Past Company Members, Collaborators & Guest Artists

Megan Amitrani (apprentice/company member 2009-2010) graduated from DeSales University with a BA in Dance in May 2009. Throughout her four years, she has had the opportunity to perform in student, faculty, and guest artist works, including works by Kate Jewett (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Caroline Copeland, and Ben Levy. In 2007 she was a member of DeSales Dance Company, where she performed throughout PA, NJ, NY and DE. Megan currently teaches at the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance in Red Bank, NJ.

Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Maggie Bailey (apprentice/company member 2013-2016)  received her BA in Arts Management and Dance, concentrating in performance and choreography, from the College of Charleston. She has studied at the American College Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival with choreographers including Elisa Clark, Pamela Pietro, Jesse Zaritt, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Gerri Houlihan and Rodger Belman. She has had the pleasure of performing in Piccolo Spoleto, the Charleston Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival and the 2013 Spoleto Festival’s double-bill opera, Mese Mariano/Le Villi directed by Stefano Vizioli. In additioning to dancing with Annex Dance, she is also working with Go Interactive Wellness as an instructor and Program Manager.

Wisconsin-born Heather Bybee (company member 2012-2016)  received her balletic training at Monona Academy of Dance and Dance Wisconsin (with whom she performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast), before earning a scholarship to the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet. Heather accepted the Presidential Dance Scholarship at Chicago’s Columbia College before finding her way to College of Charleston, where she was active in the campus dance community as Dance Alliance President in addition to performing with the Robert Ivey Ballet. Heather was fortunate to be invited to dance at Piccolo Spoleto, American College Dance Festival, Regional Dance America, SCDA, and Grand Prix, among other national and regional competitions. Upon graduating, Heather was hired at Dance Moves, Robert Ivy Ballet, and Flip Gym.

Alexandra Danna (apprentice 2010-2012) is a student at the College of Charleston. After spending a semester at George Mason University (VA), she returned to Charleston and has performed in works by Robert Ivey, Jon-Michael Perry, and College of Charleston faculty and students. In 2010, she was a choreographer and dancer for Between the Lines, a collaborative project among local SC artists. This is Alexandra’s second season with Annex Dance Company.

Lisa Dietz (guest performer) is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance with a BFA in Dance Education.  She is currently dancing with Coalesce Dance Company and teaching at Dance Moves of Charleston.  Lisa has performed recently in the Charleston Dance Festival as well as in Chicago with coco dance group and with the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky.  She has had the opportunity to marry her passion for dance education with her belief in outreach and community service through her work with the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project and BalletMet’s education outreach program, Momentum.  She is thrilled to join Annex Dance Company for this project.

Jamie Mandrell Drye (company member 2010-2011) is originally from North Carolina where he began his dance training at Western Carolina University. After receiving his BA at Winthrop University in Rock Hill S.C, He joined the Caroline Calouche & Company, where he performed for two seasons. Additionally he has appeared in Asheville Ballet’s Porgy and Bess, and CPCC’s Celestial Tapestries. A teacher at Manna House of Jazz in Harlem, he has also taught for SCDancing, Fascinating Rhythms Dance Studio, Elements of Dance, Miss Margaret’s Arts Academy, and FuSia Dance Center. He received the best choreography award at the CEDA Convention for his piece “Perseverance,” choreographed for Central Academy of Technology and Arts Dance Academy in Monroe, N.C during an extensive period of teaching in the Magnet School. He is the Director of Dance at The Ballibay Camps in Camptown, PA. Jamie currently resides in New York, working as a dance educator, guest choreographer, and apprentice with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.

Nick Faber (lighting designer) is currently pursuing his BA in Techincal Theater from DeSales University, and over the past year had the opportunity to work on all of the theater program productions, including Sunday in the Park with George, The Mikado, and Death of a Salesman. In spring 2010, he will be the lighting designer for the DeSales University Act 3 production of The Little Mermaid. Nick is the head of the technical theater department at Ballibay Fine and Performing Arts Camp where he has designed numerous dance and theater productions.

David Haldaman (guest performer), a New Yorker at heart, has recently relocated back to northeast PA. He has worked in the theater throughout his life, including Three Sisters (Pietre) with the Northampton Community College Theatre, John Lennon And Me (Jeff) and Special Class (David) with the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. He also directed Seven Menus with the Northampton Community College Theatre. He is working towards a BA in International Marketing and is planning to pursue an MA in International Business Administration.

Courtney Kay (company member 2007-2012) graduated summa cum laude from the DeSales University Dance Program in 2007 where she had the opportunity to perform works by Sean Curran, Doug Varone, and Gerald Arpino. Courtney was a member of the DeSales Dance Company for 3 years and traveled to American College Dance Festivals throughout the U.S. where she both performed and presented her own work. In December 2006, she founded Artists Building Hope with Habitat for Humanity. She has also studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Bates College. Courtney is currently dancing with Repertory Dance Theatre, and has been a guest choreographer for FuSia Dance Company and Repertory Dance Theatre Youth Company. She teaches at Dance Works in Quakertown, Pa and FuSia Dance Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Rebecca Moyer (company member 2007-2008) earned a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Business Management from DeSales University and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from State University of New York-Purchase College. Rebecca has performed with ContempraDance Theatre, ACTion Dance Touring Company, as a guest with the DanceGing Company in Allentown and Penn State Abington Dance Company. Rebecca has choreographed for DeSales University Dance Ensemble, Marywood University Dance Ensemble, Xtensions Dance Company, and ACTion Dance Touring Company. Her works have been seen in various venues across the Pennsylvania and New York area, such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Dance Fest, American College Dance Festivals and Gallery B in New York City. Rebecca has also had the opportunity to teach at various dance programs and dance studios in the Philadelphia and New York area, and is currently teaching at Marywood University, DeSales University and Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. She is also the co-founder/co-director of Vada Dance Collective, a modern dance company based in the Philadelphia area.

