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.
Beau Hancock 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. As a performer, Beau has had the pleasure to work with Ben Munisteri, Douglas Dunn, Ellen Cornfield, Merian Soto, Nichole Canuso, Bronwen MacArthur, Kun-Yang Lin, and subcircle. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Stockton University.
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.
Peaches Jones coming soon!
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 coming soon!
Brionna Williams coming soon!
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.