FuturePerfect is a New York-based interdisciplinary studio with a special focus on the future of live performance in relation to new and emerging technologies. Wayne Ashley, the former Director of Arts in Multimedia at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), founded the studio in 2008.
FuturePerfect develops artistic works through close and often long-term relationships with some of today’s most interesting artists, scientists, researchers and organizations. Through ongoing collaborations FuturePerfect generates and supports new directions in performance and visual culture through commissions, consulting, project management, concept development, production residencies, presentations and symposia.
Founder and Executive Producer
Wayne Ashley is the Founder and Executive Producer of FuturePerfect Productions, the New York-based research, development and production company focusing on the future of live performance in relationship to new and emerging technologies. Through ongoing collaborations FuturePerfect generates and supports new directions in performance and visual culture through commissions, touring, consulting, residencies, presentations, and conferences. For the past fourteen years Ashley has been an independent curator, producer, and consultant. He has developed and implemented projects with nationally and internationally recognized artists, cultural institutions, and corporations. Some of these have included Performing Arts Hub Norway, Fusebox Festival, Bell Labs, Nike, Seattle Art Museum, Deutche Bank, Walker Art Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pace University, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has been a consultant to the Australia Arts Council, London’s Rich Mix, New York Performing Arts Library, and CPR—Center for Performance Research, a performance and dance center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From 2002 to 2005 he was a Program Director and Curator at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and from 1999 to 2001 was the first Manager of New Media and the Director of Arts in Multimedia at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), one of America’s foremost presenters of contemporary music, opera, theater, dance and film from around the world. Time Out New York voted him “20 to Watch: Meet the Rising Stars in the Arts, Entertainment and Beyond,” and Ballettanz, Europe’s major dance journal, featured him as “Personality of the Year” in their Critics Survey.
Xander Seren has been working with FuturePerfect Productions since 2015. He is a composer, musician and computer programmer and has done commissioned and institutional work for New York arts organizations Rhizome and Issue Project Room. He is a member of the collective and web-based initiative The Actual School and in 2013 he founded the experimental performance space Apothecary in Asheville, North Carolina.
Lisa Reynolds has been working with FuturePerfect Productions since 2010. She holds a MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program. Coming to Brooklyn College with a strong foundation in actor training and performance experience, Lisa started to expand her practice into installation and media art. She created She Fell of the Face of the Earth (and then came back) with collaborator McKenna Kerrigan for 21CPW Gallery. They also presented works at Volta Arts Fair, Southpaw and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Lisa has performed at REDCAT, Rauschenberg Gallery, New Museum, PS 1, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD), Anthology Films Archives, Performa ’09, Performa ‘11, Art in General, Cleveland Art Institute, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Brooklyn Museum and others. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, LA Times, Huffington Post and published in What Can a Body Do? at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. She also works as a RID certified ASL interpreter for the Deaf.