A special thanks to our 2015 Review Panelists
Amy Zell Ellsworth
Alissa Cardone is a interdisciplinary movement artist, dancer, choreographer, teacher and improviser, Alissa has performed, taught and toured nationally and internationally since 1997. In 1999, she co-founded the intermedia performance collaborative Kinodance Company (www.kinodance.org) with filmmaker Alla Kovgan and visual artist Dedalus Wainwright to merge boundaries between dance, cinema, visual art, and sound. Kinodance was named one of Dance Magazine's "25-to-watch" in 2008 and has been produced broadly both nationally and internationally. A member of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works from 1998 - 2003, Alissa has worked with many renowned dancers and choreographers. In Japan, she trained with Min Tanaka (Body Weather Farm) and studied intensively and performed with Butoh master Akira Kasai. In 2012, Alissa was honored with one of four Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships in Choreography. Her most recent work has been supported by an NDP Special Projects Grant (2014). She has a BA from Boston University (1996), an MA in Performance Studies from New York University (2003), and an MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures (2011) where she was recipient of the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award. In addition to being a proud mother of three, Alissa is currently full time faculty in the Dance Division at the Boston Conservatory and serves on the Board of Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA.
Alice Hunter worked for 10 years as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher in the Cambridge area. In addition, she scheduled the stages for Dance for World Community, was an MC for the Cambridge River Festival, and was an advocate for dance through being a Board Member of the Boston Dance Alliance. Alice created a nonprofit program helping refugee children learn English and life skills through the performing arts. She is currently teaching math and English to refugee children and incorporating the arts into the classroom.
Wendy Jehlen is a storyteller whose unique approach to movement incorporates elements of a wide range of movement styles including Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi; Capoeira, Kalaripayattu, West African dance, Butoh, and wide-range of Contemporary dance styles. Wendy’s emotionally powerful choreography has been performed across the United States, Europe, India and in Japan.
Marcus Schulkind has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for more than 49 years. He received an education from Goddard College and Juilliard. Marcus has danced in the companies of Norman Walker, Pearl Lang, Kathy Posin, and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel. Marcus began his own dance company in NYC where he received grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, Affiliate Artists, and National Endowment for the Arts. He also began and ran a company here in Boston for 12 years whose performances were voted as one of the area’s 10 best dance events five times by Boson Globe and The Phoenix. Presently Marcus teaches at Boston Conservatory and Green Street Studios (which he helped found in 1991 with 5 other artists).
Marcus has also been practicing acupuncture for 16 years, is a clinical supervisor at the New England School of Acupuncture, where he has served in that capacity for 8 years, and has his own acupuncture practice in Brookline, MA.
Amy Zell Ellsworth is a teacher, choreographer, artistic director, mentor, advocate and philanthropist. She moved to Boston in 1975 and taught at the Institute for Contemporary Dance, Dance Circle, and Lesley College; was a choreographic assistant and danced for Sarah Caldwell’s Boston Opera Company; and performed, choreographed and co-produced concerts with Dorothy Hershkowitz. Together they formed Dancentral where Amy choreographed and taught classes in technique and repertory. Through the mid-eighties, Amy’s company Zellsworth Dancers was on the New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster, and she was awarded three choreographic fellowships from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After disbanding the company, she continued to teach both in studios and at local universities, performed with Beth Soll, Dances by Isadora, and Daniel McCusker and began her involvement in other aspects of the dance field. She served on the boards of Concert Dance Company and Revels. In the late 90’s she joined the board of Boston Dance Alliance, became president for six years and was instrumental in shaping the future of the organization. Amy retired as a dancer in 2000 and worked for The Philanthropic Initiative, a nonprofit advisory team that designs, carries out and evaluates philanthropic programs until late 2011. She remains a Senior Advisor of TPI, is on the boards of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project.
Visual Art, Film, & Video:
Ginny Berkowitz holds a Masters degree in Community Organizing from the Boston University School of Social Work. Ginny has worked for various community-based organizations in the greater Boston area since 1981 with the primary responsibility for program planning and development, fundraising, and community building. She served as Director of the Jefferson Park Writing Center from 1983 –1988, a creative writing and arts program based in a North Cambridge housing development. One of the founding board members of Cambridge Community Television, Ginny served as CCTV’s Director of Outreach and Development from 1994-2004. She was a Fellow in the MIT Center for Reflective Community Practice from 1999-2000, and was recognized by the YWCA of Cambridge as an Outstanding Woman in 2001. Ginny is currently Media Arts Manager for the Cambridge Public Schools, and oversees a comprehensive media art education program for the district.
Boriana Kantcheva draws on memories and imagination to create compelling narrative images in print and gouache. Boriana received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. For several years she was an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Currently, she is the gallery coordinator for the Chandler Gallery at the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA. She has exhibited her work in Boston and recently in New York City. Boriana is the recipient of several Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching awards.
