GIMP Roster
(includes all of cast 1 & 2)

Heidi Latsky
Jeffrey Freeze
Christina Briggs-Winslow
Catherine Long
Lawrence (Larry) Carter-Long
Li Chiao-Ping
Meredith Fages
Gregory Youdan Jr.
Jillian Leigh Hollis
Akemi Nishida
Toby Macnutt
David Harrell

IF Cast
(includes both sections)

Ambar Gonzalez
Christina Briggs-Winslow
Claude Louissaint
David Harrell
David Linton
Elfie Knecht
Eve Packer
George Gallego
Gregory Youdan Jr.
Heidi Latsky
Idil Bray
Jeffrey Freeze
Jenny Rocha
Jillian Leigh Hollis
Julia Hahn-Gallego
Kevin Fay
Meredith Fages
Robert Simpson
Simi Linton
Stephanie Busia
Suleiman Rifai
Terrance Hewitt
Thomas Vallette


HLD Dancers Past and Present:
Carrie Ahern
Leonides Arpon
Christina Briggs
Yo-El Cassell
Matt Henley
Jillian Leigh Hollis
Johari Mayfield
Kerry Nicholson
Catey Ott
Christine Polland
Jenny Rocha
Emily Schriebl

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Heidi Latsky Dance Staff

Artistic Director/
Co-Director of IF:
Heidi Latsky

Associate Director:
Jeffrey Freeze

Co-Director of IF:
Paola Styron

Board President:
Beth Navon

Financial Consultant:
Claude Andree Louissaint

Website Design:
Matthew Michaels

Media Consultant:
Lawrence Carter-Long

Business Consultant:
Edward Winslow

Company Advisor:
Joanne Rogovin

Management Consulting:
Will/Plan Projects

Artistic Advisors:
Jaclynn Villamil & Bella Malinka

Costume Design:
Carlos Arias

Original Co-Producer of GIMP:
Jeremy Alliger / Alliger Arts

company bios

Heidi HeadshotHEIDI LATSKY (Artistic Director) Click to see full biography.

Freeze HeadshotJEFFREY FREEZE (Associate Director) began his career as a muppet, touring with Sesame Street Live. Since moving to New York in 1996 Freeze has worked with Michael Mao Dance, Phi Dance Theater, Sense Dance and Bruce Webber's 'No Chance Ensemble'. He served as both choreographer and principal dancer for Infinity Dance Theater and played Snow Boy and Big Deal in Robert La Fosse's 'West Side Story' tour. His Broadway debut was with Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' and his film debut was in 'Dirty Dancing'. Freeze now serves as Principal Dancer and Associate Director for Heidi Latsky Dance.

JENNIFER BRICKER (Co-choreographer for Aerial Piece/Performer) always had a passion for tumbling and gymnastics, despite being born Jen Bricker's Headshotwithout legs. She competed in power tumbling, volleyball, and softball… all against able-bodied athletes. Jen's athletic achievements were featured on Glee, HBO Real Sports, 20/20, performances around the world under the direction of Heidi Latsky, and the Britney Spears World Tour.  Jen moved from her small town in southern Illinois to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World. That is where her life took an unexpected twist and she started performing as an acrobat/aerialist. She is currently living in L.A. pursuing a career in tv/film, speaking, and fitness, along with her performing career. Jen hopes to inspire & motivate others to BELIEVE that anything is truly possible.

PAOLA STYRON (Co-Director of IF) was a leading performer and collaborator for over twenty years with choreographer/director Martha Clarke. Productions with Ms. Clarke include: Off Broadway: "The Garden of Earthly Delights", "Vienna: Lusthaus", and "Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited)", "The Hunger Artist", "Miracolo d'Amore","Vers La Flamme" (Lincoln Center Great Performers Series);The operas "Marco Polo", and "Orfeo ed Euridce" (New York City Opera) "Hans Christian Andersen" (American Conservatory Theater) "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (American Repertory Theatre) "Belle Epoque" (Lincoln Center Theater). With renowned Canadian soloist Margie Gillis, Paola is a frequent guest artist and choreographer for both stage and film. She was Associate Artistic Director of Faustwork Mask Theater from 1990-2000. An aerialst and equestrian, she recently worked with choreographer Paula Josa-Jones on an evening of Equestrian Dance Theater. Paola is also a certified instructor of THERAPEUTIC RIDING, a form of therapy using horses and horseback riding to enhance and promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of people with disabilities.


