Kate Weare Company : Artists

Douglas Gillespie, Dancer and Assistant Director

DOUGLAS GILLESPIE (Associate Director and Dancer) is an originating member of Kate Weare Company’s first decade. As the Company’s Associate Director, Gillespie assists Weare on commissions, sets and re-stages repertory, facilitates outreach and teaching, oversees touring and is integral to the company’s creative spirit. He teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program, Gibney Dance Center and National Taiwan University of the Arts. In Spring 2017 Gillespie premiered his first professional work Bellonas by Sarasota Contemporary Dance and in Summer his first NYC premiere of Gauche Arbiters as a part of the Doug Varone DEVICES choreographic workshop. Gillespie’s first solo project was performed in Taiwan in November 2015 and had its U.S. debut in April 2016. He has also created student commissions for Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of his most recent works have premiered at American College Dance Association. Gillespie was a performing member of Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie, born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville, Florida received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005. Gillespie has been described in Weare’s work by The Village Voice “…he hurls himself into complicated connections the way an Olympian runs into his pole vaults.”

photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang

Current Dancers

  • Douglas Gillespie, Dancer and Assistant Director
  • Julian De Leon, Dancer and Rehearsal Director
  • Nicole Vaughan-Diaz, Dancer
  • Ryan Rouland Smith, Dancer
  • Kayla Farrish, Dancer
  • Thryn Saxon, Dancer
  • Current Collaborators

  • Sarah Cubbage, Costume Designer
  • Mike Faba, Lighting Designer
  • Curtis Robert Macdonald, Composer
  • Clifford Ross, Set Designer and Fabric Imagery
  • Kurt Perschke, Set Designer
  • Past Collaborators

  • Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, Composer
  • The Crooked Jades, Composer
  • Michel Galante of Argento Chamber Ensemble, Composer
  • Christopher Lancaster, Composer
  • Brian Jones, Lighting Designer
  • Past Dancers

  • Leslie Kraus, Dancer
  • T.J. Spaur, Dancer
  • Adrian Clark, Founding Dancer
  • Luke Murphy, Dancer Emeritus
  • Jacquelyn Elder, Dancer Emeritus
  • Marlena Penney Oden, Dancer Emeritus
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