Kate Weare Company thrives because of the amazing group of talented, daring and committed artists that enrich its work.
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Adrian Clark graduated from Connecticut College in 2001, majoring in dance and choreography, after which he had the pleasure of working with Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara Malvacias, Julie Atlas Muz, Tamar Rogoth, Tami Stronach, Ori Flomin and Donna Uchizono. He has been thrilled to be an integral part of Kate Weare Company since 2005, becoming Rehearsal Director in 2009. Clark teaches technique and partnering at colleges and festivals around the country. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich wrote: “Clark is cool and unpredictable...his performance basks in a hair-trigger exhibition of technique.”
photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang
Douglas Gillespie received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University and worked with choreographers Ben Munisteri, Heather McArdle and Tennille Lambert before joining Kate Weare Company in 2007. Born in California but hailing from The Sunshine State, Gillespie currently serves as rehearsal director for the company as well as Weare's directorial assistant for outside commissions. Gillespie regularly teaches on behalf of Kate Weare Company, most recently at NYU Tisch Summer Program, The Juilliard School and Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as under his own auspices at dance centers and colleges around the country. Gillespie’s own student commissions include a group work for Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL, which was showcased at ACDFA in 2013, and a quartet for Cleveland State University in 2014.
photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang
T.J. Spaur began dancing at the age of 10 in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to Los Angeles after high school and performed with Mandy Moore, Paula Morgan, Sir Ryan Heffington and Psycho Dance Sho, and as a member of Adam Parson's Commonality Dance Company. In 2006, T. J. graduated cum laude from California State University, Long Beach where he also danced works by Keith Johnson and Doug Nielsen. From 2006 to 2010, he was a member of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, where he performed in repertory by Karole Armitage, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, John Jasperse, Larry Kegwin, Wayne McGregor and Doug Varone. T.J. has also toured internationally to France and Italy with Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater. This is his third season with Kate Weare Company.
photo by Dallas Graham
Leslie Kraus graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography in 2003, and subsequently danced with Curt Haworth and Robbinschilds as well as in her own work in New York. Leslie joined Kate Weare Company in 2006. In 2009, she was recognized for outstanding dancing in Dance Magazine’s annual list of “Top 25 Dancers to Watch.” Leslie routinely acts as Weare’s assistant director, most recently for a commissioned work on dance students at the NYU Tisch School. In 2012 Leslie joined the company Punchdrunk. She currently plays Lady Macbeth in the hit show Sleep No More. In 2009, critic Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice wrote: “(Leslie) Kraus is amazing - demon and angel.”
photo by Christopher Duggan
Luke Murphy is originally from Cork City, Ireland. He trained at Point Park University where he earned a BFA in Dance and English. Murphy is an original cast member of Punchdrunk's award-winning productions of Sleep No More in Boston ('09-'10) and New York ('11-'13), with Martha Clarke in Angel Reapers ('10-'11) and Pavel Zustiak in Painted Bird Part III. In addition, he has danced in the companies of Janis Brenner, Dusan Tynek, Sean Curran, Heidi Latsky and in special projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. His own work has been presented in NYC, Pittsburgh, Ireland and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a 2011-2013 Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a 2012-2013 Resident Artist at Duo Multicultural Arts Center, a 2011-2012 Associate Artist at DanceIreland, a 2013 Artist in Residence at Dance New Amsterdam and a 2014 Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard. Murphy joined Kate Weare Company in October 2011.
Kurt Perschke is an artist based in Brooklyn working in public space, sculpture, video, and collage. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project, is a traveling public project that has taken place in Paris, London, Barcelona, Lausanne, Portland, Sydney, Taipei, Chicago and Toronto, among other cities. The project won a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. Perschke has exhibited with institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. His video work has screened in Europe and the U.S., and at the Bronx Museum during an AIM Fellowship. This is his third set design for Kate Weare Company.
Sarah Cubbage's credits include: Drop Down, Light, Garden, Bright Land, Lean-to, Kate Weare Company; Idyll, Paradigm, chor. Kate Weare; Radio Show, Brick, Number 6, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. Off-Broadway: Reflections of a Heart, A Year with Frog & Toad. Regional: Evita, The Wizard of Oz, 39 Steps, I Hate Hamlet, Northern Stage; The Ladies Man, Corpse!, Curtain Call Theatre; Catch-22, Aquila Theatre Company. Film: A Clerk’s Tale, dir. James Franco; So Over You, dir. Karen Odyniec, Seconds, dir. Marcin Stawarz; Welcome, dir. Maja Milanovic. Other NYC: Hater, Ohio; The Magic Flute, Gargoyle Garden, Manhattan School of Music; Don Giovanni, Hofstra; As You Like It, The Tempest, NY Shakespeare Society; Alice In Wonderland, Center For Contemporary Opera. MFA: NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; Member USA 829