Meet the people of Hubbard Street!
STAFF & BOARD
Meet the inventive staff and experienced board of directors of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago!
Under the leadership and vision of Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Executive Director Jason Palmquist, "all roads of dance intersect at Hubbard Street," with an emphasis on creativity, innovation and collaboration.
Through the tireless energy of Hubbard Street’s team, the organization continues to introduce audiences to cutting-edge contemporary dance, encourage dance exploration through numerous and imaginative educational programs, and cultivate unique partnerships and collaborations year-round.
Edgerton joined Hubbard Street after an international career as a dancer and director. He began his dancing career at The Joffrey Ballet where, mentored by Robert Joffrey, he performed leading roles in the company's contemporary and classical repertoire for 11 years. In 1989, Edgerton joined the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater, and after dancing for five years retired from performing to become artistic director of the main company, leading NDT1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jirí Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, among others. From 2006 to 2008, he directed The Colburn Dance Institute at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Glenn joined Hubbard Street’s artistic leadership team full-time as associate artistic director in 2008. Since 2009, Edgerton has guided the company forward as artistic director, building on more than three decades of artistic leadership from both Lou Conte and Jim Vincent, whose extraordinary work has established the company as a leader in dance performance, education and appreciation.
Palmquist joined Hubbard Street in May 2007, after serving the arts community in Washington, D.C. for nearly 15 years. Palmquist began his career at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, completing his tenure there as vice president of dance administration. At the Kennedy Center, he oversaw multiple world-premiere engagements of commissioned works in dance, the formation and growth of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the inception in 1997 of the Millennium Stage - an award-winning, free daily performance series that to date has served more than 3 million patrons. Deeply enriching the Kennedy Center’s artistic programming, he successfully presented engagements with many of the world’s most important dance companies including the Royal Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Kirov Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Palmquist also managed the Kennedy Center’s television initiatives, including the creation of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and a prime-time special on NBC memorializing the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. In 2004, he accepted the position of executive director of the Washington Ballet. Under his leadership, the company presented full performance seasons annually at the Kennedy Center and the Warner Theater, and nurtured its world-renowned school and extensive education and outreach programs. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Palmquist currently serves on the boards of the Arts Alliance of Illinois and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Terence was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and trained at the Ruth Page School of Dance with renowned ballet teacher Larry Long. Following his professional work with Patricia Wilde and Terrence S. Orr at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and at Germany’s Nationaltheater Mannheim with director and choreographer Kevin O’Day, Marling became a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. During 16 years onstage, he performed works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Glen Tetley and others, originating numerous roles. Beginning in 2010 as Hubbard Street Rehearsal Director, Marling taught, coached and maintained works and premieres by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, Duato, Naharin, Aszure Barton, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Alonzo King, Susan Marshall, Victor Quijada and Twyla Tharp. Marling’s own creations have been performed by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as well as both of Hubbard Street’s ensembles, and he co-choreographed with Robyn Mineko Williams the company’s first family-oriented production, Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure. Marling became Director of Hubbard Street 2 in April 2013.
Lucas began his dance career with the Milwaukee Ballet in 1979. In 1980, he joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, then directed by Oscar Aráiz. Under the direction of Jiří Kylián, he danced with Nederlands Dans Theater for two years before returning to Geneva, as soloist and later rehearsal assistant, under the direction of Gradimir Pankov. Crandall has performed and originated roles in works by notable choreographers including Aráiz, Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Rui Horta, Amanda Miller and Ohad Naharin. In 2000, Crandall returned to the U.S. to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as Associate Artistic Director and staff at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. His teaching and coaching career includes residencies at various U.S. universities; master classes and repertory workshops, both domestically and abroad; and guest positions at companies including Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Northwest Professional Dance Project, and the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. Crandall’s choreographic work includes multiple premieres for Hubbard Street (Atelier, Gimme, The Set) and new works for Northwest Dance Project and Thodos Dance Chicago. Crandall was recently rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater’s main company for three years, under the directorships of Paul Lightfoot and former Hubbard Street Artistic Director Jim Vincent. Crandall returned to Hubbard Street as Rehearsal Director in April 2013.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Cerrudo received his training at the Real Conservatorio Professional de Danza de Madrid. After becoming a professional dancer in 1998 Cerrudo’s dance career has been shaped and enriched by various dance companies including Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and, since 2005, by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2008 Cerrudo was named Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Cerrudo has created several works for Hubbard Street and for the company’s unique collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. Cerrudo’s works are being performed by dance companies around the U.S. and the world, including Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia. Always dancing and constantly creating, Cerrudo was honored with an award from The Boomerang Fund for Artists in 2011.
