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Gwendolyn Hope Gussman

Concept, Director, Choreographer, Performer

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Originally from Denver, Colorado, Gwendolyn Gussman is a NYC- based movement artist, choreographer and director. She is the artistic director of HOLDTIGHT, an experimental dance theater company using a multi-disciplinary approach to creating, teaching, and performing experiential and dynamic contemporary art. HOLDTIGHT productions have psychologically-driven processes that, in performance, blend the narrative with abstract and lean into paradox of the human condition. Founded in 2016, HOLDTIGHT has presented numerous productions of the site-specific & multi-sensory performance series entitled, Nourishment.

As a performing artist Gwendolyn has worked with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Sean Curran Company, Vanessa Walter’s ‘Ripening’, Heidi Latsky Dance (guest artist), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Roger C. Jeffrey’s ‘Subtle Changes Inc.’, director Daniel Fish, and others. With these artists, she has performed at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, MASS MoCA, Spoleto Fesitval, The Prince Theater, Shanghai Cultural Square Theater, Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow, and many others.

Gwendolyn has choreographed in various settings, from her work with Nourishment to performing her choreography at James Madison University’s Recital Hall (Harrisonburg, VA), choreographing for Nimbus DanceWorks OFFLINE series as their Site-Specific Resident Choreographer (Jersey City, NJ), the Seaside International Dance Festival (Seaside, FL), Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO), YourMove Festival (Jersey City, NJ), Opening Act (NYC), BOUNCE Summer Intensive (NYC), The Dance Collective (Hartford, CT), Uptown Rising Bridge for Dance (NYC), music videos, and more. She has collaborated and performed with The Warp Trio (NYC), Jett Kwong (CA), Meredith Rose (CT), Hallie Spoor (NYC), and Trevor New (NYC) with whom she is working on a duet using cutting-edge technology called the MYOband. In addition, Gwendolyn has been a guest teacher at notable institutions such as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Yale University, James Madison University and others. 

Gwendolyn holds a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Past credits also include performing works by Martha Graham, Nathan Trice, Deborah Jowitt, Charlotte Boyd-Christenson, Cornelius Carter, and others. Gwendolyn has attended workshops and intensives for Johannes Wieland, Laterna Magica (Prague), Jarek Ceremek, Cedar Lake, The Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem, etc.


Anna Driftmier

Set Design-

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Anna is a theatre designer and scenographer whose work extends across the USA and Europe. She actively collaborates with a wide range of artists to produce visually powerful, genre-breaking new and revived pieces of work. 
Theatre design includes: Terezin (Playwrights Horizons); Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Trident Moon(Finborough Theatre); Radioman (Old Red Lion Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Above the Arts); Valkyrie (Waterloo Vaults); The Legacy (Hope Theatre); Arden Creatures (Cockpit Theatre); Uncommon Women and Others (Rooke Theatre).  Opera design includes: A Village Romeo and Juliet (New Sussex Opera); Dust Child (English Touring Opera); The Dowager's Oyster (Grimeborn); Seven Velvet Suites (BasicSpace); East O' the Sun West O' the Moon (Tête à Tête), Transfigured Night (Guildhall School of Music & Drama).  Production design includes: November, Nation Down.
As an assistant she has worked with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Signature Theatre, Punchdrunk, Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Studios 2, Southwark Playhouse, and Theatre503.

She holds an MA in Performance Design and Practise from Central Saint Martins and a Technical Theatre Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She received a BA in Classics and Theatre from Mount Holyoke College. While there she was awarded the Margaret Davis Stitt Prize for Excellence in Theatre. This is Anna's 1st Nourishment Production. Further information:

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Mara Driscoll

 Collaborator & Performer-

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Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Mara Driscoll trained at the Boulder Ballet School and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her career at the Richmond Ballet and then moved to New York to attend New York University. Mara has worked with numerous NYC-based ensemble companies, including FJK Dance, Dardo Galletto Dance, Armitage Gone! Dance, Terra Firma Dance Theatre and Ian Spencer Bell Dance. Most recently, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in Robert Carsen's new production of Der Rosenkavalier. Mara also holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from NYU's Gallatin School for Individualized Study.  Mara has collaborated on two Nourishment Productions.

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Nico Gonzales

 Collaborator & Performer--

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   Nico is a Colorado native, received his early training at Denver School of the Arts and under Brian Young and Tami Bing. He is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in Dance. While at NYU, he had the opportunity to dance in works choreographed by Renee Redding-Jones, Pamela Pietro, Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones. Through summer intensives at the San Francisco Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet and ODC/Dance, he has also performed pieces by Marlies Yearby, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Brenda Way/KT Nelson + Ohad Naharin. 

   In addition to Nourishment, he can be seen in "On Display," an installation with Heidy Latsky Dance. Nico is a founding member of Rovaco Dance Company as well an company dancer with Bryn Cohn + Artists. He also produces his own collaborative work. Nico has collaborated on three Nourishment Productions. 