Hue Nguyen is an architect, designer, professor, artist and design critic. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she immigrated with her family at the age of eight to the United States and currently resides and works in Cambridge, MA. She earned her Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Art History from the University of Memphis. She has exhibited her artworks in galleries and museums across the country. During the past twelve years, she has been guest critic for architectural studios at the Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Architectural College, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. In addition to her experience in design, she also has a background in museum operation and teaching, having worked for the Rhode Island School of Design, Dixon Gallery, Brooks Museum of Arts and Memphis Museum System. Currently, she’s a member of the Cambridge Public Art Commission and has played an active role other non-profit organizations including Vietnamese American Initiative for Development and Habitat for Humanity.
Rick Rawlins is an accomplished designer, writer, illustrator, and craftsman, Rawlins is known for his versatile and thoughtful design sensibility and innovative use of print processes and materials. The diverse body of work created by his graphic arts studio, Rick Rawlins / Work, is characterized by a powerful sense of purpose and meaning. Each design is realized through meticulous research and with extraordinary care. Since its founding in 1990, the studio has contributed to the aims of an array of distinguished cultural and human rights organizations including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, The Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cultural Survival, The United States Library of Congress, The Industrial Designers Society of America, AIGA Boston, Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Davis Museum / Wellesley College, and South African National Gallery. Publications designed by Rick Rawlins for the Buffett family, Chronicle Books, Union Boat Club and others have recently been recognized by AIGA Best of New England, Communication Arts, The Letterpress Guild of New England, Bookbuilders of Boston, and PX3 / Prix de la Photographie.
Catherine Tutter is a visual artist with solo and collaborative work spanning more than three decades, locating various dimensions of her practice at the interstices of health care, activism, and religion. Working primarily in textile arts and performance, her investigative interests encompass the primacy of language and text, the construction of memory and the nature of transformation. She is a member of the Cambridge-based Mobius Artist Group that shapes and tests the boundaries of experimental art, and directs the Zelený Les Artist Residency in the Catskills of New York for site-responsive artists working in all media. Tutter is co-creator of Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life, an award-winning social enterprise for art & healthcare that has engaged elders, veterans, caregivers, trauma survivors, educators and families. In addition to her art practice, she serves as the Career Services Manager at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she has provided professional development advising, programs and resources for interdisciplinary art students since 1989.
Dewey Dellay is a composer of music for television, film, and theater who has just finished composing 5 seasons of the music for the television show Our America with Lisa Ling, which is shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He is now composing music for the show This Is Life with Lisa Ling, which is shown on CNN. Dewey has received an Elliot Norton Award for Best Design in a Midsize Company for his composing and sound design in Boston theater. Dewey was born in CT, and attended Berklee College of Music. As a professional bassist, he worked in many diverse settings including jazz with Gary Burton with Pat Metheny, rock and roll with Ronnie Spector, and classical music with the MIT Chamber Orchestra. Dewey now lives in North Cambridge.
Ashley Herring is a native of South Carolina where she toured the Southeast region performing with orchestras, musicals, and storytelling. After which she moved to New York City to attend NYU for the Educational Theatre program. Ashley worked back stage on some off Broadway productions but spent most of her time digging deeply into theatre work with and teaching for the NYC Department of Education where she worked closely with teaching artists, arts educators, and classroom teachers exploring the best practices of art and bringing them into the classroom. Ashley is a performing arts teacher for Roxbury Prep-The Lucy Stone School, an Uncommon School and a current Cambridge resident, looking forward to her debut in Harvard Sq. some day.
Kevin Hoskins is a concert organizer, event planner, consultant, tour manager, and professor of artist management at Bay State College. He is the co-founder of Rock Shop, a discussion series created to bring Boston's music scene together. As the long-time booking agent of The Middle East, Kevin “helped to establish and maintain The Middle East as a premier music venue in Cambridge and fostered the artistic spirit of Central Square… helping to make Central Square a thriving Cultural District.” (City Council, Cambridge, MA)
Anne Riesenfeld is the Executive Director of Musica Sacra, a non-profit chamber chorus currently in its 55th season rehearsing and performing in Cambridge, MA. She oversees the organization’s core operations: financial, marketing, development, and concert production. Prior to her work with Musica Sacra, Anne was the Executive Director of the New School of Music, Cambridge, MA. As a professional singer, Anne has experience singing throughout the United States and abroad, and was a voice teacher for over a decade. She holds degrees in music from Bennington College and the New England Conservatory of Music. A former 10-year resident of Cambridge, Anne and her family currently live in Sudbury, MA, where she is a member of the Sudbury Cultural Council.
Valerie Stephens, a native Bostonian, has both national and international professional credits. She has received a 2011 NAACP Image Award for her artistic body of work, 2007 Urban Music Award for Best Female Blues Vocals and Certificates of Recognition from the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Springfield and New Bedford. Valerie is a multitalented performer and Arts Educator with a passion for history. Working in as Storytelling, actor and vocalist, Valerie as toured broadly and produced many award winning creative works in each field of engagement. As a vocalist, Valerie’s CD, Potpourri, a mixture of jazz, blues and spoken word, has been very well received. She has created three music series, the first, Women of the Village, celebrating the common voice of American, South African & Cuban women; the second, “Sweet & Salty: Dressed to the Nines” a tribute to Classic Blues Singers and currently presenting “The Music & Times of Nina Simone” a tribute to the world renowned musical icon, Dr. Nina Simone. The Valerie Stephens Group has become a regular attraction in the area’s venues and festivals.
