Biographies

photo: Robert Altman

Collaboration being fundamental to her working process, Bebe Miller (Artistic Director/Choreographer) has worked with composers, artists, writers, filmmakers, designers, and dramaturgs alongside the dancers who share her studio practice. Her vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and beauty. Her aesthetic relies on the interplay of a work’s idea, its physicality, and the contributions of company members to fashion its singular voice. She has received four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and many others. She received one of the first Doris Duke Artists Awards in 2012. Miller is a United States Artists Ford Fellow, has received a New York Live Arts’ David White Award, and was a 2015 Movement Research Honoree. A Distinguished Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Humanities from 2000–2016, Miller received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009.


photo: Robert Altman

Seeking to expand the language of dance, Bebe Miller Company’s work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video, and digital media. Committed to keeping dance available to a wide spectrum of people and to further the conversation about the role of arts and creativity in our culture, BMC is dedicated to providing access to the creative process and expression to diverse communities. Bebe Miller Company was formed in 1985; since then, Miller has created more than 50 dance works for the company that have been performed in nearly 400 engagements worldwide. BMC has been commissioned and presented by leading venues including 651 ARTS, BAM Next Wave, DTW, Jacob’s Pillow, Joyce Theater, PICA, REDCAT, Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts. The company’s newest project, Vault, is a series of artist-driven national convenings, meant to share innovative methodologies for documenting, archiving, and sharing the dance-making process. Activities with artists, presenters, curators, archivists, scholars, and technologists range from peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentoring, informal “campfire” talks, formal presentations on recent practices, and resource-sharing. Gatherings have been held in New York City, Seattle, and Jacob’s Pillow; plans are afoot for more convenings in 2019.


photo: Jim Coleman

Michelle Boulé (Dance Artist) is a “Bessie” Award winner based in NYC who passionately explores the physical expression of consciousness, via the relationship between healing and aesthetic forms. She has received commissions, presentations, and residency fellowships from The Chocolate Factory, Triple Canopy, Met Breuer, Danspace Project, River to River, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Kitchen, MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis Center, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Awards include a Distinguished Legacy Award from the University of Illinois, New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, New Music USA Grant, and Boekelheide Creativity Award. As a performer, she has collaborated with Bebe Miller, Deborah Hay, Miguel Gutierrez, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, John Scott, Heather Kravas, and others. Boulé has taught throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and as faculty at The New School and Movement Research. She maintains an online and clinical practice in energy and consciousness-based healing as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.


photo: Jim Coleman

Christal Brown (Dance Artist) has toured nationally and internationally with Urban Bush Women (as a principal performer, community specialist, and apprentice program coordinator), Chuck Davis’ African-American Dance Ensemble and Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks. Brown performed with and managed Gesel Mason Performance Projects and apprenticed with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Brown is the Founding Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, a performance ensemble and educational conglomerate dedicated to bringing female choreographers together to collaborate and show new work, expanding the views of women of all ages, and being a constant source of inspiration to its audience as well as members. Founded in 2000, INSPIRIT has been honored to show work at venues across the country.


photo: Jim Coleman

Sarah Gamblin (Dance Artist) has toured internationally as a member of Bebe Miller Company and Bill Young and Dancers. Sarah earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington where she performed with the Chamber Dance Company, Rob Kitsos, Lingo Dance Theater, and Amii LeGendre. Gamblin is on the dance faculty at Texas Woman’s University where she teaches modern technique, choreography, improvisation, and experiential anatomy. In 2006, she founded Dance Lab, a student-performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance-making process. Gamblin founded and has co-hosted the weekly TWU Contact Improvisation Jam since 2004. Her choreography has been produced nationwide, and has been commissioned by The University of Montana, Perpetual Motion, Flatlands Dance Theater, Mam-Luft Dance, Texas Christian University, and the University of South Florida.


