JESS KLEIN

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | RESIDENT PERFORMER

Jess studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude. She achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! The duo was named one of the "65 Best Ways To Love Our City" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Capitol Hill Block Party. As a performer she has worked with many notable Seattle choreographers including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Rainbow Fletcher's The Castaways, Deborah Wolf, and Mark Haim Dance Theater. She toured with Mark Haim's piece "This Land Is Your Land" which was named "one of the most influential works in the past 15 years" by Dance Magazine in January 2015. Jess has performed at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA's TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). She danced in two Macklemore and Ryan Lewis videos "And We Danced" and "Thrift Shop." Other film work includes Karn Junkinsmith's "The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack", Vockah Redu's "Fantahsea" and Kris Orlowski's "Pieces of Me." Jess is on the Fine Arts Faculty at U Prep, and has been teaching dance and yoga to elementary, middle and high school students for the past 15 years. 

EZRA DICKINSON

RESIDENT PERFORMER

Ezra’s own work in choreography and movement installations have been on display at On the Boards, City Hall, TEDX Rainer, Seattle International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, AMFEST Russia, Shorts Premiere Chile, Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, Next dance Cinema, Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Velocity’s Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theater, City Arts Genre Bender and The Northwest Film Forum as well as many others. Outside of his own work, Ezra performed regularly as a member of the Can Can Castaways. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The New Mystics, The Murphy Lachow Company and The Maureen Whiting Company.

RANDY PHILLIPS

RESIDENT PERFORMER

Randy was formerly a member of the Castaways directed by Rainbow Fletcher. He has since performed with The Offshore Project, DreamWeavers, Bendelacreme, DeLouRue Presents, Kitten N' Lou, the Atomic Bombshells, Cherdonna Shinatra, & Hypernova Contemporary Dance Company.

DREW SANTORO

PROJECT MANAGER | RESIDENT PERFORMER

Drew Santoro is a Seattle transplant from the East Coast. Born and raised in the greater Boston area, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD in 2014. In 2013 she was a guest artist in residence at Spazio Seme- Arti In Movimento in Arezzo, Italy where she taught, performed and choreographed new works under the mentorship of Leonardo Lambruschini and Gianni Bruschi. She has worked professionally with Kompanie Tsakalidis (DE), Alyza DelPan Monley (SEA), Serendipity Dance Brigade (SEA), Ktisk Contemporary Dance (SEA), Laura Aschoff and Markeith Wiley (SEA), AJnC (SEA), Hypernova (SEA). Her work has been presented by Goucher College (MD), Boston Ballet School (MA), Accademia Dell'Arte (IT), Spazio Seme- Arti In Movimento (IT), Velocity Dance Center programming (SEA), and On The Boards- Open Studio (SEA).

LYNN TOFIL

RESIDENT PERFORMER

 

Lynn Tofil is a dance artist working in the Seattle community as a performer, choreographer, and writer. She grew up dancing in Southeast Michigan, and continued her training at Wayne State University, graduating in 2014. While in Detroit, she performed numerous site specific improvisational performances with local dance company LaMarre & Dancers, as well as performing Destroy// Detroit with Dance Elixir. Upon graduation, she choreographed and produced her own dance film, Trials & Errors. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed works for choreographers such as Pat Graney, Wade Madsen, Nathan Blackwell, and Dylan Ward. Lynn is currently on staff at SeattleDances, writing local dance criticism and literature. Her own work has been presented in Seattle's own 12 Minutes Max and On the Boards Open Studio. She currently dances with Sleep Nod, and is a member of Hypernova Contemporary Dance Company.

MADELEINE GREGOR

RESIDENT PERFORMER

Madeleine Gregor is a freelance dance artist and midwest transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota she graduated magna cum laude from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BA in Dance. She is passionate about new explorations, pushing boundaries, and honest, authentic exploits.

DYLAN RIECK

RESIDENT COMPOSER

Dylan Rieck is a cellist, composer, and music teacher, currently residing in Portland, OR. As a member of Balmorhea, The Crying Shame, Stop Thief! and others he has played nearly 1,000 concerts all over the U.S. and in 15 countries around the world. As a composer and arranger, Dylan Rieck defies categorization as he synthesizes the many genres that he embraces.

He has appeared as a performer or arranger on over 40 albums spanning a wide range of musical styles. His varied experience and talent at playing by ear allow him to work quickly and efficiently to adapt to any musical setting. Dylan is currently residing in Portland, OR, with his dogs Dragon and Garbanzo.

CHRISTIN CALL

GUEST PERFORMER

Christin Call is a filmmaker, dancemaker, visual artist, and poet living and working in Seattle, WA.  Her assemblage series What is Home an Obscure Kingdom an Opera Buffa It’s You Always You premiered at Northwest Film Forum in July 2018.  She has received residencies from Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Demo Project, eXit Space Studios, Studio Current, Open Flight Studio, and Project: Space Available. Her dance film, Voluntary Caesura received the Best Dance Film Award at STIFF in 2017 and her other films have been selected for local and regional film festivals.  As Co-founder and Co-artistic Director of Coriolis Dance she has commissioned, curated, and produced over 35 new works in Seattle.  In 2013-14 she co-choreographed the company's first full-evening, multi-media installation work Unfixed Arias, called “William Blake-esque” and of “latent artistic genius” by SeattleDances. Call has also worked for the last four years with NYC Director Lauren Hlubny to create and perform roles in works that have taken her to NYC and Florence, Italy.

MAIA VEAGUE

GUEST PERFORMER

Maia Veague is a freelance dance artist born and raised in the midwest before (twice) making Seattle her chosen home.  She has had the opportunity to dance works by Thodos Dance Chicago/Hillary Murphy, Mandy Moore, Rachelle Rhelk, Karin Stevens, Wade Madsen, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Christin Call/Coriolis, Timothy Marquis Johnson, Gierre Godley, Sarah Seder, and Rainbow Fletcher/Hypernova. Maia is currently in practice as a chiropractor and uses this pursuit, along with personal movement practice, to explore ideas of physical and internal space, inhabiting body, and perceived experience through environment.      

SUMMER MEYER

GUEST PERFORMER

Summer is a native of Washington state, and began her dance training with ballet classes at the age of 5.  She attended High Step Dance Academy, continued dance training at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and in New York City with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company before returning to the Pacific Northwest to dance in Nancy Whyte’s Mount Baker Ballet Company, for Greg Thompson Productions and Can Can Culinary Cabaret.  Additionally, she is a digital program manager, licensed massage therapist and certified Pilates teacher.  Summer is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to explore movement with Rainbow and Hypernova this year.

KARYN TOBIN

GUEST PERFORMER

Karyn Tobin grew up in rural Tenino, WA while training and performing with Ballet Northwest in Olympia, WA. She then graduated from the Advanced Degree Program at Cornish College of the Arts in 2017. Karyn has been working as a freelance dance artist in Seattle since graduation and as an Admission Counselor for Cornish College of the Arts.

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