erik abbott-main (performer)
Erik Abbott-Main is a performer and choreographer working in New York City. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (BA Theatre Arts) and The Ohio State University (MFA Dance), he is an artist engaging the field through improvisation, mixed media and installation performances, collaborations with other artists and lots more. His work has been presented in Michigan, Ohio, Los Angeles, New York City, and Montreal through support by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Columbus Dances Fellowship, Center for Performance Research, The Johnstone Fund, Sunday at Central, OSU Alumni Graduate Research Grants, and more.See more.
Erik is currently a performer with Third Rail Projects in the creation of a new work. Formerly, he performed as Macbeth in Punchdrunk’s long standing Off-Broadway production, Sleep No More, with Kristina Isabelle Dance (Chicago), White Road Dance Media (NYC), Peter Sparling Dance Company (Michigan, and Louise Richilin Dancers (LA). Additionally, he created Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday as a vehicle to pursue personal choreographic projects, diverse in measure and venue. His creative work, generated through Boy Friday, embeds interdisciplinary inquiry within a dance praxis, while placing the human body and experience in the foreground. Erik is particularly interested in investigating the ways in which theatricality and personal histories are imbedded in the weight of the human body in action, and works to bridge these connections in all aspects of his technique class. Coupled with performing, Erik has instructed at numerous dance institutions including Dance Italia (Lucca & Agropoli, Italy), his Alma Matters (OSU, EMU), and others (Saginaw Valley State, American College Dance Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, and many more). He also remains an active student in yoga, literature, animated video shorts, stilt and other circus arts. www.boyfridaycompany.com
alexandra anthony (performer)
Originally from Dublin, OH, Alex is a sophomore and a dance major at The Ohio State University. Early on, she trained at Tony Calucci's Dance Extension and has been dancing for sixteen years. Before transferring to Ohio State she studied dance at Western Michigan University. Her training background includes ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and tap. See more.
For four years, she was involved in a non-profit organization called The Collaborative Dance Project where she worked with many guest choreographers and artists. OSU Dance has brought many new experiences to her. In May 2011, she is participating in her first performance in the Department of Dance's Spring Concert.
tessa anton (performer)
Tessa Anton is a transfer student from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an undergraduate, BFA dance major at The Ohio State University. Tessa has been trained by teachers at The Richmond Ballet,Diggs School of Dance, The Chamber Ballet, TR Dance Center, The Barn Studio, The Richmond Ballet’s Summer Dance Intensives, and attended the New York City Dance Alliance workshops. See more.
Tessa’s extensive studies in dance have included ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, character, modern, musical theatre, and ballroom. She was a member of the Bayside Youth Ballet Company for eight years, where she received a scholarship towards her first year of college and was a member of the Rapture Jazz Dance Company for a season. Tessa also has had experience as a dance instructor and choreographer while she was with the Bayside Youth Ballet Company. Among the many influential people in her training thus far, some of the most inspiring people Tessa has worked with are Scott Putman, Willie Hinton, Malcolm Burn, Arnott Mader, Susan Massey, Martha Curtis, and Melanie Richards. While in college Tessa is focused on the educational and performance experience provided within her major in order to fulfill her dreams, sharpen her natural talent, and develop them towards advancement into a successful professional career.
mario ashkar film (photographer)
Mario Ashkar is a visual artist and videographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashkar's work is almost always collaborative, working with artists, musicians and community leaders to create new visuals and strike new conversations. Ashkar enjoys merging the classic tropes of film and television with new media for the modern audience. For more information or to contact Mario Ashkar, visit marioashkar.com.
futsuki asonuma (performer)
Futsuki Asonuma is a senior at The University of Tsukuba in Japan, majoring in comparative culture, and is currently attending The Ohio State University as an exchange student for 2010-11. Her research focus is on philosophy, performing arts and postmodernism. She believes that improvisational performances are a key approach in the way to see the world in the postmodern period. Insert title is her first performance at Ohio State.
heather baur (performer)
Heather Baur (Cleveland, OH) has been teaching, dancing, and choreographing for the past 15 years. She holds a Dance Education Licensure from Kent State University (OH) and earned her B.A. at Bowling Green State University (OH). Other educational experience includes studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa and University of Urbino in Italy. She performed in NYC with Vissi Dance Theater and acted as Assistant Dance Director at St. Joseph’s Magnet Arts High School. In Maine, she worked with Collective Motion and Sonar Dance and helped produce and direct New England Dance Project. There, she taught at Berwick Academy and started a dance/yoga program at Falmouth High School. Heather has been commissioned to choreograph works in NYC, Cleveland, and Maine. Her experience extends internationally to Israel in the Yitzhak International Arts Gathering. Heather now performs and creates with MorrisonDance and is a Certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
david bernabo (co-creator/performer/sound/videographer/photographer)
David Bernabo has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music and art scenes for a good while, actively participating in bands, dance ensembles, art initiatives, and filmmaking. David currently performs and composes for the band/art ensemble Host Skull, dances with Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and MODULES, and is preparing installation and video work. He recently finished work on a feature-length documentary, Ongoing Box, which documents the role of process through various artistic forms and trades. His current activities are creating the Food Systems film series, working on new group and solo music, and cultivating a MODULES-inspired movement piece called The Reduction. http://www.davidbernabo.info
meredith bove (co-creator spring salon)
Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher and choreographer currently based in the Washington, DC area. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented, unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. Her work has been seen at various venues and festivals in the US and in Berlin, Germany. As a performer, she has appeared in the work of Jérôme Bel, Luis Lara Malvacías, Sharon Mansur, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Jillian Peña, and Erica Rebollar among others, and has enjoyed collaborations with dancer/choreographer Andrea Jenni, and conceptual artist Luke Munn. Meredith has taught at Hollins University, Montgomery College, The Dance Exchange, and The Collective (Baltimore). She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. meredithbove.wordpress.com
charli brissey (concept multiple bodies project)
Charli Brissey is an experimental artist based in Richmond, VA. Her work has been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues internationally, including the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, the Passagen Gallery in Sweden, the Eye Institute in The Netherlands, Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, the CURRENT SESSIONS in New York City, The Nottingham Playhouse, and many more. She is a 2013-14 recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship, and was awarded a Graduate Scholar Award from the 4th International Conference on the Image. Brissey was an artist-in-residence at the Sfakiotes Residency Program in Lefkada, Greece, and has been offered a residency position at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing during 2016. She received her BFA in Dance & Choreography and MFA in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brissey currently serves as the Video Producer & Editor for the American Dance Festival and will be pursuing an MFA in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Fall of 2015.
