Guest Artists in Dance, 2014-15
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ms. Boye-Christensen has fulfilled the demanding career of freelance choreographer, teacher and dancer for the past 15 years. She joined Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 2002 to assist in the artistic direction of the company and has created 21 new works on the company. She received her formal training at London Contemporary Dance School and at the Laban Centre in London (where she won the 1992 choreography award). Ms. Boye-Christensen has been commissioned to create new works for Ballet West, The Milwaukee Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, The Arts Fissions Dance Company, Ballet de Camaguey in Cuba, New Danish Dance Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts' Second Avenue Dance Company in NYC, London Contemporary Dance School's Edge Dance Company, and Verb Ballets in Cleveland. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and grants from the Theatre and Arts Councils in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Singapore amongst others, as well as a recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreographic Excellence.
Guest Residency: October 20-24, 2014
John began formal dance training upon moving to New York in 2006, studying hip-hop foundation with Robin
Dunn, Jazzy J, Levi Claiborne, Snapshot & Wandeepop and Mr. Wiggles. In 2012 he starred in the freestyle dance
film "Girl Walk // All Day" which led to teaching engagements in front of large public crowds throughout North
America. His solo dance installations have been presented at Brooklyn Museum, The Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art (MASS MoCa), and Brooklyn Masonic Temple. In 2013, John created Harlem Dance Club, a
diverse performance group focused on celebrating the uniqueness of its members. He has been teaching freestyle
dance workshops in New York since 2008.
Jessica Lang has attained rare levels of success as a female choreographer continuously working with ballet companies across the U.S. and abroad since 1999. She is noted for her artfully crafted, emotionally engaging work and has been described as having "established a reputation for concocting ingenious choreographic interactions between dancing bodies and the movements of striking set and costume pieces." (Kansas City Star) Lang has created works for companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Japan at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Richmond Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ailey II, ABT II, Hubbard Street 2, and New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, among many others. American Ballet Theatre presented her work at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008 and 2011 while her work was performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet earned a nomination for a coveted 2013 Manchester Theatre Award in the UK. Lang received outstanding acclaim for her choreography and directorial debut of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the 2013 Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She has received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum for its Works and Process series. Lang's work has been performed by The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Marymount Manhattan College, SUNY Purchase College, Southern Methodist University, Princeton University, University of Richmond, and Point Park University, among others. She is on faculty of American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as well as a teaching artist for the Make A Ballet program.
Guest Residency: October 13-17, 2014
Deborah Lohse's work has been presented at The Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce
SoHo, Joe's Pub, Dixon Place and Dance New Amsterdam. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and
the Bossak-Heilbron Foundation, artist residencies from Dance New Amsterdam, The Yard, SILO and Acadia
Summer Arts Program. She received a Certificate in Filmmaking from NYU SCPS in 2010. Her film Hunger was
awarded Best Art House Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Outstanding Achievement
Award from the NYU-SCPS Faculty. She performed in the work of the Sacramento Ballet and Monica Bill Barnes
& Company, and currently performs with Doug Elkins. As an educator, Lohse has taught at Lincoln Center
Education, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Purdue University. Born
and raised in California, Lohse received degrees in dance and theater from the University of California, San Diego.
Cleo Mack was selected by Dance Magazine as on of the "25 to Watch in 2002." She began her dance training at
the Purpich School of the Arts and earned her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she was
the recipient of ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Student Choreography. She has been a teaching
artist for the American Repertory Ballet Institute, Rutgers University, DeSale University, and the University of Iowa.
She is currently Director of Dance at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School of the Performing
Arts and the Artistic Director of Washington Rock Youth Modern Company.
Christopher K. Morgan grew up in Orange County, CA dancing the Hula and Polynesian dances of his Hawaiian ancestors. Discovering ballet, jazz, and modern at the age of 17, Christopher studied dance at the University of California Irvine. But after only 2 years in school, he was offered a job dancing for Malashock Dance and Company in San Diego. This began his extensive performing career that would have him move to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin, and London. Now, he brings his diverse heritage and over 15 years of experience as a dancer, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator to directing his contemporary dance company. His choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents, in venues including The Kennedy Center (Washingotn DC), La Mama (NY), Theater Artaud (San Francisco), and The Maly Theatre (Russia).
The work of Xan Burley + Alex Springer [alex|xan: the Median Movement] has been shown work throughout New York City at WAXworks, Solar One, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX, Studio A.I.R., 100 Grand, DanceNOW, Joe’s Pub, Rooftop Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, and The TANK, as well as in Chicago, Detroit, and other cities around the country. In April of 2009 they produced an evening of new and old work for their Michigan contingency in a Detroit industrial space, and in March 2010 they premiered work in A Veritable Smorgasbord at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. Notably, they received a 2011 BAX Space Grant and won a residency at the Silo for their performance of All of this is true at the DanceNOW Joe’s Pub Festival encore show 2011. Their first evening-length duet, X, premiered at The Tank in March 2012.They also experiment in dance for the camera. Their film work has been shown at various screenings including Moviehouse, WESTfest, the Flea, and Motion Captured. Also, their film daylighting received the silver award in DFA’s 2009 48-Hour Challenge.
