Company biographies

The Board of Directors of Lorraine Chapman, The Company, Inc.

Lorraine Chapman, President and Director
Beth Ries, Clerk
Brian Milauskas, Director
Deborah Boyle, Director

 

The Dancers of Lorraine Chapman, The Company, Inc.

Chun Jou Tsai (Dream)

is a native of Taiwan with extensive knowledge of dance performance, choreography, education and acting. She has received numerous awards for her choreography and performance since 2005, Excellence in choreography by Kelly Holt Award, The Cleveland Arts Prize by Lathryn Karpides scholarship in Modern Dance and Excellence in performance by Edna Raphael Award as well as funding to attend the prestigious American Dance festival in 2008 and 2011 and Vienna international Dance Festival (ImPulsTanz) in 2013. Ms. Tsai accepted full scholarship in 2010 to attend Case Western Reserve University MFA in Contemporary Modern Dance where she continued to receive accolades for her work. After coming to Boston in 2013, she joined Urbanity Dance, Penumbra: Movement, Luminarium Dance with performances at Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, APAP show case 2015 in NYC, National Choreography month in Boston, Outside the Box Art Festival, Summer in City and so on. Ms. Tsai is also an independent choreographer and her night-length work, The Dream Project produced on December 20. 2014. Her works is invited to Dancing in Streets 2015, “Sparks” dance festival in NYC and “You Move” dance festival in NY. She is one of very few professional dance artist in Boston Currently merging Asian traditional dance with Western contemporary forms.

Katharina Schier

is a graduate from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. Originally from Germany, Katharina grew up in Calgary, Canada training from a young age at The School of Alberta Ballet. Her love of performing was solidified when she was cast as “Clara” in the final two productions of Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” with The Alberta Ballet Company. After high school Katharina moved to Vancouver to train at Harbour Dance Center and was fortunate to work with choreographers Heather Laura Gray, Liz Tookey, Moe Brody and Pamela Rosa in live stage and industrial work throughout Vancouver. Since moving to the United States she has performed in works by world-renowned choreographers such as Mark Morris, Danny Buraczeski, Uri Sands, Richard Colton and Andrea Miller and has been cast in industrials/commercials including the CT Lottery Lucky for Life commercial and “Britain is Great” campaign. While in Boston Katharina has had the opportunity to choreograph for events including performances at The Berklee Performance Center and for Boston Pride 2015. Upon attaining her degree she has had the opportunity to work and perform with local companies and artist in Boston including Emily-Jerant Hendrickson, Cathy Young, Pantos Project, Luminarium Dance Company and Tony Williams Dance Company. Katharina is thrilled to continue her work in Boston as a part of Lorraine Chapman’s creative, playful and exciting process!

Catherine Musinsky

has an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts and a BA and ALM in Digital Media from Harvard. She has been dancing and making dances for almost 30 years, performed with companies in Boston and New York including Prometheus, Beth Soll, LCTC and Sabrina Peck Performance company, and now improvises widely, teaches yoga and Pilates and produces a triannual cross-disciplinary improvisation event, Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment. She also researches the origin of mammals as an Assistant to Professor Emeritus Fuzz Crompton, in the OEB Department at Harvard. A short film about Catherine's dancing after breast cancer, "Unchastened," by Brynmore Williams, won nine awards including the prestigious Amazing Grace Award. Catherine and Lorraine love to collaborate and appear in one anothers' work.

Marissa Molinar

is a contemporary dancer, freelance consultant, and community activist working to engage and support Boston's dance community. As a dancer, Marissa began training at a young age in Folklórico Mexicano and Bharatanatyam (classical South Indian dance) and was introduced to modern dance and composition in high school under the direction of Daniel McCusker. After obtaining a degree in environmental science, Marissa was opened to the world of professional-level contemporary dance training when attending Summer Stages Dance/Concord Academy in 2009, and she has since dedicated herself to pursuing a career as a professional contemporary dance artist. Marissa is currently working with Anna Myer and Dancers, Ruckus Dance, and Lorraine Chapman, The Company. Marissa is the founder/curator of The Midday Movement Series, a contemporary dance class series supporting Boston's emerging teachers and promoting consistent training among professional dancers.

