The M14423 is based in New York City and is taught around the world. It was established in 1993 by writer Shelley Berc and multimedia artist Alejandro Fogel to provide an alternative to traditional forms of education and thinking. The organization is dedicated to teaching individuals and groups about their creative processes.
Shelley Berc is a novelist and playwright. Her awards include two year Pew/TCG National Theatre Artists Residency grant for 100,000 USD, two Lila Wallace/Readers Digest awards, a TCG Artists Residency travel grant, McKnight Fellowship, National Jewish Culture Playwriting award, Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship, NEA Opera/Music librettist fellowship, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for best off-Broadway play.
Her plays and dance texts have been performed in such venues as the American Repertory Theater, Yale Rep, CSC, Portland Stage, Walker Arts Center, Tanglewood, Festival d'Avignon and the Edinburgh Festival. Her plays include a Girls Guide to the Divine Comedy, Dual Heads, Burn Out, Shooting Shiva, and To Dance the Memory of Angels.
Alejandro Fogel is a multimedia artist working in painting, writing, installations, video, travel-performance, and digital art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in Argentina, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and Germany.
Since he had his first experience of the Andes, Mr. Fogel became deeply involved with the history and art of Pre-Columbian cultures and subsequently the roots of individuals in culture and the legacy of heritage. Since 1995 he has been creating art works that follow the footsteps of his father's journey from a Hassidic youth in Transylvania through the years of the Holocaust in labor camps and in hiding and his subsequent emigration to Argentina where Fogel was born.