Akim Bunk Budda is a native of Zimbabwe
who began dancing and singing at age 9. He is skilled as a vocalist and sound
artist, as a storyteller, beat boxer, and throat singer. Later this month he will
perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
the Saturday ARC session, melissa briggs dance will explore the techniques and
creative processes used in the creation of her site-specific performance work,
melissa briggs dance has been presented in New York at Symphony
Space, PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project/Out of Space, Movement Research at
the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Mulberry Street Theater, and WOW Café/Theatre,
among other venues. Out of state appearances include the Philadelphia Fringe Festival,
The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, MA; Amherst College, and Smith College.
Briggs is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (MFA
Dance) and Smith College. She also teaches dance and visual arts classes to children.
Mindy Nelson graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara
with a degree in Dance and Business/Economics. She is currently on the faculty
at the Rodeph Shalom School in Manhattan.
Clare Byrne graduated
from Connecticut College in 1993 with a BA in Dance, and was a founding member
of nicholasleichterdance. Her New York-based company, Clare Bryne Dance, has performed
at many venues in and out of New York City. She currently teaches at Long Island
Sharon Estacio trained at the Manhattan Ballet School
and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She graduated from the NYU Tisch School
Lisa DiFranza, ARC Director, is a theater director and
teacher. She serves as an Affiliate Artist and Director at Portland Stage Company
in Portland, Maine. She is also an adjunct instructor at Andover Newton Theological
School, and is just launching a new company, "Home Base," geared toward blending
theater and civic dialogue.