UNATTENDED BAGGAGE is a nebulous ever-changing experimental collective of writers, directors, producers, visual artists, theater makers, filmmakers, actors, sound designers, and everything in between.
Since our inception in 2017, Unattended Baggage has traditionally focused on live performance. However, we acknowledge that our artistic sensibilities are constantly in flux. As of May 2021, we have officially rebranded as multi-media collective, creating a range of work from live performance (theatre & live comedy), socially distanced/digital experiences, film/television/web series projects, radio-based projects, and hybrid media.
Our sensibilities are traditionally modern, queer, subversive, and related to live performance, sometimes site-specific/environmental or site-responsive. We are interested in catering to queer folx, punks, the working class, weirdos, nerds, and geeks. We’re interested in fun and come (but we don’t necessarily shy away from making serious subject material, either). In the past, our work has run the gamut from docu-theatre, absurdism, musical works, autobiographical stories, dark comedy, and Geek Theatre (specifically in the areas of horror, superheroes, and science fiction). Our work is inherently experimental and often blends tones, genres, and mediums. We welcome both re-staging and remakes of existing work (with a preference towards more obscure existing work), and new work alike.
We reject the notion that we must be categorized into one box (or suitcase). Also, we like to be nomadic. We've performed in NYC, California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Edinburgh, Scotland (co-production with Section 175). So, where should we lay our bags down next? Drop us a line. We’ll get our travel tickets, pack up our bags, and get there as soon as possible.
Without compromise, we believe Black Lives Matter. We strive to support more non-white artists and collaborators. We know that we have to do, need to do, and want to do better. We commit to being vocally anti-racist in our work and practices. As of right now, our goal is by 2025 to increase partnerships with members of the Black, Brown, Indigenous, AAPI, and Disabled communities by 50%. We will also commit to diversity training and workshops for all of our projects when our budget allows. You can read more about our ongoing DEI efforts here.
SEAN POLLOCK (he/they)
Artistic Director + Founding Member
NYC based director, writer, creative producer, designer, and sometimes performer for theatre, film, and TV. Sean is a godless left-handed double Scorpio Pisces moon from New Jersey. As a child, Sean appeared in the touring production of The New Kid in schools across New Jersey and eventually in the Off-Broadway production at The York Theatre. They also attended French Woods Festival as a teenager and appeared in numerous plays and musicals there that were inappropriate for kids his age to be performing in. Now, they work mostly behind the scenes in multiple genres and mediums. They refuse to creatively be defined or pigeonholed. Some favorite non-UB credits include: Carrie: The Musical (US College Premiere, Ithaca College), Phantom Of The Paradise: In Concert (World Premiere, Secret Loft) and Hazelwood Jr. High (First NYC revival, Mayday Space). Film/TV/Web Series highlights include: Solo Act (LIU Brooklyn), Sexy Nerd Stuff, The Omega-3: A Musical Adventure (co-produced with American Lore Theatre and the Museum of Natural History). Founder of Macabre Theatre Ensemble, a resident student theatre company at Ithaca College. Training: Ithaca College, NTI. They are currently a Norman Steinberg Scholar pursuing his MFA in Writing and Producing for Television at Long Island University Brooklyn/Steiner Studios, a Producing Apprentice at Soho Playhouse, a member of The Fled Collective at The Flea Theatre. You can check out their Instagram account dedicated to obscure musicals at @forgottenmusicals and their personal account at @seanp_yo.
HANNAH SAEED (she/they)
Graphic designer and visual artist currently living outside of Boston, MA. In high school, they were somehow roped into acting in Sean’s early stage productions in the early 00's and 2010's of Carrie, The Stepford Wives (which never actually premiered and got shut down for copyright infringement on opening night, but it's still a cool credit), Peter Pan and Wendy, and Liberty And Justice For All in Northern New Jersey. They have been in acting retirement ever since and probably will be forever. Currently, they design posters, book covers, business cards, and other forms of print and digital media. Drop them a line at email@example.com BFA: Boston University.
ANNA CAPUNAY (she/her)
Queens, NY native. She is a crazy cat lady/playwright/screenwriter oftentimes found in her robe feeding the strays outside her apartment. Her plays include: Cowl Girl (Dramatic Question Theatre, LIU Brooklyn), La Gota Fria (Thalia Spanish Theatre), & A Cat's Tale. Film/TV/Webseries: Cowl Girl (Best of the Fest Finalist - Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival), A Cat's Tale (Official Selection - San Francisco’s Best Actors Film Festival), Your Silent Face (upcoming). Anna is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays can be found online at New Play Exchange.
AAKASH JAGDALE (he/him)
Actor and Comedian based out of NYC. Past UB credits include We've Been Trying To Reach You... (Ned). He is currently producing and hosting The Kinda Late Show with UB. He has lived in Texas, Philly, and Japan that one time. Training: UPenn.
