Tiffany Abban is a young soprano noted for her beauty of tone and communicative powers. She began her training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued at the Juilliard School before concluding at the Curtis Institute of Music. She was one of the youngest singers ever to be accepted into the prestigious Adler Fellowship program of the San Francisco Opera. While there, she sang the role of Mimì around the country as part of the final Western Opera Theater tour. Recent performances for Ms. Abban include the title role in Tosca at both Palm Beach Opera and Savonlinna OperaFestival; Margherita and Elena in Boito's Mefistofele for Erfurt, Germany; and the title role in Aida for Den Norske Opera & Ballet, which received glowing reviews. She then covered Tosca at Los Angeles Opera, performed the role of Basiliola in La Nave with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center, and performed Leonora in Il Trovatore with Sacramento Opera, as well as the Verdi Requiem with the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club. Ms. Abban made her Carnegie Hall debut when she was presented in concert at Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and she made her Italian debut singing the title role in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She was then engaged by Teatro Grattacielo for their production of Wolf-Ferrari's I Gioelli della Madonna. Among other roles, Ms. Abban has also sung Micaëla in Carmen, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Sister Rose in the Canadian premiere of Dead Man Walking, as well as the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem. Ms. Abban has also won the following awards and competitions: first place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition; first place the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award; and first place in the Mario Lanza Competition (Junior Division). Originally from the Midwest, Ms. Abban currently makes her home in New York City.
(Artistic Director) 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and 2015 City Center Choreographer in residence, Kyle Abraham (Pittsburgh, PA) is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Previous awards include being named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee, and receiving a 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. In 2010, Abraham received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch for 2009.
In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama".
Jonathan Allen is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work focuses on painting, collage, video and performance. His newest body of work, 'Knowing that Your House is On Fire', is on view now through April 14 at the New York Live Arts lobby gallery, and was made in response to the process and performing of Joanna Kotze's 'What will we be like when we get there', an evening-length dance premiering at NYLA March 28-31. This is Allen's second collaboration with Kotze. In New York he has exhibited at Lu Magnus, PS122, Exit Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artists Space, and FiveMyles, among others. He has participated in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)’s Workspace, Process Space, and Swing Space residency programs, the Bronx Museum of Art’s Artist in the Marketplace program, and has been awarded residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, Cill Rialaig in Ireland, MARC in Sweden, and Blue Mountain Center. He is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner, Chenven, Puffin, George Sugarman Foundations and Brooklyn Arts Council. Allen ofen collaborates with poets (htp://www.jonathanallen. org/about-a-minute) and performers and is currently working on a series of subway ad interventions Interruptions that you can see on Instagram (@ jonathanallenstudio). He is on the Programming Committee of VoCA, regularly curates at Repair The World NYC, and is the On-Site Assistant (since 2013) at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. He earned his BA from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1997.
Canadian choreographer Robert Binet was Choreographic Apprentice of The Royal Ballet 2012–13. Works at the Royal Opera House have included Void and Fire (Royal Ballet), Life’s Witness (Studio Wayne McGregor), EGAL (Ballet Black) and At the River Styx and Aerial View (Royal Ballet Draft Works). He also created the film White Rush with dancers from the National Ballet of Canada, commissioned by The Royal Ballet as part of Deloitte Ignite 2014.
Binet was born in Toronto. He trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, where he won the Peter Dwyer Award (Canada Council for the Arts). After graduating he shadowed John Neumeier at the Hamburg Ballet, and created Die schöne Müllerin for the company’s Bundesjugendballett. While Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice he created Stretchy Movement for Studio Wayne McGregor, in addition to works including Voces intimae (Estonian National Ballet) and Polar Night and Incident and Repose (National Ballet of Canada). In 2013 he was appointed Choreographic Associate of the National Ballet of Canada, with his subsequent works for the company including Unearth, These Worlds in Us, The Wild Space Between Two Hearts and Orpheus Becomes Eurydice.
Binet’s further works include The Blue of Distance (New York City Ballet), Surfacing (Dutch National Ballet Junior Company), numerous works for Canada’s National Ballet School, contemporary variations for the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition (later included in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus) and choreography for the music video for Belle and Sebastian’s The Party Line.
Born in Sun Valley, Idaho, Isabella Boylston began dancing at the age of three. While training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet, she won the gold medal in 2001 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. In 2002, she began training at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, on a full scholarship.
Boylston joined the ABT Studio Company in 2005, the main Company as an apprentice in May 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. She was promoted to Soloist in June 2011 and to Principal Dancer in August 2014.
Boylston won the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was nominated for the 2010 Prix Benois de la Danse. In 2011 she received the Clive Barnes Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Annenberg Fellowship.
Episode: 51, 74
Born in Flat Rock, NC, he made his Broadway debut at 16 in original cast of Susan Stroman’s revival of The Music Man, with appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (ABC) and “The Tony Awards” (CBS). At 18, Brock produced a showcase of his own choreography in Michael Bennett’s legendary building at 890 Broadway, and at 23, he launched his own dance company. As Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based dance company The Chase Brock Experience, he has commissioned 6 original scores and created 30 original works over the past decade including American Sadness to the songs of Gabriel Kahane, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with text by David Zellnik, Mirror Mirror with an original score by Michael John LaChiusa, Mission: Implausible with an original score by Joshua Rosenblum, The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty to recordings by The New Christy Minstrels and Whoa, Nellie! to Nellie McKay’s album Obligatory Villagers.
