Al Límite was formed in January 2020 but we have been working together for nearly a decade. Our work is deeply rooted in decolonizing our bodies and our performance. Our theater is in the streets, at sites of injustice, in the intimate conversations we have with strangers, in the workshop and our company is constantly growing as we cross borders and work with communities around the world.
Who we are
We are artists, cultural researchers, educators, idealists, witches, shakers, witnesses, poets, activists, wanderers, nobodies, everybody.
Artistic Director Team
Philip Santos Schaffer is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist creating interactive performances in unconventional places. His work deals with politics, pop culture, intimacy, and empathy through participation, humor, music, and more! Philip is one fifth of the team behind WalkUpArts, a theatre company which he co-founded in 2014. Philip has a BFA in Directing from Hofstra University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.
shAdow, fka Alvin Gaines-Molina, a Los Angeles native, has been a recipient of various prestigious dance scholarships and has danced with numerous dance companies, both as a core member and guest artist. He has performed with musical artists such as Deborah Cox and with Fatboy Slim at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. He has also graced the stage in musicals such as The King and I (tour) and the French import Notre Dame de Paris at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas.His film credits include Bataan Rescue for PBS and Torrance Rises with acclaimed director Spike Jonze. His earlier performance arts credits includes performances and art installations with the now defuncted L.A. Butoh group Corpus Delicti, including a headline performance at the Red Cat Theater and a shared billing with Butoh Master Katsura Kan in 2007’s Global Butoh at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. shAdow stepped away from dance and performance and pursued his culinary dreams as a chef and food stylist, a path which he followed for several years with resounding success. It was not until the summer of 2011, following the death of his beloved grandmother, that he felt his dance spirit reignite. After years of absence from dance and performance, he is reconnected with former collaborators, leading him to join Bad Unkl Sista, a San Francisco based butoh-inspired and Stillness movement group. It is with this group where truly honed and developed his love for bodily movement and its interactions with the mind. In the early parts of 2019, shAdow "ran away" and join some of the core members of Al Limite, then of The Living Theatre, on their Mexico tour of "Despertar Electrico". It was then he decided to be part of his new found tribe of creatives; and soon enough Al Limite Collective was born. He is extremely excited to continue his creative adventure and explore the depth of his creativity with Al Límite Collective.
Actor, Poet, Professor, Director & Healer
Acting Off-Broadway: The Hope Hypothesis by Cat Miller (The Sheen Theatre, Voyage Theatre) The Aeneid music by Dunkan Sheik (Drama League, Workshop), Outside The World (Here), Rug Dealer (Women’s Project Theatre), Petrol Station (BAM/NYU), I am Gordafarid (NYTW/Rising Circle), Soundwaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan (Fringe), Blackbird (one woman show, LocationOne), Korach, History of the World, SMOPS, Here We Are, No Place to Hide (The Living Theatre, Judith Malina), Antigone, Betrothed (RipeTime) Regional: Kiss (Yale Repertory), The Who & The What (Milwaukee Rep), Scorched (Syracuse Stage). In the Heart of America (InteractCo.), Wintertime (SanJose Rep), Afghan Women (Passage Theatre), Sodom & Gomorrah (O'Neill), Blue Demon (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Darko Tresnjak dir.) TV/Film: “Blue Bloods” “God Friended Me” “The Enemy Within”, “Madam Secretary,” America 1979, Eugenia & John, Encounter with Simone Weil. Graduate Fordham University at Lincoln Center, BAADA, NTI, & St.Petersburg Arts Theatre Academy. Studied in LA with Ivana Chubbuck.
Soraya also runs her own private practice in Ayurveda & Yoga after having worked beside Dr Deepak Chopra.
Directing credits https://thesegalcenter.org/event/japanese-playwrights-project-2/
She has taught as a teaching artist & adjunct: Fordham University, John Jay College/Performance and Justice Lab, National Theatre Institute, Subpoetics International in Slovenia, Rush Arts Foundation Brooklyn & Chelsea, City College, PS 171, William Esper Studio, Pardis for Children, Bilingual Workshops in NY, Studio 5 with Per Brahe, ALATetc A Laboratory for Actor Training, The Living Theatre workshops/classes, Actors Studio, Whitby School, Chopra Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre : Emerging Professional Residencies & Professional Training Institute. Website : sorayabroukhim.com
Leah Bachar is a performer/producer/director/experimenter. Fascinated with human connection, Leah is drawn to public performance and unique, interactive situations that create an open arena for spontaneous experiences and promote no barriers between the spectators and performers.
With a deep interest in ritualistic theatre and the healing properties of the arts, she combines her passion for guerrilla theatre, different cultures, the written word, surreal stagings, entering trance states, dancing, radical artistic collaboration, social experiments, and curating happenings where performance art and human healing intertwine. Realizing the powerful social and political message that the arts emit, Leah is interested in initiating conversations and introducing people to one another who wouldn’t normally meet in order to help facilitate a greater universal discourse between artists and their communities.
Monica Hunken is a Brooklyn-based performer who creates docu-adventure theatre including; Reading the Water, Blondie of Arabia, The Wild Finish, Hunker Down, Outside the World and Mt Rushmore. In NY, she has been produced at Culture Project, Exponential Festival, The Brick, The Living Theatre, Polish Cultural Institute and HERE Arts Center. She has been produced in Australia’s Horse’s Mouth Festival, the Netherland’s DeParade Festival, Norway’s PIT festival, the Glastonbury Festival in England, among many other theaters across the globe. She was an artist in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fish Factory in Iceland and winner of the Patrolio Award for her work responding to social injustice through art in Spain. She has worked in refugee camps around the world facilitating arts programming. She is an avid cyclist, having ridden through over 20 countries while also being an activist/ organizer having worked with Rev Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping, Resist Spectra, Time’s-Up!, New Sanctuary Coalition, Sane Energy Project on environmental and immigration issues and she works as a direct action trainer with Beautiful Trouble, GreenPeace and Rainforest Action Network in NYC and abroad. Photo by Hunter Canning
Cypress Atlas is a New Orleans based performance artist, musician, writer, and healer. She is the founder of the Vanishing Performance Festival as well as a co-founder of the Corrijeune Collective. She has toured the United States extensively as part of collective and solo performance projects. Currently she is working toward her M.S. in mental health counseling at Loyola University.
Jessica Daugherty (jdaugh) is a director and producer of documentary and non-fiction film and video, a writer, and performance artist. A student of revolutionary theatre, working with social documentary filmmaker George Stoney, her work began to focus on radical social change brought through art, experimentation with forms, and creating access. Her work has been published by The Black Theatre Network, the Anamesa Journal, and can be seen on major networks such as Showtime, PBS, NBC, History, and WNET. She met Judith Malina and The Living Theatre while attending 2014's No Place To Hide and began performing in the piece in the difficult and beautiful summer of 2015.
Brad Hamers Poet, musician, performance artist, collage artist, loud dreamer. Brad Hamers has had 4 books of poetry published and 13 musical projects released over the past 17 years, both as a solo artist and as a part of the bands: Phlegm, Two Ton Sloth, Dust On Snow, Child of No Nation and Cat Child. Brad has been touring his art throughout the US and Europe for the past two decades. Brad has been performing with The Living Theatre since 2014. He is a believer in magic, a practitioner of art as medicine, art as a revolutionary tactic.
Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li
Originally from Taiwan, Dennis is a director/playwright, having created productions addressing sexuality, philosophy, humanity, and class, to give his unique perspective on time, space, and power relations. Dennis is an alumnus of Drama League's New York Directing Fellowship, Target Margin Theater's Institute Fellowship, and a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Directing credits: Caligula (New Ohio Theatre), Deathwatch (New Ohio Theatre), and The (New) Trial (Theater for the New City). www.dennisyuehyehli.com