Matthew Cumbie (he/him/his) is a collaborative dancemaker and artist educator living in Washington, DC. His artistic research cultivates processes and experiences that are participatory and intergenerational, moving through known and unknown, and bring a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. His choreography and dancemaking- considered “a blend of risk-taking with reliability, [and] a combination of uncertainty and wisdom,” by Kate Mattingly- weaves together a physical vocabulary of momentum and clarity, revelatory moments, and a belief in a body’s capacity to document and reflect back our lived experiences. He is the Founder of Matthew Cumbie Projects, the central body to further and support the work of Matthew and his collaborators. He has danced in the companies of Christian von Howard, Keith Thompson|danceTactics Performance Group, jill sigman|thinkdance, Paloma McGregor|Angela’s Pulse, and Dance Exchange- an intergenerational dance organization founded by Liz Lerman- where he eventually became an Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Programs and Communications. Currently, he creates work with Annie Kloppenberg, Betsy Miller, and Tom Truss, and collaborates with a host of multidisciplinary artists through Matthew Cumbie Projects; Matthew also dances for Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. His work has been commissioned and supported by places like Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, and Harvard University, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Arcus Foundation, and the Somerville Arts Council. Originally from Houston, Texas, Matthew holds undergraduate degrees from Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University and an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Shawn Hove, artistic director of shove gently dance/theatre, received his MFA in Choreography and Dance Technology from The Ohio State University and his BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. He is a multidisciplinary dance artist investigating and working in dance as a choreographer, dancer, collaborator, educator, lighting designer and media artist. Hove is currently faculty/staff here at Connecticut College, where he teaches Dance Production, Dance Media based courses, and technique, as well as serves as their production coordinator.
Jenna Pollack is a Boston-based maker, performer, and educator. For the 2019-20 season she has been commissioned by the Olin College of Engineering, New Movement Collaborative, Hubbard Street Professional Program, The Reciprocity Collaborative, and Endicott College. She has choreographed for Bridge Repertory Theater, InDance Barcelona, Theater Felina-Areal Mannheim, Urbanity Dance, Boston Moving Arts Productions, Brandeis University Theater Department, Salem State University Theater Department, Providence College Dance Department, and in NYC focused on immersive performance with The Center for Innovation in the Arts at Juilliard and Dau al Set Productions. She is a performer with Ali Kenner Brodsky, Betsy Miller, and Heather Stewart. She has previously danced for Bridge Repertory Theater, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Bryan Arias, Equus Projects, and BOP Montréal. Beyond the stage, she is dancing in the 2019 feature film ‘Little Women’ directed by Greta Gerwig, was in a music video for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, featured in Pantone’s ‘make it brilliant’ ad campaign, a highlighted Harvard Business School Online alumnus, and guested on the Playbill podcast: The Compass. Jenna holds an MA with Distinction in Choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program, and a BFA in Dance Performance from The Juilliard School. Additionally, she works Public and Artist Relations for Springboard Danse Montréal and is a Dance Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston. She teaches locally at Salem State University, The Boston Ballet School, and Urbanity Dance.
Lindsay Caddle LaPointe- Linden Tree Productions