Broadway choreography includes Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (dir. Julie Taymor) and Sam Gold’s revival of Inge’s Picnic (Roundabout Theatre Company). International: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in San Diego, Millburn, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama and Nagoya. Other highlights include Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for The Metropolitan Opera (returning this season), many works of political satire for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO, the bestselling video game Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move, and several ballets for New York Theatre Ballet. Brock is the subject of the Emmy-nominated documentary Chasing Dance.
Michael Sean Breeden
Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, KY, where he began training at the Lexington Ballet at the age of 7. He began attending the School of American Ballet on scholarship in 2002, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrikov's Academy of Dance.
Mr. Breeden joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2008. Since joining the company, he has performed in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. Mr. Breeden has joined Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris.
Since retiring from the stage in 2017, Michael has most recently been working as Ballet Master for Troy Schmacher’s, Ballet Collective.
Episode: 19, 82
Barton Cowperthwaite was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Denver School of the Arts and The Academy of Colorado Ballet. After graduating from high school he transitioned to the dance department at The University of Arizona. He graduated a year early, cum laude, with a BFA in Dance. He then joined the Bad Boys of Ballet to tour Europe as Romeo in their new contemporary dance production of “Romeo and Juliet”. He currently resides in New York City as a freelance dancer, actor, and model. He recently starred in the third installment of the Center Stage movie series “Center Stage: Dance Camp.”
Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced 6 evening length performance pieces and countless short works that have been performed in clubs and venues internationally. She also produced multiple video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television (internet web series no one has seen). She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects in addition to lecturing and teaching workshops. Jibz also produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles. Jibz recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and is in development with Electric Dynamite on a television series about a performance artist that moves from New York to Los Angeles. It's gonna be HUGE.
Phil Chan currently serves as the Art and Culture Director for IVY, connecting young professionals with leading American museums and performing arts institutions. As a writer, he served as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and contributed to Dance Europe Magazine and the Huffington Post. He was the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance and Youth America Grand Prix. He is a graduate of Carleton College and an alumnus of the Ailey School. He served on the National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and the Jadin Wong Award panel presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance, and is on the advisory committee for the Parsons Dance Company. He also serves on Americans for the Arts' private sector council.
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo won first place and the Audience Choice Award in HGO’s 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias and is now making his house and role debut as Handel’s Julius Caesar. Other engagements this season include his debut at the Florida Grand Opera as the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice and a return to Opera Philadelphia as The Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin. He also appears in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in staged performances of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. This past summer, he became an exclusive recording artist for Decca Gold, and his first album, a collection of arias by Handel and Phillip Glass with Les Violons du Roy, will be released in fall 2018. Costanzo has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as both Ferdinand and Prospero in the world premiere of The Enchanted Island and Prince Orlofsky in a new production of Die Fledermaus after making his debut as Unulfo in Rodelinda. He also gave critically acclaimed performances of the title role in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at the English National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. He made his European debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in Rinaldo and has since appeared at the English National Opera in Indian Queen, the Teatro Real Madrid in Death in Venice, and the Finnish National Opera in Kaija Sariaaho’s Only the Sound Remains. He recently created roles in the world premieres of Jimmy Lopez’s Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at the Dallas Opera.
Dylan Crossman grew up in the south of France, received his Bachelor’s degree from the Trinity/Laban College of Music and Dance in London and studied at Burklyn Ballet Theatre (VT). He moved to New York in 2006 and has since danced for various choreographers including Brian Brooks, Christopher Williams, Ellen Cornfield, Wally Cardona and Sean Cúrran. He is a founding member of Peter Kyle Dance. Dylan became an understudy for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2007, joined the main company in 2009 and was a part of the company’s final tour through 2012. Now living the freelance life, he works with Kimberly Bartosik/ Daela, Sally Silvers, Ryan McNamara, Megan Williams and Pam Tanowitz Dance. He is on faculty at the Cunningham Trust, SUNY Purchase and Burklyn Ballet Theatre and a is stager for the Cunningham Trust. Dylan is a twotime Bessie recipient, one of them for his work in Tanowitz’ Be in the Gray With me (2009), whom he has been dancing for since 2008.
Dylan's own company, Crossman Dans(c)e, looks at identity issues within the frame of formalism and the beauty in vulnerability. His work had been seen at Roulette, La Mama, the 92nd Street Y, the Museum of Arts and Design, Gibney Dance, Abrons Arts Center and The Yard. Dylan also works with children as well as adults, introducing them to Merce Cunningham's creative ideas and philosophy. Kid Birds, an outreach project he was the teacher/ choreographer for won the 2014 French Cultural and Artistic Audacity Award.
Adrian Danchig-Waring was born in San Francisco, California. He began his dance training at the age of 11 at Dance Theatre Seven with David Roxander. Mr. Danchig-Waring entered the School of American Ballet (SAB) in the fall of 2001. In October 2002 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in June 2003 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In February of 2009 Mr. Danchig-Waring was promoted to soloist and became a principal in February 2013.
