About the Dance Group and Music Ensemble

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), its members receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The MMDG Music Ensemble, formed in 1996, is integral to the Dance Group. “With the dancers come the musicians…and what a difference it makes” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). The Ensemble’s repertory ranges from 17th and 18th century works by John Wilson and Henry Purcell to more recent scores by Ethan Iverson, Lou Harrison, and Henry Cowell. The musicians also participate in the Dance Group’s educational and community programming at home and on tour. The Music Ensemble is led by Colin Fowler, who began to collaborate with MMDG in 2005 during the creation of Mozart Dances.


Music Director


Mark Morris

Artistic Director

Nancy Umanoff

Executive Director


Elizabeth Fox

Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Chang

General Manager

Aleksandr Kanevskiy

IT Director

Natalia Kurylak

Finance Manager

Christopher Pritchard

Budget Manager

Rebecca Hunt

Payroll Manager/ Benefits Administrator


Jen Rossi

Company Manager

Colin Fowler

Music Director

Julia Weber

Assistant Company Manager

Sam Black

Rehearsal Director


Michelle Amador

Director of Development

Haley Mason Andres

Grants Coordinator

Lauren Grant

Individual Giving Coordinator

Aidan Heck

Database and Research Administrator

Zubaydah Bashir

Membership Assistant


Laura Giannatempo

Director of Marketing and Communications

L. Joleen Richards

Web & Social Media Manager

Nissa Heman

Marketing & Communications Associate

Trevor Izzo

Content & Editorial Coordinator


Stephanie Neel

Archive Project Manager

Education and Community Engagement

Sarah Marcus

Director of Education

Alexandra Cook

Youth and Family Programs Director

Jessica Pearson

Adult Programs Manager

Lily Khan

School Administrator

Janelle Barry

Student Company Director

Calvin Rollins II

Community Education Liaison

David Leventhal

Dance for PD® Program Director

Maria Portman Kelly

Dance for PD® Programs and Engagement Manager

Eva Nichols

Outreach Director

Amy Bauman

Dance for PD® Programs Assistant

Natasha Frater

Dance for PD® Programs Administrator

Dance Center Operations

Mark Sacks

Director of Facilities and Capital Projects

Elise Gaugert

Director of Events and Venue Operations

Tiffany McCue

Dance Center Operations Coordinator

Dominique Terrell

Dance Center Programs Coordinator

Arturo Velazquez

Maintenance Mechanic/Overnight Supervisor

Darrell Jordan


Hector Mazariegos


Orlando Rivera


Virginia Ross


Kim Williams



Johan Henckens

Director of Technical Production

Nick Kolin

Lighting Supervisor

Rory Murphy

Sound Supervisor

Stephanie Sleeper

Costume Coordinator

Amy Page

Wardrobe Supervisor

Allie Pawlukojc

Wardrobe Supervisor

Tara Webb

Wardrobe Supervisor

External Team

Michael Mushalla

Booking Representative

Mark Selinger

Legal Counsel

David S. Weiss, MD


O’Connor, Davies, Munns, & Dobbins, LLP


Marshall Hagins

Physical Therapist

Jeff Cohen

Hilot Therapist

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415
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