CALEB GROCHALSKI (he/they)
Multi-hyphenate theatre artist based in NYC. Born and raised in the farm country of suburban Pittsburgh, PA, Caleb escaped into the great liberal unknown and searches to identify and facilitate community in the theatre they create. Through administration and imagination, Caleb hopes to assist in creating lasting changes in the urban theatre/entertainment scene and to break boundaries as to what all theatre can be in the 2020s and beyond. They have appeared on-stage at many regional theatres across the country and is a proud AEA member. This is their first season in association with UB and hopes for many more exciting UB projects in the future!
DREW SENSUE WEINSTEIN (he/him)
Artistic Associate + Founding Member
Los Angeles and New York-based director, sound designer, composer, and producer. He has created and devised original work in and around NYC at venues including HERE Arts Center, The Brick, LEIMAY’s SOAK, The Hive, Redwood Studios, and The Jersey City Theatre Center. His designs have been heard at venues including the Public Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Performing Garage, and the Brick. Drew has worked as an associate with the PROTOTYPE Festival and produced works for LEIMAY. He is currently an MFA Candidate at CalArts.
DMITRI BARCOMI (he/him)
A theater creator-director-designer based in New York City. His artistic interests include working with unusual source materials, exploring technology/multimedia in performance, and honoring queer icons. Dmitri's work has been seen throughout New York at Ars Nova, 14 St Y, La MaMa, New Ohio, Cloud City, BRIC, and other hubs of experimental new work, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe. Dmitri is an Artist-in-Residence at the Playmachine Theater Lab, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a 2019-2020 Production Fellow at the New York Theater Workshop. BA, The New School. MFA, Columbia University.
NURIA HUNTER (she/her)
Very loud and incredibly sneaky Capricorn goddess/revolutionary bird of paradise. She is a Philadelphia based poet, actor, writer, and dancer who has touched every corner of entertainment in some way. Along with Sean, she helped to devise the Philadelphia premiere of The Bed Show and recently served as the Assistant Choreographer for A Very...Scientology Pageant - Live! Off-Broadway. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing hate poems to her exes.
EMMA HOWARD (they/them)
Artistic Associate + Founding Member
Writer and theatre artist based out of Baltimore, Maryland. They studied theatre at the TSOA/Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and made work with friends and collaborators in NYC for a few years after graduating. They love physical theatre and clowning and try to bring elements of the comical and absurd into all their work. Prior to the forthcoming Protect The Pigeons..., their last Unattended Baggage project was I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable, a site-specific show about their eating disorder staged in kitchens across the country.
BINH TRINH THU PHAN (she/they)
Born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. A recent graduate from Brooklyn College, she made her debut as ASM in Brooklyn College‘s Short Works Festival. As a foreign artist living in the US, Bình is still learning to perfect her art everyday. Bình loves writing poetry as a way to express her personal thoughts and feelings through art.
NIARA SEÑA (she/her)
Triple Libra producer/director/actor from the Lower East Side of NYC and mama to a turtle named Speedy. Training: PPAS + SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. She is currently working on the US Open Broadcasting. Some UB credits include American Juggalo (Tammi Lynn) and a Producer on Protect The Pigeons…and is currently one of the Producers of Very Merry...Live! Other film credits include Oober Diarrhea, Concrete Rose, Sweet Sweet, Evolution of Wombmanhood, and Letters To Medusa. She is the founder of Sunflowersol Productions. IG: sunflowersol_prod & niarasol_
CORINNE PRUDENTE (she/her)
Social Media/Marketing Intern
Actor, musician, artist, and writer based in Queens. In their visual artwork, Corinne explores original ideas and fandom culture. They are interested in LGBTQ+ media and the communities that form around these stories. Corinne provided illustrations for the poetry book elevated thoughts: 100 shadormas from 9,000 ft., written by Kate Brennan. Other professional highlights include participation as an actor in the developmental workshops of ALiEN8, Clean Slate, and Illuminate with Ignition Arts. Corinne also wrote songs for the short film Forces and Philosophies: A DND Musical, directed by Hannah V. Boyens, and appears in a supporting role. BFA: Oklahoma City University.
JENNA MEADOWS (she/her)
Creative Producing Intern
NYC based actor, producer, director. Jenna is a Los Angeles native with an affinity for traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing life’s mysteries. Recent non UB credits include: The Bacchae 2.1 (The Hangar Theatre), Cabaret (Arizona Theatre Company), Richard III (Arizona Repertory Theatre), and a fully funded documentary film titled Under Way: The Next Generation of (U)Artists on which Jenna served as writer, director, and producer. BFA: University of Arizona.