Born and raised in Miami, Delgado began her dance training in Miami when she was 5 years old with Cuban teachers Vivian Tobio, Liana Navarro and Maria Victoria Gutierrez. When she was 11, she began studying at Miami City Ballet School and spent her summers training in New York City at the School of American Ballet and at American Ballet Theatre. In 2000, Miami City Ballet’s Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella invited her to officially join Miami City Ballet as an apprentice, and he nominated her for the Princess Grace Award. Delgado was promoted to corps de ballet in 2001, soloist in 2005, principal soloist in 2006 and finally to principal dancer in 2007. Delgado moved to NYC in 2017 and will premiere in Pam Tanowitz's Solo for Patti at The Kennedy Center in March of 2018.
Episode: 35, Also check out her adoring friends on EP 82
Daniel Donigan aka Milk
MILK is the creation of Sandra Sassypants aka Daniel Donigan. This is the story of his her life: Dan grew up in Syracuse, NY. Holla, 315! He has a mommy and a daddy... and two really hot brothers. They like pussy. Sorry, gays. Dan went to Catholic school and was an altar boy. He was never touched by an angel, thankfully. He was a competitive figure skater, for like, ever. Dan joined the Marc Jacobs International family in 2009. He loves clothes, like any teenage girl. Duh. He was the Merchandising Manager at Marc Jacobs in NYC. MILK can be seen tackling models at every "Marc" runway show. Dan breast-formed a drag group called "The Dairy Queens" which is cream-based on the East Coast. The members are: MILK, Skim Burley (MILK's Drag Daughter), Yoohoo, Linda Lakes, & Juggz. MILK owes much of her success to New York Nightlife Mogul Susanne Bartsch. Susanne discovered MILK & The Dairy Queens at her party at ON TOP: LeBain. She loved these bitches and has been promoting them ever since. Dan lives in NYC's 'Curry Hill' with his manfriend James Whiteside (Episode 3), who is a Principal Dancer in American Ballet Theatre. He is also JBDUBS (a pop musician). He is also Yoohoo (a member of The Dairy Queens). That bitch busy. And with their cat #MsBit.
Rebecca King Ferraro
Rebecca King Ferraro was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training from former San Francisco Ballet School Director and ABT dancer Richard Cammack, former ABT and SFB dancer Zola Dishong, former NYCB dancer Charles Anderson and former Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Katarina Wester at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Calif. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.
King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. In 2010, she founded a dance blog, TendusUnderAPalmTree.com, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. In 2012, Ms. King started her own social media management company where she helps her clients reach their marketing potential through online platforms. King is currently a member of the guest faculty of The Dance Academy of Stuart in Stuart, FL.
Ms. King has been with Miami City Ballet for ten years, and is currently on a leave of absence due to injury for the 2017-2018 season.
Episode: 19, 82
Ariel Freedman earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating, she performed with Aszure Barton's AszURe & Artists, Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and the The Bang Group. She danced with the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons and with the Batsheva Dance Company for three. She taught Gaga, the movement language of Ohad Naharin, and Naharin's repertory from 2007-2015. She has performed with Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance, Keigwin + Company, Zack Winokur and Michelle Mola/ The Troupe, Liz Magic Laser, Noa Zuk, Idan Sharabi and Dancers, Talia Beck, Helen Simoneau Danse, zoe | juniper, The Cambrians, and Charlotte Griffin. She has been dancing with and assisting Roy Assaf since 2013.
JJ Geiger is a Brooklyn based photographer focusing in fashion and portraiture. His work can be seen in Out, Fuuucking Young, King Kong, Schon, Them, Gayletter, Rain, Vanity Teen and Risk magazine. Before beginning his photo career, he studied acting at Juilliard, appearing off-broadway and in film/television.
Beth Gill is a choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. Gill has been commissioned by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen and Dance Theater Workshop. Her performances have toured nationally and internationally including: Fusebox (TX), The Nazareth College Dance Festival (NY) and Dance Umbrella (UK). Gill is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015-2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an inaugural member of The Hatchery Project, a 2015-2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist in Residence and a 2013-2015 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the Juried Award “ for the choreographer exhibiting some of the most interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today.” In 2012 Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch.Gill is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been a guest artist and teacher at Bard College, Barnard College, Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Arizona State University, NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival.
Jenn Harris is an actress, writer, producer and star best known her co-starring role in the film Gayby, playing Jodi Foster in the hit Off-Broadway musical Silence! The Musical, and her darkly hilarious web series, New York Is Dead, about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet. Jenn also hosts a brilliant podcast, Touché, with Jeff Hiller about the pleasures and struggles of the life of an actress and hosts Offer Only, a best-of audition showcase at The Duplex.
Episode: 8, 66
Jordan Isadore is a dancer/choreographer originally from Northern California. He received his B.F.A. in Dance from California State University Long Beach in 2009. Upon relocating to New York, Isadore has worked with choreographers Christopher Williams, Andrea Miller, Sydney Skybetter, and Jennifer Edwards. Most recently he’s worked with Shen Wei Dance Arts and has performed at the David H. Koch Theater, Mariinsky Theater, though out China, South America and Europe. His own work has been presented at The Museum of Arts & Design, 92nd Street Y, Joe’s Pub, and The American Dance Festival.
Mr. Janzen was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of six at The Rock School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Janzen attended summer sessions in 2004 and 2005 at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in the winter of 2005. In October 2007, Mr. Janzen became an apprentice with NYCB, and in June 2008, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in October 2014 and to principal in February 2017.
Mr. Janzen is a recipient of the 2015 Clive Barnes Foundation Award and the 2007 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.
Episode: 6, 36, 56
Harriet Jung is a New York based designer and illustrator with experience in costume design, womenswear, and illustration.