Theater, Literature & Multidisciplinary:
Lee Mikeska Gardner
Daniel Berger-Jones is a proud Boston-based actor and director. Favorite appearances include Bradley in Company One's Mr. Marmalade, Much Miller in the ART's Heart of Robin Hood, Charlie in the Lyric Stage's Stones in His Pockets, and the Bellhop in Actors Shakespeare Project's Hotel Nepenthe, among others. He has appeared all over Boston in stage shows and voice over with companies such as the Huntington, Boston Playwright's Theater, Shakespeare and Company, and Speakeasy Stage to name a few. In 2007 co-founded Orfeo Group with whom he did 5 productions, 3 of which won the Eliot Norton for Best Show by a Fringe Company. In 2011, he co-founded Cambridge Historical Tours to promote History, Art, and Science in Cambridge. He currently sits on the Board of the Harvard Square Business Association and continues as President of Cambridge Historical Tours.
Sadiya Carr is a local costume designer and experienced event organizer. Sadiya graduated a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with honors from University of Massachusetts Boston. She has a penchant for creating local community events featuring the arts, and is currently working to open a year-round gallery in Somerville, MA. Sadiya is also Vice President of the Board for the Firefly Arts Collective, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering collaborative environments and building community for participatory arts while creating space, both mental and physical, for “radical self-expression” and challenging individuals to extend their concept of both community and art. Sadiya is also currently employed as the Office Manager & Executive Assistant at Genome Bridge LLC in Cambridge, MA.
David Daniel’s Seven-Star Bird, won the Larry Levis Prize for the best first or second book of its year and is available from Graywolf Press and distributed by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. Writing about that book, Harold Bloom calls Daniel “an authentic heir of Hart Crane”, and Tom Sleigh writes, “Daniel is one of the purest and most powerful lyric poets of his generation.” Many of the poems from his forthcoming book, Ornaments & Other Assorted Love Songs, have been featured in The American Poetry Review, Connotation: An Online Artifact, and Memorius. Recent essays on both poetry and music, along with excerpts from his memoir, The Fall-Down Diet, have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals and anthologies. He was Poetry Editor of Ploughshares for more than a decade, and he is the founder and producer of WAMFEST: The Words and Music Festival, which has brought together many of the most celebrated artists in the world—from writers to singers to choreographers to visual artists to movie makers, including Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Jonathan Demme, Rosanne Cash, C.D. Wright, Talib Kweli, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Exene Cervenka, and John Doe-- for unique performances and conversations. In 2014, Daniel was awarded a Poetry Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he’s on the core faculty of Bennington College’s Writing Seminars.
Mina Kim is Assistant Director at The Fenway Alliance, a consortium of 22 leading cultural, academic and civic institutions located in the Fenway Cultural District. Mina manages The Fenway Alliance's largest annual event, Opening Our Doors, a festival offering over 60 free arts and cultural experiences. She also facilitates other projects throughout the year such as TEDxFenway and the live audition event PreXFenway, and coordinates the branding efforts of the Fenway Cultural District. Additionally, Mina conducts ongoing outreach initiatives to local artists, arts nonprofits, and youth and family organizations throughout Greater Boston. Early in her career, Mina managed content and editorial development for economics and finance textbooks at Pearson Education in Boston, before heading off to Kazakhstan as a Fulbright Fellow. Lured by the unfamiliar culture, beautiful mountains, and the abundance of delicious fruit, she stayed an extra year in Almaty working as Associate Director of Marketing, Communications and PR at KIMEP, an English-language university. Upon her return, Mina worked as Marketing Coordinator at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she managed holiday, public art, and fashion events. Currently, in addition to the Alliance, Mina is part of the Park Overseers and Access Committee at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and is a founding member of forte539, the young professionals group at the Boston Center for the Arts. A proud resident of Inman Square and working Bostonian, Mina enjoys discovering the unique identities and quirks of Cambridge and Boston, and looks forward to continuing her exploration of both places further.
Lee Mikeska Gardner is the Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company, one of two resident theatres at Central Square Theatre. An award-winning actor and director, Lee relocated from Washington, D.C. in March. Since then, Lee made her New England directoral debut with the critically acclaimed production of Her Aching Heart and her acting debut performing the title role in Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, also to critical and popular success. Prior to helming The Nora, Lee was an Associate Artist at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre company for 10 years, as well as Charter Theatre, Keegan Theatre, 1st Stage and Potomac Theatre Project. Lee served as Managing Director for Washington Shakespeare Company and Rep Stage and spent 7 years as Associate Artistic Director at The Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat working on plays in development. She also works closely with emerging playwrights at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as an actor, director and mentor and has taught or been a Guest Artists at universities across the country.