Collaborators from Previous Projects
Amy Lynne Barr (dancer) is an adjunct professor at Cornell College and an independent dance performance artist/choreographer. She has worked with Martha Clarke, Jennifer Kayle , Doug Neilsen, Randy James, and Charlotte Adams to name a few. Her work has been shown in Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Chicago, New York, New Hampshire, Iowa, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic. She has recently relocated to the east coast and dances with Tori Lawrence & Co. in Philadelphia, PA.
Amy Love Beasley (dancer) is an artist working in visual and moving mediums. She received a BA in Visual Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina as a printmaker, painter, and photographer. In Charleston, she danced with The Robert Ivey Ballet and as a guest with Anonymity. Locally, Amy has had the good fortune of performing in works by various choreographers, including Gerri Houlihan, Niki Juralewicz, BJ Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, and Jan Van Dyke. She is currently a member of John Gamble Dance Theatre and performs with kearnsdanceproject. In the spring of 2007, she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Elon University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. Amy continues to practice her crafts, creating, teaching, and performing in North Carolina. She is grateful for the inspiration and continuous support of her family, friends, dancers, students, and mentors.
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Bethany Brooks (pianist) is a freelance pianist and piano teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She holds the BMus in piano performance from Houghton College in Houghton, NY and the MMus in piano performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Ms. Brooks has played in master classes of Gilbert Kalish, Katsunori Ishii, and Santiago Rodriguez and was a prizewinner in the 2001 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, where she performed for György Sándor.
Among other places, Ms. Brooks has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in Philadelphia, New York, Nashville, London, Mexico City, Odessa, and Istanbul. She regularly serves as a faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, NY and as staff pianist at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Sárospatak, Hungary.
Ms. Brooks’s musical interests vary widely. She is an active participant in the Philadelphia folk and rock music scene, singing and playing keyboard and accordion with numerous ensembles. She is Director of Musical Worship at City Church in West Philadelphia. In November 2012, Ms. Brooks released Quarry Street Hymnal, Vol. 1, a recording project of old hymns set to original music, reflecting her love of classical, folk, and sacred musical traditions. In 2014 she will collaborate with composer Joshua Stamper, cellist Daniel Delaney, dancer/choreographer Lea Fulton, and filmmaker Ben Stamper on RIVERS, a new multidisciplinary work exploring the physical and cultural landscape of Philadelphia.
Erin Casanega (dancer) is earning her BFA in dance along with a teaching licensure for K-12 public education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has enjoyed working with Ann Dils, Loren Gronendaal, Helen Simoneau, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Megan Stern, and Justin Tornow, and collaborating with Maria Maggi and Lauren Drake. Erin performed her solo, Aria: Works in Progress, at ACDFA in Athens, Ohio in March 2010. She will be student teaching at a performing arts middle school in the fall. After graduating, Erin plans to utilize her creative self as a teacher, dancer, and choreographer in Philadelphia.
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Nicole Christman (dancer) grew
up in Ridgecrest, a small town within the California Mojave Desert. She
danced away receiving a BA in Dance and a BA in Drama from the
University of California Irvine in June 2010. Nicole has trained with a variety of people including Loretta Livingston, Donald McKayle, former Joffrey Principal
Françoise Martinet and Jodie Gates. She performed with BAW in Paris,
France, as well as with Anaheim Ballet and the Laguna Playhouse in
California. She recently moved to Philadelphia and
has enjoyed the opportunity to dance in Katherine’s piece 'Goodnight
War'. She is also enjoying her recent engagement to Shahriyar.
Saroya Corbett (co-organizer Philadelphia Rising / dancer) is a certified Dunham Technique instructor and has a Master in Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University where she additionally holds a certificate in Women’s Studies. Her dance ability can be attributed to being well trained under professionals like Katherine Dunham, Vanoye Aikens, Glory Van Scott, Walter Nicks and Tommy Gomez. Throughout Saroya’s performing career, she has performed in New York, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Indiana and in France. The dance companies in which she has performed for are the Katherine Dunham Museum Workshop, the Spelman College Dance Theatre, and Kariamu and Company. She has also served as an instructor for the Spelman College Children's Drama and Dance Program, the Katherine Dunham Museum Children's Workshop, Studio Dionne, and Temple University. Her choreography has been featured on Spelman Dance Theatre, CityDance Ensemble, and dance artists of Philadelphia. Saroya received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Spelman College where she majored in economics and dance.
