Dancers

Ananya Chatterjea

Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer. Since 2004. Leader, Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018.

Ananya Chatterjea, is a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow, 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellow, 2016 Joyce Award recipient, 2019-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellow, and 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. Ananya is committed to intersecting contemporary dance-making and

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Hui Nui Wilcox

Dancer, Founding member. Since 2004.

Hui Niu Wilcox, Ph.D., has been moving and thinking with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2004. She is a Professor and Chair of Sociology at St. Catherine University. She also teaches in Women’s Studies and Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity. Hui is grateful for the privilege of engaging in activism through dance, and for the loving support of her family and friends, especially Elliot, Claire, and Lynn.

Renée Copeland

Dancer Since 2010. Composer & sound designer since 2019.

Renée Copeland has performed with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2010, is co-founder of dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, and a founding member of breakin’-based dance company BRKFST. She is also a poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers 2018. She is honored to live and work in relationship to the land of

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Kealoha Alex Ferreira

Dancer since 2013. Artistic Associate. Co-Leader, Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice since 2018.

Kealoha Ferreira is an AAPI dance artist of Native Hawaiian and Filipino, Chinese ancestry, from Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Mnisota in 2011 and began working with Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2013. Her love for the company and its contemporary technique, Yorchha, took hold while she was a dance major at the University of

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Alessandra Lebea Williams

Dancer 2007, 2009, 2015-present

Alessandra Williams has performed in seven Ananya Dance Theatre company productions. She is assistant professor of dance at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and researches dance, Asian and African American culture, feminist and queer of color theory. Last year, she completed an Inclusive Excellence Fellowship (2018-2019) at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow,

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Alexandra Eady

Dancer 2011-2014, 2017-present

Alexandra Eady entered into the space of Ananya Dance Theatre at the age of 16. ADT’s commitment to social justice and intentional choreographic creations is what fuels her performance onstage. Alexandra teaches Yorchha workshops and master classes locally, in schools across the twin cities metro area. As well as nationally, and internationally while on tour with the company. She is

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Magnolia Yang Sao Yia

Dancer 2013-2016, 2019

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, a House dancer and choreographer, began dancing with Ananya Dance Theatre in 2013. She performed in Neel (2014), Aahvaan (2015), Roktim (2015), Horidraa (2016) and toured Mohona in 2014. Alongside receiving a Minor in Asian American Studies, she was the first Hmong woman to graduate with a BFA in Dance from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Currently,

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Julia Gay

Dancer since 2016.

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, playwright and stand-up comedian. She is a Chinese adoptee who writes and creates to bridge the vastness between memory, heart and home. Julia completed her B.A. at Macalester College and was the recipient of The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship. She has been a dancer with Ananya Dance Theatre since 2016, training, performing and touring nationally and

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Lizzette Chapa

Dancer since 2017.

Lizzette Chapa is a Mexican-American dancer and choreographer originally from The Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Dance. During her time at UT, she performed works by Rennie Harris, Sidra Bell, and more. She moved to Minnesota in 2017, and is honored to share the stage with the other Ananya Dance Theatre members.

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Laichee Yang

Dancer since 2018. Graphic Designer since 2018.

Laichee Yang received a BFA degree in Fine/Studio Arts with a minor in Design at the University of Minnesota. Focused on graphic design, web development, and communications, Laichee has worked for organizations that include Ananya Dance Theatre, Indigenous Roots, Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Equity, Z-Puppets Rosenthal, and Free Arts Minnesota. A resident of St. Paul,

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Orlando Hunter

Dancer 2012-2013, 2019

Orlando Hunter is a choreographer who researches, illustrates and creates from an African-American male perspective. In his work he tackles issues resulting from a capitalistic imperialist patriarchal white supremacist system. Hunter grew up dancing hip-hop and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of Minnesota, where he performed works by Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Carl Flink, Louis Falco,

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Toan Thanh Doan

Stage Manager 2017-2018. Dancer since 2018

Toan Thanh Doan finds dance at the convergence of community, social justice, and feminist queer world-making. As a performer, he has worked with choreographers Ananya Chatterjea, Patricia Brown, and Wynn Fricke. In 2019, Toan's solo "We Were Born Soft" was chosen to perform at the Gala concert of American College Dance Association's North-Central Regional Conference. He recently graduated

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Marcus Young

Stage Director since 2013

Marcus Young 楊墨 is a behavioral and social practice artist making work for the stage, museums, and the public realm. He is a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations, and he received the 2016 Forecast Public Art Mid-Career Grant, given to one artist a year. He is the founding artist for Don’t You Feel It Too?—an ongoing participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-

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Fei Bi Chan

Apprentice since 2019. Assistant Stage Manager since 2019.