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Aja Jackson

 Stage Manager/Lighting Supervisor/Project Coordinator/Performer--

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   Art enthusiast, Aja M. Jackson has been an active participant in the arts since her childhood youth. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BFA in Lighting Design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and BA in Dance Performance from the School of Music, she has been traveling the United States following her passions. After her graduation she joined the Nebraska Theatre Caravan's 35th National Tour of A Christmas Carol as the Assistant Lighting Director. For the past five summer seasons Aja has worked in Production Management with the Sante Fe Opera, in New Mexico. She has also had the opportunity to work with NYC and Boston based companies such as The Public Theater (NYC), The Lighting Design Group (NYC), The Huntington Theatre Company (BOS), and the Boston Lyric Opera (BOS). As a Lighting Designer some of Aja's favorite projects include Wit at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts; orginal work What The Wind Taught Me Midwest tour; and the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC.

 Aja has also been able to keep dance at the front of her passions, performing in pieces by Kendra Portier, Jenna Regal, Axis Dance Company, and with Alvin Ailey's Extension Program. She has also been a company member with Erin Prayer Dance Theatre in NYC and Contemporarily Out of Order (CooCo) in Boston. Aja has collaborated on three Nourishment Productions. 

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Jett Kwong Kelly

Musical Director/Composer/Performer-

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    Jett Kwong Kelly is a multi-disciplinary performer originally from Denver, Colorado. She graduated in 2014 from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a BFA in Music and a minor in Humanities. Jett is a vocalist, Chinese guzheng player, performance artist, writer, and director. She has been writing, performing, and collaborating with artists in various mediums everywhere from Hong Kong to Berlin. She released her debut EP, Stark Night, in 2016. Jett has collaborated on two Nourishment Productions. 

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Carly Krulee

 Collaborator & Performer--

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Carly Krulee was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and began her dance training at Dance Center of Evanston under the direction of Beá Rashid. She was involved in a non-profit dance company called Evanston Dance Ensemble for 6 years. Her dance experiences continued with summer intensives at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Point Park University, and Toscana Dance HUB. Krulee received her Bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. She has performed pieces by Netta Yerushalmy, Vita Osojnik, Seán Curran, and a Jose Limón piece reconstructed by Kristen Foote. Upon graduation, she has joined Angie Moon Dance Theatre. Carly collaborated on one Nourishment Production. 


Xenia Mansour

Collaborator & Performer-- 

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Xenia Mansour began her formal training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. There, Mansour performed a variety of classical ballets, historical modern, and contemporary works including those of Randy Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Sarah Cullen Fuller and Ron De Jesús with the resident company, MOMENTA. In May of 2016 Mansour graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Art's Dance Department receiving her BFA in Dance. While there she had the opportunity to perform works by Giada Ferrone, James Martin, and Netta Yerushalmy, as well as José Limón's Mazurkas at The Joyce Theater in NYC. Mansour has also had additional study at LINES Ballet, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and NW Dance Project's LAUNCH: 11, where she has performed works by Gregory Dawson, Bret Easterling, Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, Anton Rudakov, and Luca Signoretti. Since graduation Mansour has worked with Rashuan Mitchell + Silas Riener, Lindsey Miller’s LLMoves, and Gabrielle Johnson and Artists. Xenia has collaborated on one Nourishment Production.

Kevin Quinn Marchman

Collaborator & Performer--

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I am an actor, educator and producer. I have worked in primary roles as a veteran performer and producer with the Black Actors Guild and recent work with DCPA Ed and The Wit. This summer's intention is to "do dope things with dope people". I believe participating in the creation of Nourishment and the production we get to share is like, divine dopeness. I have collaborated on one Nourishment Production. 

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Patrick Needham

 Collaborator & Performer--

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Patrick McGrath is an LA native. He is currently working with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Company Stefanie Batten Bland. McGrath graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. In the past, McGrath has worked with Cherylyn Lavagnino, Kendra Portier and the Aswara Dance Company in Malaysia. He also choreographs and performs his own work. Patrick collaborated on one Nourishment Production. 

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Trevor New

Sound Designer/Performer--

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Trevor New, a Brooklyn Based musician, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has appeared as a soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto transcribed for Viola, and premiering the Henderson Viola Concerto with the Chelsea Symphony of New York January 2014. As a chamber musician he has played with the Balkan Chamber Orchestra on a multi-city tour of Japan, Chris McNulty on her latest Jazz album “Eternal”, Joe Daley’s “Portraits and Virtues”, David Chesky's “Joy and Sorrow”, Feist's “Metals”, Hip-hop Violinist and Emmy award winner Damien Escobar, and in the TV Orchestra of television's first drama about life in a Symphony, “Mozart in the Jungle”.

Trevor, interested in the effect that music has in describing and effecting social issues and human experiences, premiered the Quartet titled “Offer” by Ernest Casutto a Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivor, which was written in 1944 while he was in a concentration camp, and performed at Carnegie Hall for the "Black Stars of the Great White Way" Broadway Reunion. He also performed as a part of a series called “Broadway Sings” for The Trevor Project, to raise money for suicide prevention efforts among LBGTQ youth.

