STUDIO 153 is an artist-led venture, dedicated to exploring the dramatic potential of constructed space through both performance and design.
The studio was co-founded in 2016 by theatrical designer Andromache Chalfant and longtime friend and frequent collaborator, M. Sharkey, a photographer and filmmaker. 153 is located in a 13k square foot warehouse located just a block from Valentino Pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
is a visual artist and set designer for theater and opera. Raised in New York City, she now lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She has designed for The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), McCarter Theater, Hartford Stage, Gotham Chamber Opera, The Atlantic Theater, The Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Kansas City Repertory, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera, Opera Boston, The Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Old Globe. Recent work includes a site-specific set commissioned by Gotham Chamber Opera and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda alongside an original composition by composer Lembit Beecher directed by Robin Guarino; Rimbaud in NY, an original experimental theatre piece based on the life of the poet, created by The Civilians and premiered at BAM; Adam Rapp’s The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois at The Atlantic Theater. Andromache has twice been nominated for The Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Set Design. She is a company member of Labyrinth Theater Company and an Associate Artist of The Civilians. She has taught graduate design at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, where she earned her MFA. See more at andromachechalfant.com
is a photographer & filmmaker living in Brooklyn and has been making portraits of people professionally around the world for the past 12 years. QUEER KIDS, a long-term documentary project he began in 2006, has been exhibited internationally at locations including Galerie de la Main de Fer, Perpignan (2012), Rainbow House, Brussels (2013), and at Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie’s Night of the Year (2014). His work has appeared in numerous publications including Interview, The Guardian/Observer, New York magazine, La Repubblica, Stern and T: The New York Times Style Magazine and been included in various exhibitions at venues such as the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Pride Photo Award & Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Staten Island LGBT Community Center, New York. You can see more of his work at msharkey.com