photo: Robert Altman

Angie Hauser (Principle Collaborator; Dance Artist) is a “Bessie” Award winner whose work is grounded by the questions of improvisation, performance, and collaboration. As a senior member of Bebe Miller Company, Hauser has contributed to the repertory as a dancer, performer, writer, and choreographic collaborator since 2000. Her work with the company is featured on TWO, an online score for Motion Bank/The Forsythe Company and in Dance Fort, an e-book. Her dance-making also includes projects with long-time collaborator Chris Aiken, with multiple grants and commissions by national and international presenters. Other recent projects include collaborations with Jennifer Nugent, Darrell Jones, Paul Matteson, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, and Carl Landa. Hauser has danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman, and Poppo Shiriashi, and she teaches dance-making, performance and improvisation throughout North America and in Europe and South America. She received her MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and also holds a BA in Art History. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at Smith College.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Darrell Jones (Dance Artist) has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, and Ralph Lemon. Along with performing, Darrell continues to choreograph and teach. He has collaborated with other choreographers, writers, musicians, and designers in dance films, documentations, and interactive multimedia installations. Darrell has received choreographic fellowships from MANCC, CDF (Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and is a two-time “Bessie” Award recipient for his collaborative work with Bebe Miller Company and his most recent research in (e)feminized ritual performance. Darrell has also taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and improvisational processes throughout the United States and in other countries such as South Africa, UK, and South Korea. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago where he teaches classes in dance technique, performance, and improvisational practices.


photo: Robert Altman

Bronwen MacArthur (Dance Artist) has danced with New York and Copenhagen (DK) based companies, performing and teaching throughout Europe, the U.S., and South America. She formed MacArthur Dance Project in 2007 and her choreography has been performed in NYC, New England, Philadelphia, Russia, France, and Scotland. MDP and its collaborative work have been supported by LEF, NEFA, New Haven Mayor’s Grant, Vermont Performance Lab, Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center, Silo Kirkland Farm (DanceNOW/[NYC]), Susan Hess Choreographers Project, the 2011 Ellen Forman Memorial Award, and DanceUP/MetLife Foundation. MacArthur received her MFA from Smith in 2016. Currently, she is a Lecturer in the Yale School of Drama and in Yale Theater Studies in addition to serving as full-time Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