She studied visual arts at a young age and attended Orange County School of the Arts in Southern California. She then went on to earn her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, before studying Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon graduating, she joined the womenswear design team at Jill Stuart.
With friend and former classmate, Reid Bartelme, Harriet founded Reid & Harriet Design in 2011. Collaboratively, they have worked with choreographers Justin Peck, Doug Varone, Pam Tanowitz, and Matthew Neenan to name a few. They have designed productions for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Miami City Ballet.
Episode: 2, 71, 75
Lloyd Knight joined the Martha Graham Company in 2005 and performs leading roles in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Errand into the Maze and others. Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. There he worked with choreographers Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, and Michael Uthoff. He received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Recently, he partnered Ballerina Wendy Whelan in Graham’s Moon and Misty Copeland in Graham’s At Summer’s Full. Lloyd will be featured in Jack Ferver's Everything's Imaginable premiering at New York Live Arts in April 2018.
Lloyd will be featured in Jack's Everything Is Imaginable premiering at New York Live Arts in April 2018.
Episode: 7, 42, 75
Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher who has been part of the New York dance community since 1998. She is a 2016-2018 New York Live Arts Live Feed residency program artist. New York Live Arts has commissioned her next evening-length work, What will we be like when we get there, which will premiere March 28-31, 2018. She has upcoming tours of her Bessie award winning piece, It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen, to Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA (November, 2017) and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH (February, 2018). She has upcoming residencies at New York Live Arts (2017-2018), the 92nd Street Y (2017-2018), The Bogliasco Foundation (April 2018), and The Yard (June 2018).
Joanna danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010, performing throughout New York City (including twice at BAM's Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She is currently dancing for Kimberly Bartosik/daela, and Kota Yamazaki and has worked with Stacy Spence, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others.
Joanna is on teaching faculty at Movement Research and Gibney Dance. She has taught at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Eugene Lang College - The New School for Liberal Arts, Long Island University, Southern Utah University, Ohio University, Miami University Ohio, Salt Dance Fest and the American Dance Festival. She has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University (’98).
Heather Lang is a multifaceted artist who has lived and worked in New York City for over 15 years. Her career ranges from Broadway, downtown experimental theatre and dance, commercials and film. You name it, she's done it.
Heather grew up in Chicago and studied at Ruth Page School of Dance and Hubbard Street. She holds a B.F.A from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She also studied acting and improv at Sally Johnson Studios under Jen Krater and Brad Calcaterra.
As an actor, dancer, and performance-maker some of her favorite projects include: Traveling Europe and NYC with Trash is Fierce (original sketch comedy in collaboration with Eleanor Bauer), playing Gladys in Gregorian a play by Matthew Greene, dancing in New Work for the Desert and Catacomb choreographed by Beth Gill, creating #blessed (film), playing lead and featured roles in Happy We'll Be and Freddie Falls in Love directed by Al Blackstone, dancing in Remains choreographed by John Jasperse at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, performing on Broadway with An American In Paris, working closely with Julie Taymor on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Grendel, and Across the Universe, dancing as a Radio City Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, dancing at the Met Opera and playing an infected mutant in I Am Legend.
Douglas Letheren is from New Hampshire, USA and studied at St. Paul’s School and the Juilliard School, where he received his BFA. He worked with Aszure Barton and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance before joining the Batsheva Ensemble in 2007. Doug continued to the Batsheva Dance Company from 2008 to 2012, where he worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal, and became a student and teacher of Gaga. He is a founding member of Sharon’s new project, L-E-V, and has assisted her in creations for companies such as the Gothenburg Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, and the Royal Swedish Opera. Doug also teaches Ohad and Sharon’s repertory in schools and universities around the US. He is a recipient of the 2007 MOVADO Future Legends Award, nominated by Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 2017, Douglas joined Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Episode: 67, 75
Paige Lipari is a Sicilian-American poet, music maker, cartoonist, bookshop owner, and cook. Lipari’s collection of poems and illustrations, Family of Many Enzos, was published by Augury Books in 2012, and she was previously an editor at A Public Space. Lipari currently lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her cat Olafi Lorenzo and is the owner of Archestratus Books + Foods, a food bookshop, Sicilian cafe, and community space to engage empathy (160 Huron Street). Odes have been written to her cookies which were named "Best Cookies of 2016" by New York Magazine.
Episode: 27, 34
Victor Lozano is a dancer with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Brian Brooks Dance, and Madboots Dance. Victor has guested with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for it’s production of “Artemis In Athens”, the Kate Weare Company for it’s 10th anniversary at BAM, and in showings with the Merce Cunningham Trust. He has studied and performed works by Twyla Tharp, Jose Limón, Fernando Melo, Camille A. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. Victor is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.F.A.) and a fellow of the Juilliard Career Advancement Award (2016-18). He is also a choreographer and has presented his work in Miami, Houston, New Haven and throughout NYC. Victor is originally from Houston, TX.
Lar Lubovitch is one of America’s most versatile, popular and widely seen choreographers. Based in New York City, Lubovitch’s company has performed throughout the world, and his dances have also been performed by many other major companies, including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and many others. His dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed worldwide.
