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Guest Artists in Dance, 2013-14

Kristen Arnold

Kristen Arnold
Kristen Arnold, a native of New Jersey, received her early training at the School of American Ballet and later at Princeton, while earning her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a certificate in Theater and Dance. In May 2008, Kristen earned her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with American Repertory Ballet and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Reidel Dance Theatre, Ze’eva Cohen, Rebecca Lazier, Jessica Lang, Gabri Christa, and the American Repertory Ballet Company.She is a member of Skybetter & Associates where she is also the Rehearsal Director. Kristen has been a member of TAKE Dance since 2008.

Germaul Barnes

Germaul BarnesBaker Artist-in-Residence

Germaul Barnes is the recipient of the Bessie Award- New York and Performance Award for his work on the Bill T. Jones, Arts International Grant that fostered his anthropology study in Ghana, West Africa. One of his highest achievements is assisting and demonstrating for the late legendary dancer/choreographer/anthropologist, Ms. Katherine Dunham. For nine years, he was principle dancer with Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company. He has also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Philadanco--Philadelphia Dance Company, Movement Source Dance Company and Group Motion Dance Company. Creating over 25 works for his company, Mr. Barnes has received commissions from many dance companies in various countries. Mr. Barnes directed and performed in a collaborative work with South African composer Bongani Ndodana. His collaboration with Thollem McDonas Bitahkiz Ayeli - premiered in Porto, Portugal commissioned by Teatro Campo Allegre. In 1993 Mr. Barnes moved to Berlin, Germany to performed with Tolada Dance Company and taught throughout Europe where he received rave reviews. Mr. Barnes has taught for Black College Dance Exchange, Guest Artist in residence at Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Ghana National Dance Theater, Xavier College Prep High School, Dance Masters/New York, Center of Creative Arts-St. Louis, Cleo Parker Summer Intensive, Guest Artist in residence at 92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center, Studio 303-Montréal, Dance Olympus and Guest Artist in residence at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1995, Mr. Barnes conceived, directed and choreographed Black Bones Project, a celebration of African-American men’s works that premiered at the renowned 92nd Street Y, and toured to Jacob’s Pillow, Embora Studio and City Center Studio. Television credit includes "Free to Dance" in Bill T Jones’ D-Man in the Waters, a 2001 Emmy winning documentary that chronicles modern dance's African-American roots.

Guest Artist: Modern Technique


Adam Barruch Adam Barruch

Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television--working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After three years, he graduated early and was accepted into the dance department at The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and is currently a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal. As a choreographer, Adam's work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Cunningham Studio, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, SUNY Purchase, New York University, Cedar Lake Theater and Theatre Usine C in Montreal.  Adam has created new works for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Senior Concert and NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA program.  Adam Barruch Dance performed on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow, and at the Harris Theater during the Chicago Dancing Festival.  Adam Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation. He recently served as a guest choreographer at Princeton University, creating a new work for their 2012 Spring Dance Festival. He also worked with collaborator Chelsea Bonosky at The Yard, in Martha's Vineyard as part of the 2012 Bessie Schönberg Residency. This past summer, Adam was at Bates Dance Festival creating new work as part of their Emerging Choreographer's Residency.
Guest Artist: Fall  2013

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

Gregory Dolbashian Gregory Dolbashian
Born and raised in New York City Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company. Soon after, he was cast in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School on a fellowship scholarship and then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory where he studied composition with Kazuko Hirabayashi. Since then he has gone on to dance and choreograph with a variety of artists, performing with Patrick Corbin, Nelly van Bommel, Sylvain Emard, and The Chicago Ballet. He was resident choreographer for both Chicago Ballet’s spring season in 2008 and CorbinDances in 2007. He was selected as one of four emerging choreographers in the Springboard Montreal intensive run by Juilliard’s Alexandra Wells, where he created and premiered his first international work. Gregory’s works have been performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival (MA), Joyce SoHo, Alvin Ailey Studio Theatre (NY), Dance Place (DC), Athenaeum Theatre (Chicago), and shows in New York as part of the Reverb Festival, the Dance Sampler at Symphony Space, and a self-produced collaboration with Sidra Bell at the Gershwin Hotel. He recently showed his work as part of the Emerging Artists Program at DTW’s Summer DANZ Festival and was also accepted into The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard for emerging choreographers in 2010. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2009 at JOYCE SoHo. The company has gone on to present works at the Skirball Center, DTW, Summer Stage, and The JOYCE Theater. in 2013 Dolbashian was the winner of Choreographic competitions for both Ballet Austin and Northwest Dance Project, and most recently was the winner of Hubbard Street 2's international choreographic competition. Gregory is the co-founder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.
Guest Artist: Fall 2013
Cleo Mack Cleo Mack

