THE COMPANY

Sally Clawson received an MFA in choreography from Mills College, coming to San Francisco to dance with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She is a recipient of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation Performing Arts Fellowship; and was a finalist in the Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize competition at UC Davis. She has performed with Sonya Delwaide, Jon Weaver, Colleen Mulvihill, A Travelling Jewish Theater and Shotgun Players. Currently, Sally performs voice over, on-camera and stage acting. She joined Stephen Pelton Dance Theater in 2002.

 

Christy Funsch holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and a BA in Dance and English from Hamilton College, NY. Christy has presented her own work in New York City, Phoenix, Toronto, Santa Cruz, and throughout San Francisco. In addition to dancing with Stephen, Christy is a member of Maxine Moerman Dancetheatre and has also worked with Sue Roginski, Stephanie Schaaf, Mary Armentrout, Megan Nicely, and Leslie Seiters. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Field SF, and has twice been nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Performance. She joined Stephen Pelton Dance Theater in 2002.

 

Nol Simonse grew up in and around Washington DC. He began dancing at age 9 with Alison Miller. He continued his training at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Since moving to San Francisco he has had the pleasure of dancing with Janice Garrett and Dancers, kunst-stoff, Sue Roginski, Eric Kupers and Dandelion Dance Theatre and Della Davidson's Sideshow Physical Theatre. He joined Stephen Pelton Dance Theater in 2002.

 

Brian Thorstenson (playwright-in-residence). Brian's plays include: Wakefield; or, Hello Sophia and Shadow Crossing (Central Works Theater Ensemble), Drop (Alternative Theater Ensemble), Tuesday (Stephen Pelton Dance Theater), Heading South (The Studio at Theater Rhinoceros, The 450 Geary Theater), Summerland (Alternative Theater Ensemble, 2000 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Wings Theatre Co., NYC) and Over The Mountain (2003 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2007 Global Age Project, opening 2009 at Brava Center for Women in the Arts). Brian is an associate artist at The Z Space Studio, a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a 2008 Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation. He currently teaches at San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University. Brian received a B.A. in Theater from Willamette University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He lives in San Francisco.

THE DESIGN TEAM

Costume Designer, Susanna Douthit has been designing costumes for Pelton's work for over twenty years.  During that time she has also worked with National Theater for the Deaf, Robert Moses' Kin, A Travelling Jewish Theater and Word for Word among many other dance and theatre companies.  She is currently working on a series of soon-to-be-award-winning screenplays.  Susanna is the executive director of the San Francisco-based company Dance Through Time, a professional performing arts organization that is committed to preserving social dance heritage.

 

Derek Duarte (Lighting/Scenic Design) holds an MFA from UCLA and a BA from Berkeley. Professionally he has designed over 450 productions around the US, including shows for Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Rep, Asolo Theatre (FL), Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, GeVa Theatre, the Western Stage, Kennedy Center. International: Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland; Hong Kong Rep. Derek was resident lighting designer at ACT for seven years. He has taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and is currently teaching lighting design and production management at Santa Clara University.

 

photos by Andy Mogg

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