Click on a team member below for bio and more information.
Wesley Frugé – Founder + Artistic Director
With Forward Flux, Wesley conceived, wrote, and
directed the FringeNYC 2012 play FriendAndy.com; conceived and developed
the collaborate:create artist residency series; conceived and developed
The Flux Salon, a new works reading series that takes place in intimate
spaces; and produced the world premier play Robot Songs (starring
Spencer Plachy, directed by Patrick Pearson). Elsewhere, Wesley has
assistant directed Silence at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston,
worked as a teaching artist for the Alley Theatre, and directed Godspell
and assistant directed Smokey Joe’s Café (KCACTF runner-up) at SHSU. He
also created and starred in the original webseries “The Privileged
(POOR) Life of Wesley.” In addition, Wesley has performed on stage
around the country; select credits include: “Ryan” in High School
Musical (Jenny Wiley Theatre), “Action” in West Side Story (Little
Theatre on the Square), “Henry” in Red Badge of Courage (Main Street
Theatre), Guys & Dolls (Prather Entertainment Group), A Christmas Carol
(National Tour), and Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Off-Broadway). Wesley
holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
Karesia Batan – Co-Founder + Creative Producer
Karesia was choreographer and company manager of Forward Flux's first production, FriendAndy.com, as well as affiliate producer of Robot Songs and creative developer/producer of the collaborate:create Residency series. She is an NYC-based modern dancer and choreographer. Live performance credits include work with Anne Zuerner, Jenny Rocha, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, VESSEL Dance, Nancy Meehan Dance Co., Abby Bender/Schmantze Theatre, and Neville Dance, among other video and installation artists. She current dances for Beth Soll & Co. Notable venues include West End Theatre, DNA, Judson Church, BAX, 92nd St. Y, Cunningham Studio, St. Mark's in the Bowery, and La Mama. Karesia's choreography has been presented at HERE Arts Center, Northside Townhall, Triskelion Arts, Theaterlab, and Gibney Dance Center, as well as the Built on Stilts festival (MV) and the Performing Arts Conservatory (CT). She is a board member of National Choreography Month, Founder and lead Producer for the Queens Dance Festival, and co-creator of The Moves Project, an outdoor site-specific improvisation series. She hails from Stamford, CT and graduated cum laude with a degree in communication from Boston University.
Rafael Landeiro – Co-Founder + Technical Producer
Rafael is an NYC transplant from Salvador-Bahia in Brazil. With Forward Flux he was the Multi-Media & Technical Director on FriendAndy.com, where he successfully guiding the execution of over 400 cues in 90minutes; as well as producer of collaborate:create. He has appeared in short films as well as on “Blue Bloods,” and “Law & Order” among others. He is the founder of both RabbitHoleMusic and UnOfficial Presents, both party production companies in the New York City area. His interests also involve photography, and he recently won a national contest from Pepsi and Beyoncé and had his photo submission premiere during the Superbowl 2013 Halftime Show. Other projects include writer/director/producer of the TBA short film “Kiss” for Tropfest 2013. Rafael holds a BA in Business Management in Music Business from Five Towns College (Huntington, NY).
Benjamin Benne - Associate Producer + Literary Manager
Benjamin Benne is a playwright of biracial identity and Guatemalan heritage, who was born and raised in Los Angeles County. His first play, Captivity
, was awarded the Mai Hayakawa Memorial Scholarship by New York Theatre Intensives to participate in their 2011 Summer Conservatory in association with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Terra Incognita
achieved semifinalist status in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2014 National Playwrights Conference, and at the very bottom of a body of water
was a finalist for the 2014-15 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center. q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits
was presented as part of the 2014 Seattle Fringe Festival; it was the recipient of the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Benjamin's work has also been developed and presented in Seattle by Parley, Forward Flux Productions, Drybones Artist Collective, Freehold Theatre, and the 1st Seattle One-Minute Play Festival at ACT. In addition to being affiliated with Forward Flux, Benjamin is a Founding Member and Associate Playwright of Parley, a Seattle-based playwright group.
Anthony Phillips - Production Assistant
Anthony is an actor, playwright and musician. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts, he has performed on many stages around Seattle, including the roles of Ellard in The Foreigner
(Village Theatre), Whit in Of Mice and Men
(Eclectic Theatre), a host of classical caricatures in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
(Key City Public Theatre), and a school shooter in his first feature length film, "Beta Test." He has been writing songs since the fourth grade, and is proud to have just released an album of original material with his band, Blue Poseidon. As a writer, he is currently crafting horror-comedy-masque based on the life and times of Ed Gein, entitled Ghoul