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Diane MaddenAssociate Artistic Director

Diane Madden (Associate Artistic Director) attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts before joining the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1980. Since then, Madden has danced, directed, taught, studied and reconstructed Brown’s work for nearly 35 years. A much lauded performer, Madden has been described in the New York Times as “one of those dancers who can make magic out of almost any task.” She has originated roles in works including Son of Gone Fishin’ (1981), Brown’s masterwork Set and Reset (1983), for which she was recently honored, along with the full original cast, by Movement Research in 2012, Lateral Pass (1985), Carmen (1986), Newark (Niweweorce) (1987), Astral Convertible (1989) for which she was awarded a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, Foray Foręt (1990), Astral Converted (1991), the “running solo” in For M.G.: The Movie (1991), Another Story as in falling (1993), Yet Another Story as in falling (1994), M.O. (1995) set to Bach’s Musical Offering, Twelve Ton Rose (1996), Accumulation with Talking Plus Repertory (1997), Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1998) and the Interlude solos Rage and Ladder in El Trilogy (2000). Madden has served as Brown’s personal assistant and was the rehearsal director from 1984-2000. She continued to teach and direct special projects for the Company before serving again as Rehearsal Director from 2010 until 2013, when she was named Associate Artistic Director. Through the talents of dancers both within the company and from internationally known schools and companies, Madden enjoys keeping Brown’s rich range of choreography alive on stages and alternative sites worldwide. Madden has developed an approach to teaching that weaves anatomically grounded technique with improvisation, composition and performance skills. In addition to her own performance work in collaborative improvisational forms, she is greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma. Madden is honored to be the recipient of two Princess Grace Awards, the first in 1986 and the second for sustained achievement in 1994.



Carolyn LucasAssociate Artistic Director

Carolyn Lucas (Associate Artistic Director) attended North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase before joining Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1984. Lucas originated roles in some of Brown’s most acclaimed works including Lateral Pass (1983), Carmen (1986), Newark (Niweweorce) (1987), Astral Convertible (1989), Foray Foręt (1990) and Astral Converted (1991). Lucas’ dancing has been described in the New York Times as “affecting in her softly penetrating attack” and “especially luminous.” In 1993, Brown appointed Lucas as her Choreographic Assistant, a position Lucas held for twenty years before being named Associate Artistic Director in 2013. As Choreographic Assistant, Lucas played an integral role in Brown’s creation process in dance and opera, working closely alongside Brown for pieces including If you couldn’t see me (1994), its revision to the duet You can see us (1995) with Bill T. Jones and later Mikhail Baryshnikov, Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1998), and its revival in 2002, El Trilogy (2000), Luci Mie Traditrici (2001), It’s a Draw (2002), Winterreise (2002) with Simon Keenlyside, PRESENT TENSE (2003), O Zlozony/O Composite (2004) with etoiles from the Paris Opera Ballet, Da Gelo a Gelo (2006) with Salvatore Sciarrino and La Monnaie, Rameau’s Pygmalion (2010) with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Festival d’Aix, Holland Festival and Athens Festival, and Brown’s final work for the Company, I’m going to toss my arms- if you catch them they’re yours (2011) which premiered at Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. In addition to assisting with new choreography, directing Company rehearsals and restaging existing choreography on the current dancers, Lucas has led projects for companies and institutions around the world, including The New School in NYC, P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and Paris Opera Ballet. She was one of the first instructors Brown sent to P.A.R.T.S. to construct a Set and Reset/Reset, whose collaborative, interdisciplinary learning process is now a cornerstone of the Company’s education program. Lucas is currently sharing her firsthand knowledge of three decades of dancing, teaching and documenting Brown's work for the Trisha Brown Archive. She studies Tai Chi with Maggie Newman and Alexander Technique with June Ekman.



Neal BeasleyDancer

Neal Beasley (Dancer) was a member of the Company from 2003-2007 and returned in 2010. He was a member of Ballet Preljocaj from 2007-2009, and worked with the John Jasperse Company from 2009-2010. His own work has been shown at Dixon Place, The Kitchen (Dance and Process), DNA's Late Night and SPLICE series, and the Movement Research Festival (2004 & 2012). Neal was the recipient of a 2004 Princess Grace Fellowship for his work with the Company.



Cecily CampbellDancer

Cecily Campbell (Dancer) was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a BFA in dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. During her time in New York she has had the pleasure of working with Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller, and Julian May and was a company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2008 to 2013. She began working full-time with TBDC in 2013 and thanks her family and friends for their endless support and inspiration.



Olsi GjeciDancer

Olsi Gjeci (Dancer) was born in Vlore, Albania. He began his professional career as a folk dancer traveling the world to countries including France, Spain, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Montenegro, and Macedonia, to name a few. In 2006, he moved to New York to study dance and philosophy. He dances with Vicky Shick, Gerald Otte, BALAM Dance Theatre, Janusphere Dance Company, BEMF Dance Ensemble and NY Baroque Dance Company. Olsi dances folk, contemporary, baroque and Balinese among others. He is artistic director of Sublime Dance Company. Olsi is honored and thrilled to be the newest member of Trisha Brown Dance Company.



Tara LorenzenDancer

Tara Lorenzen (Dancer) is originally from the hills of West Virginia. Upon graduation from SUNY Purchase she was a member of the Repertory Understudy Group under Merce Cunningham before dancing with Stephen Petronio Dance Company from 2008-2011. She has also worked with Kimberly Bartosik, Christine Elmo, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Ashleigh Leite, Todd Williams, Christopher Williams, Rene Archibald, Anna Sperber, and Beth Gill. Tara has taught master classes at Virginia Commonwealth University and American Dance Festival. She joined the Company in 2011.



Megan MadorinDancer

Megan Madorin (Dancer) hails from Denver, Colorado and received a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduating she began additional studies in Austria at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, eventually earning a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance. She has been lucky to work with Gerald Casel, Alexandra Beller, Tara O'Con, Benn Rasmussen, Diego Gil, Jeremy Nelson and many other creative minds. Megan has been a guest teaching artist at Denver School of the Arts. She joined the Company in 2012.



Tamara RieweDancer

Tamara Riewe (Dancer) began training at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah in 2001. Since arriving in NYC that same year, she has had the immense pleasure of working with a myriad of dance artists, most frequently with Daniel Charon, Keith Johnson (LA), Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Dancers, and Doug Varone at the Metropolitan Opera. Tamara joined the Company in 2006. She is grateful for the intricate and steadfast support structure in her life: her mother's early dance influence, her beautiful, inspiring group of friends and colleagues, and her family's endless encouragement.



Jamie ScottDancer

Jamie Scott (Dancer) grew up in Great Falls, Virginia. She moved to New York to attend Barnard College and graduated with a degree in dance. In 2007 Jamie joined the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group where she had the great fortune to work closely with Merce for two years. Jamie joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and danced his work all over the world until the company closed. She is excited for this opportunity to begin again.



Stuart ShuggDancer

Stuart Shugg (Dancer) graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. In Australia, he has worked with Russell Dumas, Lucy Guerin, and Philip Adams. In NYC, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel and Jodi Melnick. Stuart joined the Company in November 2011.



Nicholas StrafacciaDancer

Nicholas Strafaccia (Dancer) was born and raised outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nick began dancing at a young age. He received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His professional career began with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, under the direction of Lise Houlton. Moving to New York for school, he began to perform with choreographers such as Gerald Casel and Cherylyn Lavagnino. Nick joined the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2009. He thanks his family and friends for all their support throughout his career.




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