(Performer) has performed with Alexandra Beller/Dances, Armitage Gone! Dance, Wally Cardona, Heidi Latsky Dance, XYZeta Projects/Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson Choreography, Becky Radway Dance Projects, Steeledance, Palissimo/Pavel Zustiak, Eidolon Ballet, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre. She has been featured in the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, and Antony Tudor. Meredith has served as rehearsal assistant for Heidi Latsky, Laura Peterson, Oliver Steele, and Ginger Thatcher, and she was a member of the faculty for the 2009 Peridance Summer Teen Intensive. Upcoming projects include dance films by Deborah Lohse and Donnell Oakley, and a new work by Elisabeth Motley/DOORKNOB COMPANY.  She was born in Charleston, SC and graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English.

David HeadshotDAVID HARRELL (Performer) is an actor, dancer, writer, speaker and disability advocate.  He served as Accessibility and Outreach Director for the Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company (REP) from 2002-2004 and was awarded the Triangle Access Award from the Alliance of Disability Advocates in 2004 for his work at REP. He presented with REP at the VSA International Festival in 2005 and served on the Board of Directors for Arts Access in Raleigh, NC.  He is currently working as the Disability and Programming Associate for the Alliance for the Inclusion in the Arts.  He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  David moved to New York in 2008 to continue his acting and advocacy work.  In 2009 he was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in his one man show A Little Potato and Hard to Peel.  He is excited to be working with Heidi Latsky Dance and is grateful for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of this ensemble.

Jerron HermanJERRON HERMAN (Performer) is a writer and has been a dancer since August, 2011. Jerron danced with Mark Lamb Dance in a January 2012 Salon commemorating Bella Malinka's life. He has been a bookwriter/lyricist for West Village Musical Theater festivals in 2011 & 2012. Participating in a Theaterspeak playwright installation at the Drama Bookshop in August, 2012, the artist originated a musical for Rosie's Theater Kids in July, 2011. Jerron has cerebral palsy and has been part of The Gimp Project as well as originating a role in HLD's SOMEWHERE.

JILLIAN LEIGH HOLLIS (Performer) began her dance training in Syracuse Jillian Leigh HollisNY. She attended Point Park University, graduating with a degree in dance. Jillian performs regularly with Rocha Dance Theater, which are resident artists at Galapagos Arts Space in Dumbo. She also is a member of Carrie Ahern Dance. In the past Jillian has had the pleasure to work with numerous choreographers including Heather Harrington and Incidents Physical Theater. Jillian can be seen on stage with Lady Rizo and the Assettes all over NYC stages. She been dancing for Heidi Latsky since 2002.

was born and raised in Japan, moving to New York City in 2006. Since then, she has worked with the following companies and choreographers: Steps Repertory Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico Ensemble, Staten Island Ballet, Nai-ni Chen Dance Company, Xodus Dance Collective, Ursula Verduzco, Yesid Lopez, Milton Myers, Monica Bill Burns, and performed as Victoria in the musical Cats. Saki is also an assistant teacher for Debbie Roshe. She joined Heidi Latsky Dance in 2012 and is very honored to be a part of the company.

AkemiAKEMI NISHIDA is an activist, educator, student, and cultural worker for social justice. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Personality Psychology, she is also an adjunct professor in Disability Studies and Psychology at the City University of New York. Akemi has been working with Heidi Latsky Dance in GIMP since 2009. Originally from Itsuko Nishida's egg and Akira Nishida's sperm, she was born and raised in Japan and came to the States in 2002, where much of her politicization occurs. Centering on the topics of disability and diversity and their intersectionality, her work focuses on the political development of disabled people and the pedagogy of privilege and alliance.


ROBERT SIMPSON (Performer) studied modern dance with Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Willa Kahn, and Irene Feigenheimer; ballet with Alfredo Corvino, Michael Vernon, and Pamela Pribisco.  In NYC he has performed his own work and in those of Claudia Gitelman, Ralph Lee, Irene Feigenheimer, and Barbara Roan.  As a result of a Cerebral Vascular Accident in 1998, Robert lost the use of his left side.  In 2005 he was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease.

