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NINA C POULOS RAMAGE | PRESIDENT | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

Nina holds an MFA in Choreography from NYU — Tisch School of the Arts. In 2004, she launched the oXymorosDance Theatre and co-founded the ANNEX Group, while in 2007 she founded ChoreoTheatro Company. The Brooklyn-based non-profit company was financially supported by Greenpoint real estate developers and served as an artists’ hub, dedicated to promoting creative work to diverse communities by mixing narrative with interactive media. At its peak, Choreo Theatro assembled a network of 60 collaborators, performers, designers, composers and specialists. Nina’s own choreography work explored the vital co-existence of dance, sound, drama and design by pushing the boundaries of form beyond accepted norms. Her years leading the company culminated in with the production of Homer’s Odyssey, a 12-hour, cross-disciplinary performance work presented at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

In 2011, Nina transitioned into advertising – or the art of tapping into emotions. Nina’s latest project drew upon choreography principles to help the digital intelligence company build a brand management platform. This allows clients to define their overall brand positioning, the way through which they communicate with micro audiences and choose their creative messaging down to an individual consumer level. Through this collaborative work, the company won Advertising Research Foundation Ogilvy awards in the Innovation and the Big Data categories.

Over the past several years, Nina has also worked with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts to develop Mixed Reality games for individuals with spinal cord injuries. The games’ life-changing impact has been one of her most inspiring experiences. The team designed Skyfarer to transform tedious, yet essential, physical therapy routines into an adventure that transports patients to Pre-Incan mythology landscapes. The game redirected the players’ focus from strenuous, repetitive work to an engaging, interactive experience, one that benefited their overall health and life expectancy and allowed family and friends to participate.

Nina is currently developing The Beautiful Dark, an immersive theater production to launch in July 2020.

Public presentations and publications of Nina’s work include: Collaborative Research Demo for body movement-based social games for the assessment and rehabilitation of upper limb sensorimotor function of wheelchair confined individuals – IEEE Virtual Reality 2012, L’Elisir D’Amore Opera – Tuxedo Park Club & Arclight Theatre 2011, The Odyssey Production – 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall 2010, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata – Greek Cultural Center 2008, Digma I – Cool New York Festival 2008, Digma II – Cool New York Festival 2008, Euripides’ Hecuba – New York University – Tisch School of The Arts – Drama Department 2007, Aristophanes’ The Frogs – Greek Cultural Center 2007, Digma – Cool New York Festival 2007, Statius’ Thebaid – Target Margin at the Kitchen Theatre 2006, Gombrowicz’s Operetta – New School of Education – LaMaMa Theatre 2005, Fires – Vortex Theatre 2005, 1/8” = 1’ – 0” – Oasis Chashama Festival 2005, Suspendida – Oasis Chashama Festival 2005, Fourth World – Outside/ Input – Richard Foreman’s Ontological – Hysteric Theatre Lab Program 2005,cHronos – Bessie Schoenberg Series – New York University – Tisch School of The Arts 2005, Who Cares About the Pants – Cool New York Festival 2005, No Strains Attached – Whitewave d.u.m.b.o. Festival 2004. 

NCP’s 30.7.2011 Interview at the National Herald here.