Artyom Astafurov / Beth Graczyk

Artyom Astafurov / Beth Graczyk

 

Artyom Astafurov has over 15 years of executive engineering experience with major technology companies. Most recently, he served as VP of Engineering at Opentrons Labworks, a robotics company manufacturing liquid-handling robots for the biomedical industry. Previously, he was the Managing Partner in charge of the Distributed Systems and IoT practice at DataArt, a technology consulting and solutions design company with over 2,500 professionals in 20 locations in the US, Europe and Latin America. Clients include Nasdaq, S&P and Travelport. Throughout his career, Artyom has directed organizations towards success with his eye for solution design, implementation, and delivery, combining software development practices with top-notch engineering standards. Artyom holds a BS in Applied Math and a Masters in Computer Science from St. Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO). He is a licensed pilot and an expecting father of four.

Beth Graczyk is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and a scientist. Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India for the past 17 years. Concurrently, she has contributed to 10 science publications in the field of cancer research. She co-directed the performance company Salt Horse in Seattle with Corrie Befort and Angelina Baldoz from 2008-2015. After moving to NYC 4.5 years ago, Graczyk launched a solo project called Desire Motor. Since then, her work has been produced or presented by Gibney, Movement Research, CPR, La MaMa, Oye Group, Movement Research, Triskelion and Jack. She has been awarded residencies at Abrons Arts Center (NYC), The Marble House (VT) and through the NAP program (PA). Work-in-progress versions of her newest piece, Thirst, have been presented through Pioneers Go East Collective, Center for Performance Research, and most recently at the 2019 EstroGenius festival. In addition to working as a solo artist, Graczyk co-teaches and has a creative collaboration with John Gutierrez (G^2), and a queer gogo-dance duo with Rachel Pritzlaff (LezTwirl). She currently is building a dance work with Interact Theater, a Minneapolis-based radical inclusion theater group, and also will teach and choreograph this May/June in Kerala, India at The Floor with Artistic Director Arunima Gupta.