Christina Briggs WinslowCHRISTINA BRIGGS WINSLOW has been dancing with Heidi Latsky since 2000, performing lead roles in Flat Line and Club Riot. She was born in Virginia, where she danced with the Richmond Ballet and earned a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Since moving to New York in 1996, she has danced for many choreographers, including Carrie Ahern, Pat Cremins, and Susan Osberg.  Christina performs for children nationwide with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, where she is also the Rehearsal Director. Christina is the Co-Director and Choreographer of Incidents Physical Theater, a company producing collaborative dance theater pieces.  She has staged her choreography at the University of Florida, Gainesville and the College of Lake County and taught master classes at many universities, including Colorado State University, Frostburg State University, Montclair State University, Penn State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Christina is also a Pilates instructor, teaching privately and at Groundfloor Exercise since 1999.  Christina is additionally an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University.

GREGORY YOUDAN, JR. (Performer) holds a BA in Dance from Hofstra University. He currently dances for Heidi Latsky Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and the New York Baroque Dance Company. Other company credits have included the HT Chen and Dancers, Gail Corbin and Dancers, Catherine Gallant/DANCE, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, Gloria Mclean and Dancers and others. He was a featured in the 2011 Göttingen, Germany production of Teseo choreographed by Catherine Turocy and in the 2012 Bard Summerscape production of Le Roi Malgré Luichoreographed by Majorie Folkman. Gregory was an original touring cast member for Cirque Legacy's City Life. On film, Gregory has appeared in the music videos of Black Taxi (Shoeshine), Greg Lato (Monday Morning Breakdown) and Mandy Moore (Drop the Pilot). Gregory has been dancing for Heidi Lastsky Dance since 2010.

Past Members & Collaborators

JEREMY ALLIGER/ALLIGER ARTS (Original Co-Producer), the Executive Producer of Alliger Arts, was the founder and Artistic and Executive Director of Dance Umbrella for 20 years, one of the most active producers of contemporary dance in the United States.  The original Co-Producer of Heidi Latsky Dance's GIMP and he is currently producing the award winning one-man musical theater production Coming up for Air: An AutoJAZZography.

Jeremy is the Producer/Creator of Cool Heat Urban Beat, an international Jazz Tap/Hip Hop percussive touring show that had it's International Premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has produced more than 15 unique festival gatherings and touring productions, including the first-ever Aerial Dance Festival, Jazz Tap and Hip Hop festivals, the unprecedented International Festival of Wheelchair Dance, and the world premiere of Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. He received the prestigious State of Massachusetts "Commonwealth Award," the National Disability Rights "Eagle" award and Emerson College's "Alumni Achievement" Award. He was a featured speaker at the Kennedy Center's National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. He has served as a Panel Chair at the National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston Cultural Council, and a panelist and artistic advisor for a long list of organizations, including the MacArthur and Guggenheim

(Board President) has been an administrator in the non-profit sector for over twenty-five years.  Recognized for her expertise in the mental health field she has traveled all over the country to be on panels, lead workshops and moderate national conferences. In her most recent capacity as Executive Director of an organization focusing on juvenile justice, she created a nationally recognized service delivery model for youth re-entering the community after incarceration and has published several articles and a book chapter describing how to replicate the model. One of the strongest elements of the programming model was to incorporate yoga, dance, and the creative arts. A life long passion for the arts, particularly modern dance, led Ms. Navon in 1994 to establish her own dance company with the assistance of Heidi Latsky. The company, named "3/45" was for women forty-five years old and up. Ms. Navon graduated from Simmons College School of Social Work with a Masters degree in Social Work in 1973.  In 2003 Ms. Navon was certified in Executive Management from Columbia University's School of Business.

