Meet the Artists

Performing artists from all around the world talk about their experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted their work.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each artist and read their interviews!

Full list of artist interviews here

Cole Abod

Student at University of Michigan

Jess Altchiler

Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, the musical

Cameron Amandus

Performer with Lion King on Broadway

Julia Amaral

Dancer with Bosoma Dance Company

Tyrone Anthony

Former Principal Dancer for Opera Australia; previously soloist in Moulin Rouge, Paris

Leanne Antonio

Actor with the National Tour of The Lion King

Michael Apuzzo

Performer with Paul Taylor Dance Company

Stafford Arima

Artistic Director at Theatre Calgary

Maud Arnold

Co-Founder of Chloe Maud productions and Syncopated Ladies

Akilah Ayanna

Ensemble member of Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway

Maya Ballester

BFA Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan, class of 2020

Mateus Barbosa de Silva

The first national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, the musical. 

Courtney Barth

Doug Varone and Dancers

Sidra Bell

Guest Choreographer (Marymount Manhattan College) and Master Lecturer (University of the Arts); Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York

Mario Bermundez Gil

Co-founder of Marcat Dance Company

Kareem Best

Dancer with Contemporary West Dance Theatre

Craig Black

Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Meri Bobber

Freelance Performing Artist

Jared Bogart

Dancer with Ballet Hispanico

Tislarm Bouie

Performer and Choreographer; Previously with Bob the Drag Queen & Monet

Anthony Bounphakhom

Dancer with Block Dance Collaborative

Wayne Brian

Producing Artistic Director of Wichita Theater

Jake Bone

Doug Varone and Dancer and Acting Company Manager at Gibney

Antonio Brown

Artistic Director and Founder of Antonio Brown Dance

Kristyn Burtt

World of Dance Studios Host/Producer

Rena Butler

Performer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Eran Bugge

Dancer with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance

Steven Blandino

Performing Artist on the Cats tour

Simone Cameresi

Dancer with Ballet Hispanico

Nigel Campbell

Company Director Gibney and Move/NYC/
Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Adrienne Canterna

Founder and Director of Sweetbird Productions; Dancer; Choreographer

Maia Charanis

Dancer with Kit Modus (Jillian Mitchell’s Company)

Benjamin Cheney

Artistic Director of The Croft

Adji Cissoko

Dancer with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, previously National Ballet of Canada

Durell Comedy

Assistant Director of Music at the First Baptist Indian Trail Church

Catherine Coury

Co-founder of Marcat Dance Company

Andrew Cribbett

Company member with Eisenhower Dance Detroit

Clare Croft

Scholar, Curator, Dramaturg

Dylis Croman

Performer with Broadway performance of Chicago the musical

Kevin Csolak

Performer with West Side Story on Broadway

Chloe Davis

Associate Choreographer and dancer for Camille A. Brown and Dancers 

Clara Davidson

Apprentice for Ballet National de Marseille

Alicia Delgadillo

Freelance Dancer; Previously a Hubbard Street dancer

Madeline DeVries

Dancer with Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Irada Djelassi

Director of Mass Motion Dance

Shelbia Djelassi Spence

Assistant Director at Mass Motion Dance Sturbridge

Gaby Diaz

Performer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Also with Netflix film “Tick, Tick... Boom!”

Gregory Dolbashian

Founder/Director of DASH Ensemble;
Co-founder of The Playground

Aaron Dworkin

University of Michigan, Professor of Arts

Sara Edwards

Associate Choreographer for Music Man on Broadway

Lorris Eichinger

Dancer with Lines Ballet

Julia Eichten

Dance maker, artist, performer and educator

Quincy Ellis

Artist with Pilobolus

Cajai Fellows Johnson

Ensemble for Frozen on Broadway

Laja Field

Laja Martin Physical Dance Theater Company

Abdiel Figueroa Reyes

Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Paige Fraser

Artist, Scoliosis advocate, Lion King Rafiki Tour

Julie Friedrich

Professional dancer, mentor, and dance educator in the areas of ballet and contemporary dance

Kimberly Fulmer

Dancer with Trisha Brown Dance Company

Gonzalo Garcia

Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet

Maija Garcia

Director of Professional Training at the Guthrie Theater

James Gilmer

Dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Nicholas Garlo

Dancer with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Zui Gomez

Dancer with Gibney Company

Anita Gonzalez

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Michigan

Linda Goodrich

Director and Choreographer; Professor of Musical Theatre at U-M; freelance artist

Michael Greenberg

Member of the First National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof

Josue Guerrero

Artist - Josue Z

Dylan Gutierrez

Dancer with
The Joffrey Ballet

Tamisha Guy

Performer with
Abraham in Motion (A.I.M.)