Lindsay Mack, founder of Wild Soul Healing and Tarot for the Wild Soul, is an intuitive healer, holistic counselor and tarot reader based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers and facilitates Soul Tarot Readings, Intuitive and Spiritual Coaching, Mentorship, and Tarot Trainings for those who desire to heal, evolve and live fully on their true soul path. She is the creator of Soul Tarot, a way of interpreting, understanding and intentionally utilizing the Tarot as wild medicine for our soul's growth and evolution. Soul Tarot is a fusion of channeled wisdom from her guides, her 22 years of experience reading and studying Tarot, and her own healing journey.
Lindsay is the host of the weekly podcast, Tarot for the Wild Soul. She was the weekly and monthly Tarotscope contributor for The Numinous for two years, and created the monthly channeled Tarot column for Of The Wolves. She has had pieces on Tarot and spirituality published in Nourished Journal, Stone Fox Bride, MindBodyGreen, and Life as Ceremony. Lindsay has contributed pieces on the Tarot for Modern Women's Many Moons workbook, and to Ruby Warrington's book, Mystical Girl, Material World. Her work with the Tarot has been written about and featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Well + Good, Nylon Magazine, and Free + Native, to name a few.
Lindsay regularly offers readings, healing sessions, and tarot classes in her space in Brooklyn and all over the world via phone or Skype. She is available for one on one Soul Tarot Readings whenever she travels to teach.
Anula Maiberg, co-owner of Sixth Street Pilates, was born in Israel and moved to New York City in 2001 in order to pursue a career in photography. While working on her degree at the School of Visual Arts she fell in love with Pilates. After college and a few years at a 'desk' job she realized happiness wasn't in front of the computer screen. In 2010 Anula began her training at the Kane School for Core Integration and was fully certified by Kelly Kane. In 2014 she graduated the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® led by Cara Reeser of Pilates Aligned in Denver. A journey that has led her to a deeper understanding of the Method. She is currently developing the potato method.
Erin Markey is an American writer, comedian, and performance artist. Markey's work combines elements of cabaret theater and comedy and often incorporates stories of her childhood in the Midwest. The New York Times has described Markey as having "a cult following as an alt-cabaret star with swaggering confidence and off-kilter sense of humor."
In SINGLET, genre-defying artist Erin Markey draws on their longstanding friendship and working relationship with actor Emily Davis to create a performance that maps the bonds and hysteria of earned intimacy. Combining Markey’s singular style with a host of influences—spanning Genet’s The Maids, celebrity psychotherapist Esther Perel’s available-on-Audible couples counseling sessions, Notes on a Scandal, Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Quartet and Precious Moments® Collectible Dolls — this kaleidoscopic world premiere production grapples with the desire, rivalry, vulnerability, and subterfuge that bind two people together. By turns tenacious and tender, SINGLET reimagines the economies of power between friends, families, and wrestlers.
Andrea Miller, Artistic Director and choreographer of Brooklyn-based company, Gallim, has established herself as a perpetually groundbreaking artist who brings unbridled empathy, intimacy, and sensitivity to her work. A sought-after creator and collaborator in dance, art, film, theater, tech, and fashion, Miller was named 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, becoming the first choreographer to hold that distinction, and in October 2018 she was featured in Forbes as a female entrepreneur and leader in the dance world.
Isaac Mizrahi is an American writer, fashion and costume designer, TV presenter, performer... Based in New York City, he is best known for his eponymous fashion lines and the unforgettable documentary of his fall 1994 collection, Unzipped. Mizrahi currently serves as a judge on Project Runway: All Stars.
Mizrahi has worked as the costume designer for three Broadway revivals, including The Women, Barefoot in the Park , and Threepenny Opera. For his work on The Women, Mizrahi won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design. Mizrahi has collaborated with the costume designer for the Metropolitan Opera production of Orfeo ed Euridice, directed by Mark Morris. Mizrahi has been a longtime collaborator with Morris in a partnership dating from 1997, when Mizrahi created costumes for a Morris film project with Yo-Yo Ma, Falling Down Stairs, from Ma's Inspired By Bach series.
Mizrahi has two dogs: Kitty and Dean.
Episode: 87, 88
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Martha began dancing at the age of three, and studied there until she and her mother moved to Raleigh, NC in 1996. Under the direction of Christy Curtis, she began to train in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Modern. At 18, she was Top Ten on So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2), and from there she hit the ground running. Since then Martha was a principal dancer with Unity LA, directed by Tessandra Chavez, and has performed on awards shows such as MTV'S Video Music Awards, The American Music Awards, The Academy Awards, and The Billboard Awards. Other credits include, GAP, Disney, NBA, Jo+Jax, Cirque Du Soleil, and Dancing With the Stars. Martha has performed with Jesse J, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Neil Patrick Harris, Ne-Yo, and more. She has toured with Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Madonna, and can be seen in movies La La Land, Ted 2, and ABC's 2016 remake of Dirty Dancing.
Choreographically, Martha has been making a name for herself as well. Martha won The 2016 Capezio A.C.E. Awards with her piece Tilted, and showcased her work in Destiny Rising at The Joyce. She has assisted Mandy Moore, Tony Testa, Tessandra Chavez, Tabitha and Napoleon, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Andy Blankenbuehler, and more. Martha was assistant Choreographer on Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour, Bitch, I'm Madonna Music Video, Demi Lovato's Unbroken Promo Tour, and a contributing choreographer on Mariah Carey's Elusive Chanteuse Tour. She also choreographed, and was featured in Moses Sumney's Worth It Music Video.
In addition to this, Martha is an educator and loves teaching. She is on faculty with New York City Dance Alliance, and During her time in LA she taught at The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. She has taught in Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, and South Africa, but is most excited to once again call NYC home, and to teach at Broadway Dance Center.