Eleanor Goudie-Averill (dancer), a 2007 MFA Dance Performance graduate of the University of Iowa, teaches Modern at Temple University and Ballet at the Wissahickon Dance Academy in Philadelphia. Since 2007, she has directed the Stone Depot Dance Lab, a collaborative team of performing, visual, and sound artists whose mission is to create honest and experiential dances. Her choreography has been shown in NYC at DNA’s RAW Material, Movement Research at the Judson Church, White Wave Festivals, and Triskelion Arts; in Philadelphia at The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011, Group Motion’s Spiel Uhr, CHI MAC’s INhale Series, Norristown Dance Festival, and Philly Fringe 2010-12; and throughout the Midwest. Currently, Ellie dances for the naked stark, Group Motion Dance Company, and Tori Lawrence + Co, and also performs with Alie & the Brigade, SCRAP Performance Group and Rain Ross Dance. Ellie has danced with the Bowery Dancers, Kayle & Company and Daara Dance. She began her training at Ballet Midwest in Topeka, Kansas, holds a BFA in dance from the University of Kansas and has also served as Visiting Professor of Ballet at both Franklin & Marshall College and Bucknell University and as Artistic Director of the UI Youth Ballet.
Vervet Dance. She also teaches creative movement, modern dance, hip hop, and contact improvisation to youth and adults in the region. Her practices of dancing, teaching, improvising, and choreographing are being further informed by her studies of Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Loren also dances with Lacy James’ Mereminne dancers, Swarthmore’s Balinese, Gamelan Semara Santi, and the Indonesian Cultural Club. She is co-facilitating a weekly contact jam at Philly PARD.is delighted to be dancing for the Naked Stark, continuing an artistic relationship that was built in North Carolina. Loren met Katherine at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her MFA in Choreography. Now based in Philadelphia, she is choreographing under the new moniker,
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Beau Hancock (dancer) is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Beau earned his MFA in Dance from Temple University, where he was a University Fellow and Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award recipient. He also has a BA in Dance and American Studies from the University of Kansas. In 2009, he won the Cleveland Art Prize/Kathryn Karipides Scholarship, a national prize for summer dance study. His own choreography has been presented at the Merce Cunningham Studio, the Flea Theater, CHI Movement Arts Center as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Painted Bride Arts Center as a nEW Festival Artistin-Residence. As a performer, Beau has had the pleasure to work with Ben Munisteri, Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Ellen Cornfield, Douglas Dunn, Merian Soto, Kun-Yang Lin, Phil Grosser, Nichole Canuso, Bronwen MacArthur, Olive Prince, and Miro Dance Theatre. He is currently a faculty member at both Temple and Rowan University.
choreography has been presented since 2002 and New York venues include Danspace Project, Dixon Place, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and The New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival at the Joyce SoHo. She collaborated with Kate Garroway as The Roosters from 2003-08 and they performed in Dance Theater Workshop's Fresh Tracks series, DanceNow/NYC Festival, at The Bushwick Starr, and Dance New Amsterdam. She received a 2010 TOPAZ ARTS Dance Residency, made possible by New York State Dance Force with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. Hooper has danced for Red Dive, a Bessie Award-Winning site-specific creator of multi-sensory tours and events and she has recently performed for Beau Hancock and Merían Soto. She graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Dance and English and she received her Dance M.F.A. from Temple University where she is currently a Dance PhD candidate. Hooper is presenting "Revolving Spaces," an outdoor dance and live music performance, with Frances Gremillion September 9-11 at South Philadelphia's Bardascino Park.
Dan Kassel (cellist) is an eclectic cellist based out of Philadelphia, PA. Raised in the classical arena, Dan's youth was spent playing first cello for the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. He also performed with New Jersey's All State Orchestra and served as the leader of New Jersey's Hopewell String Quartet. Dan's drift towards experimentation began as a teen, but quickly became the cornerstone for his nuanced approach to everything from Klezmer to Irish folk, Indian classical to down-tempo electronic music. He has worked with a vast array of musicians from almost every conceivable genre, but the thing that remains constant is the cello's deep and moving resonance.
Dan has been focusing primarily on his solo project in recent years, which involves looping and layering the cello live through a Boss RC-50 looping station. He has performed his solo work twice at World Cafe Live, as well as several other fine venues throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey, and has been featured on WXPN. His debut album, "Bloom," received critical praise, and his second album is nearly complete.
