current performers

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Mary Madsen is a midwestern girl from Wisconsin holding a BFA from the University of Milwaukee-WI (2003).  Mary has been collaborating and dancing with Jody Oberfelder Projects since 2013. In addition, Mary is the assistant rehearsal director and a long time performer for Third Rail Projects, Then She Fell. In past years Mary has had the pleasure of working with:  Megan Bascom & Dancers, the Resonance Collective, Elia Mrak (Seattle), Regina Nejman and Company, Kelly Anderson (Chicago), John J Zullo Dance, David Appel Dance, Rebollar Dance Theater (D.C.), Simone Ferro (Milwaukee), and Foothold dance (Milwaukee). She defines herself as: always a collaborator, often a performer and occasionally a choreographer and creator. Mary is most inspired by friends, traveling, nature, and generosity.marymadsen.com

 

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Pierre Guilbault was raised in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to New York in 2012 after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. He has a background in Ballet and Contemporary, and has studied film and theater acting in the past. Since then he has worked with Mary Siedman, Mari Meade, Pam Tanowitz, Helen Simoneau, Emery LeCrone, Lise Houlton of Minnesota Dance Theater, Katie-Rose McLaughlin O'Niel, Rebecca Lazier, Sally Silvers, and has done extensive work in and around the Merce Cunningham workshops at the West Beth and City Center spaces. He joined the Liz Gerring Dance Company in September 2014 and is also currently working with Ellen Cornfield and Pat Catterson.

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Hannah Wendel is from Seattle, Washington and graduated summa cum laude from the Boston Conservatory, where she was awarded the Julie Ince Thompson Scholarship for Choreography. In her last year there, she performed as a guest artist with Karole Armitage at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. Hannah has been dancing with Jody Oberfelder Projects since November 2015 and has toured with her to Southampton NY, Washington DC, Frankfurt, Germany, and Prague, Czech Republic. She has also performed with The People Movers in New York and has starred in Nocturnal Patterns, directed Christian Sorensen Hansen at Lightbox Studios in The Bronx. She has performed her work at Gowanus Arts and Productions in collaboration with Groupmuse, at the Never Before, Never Again Festival at Triskellion Arts and recently collaborated with Anna Reyes on a performance, Forget All This  in conjunction with Columbia University at Abrons Art Center. She will be traveling to the Bamff Centre in October with Anna Reyes for a residency for her newest work Plastic Identities. Hannah has performed closely with Elia Mrak in both Seattle and New York and has most recently produced, in collaboration with him, an evening length show, Performance and a Party. In addition to creating and performing Hannah is a certified yoga instructor and hosts donation-based improvisation workshop and jams called spacejam. hannahlwendel.com

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Emily Giovine is a Brooklyn based dancer and yoga instructor. Raised in Central New York State, she graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in English Lit in 2010 and has been living in NYC ever since. She has worked and performed with Shandoah Goldman, Stefanie Nelson, Bill Young, Jules Bakshi, the Median Movement, Emily Faulkner, and many others. You can catch her teaching weekly classes at Kula Yoga Project. emilygiovine.com

 

 

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Lindsey Mandolini is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2012) and has danced for New York-based choreographers Hee Ra Yoo (Yoo & Dancers), Regina Nejman (Regina Nejman & Company), and Erin Carlisle Norton (The Moving Architects). Lindsey began working with Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP) as a docent during the first iteration of The Brain Piece in 2015 at Dixon Place. She continued to docent during JOP's APAP presentation 2016 and completed her synapse journey during the New York Live Arts premiere in Summer 2017. Lindsey is thrilled to join the cast of Zaubernacht and can’t wait to perform at The Museum of Jewish Heritage! In addition to JOP, Lindsey continues to perform as a guest artist with the multidisciplinary ensemble LEIMAY, under directors Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, and manage their rehearsal space CAVE, in Williamsburg. She is cultivating her visual art practice through a studio-share with Nicholas Cueva at Underdonk in Bushwick. To connect with Lindsey, visit  lindseymandolini.com

 

Past Performers

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Megan Bascom is a Florida native and graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where she received a BA in Dance Studies. Megan has performed with Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL), white road Dance Media/Marisa Gruneberg, alex|xan: The Median Movement, Tara Burns Dance, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, Danny Buraczeski, Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone, and performs presently with Kendra Portier|BANDportier and Rebecca Lubart . Megan is the Artistic Director of Megan Bascom & Dancers, a New York City based company. Currently, Megan works as a teaching artist and is a private Pilates instructor working in and around the greater NY area. 

