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BLEED TERE O’CONNOR THU – FRI | NOV 20 – 21, 2014 running time: 60 minutes Performers: Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Natalie Green, Michael Ingle, Ryan Kelly, Oisín Monaghan, Cynthia Oliver, Heather Olson, Mary Read, Silas Riener, David Thomson Composition/Sound Design: James Baker Chris Gross, cello; Julia Read, voice; all other instruments and vocals, James Baker Lighting: Michael O’Connor Costume Design: Walter Dundervill Portions of the movement material for this work were created in collaboration with the dancers. I am wholly indebted to these amazing people whose exquisite contributions make the work possible. I thank them for their creativity, generosity and rigor during this process. - Tere O’Connor BLEED was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Campus Research Board and the Creative Research Board in the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University; and Big Tree Productions, Inc. Tere O’Connor Dance is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and individual donors. This performance is sponsored by Series support for On the Boards is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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BLEEDTERE O’CONNOR THU – FRI | NOV 20 – 21, 2014running time: 60 minutes

Performers: Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Natalie Green, Michael Ingle, Ryan Kelly, Oisín Monaghan, Cynthia Oliver, Heather Olson, Mary Read, Silas Riener, David Thomson

Composition/Sound Design: James BakerChris Gross, cello; Julia Read, voice; all other instruments and vocals, James Baker

Lighting: Michael O’Connor

Costume Design: Walter Dundervill

Portions of the movement material for this work were created in collaboration with the dancers. I am wholly indebted to these amazing people whose exquisite contributions make the work possible. I thank them for their creativity, generosity and rigor during this process. - Tere O’Connor

BLEED was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Campus Research Board and the Creative Research Board in the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University; and Big Tree Productions, Inc.

Tere O’Connor Dance is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and individual donors.

This performance is sponsored by

Series support for On the Boards is provided by

The Andrew W. Mellon


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Choreography: Tere O’Connor in collaboration with the performers

Performers: Tess Dworman, devynn emory, Ryan Kelly, and Mary Read Lighting Design: Michael O’Connor

POEM SAT | NOV 22, 2014total running time: 75 minutes

Choreographer: Tere O’Connor

Performers: Natalie Green, Michael Ingle, Oisin Monaghan, Heather Olson, Silas Riener

Costume Design: Jmy Kidd Studio

Sound Design/Composition: James Baker

Chris Gross, cello; Scott Kuney guitar; all other instruments James Baker

Lighting: Michael O’Connor

poem was commissioned by New York Live Arts and made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. Premiere November 2012.

Secret Mary was commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and presented at its River To River Festival in 2012, including a space residency donated by Savanna.

These works are also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Big Tree Productions. Inc.

Thank youA big thanks to Lane Czaplinski and everyone at On the Boards for inviting us to perform here and for making us feel so at home. Very special thanks to Tonya Lockyer for coordinating all the activities this week in addition to the performances and to the team at Velocity for collaborating on this project.

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CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTEBLEED is the culminating work of a two-year project during which I constructed three other pieces, Secret Mary, poem and Sister, all from very different source material and each with an entirely different cast. I then collapsed these into this fourth work simultaneously remembering and forgetting the previous dances. All eleven of the magical performers from the other works are here yet the movement material is gone. Ghosts of the other dances resonate through the new work and shape its form but they are subterranean and exert their pressure on this new construction from the caves of memory.

The ephemeral -- overly romanticized in dance history in my opinion -- is an actual tool for me and is integral to my process. In this expanded version of a concept that has always been central for me, erasure is a form of construction. Each image or section of a dance is absent in the next, but its essence remains to color the forthcoming events. I craft these wafts of memory into my choreography privileging them over the recapitulation of dance movements. Because inference, essence, quality, reference and affect seem to be some of the purveyors of meaning in dance, I long ago ceded any desire for the expression of specific ideas to the ambiguous contours and endless associative pathways of the choreographic mind.