Marialena Maggi (dancer) grew up in
Cortona, Italy and came to the United States in 2000. She is currently
a BFA in dance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. While
UNCG, Marialena has studied choreography with Jan Van Dyke, Larry
BJ Sullivan. She is currently studying contemporary and ballet
BJ Sullivan. In the last three years, Marialena has performed throughout
Carolina dancing for Robin Gee, Jen Guy Metcalf/Terranova Dance Theatre,
Tornow, Madeleine Reber, and Larry Lavender. She has collaborated on
choreographic explorations in and out of class with fellow dancer and
Erin Casanega. In the summer of 2008, she participated in a workshop led
Italian dance artist Raffaella Giordano in Cortona, Italy, and took
Dance Gallery in Perugia, Italy under the instruction of Rita Petrone.
Marialena's third year dancing for Katherine Kiefer Stark, and her first
as a member of The Naked Stark.
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(dancer) graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a North Carolina Teaching
License in K-12 Dance. This summer, she traveled to Kona, Hawaii to be
certified as a Yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. She is currently
seeking a teaching Job in North Carolina as a dance educator and looking
forward to performing for Choreographer BJ Sullivan at a dance festival in NYC
in October. She would like to thank Katherine Kiefer Stark for providing
meaningful and empowering dance experiences.
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Philadelphia native Mary O’Brien (dancer) started dancing two steps after learning how to walk. Twenty
years later, she graduated from Temple University with a BFA degree.
Four years of college reaffirmed her belief that dancing brings the
greatest amount of joy to her life. Following her passion led her, along
with fellow graduates, to participate in ‘SHRUG’; a choreographic
exploration that was part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2009.
Wanting to explore the administrative aspects of dance led her to an
internship at Summer Stages Dance in Concord, Massachusetts in the
summer of 2010. At present, she is trying to rekindle her relationship
with the Philadelphia dance community to discover people and places to
continue her love of this art form. Mary has studied at
Philadanco and currently focuses on her technique at Koresh School of
Dance. She hopes to one day perform as a “murderous mistress” in a
rendition of the Cell Block Tango. Mary will be staying in the
Philadelphia area for a while, should anyone agree that he had it
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Paul Stern (sound designer & composer) was born in the remote Rocky Mountains in Colorado and moved to North Carolina when he was fourteen years old. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a degree in classical piano performance. In addition to his classical studies, Paul has dedicated himself to the study of Irish and Appalachian folk music and to composition. He currently resides in Philadelphia working in the wine industry and teaching piano privately.
Will Stimpson (dancer) will graduate in December with a BA in dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to dancing in various student works, he has danced with the John Gamble Dance Theatre, Ashley Ramsey, Megan Stern, and The Naked Stark. Will is also active in the Contra and Contact Improvisation communities in the Triad.
Barbara Tait (Collapse/Intersect / co-organizer Philadelphia Rising / dancer) is a long, tall Texan who relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 after graduating from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.A. in Dance and minors in English and Psychology. She has studied modern dance and contact improvisation with B.J. Sullivan, Gerri Houlihan, John Gamble and others, and has performed in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, New York, and Philadelphia with The Naked Stark, John Gamble Dance Theater, and Lacy James Dance. Her work has been performed in Greensboro, Philadelphia and Winston-Salem, most recently at the Inhale Series in Philadelphia and Patchwork in Winston-Salem. She enjoys being around children, pretending to not have the use of her legs, pondering witty messages with which to adorn her gravestone (hopefully a long time from now), blowing gigantic bubbles and generally nurturing herself and others.
Photo: Steve Clark
Eliza Zeevalk (dancer), a native of the British Virgin Islands, discovered her love for dance at the St. Thomas School of Ballet at the age of four and has not stopped dancing since. Eliza was introduced to modern dance through the UMF Dance Company and traveled the east coast and Canada for four years performing modern and improvisational company pieces. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with her BFA in Dance Education and a major in modern dance. During her four years in Philadelphia, she was honored to study under such notable choreographers and dancers as Gabriel Masson, Kim Bears, Ronen Koresh, Brian Sanders, and learned and performed the famous Trio A under Yvonne Rainer. Since then, Eliza has taught lecture demonstrations, choreography, and classes in ballet, modern, improvisation, and choreography in venues such as preschools, high schools, camps, after school programs, and studios on the East and West Coasts. Eliza’s numerous award-winning choreography has been seen in competitions and productions through out Southern California and Las Vegas. She also completed her MFA in Education at the University of Phoenix in 2008. Eliza has recently rejoined the Philadelphia dance community is happy to be performing with The Naked Stark and is proud to be a part of Sharp Dance Company.