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

Christopher Pritchard

Finance and Budget Manager

Natalia Kurylak

Finance Manager

Rebecca Hunt

Director of People and Culture

Aleksandr Kanevskiy

IT Director


Jen Rossi

Director of Artistic Engagement

Colin Fowler

Music Director

Sam Black

Company Director

Julia Weber

Company Manager


Michelle Amador

Director of Development

Haley Mason Andres

Institutional Giving Manager

Lauren Grant

Individual Giving Coordinator

Aidan Heck

Database and Research Administrator

Zubaydah Bashir

Membership Assistant


Laura Giannatempo

Director of Marketing and Communications

Tara Treffiletti

Marketing and Communications Manager

Trevor Izzo

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Rachel Lee

Marketing and Digital Engagement Associate


Stephanie Neel


Education and Community Engagement

Sarah Marcus

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Alexandra Cook

Youth and Family Programs Director

Calvin A. Rollins II

Community Education Coordinator

Lily Khan

School Administrator

Janelle Barry

Student Company Director

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

Momtaz Ahmed

Dance for PD® Intern


Elise Gaugert

Director of Events and Venue Operations

Tiffany McCue

Dance Center Operations Coordinator

Stephen Williams

Dance Center Operations Manager

Allison Antoinette Bailey

Dance Center Operations Assistant

Olivia Passarelli

Dance Center Operations Assistant

Chelsea Rose

Dance Center Operations Assistant


Johan Henckens

Director of Technical Production

Nick Kolin

Lighting Supervisor

Rory Murphy

Sound Engineer

Stephanie Sleeper

Costume Coordinator

Amy Page

Wardrobe Supervisor


Mark Sacks

Director of Facilities and Capital Projects

Arturo Velazquez

Maintenance Mechanic/Overnight Supervisor

Virginia Ross


External Team

Michael Mushalla

Booking Representative

Mark S. Selinger

McDermott Will & Emery
Legal Counsel

PKF O’Connor Davies


David S. Weiss, MD


Mark E. Horowitz, MD

Medical Advisor

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health

Physical Therapist

Jeff Cohen

Hilot Therapist

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415
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