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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 63 major works choreographed by Anne-Marie Mulgrew in 291 performances, and has conducted 65 residency programs primarily for undeserved populations and 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 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. 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 educational outreach programs. AMM & DCO conducts residency programs for inner city and urban youth and offers ongoing classes at University City Arts League, its community partner. Recent residency program 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.

Recent projects include a new site-specific work for the Rotunda’s sanctuary space in conjunction with the citywide PIFA Festival celebrating AMM & DCO’s 25th Anniversary and the 100th Birthday of The Rotunda, April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011 and the second installment of the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange, July 9-10, 2011, Dance Place, Wash DC. In 2012, AMM DCO premiered Dig and restaged Project 2012 at the company’s home season concert. May 30-June 2, 2013, AMM & DCO premiered its full-length multi-media work, The Keepers Project at Church Neighborhood House.

The Board of Directors

Anne-Marie Mulgrew 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 63 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 - 26 years

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

Joe Cicala (dancer, founding member, rehearsal director of AMM & DCO) 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, 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 Joe has also choreographed over 100 musicals. Joe currently dances with SHARP DANCE and has been with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. since 1986.
Katie Horton (dancer/understudy) a St. Louis native, graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a degree in Dance Performance/Choreography and Psychology. Upon graduating she relocated to Buffalo, NY to work with modern/contemporary company LehrerDance. After relocating to Philadelphia in 2012, she produced, choreographed and danced in her own show for the Fringe Arts festival. She continues to create and perform and is grateful for the opportunity to work with AMM & DCO.
Leslie Ann Pike (dancer) 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 sixth season performing with AMM & DCO.
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 performs 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 third season with AMM & DCO.
Barbara Tait (dancer) is a long, tall Texan who relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 after graduating from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BA in Dance and minors in English and Psychology. She has performed with John Gamble Dance Theater, The Naked Stark, Nick Cave, Mereminne Dancers, Vervet Dance, and the Telephone Dance Project, and is excited to join Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co. this year. In addition to her work as a dance artist, Barbara works at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Megan Wilson Stern was born and raised in North Carolina and earned a BFA in performance and choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. While in North Carolina she performed with the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and the John Gamble Dance Theatre, and showed her own choreography. Megan moved to Philadelphia in September 2011 and performs and collaborates with Loren Groenendaal’s Vervet Dance and Katherine Kiefer Stark’s The Naked Stark. Megan also teaches Creative Movement, Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Yoga. This is Megan’s third season with AMM & DCO.
The Collaborators

Peter Price - Composer Project 2012
Chiel Meijering - Featured Composer Dig
Peter Escalada Mastick - Technical Director/Lighting Design
Julian Karlen - Associate TD and Technical Crew
Leigh A. Mumford - Lighting Design, Technical Direction – The Keepers Project 2013
Shailer Kern Carruth - Associate TD/Lighting Designer –The Keepers Project 2013
Maria Shaplin - Sound Operation –The Keepers Project 2013
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Lee (Lighting Designer, Technical Director), is the resident designer for Jeanne Ruddy Dance/The Performance Garage and Kun-Yang Lin Dancers. New to Philadelphia, she has worked extensively with NY theater artists, choreographers, and opera. Her designs have appeared at traditional theaters and alternative venues worldwide.
Peter J. Jakubowski Lighting Designer, IATSE USA 829, is an Assistant Professor and Production Design specialist for the Department of Dance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a BA in theatre from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MFA in design from Temple University. His work has been awarded the ARTIE award for best lighting design and he has been nominated five times for the F. Otto Haas Award. His designs have been seen in 30 states as well as the US Virgin Islands. He has designed at North Shore Music Theatre (MA), The Prince Music Theatre (PA), The Walnut Street Theatre (PA), The Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center (NJ) and Main State Music Theatre. He serves as Resident designer and production manager for Jeanne Ruddy Dance, AMM & DCO and Snowy Range Dance Festival. He has work in the repertoire of Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Koresh Dance, Elban Elved Dance Company and Colorado Ballet.
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.