A native Michigander, graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in dance. He
worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance from 2009 to 2012 as well as the Brian Brooks Moving Company from
2011-2014. Most recently Bryan is dancing with David Dorfman Dance in his first season with the company. He
has performed internationally and across the U.S. in venues including: The Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn
Academy of Music, Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Joe's Pub, Hundred Grand SoHo and more. Bryan is the
co-director and choreographer for bryanstrimpelMOVEMENT and his work has been presented in venues such as
DanceNOW at Joe's Pub, the Red Hook Festival, 'READY OR NOT' at Hundred Grand SoHo and at the Detroit
Music Hall. He teaches regularly in NYC at Gibney Dance 280. Bryan is honored to have been selected as one of
Dance Magazine's 'Top 25 to Watch' in 2013 and is so grateful for his friends and family who continually challenge
and support him!
Brandin Steffensen is a dance artist performing at The McKittrick Hotel, with Keely Garfield Dance, and with Liz Gerring Dance Company. He has performed with Brian Brooks Moving Company, Tiffany Mills Company, Christopher Williams Dance, Yoshiko Chuma, Lawrence Goldhuber, and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company,
among others. He performs Deborah Hay's solo News and produces and performs Glimpse with Nancy Stark
Smith. He directs Underscore NYC and curates Dance.Talk.Show! at the Actors Fund Art Center. His Pentamodes
have been seen at The New Museum, New York Live Arts, La Mama, The Tank, and other venues. His evening
length works include Switch and Now The Show. Steffensen's film appearances include Naomi Foner's Very Good
Girls; Jonathan Caouette's Walk Away Renee. He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah;
Brandin teaches dance classes, workshops, and contact improvisation, as well as hosting regular Underscores.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro "Take" Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at
the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company,
touring the world with them for 8 years.
Having been a baseball player in Japan before fully committing to dance, Ueyama's work blends both eastern and
western sensibilities. Containing both powerful athleticism, as well as traces of his Japanese heritage by employing
delicate gestures, his repertoire has been inspired by the beauty in nature, the duality of darkness and light in the
universal human condition and the humanity and compassion in day-to-day living. These elements, combined with
his various partnerships and collaborations with artists of other genres, lend diversity to movement, music and
subject matter. Described as both sensitive and exciting, Ueyama's choreography ensures a place for the heart on
any stage it appears, a feast for the eyes, mind and soul; it is uniquely, "TAKE".
Ellis Wood graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in dramatic art and dance, where she was awarded the two highest dance awards, The Eisner Prize and The Florence Schwimley Award. She currently choreographs, teaches and does residencies at schools, universities and festivals both nationally and abroad. She received a 2002 NYFA Fellowship in choreography, and was one of ten choreographers in NYC nominated for the "Emerging Choreographer Award" given by the Downtown Arts Festival in collaboration with The Colbert Foundation. Prior to founding Ellis Wood Dance, Wood danced in the companies of Stephen Petronio, Dan Wagoner, Bay Area Repertory Dance, and in the works of various New York City choreographers. Wood’s community outreach projects and workshops held in conjunction with her own company performances, have crossed cultural, racial, religious, socio-economic, generational, and gender boundaries to bring dance to communities that might not otherwise have this opportunity. The Ellis Wood Dance Company has been in residence at various colleges and universities, as well as many other prestigious venues.
Master Class: April 17, 2015
Guest Artists in Theatre, 2013-14
Ursula Rucker had been writing poetry since adolescence but kept her writings to herself until she read poetry in 1994 at Philadelphia's Zanzibar Blue. That very same year, Rucker was invited to collaborate with numerous recording artists, and producers including King Britt, 4hero, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Josh Wink, Alix Perez and most notably The Roots. Rucker has garnered a reputation for unique poetry techniques and stage presence which were described as "strong, vulnerable, wounded and raging". King Britt gave Rucker recognition and invited her to create her first spoken word recording, the 1994 club hit, "Supernatural". Rucker's emotion in her work and words, has led some critics to compare her to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, describing them as "powerful". In numerous reviews, many critics proclaim the value of Rucker's work with The Roots, 4hero and other groups. Rucker has had reviews in, URB, Vibe, XXL, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Straight No Chaser. Rucker has also performed her work at an array of venues, universities and festivals. Among these venues include the Montreal Jazz Festival, the 1999 Winter Music Conference, a performance at Drexel University and the 2005 Amnesty International Australia Freedom Festival which aimed to raise aware of Amnesty's global "Stop Violence against Women" campaign. Rucker has toured with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Sylk 130, and 4Hero in the United States and internationally in Europe.
Ed Bara and Lauren Curnow Maddigan will be appearing as guest performers in Street Scene on the Muhlenberg Mainstage. The Tony-Award-winning musical tells the story, almost entirely in song, of a New York family as it copes with infidelity and forbidden love.
Ed Bara most recently performed with MSMT as King Arthur in Spamalot. He has performed or recorded more than 100 concert and stage roles in 14 countries. He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Academy of Music, and The Kimmel Center, recorded for Lyrichord, Sony/Time-Warner, and Helicon Records, and been the personal guest of the Mayor of Brno, Czech Republic, the Ambassador of Romania, and the Archbishop of Austria. Previously at Muhlenberg he has portrayed Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate and the Mikado in The Mikado as well as serving as musical director for The Music Man, HMS Pinafore, and Crazy for You. Lauren
Maddigan most recently performed in MSMT's The Music Man as Marian Parou, which was her first MSMT production since appearing in Oklahoma! as a Muhlenberg student in 1996. She has continued on in the field of music as a professional opera singer and has performed several roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She was last heard portraying the character of Marcellina in Mozart’s Opera Le Nozze Di Figaro in 2010.