Leigh A. Mumford (lighting designer) is a recent transplant into Philadelphia originally from Montclair, New Jersey. She attended The University of Massachusetts at Amherst studying Theatre and concentrating in Lighting Design with Penny Remsen. Leigh is a Lighting Designer for Dance and Theatre. Credits include: Bombitty for 11th Hour Theater Company, Jeffrey for Represented Theater, Zoo Story for Deaf West Theater, Ash Contempory Dance, Five College Dance Amherst Mass., Samantics Dance. Assistant Design Work with Mark O’Maley for Pilobolus, David Dorfman, Actors Shakespeare of Boston for King Lear at La MaMa, NYC. Please visit MumforDesign: web.mac.com/leighart11.com.

Steve Myers (collaborator) received a Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Rochester in 1990 and since has taught at DeSales University. The author of a book on W.B. Yeats’ poetry of the 1890s as well as scholarly articles on Yeats, his chapbook, Work Site, was published in 2003. Individual poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Bellingham Review, The Cream City Review, The Dalhousie Review, Miller’s Pond, Paterson Literary Review, Two Rivers Review, and West Branch.

Evan Parry (collaborator) is an Associate Professor in Performance in the College of Charleston Department of Theatre and Dance, where he teaches a variety of Acting classes, as well as Movement for the Actor, Stage Combat, Acting Shakespeare and Film Studies. He and fellow faculty member Eliza Ingle have choreographed and directed a number of dance or physical theatre pieces in Charleston, both at CofC and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Evan primarily uses Laban Movement Analysis, Contact Improvisation, and Viewpoints actor training in his movement work. His most recent directorial work includes CofC’s production of The Love of the Nightingale and the Footlight Players’ latest production of Our Town. As an actor, he has most recently been seen as Butch in PURE Theatre’s production of Next Fall and as the King of France in The Shakespeare Project’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well.

Melissa Rowbottom (company member 2009) received her BA in Dance and BS in Business Management from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she was able to work with many well known instructors and choreographers. Prior to Point Park, Melissa performed musical theatre in the Lehigh Valley area as well as studied at Nardi Dance Studios and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Melissa most recently received her MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. During her coursework at Drexel she danced and choreographed for Drexel’s Dance Ensemble, but was most recently a company member of Contempra Dance Theatre in Wayne, PA and Serendipity Dance Ensemble in Bethlehem, PA. In the past she has worked for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Association of Arts Administration Educators, Drexel University’s Department of Performing Arts, The State Theatre Center for the Arts and Pennsylvania Youth Theatre. She currently works at Nardi Dance Studios in Easton, PA.

Moira Ryan (company member 2007-2010) received her BA in dance from DeSales University, where she graduated magna cum laude, as a recipient of the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Award, for excellence and leadership in performance. Moira performed in ballet and modern works by students, faculty, and guest artists including Doug Varone and Sean Curran, in addition to performing with the ACT I Theatre Company in West Side Story, Cabaret, and Crazy for You (dance captain). Moira has also studied dance at the Koresh School of Dance, Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Residency, Muhlenberg College’s Artist in Residence Workshop with Charlotte Boyd-Christensen, and the Doug Varone and Dancers’ Summer Workshop at SUNY Purchase. In 2007, Moira made her professional performance debut with inFluxdance in Found & Lost: Goals for 2002 at the Boulder International Fringe Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has performed with Annex Dance Company since its inception in 2007 and more recently began performing with undertoearts in the spring of 2009. Moira currently teaches dance in the central-northern New Jersey area.

Francesca Stigliano (company member 2007-2011) graduated from DeSales University in 2008 with her BA degree in Dance. While at DeSales, she had the opportunity to perform in student, faculty, and guest artist works, including works by Sean Curran and Doug Varone, Kate Jewett (Shen Wei Dance Arts), and Nicole Wolcott. Francesca also performed with the DeSales Dance Company for two years as well as Re-Cored Dance Company. As a choreographer her work has been showcased in the DeSales Emerging Choreographers’ Concert, DeSales Dance Ensemble Concert, DeSales Screendance Festival, Mountain Dance Concert, and the Philly Dance Collective. Francesca currently teaches dance at Northampton Community College and the Totts Gap Arts Institute. Francesca is the Founding Artistic Director of FuSia Dance Company, a pre-professional dance company, and recently open FuSia Dance Center in Stroudsburg, PA.

David Todaro (lighting designer)

Nathan Wheatley (lighting designer)

Rye Zemelsky (collaborator) is a freelance interpreter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her early exposure to American Sign Language (ASL) came through the performing arts as a member of a youth theater. While a student at Smith College, Rye studied as a visiting student at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, and completed as self-designed major on an interdisciplinary approach to ASL translating and interpreting for the theater. Upon graduation, she began working at The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, MA, where she received her training to become an Interpreter. In 2005, Rye acted as the Asl consultant for inFluxdance Company, under the artistic direction of Alysia Woodruff and Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp, the start of numerous projects incorporating ASL into the performing arts. It was through this collaboration that Rye first worked with Kristin Fieseler, which has become an incredible cross-country partnership. She received her National Interpreter Certification (NIC)-Advanced rating through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) in 2006. Rye’s additional background in outdoor adventure education has lead her to become a specialized interpreter and ASL guide in the outdoors.