Open Call: Cain Coleman

JUL 18 – 20
Pulsing, vibrant self-exploration through a concert, immersive performance, and dance party


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About this commission

In New Information, Cain Coleman (of the Dragon Sisters) takes the audience on a journey of self-exploration and the relentless pursuit of artistic expression. An immersive environment pulls the audience into an unforgettable evening, featuring original music, live instrumentation, performance art, and captivating visual art. Building off Coleman’s roots in Brooklyn’s queer nightlife scene, New Information combines the artistry of a concert or theater performance with the energy and community of a vibrant dance party.

Creative Team

Cain Coleman, a Black multihyphenate drag performer, poses at night outside The Shed with their head and face covered in blue makeup. Cain wears a black leather jacket and white t-shirt, holding their hands, covered in purple makeup to resemble gloves, up to either side of their face. Behind them, lights flash off the reflective surface of The Shed in small starbursts.
Cain Coleman. Photo: Alexey Kim. Courtesy the artist.
Cain Coleman
Cain Coleman
Creator and Director

Cain Coleman is an award-winning, multi-hyphenate performer and creator based in Brooklyn. With a career marked by time spent with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera and The Dragon Sisters, Coleman continues to explore the many possibilities of life. Coleman was recently honored as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2021 and Best Duo/Group 2021/22. They were also nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the NYC Glam Awards in 2022.

Coleman’s collaborations with platforms, brands, and institutions such as Amazon Music, Meta, Instagram, Brooklyn Museum, Queer Capital, MOBIFest, Absolute, Saks, and Lincoln Center all showcase their true commitment to pushing artistic boundaries. Recently, media outlets like Billboard, Vogue, Paper Magazine, Elle, Wonderland, Ladygunn, Guinness World Records, and the New York Times have recognized Coleman’s work, showcasing them as a trailblazer in various industries and avenues in the arts.

As a professor of dance and a choreographer at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Coleman continues to inspire and educate the next generation of artists with an open heart! @odessabigdragon

Andrew Boyle
Media/Digital Content Director
Andrew Boyle is an Australian-born photographer, collage artist, and motion creator, currently based in Brooklyn. Boyle’s work sits at the intersection of photography, illustration, hand-made collage, and motion graphics, offering a different take on traditional cut-and-paste collage methods. Collaborations include NYFW, Coachella, Paper, Schön!, Milk Makeup, Fox Searchlight, Neuehouse, and Fast Company among others, and his first book Heroes & Villains—a deep dive into the world of cos players—was published in 2017 by Smith Street Books and distributed by Rizzoli.
Arianna “Kala” Brame
Arianna “Kala” Brame is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger, poet, MC, bandleader, and educator based in Brooklyn. Trained in classical and jazz piano at Westminster Conservatory and Sarah Lawrence College, Brame is also a student of West African and Afro-Latin percussion. A passionate pedagogue, Brame has taught music and literary arts education throughout the metropolitan area for 15 years. Her six-piece hip hop and jazz fusion band, Kala and The Lost Tribe, has performed at venues across NYC including Baby’s Alright, The Bowery Electric, The Sultan Room, National Sawdust, Le Poisson Rouge, and the iconic Blue Note.
John Feliciano
Music Director
John Feliciano is a professional musician who specializes in electric bass, stand up bass, and bass keys for live performances. He is blessed to be a part of many different musical situations ranging from salsa to jazz, hip hop to R&B, and everything in between. Feliciano is also a music director, arranger, producer, composer, educator, and father. Follow him on Instagram @johnnyfelic for more information about what he’s up to in the future.
David Frazier Jr.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, David Frazier Jr. got his first introduction to music in the Pentecostal denomination of the Black American Church. His father, David Frazier Sr., is an accomplished Gospel songwriter and his mother, Leslie Walker Frazier, is currently the principal of Crispus Attucks 21 Elementary School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Frazier attended Xaverian High School and was nurtured musically by Joseph Loposoky and mentored by his first drum teacher, Sherrie Maricle. If it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t be playing drums professionally.

Frazier studied at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he received a BFA and MFA in jazz studies (performance). There he studied with great jazz professors/musicians/instructors such as Steve Wilson, Scott Colley, John Abercrombie, Jimmy Greene, John Riley, Jon Gordon, etc. He was mentored closely by Kenny Washington, Hal Galper, and Charles Blenzig. Frazier’s touring résumé has included the following acts: Gabriel Garzon Montano, Arto Lindsay, Thiefs, People’s Champs, SZA, Hal Galper, Youngbloods, Axel Tosca, WTF Trio , Mae.Sun, L’Rain, My Tree, Kala and The Lost Tribe, Speak Freely Trio, Ant Saunders, The Dragon Sisters, Moses Sumney, and Brasstracks.

Julian Goldhagen
Associate Director
Julian Goldhagen is a theater artist and licensed social worker based in Brooklyn. Their storytelling work has been featured at the NYC International Fringe Festival, The Beacon Theater, and the United Nations Palais de Nacion. They are a regular storyteller and host with The Moth, and have been facilitating community-based storytelling workshops across the country since 2012. As a therapist, they work with Grounded Therapy, serving predominantly queer youth and adults. Goldhagen holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a master’s in social work with a concentration in community organizing, planning, and development from Hunter College. They are currently a resident artist at the Public Theater, creating community-based theater within the Public Works program.
Alexey Kim
Director of Photography

Alexey Kim, also known as Sidewalkkilla, is an NYC-based independent journalist, photographer, and filmmaker. Kim was born in Kazakhstan, formerly part of the USSR, eventually moving to the US in his early teens. As a queer artist, Kim’s primary focus is on the LGBTQIA+ lifestyle and emerging creatives. Kim is inspired by uniqueness and individuality. His work sets out to find beauty in the fleeting moments of life, challenging his eye to see beyond the obvious.

Kim’s work has been published in the New York Times, Vogue, New York magazine, Interview, V magazine, WWD, Paper, Out, The Cut, them., and more. Kim’s photography has been featured in the Google documentary Honoring Excellence in the Transgender Community: gc2b and The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, in OWN TV Network’s Juneteenth Artist Showcase highlighting the work of Hank Willis Thomas, and in the HBO documentary The Stroll.

In The Works

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.

July 18 – 20
7:30 pm

The Shed’s Griffin Theater is located at 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. View The Shed on a map.

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Thank you to our partners

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Additional support for Open Call is provided by The Wescustogo Foundation and Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.

The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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