danté brown (performer/videographer)
Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography and Performance. As a performer, Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, Dance Exchange, David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, and Noa Zuk, among others. After founding Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, DB|WD has had the opportunity to show work at Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Columbus Dance Theater, Dance Gallery Festival, Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, The New Museum, Sam Houston State University, Triskelion Arts, The Wild Project, Wexner Center for the Arts, and YourMove Dance Festival. He has also had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Bates College, Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, Dance New Amsterdam, East Village Dance Project, Gibney Dance Center, The Ohio State University, and Peridance Capezio Center.
michael kelly bruce (mentor)
Michael Kelly Bruce, Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University began dancing with Harriette Ann Gray in a movement-for-actors class at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; he spent the next five years working with her. After a year in Holland working closely with Lucas Hoving and performing with several Dutch companies he moved to NYC, working with choreographers such as Anna Sokolow, Mary Anthony and Fred Mathews. From 1974 through 1981, he danced with the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of Utah, working with many choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Douglas Dunn, Bruce Marks and Mathew Diamond. He has performed the works of Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey, Helen Tamiris, Jose Limon, Viola Farber, Susan Hadley, John Giffin, and Victoria Uris. He has served as a guest performer and choreographer with companies across the country; as co-director of The Coast in San Francisco; and as a faculty member of workshops, colleges, and universities including Perry-Mansfield, Harvard Summer Institute, Mills College, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University. MKB teaches Kinesiology for Dancers, Alternative Movement Practices, Pilates Matwork and Reformer, Repertory, and Choreography.
david cherry (videographer/photographer)
David Cherry has worked with writing, artwork, film, video, music, design, and photography, through various solo projects, collaborations, and live events. He served as the creative director of Incredibly Thin, an independent press and wild-eyed ensemble of creative minds, artisans, and badasses, who helped produce, showcase, and promote the work of over one hundred local and national authors, artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Longtime collaborator, Matthew Carrick, is working with David to document Maree ReMalia | merrygogo’s performance in the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
jenn clancy (performer)
Jenn Clancy is currently a freshman dance and biology major at The Ohio State University. The majority of her training was completed at South Dayton School of Dance, focusing primarily on ballet and modern technique. For six years, she was also a member of the pre-professional company, South Dayton Dance Theatre. Jenn has performed at Regional Dance America and International Ballet Festival. Her summers have been spent dancing with Joffrey Midwest Workshop under the direction of John Magnus, Koresh Dance Company, and Point Park University Dance. Numerous scholarships have been awarded to her from 3D Dance Network, dance studios and summer programs. Insert Title is her second performance at OSU Dance.
zoe collins (costume consultant)
matthew cumbie (co-creator spring salon)
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work looks at how storytelling and performance can shift perspective, unearth history, celebrate the individual and the shared, re-imagine our future, and create collective wisdom. He has been commissioned by Texas State University and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and has shown work in places ranging from the non-traditional, like in cars and online symposiums, to the more theatrical, like at Harvard University and major theaters. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. With Dance Exchange, Matthew collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research and embodied scholarship. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
hyun david (performer)
Hyun David received his training and his BA in dance at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has worked with and danced for Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and ClancyWorks Dance Company. Along with his dancing, Hyun’s interest in choreography has led him to opportunities of showcasing his own work in the Washington, DC area. Currently, he is working with Maree ReMalia, who is a certified Gaga instructor. He is thrilled to have her here teaching and sharing the Gaga movement language as well as having the opportunity to work with her.
lisa dietz (performer)
Lisa Dietz graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance Education and currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an Instructor and Manager at Dance Moves of Charleston where she is also Associate Artistic Director of the Dance Moves Youth Company. Her passion for dance began at the age of 3 and she has been sharing that passion with her students for 17 years in a variety of settings. Lisa has worked with BalletMet’s Momentum program, Engaging Creative Minds, an arts-integration program in Charleston schools, and Now and Next Dance Mentoring Project. Lisa was thrilled to work closely with the College of Charleston to help bring this program to the Lowcountry in 2014. She has performed with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Coco Dance Group, Annex Dance Company and Coalesce Dance Company. Her choreography has been shown most recently at Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival, Jailbreak Arts Festival, and Enough Pie’s Awakening II: Fieldwork.
eric falck (performer)
Eric Falck is currently searching for a career path or at least something to do in his life. He began dancing in 2006 when he attended The Ohio State University. During the course of receiving his B.S. in Zoology, Eric took as many elective dance courses as he could. Since then, he has been able to study Gaga in Tel Aviv, learn performance techniques on aerial apparatuses, and high kick on stilts. Eric can be found in New York City relearning how to learn set movement, trying to find people who like dance parties and taking pictures of everything. http://epfalck.wix.com/effyography
liz faller (mentor)
For thirty-five years, Liz has devoted her life to the promotion of human potential through study, practice, and teaching. Her interdisciplinary focus, with an emphasis on embodied awareness, includes dance, nature, performance art, yoga, mindfulness, creativity, ritual, and experiential education. With her extensive background in improvisational, transformational, and West African inspired dance, Liz continues to teach, perform, choreograph and direct, with infectious enthusiasm. Her commitment to a dynamic balance of academic structure and self-directed learning, and to earth-based community, anchors and enlivens her courses. Her approach is holistic (integrating body, mind and spirit), playful, and supportive, with an intention to meet the unique learning style of each student. Her faith in the profound wisdom and creativity that lies within each one of us, guides her way.
