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The Mission

The mission of ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO (AMM & DCO) founded in 1986, incorporated in 1993, 501 c 3 exempted in July, 1995, is to educate and involve the public in the performance and creation of new interdisciplinary dance works and other art form works through performances, workshops, residencies, classes and special projects. The company's mission is to create new works by Philadelphia born director, Anne-Marie Mulgrew. Interdisciplinary, mixed media and experimental work will continue to be the focus, providing rich and diverse programming with a cross cultural influence. In addition, AMM & DCO builds community by working with community base dancers/performers in special projects and by partnering with organizations in outreach and performance-based projects. To deepen this vision of engaging the public in the creation and performance of the work, the company would like to tour the materials creating an opportunity for artistic and cultural exchange by bringing a taste of Philadelphia to other places

History and Background

Known in the city since 1986 for its "visually arresting," "highly imaginative," dance theater works, and unusual collaborative projects AMM & DCO has performed over 71 major works choreographed by Anne-Marie Mulgrew in 312 performances in the United States and Canada. AMM & DCO has conducted 65 residency programs primarily for underserved populations and more than 3,500 classes/workshops. These company’s works have appeared in theaters, alternative spaces, site specific locations, schools, festivals, collaborative projects and for film and TV such as The Barnes Museum, Christ Church Neighborhood House, The Porch-30 St. Station, the University of the Arts Theater/Drake Theater, The Painted Bride, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of PA Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology, The Philadelphia Cathedral, Mandell Theater, Penn's Landing, Fairmount Park, The Horticultural Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philly Fringe Festival/Live Arts, Parallax Pictures Studios, Conwell Dance Theater, The Sanctuary at The Rotunda, and The Kimmel Center to name a few. Ms. Mulgrew's acclaimed choreography for the TALES OF THE BUFFOON which was commissioned by and has appeared on Channel 12 TV nationally, continues to charm thousands of home viewers. Fusing modern dance, theater, music, technology and art, the company charms, provokes and informs audiences of all ages with its insightful and wacky views of the world. The company consists of 5-7 professional dancers and esteemed peer collaborators. Additional performers are used on a project basis to flesh out materials and involve new communities.

Performance Highlights

The company has appeared in NYC at University Settlement House, Context Studios, DanceSpace, the DIA Center, the Dumbo Festival, Evolving Arts Studio, Free Range Studio, UBU Repertory Theatre and Movement Research. In July 2011, the company made its debut at Dance Place, Washington DC. In 2015, AMM & DCO’s film work was selected for the RAD Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. AMM & DCO firsts include
  • the first Philadelphia based company to appear twice at the prestigious fFIDA Festival in Toronto, Canada;
  • the only dance company to perform at the Rodin Museum alongside of the masterpieces (Phila. PA);
  • the first company to perform a site-specific work Zone One Gallery and Parallax Film Studios (Phila. PA);
  • the first company to perform a public work for Dilworth Plaza, City Hall and the Schuylkill River Banks (Phila. PA);
  • and the only company to perform at The Philadelphia Cathedral for four consecutive seasons 06-03, Phila. PA
  • the first company to perform a site-specific work Le Dada va Gaga dans 2011 set in the sanctuary space in a joint celebration of the company’s 25th Anniversary and 100 Birthday of the Rotunda building as part of the citywide PIFA Festival
AMM & DCO’s commissions include Friends of the Rodin Museum, The Borowsky Gallery, WHYY- Channel 12 TV, Chester Springs Studio, The Mahler Project and The 10th Annual Enterprise Awards.

Education Highlights
AMM & DCO believes in bringing dance to people-of-all-ages and backgrounds through its free public performances and affordable educational outreach programs. AMM & DCO conducts residency programs tailored to the needs of the community and offers ongoing classes at University City Arts League, its community partner, and classes for The Free Library of Philadelphia.

