Reid Bartelme began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has also performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Kyle Abraham and Ryan McNamara. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Gwen Welliver, Pontus Lidberg, Jack Ferver, Pam Tanowitz, Burr Johnson, Jillian Peña, Juliana May, Michelle Boulé, Joanna Kotze, and Liz Santoro. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller, Emery Lecrone, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Kathryn E. Grillo has been a Costume Designer/Draper for the UNCSA School of Dance since 1996 when she began building costumes for their then new Nutcracker. Her work at UNCSA has included designs for the ballets Raymonda, Don Quixote, Rubies, Valse Fantasie, and The Nutcracker as well as numerous contemporary pieces by both faculty and guest choreographers. She has designed for the American Dance Festival, Carolina Ballet, NC Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre Studio, Ballet Tennessee, Ballet Spartanburg and Duke University. Before joining the Dance Department, Kathryn was a guest Costume Designer/ Draper/Faculty in UNCSA’s Design and Production department for 18 years, starting in 1984. Since 1991, she has also been the Resident Costume Designer/Coordinator for Piedmont Opera, designing costumes for Turandot, The Light in the Piazza, Les Contes d’Hoffman, La Boheme and others. She has designed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera and Opera Tampa, and she coordinated Opera Carolina’s costumes for four seasons. Grillo holds a BA cum laude in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ross Kolman (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for a number of artists, choreographers, and companies including Martha Clarke, Ellen Hemphill, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Christopher Wheeldon, Richard Tanner, Damian Woetzel, Robert Weiss, Tyler Walters, Mark Dendy, Liz Lerman, Clay Taliaferro, The North Carolina Dance Theater, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawaii Ballet, PRC2 and the North Carolina Opera. Mr. Kolman was the Resident Lighting Designer for The Duke University Institute of the Arts, Ann Carlson, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater, and Archipelago. In addition, Ross has worked as Production Manager for the American Dance Festival, Carolina Ballet, and for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Creative Exchanges Program and has served on the faculty of the Theater Studies Department at Duke University. He is a founding member of Carolina Ballet and is currently the Resident Lighting Designer for Carolina Ballet where he has designed dozens of productions since 1998.
Matthew F. Lewandowski II (Lighting Designer) Touring has taken Mr. Lewandowski throughout the America’s, the Far East, and Europe serving in various capacities for tours such as Shen Wei Dance Arts, Cats, Crazy for You, and Disney on Ice. Design credits include lighting for Shen Wei’s newest work: Collective Measures, production design for the New York City premiere of Hot & Sweet, lighting design for Deep Azure at Harlem’s Apollo Theater with the New York Hip-Hop Theatre Fest, moving light design for a New Year’s Eve performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, scenic design for North Carolina Theatre’s Tick, Tick…Boom, various works with Dance CT/ Hartford Ballet, and Lighting Director for the University of Hartford. Production management credits include his current position as Production Manager for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, numerous years touring as Director of Production for Shen Wei Dance Arts, and work with Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival based in the CA Bay Area, the New York Music Theatre Festival, American Repertory Ballet, North Carolina Theatre, and the TONY Award winning, Crossroads Theatre Company. Mr. Lewandowski is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Direction and Conducting, a mummer with the Polish American String Band, and a proud son of Philadelphia.
For nearly 25 years John C.B. Wilson (Composer) has been exploring his love for music in bars, clubs, concert halls, dance studios, and recording spaces. He received a BM from The North Carolina School of the Arts and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music. As a percussionist John has performed with various bands, such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the As-Is Ensemble. He also regularly plays with local groups including Four for One, Ken Rhodes Trio, Muddy River Band, The Matt Kendrick Unit, Lean In, and The Carolina Chamber Symphony. In addition, John has taught music at many institutions including Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. Throughout the last decade John has been operating Spot Studio, a unique recording space constructed mostly with salvaged materials. At Spot John and his engineering partner, Chris Peck, have worked with artists such as The Martha Bassett Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The StoryLine Project, and Will and Deni Films featuring David Holt. Since 1998 John has found a creative home as an accompanist in the UNCSA Dance Department, where he is inspired on a daily basis through his work with students and faculty. John lives in downtown Winston-Salem with the love of his life, Dr. T. Sharee Fowler.