Sharyn co-founded NACHMO in the fall of 2009. She loved the productivity and camaraderie she experienced the previous year while participating in National Novel Writing Month, and she and her friend Anna wanted to see if they could apply that model to choreography. Turns out deadlines and peer pressure are very artistically motivating across disciplines! She's currently working on a project with bassist Steve Whipple and guitarist Anna Mnich and enjoys teaching dance to kids and teens at the Mark Morris Dance Center and Logrea Dance Academy.
Born in Bosnia, Maja moved to Canada at the age of seven where she began her early dance training in a variety of styles, going on to perform in works by Canadian choreographers/directors Lindsay Shearer-Nelko, Kristen Sawatzky, Donna Fletcher, and having the honor of representing Team Canada at the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Dance Championships in 2008, winning a bronze medal. Since moving to New York in 2014, Maja continues to weave dance throughout her life, performing in Translate Voices of Dance (curated by J Chen Project), RAW Artists, Gibney, Nacre Dance, Footprints Modern Dance Festival, Green Space, and dancing in several short dance films. She has choreographed for NACHMO, Danceworks NYC, Six Degrees Dance and was a featured choreographer in the 2017 Young Choreographer’s Festival presented by Emily Bufferd. Maja is passionate about giving voice to all communities to share their stories through dance, and devotes her time to organizations with this aim, including the NACHMO Artists Committee and Dance/NYC.
Regional Director Coordinator
Brenna Banister began her dance training at the age of 5 in Waterbury, CT. She fell in love with the art form after moving to Vermont, where she continued training under the direction of Jacque-Lynn Mackay. After high school, Brenna attended Boston University, where she spent one semester as a part of the Dance Theatre Group on campus. After graduating from BU in 2012, Brenna became a member of OnStage Dance Company. Brenna was an ensemble dancer in Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert and has presented original work with OnStage Dance Company, in NACHMO: Boston, and as a part of the aMaSSiT program at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. In 2014, Brenna founded a small collective of contemporary dancers called Alive Dance Collective. Today the group rehearses regularly to perform work in festivals and performances throughout Massachusetts and beyond.
Anna co-founded NACHMO, the site-specific dance company The Moves Project, and the advocacy group the Columbus Dance Alliance. From 2016 to 2017, Anna joined the Humane Technology Livable Futures Conference as a Research Fellow, presented at the Joint Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society for Dance History Scholars, and earned gala selection for her choreography at the American College Dance Association Eastern-Central Conference. Anna has been a Lecturer in San Diego State University's Division of Dance since 2017. annabrownmassey.com
NYC Production Associate
Serena Chang, born and raised in Ohio, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics, and minor in Chinese from The Ohio State University. Serena was recently working with Stephan Koplowitz as a core company member at Bates Dance Festival 2017 and is currently dancing with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, The Spark Movement Collective and other freelance artists like Michelle Thompson Ulerich in New York. She is a recipient of the Pelotonia Cancer Research Fellowship, Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Columbus Dance Theater Fellowship, and a nominee for The Dizzy Feet Foundation Program for her choreography. Serena has been working with NACHMO since 2016 and is excited to go into her third season with such an amazing group of artists and thinkers!
Data and Accounting
Julia Corrigan is a choreographer and arts administrator. She is the managing director of Electric Eye Ensemble, a theater company that produces multidisciplinary, original work centered on American myths and cultural stories. Recent choreography credits include Welcome to the Doll Den (The Tank), Earthrise (Dixon Place), table show (The Tank), and PEER (Green Space). Julia is a graduate of Goucher College, where she was a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Brooke Pierce Award for the Fine Arts for her piece Really Is, Always Was.
Monica Hogan is a NYC-based choreographer, teacher, and dancer. Her company, Monica Hogan Danceworks, has presented choreography on stages internationally including: Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Arts Center, The Secret Theatre, NY Jazz Choreography Project, Queens Council on the Arts, CoolNY Dance Festival (NYC); Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall (China); Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS (NC); and Jazz on Tap (GA). Monica teaches advanced/intermediate contemporary and jazz classes throughout the New York area, including Peridance Capezio Center. Monica has performed professionally with companies including Gaspard&Dancers, De Funes Dance Company, BalaSole Dance Company, Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre, and more. On screen, Monica has performed in music videos for artists including Delta Rae and Vienna Teng and in work for AdCouncil and The College Board. In 2011, she was a choreographer and dancer in the opening ceremonies of the Universiade Olympic Games in Shenzhen, China. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the NACHMO team!
