With the goal of expanding how performance is created and shared, For You, is initiated by Erika Chong Shuch with Ghigo DiTommaso, Rowena Richie, and Ryan Tacata. 

We are creating a new model for making performances that can be taken to multiple communities, sites, and environments. Working intimately with our selected audiences, we emphasize how meaningful exchanges unfold through process, and culminate in participatory, performative adventures. 


 
 
Ghigo's self-portrait.

Ghigo's self-portrait.

A. Ghigo DiTommaso trained as an architect in Florence, picking up the tools of the trade while feeding a strong interest in urban history and theory. Professional degree in hand, he moved to Barcelona to join its thriving design community. For several years he conducted research at the Escuela Tècnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (EtsaB), while also working with prominent Catalan architects on numerous award-winning projects. His interests in cultural landscapes brought him to UC Berkeley, where he was Visiting Scholar in 2010-2011. In 2012 he joined the Rebar Art & Design Studio of San Francisco, where he spearheaded some of the group's most ambitious projects before it disbanded in 2014. At Rebar, Ghigo began to focus his interests in public space design, which today still remains at the very core of his work as a practitioner and a researcher. He has been a lecturer in the department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of UC Berkeley since 2013 and a member of Gehl Studio San Francisco since its founding in 2014. 

 
 
Rowena's self-portrait.

Rowena's self-portrait.

Rowena Richie's work draws from her eclectic background in modern dance, improvisation, music, drawing, and writing. Her production, Lost and Found in the Mission, presented a cross-section of humanity as defined by handwritten scraps of paper she and co-creator Susie Hara found on the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, where Rowena has lived since 2001. Lost and Found won Best Ensemble Performance at the 2008 SF Fringe Festival. Rowena has worked with the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project for the past 15 years. In 2011, under the direction of Chong Shuch, Rowena was featured as Bride Love in Act 3 of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theater. The San Francisco Chronicle referred to Act 3 as, “...an exhaustingly energetic dance battle,” and the San Francisco Examiner gave Rowena’s performance a “shoutout” for her “display of talent...as a bridezilla.” In 2010 Rowena co-founded richien with Jennifer Chien as an outlet for their cerebral-dorky interests. richien was awarded an Artists in Residence Commission at CounterPulse where they presented Twindependent. They are currently working on Longing Four…, a dance theater critique of consumerism. Rowena teaches Body Dynamics through the Older Adults Department for City College of San Francisco.

 
 
Erika's self-portrait

Erika's self-portrait

Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and director whose original performance works have been supported and commissioned by Berkeley Rep’s Groundfloor, YBCA, deYoung Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi, Dancers’ Group, Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange/ Corcoran Gallery/DC, and in Korea: Daejeon Metropolitan Company, Chang Mu Company, Mullae Art Space. Erika received the 2016 Creative Capital Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artist’s Grant, Gerbode Foundation’s Emerging Choreographer’s Award, Goldie Award, Falstaff Award, ongoing support from SF Art’s Commission and Zellerbach Family Fund, Helen Hayes Award (nominee) for The Conference of the Birds at the Folger/DC. Erika was Associate Director for The Gift of Nothing at the Kennedy Center. Theatrical Choreography credits include: Midsummer, directed by Aaron Posner at the Folger Theater/ DC, The Unfortunates, directed by Shana Cooper at A.C.T. and movement director at Cal Shakes where she has performed Ariel in Jonathan Moscone’s Tempest and Titania in Shana Cooper’s Midsummer. Directing credits include Eurydice and God’s Ear at Shotgun and Lily’s Revenge (by Taylor Mac) at the Magic Theater. Upcoming projects include co-creating Iron Shoes with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble (with support by Creative Work Fund, Rainin Foundation, NEA, Berkeley Rep). Upcoming choreography: Julius Caesar (directed by Shana Cooper) and Beauty and the Beast (directed by Eric Tucker) at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Erika is core faculty for the new Theater Performance Making MFA at CIIS (SF) and University of Chichester (UK).

 
 
Ryan's self-portrait.

Ryan's self-portrait.

Ryan Tacata is a performance maker and scholar living in San Francisco. He has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and recently received his PhD in Performance Studies from Stanford University. His recent performance projects include dancing in Doggie Hamlet (2015-) by Ann Carlson (a site-specific dance with four human performers, sheep herding dogs, and 60+ sheep); The Magical Order of. . .(2014) with Julie Tolentino for YBCA in Community (a group work with young Bay Area artists); Séance (a dance work with four Spiritualist mediums, forthcoming); Lolas with Julie Tolentino (a performance installation in honor of Filipino grandmothers, forthcoming); and Artists Weather Television (a televisual gallery of emerging artists working with weather conditions for SF Public Access, forthcoming). His academic research investigates alternative methods of archival research, performance art historiography, and experimental spatial practice. As an educator, his workshops and university classes cover a range of topics, including interspecies performance, love and gift economies, practice-based-research, body art, automobiles in the avant-garde, and the sporting event. He is currently a Visiting Faculty member in the the department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute.