ANNIE ARNOULT (Choreographer)
Currently the artistic director of Open Dance Project in Houston, Annie was the founding artistic director of Striding Lion Performance GroupShe also served on the faculty of the Northwestern University Dance Program. Annie is a Certified Cecchetti Ballet teacher who trained at the Houston Ballet Academy, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the American Dance Festival. She has a BA in Dance and Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. Upon her return to Texas, Annie joined the adjunct faculty of The School of Theatre and Dance at University of Houston.
CHRISTOPHER ASH (Projection Design)
is an international designer of scenery, lighting, and projections for theatre, dance, opera, and film.Recent projects include projection design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie Theatre), scenic design for The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Repertory), projections for La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Marie Antoinette (SOHO Rep), lighting for Heidi Latsky Dance’s One Hour:Two Works and GiMP. Production and lighting design for Amanda Palmer’s music video Bedsong. He received an MFA at Yale School of Drama.
VICTORIA BARLOW (Choreographer)
was a principal member of the Rockford Dance Company from 1987 to 1993.During 1992 and 1994, Victoria toured China attending two international dance festivals. She was a member of the Bryant Ballet from 1996 to 2001 and has been seen in numerous Chicagoland productions of The Nutcracker. They include the Chicago Tribune Charities and the Dancenter North production, in which she was The Sugar Plum Fairy. She has danced the title roles in Dancenter North’sCinderella and Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s Snow White. In addition to her teaching and the Nutcrackers, Vicki has danced with the Chicago Ballet under the direction of Paul Abrahamson.
LAURA SCHWENK BERMAN (Choreographer)
Laura Schwenk Berman is an Artistic Associate of RPM Productions and has been performing, teaching, and choreographing, for over 35 years. She began her performing career dancing principal roles with the Garden State Ballet, the Chicago Ballet, the Boston Repertory Ballet and for seven years with the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she performed as a soloist with Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She also danced in the film: “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture” directed by Carol Ballard, designed by Maurice Sendak.
Ms. Berman served as the ballet mistress, Interim Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 1992-2010. She also served as Director of the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company from 1998-2010, establishing the school’s curriculum, syllabus, faculty, staff and performances.
Ms. Berman has choreographed works at many companies including, Momenta! Performing Arts Company, Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, and the Grand Rapids Ballet and taught dance at a wide array of institutions, including the University of Washington, Northwestern University, Columbia College, Hope College, Hubbard Street Dance Company, the Cecchetti Council of America, and the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and professional company.
JOHN BOESCHE (Projection Design)
John is one of the most celebrated scenic and projection designers in the country. Among the places his work has been commissioned: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (Washington, DC). Mr. Boesche received a Joseph Jefferson Special Award for projection design in 2005. He is Chair of Digital Media for Live Performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Jenny Shore Butler
Julie has invested her last 30 years in all things dance. Julie first came to Chicago via the concert dance scene, performing with some of Chicago’s finest dance companies including Chi-town Jazz Dance, The Lynda Martha Dance Company, and River North. She was a founding member of Especially Tap Chicago. In 2000, Julie took over leadership of the group as artistic director, which now goes by The Cartier Collective. Julie is a recipient of CNADM’s Artistic Achievement Award in 2009 and a JUBA award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project last year for her contributions to dance in Chicago.
Ron De Jesus
ERIN GALLAGHER (Costume Design)
Erin has been costuming for over fifteen years and has been working in the theater professionally for 20 years. Erin moved to Chicago in 2007 to design costumes and accessories full time. She has also forged forward as a crafts artisan. She has had the pleasure of stitching wicked stitches for Idle Muse Theatre, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Steppenwolf Theatre Company and, most recently, The Court Theatre. In addition, Erin designs and constructs her own line of handbags, jewelry and wearable art pieces under the name of Erin Rose Design.
Mike is the founder and Artistic Director of Elements Contemporary Ballet. His work has appeared in Dance Chicago, Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Looptopia, Joel Hall’s Dances from the Halls, Evanston Arts Week, and productions with the Evanston Dance Ensemble and Evanston Symphony, among many others. As a teacher, Mike currently works at Visceral Dance Center and Dance Center Evanston, and has previously taught at Lou Conte Dance Center, Joel Hall Dance Center, Gus Giordano Dance Center, Dancenter North, Eastern Illinois University, and College of Lake County. His choreography was selected to compete in the 2010 A.W.A.R.D. show for the Joyce Theater.
Lady Holly Hathaway
BETSY HERSKIND (choreographer)
is a former soloist with the Lyric Opera Ballet, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the Illinois Ballet. She owned and operated her own studio in Chicago for many years and is currently a faculty member of Dance Center Evanston, the Joel Hall Dance Center and ballet mistress for the Joel Hall Dance Company.
IZUMI INABA (Costume Design)
Izumi received her M.F.A. in Theatre Design at Northwestern University. Her local costume design credits include work with: The Mill Theatre, , Embrace the Fire Be the Groove, The Steep Theatre Company, Porchlight Music Theatre, 2009, Chicago Opera Vanguard, 2009, Griffin Theatre Company and Northwestern University.
BECCA JEFFORDS (Lighting Design)
Becca is a Chicago area lighting designer who received her M.F.A. from Northwestern University. She has done work with Hope College, The StrangeTree GroupSteppenwolf Garage, and Two Pence Shakespeare.
Stephanie is a Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and ensemble member of Be the Groove, a Chicago based rhythmic performance and education ensemble. In addition to working with BTG, Stephanie also teaches dance at Dance Center Evanston, Lake Forest Dance Academy and Northwestern University. She has been on faculty for the Chicago National Association of DanceMasters and has choreographed for Ohio Northern University, Northwestern University and the Evanston Dance Ensemble. Her love of theater has led her to Albany Park Theater Project, with whom she is a Resident Artist and Co- Director of the ensemble’s current production, Home/Land. She has also worked with Lookingglass Theatre’s LAB program as a choreographer and composer. Stephanie’s approach to dance and music instruction is founded in the usage of rhythm as the means of motivating development of ensemble and individual self-confidence.
STEVE RASHID (Composer) He holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Ripon College and a M.M. in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He recently composed the score for Picture Paris, a short film written/directed by Brad Hall, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Picture Paris was a critic’s choice at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and will air on HBO in December 2012. Rashid received a 2009 Emmy Award for his score of the historical documentary, Lost & Found: Legacy of USS Lagarto, which first aired on Chicago Public Television. He has released several CDs of his own music and has recorded/produced hundreds of recordings for other artists. He has twice received the Joseph Jefferson Award for creating music for Chicago theater, and his work in the field of family entertainment has received over 25 national awards. He was a 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ripon College. Rashid regularly composes music for dance, largely in collaboration with his wife, choreographer Béa Rashid
Michel Rodriguez Cintra
Enid earned her BFA from the NC School of the Arts in 1999. She danced in NYC with the Merce Cunningham Repertory Ensemble, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC cosmetics among others. She is the director of enidsmithdance and was named one of Time Out Chicago’s “Dancers We Discovered” in 2011.
Kelly Ann Vitaka