Ally Voye (Co-Creator, Choreographer, Performer) –
Ally Voye is a dancer, choreographer, educator and dance filmmaker who began her dance training in Salt Lake City at the Life Arts Center. A graduate of the department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she studied extensively with Victoria Marks and Maria Gillespie, among others. In 2014, Voye was awarded a year-long grant by San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company to develop her choreography and dance film work with her mentor, Cari Ann Shim Sham*. Ally’s choreography and dance films have been presented at a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles and the United States including the Pasadena Dance Festival, Ford Amphitheater, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Highways Performance Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and the American Dance Festival. She is co-artistic director of IN/EX Dance Project, a Los Angeles-based collaborative dance company dedicated to unconventional performances. In addition to producing, performing and choreographing locally, Voye is a dance-teaching artist at The Growing Place preschool in Santa Monica.
Carmela Hermann Dietrich (Co-Creator, Choreographer, Performer) –
Carmela Hermann, M.F.A., is a choreographer whose work is informed by personal history, politics, and the things people don’t discussCarmela-Hermann-Dietrich-by-Andrei-Andreev in public. Hermann Dietrich’s choreography has been presented throughout the United States and Europe, at The Getty Center, The Bootleg Theater, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and Los Angeles Central Library to name a few. Hermann received her M.F.A. in Choreography from UCLA, where she was influenced by her work with Simone Forti and Victoria Marks. Hermann Dietrich collaborated with Forti from 1998-2007, performing improvisational duets based on the cities they performed. Pieces included, Seattle, and New York. “Learning to Speak,” her article about text-based dance improvisation was published in Taken By Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader (Weslyan University Press, 2003). She creates duets with longtime collaborator Terrence Luke Johnson, which comedically take on issues of sex, death, and intimacy. Hermann Dietrich has performed in works by Victoria Marks, Christine Suarez, Carol McDowell, and Noga Chomut.
Leah Rothman (Performer) –
Leah Rothman, a non-practicing attorney, is currently working as a full-time mom to her three young children. Originally from Marin County, she has spent the majority of her adult life in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband Jacob. In Marin, she was principal flautist in the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an undergraduate, she majored in philosophy at UCLA before attending Law School at Columbia University. As an attorney, she loved not only the work, but also the heels and the suits. She practiced corporate litigation at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, before starting a family. In her role as mom, her jobs include conflict resolution, creating scheduling spreadsheets, carpooling, cooking meals, being on the green committee, and staying calm without pharmaceuticals (SoulCycle and hot yoga help). She is inspired and passionate about color; in the wake of the whirlwind surrounding her special-needs children, she finds comfort in the therapeutic nature of fashion.
Bill Ratner (Performer) –
Bill Ratner is one of America’s premier voiceover performers on movie trailers, documentaries, computer games, and cartoons. Ratner’s spoken-word performances are featured on National Public Radio’s “Good Food,” “The Business,” and KCRW’s “Strangers.” He is a nine-time winner of The Moth StorySLAMs. His personal essays and short stories are published in The Missouri Review, The Baltimore Review, Hobo Pancakes,FeminineCollective.com, Blue Lake Review, Spork Press, Niteblade, Papier Maché Press, and Wolfsinger Publications. He is the author of the bookParenting for the Digital Age: The Truth behind Media’s Effect on Children and What To Do About It from Familius Press. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of California Riverside/Palm Desert. http://www.billratner.com