REGIONAL DANCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
CHICAGO RDDI FACULTY
Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley
A respected arts leader and a professional clarinetist, Rob Bailis has consulted with a wide range of arts institutions and foundations, including Z Space, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Chamber Music America, Dance USA, the MAP Fund, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. For eight years, he served as Director of ODC Theater where he was responsible for programming and artistic curation. As Associate Director at Cal Performances, Bailis provides direction and leadership support in fundraising with oversight to the marketing, communications, and education programs. He is also responsible for assisting the Director in conceiving, developing, and implementing Cal Performances’ artistic vision and in creating programs for the season. From 2003 to 2011, during Bailis’s tenure as Director of ODC Theater, he led the programmatic fundraising, including over 30 commissions of new work, and was instrumental to the team that completed the $10M capital campaign that built the new theater. He brought national recognition and acclaim to ODC Theater through the creation of numerous programs such as the ODC Theater Grand Opening and Inaugural season, ODC Theater Presents, and Inner State Touring Network, which brought together a roster of nine diverse dance companies to perform and create unique residencies in rural and urban communities. An active clarinet performer, Bailis has toured the United States, Canada, Asia and the United Kingdom as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Recent creative projects include writing the libretto for the world premiere of Jack Perla’s opera Love/Hate (2009-12), co-produced by San Francisco Opera and ODC Theater, and the play Theseus on String Theory (2008) for Suspended Labyrinth at Project Artaud.
Peter DiMuro, Executive Director, Dance Complex
Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts engager, touring and teaching internationally. He currently leads the Dance Complex as Executive Director, and served as Artistic Director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 2003-2008. His current creative umbrella is Public Displays of Motion, a company that develops and performs artistic works and cultivates dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. In his earlier Boston years, he created work with his own Peter DiMuro Performance Associates and danced with Gerri Houlihan, Ruth Birnberg, Susan Rose, and in the eclectic repertory of Concert Dance Company. Peter was named a White House Millennial Artist in 2000 and a 1995 Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts Award recipient. In 2010, he represented the US as an emissary for the Department of State in Madrid, teaching and adjudicating an international competition for emerging artists. Peter has taught for Cornerstone Theatre Institute/LA, American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival and adjudicated American College Dance Festival Association regional conferences, and has been affiliated with several colleges throughout his career. His work has appeared on tour and been commissioned by leading presenters, including The Kennedy Center/DC, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center/MD, and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, among others. He has served on the boards of the Dance Umbrella/Boston, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, Capitol Region Educators in Dance Organization, and as a mentor and panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, DC Commission for the Arts. He is host and creative consultant to VelocityDC, an annual DC based showcase for the region’s dance companies. He received an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College under Martha Myers; a BFA in Theatre from Drake University, with early study with Sally Garfield, and continued study in New York, Boston and at the American Dance Festival.
MARÝA WETHERS is an Independent Manager, Producer & Curator based in NYC since 1997. Marýa is currently the Director of International Initiatives at Movement Research and Project Manager for Angela's Pulse/Dancing While Black, David Thomson and Tour Coordinator for Olivier Tarpaga. From 2007-2014, she worked in the Programming Department at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop/DTW) as the International Project Director of the Suitcase Fund program, where she developed a cultural exchange program with contemporary dance artists in the USA and Africa, and managed the program activities in Eastern/Central Europe.
Marýa is a Guest Curator of the Queer New York International Arts Festival (2015 and upcoming 2016 edition) and curated the Out of Space @ BRIC Studio series for Danspace Project from 2003-2007 with a particular focus on work representing the perspectives and experiences of artists who are of color, queer, and/or female. She has served on selection panels for several presenting and funding organizations in NY and nationally, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and as an Advisor to NEFA's National Dance Project program. She has served as a guest lecturer for presenting/service organizations and college/university dance programs in the tristate area, including NYU, Ailey Fordham, Hunter College, Movement Research, Harlem Stage, and Dance/NYC, as well as Mount Holyoke College and ACDF at Connecticut College. Marýa was a member of the New York Dance & Performance/Bessie Award Committee in 2006-07.
Her writing has appeared in the the Configurations in Motion: Curating and Communities of Color Symposium publication, organized by Thomas DeFrantz at Duke University (2015), and her essay UnCHARTed Legacies: women of color in post-modern dance, was published in the 25th Anniversary Movement Research Performance Journal #27/28 (2004). Marýa has been featured in interviews/articles in the MRPJ #47 (Fall 2015) and Gay City News (June 2006).
Marýa is a recipient of a National Performance Network Mentorship & Leadership award and two APAP Cultural Exchange Fund grants to support research and planning trips to Tanzania & Kenya and Bulgaria. Marýa graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with High Honor, cum laude and a Minor in African-American Studies.
Choreographer Dayna Hanson has been making dance, hybrid performance and film since 1987. Based in Seattle, WA, she has performed her work at On the Boards, REDCAT, Noorderzon Festival and many other venues. Her films have screened at film festivals worldwide, including at South by Southwest and New York Film Festival. Among numerous honors, Hanson received a 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artists Foundation Oliver Fellowship in Dance and a 2012 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award. Her work has also received support from National Dance Project, MAP Fund, National Performance Network and others. From 1994-2006, she and Gaelen Hanson co-directed 33 Fainting Spells, a dance theater company whose work was presented at dozens of venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Art Center, The Joyce Theater and Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm. Hanson is currently working on 28 problems, a new dance piece with New York-based performer Jim Fletcher. With colleagues Peggy Piacenza and Dave Proscia, Hanson will open Base, a new dance/performance space in Seattle, in 2016. With a minor-key blend of rhythmically intricate choreography, pedestrian movement and theatrical elements, Hanson’s work is often multidisciplinary and always humanistic.
David Sheingold is an independent consultant providing project development, strategic planning, evaluation, facilitation, and fundraising services. Client list includes: 651 ARTS, A.R.T./New York, ArtsPool, Brooklyn College, Holcombe Waller, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Miami Light Project, NYC Performing Arts Spaces, ODC Theater, Pat Graney Company, Pew Charitable Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The MAP Fund, and Vermont Performance Lab, among others. Sheingold has served as guest lecturer, moderator, and panelist for the Ailey/Fordham BFA
Program, Columbia University, Cornell University, Creative Capital, Dance NYC, European Dream Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, New York University, and The New School University, among others. Sheingold was Dance Theater Workshop’s Senior Producer (2004-2007), Director of Community Programs (2002-2004), and Manager of Institutional Giving (1999-2002). Sheingold serves on the Board of Directors of Movement Research, holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from Baruch College.
A graduate of Fordham University (Rose Hill), Eva Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to print and online publications such as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, and Time Out New York since 1976. She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding or awards organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa writes on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody, which she founded in 2007. With students from the annual Writing on Dance workshop series she taught for several years at New York Live Arts, she created Dancer's Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists. As a radio broadcaster (1987-89), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (producers of OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet, as well as producing her own specials. A native New Yorker of Afro Caribbean heritage, she lives in the East Village. (InfiniteBody: http://infinitebody.blogspot.com.)