Cleo Mack was selected by Dance Magazine as one 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 the ACDFA/Dance Magazine for Outstanding Student Choreography. She has been a teaching artist for the American Repertory Ballet Institute, Rutgers University, DeSales University, and the University of Iowa.  She is currently Director of Dance at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School of Performing Arts and the Artistic Director of Washington Rock Youth Modern Company.  She also founded her own dance company the Cleo Mack Dance Project. 
Guest Artist: Fall 2013

Chrisopher K. 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). 
Guest Artist: Spring 2013

David Parker David Parker

Director of David Parker and the Bang Group, a New York rhythm-based theatrical dance troupe; has toured widely throughout Europe and North America, and appeared at dozens of festivals, universities, and performing arts centers. Awards: Finalist, Fourth International Competition for Contemporary Choreographers (Groningen, the Netherlands); special citation from Kurt Jooss Awards jury (Essen, Germany); Notable Emerging Choreographer citation from Nijinsky Awards jury (Monaco); and a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for design, for collaboration with Dutch avant-garde designers Melanie Rozema and Jeroen Teunissen. On the boards of the Danspace Project and the Field; served on the "Bessie" Awards committee; curator and producer of a performance series at Manhattan's West End Theater, where his company has been in residence since 2003. Guest artist, most recently with Sara Rudner (Dancing on View at the ICA Boston); in Christopher Williams's The Golden Legend; Doug Elkins's Fraulein Maria; New York Theater Ballet's Cinderella, and with a variety of independent choreographers. Faculty, Alvin Ailey School, since 1999; Barnard College, since 2005.


Sydney Skybetter

Sydney Skybetter

Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer, curator, and consultant for performing arts organizations. After studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Columbia, and New York University, Mr. Skybetter performed with Christopher Williams and the Anna Sokolow Foundation. His choreography has been presented in New York at the Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, and the Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, among many others. Mr. Skybetter has written about performance history and technology for the Ballet Review and The Huffington Post. He is a producer with the Dance[NOW] NYC Festival, a teacher for the NYU Tisch Dance Department, a lecturer on Dance History for the LEAP Program at St. Mary's College, and serves as President on the Board of Directors of the Gotham Arts Exchange / Zia Artists, and as the Founding Chairman of the Technology Committee for the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA. the New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awards Committee, and the board of trustees of Dance/USA. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Performance Choreography from New York University.
Guest Artist: Spring 2014

Amber Sloan Amber Sloan

Amber Sloan is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who has been making work in New York City since 2001. Her work has been presented all over New York and the Unites States. Sloan has received numerous choreographic residency grants including Gibney Dance Center’s Boo Koo space grant, Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space grant, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Spoke the Hub at Gowanus Arts, Mulberry Street Theater’s Newsteps residency, a residency at Certain Bird in Stamford, VT, The Field’s Artward Bound residency at Wild Meadows in Schellsburg, PA, and a choreographic fellowship from Summer Stages Dance in Concord, MA. She has received funding from the Jerome Robbins Foundation and The Jewish Communal Fund.  As a performer, Sloan has been a member of David Parker and The Bang Group since 2002.  As a principal dancer with the company, she has appeared in several prestigious theaters and festivals in both Europe and the United States. She has assisted Parker in his work with Anna Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble, the Juilliard School, Barnard College, Summer Stages Dance and others.  In addition to The Bang Group, Sloan has had the pleasure of working with Doug Elkins & Friends, Keely Garfield, Chris Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater, Sara Hook Dances and Stephen Koplowitz.  Sloan received a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   
Guest Artist: Fall 2013

Alex Springer and 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. 

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.

Guest Artists in Theatre, 2013-14


Christopher Scheer '07 and Ora Fruchter


How do you choose to define real experience? What happens to us when we die? How many jelly beans are in this jar? Doppelskope aggressively answeres none of these questions, but they do use puppetry, clown, magic, and music to explore what children and grown-ups have in common in terms of obsession, anxiety, and uncertainty. They also flirt shamelessly with the audience.

"Singularly, Scheer and Fruchter's energy is downright enchanting, but together, they put forth what appears to be mind-numbing brilliance." - Alan Vetter, Taos News

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She enjoys collaborating with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater pieces, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She also writes and performes regularly for kids with her company Yellow Sneaker.

Christopher Scheer ('07) was told that if he majored in theatre, he should have a back-up career, so he minored in philosophy. He is a clown, magician, writer, acrobat, dialect coach and actor.


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.

Arthur Strimmling

Arthur Strimling

Arthur Strimling is a performer, writer and director, who has directed and performed in New York City at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the 92nd Street Y, The Public Theatre, Symphony Space and the Jewish Museum, and at venues across the country. He can be heard on NPR and his performing and teaching were recently featured on the PBS series, "In the Prime." Arthur has been Artistic Director of Roots and Branches Intergenerational Theater, for eight years, earning a reputation for artistic excellence and community service. Arthur's stories have appeared in many periodicals and collections.