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Guest Artists in Dance, 2014-15

Charlotte Boye-Christensen

Charlotte Boye-Christensen

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

Ronald Brown

Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown founded the New York-based contemporary dance ensemble EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY in 1985. Since then the company has toured across America and abroad to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa and Canada. In addition to his work with Evidence, Brown has created works for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II, the African America Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Brown has received numerous awards and fellowships from illustrious organizations including the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Black Theatre Alliance, and the American Dance Festival.

Master Class: September 17, 2014

Jonathan Campbell

Austin Diaz

Jonathan Campbell & Austin Diaz

MADboots dance co. was co-founded in August 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard '10) & Austin Diaz (N.Y.U. Tisch '11). The company made its premiere at the Gibney Dance Center, and has since been presented at festivals, such as, the Alto Jonio Dance Festival (Italy), Springboard Danse Montreal, David Parker's Soaking WET, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, TOES for dance (Toronto) & DANCENOW Joe's Pub Dance Festival (2012 Challenge Winner). Dance Magazine featured the company in their Vital Signs segment in December 2013.

Jonathan Campbell is originally from Dallas, Texas. He received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 2010 and is a 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He has performed the works of Aszure Barton, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Larry Keigwin, and Johannes Wieland. Since graduation, Jonathan has danced for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, GALLIM Dance, The DASH Ensemble, and is thrilled to be in his fifth year with Sidra Bell Dance New York. Jonathan is also the co-founder of MADboots dance co.

Austin Diaz, a native of New Jersey, attained his B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. He has performed the works of Lucinda Childs, Shannon Gillen, Ohad Naharin, and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. In 2010, Austin joined Sidra Bell Dance New York, and is the co-founder of MADboots dance co..

Master Class: September 20, 2014

John Doyle

John Doyle

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.
Master Class: November 7, 2014

Marjani Forte

Marjani Forté

Marjani Forté was a touring and teaching member of Urban Bush Women Dance Company for 5 years, and is now an independent choreographer and co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE. Forté has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond- including Germany, England, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela. She has presented choreographic works for Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, New Orleans McKenna Museum, DNA Raw Material, and DanceNOW at Joe's Pub. Forté premiered EGO at Dance Theatre Workshop as a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident Artist while concluding a choreographic residency and lecture series at Loyola Marymount University. Forté was recently named a Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2011/13, premiered Here… for Danspace PLATFORMS: Parallels in March 2012, and EGO for HarlemStage's E-Moves in April 2012. She is currently faculty at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA). Her work stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities.
Master Class: October 29, 2014

Jessica Lang

Jessica Lang

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

Deborah Lohse

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.
Master Class: September 19, 2014

Annmaria Mazzini

Annmaria Mazzini

Annmaria enjoyed great success as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1999-2011, performing leading roles throughout the world in more than 60 beloved Taylor classics. She also had the privilege of dancing with Taylor 2 from 1995-1999, and appearing as a guest artist with CorbinDances, Amy Marshall Dance Company, Kim Gibilisco Dances, DogEared Dancers, and in works by Karla Wolfangle, Sandra Stone, and Hernando Cortez. Currently she is Artistic Director of the Mazzini Dance Collective and Resident Choreographer of the American Modern Ensemble. A native of Allentown, PA, she received her early training from Frances Evers and in her first professional job as a chorus dancer in productions at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater under the direction of Charles Richter. She then went on to earn a BFA in Dance at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Master Class: October 8, 2014

Cleo Mack

Cleo Mack

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.
Master Class: September 5, 2014

Christopher Morgan

Christopher K. Morgan

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). 
Master Class: March 20, 2015

Alex Springer & Xan Burley

Alex Springer and Xan Burley

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. 
Master Class: February 13, 2015

Bryan Strimpel

Bryan Strimpel

A native Michigander, graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a BFA 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!
Master Class: October 10, 2014

Brandin Steffenson

Brandin Steffenson

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.
Master Class: April 24, 2015

Takehiro Ueyama

Takehiro Ueyama

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".
Master Class: October 31, 2014

Ellis Wood

Ellis Wood

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, 2014-15

Joe Dulude II

Joe Dulude II

Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his makeup designs for the Tony Award-winning hit musical Wicked. He has won both an Etsy Design Award and Local 706 Makeup and Hair Guild Award for this work. Since Wicked, Joe has moved on to do such productions as The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde and most recently Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has also consulted on several Broadway productions including Catch Me If You Can, The Normal Heart and Assassins. Prior to his design work on Broadway, Joe freelanced as a makeup artist in both New York City and Los Angeles. His makeup skills have been seen on E!, Style and Lifetime, as well as several commercials. His work has also graced the runways during Mercedes--Benz Fashion Week. Throughout his career Joe’s work has enhanced the faces of many well--known actors and performers for television, theatrical and personal appearances. In his spare time Joe is also a fine artist and photographer. He has also lent his talents to producing and directing several benefits including most notably Defying Inequality: The San Francisco Concert. With over fifteen years of makeup experience, Joe is constantly seeking inspiration for his next artistic challenge. By observing the world around him while evoking the glamour of days gone by, he continues to forge a path to his creative future.

Guest Lecturer, Fall 2014; Makeup Artist Wig Out

Ursula Rucker

Ursula Rucker

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[3] 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
Lauren Curnow Madigan

Ed Bara & Lauren Curnow Madigan
Street Scene Guest Artists

Ed Bara and Lauren Curnow Madigan 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 Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 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 Curnow Madigan most recently performed in Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre'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.