sara fried (intern)
Sara Fried is entering her final year at the University of Pittsburgh studying developmental psychology with a minor in dance. Originally from Philadelphia, Sara has been performing for most of her life and is excited to be working with Maree and the performers. After she graduates, Sara would like to continue exploring her interests in psychology, and dancing with new artists around the world.
james graham (performer)
James Graham is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Graham is on faculty at UC Berkeley, the Dominican University/LINES Ballet B.F.A. Program, and at the SF Conservatory of Dance where he teaches Gaga People classes. Graham was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in Canada, South Korea, and Israel. His company, James Graham Dance Theatre, presents his own choreography, while also curating the work of others, namely in Dance Lovers, his annual Valentine's show of duets. In 2015, he received an IZZIE award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual (for his Entire Season) and was nominated for an IZZIE in Choreography (for "Guilty Survivor"). He will be presenting his work Homeroom, an evening-length duet, at ODC Theatre December 10-12, 2015. In San Francisco, he currently dances for Hope Mohr Dance, Christian Burns, and Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts. Graham received an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 2010, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2005. www.jamesgrahamdancetheatre.com
joseph hall (performer/professional consultant/co-creator UFO)
On the scene Joseph is most recognized for his performative dance moves, discerning style, and sassy disposition. After graduating from Houghton College, NY with a BA in Fine Arts, he relocated to Washington DC where he created and built large-scale fashion installations at Metro Center Macy’s in the downtown district. He was one of four team members directing the looks and displays of five floors and thirteen fashion and accessory windows. In 2007, Joseph found his way to Pittsburgh where he worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and eventually the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST). At KST he was the Programming Director for three years where he worked with renowned dance companies and theater artists and developed original programming. Now, as a consultant, Joseph continues to grow offerings at KST and has worked on programming at Three Rivers Arts Festival, Building Change, Dreams of Hope, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.
jasmine hearn (performer)
Jasmine Hearn is a freelance choreographer and performing artist/dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with choreographers jhon r. stronks (HOU), Kate Watson Wallace (PHIL), and Marjani Forte (NYC). Jasmine is also a facilitator of improvisational gatherings and restorative movement workshops. For more information, please visit jasminehearn.weebly.com.
daniel holt (performer)
Daniel Holt hails from California, United States of America. He received his BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, Spring 2011. Daniel now resides in Brooklyn, New York where he runs his dance company, Dirt, and shoots music/dance/promotional videos through his video production company, Scarecrow. He has danced with Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, Yin Yue Dance, Jaxon Movement Arts, and is currently a member of Warehouse Dance. He has performed at Joyce SOHO, Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out stage, The New York International Fringe Festival, among others. Additionally, Daniel participates in the NYC street dance battle circuit, and was recently involved in the international event, Juste Debout. See more.
Dirt is a small Brooklyn, New York based dance ensemble led by Daniel Holt. Formed in 2012, Dirt works to create dance that truly encompasses the styles of contemporary, popping, krump, modern, hip hop, and house. This type of mix and match approach, put together with a straight up sense of humor, raw theatrics, and a steady ear to the current musical scene, are the types of fuel that guide this company. Each work is an extrapolation of all its components, aiming to flesh out all the inner-workings and truths that lie within. Like the mud you played in when you were a child, Dirt is messy, and gets everywhere - but that's what makes it so satisfying. Dirt has shown its work around and beyond NYC, in Brooklyn (Blind Tiger Burlesque Variety Show), Manhattan (Dixon Place NYC) New Jersey (Your Move Dance Festival), as well as performances in Europe (Ticino in Danza, Switzerland). www.scarecrowbk.com
jonathan hsu (photographer)
Jonathan Hsu is an artist based in Maryland interested in both creating movement and capturing it through a lens for others to see. When taking pictures or video, he treats it like an improvisational dance between himself, the camera, and subjects. Going with the flow, using every opportunity to explore new possibilities, and have fun. http://jonathanhsu92.wix.com/media
mike inwood (lighting designer)
Mike Inwood is an Emmy Award-winning lighting designer, collaborating with artists including Joshua Beamish, Kyle Abraham, Kate Weare, Gus Solomons Jr, Clare Cook, Javier Dzul, Korhan Basaran, Nichole Canuso, and Amber Funk Barton. Since its inception in 2011, Mike has been the resident lighting designer for the semiannual dance festival The Current Sessions in New York City. www.mikeinwood.com
paul jackson (videographer)
Paul Jackson has been Technical Director of the Department of Dance at UMD since 1980. He has designed lighting for many regional dance companies. Paul has been nominated for three Metro DC Dance awards in lighting design, and received the award for stage design with Tzveta Kassabova in 2011.Paul received a BFA in dance performance from the University of Utah, and an MA in dance production at the Ohio State University. He remained active as a dancer through the 1990's, performing in works by Meriam Rosen, Alvin Mayes, Anne Warren, Larry Warren, and Robert Ellis Dunn.
garret jones (photographer)
Garret Jones is a self taught photographer and filmmaker residing in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the director, cinematographer, editor, and co-founder of Studio Corrida and has a diverse portfolio of video work including live production, music video, documentary, promo, and short film. His photography work includes performance, event, studio, macro, portrait, and artwork.