Episode: 83, 84
Tere O’Connor is Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance. He has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three “BESSIES”, New York Dance and Performance Awards. In October 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An articulate and provocative educator, O’Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 25 years. He is a Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he lives for one semester each year. O’Connor is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities.
Breanna O'Mara is an international performer, and member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award in 2011. She has worked with artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Chris Haring, Johannes Wieland, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman, Jack Ferver, Larry Keigwin, Colleen Thomas and Ryan McNamara as well as performed work by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marie Chouinard, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and more. She has created performance pieces which have been presented in The Wilson Theatre (NY), MoMA P.S. 1 (NY), Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Theater im Fridericianum and Interim (Kassel, Germany). As a native of Detroit, Breanna founded the annual outreach program, Detroit Arts Immersion, sharing art with a community she loves.
Episode: 13, 75
Ryan Walker Page
Ryan Walker Page is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer. Page has worked with Dua Lipa. Rufus Wainwright, Slipknot, One Republic, Vivienne Westwood, Mark Dendy, Rosie Herrera, Nina McNeely, Jasmine Albuquerque, Violet Chacki, Raja Gemini, Rosie Herrera, Daniel Clifton and more. Page's worked has been presented by Dance Magazine, Art Basel, and Denver Art Museum. Page is also very good at basketball.
Georgina Pazcoguin was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She began her dance training at the age of four at the Allegheny Ballet Academy where she studied with Deborah Anthony, Richard Cook, and Cherié Noble. Ms. Pazcoguin entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In addition, she trained at the summer programs of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and SAB. In October 2002, Ms. Pazcoguin became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013.
Parker Posey is an American actress and musician. Following her role in Richard Linklater's 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, she became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films such as Party Girl (1995) and The House of Yes (1997). She later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For YourConsideration (2006) and Mascots (2016). Her other notable film appearances include You've Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Superman Returns (2006), and the Woody Allen-directed films Irrational Man (2015) and Café Society (2016). Posey is currently starring as Dr. Smith in the Netflix adaptation of Lost in Space. Her first book, You're On An Airplane: A Self Mythologizing Memoir, was published in 2018 by Blue Rider Press.
Jean-Marc Puissant is an award winning set and costume designer working internationally for theatre, musicals, opera, ballet and contemporary dance. Jean-Marc’s career began as a dancer, graduating the School of Paris Opera Ballet and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. A professional dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, he danced and created roles in classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoires. Designing productions of all scales, styles and genres, Jean-Marc’s design practice is rooted in the identity of unique creative collaborations, supporting the nature and craft required by each art form across the performing arts.
Teresa Reichlen was born in Clifton, Virginia. She began her dance training at the age of 10 at the Russell School of Ballet with Thomas and Illona Russell, Mary Rogers, and Margaret McGarry. In 1999, Ms. Reichlen studied at the summer program of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. She entered SAB full-time in the fall of the same year. In October 2000, Ms. Reichlen became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2001 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Ms. Reichlen was promoted to the rank of soloist and in October 2009 was promoted to principal dancer.
Jamar Roberts was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Roberts graduated from the New World School of the Arts. He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami, where he continues to teach, and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. He joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company in 2002. Mr. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine featured Jamar as one of “25 to Watch” in 2007and on the cover in 2013. He performed at The White House in 2010, and as a guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. In 2015 he made his Ailey II choreographic debut with his work Gemeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. His first work for the Company, Members Don’t Get Weary, premiered during the 2017 New York City Center season. Mr. Roberts won Outstanding Performer at the prestigious New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and was a guest star with London’s Royal Ballet.
Liz Santoro is an American dancer and choreographer. She began her dance training at the the professional division of Boston Ballet School. She then studied neuroscience at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology in 2001. She has worked with a number of choreographers including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Philipp Gehmacher, Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, Sam Kim, Heather Kravas, Jillian Peña, Eszter Salamon & Christine de Smedt, David Wampach and Ann Liv Young. She has also performed in the theater work of John Jahnke/Hotel Savant, Charles Chemin, and Pierre Godard, and collaborated with visual artist Ryan McNamara. In 2009 she began creating her own choreography.
Her work, which investigates the performative role of attention and challenges the diametric relationship between watching and being watched, has been presented by Danspace Project at St Marks Church, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Théâtre de Vanves, L’Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Centre Pompidou Metz, The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. Her most recent work, Watch It, was awarded a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award, or “Bessie”, in the category of Outstanding Production for a work at the forefront of contemporary dance.
Garen Scribner is an independent performing artist based in New York City. He starred as Jerry Mulligan in the Broadway and National Tour productions of An American in Paris. As a soloist with SF Ballet and later with Nederlands Dans Theater I, he created and performed leading roles in works by Jiri Kylian, Lightfoot/Leon, Alexander Ekman, Marco Goecke, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Mark Morris, John Neumeier, Hans Van Manen and George Balanchine. He has toured extensively and performed and taught at engagements throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa. Commercially, he has appeared with Deborah Cox, Les Twins, Santana, Michelle Branch, and Jennifer Lopez. Garen has received awards from the NFAA and the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. Mr. Scribner earned a high school diploma from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with honors in May 2011 from St. Mary's College, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts while performing with San Francisco Ballet. He is a co-founder of Dance For a Reason (danceFAR.org), which has produced its 5 annual benefit performances in San Francisco for the Cancer Prevention Institute of CA, raising over $500,000 for the organization since 2012.
