BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group (BBG) is a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble whose present company includes Jon Burklund, Ilana Stuelpner, and Niko Tsocanos, with sound designer and collaborator, Anastasia Clarke. Founded by Burklund and Stuelpner in 2010, BBG builds work through improvisation, collaborative processes, and multi-media tools, cultivating a unique voice in abstract storytelling and dark humor. Hailed as, “Gleefully deranged and unapologetically messy,” by Theatre is Easy, and, “Goofy and charming,” by American Theater Magazine, BBG approaches disturbing and taboo subjects with a sense of humor, disarming audiences with their absurd take on unsettling topics. BBG’s original works, collaborations, and curations have been presented at Dixon Place, HERE, Incubator Arts, Triskelion Arts, The Silent Barn, Vital Joint, Muchmore’s, Panoply Performance Lab, The Wild Project, Wesleyan University, Brooklyn College, and others. Their work has received support from The Jerome Foundation, Lake Studio Berlin, Salem Art Works, and Incubator Arts Short Form Program.

Jon Burklund (director/performer) is a Brooklyn based theater artist born in New Jersey. Apart from his work with BBG,  Jon has collaborated as a performer with John Jesurun, Mina Nishimura, Sogmush Collective, Nick Brooke, Jenny Rohn, Abi Basch, Joe Fenner and Claudia Schnurer. Jon does video work with his company ZANNI Productions. Jon holds a BA from Bennington College, and has trained at Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy.


Niko Tsocanos (director/performer) moved to New York in 2011 after receiving his BA from Bennington College where he concentrated his studies in dance and literature. Outside of his work with BBG, Niko has performed with Susan Sgorbati and Elliot Caplan, Dishman + Co, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Annette Herwander, Bradley Teal Ellis, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, and Becky Radway Dance Projects. He currently performs in Third Rail Projects’ Bessie Award Winning Then She Fell.



Ilana Stuelpner (director/performer) was born and raised in Queens, NY.  She began collaborating with Jon Burklund at Bennington College creating original works in dance and theater, and has continued to work with an expanded group of college friends in New York City since graduation.


Anastasia Clarke (sound design/collaborator) is a Brooklyn based music and sound artist. She has designed sound with BOOM BAT GESTURE for nearly two years, performing onstage/soundperson hybrid roles in Cthulhu's House of Z at HERE and Screen Eyed Baby Ice. She performs her own voice, guitar, and electronics-driven compositions as Silent Isle with percussionist Sandy Gordon, and occasional others.