This work is sparked by my immersion in the poetics of dance and the information I have gleaned from 30 years of wrestling with its indeterminate qualities. My experience with crafting dances has been a journey away from the exigencies of definition or resolution that might be useful in the construction of “cogency”. I have moved decidedly towards abstraction and its potential to mirror consciousness. Contradictory impulses coexist in these temporal constellations. A search for singularity of meaning gives way to a complex weave of disparate elements. I work with a willfully convoluted palette where recognizable imagery and the anomalous enjoy equal value. I am not looking to shape hidden stories into dance but rather to understand how the sequencing of events accrues meaning in choreography. The viewer joins me in the definitions of the parts but I must provide a structural frame that allows for this and perhaps promotes the dislodging of memories in the viewer in order that they might comingle with the images of the dance. People’s projections are braided with my construction to finalize the work.

The intense complexity of living on earth right now finds a good friend in dance. Spending some time with an information system that does not necessarily deliver messages but rather acts as a container for multiple individual responses, might prove to be an antidote to the polarized dogma that holds our world in its grip.

Thank you for coming to see our work and the work of others engaged in dance, this fragile, powerful form. Tere O’Connor

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Tere O’Connor is one of my dance heroes. A radically inventive choreographer, mentor and thinker, he is an inspiration to generations of dance makers, and a provocative, eloquent advocate for the politics and poetics of dance. Perhaps the clearest indication of his importance to the field is his recent induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Only eight choreographers have been inducted: Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch, Agnes de Mille . . . In other words, people who have forever altered how we perceive dance, and what it can be. My first encounter with Tere’s work was similar to my first encounter with free jazz. I didn’t ‘get it’—which I loved. As my brain fired to make sense of the complexity of the patterns, I also recognized the sensation of being invited into a new politics of experience. Tere’s dances confound expectations of narrative and representation. They are dense networks of specific events, juxtaposed, to evoke what Tere calls “the music of the relativity of all the parts.”In Tere’s uncompromising investigation of choreography, the criticism of dance as incoherent, elusive or hard to understand is a strength, not a weakness. He embraces dance’s ability to operate outside the realm of singular, coherent meaning to shed light on multiplicity. His dances place the ethics of locating meaning on the viewer. He is inviting you to have an experience. To create BLEED, Tere collapsed three dances, with three entirely different casts, into one hybrid creation “simultaneously remembering and forgetting the previous dances.” Through the porousness of BLEED, meanings multiply through the layering, collisions, and erasures of each independent work. Other than the American Dance Festival, Seattle is the only site to bring together all the original performances of the BLEED Project. I am deeply grateful to Lane and OtB for reaching out to Velocity to partner in celebrating this American master. Tere and I curated Open For(u)m: Irreconcilability as an eight-day im-mersion in the BLEED Project—an opportunity to come together to engage with his work and the questions driving his process through workshops, book clubs, conversations and performances. What is always at stake in Tere’s work is dance. Dance as its own inimitable form of intelligence and knowledge. Dance as a kind of associative thinking that values tangential thought. Tere is also a champion for the dancer: “I think it’s very noble to dance at this point on earth. It’s really impossible to make a living at, so I have a lot of respect for the people who are doing it.” His passion for articulating this often misunderstood art form, and his generosity in fostering the people who dedicate their lives to it—as a mentor to young artists, teacher, writer and volunteer—make him the most noble of artists in my book. Tonya Lockyer | Artistic Director | Velocity Dance Center

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BIOSTere O’Connor is Artistic Director of Tere O’Connor Dance. He has created over 40 works for his company and toured these throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. O’Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow among numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many others. He has received three “BESSIES”, New York Dance and Performance Awards. In October 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. An articulate and provocative educator, O’Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 25 years. He is a Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he lives for one semester each year. O’Connor is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities. BLEED, premiered at BAM’s Next Wave festival in Dec 2013 and continues on a tour in the United States with upcoming stops at On the Boards in Seattle and The Walker Arts Center in

Minneapolis. The company will present a week of encore performances of BLEED at Danspace Project in New York City, Dec 18-20. They will also present two works at the American Realness Festival in Jan 2015, Sister and undersweet in NYC.