AMM & DCO is on the roster for Pennsylvania Council’s Arts in Education programs. Past programs include a 10 day residence at Watson Comly Elementary School, Phila. PA; a month long residency at the Reiffton School, (Reading PA), a 40-day residency through Owen J. Roberts School District, (Chester County, PA); an month long residency at The Yard, Martha Vineyard’s Chilmark Elementary School, a 20 day residency at Stafford Intermediate School, Manahawkin, NJ, and 10 day residencies at Elmer Elementary School, Elmer NJ and Spring Garden Elementary, Phila. PA. AMM & DCO has participated in three SLAM summer programs sponsored by the School District of Philadelphia and administered by PAEP.

Funded by The Leeway Foundation Arts & Change Grant Program, AMM & DCO created a new program for seniors (The Keepers Project) inspired by the Creative Arts & Aging Movement.

Recent projects include the premiere of a full-length multi-media work, The Keepers Project May 30 June 2, 2013: White and Blue featuring the premiere of World of Dreams May 16-18, 2014; and From The Vault May 21-23, 2015 which premiered three new works The Next Chapter, From the Vault and The Red Riding Hood Project (a new collaboration with visual artist Rob Solomon and composer Adam Vidiksis). Anywhere/The Big 30, 2016 premiered at AMM & DCO’s 30th Anniversary Concert June 9-11, 2016. It featured choreography by Ms. Mulgrew for five dancers; live music composed by Adam Vidiksis for three musicians; and video art by Carmella Vassor-Johnson.

The Board of Directors

Anne-Marie Mulgrew (collaborator, choreographer, performer, and educator) is the Founder/Artistic Director of ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO., (AMM & DCO), an experimental modern dance company founded in 1986. For the company, she has created more than 65 major works that have appeared on traditional concert stages, festivals, alternative venues, unusual places, museums and film in the United States and Canada. In the spring 2001, under her direction, AMM & DCO was selected for a prestigious month long artist-in-the schools residency at The Yard, Chilmark, MA. Anne-Marie is the recipient of the Temple University Fellow Award, Stella Moore Dance Award, two Woo and an Art for Change award from The Leeway Foundation, a PA Council Fellowship and a Philadelphia Fringe Rocky. Under her direction, AMM & DCO has received numerous grants and commissions, notably from WHYY, Channel 12 TV, funded by PEW, to create a video that aired nationally, a commission from the Friends of the Rodin Museum, a commission for a new work instigated by Mahler's music and a commission to create the “Opening Dance” for the 10th Enterprise Awards ceremony. Anne-Marie holds a BS in Ed and an MFA in Dance from Temple University where she was adjunct faculty for five years. Anne-Marie has also served as dance faculty for Penn State University, The College of NJ, and University City Arts League. She has performed in special projects with internationally known artists - Kei Takei, Wendy Perron, Stephan Koplowitz, Bridgman/Packer and London’s Royal Ballet. She was a featured actress for Jonas dos Santos' Lila Wallace Digest documentary, appeared in Robert Palumbo's feature film Fallout, was the subject of a thirty-minute documentary Creativity produced by and aired on Comcast Cable TV. Anne-Marie was selected from a national pool to attend the first Choreography for the Screen program at The School of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Beckett MA in 2003. Under her direction, AMM & DCO has conducted 65 residency programs for inner city and rural youth. In addition, Anne-Marie served on Dance USA Philadelphia’s advisory board and as a panelist for Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PA Council’s Project Stream and NJ Arts Council.

Sharon Kornelly (Vice President, Director)
Sharon Kornelly fell in love with dancing at the age of 5 and has practiced ballet, modern and improvisational dance ever since. She earned a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from Temple University, and conducted research in New Zealand and Bali that demonstrates the importance of performing arts in building local communities in a multicultural world. Ms. Kornelly has taught courses in anthropology and media studies at Moore College of Art & Design and Rowan University. She also served in the Education program with Enchantment Theatre Company. Recently, Ms. Kornelly worked with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in developing their online collections.