Fei Bi Chan 陈菲碧, originally from Subang Jaya, Malaysia, migrated to Mnisota in 2017 to complete her undergraduate education. Upon receiving her BA in Psychology and Dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Summer 2019, Fei Bi is humbled and grateful to be a first-generation college graduate. Looking forward, Fei Bi hopes to integrate her passion in social psychology, with a focus of

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Nakita Kirchner

Apprentice since 2019. Assistant Stage Manager since 2019.

Nakita Kirchner is a Lebanese performer in diaspora. She is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Minor in Arabic Languages and Literatures and Minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She is a certified tutor in English as a Second Language, and held a teaching internship at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning in

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Noelle Awadallah

Apprentice since 2019. Assistant Stage Manager since 2019.

Noelle Awadallah is a Palestinian American improviser, performer, maker, and teacher who recently moved from Chicago to the Twin Cities. Throughout her journey she has worked with Dakot-ta Alcantara Camacho, Emma Draves, Jennifer Glawes, Jack Gray, and joined Ananya Dance Theatre as an apprentice in 2019. Coming into the ADT community has been a blessing and a cleansing. She is honored to

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Staff

Gary Peterson

Managing Director and Board Secretary

Gary Peterson has been a part of Minnesota's dance community for nearly 40 years. In addition to his work as managing director of Ananya Dance Theatre and research collaborator with Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, he has served as dance student, consultant, and as executive director of James Sewell Ballet, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance Company, and the Southern Theater. He has

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Emma Marlar

Production Manager

Emma Marlar, originally from Kenosha, WI, resides in the Minneapolis area, balancing a career in the performance, creation, and technical aspects of dance. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance in 2016, she has made space and taken on work that allows her to support others, spark conversation, create collaboratively, and pursue endless

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Board

Gina Kundan

Director and President

I am a founding member of ADT, so I have been around a long time and I have witnessed tremendous growth and maturity within this dance company. I see infinite possibilities in ADT’s future. ADT's work is crucially important – truly like no other – because it remains rooted in social justice and artistic excellence while also blazing new trails and challenging the often narrow and exclusionary concepts

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David Mura

Director and Vice President

I am the vice-president of the board for ADT. I have been on the board for over a year and a half. From the first time I saw the dancers of ADT, I have been impressed by their skills, technical expertise, and the beauty and passion of their work. What particularly draws me to ADT is the originality of their dance and the necessity of the vision embodied in that dance.

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Robert Lynn

Director and Treasurer

I first encountered ADT in 2004, when I was asked to prepare its application for tax exemption. I'm a CPA and - more recently - an attorney. A professional acquaintance who was then on the Board sought me out because nonprofits' tax compliance is one of my main practice areas. I've prepared the organization's tax filings ever since, through several changes in my own working life.

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Janis Lane-Ewart

Director

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Divya Karan

Director

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Sherie Apungu

Director

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Irna Landrum

Director

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Anh-Thu Pham

Director

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Collaborators

Sharon Bridgforth

Dramaturg

Sharon Bridgforth, a Doris Duke Performing Artist, is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon has received support from Whitman Institute, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and the National Performance Network. Her work has been featured at: New York’s SummerStage Festival; Rites and Reason Theatre’s Black Lavender Experience at Brown University and

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Tish Jones

Spoken Word Artist

Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, Tish Jones is a poet, performer, educator and organizer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has performed at CBGB, Kaplan Theater, The Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Cedar Cultural Center and more. Her work can be found in the Minnesota Humanities Center's anthology entitled, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical

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Andrea (Queen Drea) Reynolds

Sound Designer, Vocalist

Andrea (Queen Drea) Reynolds, recipient of a 2017 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award administered by the American Composers Forum, is a vocalist, performance, and soundscape artist whose pieces are often conceived and created under the auspices of improvisational settings. Queen Drea has created work about depression in the Black community for Intermedia Arts, and about the

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Douglas R. Ewart

Instrumental Musician

The polymathic Douglas R. Ewart has been honored for his work as a composer, improvising multi-instrumentalist, conceptual artist, sculptor, mask and instrument designer, builder and more. As an educator, Ewart bridges his kaleidoscopic activities with a vision that opposes today’s divided world by culture-fusing works that aim to restore the wholeness of communities and their members,

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Pooja Goswami Pavan, Ph.D.