Tess Dworman is a choreographer and performer originally from Oak Park, IL. She studied at the Laban Centre in London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a BFA in Dance. In New York, her work has been presented by AUNTS, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York Live Arts, and Roulette Intermedium. She has also had the pleasure of performing in the works of Laurel Atwell, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Kim Brandt, Yanira Castro, Moriah Evans, Sam Kim, and Mariana Valencia.

devynn emory is a mixed race and transgender Philadelphian, and a NY dancer and choreographer who isn’t making work “about” it. emory runs a company devynnemory/beastproductions that has shown work at DTW, NYLA, BAX, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Roulette, Aunts, Dixon Place, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia Dance Boom’s Motion Pictures, Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, and The London International Film Festival at the Place. emory has been awarded an Independence Foundation Fellowship, Fresh Tracks at DTW, a studio series at NYLA, a space grant at BAX, and

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a residency at Issue Project Room, and has spoken on panels and taught classes and workshops about their process and its intersection with identity.

As a dancer they currently work and tour with Tere O’Connor and RoseAnne Spradlin. Previously emory has worked with Headlong Dance Theater for 10years, Jerome Bel, White Oak Dance Project, Paule Turner, Faye Driscoll, Daria Fain, Jen Rosenblit, Vanessa Anspaugh, Jules Skloot, Yve Laris Cohen and Gerard & Kelly. emory also finds balance in teaching dance to small people, and engaging their 13 year massage and bodywork practice.

Natalie Green, originally from Austin TX, graduated from the SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory in 2003. She has since had the pleasure of performing for Tere O’Connor, RoseAnne Spradlin, Anna Sperber, Levi Gonzalez, and Juliette Mapp, among others. Green’s own work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project’s “Food for Thought”, Movement Research at the Judson Church “About Town”, BAX, Catch, and the Chocolate Factory Theater.

Ryan Kelly is an artist and dancer currently living and working between Los Angeles and New York City. He received his MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio in the UCLA Department of Art and his BA in Comparative Literature from Fordham University. Kelly was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program and a member of New York City Ballet from 1998 to 2002. Since then, he has worked as a dancer for numerous

classical and contemporary choreographers and directors including Karole Armitage, Suzanne Farrell, and Sasha Waltz. For the past ten years, he has engaged in a collaborative art practice with Brennan Gerard. Gerard & Kelly’s work has been shown in visual and performing arts contexts in New York City, nationally, and abroad. Their first solo exhibition, Kiss Solo, was held at Kate Werble Gallery in New York in 2013. Their solo exhibition Timelining took place at The Kitchen in Spring 2014. For this work, Gerard & Kelly received the 2014 Juried Award for the New York Dance and Performance Awards/The Bessies.

Michael Ingle is a choreographer and performing artist based in New York City. His work has been presented at numerous venues in New York and nationally. As a performer, Michael has worked with with Hilary Easton + Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Laura Peterson Choreography, Deganit Shemy & Company, Megan Sprenger/mvworks, Makiko Tamura/small apple co., Christopher Williams Dances and Miriam Wolf, among others.

Oisín Monaghan is a dance artist, visual performer and collaborator. He began studying movement at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance at 14. Currently, he is also dancing for Xavier Le Roy, Maria Hassabi, Robin Becker Dance and John-Mark Owen. Monaghan has had the privilege to work with many distinguished artists within their respective fields of Dance, Theatre, Art, Music, Film and Photography. Earlier this

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year, Oisín portrayed the character Gabriel in the film As Rosas Brancas which premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and received a best film nomination. He has collaborated with other visual artists and has presented work at Klaus von Nichtssagend, Deitch Projects and The Chelsea Hotel. Oisín is currently featured in “The Beauty Book” by fashion photographer Kenneth Willardt, published in November. He is grateful for the support and profound artistry of his fellow dancers and Tere.