Akoiya Harris

Dancer with Donald Byrd Spectrum Dance Theater

Madelyn Ho

Dancer with Paul Taylor dance company

India Hobbs

Senior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Alicia Holloway

Performer with Dance Theater of Harlem

Dara Holmes

Dancer with Joffrey Ballet Chicago

Katherine Hooper

Artistic Director of BoSoma Dance Company and Owner of BoSoma School of Dance

Sabrina Imamura

Performer with Eliza tour of Hamilton musical

Arielle Israel

Dancer at Giordano Dance Chicago

Montes Jackson


Zion Jackson

Musician/Arts Administrator; Senior at the University of Michigan

Ron de Jesus

Asst. Professor Dept. of Musical Theatre, Choreographer; Artistic Director of Ron De Jesus Dance

Alysia Johnson

Performer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Nick Kenkel

Dancer, Choreographer, Director

Meagan King

Senior at the Fordham Ailey Program

Myles King

Sophomore at SUNY Purchase

Catherine Kirk

Dancer with Abraham in Motion

Alice Klock

Performer with FLOCK Company; Previously with Cantankerous Creatures 

Lloyd Knight

Principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company

Peggy Koenig

Chair of ABRY; Vice Chair of Cornell University; Producing Director of Black Cap Productions

Juel Lane

Dancer with
Camille A. Brown

Thomas Laub

Theatrical Producer; previously with Slave Play and American Utopia

Myles Lavallee

Formerly with Heidi Duckler Dance

Lindsey Leduc

Boston College, Boston University, Mass Motion Dance, Charlotte Klein Dance Centers; Educator

Virginia Lensi

Dancer with American Ballet Theatre

Daphne Lee

Performer at Dance Theater of Harlem

Dequan Lewis

Performer at Doug Varone and Dancers

Deepa Liegel

Freelance Dancer and Model; Previously with Leg Up On Life and Steps on Broadway

Adrienne Lipson

Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Annika Lisa Verplancke

Professional Dancer with Netherlands Dance Theatre II

Derion Loman

Previously with Dallas Black Dance Company

Michael Mahany

 Rock of Ages and Dance Network Journalist

Trina Mannino

Independent Choreographer and Company Manager for Gibney Company

Christian Matijas Mecca

Associate Chair of the Dept. of Dance; Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan

Demetrius McClendon

Freelance Artist

Jeraldine Mendoza

Dancer with The Joffrey Ballet

Amy Miller

Gibney Company Director

Resa Mishina

A Chorus Line at the Wick Theater

Rae Mizrachi

In rehearsal at Abrons Arts Center; Teacher for Mama Foundation for the Arts; Brooklyn College double major BFA in Acting and Creative Writing and minor in Music 

Courtney Monsma

Performer with Six the Musical: Australia

Chalvar Monteiro

Dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvaro Montelongo

Dancer with Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Michael Montgomery

Dancer with Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Elia Mrak

Owner of Elia Mrak LLC; Future Director of "a movement movement" nonprofit organization

Jesse Obremski

Artistic Associate with Gibney Company

Troy Ogilvie

Freelance Performing Artist

Devin Oshiro

Doug Varone and Dancer and Community Action Artistic Manager at Gibney

Dana Pajarillaga

Dancer with STAATSBALLET Berlin

Jeryl Palana

Freelance artist; Personal project called “Women’s Work”

MiRi Park

Lecturer at Cal State Channel Islands; Dance Program PhD at UCLA World Arts and Cultures/dance; Associate choreographer for 20th anniversary of Rent 

Maddie Parish

Perfomer with the national tour of Finding Neverland the musical

Elizabeth Parkinson

Co-Artistic Director of FineLine Theatre Arts; Director of The Broadway Commercial Dance Lab

