Kat Cole is a choreographer, administrator and filmmaker who collaborates with and supports a variety of local artists in the creation of emerging, contemporary and community-based work. She was initiated into the local arts scene as a student of the University of San Francisco’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Program, under the teachings of Amie Dowling, Katie Faulkner and Natalie Greene. She currently serves as the Development Associate for CounterPULSE, and performs with Kelly Kemp’s number 9 dance and Jenny McAllister’s 13th Floor Dance Theater. She was recently the Production Manager for Jesse Hewit and Laura Arrington’s THE DOG SHOW, and has had the pleasure of performing for the Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company. In 2010 she co-founded detour dance along with Eric Garcia, and the pair are currently producing their second dance film, Pedestrian Crossing.
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer and curator. She grew up in and around the Bay Area, training and performing as a classical ballerina and majoring in Dance and Art History at Mills College. She then studied performance and classical techniques in New York and India before spending a year in Minneapolis dancing with the Dylan Skybrook Dance Company, and three years living and dancing in Brussels Belgium with Fougere Dance. Since returning stateside she has had the pleasure of performing with a number of folks, and she currently works with Laura Arrington and Mica Sigourney and assistant produces the live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.
Ryan is a PR professional. Currently employed at Sparkpr, he has a passion for working with inventive and driven people working toward enhancing people’s lives whether that be through art, music, or technology. He has netted some pretty awesome coverage in USA Today, Mashable, CNET, Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, The Next Web and Entertainment Weekly. As social media specialist, he has experience managing social media profiles and campaigns for arts organizations and multiple brands in industries from gaming to enterprise IT.
Ryan is also an artist. As an avid sewer and crocheter. He has completed multiple projects over the 6 years he has been making. He is currently working on a line of crocheted leather gear. He has also been up on stage whether it be with his own performance work, backing up his favorite drag queen or helping out fellow SF artists and creators. To contact Ryan visit him at ryancrowder.com
Tessa Wills is a live artist and choreographer with a background in music. She is from England, trained in central Europe and now lives in San Francisco. Her work elevates flaws and wounds as portals, ways of staging humanity, and often integrates eroticism to charge the pieces, which happen primarily on stage and video. Choreographically she is interested in habitual organising principles; human power structures, notions of dominance and genius, and intuitive patterns of flocking in animals. She often investigates those in performances referencing ritual. Recently Tessa showed a triptich of her solo performances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits. This year, Tessa has worked primarily in the Theater Counterpulse, staging her piece “reception” a quartet on four men in the summer, and creating a new piece with Mica Sigourney called “Masterwork”. Tessa is currently working on a video commission from the UK music ensemble Jetsam, working with the drag artist Diamanda Kallas. Last year, she received a distinction in her masters in choreography for work including the 22 minute solo “bird and person dying”, a commission for Meridian Gallery, (Union Square San Francisco) about death called “flicker/follow”, and an 11 minute dance film for the British Council called “mine/scratch/mine”. For more information: www.tessawills.com
Tessa has a background in arts and community leadership. In 2004, she founded the organisation Streetsoul (www.streetsoul.org.uk), a non profit dance organisation for young women, and has been arts leader for a community festival “nowhere” for the last seven years, instigating international exchanges between groups of European artists with funding from the British Council and private donations. In San Francisco, she is a leading member of THE OFFCENTER (www.theoffcenter.org), and has founded the organisation Lilly Ally, a business resource for sex workers.
TTBaum is a sexual healer and interdisciplinary artist who recently immigrated to San Francisco from Boston. On the East Coast he founded and continues to produce the new performance art series EFFECTUS. His most recent work uses performance, video, sound and installation; he includes painting, sculpture and new media in his repertoire. In San Francisco he has had the honor of performing with Keith Hennessey, Jess Curtis/GRAVITY and creating new work for Philip Huang’s Home Theater Festival, and the National Queer Arts Festival’s -Formerly Known as 2011.
In Boston, his work has been exhibited and performed at Rhys Gallery, Mobius, Samson Projects, Space 242, and Gallery Kayafas. For over a year, TT collaborated on The WEDLOCK Project with his husband Michael Grohall and other artists. He has curated exhibitions for both Rhys Gallery and galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Since 2008 he has owned and operated his own practice for sexual awakening, healing and intimacy coaching among queer men, called Integral Eros.
Ernesto coordinates location-specific and primarily community-based performance projects. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, his work is geared towards investigating innovative and self- sustainable models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work, which expands upon the common definition of Queer and challenges his and his community’s relationship to live performance. As founder and director of THEOFFCENTER, Ernesto has overseen the production, curation and execution of dozens of site-specific, research-based art interventions, a number of large scale performance festivals, multiple performer centered art programs both at presenting houses (YBCA, Mission Cultural Center, Mission Dance, The Magic Theatre, SOMArts and others) as well as public spaces (BART trains, city streets, and a privately owned boxing ring).
Ernesto is currently chair of community engagement for Emerging Arts Professionals, was selected participant of the 2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s “Bay Area Now 6 Program”. Ernesto has recently been awarded Dancers Group 2012 Dancers Choice Award, an award that recognizes “incredible contributions” that have impacted dance in San Francsico.