Cynthia Oliver grew up in the US Virgin Islands. She has danced with many companies including the David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Company, Ronald Kevin Brown/EVIDENCE, and Bebe Miller. In the black avant garde theatre world, she has performed in numerous works including plays by Laurie Carlos and Ntozake Shange. Her own work, a mélange of dance, theatre and the spoken word, incorporates the textures of Caribbean performance with African, and American sensibilities. Named “Outstanding Young Choreographer” by reviewer Frank Werner in German Magazine Ballet Tanz early in her career, Cynthia has since received numerous grants and awards including a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), two Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, a Creative Capital award, a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production grant, a CalArts Alpert Award nomination, and a University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is Professor of Dance. Cynthia holds a PhD in

performance studies from New York University and is the author of Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean. She is thrilled and honored to be dancing with Tere.

Heather Olson is a dancer and choreographer who based in New York City since 1997. As a performer, Olson has received New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for her body of work with Tere O’Connor and for her performance in Yanira Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest. She began working with O’Connor in 1997 and continues to be deeply moved by his dances. Olson has also appeared in the work of Jennifer Allen, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Levi Gonzales, Stacy Grossfield, Susan Rethorst, Vicky Shick, and Larissa Velez-Jackson. Her choreography has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory, Olgas Zitluhinas Dejas Kompanija in Latvia, Sugar Salon, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her work has also been presented by Danspace Project, Dance Roulette, La Mama, Movement Research at Judson Church, 100 Grand, and Creature Feature in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and beautiful daughter.

Mary Read received her early dance training in ballet at the School of Performing Arts with Arlene Begelman, Robert Maiorano and Barbara Braverman. At Hampshire College she studied modern dance and choreography with Cathy Nicoli, masked theatre with Davor

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Dicklich and psychoanalysis with Annie G. Rogers. Since moving to New York in 2009, she has performed in work Vanessa Anspaugh, Rebecca Brooks, Hilary Clark, Lily Gold, Tere O’Connor, Molly Poerstel, Katy Pyle, Jen Rosenblit, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Emily Wexler, and Enrico D. Wey. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in social work from NYU. Silas Riener grew up in Washington DC. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Comparative Literature and certificates in Creative Writing and Dance, with a focus on linguistics. As a dancer he has worked with Chantal Yzermans, Takehiro Ueyama, Christopher Williams, Jonah Bokaer, Kota Yamazaki, and Rebecca Lazier. He was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from November 2007 until its closure at the end of 2011, and received a 2012 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for his performance in Cunningham’s Split Sides. While performing with MCDC, Riener completed his MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2008). Since 2010, he has collaborated with poet Anne Carson and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell, with whom he continues to develop new projects. He has taught workshops and technique classes at Concord Academy SummerStages and throughout Turkey at several universities; he has taught in the Dance Program at Princeton University and Barnard College. He was the movement designer for the architecture and design firm the Harrison Atelier in 2012 and choreographed the site-specific

performance/installations Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and VEAL at The Invisible Dog Art Center. His own work has also been seen at Danspace Project, at CATCH and as part of LMCC’s River to River Festival. Along with Rashaun Mitchell he was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013, and is a member of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development Program. He is a 2014 City Center Choreographic Fellow.

David Thomson has worked as a collaborative artist in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance with such artists as Mel Wong, Jane Comfort, Bebe Miller (’83-’86; ’03-’06), Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown (‘87-‘93), Susan Rethorst, David Roussève, Ralph Lemon (‘99-present), Muna Tseng, Sekou Sundiata, Meg Stuart, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Alain Buffard, Deborah Hay, and Marina Abramovic, among many others. He was a founding member of the Drama Desk nominated a capella performance group, Hot Mouth. His own work has been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Roulette, and Movement Research at Judson Church. Thomson has been Artist-in-Residence at Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gibney Dance Center, and at LMCC Governors Island. Thomson was honored with a Bessie for Sustained Achievement (2001) and as part of the creative team for Bebe Miller’s Landing/Place (2006). He is a 2012 USA Ford Fellow, a 2013 NYFA Fellow in

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Choreography and a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. Thomson has served on the faculties of NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School and Movement Research. An ongoing ad-vocate for dance and the empowerment of artists, he was one of the founding members of Dancer’s Forum and has served on the boards of Bebe Miller/Gotham Dance, Dance Theater Workshop and currently New York Live Arts. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Purchase. Thank you Tere for this beautiful opportunity!


