Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and dance-maker based out of Philadelphia. He currently dances for The Naked Stark, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Vervet Dance, and Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company; collaborates with percussionist Dr. Andy Thierauf as stb x at (awarded artist in residence at Soundspace 1525); and works on projects with Dana Powers-Klooster, Lauren Linder, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Ballet 180, Antonia & Artists, SKI BALL, Meredith Stapleton, and Kat J. Sullivan. 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." Sean's work has been presented across the US at various mixed bills, concerts, universities, and tours. For more, visit STBDancing.com
Melissa Chisena had the privilege of dancing and touring nationally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and The Richmond Ballet. Currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, has danced with Jeanne Ruddy Dance and Tania Isaac Dance. She has performed nationally at venues such as Bates Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Aaron Davis Hall-Harlem Stage, Dance Place in DC, The Annenberg Center, The Suzanne Roberts Theatre, The Wilma and numerous colleges throughout the US. Her choreography has been featured at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Dance Festival, Regional Dance America, Ursinus College, Richard Stockton College, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Yes! Invitational, Come Together Festival, Grounds for Sculpture and many other venues across the Northeast. She is currently a member of the NADINE Project, a collaborative choreographic company Connecticut, Stone Depot Dance Lab, Beau Hancock, The Naked Stark, Tara Madsen-Robbins, and runs her own company, Chisena Danza. She is the ballet mistress at Philadelphia Dance Theatre and teaches at Temple Univeristy, Ursinus College, Bryn Mawr College, Eastern University, Dance Elite, and Janice’s Danceworks. She is the producer of An Evening of Duets, an annual professional show at the Community Education Center and The Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest, an annual youth festival featuring pre-professional companies from across the United States. She is thrilled to be performing with Naked Stark again!!
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.
Marisa Illingworth, a recent graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, is a dance artist in Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating, she has taken great pleasure in performing for local artists such as Shannon Murphy, Meredith Stapleton, Haylee Warner, Sean Thomas Boyt and Katherine Kiefer Stark. She values a heightened sense of emotional, social, and political awareness in physical practice and in every day life, and is very excited to continue learning, questioning, and collaborating with fellow artists in Philadelphia.
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.
Patricia "Peaches" Jones is a movement artist specializing in dances and rhythms of the African Diaspora. She has been honored to study diasporic movement, rhythm, and culture for over 20 years with amazing artists and teachers from Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. In addition to her artistic practice, Peaches worked in public health for over a decade dedicating her time towards her other passion for healing communities. Currently, Peaches dances with FlyGround, a movement performance company founded by Lela Aisha Jones and Kulu Mele, Philadelphia’s premier African dance ensemble; and she develops choreography, classes, workshops, and experiences that utilize the healing properties of diasporic rhythms and movement to cultivate physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being for individuals and community. (Photo by Julieanne Harris)
Chloe Marie Newton is a visual artist from California. She currently resides in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in dance from the University of the Arts in May 2017. Chloe is currently interested in creating collaborative work in hopes to translate the powerful personal histories each individual carries and how important it is to use art to navigate life.
Harlee Trautman is a movement artist and sculptor currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, though most of her artistic career has been spent in Southern Louisiana, where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Since arriving in Philadelphia, Harlee has had the opportunity to work professionally with Opera Philadelphia, Asya Zlatina & Dancers, The Naked Stark, and with several local artists including Meredith Stapleton, Mary-Carmen Webb, Raphael Xavier, Annielille Kollman, and Melissa Rector. Harlee's most recent work has been showcased at the Iron Factory(Philadelphia), Tattooed Mom's(Philadelphia), Grounds for Sculpture(Hamilton, NJ), as well as on display at the Philadelphia International Airport's D terminal.
Brionna Williams is a young independent dance artist currently residing in Philadelphia. Originally a native of Atlanta, Georgia she began dancing at the age of 2 years old. She has trained intensely in multiple styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary/modern, improvisation and more. Brionna attended the Dekalb School of Performing Arts High School as a dance major and vocal/media communications minor. In 2010, she was offered a small role as a featured dancer in the Tyler Perry's “For Colored Girls” film. She received her B.F.A in Dance Education and Performance from The University of the Arts in May 2015. Brionna has performed original works of Ronen Koresh, Mark Caserta, Douglas Becker, Sharon Eyal, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Helen Simoneau, Netta Yerushalmy, and many others. Following graduation she took on the responsibility of Rehearsal Director at the University of the Arts during their 2015-2016 school year. Post grad she has done project based work with Virgil Gadson, Curt Haworth Janice Rosario and Company, Mark Haim, and a few others! Brionna is currently a full- time ballet instructor at L&L Dance Productions teaching ages 11-17. She is also a signed model in the commercial/print/fitness division at Model Management Group in New York.
Andy Thierauf is a Philadelphia based percussionist who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in combining percussion with theater, dance, and technology. Andy teaches at Settlement Music School and is an adjunct professor of percussion at Kutztown University.
He has appeared in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Argentina, and across the Midwest at music festivals, conferences, and symposiums. Andy has performed at SEAMUS and PASIC on several occasions and is a member of the PAS Music Technology Committee. His creative research centers on seamlessly integrating technology into performance to produce collaborative, multi-media presentations with writers, dancers, actors, choreographers, and composers. In 2016 he self-published a collection of works for solo percussion and live electronics titled The Post Modern Percussionist.