Danielle Bruce was born in Southern California but has had the good fortune of calling Bloomington home since arriving here in 1988. She has spent the majority of her life in the theatre, occasionally as an actor but primarily as a designer and director.
Locally, her work includes the artistic direction for Storyzilla, direction of the 2013 incarnation of The Breeze Bends the Grass, design work for Monroe County Civic Theatre and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Most recently she directed the sold out run of RESILIENCE: Indiana’s Untold Story at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Auditorium and is presently collaborating once again with Dr. Gladys DeVane and Elizabeth Mitchell on Stories of Monroe, the sequel which will premiere in 2018 for Monroe County’s bicentennial.
In addition to working in the theatre, she has spent the last ten years cultivating her talents as a freelance designer and visual artist in both the public and private sector. You can experience her work at the Code and Key, an escape room in Fountain Square and travelling through the city of Brazil, Indiana where she was commissioned to create a mural depicting the history of the town. She also donates her time and talents to various not for profit organizations such as Middle Way House and My Sister’s Closet, of which she is a board member. Contact
Dr. Filiz Cicek is an artist, scholar and journalist who is currently serving as a Fulbright specialist for the Arts.
Dr. Cicek received her MFA and PhD from IU, Bloomington and has been teaching gender, art and cinema courses at various IU campuses as well as at Bosphorus University summer school in Istanbul. As a curator she organized BloomingtonKatmandu, Museum of Broken Relationships and Women Exposed International Art Exhibits. As an artist, she has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in New York, Chicago, California, The Kinsey Institute, IU School of Fine Arts Gallery and various venues in Bloomington.
Since 2009, Dr. Cicek has been contributing to The Ryder Magazine as a co-editor, writer, artist, graphic designer, and as an event coordinator. She has also written for local national and international journals and newspapers on art, gender and cinema. She is the regional coordinator for The Feminist Art Project based at Rutgers University, New York. contact