James Baker (Composer) is Principal Percussionist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and Director of the Percussion Ensemble at the Mannes College of Music. Mr. Baker is the Conductor of the New York New Music Ensemble and the Talea Ensemble. He is Guest Conductor of the Slee Sinfonietta at the Institute for 21st Century Music in Buffalo. He has led the Orchestra of the League of Composers and Speculum Musicae in concerts in NY and around the U.S.; he has conducted concerts with Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall, with the Cygnus Ensemble at the Library of Congress and in NY, the Tactus Ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, Ensemble 21 and the DaCapo Chamber Players, among many others. He has conducted a number of Composers Portrait concerts at Miller Theater

including those of Pierre Boulez (leading the U.S. premiere of Derive II), Toru Takemitsu and Jason Eckhardt, and John Zorn. Mr. Baker was for many years a conductor of Broadway shows including The King and I, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Oklahoma, An Inspector Calls, and La Boheme. An active composer of electro-acoustic music, He has written over twenty scores for long-time collaborator Tere O’Connor over the last 30 years and received a Bessie award for his composition for O’Connor’s Heaven Up North. As a percussionist he appears often with Orpheus, was a member of the American Composers Orchestra and the Eos Orchestra and has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Danish Orchestra, among others. He has played on many sound tracks for film and television and has appeared with Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Webb, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Michel LeGrand, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Branford Marsalis, Pablo Ziegler, and many other jazz and pop performers.

Walter Dundervill’s (Costume Designer) choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory, Movement Research at Judson Church, Participant Inc., NADA via Cafe Dancer, and The Solo in Azione Festival in Milan Italy. He has received Bessie Awards as a performer in RoseAnne Spradlin’s under/world, for the costume design of Luicana Achugar’s Puro Deseo, and for the visual design of his own choreography Aesthetic

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Destiny 1: Candy Mountain. He worked with O’Connor as set designer for Wrought Iron Fog in 2010. Walter is a member of the Artist Advisory Council at Movement Research. He was a 2012/13 Studio Series resident at New York Live Arts and a 2010/11 Movement Research Artist in Residence. He was a co-curator of Hardcorps, the Movement Research Spring Festival 2010. He has taught and performed as a guest artist at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Frostburg State University, MD, the Staadtstheater in Magdeburg, Germany, and for ClassClassClass in NYC. Dundervill received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia. Michael O’Connor (Lighting Designer) Has been working with Tere for over fifteen years. His recent work in dance includes: Oxbow (BAM), Blue Room (NYLA), The Turn (City Center), Hurry (Danspace and PAC Dublin), In and Out (Danspace), Noctu (Irish Rep). His recent work in theater includes: Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes (Lester Martin), While Chasing the Fantastic (AADA), Last Days of Cleopatra (Urban Stages), Mary Poppins (Forestburgh Playhouse), Morgan James CD Release (Le Poisson Rouge), The Tunnel Play (Kraine Theater), Beauty of the Father (AADA), The Morons (Cell Theater), Fruits Unheard Of (Chashama), Who’s Your Daddy? (Irish Rep), Red Valley (New 45th Street), Next to Normal (CAP 21), A Celebration of Harold Pinter (Irish Rep), American Clock (AADA), Jimmy Titanic (Drilling Company), Lend Me A Tenor (Gallery Players), Moonfleece (45th Street Theater), Oliver

(David F. Clune Center), Snapshot Plays (Theatre 54), Spring Awakening (AADA). Michael is the resident Lighting Designer for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC and Tere O’Connor Dance.

