After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, Murphi Cook traveled the country with collaborator Zach Dorn as part of the rag tag theatre duo Miniature Curiosa, developing original fast-paced puppet spectacles for adults and children. Called a “whimsical trifle and a hellish vision” by Charleston’s City Paper, their imaginary retelling of Pittsburgh Luminary Frederick Ingersoll’s Luna Park was hailed as “one of Piccolo Spoleto’s most daring and inventive shows in years.” In 2015, the pair wrote, built, and starred in Red, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood through the lens of a John Hughes film for Magik Theatre in San Antonio. Murphi’s work as a theatre-maker has been supported by Rackspace’s Rack Gives Back, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, New Hazlett’s Community Sponsored Art Program, Awesome Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, and the Sprout Fund. She was recognized as a promising emerging female playwright at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference for her live action horror play Birds of America. As an artist in residence at Bunker Projects, she's working on, The Clown was Stung by Wasps, Miniature Curiosa’s most ambitious endeavor to date.
In 1990, Murphi sat in the backseat of her parent's Toyota Corolla with a burnt cupcake in one hand and a preschool diploma in the other; her life had peaked just five minutes prior. Because of this (or perhaps, in spite of this), her art weaves whimsy, horror, disappointment, and memory into fast-moving multimedia theatre spectacles and immersive environments. Using puppetry, live-projection, and non-linear storytelling, she dumps spectators into parallel universes that revel in the potential for magic.
Tate graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art in May of 2016. She studied abroad at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London in London, UK during Spring of 2015. Tate has worked with the Mattress Factory Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, both in Pittsburgh, and the Strohl Gallery, Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, and Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution in New York.
"I am a painter of biographical interior spaces in which the decorations, objects, and furniture depicted are referential to and representational of my memories, emotions, desires, and dreams. Internal mind spaces become interior rooms. My paintings are symbolic of spaces in my mind, constructed by my experiences, which only exist in my blood. These rooms are pieced together from rooms and events throughout history, memories of places of travel, interactions with and characteristics of loved ones, lusts for textile prints and runway styles, and flora and fauna. I aim to create oddly luxurious and unapologetic feminine mind spaces into real spaces, where my audience can exist and dream in."