Garen will be featured in Jack's Everything Is Imaginable premiering at New York Live Arts in April 2018.
Episode: 12, 41, 42, 82
Justin Scribner is a stage manager and headwrap enthusiast. On Broadway, Justin has stage managed The Crucible, Rock of Ages, God of Carnage, The American Plan, A Chorus Line, RENT, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Lennon, Pacific Overtures, Jumpers, Little Shop of Horrors, and Nine. He is currently the Production Stage Manager of Once On This Island.
Bobbi Jene Smith
Bobbi Jene Smith: Born in Centerville, Iowa. From 2005-2014 she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Since 2014, She has worked in Punchdrunk's production of Sleep No More as well as "Dido and Aeneas" and "Orphic Moment" choreographed by Zack Winokur. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography and solo work has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, PS122, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, The Wild Project, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, The CCA, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, NYU, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is the subject of the documentary directed by Elvira Lind which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. Her film and video work include, “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, “MA” directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall, and “Yossi” directed by Eytan Fox. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the world. In 2015, Smith relocated to New York City, NY.
Peter Smith is a leggy actor and performer from the American Plains. Comedy, as well as theatre, fashion and art, allowed for them to cope with (and celebrate!) being a gender nonconforming person in parts of the country where that was unheard of. At a young age, they trained at Second City in Chicago. A value for honest storytelling was fostered at the University of Missouri’s prestigious journalism school. Peter’s family is in Montana but New York is home
Peter Sparling is a native of Detroit and graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling danced with the José Limón Dance Company from 1971-73. From 1973-87, he was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Sparling also served as Martha Graham's choreographic assistant during his period with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Since then he has returned often to perform, coach and teach. As a regisseur of the Martha Graham Trust, he has staged Graham's works on his own company and on companies all over the world. Sparling presented Peter Sparling Dance Company and his solo performance, "Solo Flight", for five successive seasons at New York's Riverside Dance Festival from 1979-83. He has held residencies at the American Dance Festival, at numerous American universities and in London, Australia, Portugal and Taiwan.
He is Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Dance and has served as chair of that department. He is Artistic Director of his own Ann Arbor-based Peter Sparling Dance Company.
Lauren Strongin was born in Los Gatos, California and joined the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2015.
Lauren Strongin has danced featured or principal roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Peasant pas de cinq and Solo Wili), Nutcracker (Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina and Queen of the Snow), and Swan Lake (pas de trois and Russian); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Waltz of the Hours soloist and Spinner), Rubies (principal), and Theme and Variations (soloist); Cranko’s Onegin (Olga); Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (Botanica); Possokhov’s Swimmer (Lolita); Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries (principal); and Wheeldon’s Rush (principal and 1st movement soloists). Her repertory includes Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, and Wheeldon’s Continuum.
At other companies, Lauren danced principal or featured roles in Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée (principal),Balanchine’s Apollo (Terpsichore); Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca); Fokine’s Les Sylphides; MacMillan’s Manon (Manon); Petipa’s Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadère, Paquita, and Swan Lake; Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina (Anna); Stevenson’s The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Lead Flower) and Twilight (pas de deux); and Welch’s Clear, Divergence, Falling, Madame Butterfly, Maninyas, Nosotros, and Tutu. She created roles in Barton’s Angular Momentum, Elo’s ONE/end/ONE,Fonte’s See(k), Kudelka’s Passion, Liang’s Murmuration, Morris’ The Letter V, Smith’s Vivacious Dispositions, and Welch’s Sons de l’âme.
As a guest artist, Lauren performed the Giselle Act 2 pas de deux with Joseph Walsh at Festival Napa Valley in 2015. She was a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2006, and at the Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2001.
EPISODE: 45, 82
Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. In 2009 she received a Bessie Award for her dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop. Tanowitz was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14. Tanowitz has been invited to create new work for the Vail International Dance Festival and New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. She has set work on The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, New York Theater Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet, and has been a guest choreographer in the dance departments at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and Purchase College. In 2016, Pam Tanowitz was the winner of the Juried Bessie Award for her work, "the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces". Additional awards include three Joyce Theater Residency Grants, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. Tanowitz was selected as a Resident Fellow at New York University's Center for Ballet and the Arts, and currently teaches at Rutgers University. She holds dance degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College.
Melissa Toogood is a Bessie Award winning performer. She is both Dancer and Rehearsal Director for Pam Tanowitz Dance, and has assisted Tanowitz on numerous creations including works for Ballet Austin, The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, the Fall for Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival and others. Melissa was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007, is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow and is an official Stager for the Merce Cunningham Trust. She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Miro Dance Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Christopher Williams, The Bang Group:Tap Lab, and many others. Melissa is a native of Sydney, Australia and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL.
Cassandra Trenary, a native of Georgia, began her dance training at Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She joined the school’s company, Southern Ballet Theatre, in 2006 under the direction of Phyllis Allen and went on to receive additional training at Southeast Regional Ballet Association conventions and Brookwood High School’s Dance department.
Trenary trained at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive programs as a National Training Scholar and went on to join the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in 2009. In 2011, she was invited to join ABT II (now ABT Studio Company) on their European tour as an apprentice. In April 2011, Trenary was offered an apprenticeship with ABT and, in November of that year, a corps de ballet contract. She was promoted to Soloist in August 2015.