Jmy Kidd (Costume Designer) is a self-taught choreographic and costume designer, classically trained in ballet and modern dance. She has a deep kinship with Free Jazz, Surrealism, Beat Poetry, and Ruth St. Denis. She strives for the simply revolutionary.



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500+ Craig & Nancy Abramson, Tamar Benzikry & Ronnie Stern, Craig Blackmon & Tiffany McDermott, Elizabeth A. Brown, Wally Bivins, Sara Dickerman, Beth Glosten*, Allegra Calder & Gabe Grant, Annie Croco, Carmel & James Drage, Peter Eberhardy & Nicole Stellner, Dave & Dana Elvin, Randy Engstrom & Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom, Mick Fleming, Joseph Givins & Gary Smith, Alison Harris, Alison Heald & Al Lee, Sharon & Steve Huling, Brendan James, Randall Jahren & Valerie Loebs, Caroline & Eric King, Gary Kirk, Layne & Jack Kleinart, Diana Knauf & Björn Levidow, Michael Kreis, Greg Kucera & Larry Yocum, Ellen Lackermann & Neal Stephenson, Jason Lear & Holly Batt, Alan Maskin, Kirsten Murray & Tim Griffith, Chris Mulready & Dan Phelan, New Mystics, Grace Nordhoff & Jonathan Beard, Matthew & Maren Robertson, Jared Rue & Greg Anderson, Jennifer Salk & David Ehrich, Joanne Sugura & William Massey, Sarah Rudinoff, Dan Tierney & Sarah Harlett, Moya Vazquez, Huong Vu & Bill Bozarth, Keith G. Wagner & Doug Calvert, Thomas Van Doren, Paul Watts, Estate of Shirley Maniccia

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Wilke, Carl Williams, Jim Willems & Carmen Berger, Sylvia Wolf & Duane Schuler 250+ Anonymous, Tom Ackerman & Gil Bar-Sela, Dan Allison, Jean Bender, Curtis Bonney & Sonnet Retman, Eric Bottom, Steven Caffery, Cameron Campbell & Nicolaas Wilkens, Shannon Conway, Elizabeth Conner, Gary & Kelly Darpinian, Jay & Bernadette Deguchi, ER Vine & Sons, Inc, Andrew Fisher, Garton Tractor, Inc, Jeffrey Gerson, Drew Giblin & Gerald Tebo, Tom & Tina Grohman, Karen Guzak & Warner Blake*, Toni & Peter Haley, Caroline Hauge, Robin Held & Korby Sears, Adrianne Hersrud, Nikola Litven, Andy & Nancy Jensen, Sara Jinks & Laurel Canan, Stefanie Karlin, Celeste & Gabe Kean, In Memory of Randy R. Kemp, Valerie Kinast, Motomi & Kevin Kudo-King, Victor Kozyrev & Olga Lenitsyna, John & Tina Kucher*, Michael Lamb & Adam Grutz, Sara Larsen, Tonya Lockyer, Lauren Lutrell, Cat & Cliff Martin, Jim & Maggie McDonald, Charles McAleese & Kathy Cain, Shelley McIntyre, Keely Issak Meehan, Yoko Ott & Scott Lawrimore, Beth Naczkowski, Eric Olson, Cecilia Paul & Harry Reinert, Shawn Rawlins, Cathy & Max Sarkowsky, Molly Scott & Jarrad Powell, Maureen Sharma, Jane Sisk, Kate Thompson & Mary Bruno, Case van Rij, Rebecca & Robertson Witmer

