Diane MaddenAssociate Artistic Director

Diane Madden has danced, directed, taught, studied and reconstructed Trisha Brown’s work since 1980. Through the talents of dancers both within the company and from internationally known schools and companies, she enjoys keeping Trisha’s rich range of choreography alive on stages and alternative sites worldwide. Diane 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. Diane has received two Princess Grace Awards (1986, 1994) and a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie” 1989).

Carolyn LucasAssociate Artistic Director

Carolyn Lucas has been a member of the Company since 1984. In 1993 she was appointed Choreographic Assistant, and since then has been involved with the creation of Brown’s works in dance and opera. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1984.

Neal BeasleyDancer

Neal Beasley 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 comes from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she learned to love mountains and movement. She holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has had the pleasure of working with Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller, and Moving People Dance Theater. She has performed works by Robert Moses, Dwight Rhoden, and Merce Cunningham and has been a company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts since 2007. Cecily began apprenticing with TBDC in February 2012.

Olsi GjeciDancer

Olsi Gjeci was born in Vlore, Albania . He began his professional as a folk dancer traveling the world including France, Spain, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Montenegro, and Macedonia, to name a few. In 2006 he moved to New York and studied 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 Co.

Tara LorenzenDancer

Tara Lorenzen 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 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 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 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 graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. In Australia, he worked extensively with Russell Dumas' Dance Exchange, Lucy Guerin, Philip Adams and was mentored by Linda Sastradipradja. In New York City, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel and Jodi Melnick. Stuart joined Trisha Brown Dance Company in November 2011.

Nicholas StrafacciaDancer

Nicholas Strafaccia 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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