Guest Choreographers in Residence

2017-2018 Guest Artists


Fall 2017

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SIMON THOMAS-TRAIN began dancing at Middlebury College, transitioning from an extensive background in competitive cross country skiing to graduate with a BA in Dance and Architectural Studies in 2009. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Rhynard/Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens, Attack Theatre, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Tiffany Mills and Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Red Dirt Dance, band|portier, David Dorfman Dance, Pavel Zustiak|palissimo and in the immersive theater works Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise by the Bessie-winning Third Rail Projects. He is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary performance group The Space We Make.

Simon has had the great honor of participating in the State Department sponsored cultural diplomacy project DanceMotion USA during his time with David Dorfman Dance. Simon’s work has been presented in numerous locations in New York City and in larger academic institutions across the country. Currently, Simon is on the faculty at the Grace Church School and Gibney Dance in New York City. Though incredibly passionate about his career as a performer and teacher, Simon is also halfway through studies to earn an MBA in Sustainability Systems from the Presidio Graduate School. He seeks to ultimately integrate sustainable business practices into his career as a performer, teacher, and creator.


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KRISTI FAULKNER (Founder/Artistic Director of Kristi Faulkner Dance) is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, educator and activist. Based in Detroit, she operates under the philosophy "dare to be different" - creating thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange. Her work challenges and excavates ideas about sensuality, strength, authority, disgust, attraction, and objectification while centering on authenticity and shedding the artifice of technically-focused performance to show what makes us human in ways that are relatable, yet sometimes uncomfortable.

Community engagement is integral to her artistic practice. She has led local community workshops at Lafayette Community Gardens, Affirmations LGBT Center, Light Box, Detroit Contemporary, Ponyride, and the Allied Media Conference in addition to master classes and residencies at numerous universities, studios, and festivals across the country.

Faulkner’s work has been presented and commissioned throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York including the Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Going Dutch Festival, Wealthy Theater, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, Niagara Fringe Festival, the University of Rochester, The College at Brockport, Oakland University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Bowling Green State University (BGSU).  Embracing her thirst for collaboration, she has worked on projects with Mahogany Jones, A Host of People, CMAP-Carrie Morris Productions, Shua Group, Dance in the Annex, and Detroit Dance Collective. Her dance films have been screened at Chez Bushwick's Kinetic Cinema, Alternative Arts Association NYC, Jam Handy, Cinetopia, and Detroit Film Theater. Her newest film, "Party of One", created in collaboration with Gold House Media was awarded the audience choice award at Moving24fps Detroit.

Faulkner holds an MFA in choreography and performance from The College at Brockport, State University of New York as well as dual degrees in dance performance and theatre from Bowling Green State University. She currently is on faculty at BGSU, where she is regularly commissioned for her choreography, and Wayne State University. She is a 2016 Maggie Allesee Choreography Award finalist for her work Object/obJECT, and a Knight Arts Challenge winner for her project Not in My House, a collaboration with the Ruth Ellis Center to engage and inspire LGBTQ youth through performance and storytelling.


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SUSAN BROOKER is a member of the Artistic Board of Examiners and Instructors for the American Ballet Theatre, National Training Curriculum and ABT Summer Program faculty member. In 2000 Ms. Brooker was invited to the USA to teach on the faculty of the Hartt School Dance Division, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, and in the School of Dance Connecticut (formally the School of the Hartford Ballet) of which she became Director in 2001 and Chair of the Dance Department of the Hartt School Community Division in 2004 - 2008. She directed the BalletMet Dance Academy from 2008 - 2014.

Ms. Brooker is a Fellow of the Cecchetti Faculty ISTD, Major Examiner of Cecchetti USA and holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. She taught for many years in Italy as: Director of the Scuola di Danza Hamlyn, Florence, Italian Examinations Organiser for the I.S.T.D., Honorary President of the Cultural Association, Ateneo Danza, and Vice President of A.N.C.E.C.

Students of Ms. Brooker have won prestigious international dance competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and are dancing with companies in Europe, South America and the Untied States.

Ms. Brooker has taught in schools in the USA, Europe, Canada and Japan and is a specialist in Ballet Pedagogy and curriculum development.


Winter 2018

details coming soon.

Zelma Badu-Younge

Roger Van Fleteren

Jessica (Loosenort) Pittman
(Alumna in Residence)



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