JOE'S PUB WORKING GROUP (JPWG) aims to enrich the sustainability and growth of New York-based emerging and established artists’ careers by providing administrative resources, physical space and curatorial services, further cultivating a community atmosphere wherein those artists can create and sustain new and developing work.
Percussionist / Composer
Composer, producer, vocalist and percussionist (djembe and conga drums), leading an eclectic New York-based instrumental fusion/percussion-driven project and band known as Courtnee Roze The Musical. The project tells an in-depth testimony of a young female musician through song and dance. The stage visual celebrates the triumph, hardships and barriers broken by this phenomenally creative artist. Roze’s project combines funk, fusion, deep African grooves, monologue, soul, jazz stylings, live dance, heavy percussion and a vocal pattern that is non-metrically structured. Roze is also well-known for her work on Grammy Award-nominated single "Crooked Smile” by J. Cole.
Cabaret / Comedy
Recently named one of "Brooklyn's 50 Funniest People" by Brooklyn Magazine, makes music, shows and videos. She has shown work at Under the Radar Festival, New Museum, PS 122, New York City Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, UCBeast, Bard Spiegeltent, Tasmania's Festival of Voices, San Francisco Film Society and frequently at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. She is frequently recognized by Time Out New York as a Top Ten Cabaret Artist and she was listed in Artforum's Top Ten Best Music of 2016. She is a company member of Obie award winning Half Straddle. Her new musical, A Ride On The Irish Cream, co-composed with Emily Bate and Kenny Mellman, premiered at Abrons Arts Center in January 2016 and will tour in 2017. She is currently developing a new show, Boner Killer, to premiere at Joe's Pub for Under The Radar Festival in January 2017.
Actor / Entertainer
He is creator and host to a number of original, live shows including: his evening of talk-show entertainment Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, JACK); his night of comedy and music Nightcap | by Ike (Joe's Pub); his one-man variety hour Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Francisco Sketchfest); his Christmas show Ike for the Holidays (Manhattan Inn); and more. He performs stand-up across New York, including Union Hall and UCB. He's also featured in several episodes of The Special without Brett Davis. Ufomadu has collaborated with many OBIE-winning theater companies like Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi. He trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; the International Theatre Workshop in The Netherlands; and Studio Five's theatre and dance programs in Indonesia.
Pianist / Singer-Songwriter
His music stylings and comedic timing has made him a fixture on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. Velard turns the piano-pop tunesmith stereotype on its ear with a refreshing, urbane twist: a biting 21st century wit in a stylish package. Think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster, recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at their peak. His music initially took hold overseas nearly a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times, led a UK major label record deal. Velard’s music has found a cult following in Holland, where performs regularly and headlines Amsterdam’s Legendary Paradiso. Velard has toured internationally alongside Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, Amy MacDonald. He’s written scores of songs for others, including Matt Bellassai's popular web series “To Be Honest”, podcast themes for The New Republic and Audible, and UK Pop Sensation and X-Factor Host Olly Murs. He’s released 4 albums of original material, with his 5th due out in June.
Songwriter / Performer
A Jonathan Larson Grant winner and previous composer-in-residence at Ars Nova, Taub made her Lincoln Center solo debut in their 2015 American Songbook series, and her concerts have been featured on NPR/WNYC's Year's Best Gigs list. She played Feste in her original musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, commissioned by the Public Theater, at the Delacorte Theater as part of their Public Works initiative. She wrote songs for and starred in Bill Irwin and David Shiner's Old Hats, directed by Tina Landau at the Signature Theatre. Her songs have been performed by Audra McDonald and Sutton Foster, and she writes tunes for Sesame Street. She’s currently writing a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women's suffrage movement.
Ellie Heyman is a New York City-based theatre director. Her work is best known for its athletic physicality and visually imaginative aesthetic. Ellie directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show, which was rated in the "top five shows of the year" by NPR and a Time Out "Critic's Pick" on two continents. Ellie is the Co-Artistic Director of The Orbiting Human Circus with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and co-directs/develops the podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. It's been downloaded over 2 million times, Rated #1 in iTunes & featured in The New York Times, Wired & The Guardian (Top Podcasts of 2016).