A native of Québec, Canada, HELEN SIMONEAU (Artistic Director), has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss Intl. Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She was a resident choreographer at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, New York Dance Lab, and has received fellowships from The NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation, and twice from the North Carolina Arts Council. She has also choreographed for LA-based company BODYTRAFFIC at The National Choreographic Center in Akron. Simoneau was awarded 1st place for choreography at the Intl. Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany for her solo “the gentleness was in her hands” which also won The A.W.A.R.D. Show: NYC. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at notable venues such as The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), Athens Intl. Dance Festival (Greece), and the Shanghai Dance Festival (China). Simoneau is currently a fellow at The Ailey School’s New Directions Choreography Lab.

photo by Todd Turner

Company Members

  • Kayla Farrish

  • Marielis Garcia

  • Donovan Reed

  • Carlo Antonio Villanueva

  • Claire Westby


Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic palette that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new. She has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, OPERA America, Beth Morrison Projects, the American Composers Forum/JFund, International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE], Brooklyn Youth Chorus, REDSHIFT, the Nouveau Classical Project, Music of Remembrance, Friction Quartet, Experiments in Opera, and Ensemble Oktoplus. Her documentary work was recently presented by the NY Philharmonic Biennial and her residencies include Alarm Will Sound, Roulette/The Jerome Fund, Montalvo Arts, and Exploring the Metropolis. Kouyoumdjian is pursuing her D.M.A. in Composition at Columbia University, holds an M.A. in Scoring for Film & Multimedia from New York University, and a B.A. in Music Composition from UC San Diego. Kouyoumdjian is a cofounder of the annual new music conference New Music Gathering, is Co-Artistic Director of Alaska’s new music festival Wild Shore New Music, and is on composition faculty at The New School’s Mannes Prep. www.marykouyoumdjian.com

Melanie George is a dance educator, choreographer, dramaturg, scholar, and certified movement analyst. She is the founder and director of Jazz Is… Dance Project, and Dramaturg and Audience Educator at Lumberyard. As an institutional and freelance dramaturg, she works closely with internationally recognized contemporary performing artists in the incubation of new works for the stage. For Lumberyard, she has contributed to projects by Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Raja Feather Kelly, Susan Marshall & Company, and Kathy Westwater, among others. As a freelance dramaturg and performance coach, she has worked with Morgan Thorson, Alice Sheppard/Kinetic Light, and Caleb Teicher & Company. Current projects include new works by MBDance, Helen Simoneau Danse, David Neumann & Marcella Murray, and Urban Bush Women. Prior to joining Lumberyard, she was the Dance Program Director at American University in Washington DC. melaniegeorge.org

Nicole Pearce is an international lighting designer for Dance, Theater, and Opera based out of Queens New York. Her work has been seen across the United States, Europe, Siberia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and Cuba. Recent works include GARDEN BLUE / EN with Jessica Lang and American Ballet Theater / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, DAS RHINEGOLD with Brian Staufenbeil and Opera Montreal, and DETROIT 67 by Domonique Morriseau and Directed by Jade King Carroll at the McCarter Theater NJ. www.nicolepearcedesign.com

David Ferri has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Yin Mei, Eiko and Koma, Jane Comfort, David Rousseve, Jody Sperling and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996 training upcoming designers in America. Recipient of 1987-1988 BESSIE AWARD for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 BESSIE AWARD for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design. Mr Ferri is the resident Lighting Designer -Technical Director for The Vassar College Dance Department, Mr. Ferri was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 from 1985-1991. Mr. Ferri lives in New York between his travels and projects.

Nathalie Joachim Recognized for her versatile and innovative performing and composing, Nathalie Joachim has become a notable figure in the international music community. Critics hail the New York City based artist for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) Ms. Joachim is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known for bringing their ingenious stagecraft and technical prowess to stages world-wide. She was also recently appointed the new flutist of three-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, eighth blackbird. Other performance experience consists of an impressive range including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry and Dan Deacon. Ms. Joachim was a faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) and is regularly engaged by elite educational institutions nationwide. Upcoming 2015-16 projects include commissions from Helen Simoneau Danse and Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction program, as well as the release of a new Flutronix EP. Ms. Joachim is the only person to have successfully completed the MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs at The Juilliard School. She completed her graduate degree studies at The New School in audio production and sound design. nathaliejoachim.com


Board of Directors:

  • Anna Reilly (Chair)
  • Robert Beseda
  • Helen Simoneau
  • Shaheen Syal
  • JD Wilson