Robyn Lee is the director of In The Moment Repertory in New York City and the author of “In the Moment: The Art of Being” and “The Book of TABs: Meditations on Acting Life.” In The Moment is taught in New York, LA, Denmark, Norway, Amsterdam, Australia, Vienna, Missouri, and Vermont. Robyn’s credits on Broadway include Merlin and 5,6,7,8, Dance! She was cast in A Chorus Line, Canadian Silent Players, Rocky Horror and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has directed, choreographed and/or written 10 off/off-Broadway shows. Robyn is co-founder of Third Eye Media, a multimedia production company.
Morgan Hulen is a professional dancer who grew up in Columbia, where he began training at Dancearts of Columbia and Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre. He attended North Carolina School of the Arts for two years and has also studied with the Hungarian National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Minnesota Ballet and the Broadway Theatre Project.
For two seasons, he danced as a Corps de Ballet member with the Louisville Ballet and later enjoyed his role as Principal Dancer with multi-form dance company, Tapestry in Austin, Texas. He quickly became a very sought after guest artist, and performed as a guest artist for three years with numerous companies across the Unites States. Morgan re-joined the Louisville Ballet in 2007 where he enjoyed performing many soloist and principal roles, but most of all enjoyed sharing the stage and his life with his wife Amanda. Morgan is also gaining recognition as choreographer and teacher, and in 2009, created Impact Dance Project—a professional Louisville based dance performance group. In 2010 Morgan joined world renowned MOMIX and has enjoyed performing all over the world with the company.
Jill Echo has been active in the New York City dance community for more than 20 years. As a professional modern dancer, Jill has performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Pearl Lange Dance Company, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Sue Bernhard Dance Works, Cortez & Company, Risa Jaraslow, Karla Wolfangle and Wil Swanson, among others and began performing with Takehiro Ueyama as a founding member of TAKE Dance in 2004.
Jill was also founding member of Taylor 2 and a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Jill’s master classes in technique, repertory, improvisation, partnering, choreography/composition and movement for actors are essential components of the TAKE Dance residency programs. She has taught at Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Long Island University CW Post, The Joffrey School, New York University, Randolph College, West Virginia University, Perry Mansfield, International Summer Dance in Burgos, Spain, Skidmore College, the University at Albany and for the American Academy of Ballet among others. She has held the positions of Adjunct Professor of Dance at Purchase College, and Adjunct Instructor at Vassar College, and is presently teaching Movement for Actors in the Department of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College and professional level modern technique in New York City.
Jill’s choreography has been performed at West Virginia University, Purchase College for the Conservatory of Dance, Vassar College and Long Island University CW Post. Her first work for TAKE Dance, Left There by the Tide, premiered in 2008 at PS/21 in Chatham, NY, and was performed at Princeton’s Lewis Theater and during the Company’s 6th annual New York Season at Dance Theater Workshop. TAKE Dance premiered her Moonshine and Evening Song at Judson Memorial Church as part of THE DISTANCE OF THE MOON project in the fall of 2010 and Moonshine will be performed by the Dance Department of Randolph College this Spring. Jill has also choreographed for the following Purchase College Repertory Theater productions: Brendan Behan’s The Hostage, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Tennessee Williams’ American Blues, A collection of one acts and Suddenly the Sky Turned Blood Red a devised play by David Bassuk.
Jill holds a BFA and MFA from Purchase College. She has restaged the works of Takehiro Ueyama and Kazuko Hirabayashi for dance programs in the United States and Abroad. Television credits include appearances on PBS Alive From Off-Center, Dance in America and American Masters.
Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning choreographer and the 2013 recipient of
Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Choreographers of Color Award. He was also a finalist of the 2012 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (Capezio ACE Awards). Born and raised in San Diego, Calif., McQueen is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University, B.F.A in Dance program. McQueen’s vast performing experience includes featured roles in the Broadway National Tours of Wicked and The Color Purple.
Jeremy began his training at the California Ballet School and the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where he was the recipient of the Fred Astaire Award for Dancer of the Year. McQueen has also trained as a scholarship recipient with the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Jeremy has received commissions to create choreographic works for The Ailey School, the Joffrey Academy of Dance and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Jeremy’s company, affectionately known as “Team McQueen,” was featured in the 80th Anniversary of the Jacob’s Pillow Dane Festival’s Inside/Out series, Dancers Responding to AIDS’ annual Dance From The Heart benefit concert, the LaMama Moves Festival, and the Dance Gallery Festival, among other festivals. In June 2012, Jeremy was recognized as an emerging young choreographer at the Young Choreographers Festival, held at Symphony Space in New York City.
In February 2011, Jeremy’s choreographic work, “Concerto Nuovo” was awarded Dance Magazine’s Video of the Month – Viewers Choice Award. Jeremy also served as the choreographer for rapper, Pete Miser’s music video, “Honest Mistakes.”
Jeremy gives back to the arts community by teaching various master classes to aspiring young professionals. He has served as a guest instructor at New York University, in addition to numerous universities, high schools and dance studios around the country. Jeremy recently participated as a guest instructor/lecturer at the prestigious Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts, and in 2010, he served as a guest speaker at the Dancing Through College & Beyond conference held at The Juilliard School. Jeremy has taught at the Peridance Capezio Center, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and is currently on faculty with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.
Diane Coburn Bruning is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight National Fellowship, Sundance Film Institute Fellowship, grants from Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Carlisle Project, the Dewar’s Young Artist Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography.
Diane has worked with Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Memphis, Daghdha Dance in Ireland, Minnesota Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet. Her work in theatre and opera include productions with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Center, Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera at Kennedy among others. She founded Chamber Dance Project in New York in 2000 as a project-based company of dancers and musicians performing new and contemporary repertoire by Diane and other choreographers and composers in New York seasons and on tour. Diane graduated from Butler University’s Jordan College of Arts and NYU, and studied lighting and scenery on a post-graduate fellowship at Yale University School of Drama with Jennifer Tipton and Ming Cho Lee. Diane has been a guest artist at more than 25 university dance departments.
Nancy Stoy is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and member of Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Her area of emphasis is in the Cecchetti Method and Pedagogy. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and has performed in Omaha-Dancescape. She has also taught in the U.S., London and Canada. Nancy teaches in the Halcyone Perlman School of Dance and at Stephens College.
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