance curator, and educator. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she founded the critically acclaimed company Strike Anywhere Productions before moving to New York City. There she served as the Associate Producer for The Foundry Theatre (NYC) during their 2011 and 2012 seasons and is a proud Associated Artist with Target Margin Theater (NYC). She holds a postgraduate certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University and was a member of the 2008 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Azab is currently the Engagement Manager for the Network of Ensemble Theaters. She was a 2017-18 UMS Artist in Residence and recently worked with the Arab American National Museum and NYC-based Ping Chong & Co on a project about the Arab American experience in Dearborn, MI which premiered in May 2018.
Jake Hooker is a writer, director, projection designer, educator and Co-Director of A Host of People. Prior to moving to Detroit, Hooker created many pieces in New York City, where he lived for twelve years. In New York, his work has been seen at HERE, Dixon Place, The Chocolate Factory, La Mama, The Bushwick Starr, The Ohio Theater, and many other venues. He was the Company Manager and Assistant Director for Big Dance Theatre, as the recipient of a 2005-2007 TCG New Generations Grant. He is also a proud Associate Artist with Target Margin Theater. In Detroit, his work has been seen at ArtlabJ, Detroit Contemporary, the Play House, the Jam Handy, Light Box and the Sidewalk Festival, as well as in many found spaces, both public and private. He holds a BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, an MA in Performance Studies from the University of Wales and an MPhil in Theories of Theatre from the City University of New York where he is currently writing his PhD dissertation in Theatre History. He teaches theater and directs at Oakland University.
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