Performers & Collaborators

William Robinson holds a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was awarded the school’s prestigious President’s Award, along with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Modern Dance award. Mr. Robinson has also taught modern dance technique based on the work of Doris Humphrey at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is currently a member of Cardell Dance Theatre and Brian Sanders’ JUNK, both based in Philadelphia. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Momix, Group Motion, Curt Haworth, Wally Cardona, Rennie Harris, David Crosby, and Raven Symone, the Local Dance History Project as part of the Philadelphia Dance Projects.

Maria Urrutia  Cuban Born, Maria Urrutia is currently an Assistant Professor at West Chester University in the Theater and Dance Department. Her creative practice work expands into various disciplines’ including architecture, poetry, dance including Cuban rumba and America contemporary dance forms, and food making as an art practice.  She also holds a MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, an EdM, Dance Education Masters, from Temple University and a BFA in Modern Dance from The University of the Arts.  Her scholarly work, which focuses on Cuban rumba, has been presented in London, Toronto, Montreal and Edinburgh. Additionally her teaching of Cuban rumba in Diaspora took her to Tokyo, Japan and Santiago, Chile.  As an artist she has worked with Cardell Dance Theater, SCRAP and Myriam Herve-gil. Her recent work In Absence has been presented at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a curated show Indiscipline in Vermont and Trondheim, Norway.

Zachary Svoboda, a native of Kansas City, earned his BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.  Zachary has performed in many venues, from Philadelphia’s City Hall to house parties, as well as internationally in Paris, France, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Tokyo, Japan.   During the month of August ’11, Zachary spent his time in the woods of Martha’s Vineyard dancing at The Yard. Zachary has danced with such artists as Oscar Araiz, Wally Cardona, Jaamil Kosoko, Myra Bazell, Megan Bridge, Silvana Cardell, Akiko Kitamura, Lisa Kraus, Kenshi Nomi, and Kate Watson-Wallace/Anonymous Bodies. At Georgian Court University he serves as the Technical Director/Production Manager to the dance department, he was the Production Manager for Anonymous Bodies creation, Mash Up Body, which premiered April 2013, and has done tech work for the LiveArts Festival, Annenberg Center for the Arts, and many other local performing artists.

Mackenzie Morris recently graduated summa cum laude from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and honors in dance and choreography. While attending the University, she studied under the direction of Silvana Cardell and received a scholarship to study abroad for a short period in Argentina. Recently, she has performed in Philadelphia showcases as part of local company, Open Category Dance Company, directed by former Parson’s dancer, Steve Vaughn.

Ama Ma’at Gora, Brooklyn native, is a choreographer, educator, and dance artist. She received her BA in Dance from Georgian Court University and is a current MFA candidate at Temple University. Throughout her career, she has been featured in choreographies by Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Earl Moseley, Dr. S. Ama Wray, Karen Love, Darrell Moultrie, Gregory King, Sidra Bell and more. As a Philadelphia resident since 2017, she tours with Cardell Dance Theater writes for The Black Dance Magazine and holds a position as Community-Based Learning Director at Drexel University. An alumnus of Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (‘17 &‘19) as well as the founder and artistic director of Ma’at Works Dance Collective (‘17). Her works have premiered at Judson Church, Bridge for Dance, the Koresh Artist Showcase, The Golden Ratio, and Leah Stein’s Art Room. She believes in storytelling, lineage, and collectivity through dance.

Hassan Syed is a dancer and choreographer from New Jersey. He holds a BFA in Dance from Georgian Court University. Under director Silvana Cardell at GCU Hassan has was worked with artists such as Sidra Bell, Les twins, Stefanie Batten Bland, David Parsons, Gregory King, and Randy James and was awarded first honors in choreography of his graduating class. Currently he is a candidate in the MFA in choreography at Temple University. Hassan is a recipient of the leadership scholarship while attending ADF (American Dance Festival). As a Hip-Hop Dancer Hassan has competed in multiple battles across the Tri-State as well as overseas in Europe and Asia.

