DFA Panelists

The following 10 people served on the panel that reviewed both letters of inquiry and full applications to the pilot round of Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists. Their bios appear below.  

T. Lulani Arquette (she/her)  President, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Portland, OR

Adriana Gallego (she/her)  Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, San Antonio, TX

Indira Goodwine (she/her)  Former Managing Director, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, New York, NY

Jeremy Guyton (he/his) Director of Youth Programs, Dancing Grounds, New Orleans, LA

Lily Kharrazi (she/her)  Sr. Programs Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, San Francisco, CA

Toby MacNutt (they/their)  Artist, Author, Teacher, Burlington, VT

Tanya Mote (she/her)  Associate Director, Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Denver, CO

Judith Smith (she/her)  Founder and Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA

Katrina Toews (she/her) Consultant and Former Director, The Washington Ballet @ THEARC, Aspen, CO

Jawole Zollar (she/her)  Founding Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women, New York, NY

Panelist Bios

T. Lulani Arquette - President, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Lulani Arquette is the President and CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), a national organization dedicated to supporting the diversity of artistic and cultural expression in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. With offices in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, the foundation provides support to Native artists, tribal organizations, and communities across the nation. Arquette, a performing artist herself, brings over 25 years of professional experience steering organizations to their highest creativity and potential, advocating for cultural perpetuation and social progress, and catalyzing change in communities. Her current work is especially focused on how Native artists and creative communities attend to cultural equity, justice, and colonial mindsets from a Native perspective. Her passionate leadership has encouraged collaborative partnerships between Native peoples and the business, health, and science fields. Before joining the Foundation, Arquette worked in Hawai`i with organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors. She created the Hawai`i Leadership Center, a unique program for executives and managers, that looked at leadership through the lens of three distinct groups – Hawaiian, Asian and Caucasian. She has degrees in Political Science and Drama & Theatre from the University of Hawai`i, and has performed in stage productions, television shows, and written and produced film projects. She is currently a board member for Grantmakers in the Arts and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Past board service includes the National Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Hawai`i Capitol Culture District, Organization of Women Leaders, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

Adriana Gallego - Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

Adriana Gallego is Chief Operating Officer of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and brings with her years of experience as an artist, administrator, and educator. Adriana was previously the Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and Arts Educator throughout Arizona and California.

Indira Goodwine - Former Managing Director, Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Queens native Indira Goodwine is an arts administrator committed to using art as a form of activism to educate and inspire diverse communities. Her professional career in arts administration began in 2011 as intern at Harlem Stage, and she completed her work there in 2016 as General Management Associate. Currently, she is the Managing Director for Camille A. Brown & Dancers after serving as the Company Manager for four years. Ms. Goodwine has participated in notable programs, such as the American Express Leadership Academy and Dance/USA’s DILT Program, as well as contributed to various panel discussions within the field of dance. She was a 2016 New York Community Trust Fellow and continues to receive accolades and awards for her work professionally and in her community. Ms. Goodwine received her M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Florida State University.

Jeremy Guyton - Director of Youth Programs, Dancing Grounds

Jeremy Guyton is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist currently serving as the Youth Programs Director at Dancing Grounds. A Los Angeles native, he attended Georgetown University where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2012. Prior to joining the Dancing Grounds staff, Jeremy taught Kindergarten (2012-13, 2013-14) and K-3 Dance (2014-15) at Success Preparatory Academy. He is a company member of KM Dance Project, Goat in the Road Productions, and BUKU Dance Krewe, and a core artist with Junebug Productions.

Lily Kharrazi – Special Projects Manager, Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA)

Lily Kharrazi is a trained Dance Ethnologist who studied with Allegra Fuller Snyder, a pioneer of the field at UCLA. As Special Projects Manager with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, she works with the State's diverse communities to strengthen their cultural expressions through grant making, advocacy, and program development. In her 14-year tenure with ACTA she has served on grant panels for national, statewide, and local funders. Lily was Program Director at World Arts West, crafting nine seasons of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Her first love is dance: contemporary and world dance which she has studied and performed. She is an avid practitioner of yoga.

