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Michelle Mola (production dramaturg) has worked as a production dramaturg for choreographer Adam Weinert on the film MONUMENT (2017), awarded “Best Long” at the Portland Dance Film Festival. In 2018, she worked with him again on the reconstruction of Ted Shawn's epic ensemble, Dance of The Ages (1938) from Jacob's Pillow extensive archive. As a movement coach and choreographer, she has worked for Sony-Marvel with actors Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and 3D effects artists on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). In performance, Michelle has worked with choreographer Jack Ferver on Chambre (2016) nominated for a "Bessie" award for Outstanding Production. She was called “terrifically smart” by The New York Times for their duet Me, Michelle (2011) presented by Performa ‘11, as well as Rumble Ghost (2010) a "hyper-reality" reinterpretation of the horror film Poltergeist (1982), performed at PS122 in New York City. Michelle studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and University of South Florida. Upon graduating from The Juilliard School she received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography and Annenberg Arts Fellowship for Performance and Choreography.


Pamela Moulton
(set designer) is a Franco-American artist best known for her installation work which often incorporates heirloom textiles, industrial materials, and soundscapes. A twinkle in her eye and years of experience designing children’s museums, inventing toys, and collaborations with circuses, she has a penchant for whimsy and interactive works of art, threading games and challenges into many of her pieces. NYC, Spain, and Italy were her home for 14 years before love and motherhood drew her to France where she lived for 23 years. While in France, her work veered toward large-scale community based projects and public art. She received her MFA from the Ecole Superieure d’Art in Aix en Provence and studied choreography and education at the IUFM in Blois for 7 years bringing contemporary dance into rural France. Upon her return to Maine, she was honored to receive the Maine Visual Arts Fellowship and has settled into a creative rhythm. In the summers, she is resident manager of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Maine and presently teaches contemporary art to University students and elders suffering from dementia. Pamela is also a teaching artist with Side x Side, an integrative arts organization, and prioritizes making art in her studio.

Carol Farrell (costume designer) comes from an eclectic background in costume design, puppetry arts, and the creation of devised theater. In 1982, Carol co-founded Figures of Speech Theatre, an award-winning actor/puppet/movement theater with an international touring radius. As FST Co-Artistic Director for 30 years, Carol created and produced numerous original theater works and performed extensively worldwide. Besides a BA in Dance and an MA in Costume Design, Carol has studied Japanese theater and traditional clothing on fellowships from the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, and Objectheatre at the Institut Internationale de la Marionnette in France. She has served on the faculties of several colleges and is currently the costume manager for Bates College’s Department of Theater and Dance.

Ryan MacDonald (sound designer) has worked in sound, text, video, and dramaturgy with choreographers Aretha Aoki, Devynn Emory, and Vanessa Anspaugh. Ryan was nominated for a 2017 "Bessie" award in Outstanding Composition and Sound Design. He is the author of the story collection, The Observable Characteristics of Organisms (FC2) and the winner of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Award. Ryan has an MFA in Studio Art and an MFA in English from Umass, Amherst, where he taught New Media in the art department for several years until moving to Maine to teach Advanced Design: Media in the theater and dance department at Bowdoin College.


David Ferri
(lighting designer) has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Yin Mei, Eiko and Koma, Jane Comfort, David Rousseve, Jody Sperling, Rosie Herrera, and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996 training upcoming designers in America. he is the recipient of a 1987-1988 "Bessie" award for his design of Doug Varone's "Straits," and a 2000-2001 "Bessie" award for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design. David is the resident Lighting Designer - Technical Director for The Vassar College Dance Department and was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 from 1985 to 1991. 
 

Justin Moriarty (production management) is a lighting designer, playwright, poet, and educator and is the Technical Director of the Theater and Dance Department at Bates College. He is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts. One of his recent plays, The Rounds, was produced at the Theater of the New City’s 2018 Dream Up Festival. His lighting design credits include Sara Juli, Lida Winfield, Annie Kloppenberg, Laura Peterson, The Wonder Twins, Robin Sanders, Headlong Dance Theater, A Company of Girls, and TEDxDirigo. Justin’s lighting designs have been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the O’Shaughnessy, the Flynn, the Yard, Theater Emory, Portland Stage, Space Gallery, Portland Players, St. Lawrence Arts, Mayo Street Arts, and Bates Dance Festival and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges. Justin is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE local 114. In 2010, Justin founded a summer peace and social justice camp in South Portland, where he spends his summers teaching theater for social change to children beginning at the age of 6. Justin was the Production Manager of Bates Dance Festival in Summer 2021 and is the Technical Director this summer.


Avery Lythcott-Haims
(stage manager) is a pre-professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer turned stage technician, currently working as a production intern with the American Dance Festival. An undergraduate at Duke University (‘23), Avery has enjoyed joining the Durham artist community. She teaches at Empower Dance Studio, performs and choreographs with Hoof ‘n’ Horn at Duke University, and this winter choreographed for Durham School of the Arts. This summer they have enjoyed running the gamut as a stage technician in various roles at the American Dance Festival and she is thrilled to return to the role of stage manager for this show.


Sorcha Cribben-Merrill
(music arranger) is from Maine with a voice of unexpected power and depth of presence. She writes stirring songs steeped in blues, folk, jazz, and soul. Sorcha tours nationally as a solo, duo, and with her band and is equally at home performing in folk festivals, rock clubs, historic theaters, and living rooms. A Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and a songwriter-vocalist for Bay Chamber Concert’s Lullaby Project, a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program, she loves engaging youth and elders in interactive performances, from early childhood music classes to jazz concerts for assisted living audiences. From haunting ballads to charming vignettes to funk grooves, her songs unveil, “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix) www.sorchastudio.com