Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, and the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008. In 2006 Goode directed the opera Transformations for the San Francisco Opera Center. His play Body Familiar, commissioned by the Magic Theatre in 2003, was met with critical acclaim.
The Joe Goode Performance Group, formed in 1986, tours regularly throughout the U.S., and has toured internationally to Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Goode is known as a master teacher; his summer workshops in “felt performance” attract participants from around the world, and the company’s teaching residencies on tour are hugely popular. He is a member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.
Goode’s performance-installation works have been commissioned by the Fowler Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Krannert Art Museum, the Capp Street Project, the M.H. de Young Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His dance theater work has been commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company and Dance Alloy Theater among others. Goode and his work have been recognized by numerous awards for excellence including the American Council on the Arts, the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), and Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies).
A native of Chile who grew up in the Bay Area, Felipe received a degree in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1994. Felipe has been with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 1996.
Melecio Estrella is a bay area born and raised dance artist. He has enjoyed working with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2004. Melecio currently performs and teaches aerial dance with Project Bandaloop. He is thankful to have worked with Scott Wells, Rachael Lincoln, Lizz Roman, Frieda Kipar, Jesse Hewit and others over the years. Lately he has been choreographing original works alone and with Fog Beast, a project that he co-directs with Andrew Ward. Melecio believes in the power of live art to support and connect individuals and communities.
Damara Vita Ganley
Damara graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in anthropology, women’s studies, and theater arts. After graduating Damara was honored to dance with Mel Wong. She has enjoyed working with Bay Area companies and artists such as EmSpace Dance, Jo Kreiter/FlyAway Productions, Lisa Townsend, Nancy Karp, Shift Physical Theatre and RJ Muna. She loves sharing movement with others and is especially committed to teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s. She currently performs with Joe Goode Performance Group and Project Bandaloop.
Jessica performs, teaches and choreographs in the bay area. She received a B.F.A. in dance performance from SUNY Purchase in 1998. In New York she worked with Doug Elkins, Doug Varone and Dancers and Faye Driscoll. Locally Jessica has performed with Capacitor, Cielo Vertical Arts, Flyaway Productions, Motion Lab, and Project Bandaloop. She has been a member of Joe Goode Performance Group since 2006. Ms. Swanson has enjoyed teaching workshops and classes throughout the Bay Area including UC Berkeley, Shawl Anderson Dance Center and the Joe Goode Annex.
Andrew has been dancing with Joe Goode Performance Group for four years. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. In his youth, Andrew left the world of competitive gymnastics to find joy and satisfaction in the modern dance program at Berkeley High School. Along with dancing, he now teaches and choreographs in the greater Bay Area.
Patricia West is an Oakland based dancer, choreographer, and elementary school teacher. She earned a B.A. in English, Dance, and Education at U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Education at San Jose State University. Patricia has worked and performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Capacitor, Levy Dance, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, and Robert Moses’ KIN. In addition to Joe Goode Performance Group, she also currently performs with Zaccho Dance Theater. Patricia has been with Joe Goode Performance Group since 2006.
Alexander Zendzian started dancing while growing up in the Penobscot Valley in central Maine. Since relocating to the Bay Area he has performed with Anna Halprin, Sara Shelton Mann, Project Bandaloop, Motion Lab and Capacitor. Zendzian also plays baritone horn in the Brass Menazeri and is a partner in the Awaken Café in downtown Oakland. He received a BA in Cultural Performance Studies from The Evergreen State College in 2001.
Liz Burritt is an original member of Joe Goode Performance Group and has been an instrumental collaborator in the making of over 30 original works. She has been featured in many pieces including The Ascension of Big Linda into the Skies of Montana, Disaster Series, Take Place, Maverick Strain, and What the Body Knows. In 2000 she was awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Individual Performance. She is extremely grateful for her twenty-one fulfilling, transformative years creating and performing with the Company. Liz teaches technique, voice and performance workshops for dancers and actors around the country. She is currently residing in Chicago, teaching at Columbia College Chicago, and enjoying the opportunity to make work.
Marit Brook-Kothlow joined Joe Goode Performance Group in 1990. She collaborated and performed with the company for seventeen years, during which she was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her role in Joe Goode Performance Group’s Hometown. She also worked with Tandy Beal & Company and collaborated musically with composers Erik Ian Walker (I Have Never Told You), Beth Custer (In the Broken Fields Where I Lie, Maverick Strain and Other Stories), Sonny Smith (One Act Plays) and Mikel Rouse (Love At Twenty/ Songs From Grace, International Cloud Atlas – Music for Merce Cunningham Dance Company). She teaches workshops and dance classes in the Bay Area and currently lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and daughter.
Prior to joining Joe Goode Performance group Dave served as Program Director for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he built the Company’s first education and licensing programs from the ground up, increased earned income revenue, negotiated major commissioning agreements and oversaw the Company’s U.S. and international tours. Prior to joining the BTJ/AZ Dance Company, he was Managerial Associate in the Dance Division of IMG Artists, managing the touring and performance operations of major dance companies such as Twyla Tharp, Lyon Opera Ballet, Pilobolus, Miami City Ballet, and more. An honors graduate of UC Berkeley, Dave began his career in San Francisco as Curatorial Performing Arts Production Coordinator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Dave is also an independent musician and producer.
Development and Communications Manager
Adriana joined JGPG after relocating from Chicago, IL where she served as Marketing Director for Mordine & Co. Dance Theater and as Marketing Assistant for Carol Fox & Associates where she provided marketing services to non-profit and commercial arts and entertainment organizations such as Cirque Shanghai, River North Dance Chicago, Natya Dance Theatre, and more. She also served as Program Assistant for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, assisting in efforts to fund local dance artists in their creative processes. Adriana holds a BA in dance and communication studies from Northwestern University. As a dancer, she was a company member with Mordine & Co. Dance Theater and performed works by many other Chicago choreographers.
