Staff & Board

Meet the people of Hubbard Street!

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.

Glenn Edgerton

Artistic Director

Edgerton joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago after an international career as a dancer and director. At the Joffrey Ballet, he performed leading roles, contemporary and classical, for 11 years under the mentorship of Robert Joffrey. In 1989, Edgerton joined the acclaimed Ned­erlands Dans Theater (NDT), where he danced for five years. He retired from performing to become its artistic director, leading NDT 1 for a decade and presenting the works of Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Johan In­ger, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, among others. From 2006 to 2008, he directed the Colburn Dance Institute at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Edgerton joined Hubbard Street as associate artistic director in 2008; since 2009 as artistic director, he has built upon more than three decades of leadership in dance performance, education and appreciation established by founder Lou Conte and continued by Conte’s successor, Jim Vincent.

Jason D. Palmquist

Executive Director

Palmquist joined Hub­bard Street Dance Chicago 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, Palmquist successfully presented engagements of global dance companies including the Royal Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 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 at 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.

Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll

General Manager

Fiorenza Ingersoll brings more than a decade of experience to Hubbard Street as a leader, fundraiser and producer in the performing arts. Most recently, she served as the associate managing director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, where she line-produced and managed all new play development efforts, shepherding 30% growth in capacity. Previous tenures include executive director of contemporary dance company Robert Moses’ Kin (San Francisco, CA), associate managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT), management fellow during ArtsEmerson’s inaugural presenting year (Boston, MA), annual fund manager at Aurora Theatre (Berkeley, CA), and international experience in Mexico City working for a nonprofit humanitarian group. While in the Bay Area, Fiorenza Ingersoll was secretary and then president of the Berkeley Cultural Trust and a proud member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. She is also a freelance arts management strategist and artist representative, partnering with individual artists and ensembles whose work gives voice to underrepresented stories and perspectives. Recognized nationally, Fiorenza Ingersoll was invited in 2014 by Theatre Communications Group to be part of its SPARK Leadership Program’s inaugural class. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Theater Management from Yale University.


Terence Marling

Director, HS2

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 Crandall

Rehearsal Director

Crandall 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.

Alejandro Cerrudo

Resident Choreographer

Born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Cerrudo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, was named Choreographic Fellow in 2008, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Thirteen works choreographed to date for Hubbard Street include collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies around the U.S. as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands; touring engagements have brought his work still further abroad, to audiences in Algeria, Canada, Morocco and Spain. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed, first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces. Cerrudo is one of four choreographers invited by New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for “Restless Creature,” and he was recently announced the 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow by United States Artists.


Claire Bataille

Director, Lou Conte Dance Studio

Bataille was a founding 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. She choreographed five works between 1978 and 1985 and 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. In 2003, she earned her certification in the Pilates Method with Romana's Pilates in New York. In 2005, Bataille was appointed Associate Director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and became its Director in 2008.

Suzanne Appel

Director of External Affairs

Appel joined Hubbard Street in August 2015 following a decade of arts leadership roles with an emphasis on business development, revenue generation, and producing the work of form-challenging artists. Most recently she served as managing director of The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, where she nearly doubled the organization’s operating budget and built a two-plus month operating reserve in four years. Her previous roles include director of individual giving at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, management fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theater, and assistant director of the annual fund at Wesleyan University. While in San Francisco, she served on the board of the Tenderloin Community Benefit District. Appel maintains a freelance practice as a financial and strategic management consultant for arts organizations, holds an MBA from Yale School of Management, an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama, and a BA from Wesleyan University.


Kathryn Humphreys

Director, Education, Youth and Community Programs

Humphreys joined Hubbard Street in 2002. She develops and implements dance-education initiatives designed to improve teacher and teaching-artist practice and collaboration, to effect whole-school change and further the field’s understanding of the role of dance in public education. She oversees program development, implementation, and management of all of Hubbard Street’s in-school and community initiatives. With more than two decades of experience in arts education, her work supports local and national groups and, under her direction, the department has engaged in a series of in-depth research initiatives, contributing unique knowledge and assessment tools to the field, many of which have been widely published. Humphreys launched Hubbard Street Youth Dance Programs in 2007, connecting the choreographic process curricula Hubbard Street pioneered in schools with training in traditional dance techniques, for a unique and diverse slate of classes currently serving more than 1,000 students per year. The department’s Family Workshop Series brings generations together through dance, while Hubbard Street’s innovative Adaptive Dance Programs expand movement opportunities for Chicagoans with physical and mental disabilities. Humphreys consults locally and nationally on issues related to dance education, and holds an MA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.


