Vector Art Ensemble, established in 2009, explores technological, biological and narrative trajectories through the performative event. We see a need for art-actions which directly respond to the provocations of our unique political, popular, and art historical context. Therefore, VAE prioritizes collaboration, high aesthetic value, political/community consciousness, popular culture trends, scientific inquiry, and trans-disciplinary methods as creative imperatives for our art-making process.

We are writers, directors, performance artists, actors, visual artists, animators, film makers, sound designers, textile artists, educators, engineers, and anything else we need to become to do the work. VAE prioritizes project development with outside artists or companies, and produces its own work on a reserved schedule to allow for agile collaborations. As such, VAE participates in projects year-round with symbiotic collaborators and includes rogue artists in its own work as well.


Lián Amaris (Artistic Director & Co-Founder) As a director and performance artist Amaris has been involved in over unique 30 productions. Salon called her 2013 play The Video Game Monologues “slyly perceptive” and “a taste of what’s to come. Amaris’ 2009 monologue, Swimming to Spalding, directed by Richard Schechner, was called “a riveting piece of theater” with “some of the most powerful indictments of contemporary warfare that have been on stage in recent memory” by Backstage. Her internationally-covered 2007 72-hour public performance event, Fashionably Late for the Relationship, premiered in Union Square NYC, and the film has been shown at The Guggenheim, the San Jose Museum of Art, and several national festivals.  Favorite directing credits include Ellen McLaughlin’s The Trojan Women (‘07), Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (’09), Thomas Naughton’s All My Mother’s Diets (’11), and Kafka’s Shortest Works (’08), a staging of 10 stories by Franz Kafka. Selected press coverage includes The New York Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Reuters, The New York Post, The Drama Review, and Backstage. Amaris was a Drama and New Media professor for three years and holds Master’s degrees from New York University in Performance Studies and Interactive Telecommunications, with a BA in Theater from UMass at Amherst.


Thomas Patrick Naughton (Co-Founder) is a writer, theater artist, and musician from Boston, Massachusetts. His writing on eating disorders gained national attention in 2004 when he appeared on The CBS Early Show to discuss his 10-year struggle with anorexia. His ground-breaking work became the inspiration for his 2011 solo performance, All My Mother’s Diets which debuted at Oberon in Cambridge, MA. His favorite work has been as a collaborator and lead ensemble member in productions of Ciertas Cosas Oscuras/Certain Dark Things by Lian Amaris, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp, and For by Margaret Powers. He is currently pursuing an ALM in Dramatic Arts at Harvard Extension School and has a BA in theater from UMass Amherst.






Renzo Ampuero is an actor inspired by the intersections of theater, language, and other creative disciplines. Originally from Peru, Ampuero has performed in New York City, San Francisco, Cambridge, Moscow, Lima, and Sao Paulo. He has collaborated with playwright Ellen McLaughlin and several theater companies, including Outside the Wire, Ripe Time, Tides, and la Criatura. Renzo has an MFA from The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.


Janne Barklis has performed as Marina in Pericles, Kate Osbourne in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Andromache in Trojan Women, Scapina in Scapin(a)!, and Lead in 4:48 Psychosis. She is a Creative Writing graduate of Colorado College where she wrote, designed, and directed the original play The Substitute. New to the Bay Area, she continues her training at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre and most recently performed as Carol Jackson in Chetty’s Lullaby and as Sodapop Curtis in the Low Road Theatre Company’s debut adaptation of The Outsiders.


After his incarceration for performing on a MUNI bus without the proper license, Toby Dixon began performing his antics for a less abusive but more stoned crowd throughout the Bay Area. He is a part-time writer, part-time actor, part-time producer and full-time funny man. Toby is the founding member of the San Francisco sketch troupe Living Impaired. Toby has performed at The Lost Church, The Dark Room, Rhino, and a host of other places that have closed down because no one give a shit about art houses in this god damned city anymore.

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