sarah kidd (performer)
Sarah Kidd is from Dublin, OH and is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University's Health Sciences program from its School of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences (previously known as Allied Medicine). She is now a Doctoral of Physical Therapy student at OSU. Before starting college however, she had a professional dancing career performing with the Richmond Ballet and a modern dance company, The Starr Foster Dance Project, also in Richmond, VA. Sarah continues to embrace dance as a part of her life by minoring in dance when she was an undergraduate and teaching dance at the New Albany Ballet Company and Vineyard Community Center. Currently, as a Doctorate of Physical Therapy student, Sarah has been honored as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for 2015-2016 with her project addressing the physical and social health deficits of seniors in Columbus through dance and movement classes for residents of a local nursing home.
taylor knight (performer/sound)
Taylor Knight is an independent performance artist in Pittsburgh, PA. A native Texan, Taylor attended Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of Lily Weiss. Upon graduation, Taylor attended Point Park University where he graduated with a BA in dance performance in 2012. Taylor has performed work by choreographers such as Doug Varone, Dwight Rhoden, Toru Shimazaki, and Ohad Naharin. Taylor served as a member of The Pillow Project/Pearlann Porter from 2010-2013 and Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY/Danielle Agami in 2012, both giving him the opportunity to perform abroad. Taylor is a collaborating artist with slowdanger and merrygogo, as well as co-curator/co-founder of LightLab Performance Series with David Bernabo. Currently, Taylor is in the process of creating a new work “D E M O,” with his partner Anna Thompson. Taylor sees expression as a medium for spiritual and artistic practice. Through experiment and unearthing he seeks new light and insight in hopes to manifest positive change in the world.
paul william kruse (performer/photographer/videographer/writer)
Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from Western Wisconsin. He recently moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after living for eight years in Chicago, Illinois. Paul creates stories for stage and screen that play with traditional forms of narrative. He strives to challenge the context in which such work is produced and shared. He has particular interest in the intersection of religion and sexuality, queer identity, spirituality in contemporary culture, and the ever-evolving experience of family. He seeks to express moments of transcendence in his work. Paul also has a fascination with science fiction and fantasy stories and the creation of alternate realities. He loves exploring what it means to create other worlds and what that tells us about our own. Paul is a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective, a group of performing artists working in Pittsburgh’s East End.
jessie laurita-spanglet (performer/co-creator spring salon)
Jessie Laurita-Spanglet is a performer, educator, and choreographer currently based in Washington, DC. While growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Jessie was fortunate to study and perform with Katharine Birdsall and the Zen Monkey Project. Jessie is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor through the Balance Pilates Training Center, and spent four years teaching Pilates at Thinking Body Studio in Charlottesville, VA. In 2010 Jessie moved to Maryland, where she has had the great pleasure of dancing and collaborating with Dance Exchange, Sara Beth Oppenheim, Sharon Mansur, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, Maree ReMalia/merrygogo, Meredith Bove and many others. Last May, Jessie completed her MFA in Dance at the University Of Maryland, College Park, where she created a site-specific dance theatre event as her thesis project. Jessie is currently at work on three duets with collaborators Meredith Bove, Matthew Cumbie, and Sarah Beth Oppenheim. These duets will be performed along with other work at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on April 23, 2016. This coming fall, Jessie will begin work as a teaching fellow in dance at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. https://jessielauritaspanglet.squarespace.com
bernice lee (performer)
Bernice was born and bred, and now based in Singapore. In May 2015 Bernice concluded the Theatreworks presentation of the collaboration “Indulgence” by Eng Kai Er with Jereh Leong and herself. Living somewhere between dance, theatre and performance art, Bernice indulges in working and playing well in the Singaporean and international arts ecology. She works with her Singapore-based colleagues and guest artists-in-residence in a diverse range of creative processes and movement vocabularies. See more.
In 2014 Bernice started working closely with Maya Dance Theatre, training in Bharatanatyam, learning traditional Indonesian dance forms, and expanding contemporary dance practice through these movement cultures. With Maya she has been touring internationally in works by artists including Janis Brenner (USA) and Dr. Sun Ock Lee (Korea), and her evolving solo “I Am The Strongest Shape In The World”. She also coordinates various projects and works in dance education. In July 2014 performed in “Retrospective” by Xavier Le Roy (France) at 72-13 Theatreworks. She worked at Frontier Danceland (Singapore) on Byron Perry’s “One Show Only” (Australia), before joining as company artist from 2012-2014 where she created and performed roles internationally in works by guests, company artists and artistic director Low Mei Yoke. Her creations include “I Am Unentitled” (2015), “Tales Tales Tails” (2013 with Shahrin Johry), “Living National Creatures” (2013), and “Nine Dancing Together” (2011). In her work she enjoys employing humour, including the audience as if in a communal gathering of questioning individuals, playing with the craft of movement composition, and experimenting with the voice. She works with Strangeweather Movement Group in improvisational and cross-disciplinary work, in gallery spaces and other places. In 2012 she presented an untitled trio in a friend's pre-renovation Housing Development Board (HDB) apartment, and couldn't be happier that she made people smile. Her first project in Singapore was "Memories Revelation" with Lim Chin Huat/ECNAD. Supported by National Arts Council and Singapore International Foundation, Bernice initiated “Let Me Be” with Olivier Tarpaga (USA/Burkina Faso), a project that will live on through an upcoming residency with Olivier. An NAC Bursary recipient, Bernice graduated from The Ohio State University (Hons. Dist.) in 2010, a great place where she met and worked with Maree ReMalia and plenty other inspiring artists. She believes in the mystery and knowingness of the body, loves playing and performing with people in our shared yet differentiated sense of space-time, and follows her curiosity and certainty.
hyunjung lee (co-creator/performer)
Hyunjung Lee is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in Daegu, Korea. In 2012, she earned her certification to teach Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language after completing the first official Gaga Teacher Training program. Tools from her practice of Gaga help her find meaningful activities, unconventional thought, and fresh perceptions in her creative endeavors and everyday life. See more.
