Katherine Kiefer Stark (Artistic Director / Managing Coordinator / Dancer) is a Philadelphia-based dance artist, educator, and the artistic director and founder of The Naked Stark. With The Naked Stark she builds complex dance works that take apart, redefine, and consider everyday experiences of people, ideas and social phenomenon. Katherine’s movement philosophy is founded on release-based movement techniques, which appreciate and make space for the uniqueness of each mover’s body, emphasize understanding initiations and pathways and are practiced through discovering how one’s own body moves within the movement.
Her work has been presented in Philadelphia and along the East Coast. Recently, DC’s Capital Fringe presented her full-length work The Importance of Normal which premiered in Philadelphia in the 2013 First Person Arts Festival RAW. In 2012, she received a Rocky Award, a peer-to-peer award for outstanding achievement in the greater Philadelphia dance community, for her work Looking for Judy. The Naked Stark has been supported by grants from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the University City District.
As a free-lance dancer, Stark has worked with a variety of choreographers including Luis Lara Malvacias, Eleanor Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab, Colleen Hooper, Jodi Obeid and Guillermo Ortega Tanus as well as collaborating with Loren Groenendaal and Marion Ramirez. Currently she dances with The Embodiment Project and Vervet Dance.
Katherine received her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her BA in dance from Connecticut College. She has been a guest teacher at Muhlenberg College, University of Texas, El Paso, and Enloe High School. She is currently adjunct faculty at Stockton University, in the adjunct rotation at Bryn Mawr College, and teaching a professional drop-in-class at Mascher Space Cooperative where she is an Artist-in-Residence.
Sean Thomas Boyt (Marketing Coordinator / Dancer) is a newly-Philadelphia-based dancer and choreographer. He is currently collaborating with Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, stb x at, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co, and The Naked Stark. In the past he has danced for Ballet Minnesota, Antonia & Artists, Moving Arts Ensemble, Vervet Dance, Dancers in Company, and various independent choreographers. His work consists of a shifting combination of classical composition structures, nontraditional material generation, and theatrically-inclined performances. Sean enjoys collaboration with other artists and working with video, improvisation, and text. By using performance as a vehicle for art-making, Sean is interested in finding new ways to ask questions and upcycling old methods to create different perspectives within dance as a medium. As a choreographer, he operates under the phrase, "Dance like no one likes you." For more, visit STBDancing.com
Leanne Grieger (Dancer), Leanne Grieger is originally from Long Island, NY. She has trained at the Ailey School (NY) and at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NY). In 2006, she relocated to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, and graduated in 2010 with her BFA is Modern Dance Performance. Throughout her time spent in Philly, she has worked with IdiosynCrazy Productions, Group Motion, Brian Sanders' Junk, Melina Martin (Argentina), Wally Cardona (NY), Raphael Xavier, John Luna, Gabrielle Revlock, and Nicole Bindler. Her choreography has been shown at Philly PARD's "Mixed Grille", Hybridge Arts Collective "Last Mondays", Group Motion's "Spiel Uhr", the Bookspace, and Round Theater Company's "24Hours: A Festival of New Work". In addition to The Naked Stark, Leanne is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theater, Curt Haworth Movement and Performance, Choreosplat Dance Works, and ArcheDream for HUMANKIND.
Meredith Stapleton (Financial Coordinator / Dancer) is a Philadelphia-based dance artist and teacher. She grew up in Harvard, MA training at Acton School of Ballet and performing with Commonwealth Ballet Company. In 2013, she graduated from Muhlenberg College as a Dance major and Women's Studies minor. In Spring 2012, Meredith studied in Arezzo, Italy at Accademia dell’Arte. She has attended many summer workshops, including Burklyn Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines School of Ballet, the Boston Conservatory, on scholarship with Summer Stages at Concord Academy, and Doug Varone & Dancers. Meredith has performed works by Corrie Cowart, Trinette Singleton, Meredith Rainey, Sean Curran, Teresa Fellion, The Bang Group, Heidi Cruz-Austin, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Jeffrey Peterson. Since moving to Philadelphia, Meredith has worked with DanceSpora, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Moth Dance Theater, DRIGGProductions, Evalina Carbonell, Sean Thomas Boyt, Kat Sullivan, The Naked Stark, and Antonia & Artists. She rehearses her own stage, site-specific, and film projects out of Headlong Studios and Mascher Space Co-op. Meredith is on faculty at Koresh School of Dance, Happy Feet Dance Studio, and Haddonfield School of Dance.
Megan Wilson Stern (Dancer) earned her B.F.A. in performance and choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. She has also studied and performed at The University of Angers in France, Earthdance in Plainfield, Massachusetts, and the American Dance Festival. Her work has been shown in various venues in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC including the Greensboro Fringe Festival for three years. Megan has performed with the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group, the John Gamble Dance Theatre, and The Naked Stark. Megan now lives in Philadelphia and was thrilled to perform the work of Justin Tornow in One Space, Three Dances as part of the Philly Fringe Festival.