LEZLIE FRYE is an activist, performance artist, poet and scholar. She is a member of SINS Invalid, a San Francisco–based artists collective exploring intersections of sexuality and dis/ability and of GIMP, a interdisciplinary dance project of Heidi Latsky Dance, based in New York. Frye aims to address intersecting forms of oppression and to locate critical resistance in the foxy bodies of cripples everywhere. She is currently a doctoral student in the American Studies Program, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Frye's academic work explores intersections of dis/ability, race, gender, sexuality and nation, with particular interest in art and aesthetics, citizenship and the politics of life and death. For info on performances, workshops, lectures and artist residencies, e-mail; or visit

LAWRENCE CARTER-LONG has performed with Heidi Latsky Dance in GIMP since 2007. He works as the Executive Director for the Disabilities Network of NYC and is the founder and curator of the groundbreaking disTHIS! Film Series: disability through a whole new lens, which has been featured in The New York Times Sunday Style section. As a commentator, Lawrence has appeared on the BBC, CNN, NBC's Today Show and NPR, among other regional, national and international outlets.  He is also a producer on WBAI's Largest Minority radio show. A popular public speaker on a wide array of topics ranging from disability issues to animal advocacy to media literacy, Lawrence regularly facilitates workshops at colleges and conferences across the nation.  Lawrence was honored to receive the Frieda Zames Advocacy Award from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on August 12, 2009. In March 2010, he will be presented with the Paul G. Hearne Award, an annual honor presented by the American Association of People with Disabilities to recognize emerging leaders within the national cross-disability civil rights movement.

CATHERINE LONG is a Performance Artist. Central to her work is the individual and collective body, the subjective and objective experience with a focus on observation and perception. Her work explores and addresses issues of objectification, absence and presence, restriction and freedom, control, embodiment and symmetry. A key aim of her work is for people to gain insight into how perceptions of ourselves are shaped by our perceptions of others. Recent performances include Tate Modern, London (2007), Chisenhale Dance Space, London (2006), NottDance (2004), Community/Performance Conference in Rhode Island (2004), and Jerwood Space (2004). Catherine has been working with Heidi Latsky Dance in GIMP since April 2008. She has a BA (Hons) in Arts Therapies.

NATE CRAWFORD (Co-choreographer for Aerial Piece/Performer) was originally groomed as a gymnast. He competed for the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration. After four years of working in a traditional management role, he decided to try performing for just one year. That was over ten years ago and Nate is still performing all around the world. Highlights have included a solo for the King of Malaysia, TODAY Show, and Neighborhood Presidential Ball with Anti-Gravity. Opening cast of Mystic Rhythms at Tokyo Disney Sea, and world tour with Britney Spears. With over a decade of experience, Nate is most excited about performing with Jen. Her passion and determination is enough to invigorate even the most experienced veteran.

TOBY MACNUTT (Performer) Toby MacNutt is a quadrupedal queer crip, anthropological scholar, activist, and dancer. Academically, Toby's focus has been on community creation, identity development, and communication, studies directly supporting work as an activist, advocate, ally trainer, and bridge-builder between and across identities. Past experience includes speaking, writing, and leading workshops for a variety of groups in educational, professional, and conference settings. Early in life, Toby had access to training in multiple dance disciplines, and now, after a long hiatus, is very excited to be a dancer once more - especially in a context that coordinates so powerfully with a radical body politics.

LI CHIAO-PING (Choreographer/Performer/Artistic Director LCPD) was named by Dance Magazine as one of the 25 to watch. She formed LI CHIAO-PING DANCE (LCPD) in 1990 and co-directed DZIGA VERTOV PERFORMANCE GROUP from 1992-94. Renowned for her solo work, she is equally well-known for her multimedia and/or intergenerational productions. Her collaborations with Douglas Rosenberg include dance films such as DE L'EAU, RESIDUES, PERIPHERY, GRACE, and a new suite of dances made for the camera which were co-funded by Wisconsin Public Television and Bravo! FACT of Canada. A prolific choreographer of well over 80 works for stage and screen, Ms. Li's dances have been shown throughout the world and at many festivals. Ms. Li has received numerous awards, grants and honors, and has received choreographic fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. She was the American representative in ADF's International Choreographer's Program, and has been commissioned by many including Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church and Virginia Ballet.  Ms. Li earned her Master of Arts degree from UCLA and has been on the dance faculty at Hollins University, Mills College, and UW-Madison where she continues to teach.