photo: Robert Altman

Trebien Pollard (Dance Artist) has performed with Tania Isaac Dance, Nia Love, Martha Graham Ensemble, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn Co., Erick Hawkins Dance Co., the MET (Metropolitan Opera Ballet), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and Pilobolus, and has worked as a guest artist with Urban Bush Women. His choreography for dance and music artists has been performed throughout U.S., England, and Japan. He has been on faculty at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, Middlebury College, Goucher College, American Dance Festival, Queens College, Adelphi University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Stan Pressner (Production/Lighting Designer) has created the lighting for dance, theatre, opera, and music events on five continents. His work can be found in the repertoires of, among others: The New York City Ballet; The Lyon Opera Ballet; Geneva Opera Ballet; Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane; Ralph Lemon and Company; Bayerische Staadtsballet; The Atlanta Ballet; The Boston Ballet; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble; Stephen Petronio and Dancers; and The Netherlands Dance Theatre. Recent credits include: Twelfth Night and Richard III for Shakespeare’s Globe on Broadway; Jessye Norman’s Sacred Ellington for Carnegie Hall; Peer Gynt at the Guthrie; Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure for Shakespeare’s Globe; La Clemenza de Tito, Abduction From The Seraglio and Rake’s Progress for the Bayerische Staadtsoper; Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Dances with Piano…; and Jean Genet’s The Blacks for the Market Theatre of Johannesberg. He served as UCLA’s Visiting Professor of Dance Lighting (1992–1994); was on faculty of the Juilliard School (2000–2008); and was resident lighting designer of the Lincoln Center Festival (1996–2010). Television credits include Two Moon July for the Kitchen and PBS; Night Music  for WHYY-TV Philadelphia; Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio; and Airdance for Live from Off-Center. Pressner is the recipient of a 1988 “Bessie” Award for cumulative achievement, a 1997 Cable Ace Award for Inside the Actor’s Studio and a 1988, 1991 and 1994 American Theatre Wing Design Award nomination.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Liz Prince (Costume Designer) designs for dance, theater, and film, including long-time collaborations with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jane Comfort, the Houston Ballet, Michail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, Mark Dendy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dortmund Theater Ballet, Doug Varone, Ralph Lemon, and David Dorfman. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Rockland Center for the Arts and Snug Harbor Cultural Center. She received a 1990 “Bessie” Award and a 2008 Charles Flint Kellogg Arts and Letters Award from Bard College. She teaches costume design at SUNY Purchase College and Manhattanville College.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Lily Skove (Video Artist) is a filmmaker and choreographer, creating for the screen, installation, and live performance, including video and projection design for Bebe Miller Company for A History. Her dance films have been screened at Dance Theater Workshop’s Digital Series in NYC, The San Diego/Tijuana DanceonFilm Festival, and Dance Camera Istanbul. Her choreography has been presented at The Chocolate Factory Theater (NY), the Dailes Theatre (Riga, Latvia), and The Paxton Center (Oberlin College, OH) among other venues. Based in Los Angeles, she and her partner, TJ Hellmuth, create documentaries, commercials and films with their company, Open Land. Projects include documentation films for The William Forsythe Company’s Motion Bank Project, and a film of Ann Hamilton’s event of a thread at the Park Avenue Armory (NYC). Lily has taught media and performance at the The Ohio State University, Oberlin College and the Institute for Choreography in Latvia. She holds a Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London, a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MFA in dance and technology from The Ohio State University.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Talvin Wilks (Dramaturgy) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the Boy, Tod; The Trial of Uncle S&M; Bread of Heaven; and An American Triptych. Directorial projects include the world premiere productions of Eyewitness Blues, by Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp (New WORLD Theater/New York Theatre Workshop); UDU by Sekou Sundiata (651Arts/BAM); The Love Space Demands by Ntozake Shange (Crossroads); No Black Male Show/Pagan Operetta by Carl Hancock Rux (Joe’s Pub/The Kitchen); Banana Beer Bath by Lynn Nottage (Going to the River Festival/EST); the Obie Award/AUDELCO Award-winning The Shaneequa Chronicles by Stephanie Berry (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Relativity by Cassandra Medley (Ensemble Studio Theatre – AUDELCO nomination for Best Director 2006); and On the Way to Timbuktu by Petronia Paley (Ensemble Studio Theatre – AUDELCO nomination for Best Director 2008). He has served as co-writer/dramaturg for 10 productions in Ping Chong’s ongoing series of Undesirable Elements, and has been dramaturg for four Bebe Miller Company productions including Landing/Place, for which he received a 2006 “Bessie Award” for Dramaturgy.


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Valerie Oliveiro (Stage Manager) is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN and originally from Singapore. She is currently stage managing for Cynthia Oliver, Bebe Miller and Dance Heginbotham. She designed lighting for Rosy Simas’ Skin(s) at Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, MN) and La Pena (Berkeley, CA). She performed in Jennifer Monson’s In Tow and Morgan Thorson’s Still Life, and will perform in new work by Thorson and Simas in 2018/2019.

 


photo: Lila Hurwitz

Elby Brosch is a dancer, choreographer, and theater technician. He calls Seattle his home where he has acted as Technical Director at Gay City Arts, Velocity Dance Center, and 12th Ave Arts. He has had the pleasure of working at On The Boards, Slate Theater, The Eclectic Theater, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and Washington Hall. Artists he has worked with include Pat Graney, Cherdonna Shinatra, BenDeLaCreme, Lou Henry Hoover, Kitten La Roux, Markeith Wiley, Zoe | Juniper, Kate Wallich, Coriolis Dance, Dani Tirrell, Amy O’Neal, Keith Hennessy, Sara Shelton Mann, Shannon Stewart, and Princess Charming.


photo: Daniel Doolittle

Lila Hurwitz (Project/Tour Manager) is Principal Consultant at Doolittle+Bird, specializing in project/tour management, communications, production, and grant writing for artists and others. Previously she was Associate Director and Director of Communications at Artist Trust; Administrative/Co-Artistic Director of Dance Art Group, producers of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation from 1994–2011; designer of Contact Quarterly magazine for 11 years; and a dancer working with Nina Martin, Lucia Neare, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Stephanie Skura, Crispin Spaeth, and others. She received the inaugural Velocity Dance Center Dance Champion award in 2011 for her arts advocacy work.

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