NYC producer, NAChmox producer
Annalisa is the New York City NACHMO & NACHMOx Producer. She has been participating in NACHMO since 2012 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors and Artist Committee. She is a choreographer, performer and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY and the co-artistic director of Current Harbor. She has created and performed in new works in NYC at BAM Fischer Hall, HERE, Frieze, Dixon Place, The 14th Street Y, The WorkShop Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chain Theatre, The Tank, Under St. Marks, the Mark Morris Dance Center, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Triskelion. She has also performed and choreographed at regional venues in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. As a teaching artist, Annalisa works for a number of institutions bringing dance and theater into NYC public schools. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Vermont. | www.currentharbor.com
Shannon McMullan is a fourth generation Isadora Duncan dancer residing in Brooklyn where she enjoys taking care of her plants, being bitten by her roommate’s cat, and seeing how far she can ride on a Citibike. Shannon holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University and is currently pursuing her MA in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University. She currently performs with Dances by Isadora and Dance Visions NY, both of which are focused on the preservation of the Isadora Duncan lineage and repertoire. During the day, Shannon is the Event Manager for tech events in the AEC industry that promote innovation and knowledge-sharing. She is super excited to combine the skills she’s learned from her day job and her love for dance to create a full program of events for the NACHMO community! In addition to the rest of her life, Shannon is also an RYT-200 Vinyasa Teacher in a local Brooklyn studio.
Jen Roit received a BFA at NYU Tisch working with Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden. She continued a diverse career with Jennifer Archibald, Nathan Trice, Daniel Holt, Mark Dendy, Randy James, Transcendance Group, and the Park Avenue Armory. With her company Armada Dance, she has produced work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, Moving Beauty Series, Amalgamate Artist Series, Equilibrium Danceworks, WAXworks, and has been presented at HATCH, Spoke the Hub, RAW Artists, Dixon place, The Actors Fund, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion, StylePointe for Fashion Week 2017, and Ticino in Danza (Switzerland). She currently serves on the Artist Committee for NACHMO, is editor of the Dance Magazine College Guide, serves as project manager for TERP Corp, and works with Dances for Solidarity. She has choreographed for short films and music videos, including "You and I and You" presented at the Outlet Dance Project's International Film Festival, Dance Film Day in Portland, OR, and Triskelion's Dance Film Festival.
Social Media Manager
Addison is a Manager of Corporate Engagement at United Way of New York City. Before joining United Way, she received a Master of Arts concentrating in ethics at Yale University. At Yale, she also danced with Yaledancers, choreographing multiple pieces for their fall and spring shows. Prior to her graduate work, she double majored in economics and religious studies at Furman University, where she was captain of the Furman Dance Company. Addison loves dance, yoga, and hot cheetos. She is absolutely thrilled to join the NACHMO team this year!
Director of development and strategic planning
Victoria Shadle, originally from Central Pennsylvania, works as the Development Officer, Individual Giving at Harlem Children's Zone and is pursuing her Master's in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. She grew up dancing in Central Pennsylvania and went on to major in Dance at Hofstra University. There she performed in works by Robin Becker, Karla Wolfangle, Catherine Turocy, and Rachel List and had several pieces of her choreography selected to be shown at student showcases. She has worked in administration at a number of dance institutions including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dance/USA, New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and Ballet Hispanico. In addition to volunteering with NACHMO, she also volunteers for House of the Roses to bring weekly creative movement classes to kids living in New York City's homeless shelters.
Former and Founding AC Members
Karesia Batan, Anjuli Bhattacharyya, Emily Craver, Erica Frankel, Jaedra DiGiammarino, Janet Forward, Brighid Greene, Charles Gushue, Micheline Heal, Chelsea Koenig, Tia Huston, Jun Lee, Jenny Pommiss