IDIL BRAY (Understudy) began her dance training at the age of 4 at Ballet Arts, the professional school of Ballet Tucson, under the direction of Mary Beth Cabana. At age 12 she became a resident artist at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she spent the next 6 years studying with Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theatre of Harlem performing works by Arthur Mitchell, Lowell Smith, Laveen Naidu, and Robert Garland. Throughout her career she has studied with DTH, Maryland Youth Ballet, Susan Farrell, and The Royal Danish Ballet. She has a passion for theatre and has studied comedic improv under the direction of Jen Nails and the Meisner technique under the direction of James Price. She is currently a student at the Ailey School and thanks Heidi Latsky for a second chance at dance and her Mom Dad and loving boyfriend Andre for their constant unwavering support.

STEPHANIE BUSIA (Performer) holds a BA in both Dance and Psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, with departmental honors in Dance.  She currently works for Heidi Latsky Dance as Management Associate and is a cast member in her work "IF."  Throughout her years in college, she choreographed and danced in the Senior Showings, December Workshops, and her choreography was selected every year to be performed at the Annual Chelonia Dance Concert.  In 2009, Steph's choreography was chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Festival.

KEVIN FAY (Performer) began dancing at The Joy of Motion Dance Center in Bethesda, Maryland. After moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, Kevin continued dancing at both Northwestern and The Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, where he performed with Larry Long & Dolores Lipinski's Civic Ballet of Chicago. Over summers, Kevin trained with The Ailey School, ABT, The Taylor School, and The Hubbard Street Dance Center, where he spent a year on scholarship after his college graduation. Since leaving Chicago, Kevin has danced with Dayton Ballet in Ohio, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company in Washington, D.C., and Daniele Desnoyers at springboard danse montreal. Now, he rehearses and performs in and around New York City with Jin Ju Song-Begin, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and Michael Mao Dance Company. He is thrilled to be working with Heidi Latsky Dance now and will always be grateful to her, his family, his friends, and his teachers.

AMBAR GONZALEZ (Performer) is a Dominican born New York native. She is a graduate of the Hunter College BA programs in Dance & Theatre. There she had the pleasure of creating her own choreography as well as working with choreographer Keely Garfield. She is also a veteran and former United States Army Reservist. She served in Iraq where she took on the additional duty of a recreational Latin dance instructor to soldiers and civilians. Since returning in 2007 Ambar has taken on the new role of stage manager. She has learned to use her theatre base and the technical aspects of performing arts in hopes of expanding on creativity involving her own choreography.

JULIA HAHN-GALLEGO (Free Lance Set Designer, Production Designer, and Scenic Artist)  She holds a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the Academy Minerva in the Netherlands. She has worked on venues throughout Europe and America, ranging from small theatres to large opera houses. She has designed award winning scenery for theatre, film and television for over 10 years. Julia is an active board member for Wheels of Progress, a 501C3 nonprofit organization that is devoted to creating accessible and supportive housing for persons with disabilities. Julia is also an avid marathon runner and triathlete. She is thrilled to be a part of Heidi Latsky Dance Company and to appear with her husband George.

GEORGE GALLEGO (Performer) is the Founder & CEO of Wheels of Progress: an organization focused on creating affordable & accessible supportive housing for persons with disabilities. He is also the president of the NY Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association. George survived a spinal cord injury in 1992. After years of coming to grips with his disability, he became a mentor and advocate for persons with disabilities. His B.S. is in Organizational Management.  For the past 4 years he has been a world-class athlete competing in triathlons around the world. He is a member of S.A.G. Needless to say, George is thoroughly excited to be working with Heidi Latsky Dance.

TERRENCE HEWITT (Performer) 2007 Performed in "moving portraits" with the AIDS service center in outreach project choreographed by Heidi Latsky. 2009 performed with at Dance New Amsterdam in a piece called 24/7 choreographed by Isabel Gotzkowsky.  2010, Film: Lead role in Tweedy Barnes playing Tweedy Barnes directed by Shawn Soland at, and participated in Project X "Pulse" at the Creative Center.

ELFIE KNECHT (Performer, multilingual licensed NYC Tour Guide and Activist) Elfie plays the accordion and also enjoys playing her piano classical style. In addition, she is a member of "IF" with Heidi Latsky Dance Company.  Elfie is an adaptive dis-ability sports enthusiast. This includes, but is not limited to, adaptive water skiing, tennis, archery, kayaking, skydiving, adaptive snow skiing, handcycling, flying trapeze and ziplining. As a certified peer visitor for the Amputee Coalition of America, Elfie shares with and listens to hundreds of new and kindred amputees. She is a dis-ability rights activist. Elfie sends much love and deep gratitude to her beautiful wife for her support, love and generosity of spirit.

