cakeface is the brainchild of writer, director, choreographer
and performing artist Amanda Szeglowski. Currently a HERE Resident Artist and a 2015 recipient of the Virginia
B. Toulmin Foundation's Women Playwrights Commissioning program, Amanda launched her all-female company in 2008 with two comrades and a dream. Socially powered work, tactical collaborations, and linguistic experimentation are the ingredients of the cakeface brand. As CULTUREBOT describes, "cakeface
is a group of fierce, funny, talented women" whose projects thread
together intricate choreography and original, abstract scripts. cakeface
projects contemplate the uncomfortable through the use of grim themes and
an inherently wry female wit. Creative Loafing recently called
their work “as disturbing as it is delightful" and CULTUREBOT nailed
it with “Think Monica Bill Barnes for the Amy Schumer Generation,” in
their piece, Eight Reasons cakeface’s Harold, I Hate You Is
Your New Favorite Downtown Dance/Theater Piece.
cakeface has been presented by En Garde Arts, Stony Brook University, Ars Nova, Dance New Amsterdam, AUNTS, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, RoofTop Dance with the Roger Smith Hotel, The Tank, Going Dutch (Chicago, IL), Smith & Tinker writers’ group, Hillsborough Community College, Rebound Dance Festival (New Haven, CT) and the Florida Dance Festival (Tampa, FL). With cakeface, Amanda has guest lectured at the University of South Florida, and taught master classes at the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, and Howard W. Blake School for the Arts. Currently in development over the course of three years, Stairway to Stardom, will premiere at HERE in Fall 2017.