Eric Parra

Dancer with Limón Dance Company

Marie Paspe

Artist with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Freelance artist

Jordan Pelliteri

Dancer with Nederland Dans Theater II

Miguel Perez

Teacher at J'adore Dance Studio; Future owner at Conflux Dance Theater

Marsha Pierre

Dancer with Limon Dance Company

Jenna Pollack

Dancer and Choreographer

Damani Pompey

Interdisciplinary Artist, Choreographer, Movement Director

Carl Ponce Cubero

Freelance Dancer


Dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tomer Pistiner

Dancer at Ballet National de Marseille

Sadiya Ramos

BFA Dance at Boston Conservatory

Jodie Randolph

Artistic Director of Jodie Randolph Dance

Mason Reeves

Disney the Company, Frozen First National tour as Kristoff 

Melody Rose

Member of the national tour of Cats

Elijah Richardson

Dancer with DanceWorks Chicago

Kendra Ross

Founder & Director of STooPS; Independent freelance artist

Martell Ruffin

Company dancer for Abraham in Motion

Alexis Saenz

Professional Dancer

Cesar G Salinas

Artistic Programs Manager Giordano Dance Chicago

Sierra Sanders

Company Dancer with Martha Graham II

Dolapo Sangokoya

Creative Producer/On Camera Host at Group Nine Media (Thrillist, PopSugar, the Dodo, Now This); Hostess of The Lo Down with D-Lo

Hannah Schon

Self-employed artist

Kirsten Scott

Currently in Rock of Ages playing Sherrie Christian, in NY

Matthew Scott

Creative Education Director at Broadway Dreams

Crystal Serrano

Dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem

Kevin Shannon

Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Tara Sheena

Freelance Artist

Connie Shiau

Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Bronwyn Sims

Educator and Performer. A part of Pig Iron and Strong Coffee Stage

Nyla Sostre

Artist with Performing Artists: Nyla Sostre LLC

Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Choreographer and Artistic Director for Camille A. Brown and other dancers; Co-artistic director of Site Dance Theater

Peter Sparling

Retired university professor; Working artist.

Constance  Stamatiou

Dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Simone Stevens

Dancer with Cerqua Rivera

Annette Tanner

Founder and President of Broadway Dreams

Fana Tesfagiorgis

Artist with First National Tour of My Fair Lady

Jessica Tong

Rehearsal Director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Sergio Trujillo

Director and Choreographer

Mike Tyus

Performing Artist with Jacob Jonas the Company and Cirque du Soleil

Elena Valls Garcia

Contract dancer with Ballet Nacional de Marce

Matthew VanBesien

President of the University Musical Society (UMS)

Andrew Victor Myers

Founding Artistic Director of Stay True, An LGBTQ+ Theatre Company

Maleek Washington

Performer with Camille A. Brown and Dancers

Imani Williams

Dancer with DanceWorks Chicago

Jason Williams

Choreographer and Performer

Kamyron Williams

Professional Musician/Community Musical

Dana Wilson

Seaweed Sister; Former movement coach for the actor playing Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic

Robin Wilson

University of Michigan Professor

Juliette Valerio

Dancer with Hofesh Shechter Company

Topaz Von Wood

Second company for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

André M Zachery

Artistic Director of Renegade Performance Group; interdisciplinary artist 

Leal Zielinska

Second company for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Sammy Lopez


Lorin Latarro


Andy Blankenbuehler

Director & Choreographer

Allie Taylor

Masters of Music Student at The University of Michigan

Christian Dante White


Clayton Penrose-Whitemore

Violinist and Music Performer

Daniel Gold


Isabel Olsen

Recent Graduate of University of Michigan in Theatre Arts and History

Jamil Jude

Artistic Director for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater

Kelly Ashton

Sleep No More NYC Immersive Theater

Tony Tucker

Former Director of StreetHype

Olivia Tang-Mifsud

Dancer at Joffrey Ballet

Catherine Messina

Dancer at KitModus Dance Company

Genna Moroni

Freelance Dancer

Jessie Winograd

Dance and Theater Performer and Creator

Kameron Suanders

Dancer and Teacher at Broadway Dance Center

Pauline Mosley

Dancer at Project Agora and Reyes Dance

Shaelle Etienne


Amanda Smith

Dancer at Dance Theater of Harlem

Victor Jackson

Performing and Teaching Artist


Music Artist

Joshua Blake Carter


Morgan Marcell


Jeremy McQueen


Denise Saunder Thomson


Lauryn Hobbs


Sonya Rio-Glick


Tiffany Mellard


Adam Jacobs


Zoe Rappaport

Dancer, Director, Choreographer

Sammy Lopez