University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Summerdances Bios


Stephan Koplowitz (Choreographer) is an award-winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. Since 1984 he has created 63 works and has been awarded 43 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). His work has been seen across the United States and in Europe, most recently in the Los Angeles’ on the Red Line of LA Metro and in Houston (the Water Wall), Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Mass MoCA, and the Center for New Media in Salt Lake City. In Europe his site work was performed at the Kokerei Zollverein Factory (1999, Essen Germany), at the British Library (1998) and at London’s Natural History Museum (1996) both commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival. After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2006, was appointed dean of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, Los Angeles) where he currently resides. Through he is offering the first free online course on the creation of site dance and performance. For more information on his work visit: &

Christina Briggs Winslow (Rehearsal Director) will be returning to UWM for her third year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Department. She has recently been on the faculty in the Dance Department at Hofstra University and Queens College and the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive. Since 2000, she has been dancing with Heidi Latsky and for the past three years has been the Rehearsal Director. In 1996, Christina co-founded Incidents Dance. Since then her work has performed in New York City at Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, Pace University, St. Mark’s Church and University Settlement, as well as in Atlanta, Boulder, Fort Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Richmond.

Jessica Peck (Production Manager) comes to UWM from Skylight Music Theatre where she worked as an electrician and programmer. Productions included Music Man, Daddy Long Legs, Sunday in the Park with George, and Avenue Q. She also stage managed Things That Go Ding! Previously, Jessica spent a season at The Rep as electrics intern and assistant stagehand working on Cabaret, Bombshells, The 39 Steps, and Bombitty of Errors. Jessica joined UWM as Master Electrician this summer and worked on Summerdances, Dancemakers, and Somatophobia. She worked as lighting designer on this year’s production of New Dancemakers and stage manager for Wild Party. She is incredibly thankful for her husband, family, and crews.

Denise Olivieri (Stage Manager)

Luc Vanier (School of Freshwater Sciences Coordinator) was a Principal Dancer and company choreographer with Ohio Ballet. His book “Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link” was published by the University of Illinois Press June 2011 and recently mentioned in Dance Magazine. His work is being recognize by the Center for 21st Century Studies with a multidisciplinary grant. His interactive work “Sur_Rendered” premiered with the Milwaukee Ballet January 2010. He both received his MFA University of Illinois (top ten dance program in US News) and became a certified Alexander teacher in 2001. Since 2011, he is one of 27 training course directors in the US training Alexander Technique teachers with an AmSAT certified course.

Lisa Quinn (Costume Designer) is a UWM art alumna, costuming her third show with Summer/Winterdances for UWM Dance. While not her day job, Ms. Quinn has been costuming for over 15 years, from dance school recitals, to musicals at local middle and high schools, to stitching for Skylight Musical Theater. Ms. Quinn would like to thank UWM Dance for the continued opportunity to create with their artists and staff.

Tim Russell (Composer, Milwaukee Art Museum) Tim Russell was raised in a house filled with the sounds of recreational musicians. From that nurturing experience, he was drawn to music as a way of interacting with the world. Tim began his professional career as a musician at fifteen, playing drums in rock bands around the Chicago suburbs. His passion for music and percussion deepened as he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he eventually graduated with a BM in percussion performance. Tim was immersed in the world of Contemporary Movement via accompanying classes and composing music at the University of Wisconsin Dance Program, an environment that encouraged his experimental and collaborative spirit. While in Madison, he maintained a active performing schedule, managed a private teaching studio and composed music for choreographers. Tim's work with choreographers such as Jin Wen Yu, Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Gerald Casel, Luc Vanier and Kun Yang Lin has brought his music all across the country from the Fab! festival in New York City to CounterPULSE! in San Francisco. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continues to expand his artistic family.

Richard Hynson (Musical Director, Water Tower) This season marks Richard Hynson’s 25th anniversary season as Music Director of the Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra. Hynson has also served as Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra since 2006. Hynson has conducted at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he led a large national festival chorus and orchestra in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem. In the summer of 2008, Hynson conducted the string orchestra and chorus for the Prelude Music Academy summer camp in Madison. In 2009, he guest-conducted the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in one of the Concerts on the Square in Madison. He also served as the Music Director for Gathering on the Green, the popular outdoor music festival in Mequon, WI, in 2009, 2010, and 2012. In October 2012, Hynson was awarded first place in The American Prize in Conducting - Community Chorus.


Water Tower Cast: Katharina Abderholden, Cari Allison, Halie Bahr, Marissa Jax, Brenna Marlin, Brooke Miller, Nadin Nowak, Samantha Patrick, Kristin Reidelberger, Kimberly Rhyme, Devin Settle, Libby Faye Schmitz, Kelsey Stolhand

Milwaukee Art Museum Cast: Katharina Abderholden, Cari Allison, Halie Bahr, Brooke Bloedorn, Tara Deming, Tori Diny, Hannah Drake, Layce Hall, Marissa Jax, Norielle Johnson, Chantee Kelly, Danielle Koeck, Deanna Lewis, Brenna Marlin, Brooke Miller, Chloe Nagle, Nadin Nowak, Samantha Patrick, Kristin Reidelberger, Kimberly Rhyme, Nicole Ross, Miranda Sakschek, Liz Schley, Libby Schmitz, Regan Schwantes, Devin Settle, Kelsey Stolhand, Maria Tordoff

Core Company Biographies:
Cari Allison is in her senior year working towards graduating in May of 2014 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from UWM. Cari has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and African at various studios near Milwaukee. She is excited to be interning with Oni Dance Company and Wild Space Dance Company in the Spring of 2014. Her experience as a performer has been with Elizabeth Johnson in Summerdances 2010, “I Wanna Know What You’re Thinking” and Winterdances 2011, “Ball-Ad.”

Halie Bahr This is Halie’s first experience with site-specific work. She is currently entering her junior year within UWM’s BFA contemporary dance track, and has worked with several faculty members including Luc Vanier and Christina Briggs Winslow.

Brenna Marlin graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Dance in 2013.

Kymberly McDaniel will be a senior in the fall pursuing a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology. She has performed in student and faculty pieces and taught dance in Romania, Maine, and Chicago.

Nadin Nowak

Samantha Patrick

Kristin Reidelberger has performed in works by Janet Lilly, Luc Vanier, Gerald Casel, Petr Zahrednicek, and fellow students.

Libby Faye Schmitz recently graduated from UWM with her BFA in Dance. She is from Sheboygan but has lived in Milwaukee the last few years. The UWM Dance Department has provided many opportunities for her such as dancing in works by amazing faculty members, guest artists, and students as well as presenting her own work in the Informal Concert at the American College Dance Festival 2013. She is currently working with RoofTop Dance during her summer along with Stephan Koplowitz’s site-specific projects. She is very grateful to have had this opportunity with Stephan rain, snow and shine.

Devin Settle Now a junior, Devin started dancing in college and has danced with Luc Vanier and Katie Sopoci Drake.

Kelsey Stolhand will be graduating with a BFA in Dance in May 2014. She most recently performed in Christina Briggs Winslow’s “Vestiges” in this year’s Springdances…impermanence.


Principal Singers
Bel Canto Chorus Singers


Denise Olivieri Stage Manager
Meredith L. Roat Assistant Stage Manager
Kymberly McDaniel Rehearsal Assistant
Colin Gawronski Production Assistant
Korporate Media Videographer
Jessica Kaminski Photographer