Institutional Grants Manager
Damara Vita Ganley
Development and Communications Intern
Lynne Blair – President
Lynne Blair is a San Francisco native, an arts enthusiast and a partner with the McKenna, Long and Aldridge law firm. Lynne first saw JGPG perform back in the 1980’s and has been passionate about the incredible work ever since! Lynne is on the board for the second time and can’t wait to see what the company does with their new home at the Artaud Complex. Lynne also serves on the board of Creativity Explored, an amazing San Francisco art center that serves artists with developmental disabilities.
Sue Cosgrove – Treasurer
Susan is President of HealthCare Financial Consultants, a business and strategic planning consultancy for the healthcare industry. Susan is a lifelong lover of dance but hadn’t had much exposure to truly innovative modern dance until moving to the Bay area in the late 1980s. Discovering the work of JGPG was a revelation that continues to the present. Susan got to know Joe and the dancers through Lynne Blair, joined the Board in 2009 and became Treasurer in June, 2010.
Elizabeth is a practicing artist, an oil painter, and exhibits work at a gallery in Park City, Utah, and in juried exhibitions nationally. She worked for 15 years at San Francisco Opera in a variety of positions — from marketing to the artistic staff. For the last five years of her time there she served as the assistant to the General Director. She was a founding Board member of Muttville, San Francisco’s amazing senior dog rescue organization. Her husband, Stephen McClellan, is a retired Wall Street analyst. She is thrilled to have the chance to try to fulfill some of Joe’s vision, desires and dreams!
Katie grew up in Connecticut, but is now a 12 year San Francisco native. She has an MBA form Georgetown and has been working in marketing for 17 years. She has broad experience in direct, response-generating marketing, across companies in travel, healthcare, financial services, and beauty, which she now brings to bear in supporting JGPG’s ongoing marketing efforts across ticket sales, fund raising, and community outreach.
Peter moved to San Francisco five years ago after livingin New York City for seven years. He has unique blend of 14 years of experience across Public Relations, Event Planning, TV Production and Marketing. He has worked with a number of service-based initiatives including volunteer financial coaching to at-risk population in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point district, fundraising and participating in the 2011 AIDS LifeCycle , competing in triathlons through Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program and working on a Bravo television’s On With The Show to raise awareness of performing arts education across the country. His interest in JGPG was piqued three years ago when he attended Wonder Boy and looks forward to helping increase awareness and build brand advocates. In his free time he loves to compete in triathlons, hike, camp, cooking gluten-free and enjoying wine country.
Gary has been an architect in public service to the City of San Francisco for over 20 years with roles varying from architect to project manager, administrator, and as the City Architect. He has been at the forefront in its maintenance and improvement, developing many of its capital improvement programs, its 10 year Capital Plan; GO Bond Programs and other financing strategies to assure its status as a world class destination. He currently manages the Program Control Bureau of the SF Public Utilities Commission, assuring its $10 billion capital improvement program is on time and budget. He was introduced to the Joe Goode Performance Group in 2007 and was taken by their ability to realize dance’s powerful expression as Art, using theater, light, set, sound, voice and the amazing physicality of the dancers to express a story or issue that changes the perception of each viewer at their core. He became a Board member in 2012 and looks forward to a role facilitating JGPG’s artistic expression to an ever widening audience.
Chris comes to the board as a long-term fan of the JGPG. Chris has attended many of the group’s performances over the last 15 years and has also participated in Joe’s Start Simpleworkshop as well as the Movement for Humans series. Chris is a believer in the transformative nature of Joe’s work and practices many of the principles of JGPG in his work as VP for Staff Development and Culture at HopeLab, creating a narrative for HopeLab’s culture that includes the nurturing of connection, compassion, improvisation, storytelling, and play. In addition to his creative work at HopeLab, Chris brings 16 years of board member experience to JGPG, having supported the missions of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Child-Flower (a Belgium NGO dedicated to the wellbeing and resilience of children facing vulnerable situations), and the Earlham College Alumni Association. Chris is also an avid baker, bricoleur, personal writer, dancer, and lover of tea and café conversation.
Diana Sunshine has over 20 years experience in senior positions at performing arts and volunteers organizations. She has served eight years on her local school districts fundraising foundation board and held key leadership positions that directly drove growth in the annual gift to the district from $960K to $2.8M and participation from 69% to 85%. Prior to that, Diana was the Director of Marketing at San Francisco Opera and oversaw a team of 37 employees and revenue in excess of $25M. Diana has also worked for AT Kearney, Jacob’s Pillow, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Pacifica and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She currently volunteers for Castilleja School and Students Matter. Diana has an MBA in Arts Management from The Anderson School at UCLA. Diana is married to Bill Onderdonk and lives in Portola Valley with her two daughters, Zoe and Hannah.
Leesa has been in sales and marketing for 20+ years in the banking industry. Due to the shift in the economy in 2008 she decided to make some changes. She has recently started her own jewelry company, Leesa Ryan Designs, designing jewelry for the last couple years.Leesa first experienced Joe Goode Performance Group about 4 years ago and loved it immediately. Since her recent life changes she decided JGPG was something she needed to learn more about. She has been attending for the last couple years and has been lucky enough to be able to participate and could not be more thrilled. She loves travel, theater, art, dance, and fashion, with a never ending desire to learn. She joined the Board in 2010 as a novice to experience and support JGPG in the rich artistic world of dance.
Kristen is Director of Strategic Planning and Development for GeoHazards International, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that promotes seismic safety in the developing world. First introduced to Joe’s work in 2002, Kristen fell in love with the company’s humor, heart and virtuosity. She joined the Board in 2011.