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. Felipe has performed with Joe Goode Performance Group since 1996 and currently serves as Rehearsal Director. He teaches JGPG Technique Class regularly at the Joe Goode Annex, and has taught at Mills College and UC Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
Melecio Estrella is a Bay Area born and raised artist. He has enjoyed working with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2004. Melecio is the co-director of Fog Beast and a longtime member BANDALOOP. He is thankful to have worked with Scott Wells, Rachael Lincoln, Erika Shuch, Frieda Kipar, Jesse Hewit, Nancy Stark Smith and others over the years.
Damara Vita Ganley
Damara Vita Ganley is a Bay Area dance artist. She is grateful to have worked with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2009. She loves sharing movement with others and is the Director of Dance at Kirby College Preparatory School, serves as JGPG’s Education Coordinator and enjoys teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Theater Arts. She has also had the opportunity to work with Bandaloop, Fog Beast, EmSpace Dance, Jo Kreiter/FlyAway Productions, Lisa Townsend, Nancy Karp, Shift Physical Theatre and RJ Muna.
Andrew Ward is a Bay Area native. He grew up competing in gymnastics and baseball. He began dancing in the vibrant and supportive Berkeley High School modern dance program. Upon graduating from Berkeley High, he attended UC Berkeley, where he continued studying and performing modern dance while earning a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. After graduating in 2007, Ward joined the Joe Goode Performance Group as a company member. Most recently, Ward co-founded Fog Beast, a dance based performing arts company, that performs, teaches, and choreographs on the 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, Robert Moses’ KIN, The Alayo Dance Company, and Zaccho Dance Theater. Patricia is currently one of the Education Coordinators for JGPG and has been a member since 2006.
Alexander Zendzian started dancing while growing up in the Penobscot Valley in central Maine. Since relocating to the Bay Area he has been honored to perform with Anna Halprin, Sara Shelton Mann, Joe Goode, Jodi Lomask, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Amelia Rudolph, Kim Epifano, and Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith. 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.
Interim Executive Director
Damara Vita Ganley
Institutional Grants Manager
Dan Caul – President
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!
Peter’s interest in JGPG was piqued when he attended Wonderboy in 2008 and became an avid fan from that moment forward. He was thrilled to join as a Board Member in 2012. Peter brings 16 years of experience across Marketing, Event Planning, Public Relations, and TV Production. Peter 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 NBC/Bravo Television’s On With The Show to raise awareness of performing arts education across the country. Peter looks forward to increasing awareness and to building brand advocates for the Joe Goode Performance Group. While not serving on the board, Peter loves to travel, cook, and compete in adventure sports.
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 – Treasurer
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.