Wendy Woodson, artistic director and founder
of Present Company Inc., has created over 90 movement, theater,and video works
that have been presented throughout the U.S. and in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. She has
received numerous awards and grants for her performance and video work including
Choreography, Theater and Interdisciplinary Fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the
Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Film and Video Foundation. Her
full-length movement theater pieces and videos have been shown extensively
in the U.S. at such venues as the Washington Project for the Arts, P.S. 122,
Jacob's Pillow, Emerson Majestic Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center, Wolf
Trap, New Playwrights Theater, the DeCordova Museum, at numerous colleges,
universities, and national and international video/film festivals. In 2007, Woodson was a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Artist in residence at the VIctorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. In 2011, she completed a video installation for the Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria in Melbourne as international artist in reseidence at RMIT.
Kathy Couch is a freelance lighting designer and installation/visual artist based in Northampton, MA. She has designed for over 350 performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Armenia, Russia, Latvia and throughout New England. Kathy was recently awarded a 2009 Bessie Award as part of the collaborative team that created Yanira Castro + Co.’s Dark Horse/Black Forest. Kathy has continuing collaborations with Yanira Castro as well as with Wendy Woodson and Present Co. Inc., KinoDance, Candice Salyers, and Chimaera Physical Theater. She is president of The Northampton Community Arts Trust working to develop a plan for sustaining and expanding art spaces in Northampton, MA. Kathy is the resident Lighting Designer at Amherst College and recently received her MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Dan Keller is a film and video director, and founder
of Green Mountain Post Films, a production and distribution company headquartered
in Turners Falls Massachusetts. He has been producing and directing
films since 1964, completing over 150 titles, which span the range from documentary
and industrial, to advertising and theatrical. His films have been
honored at film festivals around the world, and have been aired on television
and seen in theaters internationally.
Dorsey has been an associate artist with Present Company since
1989. He is co-creator (with Wendy Woodson) of a series of solo works
entitled Dudes in Suits. He is also an associate artist
with Pilgrim Theater since 1996, co-creating and performing Guys Dreaming
(presented at La Mama ETC in New York), The House Not Touched by Death,
and acclaimed Tibetan Book of the Dead.He has toured with
Boston's Underground Railway Theater, and performed several seasons at the Ko
Festival of Theater in Amherst in various original works. He has
worked the past two years as a guest of the Kahn Institute with Paul Zimet (Director)
in the Smith College production of Waiting for Godot and Star Messengers. He
is also a mediator, conflict resolution trainer and facilitator, and has developed
a training process that integrates theater improvisations and conflict resolution
Goodwin is a composer, playwright and a performer who has worked in a wide range of roles and media since 1985. Roles include Madame Jourdain in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost by the Manhattan Class Company, and Andy in Stepping Out by NSC Theater in New York. She has directed or co-directed numerous original productions including works by the Ko Theater and the Denver Theater Project, as well as several documentary videos. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory and received a BA in music and film from Hampshire College and a Phd in performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Janna is Producing Artistic Director at kocoloco ensemble and community-based arts and Associate Professor of Communication at Regis University in Denver CO. She has been an associate artist with Present Company since 1990.
Dowling Amie has worked in several video and performance projects with Present Company since 1997. She is is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco and an artist-in-residence at the San Francisco Jails. Before moving to California she was an artist-in-residence at the Hampshire County Jail where she collaborated with people who are incarcerated on the creation of evening-length original theater/dance pieces. She was also the founder of The Dance Generators, a performance company whose members ages span six decades. She has been a faculty member of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival and was a guest artist in the five college dance department and graduate advisor at Smith college.
In addition to her credits as a writer, director, choreographer
and video artist, Ms. Woodson is also a dedicated arts educator. She
worked as an artist-in-the-schools with the National Endowment for the Arts
(Delaware, North and South Carolina and District of Columbia Arts Commissions)
and has been guest and resident artist with numerous universities and colleges
since 1980 (including the George Washington University, Middlebury College,
Mt. Vernon College, Catholic University, University of Maryland, University
of Wisconsin, Williams College, Trinity College etc.). She is a
Professor of Theater and Dance Department at Amherst College and the Five
College Dance Department where she has taught since 1987. She holds
a Master of Arts in Dance from the George Washington University and studied
and/or performed with Meredith Monk, Maida Withers, Martha Graham, Attic Theater,
Erick Hawkins, Mirjam Berns, Ping Chong, Free Association Dance Theater, Twyla
Tharp, Kei Takei, and Dan Wagoner. In addition, she was a Gulbenkian
scholar in Lisbon, Portugal and lived and danced in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Marina Libel is a performance maker, artist, and scholar originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her collaboratively-created dance theater works explore relations among the body, language, and the spaces both inhabit. Her choreographies of movement and text have been performed at Williamsburg Arts neXus, Dance New Amsterdam, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Movement Research’s Open Performance. As an actor, dancer, and collaborator, she has performed at La MaMa New York, The Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, Danspace Project, Merce Cunningham Studio, The Tank, P.S. 122, and The Public Theater. Her site-oriented performance, Brain Waiting Room, recently premiered at a former monastery and adjacent schoolyard in Brooklyn, New York.
Lisa Biggs is an interdisciplinary performing artist whose original work has been presented in venues from New York to San Francisco. She has been privileged to collaborate with Rhodessa Jones, Rebecca Rice and Tanisha Christie. A former member of the Living Stage Theatre Co., Lisa has also designed and facilited arts workshops for students aged 3-93 in public school, regional theatre, university and community settings. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University where she is working on her dissertation titled “Restor(y)ing the Past: Crime, Corrections and the Performance of Theatre for Incarcerated Women”.