Li-Ann Lim

began her dance training at the Lexington School of Ballet and continued her dance studies at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. In 2004, she joined Chen and Dancers. She later moved to California and received an MFA in dance at the University of California, Irvine. While in California, Li-Ann served as adjunct faculty at Fullerton College and Scripps College and continued performing, appearing with the Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble and Rosanna Gamson/World Wide. Since returning to the Boston area in 2009, she has continued to teach ballet and modern dance. She has performed with BalletRox, Dance Currents, and Contrapose. She currently dances with North Atlantic Ballet and is thrilled to be part of LCTC.

Cacia LaCount

, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, attended high school at Walnut Hill School for the arts under the direction of Michael Owen. There, she trained with Samuel Kurkjian, Kathy Kozul, Denise Lewis, Michael Owen and Diane Arvanites, among others. Cacia has attended intensives at Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, The Juilliard School, Chautauqua Institute, and The Joffrey Ballet School. She also trained at SUNY Purchase, and will receive her BFA from The Boston Conservatory as a Jan Veen Scholar in May 2016. While at The Boston Conservatory, Cacia has performed works by Robert Battle, Uri Sands, Richard Coltun, Dwight Rhoden, Merce Cunningham, and Andrea Miller.

Flora Hyoin Kim

earned her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Flora trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts (2005-2006) and Boston Ballet School (2006-2010) along with numerous dance education programs including World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Dance Education Laboratory, Bates Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Kirov Academy of Ballet. Upon graduation, Flora danced with Urbanity Dance and is currently dancing with Prometheus Dance and joined Lorraine Chapman the Company fall 2016. Flora has performed at numerous places including the Boston Conservatory, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art and Association of Performing Arts presenters in NYC. As a choreographer, Flora’s most recent work Home, sweet home. has won the grand award and was selected to present at 2016 World Soldiers & Youth Unification Security Vision Presentation Contest in South Korea over the summer 2016. As a teaching artist, Flora has been teaching at the Boston Ballet School, Urbanity Dance, LINX Dance, Boston Korean School as well as Boston public schools for the community outreach program. This is Flora’s first season with LCTC and she is thrilled to dance her heart out!

Emily Jerant-Hendrickson

is currently a senior at the Boston Conservatory where she has performed works by Uri Sands, Richard Colton, Tommy Neblett and Cathy Young. Emily has also had her own choreography performed on the concert stage of the Boston Conservatory and Green Street Studios. Emily has been a member of LCTC for the past 4 years where she has performed in artBEAT, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Boston University’s Dance Showcase, the Across the Ages Dance Project, Movement at the Mills, LCTC’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, Six Degrees of Separation, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, the Cape Dance Festival, and for Pentacle’s showcases the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Dixon Place in NYC.

Grant Jacoby

was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College, where he received his BA in Dance and Theater. He has performed with Lorraine Chapman The Company, Quicksilver Dance (company member 2013-2015), Danny Swain Dance Company, Brayton Dance, Intimations Dance, Mark Dendy, Annie Kloppenberg, Lauren Simpson and Chris McMillan. He founded his own company, Grant Jacoby & Dancers, in 2013, and has presented work at La MaMa ETC, Triskelion Arts, The Dance Complex (Boston Globe Critics Pick 2014 & 2015), Green Street Studios, Les Champs Melisey, Boston University Dance Theatre, AS220, RAW Boston (2014 Performer of the Year), and The International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Aside from his company work, he has also set works at Endicott College and Babson College, and has choreographed at The Roxbury Latin School, Next Door Theater, Spotlight Productions, North End Music & Performing Arts Center, and OnStage Dance Company. He is currently on faculty at The Boston Conservatory, Boston Ballet, and Brookline Academy of Dance.