Director, Lou Conte Dance Studio
Bataille was a leading dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago from 1977-1992 performing works created by Lou Conte, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow, John McFall and Margo Sappington. She received the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Dancer in 1992. From 1977-2001 Bataille also served the company as assistant artistic director, ballet mistress and rehearsal director. As a resident choreographer she created five works for Hubbard Street between 1978 and 1985. Bataille toured nationally and internationally with Hubbard Street. Bataille began teaching at the Lou Conte Dance Studio in 1975 and has been teaching dance in Chicago ever since. Currently she is on the faculty of the Lou Conte Dance Studio and River North Chicago Dance Company and is a guest teacher for several Chicago companies. In 2003 she earned her certification in the Pilates Method in New York with Romana’s Pilates. In September 2005, Bataille was appointed associate director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and in September 2008 she was promoted to director.
Hubbard Street Founder; Director, Lou Conte Dance Studio
After a performing career including Broadway musicals, Conte established the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago in 1974. In 1977, he founded what is now Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with four dancers performing at senior citizens homes in Chicago. Originally the company's sole choreographer, he developed relationships with emerging and world-renowned choreographers as the company began to grow, adding bodies of work by a variety of artists. These relationships transformed Hubbard Street into the internationally acclaimed repertoire company it is today. In the 1980s, Conte commissioned several works by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington and Daniel Ezralow. He continued to build Hubbard Street's repertoire by forging a key partnership with Twyla Tharp in the 1990s, acquiring seven of her works, including an original work for the company. Conte further expanded the company's repertoire to include European choreographers Jirí Kylián and Nacho Duato and Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. These long-term relationships along with Conte's participation in selecting Jim Vincent as the company's new Artistic Director have paved the way for Hubbard Street's future. Throughout his 23 years as the company's Artistic Director, Conte received numerous awards, including the Chicago Dance Coalition's inaugural Ruth Page Artistic Achievement Award in 1986, the Sidney R. Yates Arts Advocacy Award in 1995 and the Chicagoan of the Year award from Chicago magazine in 1999. In 2002, he was one of six individuals named Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor the state bestows upon Illinois residents. He has been credited by many for helping raise Chicago's international cultural profile and for creating a climate for dance in the city, where the art form now thrives.
Glenn Edgerton, Artistic Director
Terence Marling, Director, HS2
Lucas Crandall, Rehearsal Director
Claire Bataille, Lou Conte Dance Studio Director
Alejandro Cerrudo, Resident Choreographer
Jason D. Palmquist, Executive Director
Kristen D. Brogdon, General Manager
Colleen Sonnefeldt, Senior Manager of Finance and Administration
Krista Ellensohn, Manager of Pre-Professional Programs
Jessica Lotz, Accounting and Operations Clerk
Bill Melamed, Chief Marketing and Development Officer
Kalena Dickerson, Associate Director of Development
Ron Wittman, Manager of Corporate Relations
Zachary Whittenburg, Manager of Communication
Allan Waite, Manager of Ticketing and Patron Services
Brian Barasch, Marketing Coordinator
Nicole Dionisio, Development Coordinator
Meghan Pioli, Development Assistant
Kathryn Humphreys, Director, Education, Youth and Community Programs
Sinéad Kimbrell, Associate Director, Education
Kristen Gurbach Jacobson, Youth and Family Programs Manager
Kelsey Allison, Education Coordinator
Sarah Cullen Fuller
Rebeca Garza Griffin
Louanne Smolin, Ph.D.
Jason Brown, Director of Production
Rebecca Shouse, Wardrobe Supervisor
Jenni Schwaner Ladd, Tour Wardrobe
Ishanee DeVas, Company Manager, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Marisa C. Santiago, Touring Coordinator and Hubbard Street 2 Company Manager
Kilroy Kundalini, Audio Engineer
Lisa Smeltzer, Stage Manager and Head Carpenter
Julie Ballard, Hubbard Street 2 Production Stage Manager
Stephan Panek, Properties Master and Stage Operations
Sam Begich, Master Electrician
Immediate Past Chair
Assistant VP, Development
VP, Education & Community Programs
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