A CERTAIN SOMETHING is a creative content company based in New York City. Working in theater, text, film, television, media, sound, music, and spoken word, A CERTAIN SOMETHING embraces the idea that art functions to challenge hegemony, shape the future, and assist in global understanding.

ARTISTIC LEADERS

NILAN   Nilan is a performer, creator, and teaching artist. NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art), Next Faggot Nation (Dixon Place), Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project), Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional: Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Rep), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10x10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). International: Playback Theatre (Berlin). Playwriting: BY HIS HANDS, ENDANGERED SPECIES (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Selection), THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem), OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest) OUR PRECEDENT (2015 semi-finalist, National Playwright Conference), WATER FROM THE TAP (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival) THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Directing: Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Santos Manuel Theatre), Ladies in Waiting (Cal State University, San Bernardino), Venus (A.D., UNC, Chapel Hill), Friable (Take Ten Festival, Best Play), Media: Consent Is Sexy, a four episode PSA (YouTube). M.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  www.nilanjohnson.me

NILAN

Nilan is a performer, creator, and teaching artist. NYC: And Then I Woke: A Vicarious Cataclysmic Event (Downtown Art), Next Faggot Nation (Dixon Place), Self-Accusation: The Remix (LPAC, Bedlam MadLab), Bar Play (Peculiar Works Project), Trojan Women (Oppressed in Heels), The Champion (Bric Arts), Regional: Metamorphosis, Assassins, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, The Parchman Hour, Henry IV, Henry V, and The Imaginary Invalid (PlayMakers Rep), Radio Golf (Deep Dish Theater), 10x10 in the Triangle (ArtsCenter Carrboro). International: Playback Theatre (Berlin). Playwriting: BY HIS HANDS, ENDANGERED SPECIES (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Selection), THE SHADOW IN THE CORNER (48 Hours in Harlem), OLD SCHOOL (24 Hour Pridefest) OUR PRECEDENT (2015 semi-finalist, National Playwright Conference), WATER FROM THE TAP (NY Indie One Minute Play Festival), AMERICAN IDIOT (Our Country/Our Response Play Festival) THE SAINT AND THE SINNER (reading, Wagon Wheel Arts). Directing: Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Santos Manuel Theatre), Ladies in Waiting (Cal State University, San Bernardino), Venus (A.D., UNC, Chapel Hill), Friable (Take Ten Festival, Best Play), Media: Consent Is Sexy, a four episode PSA (YouTube). M.F.A. in Acting from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. www.nilanjohnson.me

GABRIEL SHANKS   Gabriel is the Artistic Director of The Drama League of New York ( dramaleague.org ) and is on the Directing Faculty at Pace University. One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s VILLAGE FRAGMENTS (2007 OBIE Award), his work has been seen at LaMaMa, HERE, the New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, Downtown Art, LPAC, BGSQD Greenwich Village, Dixon Place, The Red Room, CAP21, Abingdon Theatre Complex, The Brick, Bank Street Theatre, The NYC Fringe Festival, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (Seattle); Theatre Project, 14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Arena Stage, Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington,DC); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna, Bucharest, Sofia and Budapest, among others. In 2014, he collaborated with 24 Bulgarian and American artists on a site-specific promenade performance for the Varna Summer International Theatre Festival. Upcoming: The series EXTRA ROOM (extraroomtheshow.com). M.F.A. Directing, Towson University.  www.gabrielstelianshanks.com

GABRIEL SHANKS

Gabriel is the Artistic Director of The Drama League of New York (dramaleague.org) and is on the Directing Faculty at Pace University. One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s VILLAGE FRAGMENTS (2007 OBIE Award), his work has been seen at LaMaMa, HERE, the New Ohio, The Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, Downtown Art, LPAC, BGSQD Greenwich Village, Dixon Place, The Red Room, CAP21, Abingdon Theatre Complex, The Brick, Bank Street Theatre, The NYC Fringe Festival, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (Seattle); Theatre Project, 14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Arena Stage, Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington,DC); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna, Bucharest, Sofia and Budapest, among others. In 2014, he collaborated with 24 Bulgarian and American artists on a site-specific promenade performance for the Varna Summer International Theatre Festival. Upcoming: The series EXTRA ROOM (extraroomtheshow.com). M.F.A. Directing, Towson University. www.gabrielstelianshanks.com

COMPANY ARTISTS

CHERRYE J. DAVIS   An actor, poet, playwright, educator, and MC, Cherrye is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS). New York: How To Mourn An American (A Certain Something/LPAC), And She Would Stand Like This (TMTC/ART-NY Theaters), #BARS (Public Theater), And Then I Woke (Downtown Art), The Trojan Women (Access Theater), Manna Hata: The Wonder City (Peculiar Works), Caesar and Cleopatra (Workshop Theater Company), Hope Speaks (TMTC), Immortal (Bushwick Starr), Bintou (TMTC), The Crucible (PHTS, NYU), For Flow (24 to Life), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...(NYU). TV/Film: Rain, Kitty Bainbridge is Dead (Reel 5), For Flow (25 to Life/HBO), Cold April (Burning Clown). Cherrye is the playwright of original works SOLD!, DREAMS IN SCAR SPACE. Her second full- length choreopoem Tapes was presented in The Movement Theater Company’s Ladder Series. She is well known for as a musician and lead vocalist for the acclaimed roots-blues experience The Nervous and the hip-hop/funk outfit DeathrowTull.

CHERRYE J. DAVIS

An actor, poet, playwright, educator, and MC, Cherrye is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (PHTS). New York: How To Mourn An American (A Certain Something/LPAC), And She Would Stand Like This (TMTC/ART-NY Theaters), #BARS (Public Theater), And Then I Woke (Downtown Art), The Trojan Women (Access Theater), Manna Hata: The Wonder City (Peculiar Works), Caesar and Cleopatra (Workshop Theater Company), Hope Speaks (TMTC), Immortal (Bushwick Starr), Bintou (TMTC), The Crucible (PHTS, NYU), For Flow (24 to Life), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...(NYU). TV/Film: Rain, Kitty Bainbridge is Dead (Reel 5), For Flow (25 to Life/HBO), Cold April (Burning Clown). Cherrye is the playwright of original works SOLD!, DREAMS IN SCAR SPACE. Her second full- length choreopoem Tapes was presented in The Movement Theater Company’s Ladder Series. She is well known for as a musician and lead vocalist for the acclaimed roots-blues experience The Nervous and the hip-hop/funk outfit DeathrowTull.

JEFFREY JAMES KEYES   Jeffrey James Keyes co-authored the New York Times bestseller  Killer Chef  with James Patterson for Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown and Company. His award winning short film  Uniform  has been the official selection of nearly twenty film festivals including NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Out on Film (Atlanta), Q.Fest (St. Louis), North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, the London Lesbian Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival. He has worked for MTV's  True Life , Sundance's  Revealing  and danced in a sailor suit on HBO's  Sex and the City .  jeffreyjameskeyes.com  IG/Twitter: @jjkeyes

JEFFREY JAMES KEYES

Jeffrey James Keyes co-authored the New York Times bestseller Killer Chef with James Patterson for Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown and Company. His award winning short film Uniform has been the official selection of nearly twenty film festivals including NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, Out on Film (Atlanta), Q.Fest (St. Louis), North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, the London Lesbian Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival. He has worked for MTV's True Life, Sundance's Revealing and danced in a sailor suit on HBO's Sex and the City. jeffreyjameskeyes.com IG/Twitter: @jjkeyes

CATALIN STELIAN   Born in Romania, Catalin received his training at Bucharest's Hyperion University before relocating to New York City. His screen work includes the comedy series "Nobody's Perfect", which ran for three acclaimed seasons across Europe, and the films "Bearish", "Desperate Ghosts", "Chosen", and "Horse Power," which won the 2014 Cottbus Film Festival and was a Golden Pardino Nominee at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival. He has appeared in the digital series "Skeleton Crew" and leads the company of the upcoming series “Extrra Room.” Catalin's photography has been seen in galleries and private art collections worldwide. The Media Director of Blue Donut Media in Manhattan, he has created photography and video campaigns for clients including Dallas BBQ, Tony Di Napoli's, Patrick’s Times Square, Skyy Vodka, Downtown Art, and Josh Cellars, as well as post-production for the feature film "BearCity 3." Upcoming: Directing the reality series “Seasons To Taste” for Jolly Good Television. Instagram: @catalinmedia

CATALIN STELIAN

Born in Romania, Catalin received his training at Bucharest's Hyperion University before relocating to New York City. His screen work includes the comedy series "Nobody's Perfect", which ran for three acclaimed seasons across Europe, and the films "Bearish", "Desperate Ghosts", "Chosen", and "Horse Power," which won the 2014 Cottbus Film Festival and was a Golden Pardino Nominee at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival. He has appeared in the digital series "Skeleton Crew" and leads the company of the upcoming series “Extrra Room.” Catalin's photography has been seen in galleries and private art collections worldwide. The Media Director of Blue Donut Media in Manhattan, he has created photography and video campaigns for clients including Dallas BBQ, Tony Di Napoli's, Patrick’s Times Square, Skyy Vodka, Downtown Art, and Josh Cellars, as well as post-production for the feature film "BearCity 3." Upcoming: Directing the reality series “Seasons To Taste” for Jolly Good Television. Instagram: @catalinmedia

MARC STUART JABLONSKI   Marc is a sound artist, composer, performer, and researcher. His sound and compositions have been heard around New York City at venues such as the Gym at Judson, Dixon Place, The PIT Loft, Clemente Solo Velez Center, Access Theater, Under St. Marks, IATI, a few bars, and a senior citizens home in Long Island City. In addition to building sound and music for theater, he also performs solo sound art/music/comedy shows, and he frequently writes musicals with his collaborator Lauren Waters. Marc is also a professional researcher and anthropologist, currently providing insights for Broadway shows through the advertising agency AKA NYC. B.A. in Anthropology from Muhlenberg College.  https://soundcloud.com/marcjablonski

MARC STUART JABLONSKI

Marc is a sound artist, composer, performer, and researcher. His sound and compositions have been heard around New York City at venues such as the Gym at Judson, Dixon Place, The PIT Loft, Clemente Solo Velez Center, Access Theater, Under St. Marks, IATI, a few bars, and a senior citizens home in Long Island City. In addition to building sound and music for theater, he also performs solo sound art/music/comedy shows, and he frequently writes musicals with his collaborator Lauren Waters. Marc is also a professional researcher and anthropologist, currently providing insights for Broadway shows through the advertising agency AKA NYC. B.A. in Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. https://soundcloud.com/marcjablonski