Megan Midgley holds a BA indance from Georgian Court University, where she has performed works by innovative guest choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Stephanie Batten Bland, Gregory King, Daniel Gwiterzman amongst others. Shehas also trained with well-known dance companies such as Pillobolus, Parsons Dance, Koresh and has attended international programs at ImpulseTanz and Dance Italia. She is currently a member of Cardell Dance Theater located in Philadelphia, with whom she has tour nationally and internationally.

Bethany Formica is a dancer, educator, choreographer and artisan. Bethany graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994. Since then has worked with several New York City based companies including Sean Curran and Co., Pearson/Widrig Dance Theatre, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Michael Foley, Martha Bowers Dance Theatre and with Philadelphia-based companies such as Cardell Dance Theater, Boan Danz Action, Megan Mazarick, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, and She has also performed internationally with Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre (Poland), and worked locally with Sylvain Emard Danse (Montreal) among many others.  Bethany has received fellowships from the Independence Foundation (2012) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for Choreography (2008), a Rocky Award (2009), and several professional development grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Her work has been presented in Philadelphia, NYC, and internationally in Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and England. She currently teaches modern dance technique at Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College and is the owner of Sawdust Siren, creating wood-centric art.

Guest Performances in Supper, people on the Move! by Merián Soto, choreographer and performance artist. Soto is best known for her interdisciplinary solo, group and collaborative works that explore and reflect upon the legacy of colonialism and Latino heritage, history and culture. Soto earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The Gallatin School Of Individualized Study at New York University and she received a Masters of Arts in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Soto is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. In 2015 she received a fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage recognizing her 40-year career in dance performance, focusing on the body’s relationship to consciousness and creating “a dance of the future, a dance of healing, transformation, and transcendence.”


Other Collaborators

Conrad Bender- prop design, Conrad is Production Designer with 20 years experience in event and facility management, theatrical and corporate production, and lighting, sound, and video installations. He is currently the technical director of PhildephiaFringe Arts and is a production designer at MC3. He began his career with a degree from Swarthmore College.

Nick Zammuto has produced music and videos for many projects and collaborations over the last 12 years, most notably for his sound collage project ‘The Books’ and more recently his four-piece band ‘Zammuto’. He has toured extensively worldwide, with a show combining live performance with tightly synched video projections consisting mostly of found footage from VHS tapes and photo collections. He has also been working on a series of interactive sound sculptures and visually oriented musical instruments. He built his studio from a ramshackle tractor garage on his family plot high in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Over the years he’s gathered a strange assortment of acoustic and electric instruments, synthesizers, drums, and vintage production equipment. His sound sculptures are focused on making sonic concepts visual through a synesthetic approach. Sound vibrations are translated to visual motion by various means, such as speakers blowing puffs of air into kitchen spoons, or lasers reflecting off of vibrating auto-parts.

Jennifer Baker is the curator of Portraits of People on the Move exhibition, Set and Costume Design. Baker is a painter and sculptor working in Philadelphia since 1978. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), and the Art Students League of New York. She has shown extensively in both New York and Philadelphia, and received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1993, a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant in 2010, and a Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant in 2018. Her most recent exhibit, Third Street: Paintings and Monoprints by Jennifer Baker, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art documented the Philadelphia neighborhood of Northern Liberties over 30 years.

Past Performers and Collaborators: Jumatatu Poe. Olive Prince, Adrian Plascensia, Leanne Grieger, Mina Estrada, Shavon Norris, John Luna, Ana de Orbegozo (Visual artist) Patricia Arnillas (Visual artist), Jennifer Baker ( visual artist), Manfred Fishbeck (Choreographer), Myra Bazell (Choreographer), Madison Cario (Lighting designer/ dramaturge), John Lewis (Composer), MiguelMagud (Composer), Jorge Perrin (Visual Artist) Melian Martin (Argentina) Matias Etchebery (Argentina).