Hyunjung graduated from KeiMyung University where she earned her BA in Dance (2003) and she was a recipient of the scholarship in excellence to attend Kyung Buk Art High School (1999). She has studied various dance styles ranging from traditional Korean dance, Korean modern dance, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, African dance, and Gaga. As a member of Yoo Kyung Chang Dance Company and as a guest artist with various dance companies, Hyunjung performed nationally and internationally in Denmark, China, Mexico, Japan, America, and Korea. Hyunjung was a gold prizewinner in the 10th New Figure in Dance Daegu Contest, sponsored by the Korean Arts and Culture Organization in 2002. She was also the first prizewinner through Daegu Dance Association. Additionally, she choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Universiade in Daegu summer program. https://www.facebook.com/ChudaChudaHyun?fref=ts
tsung-hsin lee (performer/photographer/videographer)
Tsung-Hsin Lee is a graduate student at Taipei National University of the Arts. He has been a visiting scholar in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University.
adil mansoor (performer/dramaturg)
Adil Mansoor is a theater artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective, a performing arts group committed to creating new work across disciplines. He has directed multiple projects with Hatch including Walldogs, a new play by Paul Kruse and Driftless Phase 2, a devised piece investigating frac sand mining and environmental justice. In November 2015, Adil will be directing Chickens in the Yard, a play by Paul Kruse and the first production to be selected for Quantum Theatre’s Gerri Kay New Voices Program. Adil also leads programming for young people at The Andy Warhol Museum and for Dreams of Hope, an arts organization working with queer and allied youth. In 2012, he was awarded the Young Audiences National Teaching Artists Best Practices Award for his facilitation of Dine and Discuss, an afterschool program focused on teen-led dialogue. Adil is a advisory member for the Heinz Endowments’ Transformative Arts Project and a participant of the 2010 Director’s Lab in Chicago. He has B.A. in Drama and B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
jessica marino (performer)
Jessica Marino, (Point Park University, B.A. Dance) is a professional dancer / choreographer, educator, and arts advocate born in Lehigh Valley, PA. Marino is a collaborator with Staycee Pearl Dance Project, SHANA SIMMONS DANCE, adjunct dance faculty at University of Pittsburgh, and active free lance artist. Past work includes performances with several choreographers including, Maree ReMalia, Continuum Dance Theater, Michael Walsh, Jamie Murphy, Brady Sanders, Michele Van Doeren, Alyce Finwall, Beth Jucovy and Sarah Carlson. Miss Marino has a diverse arts administration background as Development Director for Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and represents twelve national dance companies as Artist Manager with River City Artists Management.
moriah ella mason (performer)
Moriah Ella Mason is an artist, massage therapist, and general questioner-of-the-world currently exploring in Pittsburgh. She is the artistic director of Yes Brain Dance Theater and has danced in Pittsburgh with Geeksdanz, POOF!, and the Pillow Project. She practices massage at East End Eden Wellness Center in East Liberty. You can learn more about her healing work at www.movementandmassage.com..
ellen maynard (videographer)
Ellen Maynard is a Brooklyn-based artist who is focused on intertwining dance and film. Ellen studied at The Ohio State University, where she received a BFA in dance and performed in original works by Bebe Miller, Lily Skove, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Ohad Fishof, and Noa Zuk. Ellen co-created The Fleet, a dance video production company where she documents dance performances throughout New York City and creates promos, reels, dance films, media for live performance, and much more. She is currently choreographing site-specific live and video work for The West Harlem Arts Fund, and creating video work for Patricia Noworol Dance Theatre to premiere at New York Live Arts. Ellen has had the pleasure of working on video projects with Alex Springer, Peter Richards, Judy Lieff, Patricia Noworol, Serena Chang, Erik Abbott-Main, Dante Brown, Nia Witherspoon, The AOMC Movement Collective, DNA Comedy, Hio Ridge Dance, and The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Ellen is dancing with Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance, Quentin Burley Dance Group, and Seymour Dance Collective. Last summer Ellen was director of photography for Stephan Koplowitz’s dance film installation in Lewiston, Maine (projected premiere in 2016.) This summer Ellen will work with Lindsay Caddle LaPointe as videographer for Bates Dance Festival. Ellen’s dance films have placed in festivals including the International 60 Seconds Dance Film Festival, the 9th International Screendance Festival, and the Third Coast Dance Film Festival.
bebe miller (mentor)
Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, first performed her choreography at NYC’s Dance Theater Workshop in 1978, after receiving her MA in Dance from OSU in 1975; she formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985. Known for its mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers across the country and internationally in Europe and the African continent. Her work has been commissioned by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Philadanco, Ailey II, and the UK’s Phoenix Dance Company, among others. She has been honored with four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie’s,” fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2010. A Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University since 2000, Bebe is a Distinguished Professor in OSU’s College of Arts and Humanities and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009. In 2012 she was designated as one of the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists, a program of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Performing Artist Awards. Most recently, she was honored by New York Live Arts who presented her with the 2013 David White Award. Bebe currently lives in Columbus, OH.
betsy miller (performer)
Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator currently based in Providence, RI. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of Providence’s major community arts organization, AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.
michael j. morris (performer/dramaturg/costumes)
Michael J. Morris is a choreographer, performer, scholar, and educator currently completing their PhD in Dance Studies at The Ohio State University. Morris is the recipient of both a Presidential Fellowship and the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, the highest recognitions for graduate research and teaching at OSU. In August, Morris will begin a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Dance at Denison University. Their research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in performance. Their writing about ecosexuality and queer ecologies has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater (forthcoming) and the European Journal of Ecopsychology. They have presented their research at a number of national conferences, including the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society for Dance History Scholars, and was a participant in the 2014 Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar at Stanford University. Morris is certified in Labanotation through the Dance Notation Bureau in New York, and has studied Butoh in both the U.S. and at the Kazuo Ohno Studio in Yokohama, Japan. They have collaborated with a number of artists and scholars, including Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, and Catriona Sandilands. Morris has also been performing queer burlesque since 2012, and was a featured performer in the 2015 Fierce International Queer Burlesque Festival.