Megan Bascom is a Florida native and graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where she received a BA in Dance Studies. Megan has performed with Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL), white road Dance Media/Marisa Gruneberg, alex|xan: The Median Movement, Tara Burns Dance, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, Danny Buraczeski, Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone, and performs presently with Kendra Portier|BANDportier and Rebecca Lubart . Megan is the Artistic Director of Megan Bascom & Dancers, a New York City based company. Currently, Megan works as a teaching artist and is a private Pilates instructor working in and around the greater NY area. 

Zachary Leigh Denison originally from Northwest Arkansas attended AMDA and other various acting schools including The Actors Workshop under Mike Nichols before making the leap to dance at age 21. Toured with "CATS" , and the 1st Bway tour of "The Music Man" regionally has been in shows such as "The Shadow Box,  West Side Story, (VMT) NYC credits include Bway Bares, Fire Island Dance Festival, "Barrish" at HERE Arts Center, "Platforms" (NYMF) Aarons Lathams "Pogo and Evie" and For the Love of Christ for NYC Fringe, was a member of the Sean Curran Company and Salvatore LaRussa Dance, STEPS Repetory Ensemble and has danced for Heidi Latsky, Malcom Low, Mario Zambrano, Bradley Shelver, Regina Nejman, Dorell Martin, Levy Dance, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Project 44, Tough Cookie Dance is currently a member of Gibney Dance Company.

Zachary Leigh Denison originally from Northwest Arkansas attended AMDA and other various acting schools including The Actors Workshop under Mike Nichols before making the leap to dance at age 21. Toured with "CATS" , and the 1st Bway tour of "The Music Man" regionally has been in shows such as "The Shadow Box,  West Side Story, (VMT) NYC credits include Bway Bares, Fire Island Dance Festival, "Barrish" at HERE Arts Center, "Platforms" (NYMF) Aarons Lathams "Pogo and Evie" and For the Love of Christ for NYC Fringe, was a member of the Sean Curran Company and Salvatore LaRussa Dance, STEPS Repetory Ensemble and has danced for Heidi Latsky, Malcom Low, Mario Zambrano, Bradley Shelver, Regina Nejman, Dorell Martin, Levy Dance, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Project 44, Tough Cookie Dance is currently a member of Gibney Dance Company.

Ben Follensbee does many things, dancing is one of them. He appreciates your interest and support and is very excited to be working with Jody Oberfelder.

Ben Follensbee does many things, dancing is one of them. He appreciates your interest and support and is very excited to be working with Jody Oberfelder.

Rayvawn Johnson originally from Paterson New Jersey, studied acting and began dancing at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. He has performed in the works of Jose Limon, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, Sean Curran, and Maxine Steinman. He’s had the great pleasure of being a part of Robert Whitman’s “Passport” at Dia Beacon, dancing for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Arthur Aviles, Kira Blazek, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is excited to be a apart of Jody Oberfelder Projects. 

Rayvawn Johnson originally from Paterson New Jersey, studied acting and began dancing at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. He has performed in the works of Jose Limon, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, Sean Curran, and Maxine Steinman. He’s had the great pleasure of being a part of Robert Whitman’s “Passport” at Dia Beacon, dancing for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Arthur Aviles, Kira Blazek, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is excited to be a apart of Jody Oberfelder Projects. 

Michele Jongeneel, originally from Southern California, received her BFA in Dance Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Upon relocating to New York City, she began working with AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi, performing onstage and in site-specific works throughout New York and Europe. She has worked with choreographers: Stephen Petronio, Oliver Steele, and Natasha Trifan, and has also performed with Naganuma Dance and Esse Aficionado. Michele is currently dancing with BODYART Dance Company and performing in the off Broadway show Fuerza Bruta. She is so grateful to work with the Jody Oberfelder family!

Michele Jongeneel, originally from Southern California, received her BFA in Dance Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Upon relocating to New York City, she began working with AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi, performing onstage and in site-specific works throughout New York and Europe. She has worked with choreographers: Stephen Petronio, Oliver Steele, and Natasha Trifan, and has also performed with Naganuma Dance and Esse Aficionado. Michele is currently dancing with BODYART Dance Company and performing in the off Broadway show Fuerza Bruta. She is so grateful to work with the Jody Oberfelder family!