DAVID LINTON (Performer) is a Professor of Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches course in media studies, theory and communication history.  He is also President of the new York State conference of the American Association of University Professors and is active in academic politics.  He is an avid skater (both roller and ice) and once did the skateography for a production of Alice in Wonderland.

SIMI LINTON (Performer) is the co director/co producer of Invitation to Dance, a forthcoming film about dance and disability.  She is the author of Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity, and the memoir My Body Politic.  She received a PhD from New York University and taught at the City University of New York from 1985-1998.

CLAUDE LOUISSAINT (Performer) has worked with HLD since 2002, and is thrilled to be working in this capacity.  CL is also thrilled and proud to be the mom of Asta, 8, and Elianna, 4.

EVE PACKER (Performer) Bronx born poet/performer, appears solo, with music, in dance and theater.  Eve has published three (3) poetry books: Skulls Head Samba, Playland poems 1994-2004 and in the Spring of 2011, New Nails (all Fly By Night Press). Eve has four (4) poetry/jazz CDs and the recent First and Last.  Eve lives downtown and loves to swim daily.

SULEIMAN RIFAI (Performer) is a dancer, psychotherapist and marathon runner. Suleiman arrived from Tanzania in 1979 in order to receive rehabilitation training at the Lighthouse International, the association for the blind. Through the Lighthouse dance therapy program, Suleiman was chosen to train at the Alvin Ailey New Visions Dance Project. Suleiman was later given a scholarship by Alvin Ailey to mainstream into their professional dance program with sighted dancers. Suleiman also danced with Ann Carlson, performed at the Dance Theater of Harlem, at Jacob's Pillow and other venues in the tri-state area. Sarah Swenson choreographed duets which they performed together. He is currently a full time psychotherapist at a homeless shelter in Brooklyn working with men with substance abuse and mental health issues. He has completed four NYC and two Boston marathons and is the first blind person to complete the Empire State Building Run-Up in February, 2010.

JENNY ROCHA (Performer) is a dancer/performer, choreographer, costume designer and teacher. Along with being a member of Heidi Latsky Dance, she has also recently worked with Sean Curran Company and Kelli Wicke Davis.  As choreographer and artistic director of Rocha Dance Theater, Jenny's work has been presented by Danspace Project, Joyce Soho, Lamama ETC, Galapagos Art Space (where she is currently a resident artist with her Painted Ladies Project) and many more.  As a teaching artist, she has taught at West Virginia University, ACDFA at Connecticut College, Roger Williams University (2001-2009) and currently NYC's Dance New Amsterdam.

THOMAS VALLETTE (Performer) After a serious car accident, Tom was paralyzed for an entire year.  When he regained mobility he started his acting career.  He joined the Phila Childrens Repertory company.  He worked with the Phila Drama Guild and the Actors Center. Then he moved to Florida where he became artistic director for ART ACT. He directed and acted in many productions.  Afterward, he moved to NYC and was cast as Ricky in Forty Deuce.  Hot Keys at the Naked Angels.  His film career began when he played Speck White in the critically acclaimed independent feature LOW. Then he fell ill and lost his hearing.  Now he teaches sign language and is writing a show (a memoir) called, "Learning To Listen." 

The Heidi Latsky Dance Creative Team

CHRISTOPHER ASH (Lighting Design - GIMP) has been a designer for lighting, scenery, and projections since 1997. In 2008 his career went international with the design of "Troia" for Anadolu Atesi in Istanbul, Turkey. He received an after dark award for lighting design in 2006 for "The Sweet Smell of Success", and was recently Jeff nominated for his design for "Wedding Play".  His dance designs have been trumpeted by Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times stating "(Ahimsa)... a powerfully enigmatic ensemble work (with) moments of intense silence, all dramatically heightened by (Christopher Ash's) brilliant lighting."  His set for "Frozen" was considered one of the best sets of the 2007 in Chicago by Robert Loerzel of the pioneer press. You can see more of his work

KATHY KAUFMAN (Lighting Designer - IF) A native of New York City, Kathy Kaufmann has been lighting dance and performance around the world for over 20 years.  She has had the good fortune to work regularly with many wonderful artists including David Parker, Meredith Monk, Gina Gibney, Eiko and Koma, Ben Munisteri, Jacques D'Amboise, Kota Yamazaki and Jody Oberfelder.  Her most recent projects were for Daria Fain, Aitana Cordero, Larissa Velez, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Patricia Hoffbauer and Hilary Easton.  She was honored to be included in Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and received a Bessie award for her body of work in 2004 and for Yvonne Meier's Stolen in 2009.