Toby MacNutt - Artist, Author, Teacher

Toby MacNutt is a queer nonbinary-trans disabled interdisciplinary artist, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher living in Burlington, VT. Their work often explores questions of embodiment and selfhood, and always features robust accessibility measures to welcome audience members with disabilities. In 2018 Toby was invited to participate in the first ever AXIS Choreo-Lab, as one of seven disabled choreographers, working with Marc Brew and Caroline Bowditch to develop their craft and explore new ideas. Toby has also studied with Candoco Dance Company and Stopgap Dance Company in the UK. Toby has danced with Murmurations Dance immersive site work When Women Were Birds, Lida Winfield, Tiffany Rhynard, and Heidi Latsky's GIMP, among others. Their independent evening work One, Two, on a company of six disabled and nondisabled dancers premiered in 2014, funded by a Vermont Arts Council Creation grant. Excerpts have been performed in a variety of places including Leicester, England; Danspace St Mark's, NYC; and the Fresh Meat Festival in San Francisco, CA. In June 2018, Toby premiered a new performance installation, Enter the Void, a deep-space out-of-body immersion with dance accompanied by a sci-fi poetry chapbook.

Tanya Mote - Associate Director, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better fundraiser, organizational development facilitator, and audience engagement specialist. She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, the National Performance Network, and Theater Communications Group. Tanya teaches in the Arts Management and Global Affairs programs at DU’s University College. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues nationally, for the Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements track at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. She is a facilitator for the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute and serves as a board member for Working Narratives, Conejos Clean Water, and Art2Action, organizations located in Wilmington, NC; Antonito, CO; and Tampa, FLA, respectively. Previous board service has included six years with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the National Performance Network. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies – DU.

Judith Smith - Founder and Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company

Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance. Under Judith’s direction AXIS commissioned more than 35 works from the nation’s best choreographers and composers; toured to over 100 cities and appeared twice on FOX TV’S So You Think You Can Dance. She led the development of the field’s most extensive integrated dance education/outreach programs with a range of programs serving all ages, abilities and interests from recreation to the pursuit of a professional career. Her advocacy/equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA. This project culminated in an extensive report and the launch of the AXIS Artistic Advancement Platform to Advance Artistry, Opportunity and Equity for Dancers with Disabilities. She was instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Disability and Dance Affinity Group and co-chairs the group. Her awards include the Alameda County Arts Leadership Award; KQED’s Local Hero; an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement; the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award; Red Oak Foundations’ Community Excellence Award and she is one of Theatre Bay Area’s 40 people that have changed the face of Bay Area theatre. Judith is as an independent consultant in dance and disability equity. She is an activist for the environment, animals, and people with disabilities. She gardens for pollinators and birdwatches, raises butterflies, and is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and adaptive carriage driving.

Katrina Toews - Former Director, The Washington Ballet @ THEARC

Katrina Toews is an arts administrator, teacher, dancer, choreographer, and Pilates trainer. Toews recently completed 18 years with The Washington Ballet, with 14 years as the director of The Washington Ballet @ THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus) in Southeast DC, headquarters for the education and community engagement programs overseeing 1,400 students. This campus was dedicated to diversifying the field of ballet and supporting talent from the DC public by offering DC young people a progression towards company eligibility. Prior to that, she was a professor of dance at James Madison University and danced with Bosmadance and Carla & Co., both in Washington, DC. Toews coached elite athletes as a Pilates Trainer at Body Dynamics, in VA. Her accolades include receiving the MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Youth Performance (2008), performing at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama (2010), and winning the Young Alumni Award from Bethel College (2010) for her work with youth in the field of dance. Toews holds an M.A. in dance from American University and a B.A. in fine arts and elementary education from Bethel College. Toews founded and directed K2 Dance Company, whose work has been described by Washington Post as “solidly crafted,” with choreography that “stands out.” Toews and her family recently moved to Aspen, Colorado where she is dancing with Co-Motion Dance Company and is an arts consultant.

Jawole Zollar - Founding Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is from Kansas City, Missouri. After earning her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, she received her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. In 1980 Jawole moved to New York City to study with Dianne McIntyre at Sounds in Motion. In 1984, Jawole founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. Her company has toured five continents and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and The Kennedy Center. UBW was selected as one of three U.S. dance companies to inaugurate a cultural diplomacy program for the U.S. Department of State in 2010. In 2011 Jawole choreographed, with Nora Chipaumire, visible,  a theatrical dance piece that explores immigration and migration. In 2012 Jawole was a featured artist in the film Restaging Shelter, produced and directed by Bruce Berryhill and Martha Curtis, and currently available to PBS stations. Jawole developed a unique approach to enable artists to strengthen effective involvement in cultural organizing and civic engagement, which evolved into UBW’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. She serves as director of the Institute, founder/visioning partner of UBW and currently holds the position of the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University.

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