Joey Kipp was born in Brazil and raised in California. He received a BA in Dance and Biology from Marymount Manhattan and a scholarship to train at the Merce Cunningham School. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham and Robert Battle as well as having the pleasure of working with Miguel Gutierrez, Sean Curran Company, Ann Liv Young, Antonio Ramos, Peter Kyle Dance, Stacy Grossfield, and recently playing Rob Pilatus in WOW, an opera based on Milli Vanilli. He was listed in Time Out New York as one of their favorite Hot Dancer's of 2012, and has received acclaim by the New York Times for his performances with Stacy Grossfield and Jody Oberfelder. Never-ending thanks to Mom and the current and past team members of 4CHAMBERS.

Joey Kipp was born in Brazil and raised in California. He received a BA in Dance and Biology from Marymount Manhattan and a scholarship to train at the Merce Cunningham School. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham and Robert Battle as well as having the pleasure of working with Miguel Gutierrez, Sean Curran Company, Ann Liv Young, Antonio Ramos, Peter Kyle Dance, Stacy Grossfield, and recently playing Rob Pilatus in WOW, an opera based on Milli Vanilli. He was listed in Time Out New York as one of their favorite Hot Dancer's of 2012, and has received acclaim by the New York Times for his performances with Stacy Grossfield and Jody Oberfelder. Never-ending thanks to Mom and the current and past team members of 4CHAMBERS.

Lonnie Poupard Jr. is from Monroe, MI and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Western Michigan University.  Since graduation in Spring 2009, Lonnie has worked with Mark Dendy, Catherine Miller, Mark Morries (Metropolitan Opera's production of "Orfeo ed Eurydice"), Jody Oberfelder, and Neta Pulvemacher. He is currently a dancer for Lucinda Childs and is touring with Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass opera "Einstein on the Beach". Lonnie was distinguished in New Yorker Magazine as one of the “Ten Best Dance Performances of 2009” for his performance at the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center. He was a principal dancer and resident sound designer for Dendy, a featured dancer for the International Motorcycle Show, and played Greg in "A Chorus Line" (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre).  Lonnie has been an Artist in Residence at the Yard and Jacob’s Pillow. He also majored in Aviation Flight Science at WMU and holds a private pilot's license.

Lonnie Poupard Jr. is from Monroe, MI and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Western Michigan University.  Since graduation in Spring 2009, Lonnie has worked with Mark Dendy, Catherine Miller, Mark Morries (Metropolitan Opera's production of "Orfeo ed Eurydice"), Jody Oberfelder, and Neta Pulvemacher. He is currently a dancer for Lucinda Childs and is touring with Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass opera "Einstein on the Beach". Lonnie was distinguished in New Yorker Magazine as one of the “Ten Best Dance Performances of 2009” for his performance at the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center. He was a principal dancer and resident sound designer for Dendy, a featured dancer for the International Motorcycle Show, and played Greg in "A Chorus Line" (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre).  Lonnie has been an Artist in Residence at the Yard and Jacob’s Pillow. He also majored in Aviation Flight Science at WMU and holds a private pilot's license.

Shane Rutkowski graduated magna cum laude/Phi Kappa Phi from Fordham University with departmental honors in communications and media studies. Credits include: Seán Curran Company, Alison Chase Performance, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Tap Kids, and Step Up 2: The Streets. He has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, Manhattan Dance Project, and Steps on Broadway. When not dancing he edits video and designs projections for many NYC based dance companies. Shane has two dogs and a penchant for climbing on things/people. He is an avid reader who hates to wear pants. www.shanewho.info

Shane Rutkowski graduated magna cum laude/Phi Kappa Phi from Fordham University with departmental honors in communications and media studies. Credits include: Seán Curran Company, Alison Chase Performance, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Tap Kids, and Step Up 2: The Streets. He has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, Manhattan Dance Project, and Steps on Broadway. When not dancing he edits video and designs projections for many NYC based dance companies. Shane has two dogs and a penchant for climbing on things/people. He is an avid reader who hates to wear pants. www.shanewho.info

Mercedes Searer is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer and freelance arts administrator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in modern dance from The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park College. Since arriving in New York in 2009 Mercedes has had the pleasure of dancing for Elizabeth Streb, Lucinda Childs, Deganit Shemy and Twyla Tharp. She currently is in process with Peter Kyle, Sara Rudner, and Jody Oberfelder. Mercedes’ choreography has been performed at the Andy Warhol Museum, The Children’s Museum, and Bellefield Hall, all in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has also been featured in New York City at the Solar One Dance Series, Green Space’s Taking Root Series and WaxWorks.