CARLOS ARIAS (Costume Design) Born in Barcelona, Spain, Carlos Arias moved to the U.S.A. in 1975. After a long and successful career in fashion design, he took up photography. Arias has exhibited his work throughout the U.S.A. and internationally, and his work is in numerous private collections. While still designing costumes for dancers and special fashion collections, he is a technical consultant for important fashion companies. He lives and works in New York City.

CHRIS SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINA FRIK (Costume Design for 2008 Premiere) - Dynamic Duo Beach wear designers for labels: Dotti and Beach Star. Their designs are in Macy's and Nordstoms in the Swim Dept. Both enjoy being creative and get inspired by music and the arts.

CHRIS BRIERLEY (Composer) is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and was a founder-member of the Kreisler String Orchestra. The orchestra won first prize in the International Jeunesses Musicales String Orchestra Competition in Belgrade and collaborated with Brian Eno, John Cale, Youssou N'Dour and Michael Nyman For the past ten years Chris has worked in Soho, London as a composer for film and commercials. His most recent score is for 'The Age of Stupid', the new film from Director Franny Armstrong, starring oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite, due for theatrical release in February 2009. Other credits include the feature-length documentaries 'Drowned Out' and 'Mclibel', which was broadcast nationally in the USA in 2006. Chris has a long-standing association as writer and performer with the Band of Holy Joy and is a visiting artist at Heart;N'Soul, a ground-breaking arts organisation based in London run by artists with learning disabilities.

EVA MANTELL'S (Visual Artist) artwork has been seen at The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, P.S.1, The Jersey City Museum, and internationally at The Istanbul Biennale; Foto Antwerpen, Belgium; Art and Idea Gallery, Mexico City; Solar Art Center, Bolivia. She has created visuals for dance and theater productions including "Balletto Stilletto" and "Trophy Wife" at LaMama, E.T.C., and "Blood Cherries" at Dance Theater Workshop. Please visit

SXIP SHIREY (Composer), just finished composing music and sound design for "Marsupial Girl" by playwright Lisa D'Amour, which was developed through collaboration between The Minneapolis Children's Theater and New Dramatists.  As a member of The Daredevil Opera Company, Sxip has performed at The Sydney Opera House and The Adelaide Festival in Australia, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway with Anti-Gravity's Crash Test Dummies.  Shirey and co-composer Rima Fand toured New England Universities with Erin Orr's puppet theater piece "Savage Nursery", which was developed with a grant from the Henson Foundation and developed at HERE. Fand, Orr and Shirey are currently developing a short piece to be performed at Saint Anne's Warehouse puppetry lab. Shirey's solo work is performed regularly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in NYC. Shirey toured as support act and host for The Dresden Dolls Fall 2006 tour. He has also performed at The Adelaide Fringe in Australia and at numerous underground parties in Brooklyn.  Shirey's favorite piece in the last year was working with gay, lesbian and trans-gendered teens for a piece directed by Michelle Matlock through YES and Dance Theater Workshop.

(Musical Director) has earned wide acclaim and admiration for the integrity, sensitivity, and passion of his playing. A graduate of Indiana University School of Music, Frank has performed and collaborated with numerous distinguished artists such as Ben Vereen, Phil Donahue and Baby Jane Dexter. He performs regularly with Aisha Morris (Stevie Wonder's daughter). As a composer, Frank has written for TV commercials, plays, and film. As an educator, Frank has been especially active in the community. He has enjoyed a fifteen-year association with Jacques d'Amboise and National Dance Institute (NDI), serving as its Music Director from 1991 to 1994. Since 1997, he has been the music teacher and dance accompanist for wheelchair-mobile students at PS 199 in New York.

STAN STRICKLAND (Singer, saxophonist, flutist, actor) has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. In addition to numerous radio and television appearances, Stan has performed in many clubs and concert halls, including Jordan and Symphony Halls in Boston, Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured on recordings by Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force. Stan has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. Love & Beauty, Stan's new jazz vocal CD, featuring new arrangements of great jazz classics as well as original material, was released by Hawkline Records in 2005. Stan has opened for Jazz greats Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, and for Barenaked Ladies. He toured South Africa with The Village People, and was a featured soloist with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

His acting experience includes the leading roles in the Boston Art Group's production of Harlem Renaissance, Notheastern University's production of Crossing John, and Dr. Sax in a production of Jon Lipsky's play about Jack Kerouac, Maggie's Riff, produced by the Vineyard Playhouse. Stan has performed and collaborated with over a dozen choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Bill T. Jones. Stan is profiled/featured, (along with Blair Underwood and Lamar Burton), in a new film documentary that was filmed this past spring, entitled Black Man Up. He has performed at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels and at three exclusive fashion/fragrance events for fashion icon Donna Karan.

Stan has a M.A. degree from Lesley College in Expressive Arts Therapy where he is an adjunct professor. Stan is Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary team of professional artists, working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances that also teaches at Berklee College celebrate the restorative powers of serious art making.

RANDALL WOOLF studied composition privately with David Del Tredici and Joseph Maneri, and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. He is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective. He is composer-in-residence for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and with the String Orchestra   Of New York City. In 1997 he composed a new ballet of "Where the Wild Things Are", in collaboration with Maurice Sendak and Septime Webre.  In  2003, he composed  "Women At An Exhibition" for the Akron Art Museum and Symphony, with a video by Mary Harron (director of "American Psycho") and John C. Walsh. He composed an arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for the Kronos Quartet, who are playing it on tour. He works with John Cale (cofounder of the Velvet Underground) as an arranger, notably score for the cult classic "American Psycho. On October 11, 2008, Woolf's string quartet version of songs of Nico will on a festival curated by Cale at Royal Festival Hall in London.  His works have been performed by Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, Timothy Fain, Mary Rowell, Todd Reynolds, Ethel, Kronos Quartet, conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, Present Music, Fulcrum Point, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle Symphony, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, California EAR Unit, and others.  Current commissions include a concerto for beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo, and a piece for Classical Jam.

ORLANDO WELLS (viola/violin), a native of Orange, NJ, Orlando Wells began studying the violin at the age of 9. While attending LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, he picked up the viola. Mostly self-taught in High School, he graduated winning the Behrens Foundation and B'nai Brith scholarships. Mr. Wells attended S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers.  His primary teachers have included Yuval Waldman and Michael Tree. Equally proficient on both the violin and the viola, he has held the principal viola chair with the Antara Chamber Orchestra, and the concertmaster chair with the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, the Orchestra of the Bronx, and the Bronx Opera.  He has appeared as a soloist with Antara, the Manhattan Virtuosi and the St. Peter by the Sea Orchestra. Mr. Wells also performs with The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, SONYC Chamber Orchestra, The Ritz Chamber Players, Allentown Symphony, Sweet Plantain String Quartet, The Emerald Trio, and the Radio City Christmas Show Orchestra.  Performing frequently on Broadway, he has played regularly with Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot, Wicked, and was the violist on the first national tour of the Broadway show, Little Women.  Most recently, he was the violinist/violist on the new Broadway show Crybaby. He has collaborated with musicians of many different genres and styles.  Some of the artists he has worked with are, John Legend, Mariah Carrey, Rihanna, Kanye West, Marvin Hamlish, the Akua Dixon Swing Quartet, and Sojourner Strings.  Mr. Wells has recorded with artists Joss Stone, Joe, and Alicia Keyes among others.



SEAN CURRAN (Guest Choreographer)

LESLEY DILL (Visual Artist)

MATTHEW EGGLETON (Production Manager)

KATJA ESSON (Filmmaker)

MARY FULHAM (Director/Playwright)

KRIS LEFCOE (Filmmaker)

DOUG ROSENBERG (Visual Artist)

SXIP SHIREY (Composer)


NATHAN TRICE (Dancer/Choreographer)


ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Designer)