Snug Harbor Announces PASS Artists in Residence for 2022-2023 Season

December 5, 2022 | Staten Island, NY— Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is excited to announce the new artists in residence for 2022-2023 as part of the Performing Arts Salon Saturdays (PASS) program.  The schedule and location of the performances is forthcoming and can be found on at

“As Snug Harbor’s signature residency program, PASS inspires artists and encourages them to take respite in the beauty of our gardens and historic spaces,” said Melissa West, Vice President of Curation, Visual and Performing Arts at Snug Harbor. “Each of our upcoming PASS artists pushes creative boundaries, makes space for dialogue, and is meaningfully engaged with community and place. We are eager to support their work while bringing Staten Islanders closer to the artistic process.”

“We’re proud to host six exciting new artists at Snug Harbor as they develop their new performances,” said Jessica Baker Vodoor, President & CEO at Snug Harbor. “We are so grateful to the Howard Gilman Foundation for their substantial and increased support of this unique residency and the performing arts at Snug Harbor.”

PASS is a performing artist residency focused on the creation and development of original works of performing arts: dance, music, theatre, multi-disciplinary. Artists live, and sometimes work, in our historic cottages, with studio space available at the Dance Center for the creation, development and performance of new work. At the end of each residency, artists share their work in a public work-in-progress performance on campus. PASS provides time, space, an honorarium, and curatorial support to artists in the development of their work. PASS is a unique, sought-after opportunity for artists living, creating and presenting new performance work in New York City. Snug Harbor is proud of its role as an arts incubator and cultural anchor for Staten Island.

The first PASS performance for the 2022-2023 season is PASS: Tronome by Irina Jasnowski Pascual, scheduled for December 10, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in Cottage A at Snug Harbor on 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. Jasnowski Pascual will present a culmination of various experiments created in collaboration with New York based artists and performers in sculpture, video, and experimental theatre involving shadow play, tap shoes and face muscles.  One performer becomes a metronome that dictates the movement of another performer, and there will be ventriloquism happening in real time with heads trapped inside TV monitors. General admission is $10, and tickets are sold here.

PASS is made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative.

2022-2023 PASS Artists

Irina Jasnowski Pascual is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2017. Her sculptural studio practice extends into video and performance, collaborating to produce experimental sonic theatre and public access television at Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Her work has been shown at Kai Matsumiya (NY), Les Urbaines (CH), Interstate Projects (NY), Etablissement d’en Face (BE), Spectacle Theatre (NY), and Kunsthal Extra City (BE).

Elena Moon Park is a musician, educator, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a freelance musician in NYC, specializing in contemporary classical and family music, and has performed on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Southbank Centre and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. She is also a co-Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based arts organization Found Sound Nation, which uses collaborative music creation to connect people across cultural divides, including the OneBeat global music exchange program launched in 2012. Also in 2012, Elena released her debut all-ages album Rabbit Days and Dumplings, featuring reimagined folk and children’s music from East Asia.

Hilary Hawke is a New York based musician —Banjoist, Vocalist, Guitarist, Teacher and Writer—who performs internationally and locally.   Her 2022 season included performing at Lincoln Center, and in the Weill Recital hall of Carnegie Hall among other performing arts venues.  She had the honor of performing with her own band and original music at Dubai’s World Expo and also collaborated with musicians from around the world at New England Conservatory’s SilkRoad project, Global musician workshop. In 2020 she was awarded the NYC Artist Corps Grant which culminated in a multimedia piece involving experimental musicians, silhouette puppetry and original music about the processing of grief through a coming of age story.

Laura Neese is a dance artist and educator from Staten Island, NY, where she developed a love for dance under the mentorship of Rosemary Cappozalo. Described as “ethereally romantic” by The Dance Enthusiast, Neese is a member of Bessie-nominated Darrah CarrDance Company and freelance artist. Performing credits range from Jacob’s Pillow to the Today Show to Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2022 she presented her experiential process Myotome Movement Patterns at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Limerick, Ireland. She holds an MFA from the Ohio State University, BFA & BA from SUNY Buffalo, & Pilates Certification from Kinected. Neese is currently on faculty at the University of Kentucky Dept. of Theatre and Dance. She is thrilled to develop new work in and for her native borough as a PASS artist.

J. Bouey is the founder of The Dance Union Podcast, initiating the NYC Dancers COVID-19 Relief Fund and The Dance Union Town Hall For Collective Action to support the dance community through numerous world-changing events. As a creator, J. is a recent 2021-2022 Jerome Fellow and is a 2022/2023 Movement Research Artist in Residence. J. Bouey was also recently a Gibney 2021 Spotlight Artist, Artist-In-Residence at Center for Performance Research, and 2021 Bogliasco Fellow. J. was also a 2018 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow, and 2018 Dancing While Black Fellow. J. is currently a collaborator with nia love and a member of The ‘Fabulous’ Waack Dancers under the direction of Princess Lockerooo. For this residency, J. Bouey will be collaborating with George Del Barrio. As a 1st-generation American and all-media Creative/ Technical Producer deeply versed in photographic physics, George Del Barrio’s practice is concentrated on archetype expansion. In partnership with CUNY Dance Initiative.

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), founded in NYC in 2005 by Artistic Director Samar Haddad King and based between NYC and Palestine since 2011, operates under the belief that art should be liberating, transformative, and accessible to all. Their repertoire of 30+ original works – performed in 12 countries on 4 continents – unites diverse artists and audiences in a creative process that draws upon original choreography, text, sound, and video for theaters, non-traditional spaces, installation works, and site specific events. In NYC, YSDT has performed at the Downtown Dance Festival, Joyce SoHo, Harlem Stage, Gibney, Queens Museum, Teatro LATEA, among others, and has held residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Queens Museum. Samar Haddad King, Artistic/Founding Director of YSDT, graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in NYC under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. King’s work has been commissioned throughout the US and abroad by Hubbard Street 2 (Chicago); Palest’In and Out Festival (Paris); Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Ramallah); Good Chance Theatre (France) and others. She was a 2019/20 Resident Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and a 2021 Toulmin Creator (CBA/National Sawdust) and frequently lectures on her transnational, cross-disciplinary work. In partnership with CUNY Dance Initiative.

About Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is where art, history and nature converge. We offer dynamic programming in the arts, horticulture and agriculture for diverse communities and all ages, on our historic 83-acre campus. We envision being a locally impactful, globally renowned destination, true to our values of artistic vibrancy and community, inclusion and discovery, stewardship and conservation.

Snug Harbor is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th-century charitable rest home for sailors into a regional arts center, botanical gardens and public park.  One of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America, Snug Harbor encompasses 26 historic structures, 14 botanical gardens, a 2.5-acre urban farm, wetlands, forests and park land on a free, open campus.  Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate organization. Learn more at

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