Mercedes Searer is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer and freelance arts administrator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in modern dance from The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park College. Since arriving in New York in 2009 Mercedes has had the pleasure of dancing for Elizabeth Streb, Lucinda Childs, Deganit Shemy and Twyla Tharp. She currently is in process with Peter Kyle, Sara Rudner, and Jody Oberfelder. Mercedes’ choreography has been performed at the Andy Warhol Museum, The Children’s Museum, and Bellefield Hall, all in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has also been featured in New York City at the Solar One Dance Series, Green Space’s Taking Root Series and WaxWorks.

Lily Bo Shapiro is a New York City based performer and maker. She graduated Cum Laude in 2012 from Bowdoin College (ME) with a self-designed degree titled Aesthetics of Performance. Additionally, she has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre/MXAT (Moscow, Russia) and with the Vertigo Dance Company (Jerusalem, Israel).

Lily Bo Shapiro is a New York City based performer and maker. She graduated Cum Laude in 2012 from Bowdoin College (ME) with a self-designed degree titled Aesthetics of Performance. Additionally, she has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre/MXAT (Moscow, Russia) and with the Vertigo Dance Company (Jerusalem, Israel).

Jake Szczypek is originally from New Haven, CT. He began his movement career studying gymnastics and springboard diving for the majority of his childhood and adolescence. Discovering dance in his teens, he went on to receive a BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Working as a freelance dancer in NYC, Jake has had the priviledge to perform in the works of Neil Greenberg, David Dorfman, Ezra Caldwell, Doug Varone, Jeanine Durning, Twyla Tharp and several others. He can currently be seen dancing for Liz Gerring Dance Company, Alison Chase/Performance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company, and Mary Seidman & Dancers. Additionally, Jake competes as a Masters Springboard Diver for Team New York Aquatics and poses as a figure model for Parsons and SVA.

Jake Szczypek is originally from New Haven, CT. He began his movement career studying gymnastics and springboard diving for the majority of his childhood and adolescence. Discovering dance in his teens, he went on to receive a BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Working as a freelance dancer in NYC, Jake has had the priviledge to perform in the works of Neil Greenberg, David Dorfman, Ezra Caldwell, Doug Varone, Jeanine Durning, Twyla Tharp and several others. He can currently be seen dancing for Liz Gerring Dance Company, Alison Chase/Performance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company, and Mary Seidman & Dancers. Additionally, Jake competes as a Masters Springboard Diver for Team New York Aquatics and poses as a figure model for Parsons and SVA.

Madeline Wilcox a native to Arizona, is a Brooklyn based dance artist. In addition to Jody Oberfelder Projects, she is currently working with Sarah Michelson and performing in Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects. Since moving to New York, she has had the pleasure of performing for Suzanne Beahrs, Jillian Peña, Sarah Michelson, Jessica Gaynor, Kendra Portier, Ashleigh Leite, and the Median Movement, among others. She has also worked with composer Robert Ashley and director Fast Forward in the experimental opera, That Morning Thing. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Madeline holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Communication from Arizona State University.

Madeline Wilcox a native to Arizona, is a Brooklyn based dance artist. In addition to Jody Oberfelder Projects, she is currently working with Sarah Michelson and performing in Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects. Since moving to New York, she has had the pleasure of performing for Suzanne Beahrs, Jillian Peña, Sarah Michelson, Jessica Gaynor, Kendra Portier, Ashleigh Leite, and the Median Movement, among others. She has also worked with composer Robert Ashley and director Fast Forward in the experimental opera, That Morning Thing. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Madeline holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Communication from Arizona State University.

Christina Noel Reaves

Christina Noel Reaves

Christian Coulson

Christian Coulson

Edward Rice and Aditi Dhruv

Edward Rice and
Aditi Dhruv

Rebekah Morin

Rebekah Morin

Carlton Cyrus Ward

Carlton Cyrus Ward

Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss