Philippa P.B. Hughes
Philippa P.B. Hughes is a Creative & Social Placemaker and Cultural Strategist who designs creative placemaking projects that bring people together who might not normally meet to engage in dialogue and meaningful interaction. She constructs human-centered activations that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships. She opens portals to art and culture for the culturally curious.
Sarah Beth Oppenheim
Sarah Beth Oppenheim hails from the golden California fields of cowgirls and Cannery Row. Now she moves by wild and literary standards. She enjoys perfectly stuffed burritos, magical realism tomes, and windowsills with the good view of a crescent moon. Incidentally, those are also her dance ingredients, along with 20 years of teaching barefoot in a studio. She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase, her MFA at University of Maryland, and she is currently working as a community organizer, comic book editor, and documentary consultant for 120 Project – a social justice arts activism platform that uses dance, comics, and dialogue as a premise for community building. (120Project.com) Her company Heart Stück Bernie makes site-specific performance art with exposed seams and a highbrow/lowbrow zeitgeist cocktail. She lives in Takoma Park, MD with the love of her life, a passion for teaching, and a fireplace with construction paper flames. May she have the next dance with you? sarahbethoppenheim.com
Katie Pumphrey is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of painting, including large-scale works and installation. Her recent work explores movement, mass, competitive roles, and instincts. Katie received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery, and the Creative Alliance. Katie is also a long distance, open water swimmer- this aspect of her life often influences and drives her work. Katie lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
HOLLY BASS is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies
She studied modern dance (under Viola Farber) and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College before earning her Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she currently directs year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally.
Beth Ferraro has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years. Her commitment deepened when she worked with surf and yoga retreats in Byron Bay, Australia, before calling Washington, DC home. She has taken Bikram, Yin, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and also studied at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India. In May 2017, Beth received her 200-RYT from Yoga Heights and really connects to their community mission. Beth also practices at Tranquil Space and Embrace with Faith Hunter. She completed her Budding Yogis Teaching Yoga to Kids Certification from Circle Yoga in June 2017. Outside of yoga, Beth is a curator, photographer, and creative facilitator with a focus on community engagement. She currently works with Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Southwest Business Improvement District. Beth loves to teach kids and seniors yoga and mindfulness. Her classes are full of intentional movements, flexibility, and enjoying the time on your mat.
Ben King is the founder and CEO of Armor Down. Armor Down is a veteran owned non profit that builds bridges between communities through the practice of mindful moments of compassion and gratitude. Started as a blog in 2010 to help Veterans reconnect to their home community after war, Armor Down exists to foster and maintain the values all Americans have in common.
Boris Willis is a designer of media and stage experiences, with a specific interest in games and dance. His is a graduate of the Ohio State University with an MFA in dance, George Mason University with a BFA in dance and the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts with a Diploma in dance. He operates under the names Black Russian Games and Boris Willis Moves. Willis is an Associate Professor of Computer Game Design at George Mason University, Chief Dance Technologist with Company E and Director of Media Technology with Dance ICONS. His recent work has included designing a Creative Response to Radcliffe Bailey’s The Great Dismal Swamp at the Greater Reston Arts Center, designing and creating the game Natasha: A Game of Dance, performing with Body Cartography, Now and Next and the protest/performance One Step Forward, Two Step Back in front of the White House. He has performed with City Dance Ensemble, Edgeworks Dance Theater, Theater of the First Amendment, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Streb and Company E. He has written papers and given talks on choreographic thinking and games at (DIGRA) Digital Games Research Association, IndieCade, the Serious Games Conference the East Coast Games Conference and the National Dance Education Conference. . He created the dance vlog, danceaday.com and has created dance videos for Sharon Mansur, Anna and the Annadroids, Dance ICONS and Company E.