Hindustani Vocalist

Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan is a Minneapolis-based performer, composer, teacher, and scholar of Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music. She received her early training in Hindustani classical vocal music from her father, Pandit Surendra Goswami, and later from Prof. Ajit Singh Paintal. Currently, she receives training in Khayal from her elder bother, Dr. Shailendra Goswami. Pooja earned a Ph.D. in

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PJ Roduta

Percussionist

PJ Roduta is a Pittsburgh-based percussionist whose work has centered around compelling dancers to dance since 2005. PJ earned a B.A. in music from Bennington College, completed a 4 month study abroad in percussion at the University of Ghana, and is currently pursuing his masters degree in teaching. Since 2007 PJ has been resident musician at The Space Upstairs, performed in 12

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Chelsea Warren

Scenic Designer

Chelsea Warren is a multidisciplinary theater artist with a focus on scenic and puppet design with an equal interest in both traditional and devised creation processes. Her scenic design work includes Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Geva Theatre in Rochester NY, Milwaukee Rep, WaterTower Theatre in Dallas TX, About Face Theatre, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red

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Kevin A. Jones

Lighting Designer

Kevin A. Jones has worked in the professional dance and theater community for nearly 40 years. He was resident lighting designer and production manager for James Sewell Ballet for 20 years. His designs have illuminated internationally acclaimed ballets such as Moving Works, Barrage, Appalachia Waltz, Your Move, and Guy Noir: The Ballet. Jones designed for Minnesota Dance Theatre, CAAM Dance, SOLO, The McKnight Dance Fellows, and many

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Annie Cady

Costume Designer

Annie Cady holds an MFA degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Simpson College. Her professional design credits include productions for Children’s Theatre Company, Normandale Community College, Commonweal Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Jungle Theatre, Black Label Movement, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, AMP, and Threads Dance Company. http://www.anniecady.com/ 

Darren Johnson

Filmmaker

Darren Johnson is proud to have collaborated with Ananya Dance Theater for more than 15 years, traveling from Kolkata to Maui with interdisciplinary projects.  A writer and video producer whose work runs the gamut from documentary to experimental, he has tackled tough issues like implicit bias and diversity in the legal profession; aided and spotlighted innovation in the arts; and is currently producing a documentary about ADT, finishing a spoken word audiobook, and

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Kezia Florence

Properties Designer & Constructor

Kezia Florence is an inter-disciplinary designer who especially loves scenic design and props. Her design credits include Theatre Unbound, An Alleged Theatre Company, the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, and Hill-Murray High School. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with an Inter-College Program Bachelor of Arts, with focuses in Theatre Design and Tech, Architectural Studies, and Interdisciplinary Design Studies. www.keziaflorencedesign.com

Dameun Strange

Composer/Sound Designer

Dameun Strange is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer whose conceptual chamber works, choral pieces, and operas are focused on stories of the African diaspora, often exploring afrofuturist themes. Strange is compelled to express through sound, music, and poetry, the beauty and resilience of the Black experience, digging into a pantheon of ancestors to tell stories of triumph while connecting the past, present, and future. His sound

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Greg Schutte

Composer/Sound Designer

Greg Schutte is a composer, drummer, producer, and sound designer. As a touring drummer, Schutte currently plays with Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham. He has performed nationally and internationally with a variety of other artists, including Chastity Brown, Todd Clouser's A Love Electric, The Hornheads, Jelloslave, Lori Line, Anthony Cox, Empire Brass, Chuchito Valdez, Bernard Allison, and more. He performed on

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Michelle Kinney

Musician

Michelle Kinney, cellist, serves as Musician In Residence on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Dance Program. She holds a BA in cello performance, composition, and ethnomusicology/jazz studies from Northwestern University, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Michelle is a grateful recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship in Composition and a MRAC Next Step Fund Award. Her career has also been supported by the Bush Foundation, American

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