Trenary was named a 2011 National YoungArts Foundation Winner and became a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee. She is also the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Dance Honorarium. In 2017, Trenary received the Annenberg Fellowship for Dance.
Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a NYC-based choreographer and multi-platform artist. She uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, yielding dance, sound, speech and deep humor. She presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: Danspace Project ’10, American Realness Festival ’11, ’15 at Abrons Arts Center, Chocolate Factory Theater ’14, Bushwick Starr ’17, and in 2017 at New York Live Arts with Yackez, a collaboration with her husband, Jon Velez-Jackson. Described in NY Magazine’s blog, Bedford and Bowery, “Whether it’s rapping, dancing, or throwing down in the (wrestling) ring, their work is high-energy, silly, odd, and even chaotic at times, going from spectacle to cartoon to pop culture critique and back again.”
2016, LVJ’s tenth year of making dance, fulfilled the famous Martha Graham adage “it takes ten years to make a dancer,” or in this case a choreographer. LVJ was nominated for a 2016 “Bessie” award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grant to Artists award, as well as multiple comprehensive residencies. Her next venture is a choreographic residency at Harkness Dance Center at 92Y, 2017-18, where she will further the research of her performance practice, the Star Crap Method.
Joseph Walsh was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and joined the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2014. He was promoted to principal dancer within his first season. Joseph Walsh created roles in Bubeníček’s Fragile Vessels (2nd movement principal), Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (The Protagonist), and Wheeldon’s Borealis. He has performed principal roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Snow and Grand Pas de Deux Prince), Romeo & Juliet(Benvolio), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Gypsy King); Balanchine’s Coppélia (Franz), Allegro Brillante, Diamonds, The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Prodigal Son (Son), Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Cranko’s Onegin (Lensky); Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II (Solor); van Manen’s Solo and Variations for Two Couples; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Possokhov’s Magrittomania and Swimmer (The Swimmer); Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Brown) and In the Night; Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries, Frankenstein (Victor Frankenstein), and Hummingbird; Taylor’s “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)” from Company B; Thatcher’s Ghost in the Machine; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Prince Guillaume), Continuum, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour.
Joseph danced Benvolio in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance). His guestings include the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Art Festival Gala in Ufa, Russia, and the world premiere of Possokhov’s Toi Moi, plus other ballets, at the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala in Moscow, Russia, in 2017; Festival del Sole in Napa County, California; and the International Ballet Gala: World Ballet Superstars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Episode: 45, 73, 82
Harper Watters has a passion for being bold and unapologetically himself, as evidenced not only in his onstage dancing as a Soloist for the Houston Ballet but in is viral heel treadmill videos. He’s accumulated over 138 thousand followers with his Instagram and created the YouTube web series The Pre Show, which documents the behind-the-scenes stage life of professional dancers.
Harper's videos have been featured on Elle Magazine, Marie Clare, and Urban Outfitters. His social media presence has allowed him to work with photographers Mike Ruiz, Gerardo Vizmanos, and Ryan Pfluger for The New Yorker. He’s been featured in the pages of Risk, Dance Magazine, and on the cover of Dance Spirit. He’s worked with leading choreographers including Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon and has performed on international stages in Guatemala, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, and in numerous US cities.
He’s proud to standout and collaborates with people, brands, and artists who aren’t afraid to either.
Wendy Whelan is an American dancer from Louisville, Kentucky. Whelan was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. Whelan has performed all over the U.S., South America, Europe, and Asia and has been an influential guest artist with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. Whelan joined the NYCB in 1984 as an apprentice, entered the company's corps de ballet in 1986, was promoted to soloist in 1989 and to principal dancer in 1991. She left New York City Ballet in 2014 and has been developing collaborating projects and dancing ever since. She is the subject of a 2016 documentary by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger entitled Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan.
Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009. Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in 2013.
Pushing boundaries is something of a habit for Mr. Whiteside, who joined American Ballet as a soloist in 2012 and became a principal a year later. Yes, he professionally plays Prince Charmings, but he also leads alternative artistic lives: as a pop singer, JbDubs, and drag queen, Uhu Betch.
James will be featured in Jack's Everything Is Imaginable returning to New York Live Arts in January 2019.
Episode: 3, 42, 51, 82
Matthew Wilkas is an American New York based theatre and film actor, playwright and reality television personality. He is best known for his lead role as Matt in the 2012 feature film Gayby. In 2017, he had a lead role in New York Is Dead, a series that he co-wrote and produced. Wilkas co-wrote with American actor and playwright Mark Setlock titled Pageant Play, a satire about the world of child beauty pageants. Wilkas has appeared on stage in a number of acts including Silence! (The Musical), The Last Sunday in June, Far and Wide, The Pride etc. He has appeared in The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Sundance Theatre Institute, under the direction of Michael Greif, Anna D. Shapiro, Will Frears, Carolyn Cantor, Mark Brokaw, Nicholas Martin, and Trip Cullman.
Honey Wolters is a co owner of Ruby Beets home furnishings in Sag Harbor, NY. Her work has been featured in Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, and the New York Times amongst other style publications that prop up the ceiling of her living room. She invented the sleeping bag coat and also happens to be Reid's mom.
Ashley R.T. Yergens
Ashley R.T. Yergens is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown. He's a 2016 boo-koo artist-in-residence at Gibney Dance, and a 2016-17 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts. Please text your favorite emoji combination to him at (507)412-1381.