Lou Conte

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

Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll, General Manager

Belina Mizrahi, Senior Manager of Finance and Administration

Krista Ellensohn, Manager of Pre-Professional Programs

Meredith Dincolo, Artistic Associate/Coordinator, Pre-Professional Programs

Alyssa Morales, Accounting and Operations Coordinator

External Affairs

Suzanne Appel, Director of External Affairs

Kalena Chevalier, Associate Director of Development

Zachary Whittenburg, Manager of Communication

Allan Waite, Manager of Ticketing and Patron Services

Melissa Platt, Board Liaison and Individual Giving Manager

Joey Gaona, Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator

Meghan Pioli, Development Coordinator

Sofia Pilar, Marketing Coordinator

Youth, Education & Community Programs

Kathryn Humphreys, Director, Youth, Education, and Community Programs

Sarah McCarty, Senior Manager of School Partnerships

Keesha Beckford, Manager, Youth Dance Program

Michelle Modrzejewski, Manager, Community Programs

Jenn Gunter, Youth Program Coordinator

Kristen Rybicki, Education Coordinator

Jessica Madden, Teaching Artist Fellow

Teaching Faculty
Keesha Beckford
Lindsey Brown
Rebecca Cristal
Maliwan Diemer
Kaitlyn Flynn
Elisha Foshay
Sarah Cullen Fuller
Shannon Grayson
Winifred Haun
Kellyn Jackson
Anne Kasdorf
Emily Leonard
Jessica Madden
Beth McNeill
Sarah Olson
Labake Oyebanjo
Jumaane Taylor
Monica Thomas
MK Victorson
Salena Watkins
Meredith Weissert
Julia Wollrab

Research Consultants
Louanne Smolin, Ph.D.

Production & Touring

Jason Brown, Director of Production

Rebecca Shouse, Wardrobe Supervisor

Jenni Schwaner Ladd, Tour Wardrobe

Ishanee DeVas, Company Manager, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Kilroy Kundalini, Audio Engineer

Julie Ballard, Stage Manager and Properties Master

Stephan Panek, Head Carpenter and Stage Operations

Sam Begich, Master Electrician

2015-16 Season

Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Honorary Chair

Sara Albrecht++


Richard L. Rodes

President & Treasurer

Camille E. Rudge


John E. Vazquez

Assistant Treasurer

Ellis Regenbogen++

Immediate Past Chair

Denise Stefan-Ginascol

VP, Development

Caryn Jacobs

Assistant VP, Development

Katherine V. Schostok

Assistant VP, Development

Meg Siegler Callahan

VP, Board Development

Marc Miller+

VP, Artist Training Continuum

Richard F. Tomlinson II

VP, Facilities

Byron Pollock++

Randy White

+ Past Chair
++ Past President
* Deceased

Directors at Large

Bija Bennett
Berle Blitstein
Ross B. Bricker
Marge Collins*
Joel Cory
Dirk Denison
Michael Downing
Allan Drebin
Miguel Edwards
Paul Gignilliat
Linda Hutson
Karen H.  Lennon+
Betsy Stelle Morgan
Maureen Mosh
Sarah J. Nolan
Sheila Owens
Alyssa Rapp
Lauren Robishaw
Kelly Royer Dolyniuk
Mary Kay Shaw
Deborah Stonebraker

2015 –16 Season

John W. Ballantine+

Corinne Brophy

Edythe R. Cloonan++

Sondra Berman Epstein+

Stanley M. Freehling

Charles R. Gardner

Sandra P. Guthman+

James Mabie++

James F. Oates*+

Marie E. O’Connor++

Timothy Schwertfeger++

Jack D. Tovin

Sallyan Windt

William N. Wood Prince+

* Deceased
+ Past Chair
++ Past President