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 Forêt (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.

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 Forêt (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.

Cecily CampbellDancer

Cecily Campbell (Dancer) is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a BFA in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She was a company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2008 to 2013 and began working with the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2012.

Marc CrousillatDancer

Marc Crousillat (Dancer) is currently working with Trisha Brown Dance Company, John Jasperse, and Netta Yerushalmy. He makes films with his sister, Stephanie, and dances which have been shown at Open Performance, 5×7 Space at HyLo Labs, FringeArts Philly, and Center for Performance Research as an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick. He is from New Jersey and received a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (’13).

Olsi GjeciDancer

Olsi Gjeci (Dancer) was born in Vlore, Albania. He began his professional career as a folk dancer with the ensemble "Laberia" and The State Ensemble of Folk Songs and Dances. In 2006, he moved to NYC. Studied dance and philosophy at Hunter College. Olsi also dances baroque and balinese among other styles. He joined Trisha Brown Dance Company in December 2013. He is also dances with Vicky Shick and is a member of NY Baroque Dance Company, BEMF Dance Ensemble, and BALAM Dance Theatre. Olsi is artistic director of Sublime Dance Company.

Leah IvesDancer

Leah Ives (Dancer) holds a BFA in Dance and minor in Movement Science from the University of Michigan. Leah has since collaborated and performed with The A.O. Movement Collective/Sarah A.O. Rosner, Avodah Dance Ensemble, Elizabeth Dishman, Median Dance/Alex Springer and Xan Burley, the Leopold Group, and the Peter Sparling Dance Company. Leah is honored to be a part of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. In addition to dancing, Leah is also a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist.

Amanda Kmett'Pendry Dancer

Amanda Kmett’Pendry (Dancer) hailing from Southern Maryland, is a dancer/aspiring SNL cast member living in New York City. Currently, she dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Julie Mayo, Nico Brown and Netta Yerushalmy. Since receiving a BFA from The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, she has had the pleasure of working with artists Jonathan Allen, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Jodi Melnick, Sam Kim, Katie Swords, Teddy Tedholm, Romeo Castellucci, Meg Weeks and Adrienne Westwood.

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.

Leah MorrisonDancer

Leah Morrison is a New York based dance artist, teacher, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Leah performed with the Trisha Brown Company from 2005-2013 and continues to participate in TBDC projects. She was awarded a Bessie Award for her performance of Brown’s solo, “If You Couldn’t See Me.” Leah has had the pleasure of dancing with Dai Jian and Kota Yamazaki and is presently dancing with Elena Demyanenko and Kensaku Shinohara. Leah’s dancing and bodywork are highly influenced by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s work in Body Mind Centering.

Jamie ScottDancer

Jamie Scott (Dancer) is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012 Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust and Silas Reiner. Jamie teaches technique and master classes for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She is Merce Cunningham Fellow 2014 and the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award.

Lee SerleDancer

Lee Serle is a choreographer, performer and teacher, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Lucy Guerin Inc., and the Victorian College of the Arts. Serle has collaborated and performed in works by Trisha Brown Dance Company, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Lucy Guerin Inc., and numerous independent artists, touring extensively worldwide. Serle was Trisha Brown’s protege for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2010-11. He is also an Australia Council for the Arts Fellow.

Stacy Matthew SpenceGuest Dancer

Stacy Matthew Spence is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in New York City. Stacy’s work has been commissioned by Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, EDge at London Contemporary Dance School, The University of New Mexico, and the OtherShore Dance Company in New York. In addition he has also taught at these as well as other national and international institutions such as Sarah Lawerence College, Manhattan Marymount College, Movement Research, Ohio State University, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France and Laban Trinity in London. Stacy danced with The Trisha Brown Company (1997-2006), and continues to be involved with the company through classes, workshops, and lectures focused on Trisha Brown’s repertory as well as restaging several of her works. He received his MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and while in New York he also danced and collaborated with Polly Motley, filmmaker Molly Davies, Phyllis Lamhut and numerous others. He was chosen as a Movement Research Artist in Residence 2008 and 2009 in New York City and has shown work as part of the Movement Research Judson series. In March 2011 Stacy presented work as part of the Draftwork Series at Danspace in New York and also presented a work in progress as a 2011 - 2012 Artist in Residence for the New York Live Arts Studio Series. In May 2012 he performed with his daughter and other artist parents in co/motion, directed by Margaret Paek as part of Jason Moran and Alicia Hall-Moran’s Whitney Biennial Residency: BLEED. In September 2012 Stacy presented Eden As We Recall, his first evening length work at St. Mark’s Church with Danspace in New York City. Stacy ended 2012 performing in Deborah Hay’s Blues, as part of Ralph Lemon’s One Fine Day at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Currently Stacy is co-directing a Set and Reset/Reset project at Rutgers University and teaching at Manhattan Marymount College.

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