Renée Archibald’s (Choreographer/Performer) choreographic work has been presented at The Brooklyn Museum, The Chocolate Factory (07), Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. She has received choreographic residencies through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research (AIR 2009-11), and Yaddo. She has performed with independent artists including Christopher Williams, Ann Liv Young, Joshua Bissett, Nina Winthrop, and Rebecca Lazier. Archibald earned a BFA in Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has taught at Barnard College, the University of Illinois, and is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Dance at Whitman College. Her next project is a duet collaboration with choreographer/performer Nick Duran.
Paul Clay (Lighting Designer) is an award winning artist and designer, and did the set design for the musical Rent on Broadway. Other projects include with the National Theatre Wales, De Nederlandse Opera, and with Mabou Mines, Susan Marshall, David Dorfman, New York Theater Workshop, and many more in the New York theater and dance community. Awards include the Municipal Arts Society Times Square Spectacular, Drama Desk, Manchester Evening News Theatre Award, the National Endowment for the Arts/ TCG Fellowship, and the Bessie award.
Mx. Lillie De (Production Manager) lives in Brooklyn and works as a performer and technician/SM/PM. De has done production work for Yvonne Meier, Walter Dundervill, Yoshiko Chuma, Sam Kim, Jen Rosenblit, Larissa Velez-Jackson and others. Since 2008 De has danced for Sarah A.O. Rosner and has acted as company manager for The A.O. Movement Collective which will premiere a new film at the Invisible Dog Art Center in January 2019. De also works with Yackez as a performer and with AORTA films as a performer and director.
Talya Epstein is a Bessie nominated performer, originally from Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn. Past and present collaborators include Anna Azrieli, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Nikima Jagudajev, Isabel Lewis, Juliana May, Phoebe Osborne, Will Rawls, Melinda Ring, Tatyana Tenenbaum, & Larissa Velez-Jackson. She attended Impulstanz as a 2017 danceWEB scholar. Her own creative projects have been supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts' RDDI special projects grant, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project's Draftwork series, AUNTS, Dixon Place, CPR, and The Bushwick Starr. She is a Taurus-Gemini, Libra rising, with a moon in Gemini.
Maggie Jones has been working and performing in Melinda Ring's work for the past 8 years. She has also performed in works by Borts Minorts, Christine Elmo, Talya Epstein and Deborah Hay. Jones recently shared her own work at the AKIMBO Arts festival in Baltimore, MD. Jones is also a Rolfer, movement teacher and animal caretaker.
Rainey White (Performer/Studio Assistant) is a freelance dance artist from Houston. She has lived in New York since 2012 and has performed works by Wanda Gala, Kim Brandt, Melinda Ring, and Kathy Westwater. White is currently the Studies Project Coordinator for Movement Research and a Studio Assistant for Melinda Ring/Special Projects. She got her start in arts administration as a Marketing Intern for Movement Research and has worked as an Administrative Assistant for Donna Uchizono and David Thomson. White is a graduate of CalArts (BFA).
Howard Silver (Videographer)
A huge thanks to the following lovely people, who contributed their ideas, time and/or money to Special Projects this year:
Anonymous, Linda Austin, Karen Bernard, Judy Bressler & Irving Epstein, Peggy Cheng & Chris Morrow, Terry Creach, Carol Flanagan & Paul Chavez, Sylvia Lezak, Beth Marcus & Jeff Ring, Morgan May, Michael McGuffin, Richard Michaels, Allan Seward, Andrea Simon, Howard Silver, Barbara T. Smith, April Ueoka & Danny Mercer, Maud Winchester & Lucas Reiner, Nina Winthrop.
Supporting Institutions (2018 - 2019)
The Museum of Modern Art
The Chocolate Factory Theater
The Gibney Center
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Performance Works NW