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Leadership Bios

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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.


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

Alejandro Cerrudo was 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, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. He has choreographed fourteen works for Hubbard Street to date. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies around the world. 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 was 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 the 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow by United States Artists. Cerrudo’s Sleeping Beauty, created with Ballet Theater Basel last year, was nominated as “Production of the Year” in Switzerland in the “Tanz, Jahrbuch 2016” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.


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.

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.

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