Photo of Lucas & Ben by Whitney Browne

Co-founder and Editor, Ben Van Buren

Ben Van Buren is a choreographer and editorial designer based in New York City. His performance work has appeared in a wide variety of contexts including Zirgu Pasts in Latvia; the Incheon International Dance Festival in South Korea; Dance and Process at The Kitchen in New York; and the FleetMoves festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Recently Ben has begun to work at the intersection of performance and publication. In 2015 he edited and co-designed the book document of the first edition of A Corner In The World festival in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the founder of the experimental publishing house Yonkers International Press. Ben trained at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), and is currently studying at the New School for Social Research.

Co-founder and Editor, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed is a composer focusing on theatrical music. He studied Music and Literature at Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts, where he wrote and directed a variety of theatrical works from short plays to musical theatre. He most recently was accepted into the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. Other recent premieres include MICHELANGELO BURNING, an original oratorio with the poetry of Michelangelo and choreography by Ben van Buren. His work has been seen in a variety of NYC Venues, including Dixon Place, Theatre at St. Clements, and Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

Photographer, Whitney Browne

Whitney Browne is a portrait and street photographer living and working in NYC. Through studio and candid shots, Whitney works from a place of empathy and grit to explore current culture by capturing the individuality of the people she encounters. From 2006-2014 Whitney studied under distinguished dance photographer, Tom Caravaglia. She is a graduate of Hunter College with a focus in Anthropology and Fine Art Photography. Her work has been published in the NY Times, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Out Magazine, and Dance Magazine. Her clients include Google, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, Fourth Arts Block, and No Longer Empty.