Elizabeth Luff (Treasurer, Director)
Elizabeth Luff has been a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and administrator. As managing director of ZeroMoving Dance Company, she produced the company's first New York season. Working with Carunchio & Associates, Ms. Luff researched arts education programs in the 5-county area and helped raise over a $1 million dollars for college access programs for Philadelphia Schools Collaborative. Currently, Ms. Luff operates Moving Studios (www.movingstudios.com) , which teaches creative dance on-site at preschools, after-school programs and in the community. She is a certified trainer for the Department of Public Welfare early childhood programs and is presently developing written materials for parents and teachers to infuse more movement into children's studies. She has led professional development workshops for Head Start in Delaware County and San Jose, California; and, in April 2011, received training in the national program I am Moving; I am Learning (IMIL), developed to fight obesity in children.

Jeanene Johnson (Secretary, Director)
Jeanene Johnson brings her wealth of experience in day-to-day operations in non profit administration. For ten years, she served as Education Program Manager for University City Arts League, a multi-disciplinary community arts center in West Philadelphia, administrating, developing and overseeing programs. She has a background in liberal arts and psychology, is an active advocate for the arts, and has taken professional development workshop in non-profit management. Presently, she is the Program Assistant for Karabots Junior Fellows Program at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum.

Dr. Kathryn Kearns (Director)
Kathryn Kearns is a tenured Associate Professor of Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University, The Abington College where for 35 years she has directed the Dance Program and served as Artistic Director of the Penn State Abington Dance Company. She is the 1986 and 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award at Penn State Abington and the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Kearns is also adjunct faculty in the Dance Department at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (pedagogy and dance history) and served as adjunct faculty for 20 years at Bryn Athyn College, Bryn Athyn, PA. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wollongong University in Australia, a BA from the University of Montana, an MS from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctorate of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the prestigious National High School Dance Festival, USA (now in its 22 year), which services high schools students from across the nation and abroad. She also served as Director of Dance for the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts from 1997-2008.

Andrew F. Erba Esquire (Counsel, Director Emeritus)
Andrew Erba brings his legal experience to the organization. Mr. Erba moved to Philadelphia and has served for more than ten years as an attorney for Community Legal Services. In this capacity, he has defended hundreds of cases for low income clients, many of which were artists. An avid music lover, Mr. Erba joined William and Cuker in 1997 and shifted his focus to entertainment law.

 
Company Bios

The Performers    Performers List 2 - 30 years

ANNE-MARIE MULGREW see artistic director/founder bio below.

Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and choreographer based in Philadelphia. Along with dancing his second season with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO), he currently dances with The Naked Stark, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, and several independent choreographers. Sean holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa and has danced for Ballet Minnesota, Ballet 180, Vervet Dance, Moving Arts Ensemble, and Dancers in Company.  Sean's choreographic work has been shown in concerts and festivals throughout Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Iowa City.  More information can be found on STBDancing.com.
Joe Cicala received a BFA in dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has danced professionally with Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Group Motion, Paradigm Dance, Body Language Dance Co, Convergence, P3, Trapezius Aerial, Dancefusion, SHARP Dance Company, and Anna Sokolow's Players Project NYC and Sokolow NOW, the archival repertory company performing the works of legendary choreographer Anna Sokolow. He has been a guest artist with Unexpected Co. of Seattle, Buffalo Contemporary Dance, and Mid Atlantic Ballet. Throughout his career he has also choreographed 100 musicals for high schools, community and professional theatres. Joe is a founding member of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company. AMM & DCO’s 30th Anniversary concert also celebrates Joe’s 30 years of incredible dancing, rehearsing and friendship. We thank him and wish him the best in his retirement.
Joy Heller received an MA in Dance from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea as a Korean Government Scholarship Fellow from 2012-2015, where she studied Korean traditional and contemporary dance and wrote a master’s thesis on performing artists of the Korean diaspora, which will be included in the upcoming anthology ‘Archives of Transnational Korean Adoptee Feelings' published by CQT Media.  Since returning to Philadelphia, she is pleased to be dancing for her first season with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company. Joy has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, PHILADANCO’s D/2, and Tikvah Company of Artists.  She studied ballet with Lisa Wasserman at Delaware Valley Dance Academy and trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.  Joy received a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College and a minor in Dance from Swarthmore College, where she received the Melvin B. Troy Award in Dance and the 2011 Wyatt MacGaffey Thesis Award in Anthropology for most outstanding senior thesis.  Currently she is a teaching assistant at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, and continuing her studies in intercultural performance, contemporary dance, and embodied practice.
Ixchel Mendez is a dance artist, performer and creator born into the world of dance arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia. With a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts (UARTS) she dances and makes work in Philadelphia and New York City. Ixchel has trained in classical ballet, modern, jazz and improvisation techniques. While at UARTS she had the fortune to work with choreographers and mentors such as Matthew Neenan, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Ronen Koresh and Kim Bears-Bailey. Ixchel is currently dancing as an apprentice with DanceFusion repertory company and working as a freelance costume designer for Birds on A Wire Dance Theatre. This is Ixchel’s first season with Anne-Marie Mulgrew Dancers and Company.
Leslie Ann Pike started her dance training at age 2. In 2005, she graduated with a BA in Dance from DeSales University in Allentown, PA. While at DeSales she studied under Trinnette Singleton, Vincent Brousseau and Lynne Mariani and was a member of the DeSales University Touring Company. Before graduating she joined BosmaDance of Washington, DC. Leslie Ann has performed with Mary LaBianca, Serendipity Dance Ensemble, Re-Cored Dance Co., Eng & Friends Dance Co. and Alchemy Dance Co. This is her seventh season performing with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company.
Kate Rast received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, along with training at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and American Dance Festival. Kate is a member of Dancefusion and SHARP Dance Company in Philadelphia. Kate also performed with Underground Dance Works and joined Jeanne Ruddy Dance for its farewell season. Kate previously danced with Between Movement and was a guest artist with Esse Eficionado. Kate brings ballroom dance to the youth of Philadelphia as Education Liaison and Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms Philly. This is Kate’s fifth season with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company.
Skyler Hagner (musician for Anywhere/The Big 30, 2016) is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance. Originally from Guilford, Connecticut, the reed player/composer now calls the vibrant Philadelphia art scene home. With a writer and woodworker for parents, Skyler draws inspiration from many different art forms. These include but are not limited to: dance, food, painting, photography, sculpture and writing. The combination of these disciplines help to inform his music, and create a unique sonic landscape. He has played woodwinds with The Skyler H. Quintet, Three Short Baris, The Alex Cross Quintet, Four in the Pocket and The Sugarfoot Jazz Band. He has also worked in the pits for shows at the Merriam Theater, Guilford High School, Cherokee High School as well as the CT high school theatre awards and the touring show All Hands On Deck.
Elena Smith (musician for Anywhere/The Big 30, 2016) is a Cello Performance major in her senior year at Temple University where she is a member of conTemplum New Music Orchestra. She has performed in Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia’s masterclasses for Marcy Rosen, Peter Stumpf, Todd Phillips, and Daniel Phillips. Elena also studies viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham, The Juilliard School. She is a guest musician with the Elysium String Quartet, Fairmount Chamber Ensemble, Chiaroscuro Consort of Viols and has soloed with the Olney Symphony Orchestra. She has attended Early Music Week at Pinewoods, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the Amherst Baroque Academy, and Phoebe Carrai’s Baroque Cello Bootcamp, held at Harvard University. She teaches at Philadelphia String Project and Community Music Scholars Program (Temple Music Preparatory Division).
Andy Thierauf (musician for Anywhere/The Big 30, 2016) is a Philadelphia based percussionist and composer specializing in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in combining percussion with theater, dance, and technology. He has appeared in concerts across the country, performing at universities, festivals, and workshops and also started new music OLD CITY, a concert series in Philadelphia. Originally from Cincinnati, Andy received music degrees from the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and the University of Iowa. More info at www.andythierauf.com.
The Collaborators

