Abigail Lis-Perlis- Artistic Director and Founder
Abigail Lis-Perlis is a local producer, performer, director and writer. Select production credits include: FEMME (Devising and Performance Ensemble, folkLAB: in Our Voice), The Vibrator Play (Director, Throughline Theater), Professor Eldritch's Asylum for Uncanny and Extraordinary Women (Creator/Co-writer/Co-Director, Devious Maid Productions and Uncumber Theatrics), Everyman (Co-Director, Throughline Theater). Some favorite performance credits include: Chrysothomis in Iphigenia and Other Daughter (Alarum Theatre), Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Little Lake Theater), Romaine Patterson in The Laramie Project (The New Olde Bank Theater), Agnes in Agnes of God (The Actor's Civic Theater), Dolly Oblonsky in Anna Karenina (Beloit College Theater)
Abigail created folkLAB in the hopes of building a new network from talent-rich performing artists communities that already exist in Pittsburgh and to build bridges of skill and resource-sharing between us, dedicated to fair representation and compensation. She dreams of a day when the folklore and mythos, that are the archetypal building blocks of storytelling, reflects the narratives of the full spectrum of beautiful humans she sees around her.
Paige Borak- Techincal Director
Paige Borak is a Pittsburgh-based lighting designer and performer. She created and performed in folkLab’s inaugural production, FEMME. Already a folklore nerd, Paige is thrilled to work with a company like folkLab, which strives to give voice to underrepresented and marginalized groups, support equitable pay for artists, and make beautiful non traditional theatre.
Paige teaches Lighting Design at Pittsburgh’s art magnet school, CAPA 6-12. She also is an Assistant Technologist at Clear Story, a lighting design firm on the South Side. Pittsburgh design credits include: The Vibrator Play (Throughline Theatre Company), Cloud 9 (Throughline), Belfast Girls (Ghostlight Theatre Company), FEMME (FolkLab), A Christmas Story (The Theatre Factory). She has performed throughout Ohio, NYC, Long Island, upstate New York, and now, Pittsburgh. Favorite past performance credits include: Hedda Gabler (Hedda), After Miss Julie (Miss Julie), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Honey), The Tempest (Miranda) (Trinculo/Ferdinand), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), and Request Concert (Woman).
Visit www.paigeborak.com for more information, full resumes, and upcoming projects.
Kelsey Robinson - Community Engagement and Contributing Artist
Kelsey Robinson is a Brooklyn-born, rustbelt-reared performance artist. She began performing professionally at the age of 12, balancing life and family between Pittsburgh and New York City. She study musical theater at Point Park University where she lead the repertory company in performances of Ragtime and For Colored Girls… During this time she also worked with City Theater performing in their Young Playwrights Festival and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater’s Wilde Tales. Kelsey performed with avante-garde turned pop star Breedlove playing venues from the Bowery Ballroom to LA’s The Roxy and has sung in intimate venues across Argentina and Colombia featuring multiple genres including swing, funk and R&B.
In film and video She can be seen in Lenka's "Everything at Once" music video which also aired as a global Microsoft campaign and SSION’s music video luvbazaar. Kelsey is the lone performer in video artist Emilie Crewe’s “Island Wringer” and was an ensemble member in James Franco's editorial-staged reading of McClure's The Beard for Flaunt Magazine.
Kelsey has worked closely with Glitter Kitty Productions on the development of original musicals The Lovely Wilds and The Gunfighter Meets His Match recently staged at Joe’s Pub by Musical Theater Workshop Lab as well as performances at the Governor’s Island Art Fair. Kelsey has performed in several pieces by performance artist Richard Marshall including his contemporary operas Comeuppance and Black Rage as well as contributed as a vocalist with Marshall’s musical compositions in Martine Syms film, Incense, Sweaters & Ice, screened at MOMA. A born-again Pittsburgher, Kelsey has had the great fortune of joining Bricolage Production Company in their immersive production DODO at the Carnegie Museum, starring in Quantum Theater's world premiere of Inside Passage (Gab Cody) and working with a small ensemble of women producing, directing and starring in the first in the folkLAB series "in Out Voice" whose inaugural installment was titled FEMME. Currently Kelsey can be seen in Bricolage's children friendly immersive puppetry piece, The Forest is Everywhere. Kelsey will be spearheading the December 2018 installment of "in Our Voice" featuring an all Black identifying ensemble.