100+ Anonymous (5), Cynthia Adams, Jeff & Judy Altman, Brett Arrington & Mark Olthoff, Claudia Bach & Phil Smart, Akhtar & Alka Badshah, Miriam Bartha, Kristen & Saul Becker, Julie Blackwell, Gina Glascock-Broze, Carolyn & Alan Butler, Donald Byrd, Brent Elphick, Jennifer Campbell, Allison Capen & Mark Iverson, Harriett Cody & Harvey Sadis, Kim Colaprete, Shaun Corry, danimal, Andrea Dahl, Diane Dambacher, Frank Dauer & Susan Doederlein, Daphne Dejanikus, Dale R. Durran, Carol DePelecyn, Frank & Molly, Mary Pat DiLeva, Kevin Dodge, Elena & Sergey Dubinets, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Sara Edwards, David Ellis, Dorit Ely, Mark Fleming, Davis Freeman, Kai Fujita, E&J Gallo Winery, Lisa Farnham, Vallejo Gantner, Yonnas Getahun, John Gilbreath, Mary Flynn Gilles, Jay Hamilton, Deborah Hammond, Dayna Hanson & Dave Proscia, Wier Harman & Barbara Sauermann, Stephen & Marie Heil, Phil & Margaret Herter, Heather Hested, Rick Hiner, Sara Howell, Gayle Jack, Essie Jacobs, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Allen Johnson, Timothy & Jayne Keating, John Kerr, Anne A. Lawrence, Jessica Lee, Mark Lewin, Terry Liddell, Michele Locatelli, James Louie, Ella Mahler, Martha’s sister Diane, Jay McAleer & Connie Yun, Stephen McCarthy, Alyson McCormick, Paul & Anna McKee, Carol McNeary, Laura Metz, Julia Moore, Wendy Nathan, Jeannie Nordstrom, Heather Oaksen, Vivian Phillips, Dixie & Tom Porter, Jennifer Rapp, Jessica Reading, Aaron Rinn, Eric Robison, Jan Roddy, David J. Roberts, Matt Romein, Maria Romero, H Stewart Ross*, Andrew Russell, Carl & Cathryn Sander, Christine Sanella, Kurt Schlatter, George Scott, Charles & D. Joy Smith, Jeffrey Smollen, Nancy Snapp, Ellen Sollod & Ken Torp, RC Starn, Nancy Stillger, Norman Tjaden, Deb Trout, Evan Tucker, Gerald & Jan Tucker, Lenore Waldron, Michele Wang, Western Nut Company, Maxine Weyant & Jackson Schmidt, Paige Williams, Marc & Jane Wise, Virginia Wyman

50+ Anonymous (4), Shawn Aebi, David Blatner & Debbie Carlson, Carol Brinster, Jonathan & Carol Buchter, Nina Buffington, Dana Bettinger, Richard & Sharon Clauss, Carol Clifford & Jim Wilcox, Anne Couillaud & Thomas Forrissier, Erin Culbertson, Caroline Cumming, Laura DeLuca, Nathan A. Dors, Matthew Drews, Jennifer Lucero-Earle & Gary Earle, Blair Feehan, Michael L. Furst, Francie Gass, Hal Glucksberg & Boba Jankovic, Spencer Hamp, Gretta Harley, Terri Hiroshima, Stephen Hobbs, Jessica Hoerschelmann, Sylvia Imbrock, Joey Jagod, Alianna Jaqua, Erin Jorgensen, Charles Kaplan, Helene Kaplan, Mike Katell, Rachel Kessler and Michael Seiwerath, Erin Leddy, Vicky Lee, Kay Lennon, Audrey Lew, Kathryn Lew, Joyce Liao, Rachel Lissman & Stuart McLeod, Brett Love, Kyle Loven, Andrew Luthringer, Heather Malcolm, Kevin Malgesini, Cheryl Marland, Tina Meadows, Mary Metastasio, David Miller, Jeffry Mitchell, Leona Narita, Christa Nielsen, John Osebold & Montana Von Fliss, Robert Pearlman, Igor Peev, Zoltan Pekic, Joshua Pelman, Jessica Powers, Diane Ragsdale, Christian Rizzo, David J. Roberts, Lisa Robinson, Brian Rogers, Carl & Hazel Rosebrough, Kathy Savory, Tom & Clara Schmidt, Laura & Samuel Schrager, Patricia Scott, Ann Schuessler, Zoe Scofield & Juniper Shuey, Del & Carol Shankel, Soyoung Shin, Joanna Sikes, Stephen Silha, George Skalkogiannis, Matthew Smucker, Nancy Stillger, Nancy Stoaks, Kawku Tagoe, Michael Thompson, Tom & Tami Truax, Pam Weeks & Pamm Hanson, Kairu Yao, Brooke Zimmers

10+ Anonymous (5), John & Sarah Ackermann, Roya Amirsoleymani, Theresa Barreras, Christine & Dale Bateman, Grace Bennett, Merith Bennett, Rob Bergquist & Beth Raas-Bergquist, Isabelle Bouanna, Franklin Boyd, Kellan Braddock, Philip Brennan, Sally Brock, Cory Budden, Paul Budraitis, Rob & Melanie Burgess, Kathryn Burgomaster, Ian Butcher, Karen Bystrom, Lorrie Cardoso, Nancy Casanova, George Cleary, Christopher Clifford, Atacan Conduroglu, Jeff Curtis, W. Scott Davis, Barbara DimbergElla Dorband, Erin Doughton, Ingrid Eisenman, Erin Gainey, Rebecca Goldberg, Anne Grove, Norman Gunderson, Bruce Hall, Marlow Harris & Jo David, Emma Hasset, Ashraf Hasham, Liz Herlevi, Don & Vanessa Hilton, Anne Holderread, Alexis Hope, Sue Ann Huang, Cameron Irwin, Wendy Jackson, Geoff Johnson, Karn Junkinsmith, Erin Kay, Julie Keenan, John Knapp, Sheldon & Nancy Levin, Jane Levine & Randy Signor, John Locker, Jordan Lusink, Amanda Mae, Allison Manch, Theresa Martin, Julia Maslach, Jessica Massart, Charlie Matlack, Jaimy McCarthy & Jim England, Shannon McClatchey, Kathy McClusky, Kait McDougal, Ben McFadden, Juliet McMains, Molly Michal, Carmen Miller, Steven Miller, Dawn Monet, Evan Mosher, Vicky & Zoey Moyle, Jed Murr, Amber Murray, Linda Nelson, Aaron Ottinger, Tonya Peck & Alex Dunne, Josh Russell, Peter Rush, Ellie Sandstrom, Mary Jo Schreifels, Lisa Schoenfeld, Adam Sekuler, Rhea Shapiro, Shannon Stewart, Ilvs Strauss, Timea Tihanyi, Julie Tomita, Tracee Toombs-Storms, Jan Trumbauer, Leah Vendl, Lisa Villegas, Rosa Vissers, Andrea Wagner, Gerald & Rosemary Wagner, Kate Wallich, Shasti Walsh, Ingrid West, Carolynne Wilcox, Petra Wilson

MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS |The Adobe Foundation, Boeing Matching Gifts Program, Expedia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Matching Gifts Program, Meredith Corporation Foundation, The New Foundation, Lynden Incorporated, Microsoft Matching Gifts Program, Morgan Stanley Matching Gifts Program, Union Bank

IN-KIND DONORS | Caffé Vita, City Catering Company, Cupcake Royale/Verite Coffee, Dave Holt/Dalla Terra Winery Direct, Deschutes Brewery, Fleurish, Jones & Associates, LLC, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Inform Interiors, KUOW, Malin + Goetz Apothecary & Lab, Mighty-O Donuts, Pomum Cellars, The Stranger, Ten Mercer, Willis Hall Wines, Windward Communications Group

This list shows donors to On the Boards from November 20, 2013 through November 20, 2014. If we’ve made an error to your listing or if you would like to make a gift to support OtB, please let us know at 206.217.9886 or [email protected].

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The Glenn H. Kawasaki



Mellon Foundation

Kreielsheimer Remainder Foundation

Nesholm FamilyFoundation

Olsen Kundig Architects

WymanYouth Trust


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FOUNDED BY ARTISTS IN 1978, On the Boards introduces audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists.

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John Robinson | treasurer

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Beth Raas-Bergquist | director of institutional relations

Charles Smith | director of program management and audience services

Clare Strasser | audience services associate

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