Amy Cranch: Seeker of Clarity, Creativity, and Justice, Principal Editor. Amy’s mom used to buy cookies from every Girl Scout who knocked on their door — teaching her the value of service at an early age. She has spent her entire career in nonprofit communications, telling stories about children, cancer survivors, natural history, research, and education. Today she’s a principal editor at UC Berkeley. When the computer goes off, the stage lights go on: She has trained and performed in various forms of dance and theater for decades, including West African, spectacle, devised, and, for the last 14 years, with the legendary Anna Halprin. She was once a tree under the direction of Krista DeNio.
Clara Pinsky (she/her): Artist-organizer and arts administrator Her work is rooted in relationship, collaboration, and story. From 2016-2019 she served as Senior Program Manager for Skywatchers, a San Francisco-based community arts program that brings homeless residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District into partnership with professional artists to co-create original performance and visual art works. Clara also works as an Assistant Choreographer for Austin-based Forklift Danceworks, making dances with unexpected performers such as urban forestry technicians, college dining services staff, and aquatics maintenance technicians. Clara currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she is pursuing a Masters Degree in Urban Strategy at Drexel University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/clara-pinsky-b78608104
Chloe Crotzer has always had a deep rooted curiosity around the brain and how it regulates all of our human experiences. After receiving dual B.A.’s in Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2014 she went on to study The Anatomy of Movement with Joanna Rotkin in Boulder, Colorado extensively from 2014-2017. Through this work, a deep connection between neurosculpting and movement formed for Chloe, with a broadening understanding of boundaries (to self and others), embodiment, and how movement and mind are connected. Through this work, an understanding of how external stimuli can affect ones behaviors was also explored, and Chloe gained a deep respect for the interrelatedness of movement to mindfulness. Chloe is the Administrative Director for sjDANCEco in San Jose, and spends her time continuing to explore the connections between mind and body, with a rooted desire in social change and a curiosity around self empowerment and how this can lead to a healthier, thriving community.
Cory Neale: architect, bassist/composer, and sound designer from Philadelphia, PA. He is a resident composer and sound designer for Birds on a Wire Dance Theater and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and works with a variety of artists including Keila Cordova dances, Hua Hua Zhang, Echo Theater Suitcase, and as producer for Earthdance’s E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts residency. Cory was the recipient of the American Association of Community Theater Sound Design Award for Bootless Stagework’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, and a 2015 Rocky Award recipient for collaborative contributions in the Philadelphia dance community. https://coryneale.com/
Heidi Erickson: Student and KDMG Intern. Dance major at the University of San Francisco in her third year. She has been involved with most forms of western dance since she was in elementary school, where she practiced at her small studio in Evergreen, Colorado. Since moving to San Francisco, she has performed in the USF ensemble show and has been a member of the Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company on the USF campus with Alivia Schaeffer, for the past year. She is a new intern with KDMovingGround.
Ian Winters is an award-winning media and performance artist who often collaborates with acclaimed composers, directors, and choreographers to create both staged and open-ended visual and acoustic media environments in performance. In recent years he has received commissions from EMPAC, Rainin Foundation and the Creative Work Fund. https://www.ianwinters.com
Janice Tong’s dedication to the San Francisco nonprofit community spans 4 decades. At The Fort Mason Foundation and The American Legion War Memorial Commission, she held positions as Art Director and Information Coordinator, managing social media, press relations and publications.
She serves on the advisory board to the Echo Theater Suitcase, and has volunteered for The Chinese Historical Society of America, Veterans for Peace, North Beach Citizens and the National Japanese American Historical Society. She currently is a member of the Veteran Commemoration Committee, the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance, and the Chinese Sportsman’s Club. Janice is a 3rd generation San Franciscan. raised in Chinatown. Her grandfather served in the U.S Army in WWI.
Paige Starling Sorvillo is a choreographer and improvising performing artist. her performative dialect is deeply influenced by her work in Japanese Butoh dance, Noguchi training, Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theater and western contemporary dance. she has presented work in the US, Germany, Portugal, England and Czech Republic and has been honored to be a resident artist at CounterPULSE, Djerrasi, CESTA, NOHspace, The Milk Bar, Subterranean Art House and SAFEhouse Arts. http://www.paigestarlingsorvillo.com
Peter Sciscioli: Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary performer, creator, educator, and producer. His work encompasses dance, music, theater and film. He has been performing and teaching nationally and internationally since 1997 throughout Central, North and South America and in Eastern and Western Europe. He currently works in various capacities with Meredith Monk, and offers his Voice as Movement work privately and at Movement Research as a co-initiator of The Sounding Body series. In 2012, Peter founded the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, a global network for knowledge exchange. www.petersciscioli.com www.interdisciplinaryartistsconsortium.com
Seth Eisen is a San Francisco-based artist, writer and director who engages LGBTQ+ history as a living, breathing dialogue by researching lost legacies. His work recaptures queer stories and traditions erased from historical records to create a lasting body of evidence. Blurring the edge between art, research and activism he creates a hybrid of visual art and live performance that combines physical theater, dance, puppetry, drag, circus, installation and video. In 2007 he founded the ensemble-based company Eye Zen Presents that unearths and elevates the lost histories of queer ancestors. Our 2018 premiere of OUT of Site takes queer history into the streets in a series of performance-driven walking tours spanning 267 years which make the connections between the people and the sites where histories took place, bringing them to life in interactive, site-responsive events around San Francisco. More info @ eyezen.org
Susan Maxwell: (Clinical psychologist, PTSD specialist, Dramaturg), is a clinical psychologist employed in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Maxwell’s collaboration in this project integrates three main areas of interest and expertise: dance, writing, and clinical psychology work with traumatized veterans. She has collaborated with Krista DeNio as a writer for for several works and Krista has used her poetry in her workshops and performances as source material. Susan has been a lead advisor on the project since its inception, providing guidance and expertise for civilian non-veterans, and dramaturgical support in various iterations.