WILD WOMEN CAST / CREATIVE TEAM
Megan Sipe (Choreographer/Chocolatier)
makes interactive performances made to engage the senses. Her primary medium is dance. However, dance has led her to working with many unexpected forms including chocolate making. Megan’s creative process in whatever medium, involves craft and lots of rehearsal mixed with the breathing room to improvise within the face of the unknown.
Hannah Barnard (Performer)
is an NYC-based choreographer, dancer, musician, arts educator and administrator. Her original choreographic works have been presented by Dixon Place (Lower East Side), Saint Peter's Church (Midtown), the 2015 Lean In NYC Urban Women's Retreat (Flatiron District) and Artslope (Brooklyn). Hannah is the Creative Director for Sanctuary, a new music & movement ensemble composed of musicians and dancers dedicated to exploring the dialogue between sound and motion through a deeply collaborative process. She is also a core member of the multidisciplinary collective Artists By Any Other Name, Co-director of the Dance in Jazz program at Saint Peter's Church with Ike Sturm (Director of Jazz Ministries) and a performing artist with the Chocolate Dances Company (Artistic Director Megan Sipe). As an independent choreographer, Hannah has collaborated with multiple Contemporary and Jazz composers. Hannah recently chaired the dance committee for the inaugural 2016 Artslope festival under the directorship of Gilly Youner, Co-president of the Park Slope Civic Council. Hannah is currently employed as a pianist, vocal artist and leader of creative movement workshops by Not So Churchy (a program of the NYC-based organization Parity), which provides open spaces for LGBTQ individuals reconciling identity and faith. Hannah resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches music at the PS 154 Elementary After-School Program and ballet at the AbunDance Academy of the Arts. Hannah daily endeavors to provide her students with a delicate balance between structural discipline and creative freedom, imparting her own philosophy of life and art through both word and example: "The rules were not made to be broken. They were made to be bent into more interesting shapes."
Breeanna Gribble (Performer)
began her dance training in high school at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She continued dancing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance as well as a B.S. in Geophysics, and a minor Mathematics. Breanna is the Associate Artistic Director of Mari Meade Dance Collective and has danced with other NYC companies including Da-On Dance and Caliince Dance. She feels fortunate to be a 'Wild Woman' and to have been part of the beautiful process of creating this show!
Aaron Gonzales (Technical Director)
has worked professionally as a Writer, Director, Designer, Actor, Technical Director, Production Manager, and Stage Manager. He has dedicated my career to learning all aspects of the theatrical storytelling process in order to create dynamic theatrical experiences. http://aarongonzalez.info/
Heather Morrowitz (Performer)
is a performer of many persuasions, you might hear Heather singing satire, spot her trundling the street as a Turtle, or catch her baring all before a bemused and gawking bevy. Chocolate is Heather's religion, as evidenced by her Instagram handle believeinchocolate. She also goes by the alias Purple Brain.
Cat Murcek (Performer)
loves to dance, do and teach yoga, sing, travel, act, play, eat chocolate, and is very proud to have been working with Chocolate Dances for about 4 years! Thank you to Megan and all the beautiful ladies on the project! You can find her full bio at: www.about.me/catherinemurcek
Emily Petry (Performer)
resides and works in New York City as a freelance performer. She earned her Bachelor in the Fine Arts Degree in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from The Florida State University. Since moving to New York, Emily has performed with Gerard & Kelly "Timelining" 2015 at the Guggenheim Museum, 2014 The Kitchen (Juried Bessie Award 2014), Aimee Plauche Dance Theater, Dance at Saint Peter’s, Edgar Cortes Dance, and Artists By Any Other Name. Emily also tours with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on their international ballet program. In addition to her performing, she enjoys working on various film projects and collaborating with other artists. http://gwemily.virb.com/
Emily Pope (Performer)
is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and video artist. She is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts (1991). She received her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from The Ohio State University (1997) and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2007). She has performed/toured with Malcolm Low, johannes wieland, Gerald Casel, Bridget Moore Dance, Chimaera Physical Theater, BalletMet Ohio, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. She currently performs with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Hilary Easton + Co., Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, Tiffany Mills Dance Company, and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. She created HoverBound Productions in 2006, and her choreography and video work has been produced in New York at The DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Cool NY Festival, St. Mark’s Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Chez Bushwick, 3rd Ward, and The TANK.
Sasha Santiago (Producer)
is a creative director with over 15 years of diversified experience in concept development, producing and directing both fiction and documentary films as well as producing live concerts and other public gathering events. He works with individuals and companies to plan, design, build and manage authentic and engaging content through an array of media platforms. A proven record of aggregating communities while building brand awareness through intelligent use of social media. His outside-the-box approach delivers valuable content and clear brand messaging to target markets. To meet the insatiable demand for immersive storytelling experiences, Sasha embraces emerging technologies by crafting original, bespoke content that is highly visual and shareable. www.moonshinefilms.com
Sterling Witt (Painter/Composer)
Wild Women was inspired by the original Wild Women paintings of Sterling Witt. You can see the paintings and more art at www.SterlingWittMuseum.com. You can learn more about Sterling's music and live events at www.SterlingWitt.com