Peter Price - Composer Project 2012
Chiel Meijering - Featured Composer Dig
Carmella Vassor-Johnson (videographer-collaborator) is recognized for her documentaries on Philadelphia dance artists such as Philadanco's Joan Myers Brown ("Standing at the Edge: We Dance") and PureMovement's Rennie Harris ("Endangered Species"). In 1999, she was awarded a Dance Media Fellowship at UCLA, as part of the PEW funded National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance (NIPAD). Her local production company Wild Child Productions produced, "Creating across Cultures" a documentary on the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange and documents dance concerts for local and national artists. In 2001, Carmella collaborated with Jawole Zoller and Urban Bush Women on "Hair Stories" through special residencies at Jacob's Pillow and Atlanta Arts Center. She was the resident videographer for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival where she produced Video Journals, half-hour documentary/performance videos distributed to the educational community. During her professional dance career, she performed with Philadanco, Philadelphia Civic Ballet and AMM & DCO. Since 1998, Carmella and Anne-Marie have collaborated on dance-video projects for film, specific sites and concert stages.
Amanda Jensen (Lighting Designer, Production Manager) is a Philadelphia based lighting designer and production manager for Theatre Exile. She has designed for Inis Nua, Unstuck Theatre, Azuka, The Lantern, and Swarthmore College and assisted at The Wilma, Syracuse Stage, The Curtis Opera, PTC, Theatre Horizon, and New Paradise Laboratories.
Ashley Searles (Guest Artist dancer/choreographer) danced in NYC for 15 years with a variety of artists including Parsons Dance Company, Moving Theater and Liz Lerman  Dance Exchange. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Adam Vidiksis (Red Riding Hood Project 2015 and Anywhere/The Big 30 2016) is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist based in Philadelphia. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting”, and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece’s shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Dr. Vidiksis currently serves on the faculty at Temple University.
Robert Solomon (Red Riding Hood Project concept/direction) The seeds for ensemble performance happened early in my development as an artist. First drawn to the unconventional and subversive in the immersive theater and cinema of late sixties, I carried my revelations as a young spectator into experiments with movement, sound and image as a graduate student in the early eighties. These experiments culminated in what I called "automatic theater." After years of studio work in painting, sculpture and design, I feel the draw of connecting to an audience through a mix of personal narrative, dance, acting and music. I live and work in Philadelphia PA, my visual art can be viewed online at inliquid, saatchionline, and artslant.
Gullermo Ortega Tanus (Lighting Designer - Dance Artist) has designed lights for dance since 2010. He has collaborated with local choreographers and companies such as Merián Soto, Group Motion, Jennifer Morley, Liz Reynolds, Olive Prince Dance, Kariamu and Company, and Corinne Karon. This is Guillermo´s first time working with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company! Guillermo works as an adjunct professor at Rowan University and soon Temple University. He co-directs Da·Da·Dance Project, a dance-theater duet repertory company based in Philadelphia with Eun Jung Choi since 2008. Guillermo has a BFA and MFA in dance, the last one from Temple University. Past awards include the Rose Vernick´s Choreographic Achievement Award, as well as multiple fellowships from Mexico´s National Foundation for the Culture and the Arts.
Stan Sadowski photographer/video artist, graduated from Temple University’s School of Communication and Film. His work has appeared at the Wilma Theater, Walnut Theater and Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. Currently, he is working on the Robinson Freedenthal documentation project. He has worked on special projects with AMM & DCO since 1994.
Brian Strachan (Costume Designer) is the Costume Shop Manager for Delaware Theatre Company, and former costume director for the University of the Arts Dance Department. Brian has designed costumes for The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, Lantern Theater, Ego Po Theater Company, The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Montgomery Theater, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, New City Stage, AMM & DCO, Sharp Dance Company, City of Maples Repertory Theater, Ursinus College, Temple University, and Burlington County Community College as well as many other dance companies and theaters in the country. Brian holds a B.A. in Dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA and a B.A. in Art from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. He also has a M.F.A. in costume design from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
Keith Calmes, Guitarist/Composer is the director of the guitar program at Wall High School and Monmouth University in New Jersey. He performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and with the instrumental rock band Neptune Society. Dr. Calmes has earned degrees in Classical Guitar performance from The Juilliard School, California State University Northridge, and the University of Southern California. His compositions, arrangements, and performance editions have been published by Mel Bay Publications. He has collaborated with Anne-Marie frequently since they were introduced by composer Daniel Dorff in 2004. Recently, he has created a new website, recorded a new CD, and performed solo recitals in Florida, California, New York, and New Jersey.