His work as a sound designer, engineer/producer, and performer can be found in a variety of media, including film scores, arranging, electronic music, TV, and in his newly release album “New Flow” music for yoga and meditation. In a Timeout New York review of a recent January production of the play "Your Hair Looked Great" his music was described as "Smartly Scored". Trevor plays solo performances, playing his viola and singing, and using Ableton Live for looping and effects. He currently plays Yoga workshops around Brooklyn and the Northeast, and will be releasing a vocal album later this year. Trevor has collaborated on two Nourishment Productions. Find more of his music at


Fletcher Graham 

Visuals & Art Direction--

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   Fletcher Graham is a visual artist currently living and working between Brooklyn, New York & Denver, Colorado. With training in traditional media and years of experience working in the field of computer aided design, Fletcher seeks to bring a classical appreciation of human anatomy to the world of new-media art. Professionally, he has been integral in the interior design of retail stores around the US, and his 3D computer models have been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people. Though he credits his various skills to an innate desire to learn, he has refrained from obtaining any degrees, preferring to learn through real-world experience. 

   Fletcher's work represents both an appreciation for human anatomy, and a recognition of the absurdity of its form. His process involves traditional observational sculpture, but he uses contemporary tools such as modeling software to realize his work. The fact that many of his sculptures never make it off of a hard drive, into physical existence, brings up the question of what makes an artwork real. Fletcher aims to use these themes to remind humans of their own absurdity and the arbitrary nature of their existence. 


Jack Koloskus

Visuals & Art Direction--

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Angela Lamb

Violin & Orginal Music--

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   Violinist Angela Lamb is a fierce and passionate musician equally at home playing Bach on the concert stage to improvising in a bar. She plays in forty/sixty - an intrepid, fresh string trio dedicated to new music and founded out of a desire to perform new works, bring improvisation to the concert stage, and use music as a vehicle for social commentary and change. Angela has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Wyoming Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra, and the Green Bay Symphony. She is concertmaster of the Denver Pops Orchestra and soloed with her sister, Kathleen, on the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the St. Croix Valley Orchestra.

   Angela recently completed a Certificate in Orchestral Studies at the Lamont School of Music where she studied with Yumi Hwang-Williams. She received her masters at The Hartt School and her bachelors from Lawrence University. Angela is a teaching artist at El Sistema Colorado in Denver where she teaches violin to kindergartners. She has fiddled since she was six and enjoys impromptu fiddling sessions at home, around a campfire, or in a pub.


Mariah Martens

Choreography & Performer--

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   Mariah is a Brooklyn based movement artist originally from Denver, Colorado. She achieved a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts where she began her investigation of movement, studying improvisation and composition under Alia Swersky and Tonya Lockyer. She has also been heavily influenced by her time at Impulstanz 2013, taking workshops from Keith Hennessy, Marie Chouinard, Anouk Llaurens and Ko Murobishi. 

   Her choreographic work continues to develop through play, curiosity and an intense fascination with skin and naked flesh, and has been presented at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), On the Boards (Seattle) and with the CURRENT SESSIONS at the Wild Project. Beyond appearing in her own works, as performer Mariah has had the pleasure of dancing for The 3 Yells, AJnC Dance and Alexandra Maricich. She has also danced the works of nationally renowned artists such as Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Ohad Naharin and Larry Keigwin.


Breana Meyers

Percussionist & Original Music--

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   Breana received her Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Central Michigan University and her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from University of Northern Colorado. She is currently in pursuit of obtaining her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. For the past three years Breana has been teaching at CMU and UNCO as a graduate student. She currently teaches private lessons to undergraduate students in the music program and is the instructor of UNCO’s Percussion Ensemble III.

   Ms. Meyers has experience playing solo and ensemble literature for marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, snare, set-up pieces and a variety of other percussive instruments. She has studied many genres of music including: Afro-Cuban, jazz, classical, and contemporary. She is active and supports the development of New Music. Ms. Meyers has premiered works by Frank Nawrot and recently premiered the marimba and saxophone duet Journal Entries of an Introvert by Evan Boegehold at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in 2016. Ms. Meyers has been commissioned to perform new works by composers Bryce Craig, Ryan Elvert, and Tyler Dever. Currently Breana is collaborating with New York based composer Monte Weber on creating a work for vibraphone and electronics. Ms. Meyers is passionate about playing percussion and experimenting with any and all possible sounds.


Hallie Spoor

Musical Director/Vocals/Guitar/Original Music--

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   Mezzo-soprano Hallie Spoor from Denver, Colorado graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. At LMU, she appeared as Singer 1 in John Cage’s Europera 5, Ruth (Pirates of Penzance), and has sung in numerous opera scenes as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Carmen (Carmen), and the Third Lady (The Magic Flute). Other engagements have included Armelinde in Viardot’s Cendrillon, and most recently Ms. Spoor joined the chorus at Opera Colorado for their fall production of Aida, and their spring world premier of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter. She has participated in summer programs including Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg. Most recently, she was seen as Kaylee in the Emerald City Opera production of Speed Dating Tonight. 

   In addition to her operatic engagements, Hallie is a singer-songwriter in the Denver area, and enjoys composing as well as performing.