delisa myles (mentor)
Delisa Myles is an educator, choreographer and performer based in Prescott, Arizona. Since 1994 she has been formative in creating the dance program at Prescott College, which emphasizes perspectives in dance that are community building, personal growth inspiring and focused on developing compositional and improvisational skills across disciplines. She is a founding member of Human Nature Dance Theatre, an intergenerational dance/theatre/music collective with ongoing experiments in the ways of collaborative creativity. Delisa has done extensive work with intergenerational groups and enjoys the invigorating challenge of finding common ground with diverse ages and abilities of collaborators. Delisa’s choreographic work and has been funded by Arizona Commission on the Arts and has been featured in The Utne Reader, Contact Quarterly and Movement Research. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance, Choreography and Performance from the University of Colorado. Most recently she has become the Artistic Director of Flying Nest Movement Arts, a studio and creative hub for the movement arts in Prescott, Arizona. She teaches Argentine Tango with her husband and practices meditation and photography as windows to more clearly see herself and the world. delisamyles.com
marissa beth nesbit (writer)
Dr. Marissa Beth Nesbit is Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Dance Education program at East Carolina University. Prior to joining the faculty at ECU, she completed her PhD in Art Education at The Ohio State University, where she was awarded both the Graduate Associate Teaching Award and the Manuel Barkan Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Nesbit has extensive experience teaching dance in K-12 schools through programs with the North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was Director of Dance Education. She also holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BA in Psychobiology from Pitzer College.
eric nordstrom (performer)
Eric Nordstrom is a dance performer, filmmaker and professor. As a director and editor, his interests focus on the intersection of dance, improvisation, documentary, and film. His past and current film work features such prominent dancers and scholars as Ann Cooper Albright and Simone Forti. He is currently at work on a Regional Arts and Culture Council-funded documentary about the history of contemporary dance in Portland. Eric has taught contemporary technique, contact improvisation, and dance on film courses in colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Kenyon College, University of Oregon, and The Ohio State University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts. He is on faculty at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University.
sarah parker (performer)
mara penrose (labanotation)
Mara Penrose is currently a Dance Heritage Coalition Hidden Collections Fellow at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee Theatre Research Institute at The Ohio State University, and on faculty at BalletMet in the Dance Academy and the Education department. She directs a flash mob and mass performance company, Group Action Flash Mobs and Dance Parties. Mara earned Master’s of Fine Arts and Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degrees in dance with an emphasis on Laban studies from Ohio State and is certified in teaching Labanotation through the Dance Notation Bureau Extension Teacher Certification Course. Her recent research reconstructs a series of Weimar-era German movement choirs for groups of 24-80 dancers.
zachary zeke podgorny
Zachary Zeke Podgorny was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He received his MFA from The Ohio State University and his BFA from Tyler School of Art. His work has been shown in Philadelphia, New York, Columbus, and in Vienna, Austria. He is currently at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas.
rachael riggs leyva (performer/labanotation)
Rachael Riggs Leyva interests as a notator revolve around alternative formats and methods of score-making. She is currently working on a digital interactive score of Maree ReMalia’s Penetrating and Permeating, combining ethnographic writing, structured and motif notation, and video. Rachael’s Labanotation score of an excerpt from Trisha Brown’s M.O., the first notation score of Brown’s work, investigated integrating process and intention motifs into the structure and layout of the score. See more.
As a Labanotation dance director, Rachael has staged works by Jose Limón, Helen Tamiris, and Jean Erdman and coached students in various projects reading works by Leni Wylliams, Bill T. Jones, and Katherine Dunham. Presently, she is staging Jon Rodriguez’s Vivaldiana at Denison University in Granville, OH. Rachael teaches Labanotation and dance technique at The Ohio State University, where she is working toward her PhD in dance and literacy studies. She has presented her research internationally at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the LABAN Centre, London. Her favorite performances include the role of “Caller” in Trisha Brown’s Sololos as directed by Abigail Yager, “Third Spirit” in The Magic Flute for Project Opera of Manhattan (POM), Within a Formal Circumstance choreographed by Maree ReMalia, and Kathleen Hurley’s Dance for Two Women as staged by Carol Maxwell Rezabek. She received her B.A. in voice from Coe College, and her M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University.
candace scarborough (performer/co-creator spring salon)
Candace Scarborough was born and raised in the Baltimore area, where she trained at the Dance Academy of Baltimore and Morton Street Dance Center. She received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. Since graduating from University of Maryland she has performed with AndaryDance, Graham Brown, Denise Leitner, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater and Helen Simoneau Danse.
hope schultz (performer)
A resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Hope Schultz has been choreographing, performing, and teaching for the past 20 years. She has studied many dance forms and performance arts such as, Hawkins technique, Graham technique, non-traditional partnering, Break Dancing, Capoeira, Ballet, Butoh, Gaga, Stilt Dancing, ariel art and Physical Theatre. Throughout the city of Cleveland, she has performed with many companies and performance art projects. Formerly she was director, choreographer, and performer with SAFMOD Performance Ensemble. She is currently working with MorrisonDance and her own independent, Looking Glass Project.
nicole shero (actual blob)
Nicole Shero is an administrator, project manager, and producer. She has gained experience in a wide variety of administrative practices, including medical practice management, non-profit and for-profit marketing, arts programming, contracts management, facilities management, organizational finances, individual giving, artwork and document archiving, grantwriting, and events planning. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Nicole served as a member of Public Allies Pittsburgh, a non-profit leadership development program. In 2013, she co-founded Hatch Arts Collective, a multimedia and performance group, where she produces theater and performance workshops. Previously, Nicole has worked with Einhorn Media Group, PearlArts Studios, Carnegie Mellon University, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.
bill shirley (photographer)
Bill Shirley is a full-time, multi award winning freelance photographer who operates his own on-site studios and is also a corresponding photojournalist for several national and international media publications. He has had careers in human services and technology with several BS degrees along with Certificates at a Masters level; he claims to use none of them or all of them, focusing on respect, gratitude, consideration effort, luck, and buckets of common sense. Bill says that Life is his inspiration to be and become. His daughter Olivia (Buggy) is his world and conviction, she teaches him more about Life and himself daily. See more.
