| Elephant Tango Ensemble

Curriculum Vitae: The Course of Life


Elephant Tango Ensemble

2008 – 2012


Director, Composer & Performer

Elephant Tango Ensemble was a collective of musicians, actors, puppeteers, designers, and dancers focused on creative excellence through making puppets, composing music, and preserving story-time.

Nominated for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) and was featured at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery in an exhibit of contemporary puppetry.

Brendan's Notes

Elephant Tango was a formative experience for me. It started as a one-off performance of "How The Elephant Child Got Its Trunk" by Rudyard Kipling at the Cloud Club in Boston using shadow puppets I designed, and a score that I co-composed.

We had about eleven performers helping out with narration, music, and puppeteering for that first show. After that, we kept acquiring more and more incredible people, ideas, and opportunities.

That ensemble was a creative powerhouse, and I'm proud of the work we did during that time.

ETE Members

  • Brendan Burns
  • Valerie Thompson
  • Vessela Stoyanova
  • Nate Greenslit
  • Karin Webb
  • Jill Gibson
  • Lainey Schooltree
  • Natasha Sorokin
  • Nora Long
  • Dylan Gould
  • Tanya Fedan
  • Rachel Jayson
  • Brendan Higgins
  • Cara Frankowicz
  • Gonzalo Plaza
  • Molly Zenobia
  • Jed Barnum
  • Anne-Marie Taylor
  • Nate St. Laurent
  • Dann Brown
  • Walter Sickert
  • Matthew Woellert
  • Krissy Skare
  • Eliza Kopczynska
  • Michelle Rush

Education & Skills

Berklee College of Music

1994 - 1998

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major: Professional Music with a focus on arranging & composition
  • Volunteer: Berklee's Music Mentoring program; teaching gifted High-School students in the Boston Community
Private Studies

1998 - 2009

Master Training

  • Jay Weik
  • Tim Miller
  • Charlie Banacos

Computer Skills

  • Google Workspace
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • iMovie
  • Logic Pro X
  • Garageband
  • Sibelius
Website Design
  • Craft CMS
  • Wordpress
  • Languages:
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Twig