Jessica Howard

is an independent performance artist and dance educator native to New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatr e and Dance from Keene State College in 2009. As an undergraduate she feels privileged to have trained and worked with Pilobolus, Mark Dendy, Sara Sweet Rabidoux, Paul Besaw, Candice Salyers, Cathy Nicoli, Marcia Murdock and William Seigh. Jessica is thrilled to be on her fourth season performing with Lorraine Chapman The Company. She resides in Southern MA as the Abbess of the POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center and Director of The Heron Dance, Yoga, & Meditation Studio.

Katie Dunkel

earned her BA in Dance from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama Performance Art Program out of New York City. She has had the pleasure of performing work by choreographers and companies including Audra Carabetta, Contrapose Dance, Falling Flight Project, Meghan McLyman, Mariah Steele/Quicksilver Dance, and Danny Swain Dance Company. Katie was a company member of EgoArt, Inc. for 8 years, and is thrilled to be dancing in her 5th season with Lorraine Chapman The Company. For over 10 years, Katie has taught ballet and modern dance to children Pre-K through high school. She also completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification through YogaWorks.

Alexander Drapinski

graduated Dean College with a Bachelors of Arts degree where he spent his time learning various dance techniques and performed in various pieces under the direction of Gregory King, Michelle Ball, Bryan Steele, Jean Wenzel, Kelly Peters and more. Currently, Alexander is educating students all over the state of Massachusetts in hip hop, tap and contemporary dance techniques. He also directs a pre-professional dance company program, that he started on his own, named Perceptions - The Concert Dance Experience. He started this program to educate high school students on the professional experience of a dance company, in hopes his students would be more prepared for majoring in dance in college. As well as performing with Lorraine Chapman - The Company, Alexander is also performing with Impact Dance Company under the direction of Meghan McCaffrey and Prometheus Dance under the direction of Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett.

Danielle Davidson

is an independent dance artist currently working in Boston and Providence. She completed her training at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, in Montréal and then joined the JBQ as a soloist, touring Europe and North America in new works by Thierry Malandain, Jean Grand­Maitre, Roland Petit, and Louis­Martin Charest. Since, she has worked with Ballet West, Ballet Espressivo, Opera Ontario, Debra Brown, and Productions Fila 13. She currently dances for Prometheus Dance Company, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and teaches at The Boston Conservatory. Danielle is also a choreographer who has presented her work in Canada and the US and is regularly commissioned to create dances for college and university dance programs. She is the co­founder, alongside Shura Baryshnikov, of Doppelgänger Dance Collective ­ a duets performance project company.

Shura Baryshnikov

is an artist committed to the process of creating, producing and performing movement and is Co-Artistic Director of Providence-based Doppelgänger Dance Collective.  With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility. Shura’s performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, Festival Ballet Providence, the Providence Fringe Festival, Brown University and in Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab. She is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University and has also taught movement and choreography for students at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University, Boston University and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. With extensive experience in dance programming, institutional development and fundraising, Shura also consults for arts education and performance initiatives; she is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for the New Movement Collaborative in Boston, MA.

Originally from Tokyo, Japan,

Wisty Andres

started ballet at 7 years old and had been dancing ever since. She is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy where she performed Les Patineurs, Sleeping Beauty, Viva Vivaldi, Serenade, and other classical and contemporary works. Ms. Andres holds an AA in Dance from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL, where she studied Ballet and Modern with an emphasis on dance performance. She is now a contemporary dancer and has danced all over the Boston area with various dance companies including Urbanity Dance, 1000virtues dance, and Penumbra:Movement, as well as part of her own independent work. She currently dances with LCTC and Kathleen Nasti. She also plays the accordion and enjoys freaking people out with her hyper-extended elbows.

Camden Ierardi

will always be an honorary LCTC company member. Rest in peace dear Camden Ierardi 4/19/91 - 2/12/12