Bill has been practicing the art of making images since the mid 1970's and has been working as a Professional Freelance Artist for 5 years. In 2008 he had The Fall, 15 feet head first, he feels blessed, after being Fixed, rebuilt, put back together and being told he was very lucky to ever have any if much use of his right arm. After returning to work as Corporate Quality Engineer he never felt comfortable and found himself holding a camera. His experience was gathered by using any film, which remains his primary media for creating what he calls true art. There is no real reason to put limits on what he will photograph, no labels, styles or categories. He’lI photograph everything. Several years ago he had the privilege of becoming published and has images that dress several book covers, currently working on his 6th cover piece and in media publications that can be seen around the world along with public and private galleries. Bill is very proud to admit that Dancers are the most incredible People/Artists/Athletes with which he has the pleasure of knowing and working.
bre short (performer)
Bre Short hails from Southern Maryland. She attended the Boston Conservatory and received her BA in Dance from Point Park University. While in Pittsburgh, Bre had the opportunity to work with The Pillow Project, Gia Cacalano, Maree ReMalia, Reed Dance, and was a resident movement artist at PearlArts Studios. She resides in Brooklyn, NY where she performs with The People Movers and Nadine Bommer Theater Dance.
blaine siegel (visual art)
Blaine Siegel earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited work in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, South Florida, New York and Arles, France. Recent exhibits of note include SAINT -----, The God of Last Things at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PROGENITOR (The Last Humans) a collaboration with his wife and dancer Jil Stifel, and an upcoming exhibition at Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, Objects for Dance. “Blaine Siegel‘s Gobdiddlymuck at Slought is the work I loved best in all the shows, a tour-de-force piece with humor and thoughts of society’s decay.” Roberta Fallon, the artblog.com
mark simpson (photographer)
slowdanger is a movement/music duo from Pittsburgh PA founded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson. Using performance as ritual practice, slowdanger soaks the observer in memory. slowdanger explores the circular rhythms of life in the creation of immersive multi-media experiences. Anna/Taylor have created with The Pillow Project, merrygogo, Mark C. Thompson, Jil Stifel, Jasmine Hearn, and Mario Ashkar Film. slowdanger released their full length album 'memory 3' in March 2015. Most recently they presented their performance piece “swimmoon” at KSTs newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, the PGH Biennial and the Space Upstairs. slowdanger has also presented work in the CURRENT SESSIONS (NY) and Goose Route Dance Festival (WV).
rashana perks smith (performer/web designer)
Rashana Perks Smith is a dancer, choreographer, educator and technologist who presents immersive, generative, and collaborative performance works as a means to examine community and identity. As the artistic director of Motor Dance, she has produced and performed original choreography and conducted workshops and master classes nationwide. Her work has been funded by the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Award, the OSU Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, and by OSU’s Department of Dance through the Chair’s Discretionary Fund and the Vera J. Blaine Special Project Fund. See more.
Smith’s interest in understanding different creative and pedagological approaches and applications led her to take advantage of technology in ways beyond her own choreography. Smith authored the Vera J. Blaine Choreographic Resources website as archival documentation of the teaching methods of Vera J. Blaine and as an online teaching tool for dance educators. Smith is developed the website, merrygogo.com, an interactive, archival site detailing the creative process and choreography of movement artist, Maree ReMalia. Smith also worked with Lise Worthen-Chaudarhi at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Motion Analysis and Recovery Lab. Her main research explored how technology and movement studies can come together through interactive, computer-based rehabilitation.
Smith received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a focus on Choreography and Technology at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, she taught dance composition as well as modern and jazz dance techniques. She has also taught ballet and social dance techniques, history and kinesiology courses at Wittenberg University and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio Wesleyan University teaching dance composition, a variety of dance techniques, and history courses. Smith also serves as the Artistic Director for the annual Ohio Wesleyan dance concert, Orchesis.
maungsai somboon (performer)
Sai Somboon is an actor, dancer and educator based in New York City. After receiving his MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, Sai joined the cast of the Off-Broadway show, SLEEP NO MORE, where he performed six roles over two years. He has appeared on stage in regional theatres in Florida, Massachusetts and Texas, and originated a role in Sunfish: A New Musical, which premiered in the Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea. Sai has engaged in artistic residencies at his alma mater; Franklin & Marshall College and Skidmore College as a student with the SITI Company. On television, Sai has appeared on the Oxygen Channel, History Channel and the Investigation Discovery Channel. Sai is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
jil stifel (performer/costumes)
Jil Stifel is a dancer, choreographer and collaborative artist who works in movement, dance and performance. She has performed extensively with various modern dance companies and shown her projects both nationally and internationally. Her work has been described in the Pittsburgh Dance Examiner as “rare and otherworldly.” She recently co-created Waywardland with Ben Sota, a hybrid performance combining contemporary circus, physical theater and dance. This work was supported by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Heinz Foundation. Her work has been presented recently by Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, The University of Pittsburgh, the Here Now Series and New Moves at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and LightLab at the WoodStreet Galleries. Her Recent performance credits include her work with Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and Dave Bernabo's MODULES, Jennifer Nagle Meyers Translations as well as Staycee Pearl dance project and others. She holds a BFA in dance with highest honors from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. http://www.jilstifel.com
mark taylor (mentor/co-facilitator)
Mark Taylor is a somatic movement therapist. He directs the Somatic Movement Education Program of the Center for BodyMindMovement, with sites in Pittsburgh, PA, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program in London, UK. He served the School for Body-Mind Centering® as U.S. Program Director and Program Coordinator, and taught in the school’s programs in Massachusetts, Germany, Slovakia, and France. He was artistic director and choreographer for Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, and served on the dance faculties of Princeton University (USA) and the University of Limerick (Ireland). As a choreographer, Taylor’s interests included inter-cultural collaborations for musicians and dancers; works developed with trained movers and specific populations of non-dancers; and the development of movement generated from techniques of embodied anatomy. He takes inspiration from being the parent of a developmentally disabled son, is supported by thirty-seven years of meditation practice, and currently serves as president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
erin thomas (performer)
Erin Thomas recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs and minors in Dance and Business Administration. She will pursue her Master's in Higher Education Management at The University of Pittsburgh in the fall while working in career counseling at Carnegie Mellon University. She also hopes to pursue her yoga instruction certification and participates in various dance projects in her free time.
