Kate Aronson has been a theater professional for over 25 years as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher of theater. She taught acting, voice & speech, improvisation, and theater history for many years in the professional actors’ training program at Point Park University. She has directed numerous plays in all genres of theater, from Greek comedy to Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. She has worked and studied with Robert Wilson, Cicely Berry, Meredith Monk, and Peter Brosius, among others, and has performed all over the U.S., in London and Bulgaria. She has written, designed & produced several solo theater pieces; she co-founded, performed & toured with Squonk Opera, an experimental performance group as well as founding, producing & performing in the annual Women’s Work Festival in Pittsburgh for several years. She is also a musician and is currently in a local band called Burn the Maps.
Safietou Goudiaby "Dallo"
I was born in the village of Thionk Essyl in the southern Casamance region of Senegal, West Africa. I grew up there living a traditional Diola life, fishing in the river, growing rice, gathering fruit and wild food in the forest. Dance is a central part of my culture. Every major event in the lives of our people is celebrated with dance.
In early 2010 I began teaching weekly classes at the Casa Verde Common House near downtown Colorado Springs, and I offer monthly dance workshops at the Marmalade studio at the Smokebrush. I have performed at several events on the Colorado College campus, for the Imagination Celebration and the “What If” festival.
I love teaching African dance because it allows me to share the beauty of my culture with others.
Hip Hop Teacher Ron “Future” Jules was born in West Palm Beach Florida. In 2008 he graduated from Penn State University. While he was at Penn State he was on the Track Team and as well studied dance. Ron is an all style dancer, freestyler and choreographer. He specializes in hip-hop, popping, locking, break dance, krump, and house. He was the co-founder/Vice president of R.A.M SQUAD, Penn State Hip-Hop Club. Ron worked as a Hip Hop instructor for Penn State, Woodward Camp and Local Colleges in Colorado Springs.His also part of Rennie Harris Grassroots Hip-Hop Theatre company in Colorado. His influences are Mr. Wiggles, Electric Boogaloos, The Lockers, Tight Eyez, Elite Force, Monsters of Hip-Hop, World of Dance, R.A.M Squad and many more. Ron is excited to be sharing his knowledge and talents with all the dancers in Colorado. His mission for dance is to teach people the foundation and history of the hip hop culture. He has danced with the best of the best and has taught and taken master workshops all across the United States. His goal is to motivate his students and help them become more innovative in all aspects of their life.
Sue Lauther (MFA U of Illinois) has served as a teacher, performer and choreographer for projects around the world: Argentina, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ecuador, Mexico, Australia, Jordan, Costa Rica, and all over the US. She believes that technique is being able to demonstrate physical intention clearly, so she approaches teaching as a vehicle to help her students explore, expand, and clarify their options. She encourages her dancers to be part of the artistic process. Sue’s choreography encompasses a broad range of styles and perspectives—from playful to pensive, zany to formal. Currently teaching Contact Improvisation at Colorado College, she finds her joy in the metaphors, accuracy and sensation of riding that dance form.
Becca Roo is the owner of the Playoga studio. The “Play” in Playoga captures Becca’s philosophy that yoga can be fun and that there is a dance between yoga and everyday life. Her classes are deeply authentic and lively. Becca explores parallels between the physical body-centered experiences of practice and themes of daily existence. Teaching students deep optimum alignment in their bodies is Becca’s mission; she is a master at meeting students where they are and providing perfect feedback that allows them to experience alignment.
Becca has been practicing and studying yoga since 2001. She's experimented with many styles of yoga and has incorporated 13 years of experience into a challenging and dynamic practice. She's completed workshops or trainings in Interdisciplinary, Self-Awakening, Yin, Power, and Anusara® Yoga. Her primary teachers are Jeanie Manchester, Desiree Rumbaugh and Christina Sell.
Lisa Marie Rollins
Lisa Marie Rollins is a freelance director, writer and new play developer. She is a co-facilitator for CFT’s Resilience and Development Lab. She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (Directing) and a Directors Lab West member. She has been a writing fellow with San Francisco Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Regional directing and dramaturg work includes Crowded Fire Theater, Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater/ Ground Floor, Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse and new plays by Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash. She holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and University of C
Jessica Helen Lopez
Jessica Helen Lopez has recently been named the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate. She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE magazine. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. She is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her second collection of poetry, C.Bomb. is published by Swimming with Elephants Publication (2014). Her third collection, The Language of Bleeding: Poems for the International Poetry Festival, Nicaragua (SWEP) is a limited release in honor of her ambassadorial visit to Granada, Nicaragua. She is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alumni and her talk is titled, Spoken Word Poetry that Tells HERstory. You may find some of Lopez’s work at these sites – thebakerypoetry.com, newmexicomercury.com, and asusjournal.org. Her work has been anthologized in A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (UNM Press), Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection (NM Book Award Finalist she was also a co-editor), Tandem Lit Slam (San Francisco), Adobe Walls, Malpais Review, SLAB Literary Magazine, Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press) and Learn then Burn: A Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom, Second ed. (Write Bloody Press). Lopez is the Volunteer Coordinator and planning member for the Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSi) 2015 Women of the World National Poetry Slam Tournament to be hosted in Albuquerque. She is a book reviewer for World Literature Today Magazine.
Dance - Movement
Eiko Otake is a Japanese choreographer/dancer who has lived in New York since 1976. Since 1972, when she abandoned her studies as a political science major, she and her partner Koma have collaborated as the performance team Eiko & Koma, creating and presenting a unique theater of movement in theaters, museums, festivals, and outdoor sites worldwide. Eiko & Koma have received many honors, including a 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2004 American Dance Festival Scripps Award, and a 2006 Dance Magazine Award. As an artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University, Eiko teaches an interdisciplinary course combining the study of movement, postwar Japanese arts, and the atomic bombings.
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