anna thompson (performer/sound)
Anna Thompson is a Pittsburgh based performance artist originally from Frederick, MD. She is a graduate of Point Park University (BA Dance '12) a certified Power Pilates teacher, and reiki practitioner. Since graduating Anna worked with the Pillow Project with whom she had the opportunity to travel and perform in Paris, FR. She has also created and performed with many Pittsburgh artists/entities including merrygogo, Poof (co-director), Host Skull, Mark C. Thompson, Jasmine Hearn, and her partner Taylor Knight. Taylor and Anna have had opportunities to showcase their work at the Goose Route Dance Festival (WV) and the Current Sessions (NY).
holly thuma (voice)
As an actor, director, and vocal coach, Holly’s work focuses on embodied voice and physicalization of language and text. Performance credits include productions at the Dallas Theater Center, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Quantum Theatre, The International Poetry Forum, and many others. She holds a BFA in acting from New York University, and an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the 2001 recipient of the MFA Teaching Award. Holly is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at Penn State School of Theatre. More information about her work can be found at hollythuma.com.
rachel vallozzi (costume stylist)
Rachel Vallozzi first became interested in the career of clothes when she opened Kharisma Vintage Fashions in 2002. Rachel then moved into dressing actors for camera on over a hundred commercials, which she still devotes a large part of her work life to. She has done costume consulting with Attack Theatre, costume designed for Staycee Pearl dance project's performance of "…on being” which premiered at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in February 2013, and is currently working on a new image for the rapper Beedie. Rachel had the opportunity to costume design her first feature length film, "Progression" (currently in post production) in the summer of 2012. She also works with individual clients doing personal shopping, styling, and closet consulting. Rachel never tires of thrift store treasure hunts and believes that getting dressed in the morning is an opportunity to celebrate each day.
morgan l. wallace (performer)
Morgan L. Wallace is a freelance dancer in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. She holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Math from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since graduation she has performed with VTDance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Ronald K. Brown/Evidence. In the past several years, she has performed in works by Lucinda Childs, Monica Bill Barnes, and Amy Chavasse. Currently, she is working with Candace Scarborough and guesting with Full Circle Dance Company.
arianna williams (performer)
Arianna Williams is currently a fourth year student at The Ohio State University. She is enrolled in the College of Arts and Humanities and will graduate with a B.F.A. in Dance. Her chosen focus is performance with influence from media and interdisciplinary exploration. She has performed in works by Meghan Durham-Wall, Melanie Bales, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, and Susan Van Pelt Petry, as well as works by M.F.A. candidates in the OSU Department of Dance and her fellow undergraduates.
abigail yager (mentor)
Abigail Yager was a member of the Trisha Brown Company from 1995–2002 during which time she also served as Ms. Brown’s musical assistant. She has also danced in the companies of Donna Uchizono, Sungsoo Ahn, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Emma Diamond, and Robin Becker among others. As a reconstructor of Ms. Brown’s choreography, she has worked with Candoco (London, England), Lyon Opera Ballet (Lyon, France), at La Monnaie National Opera of Belgium (Brussels, Belgium), Le Festival International d’Art Lyrique (Aix-en-Provence, France), and has directed educational projects at the Taipei National University of the Arts, The Theatre Academy Helsinki, The Five College Dance Department, The Ohio State University, the American Dance Festival and at P.A.R.T.S. See more.
Ms. Yager has taught at universities, festivals, and studios worldwide, including the Kyoto International Dance Festival, Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios, Le Centre Choréographique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, and the Irish World Academy of Music. She served as Guest Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts from 2010-2012 and 2003-2005, Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University from 2006-2010, Guest Professor at Korean National University of the Arts from 2005-2006, and has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 2003. Ms. Yager’s movement practice is directly informed by her studies of the Alexander Technique, Klein Technique and Qi Gong. Ms. Yager earned a B.A. in Compositional Studies: Theory and Practice from Mount Holyoke College graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Ms. Yager joined UNCSA School of Dance in 2012.
abigail zbikowski (performer)
Abby Zbikowski is a choreographer interrogating the aesthetics of cultural value systems through the creation of highly physical and relentlessly explosive dances. Abby’s work with her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, has been presented by the Bates Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, the Gibney Dance Center, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, among other venues. Her most recent work, Destabilizer, was called an, “explosive, deliriously creative tour de force” by InfiniteBody dance-writer, Eva Yaa Asantewaa. She has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny's L'École de Sables in Senegal and holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA in dance from Ohio State University. As a performer, Abby has had the opportunity to work with worked with choreographers Charles O. Anderson/dance theater X, Vincent Mantsoe, Megan Mazarick, Nora Gibson, Paige Phillips, and Maree ReMalia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is teaching technique and repertory at the American Dance Festival in the summer of 2015.