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).
Damara Vita Ganley
Company Member and Education Coordinator
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 Parkinsons. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in Anthropology, Womens 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.
Felipe Barrueto-Cabello is a native of Chile and grew up in the Bay Area. He 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.
James Graham is an SF based choreographer, performer, and teacher. In 2017 he received an IZZIE for Ensemble Performance (with Sebastian Grubb) for Grahams “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE for Individual Performance (for his Full Season). He started his company, James Graham Dance Theatre, in 2010 to present original dancetheatre work that deals with universal experiences in order to provide a space for audiences to understand themselves and others in new ways. Graham produces DANCE LOVERS, an annual event of duets around Valentine’s Day. Graham is a Certified Gaga Instructor (Ohad Naharin/Batsheva) and took part in Naharins pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively in the U.S., as well as in Canada, France, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, and Israel. He is currently on faculty at UC Berkeley and Dominican University/LINES BFA Program. Graham holds an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. In addition to JGPG, he performers with Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith.
Marit Brook-Kothlow joined Joe Goode Performance Group in 1990. She collaborated and performed with the company for 17 years, during which she was nominated for an Izzy Award for her role in JGPGs Hometown. She has also danced with Tandy Beal & Company and collaborated musically with composers Erik Ian Walker, Beth Custer and Mikel Rouse. Her dance video projects have been collaborations with Kathleen Hermesdorf, Robert Arnold and RJ Muna. After an extended hiatus, Marit is happy to be back dancing with the company again. She teaches workshops and dance classes in the Bay Area and currently lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and 9 year old daughter.
Melecio Estrella is a Choreographer, Performer and Teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a member of Joe Goode Performance Group since 2004. Additionally he is Co-Artistic Director of Fog Beast and the Associate Artistic Director of BANDALOOP. Estrella has led BANDALOOP in performances in Asia and the US, directing site specific vertical dance for live audiences of thousands. Melecio has also performed with the San Francisco Opera, Scott Wells and Dancers, Faye Driscoll among others. Melecio has been engaged as a choreographer for the San Francisco Opera Center’s esteemed Merola program. Along with his extensive experience as a creator and performer of Dance Theater and Vertical Dance, Melecio brings a breadth of knowledge on community engagement and education in the live arts.
Molly Katzman started dancing in middle school at Nevada City School of the Arts and then danced all through high school in the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance program. She attended Cabrillo College where she won the Roberta Bristol award for dance in 2009, then went on to earn her B.A. at UCSC. While living in Santa Cruz, she has danced for choreographers such as Cid Pearlman, Cat Willis, Dixie Shulman, Gerald Casel and is a member of FLEX dance company. Molly and Sierrah Dietz, who started their own company, HOMEbodies, debuted their first show in April 2012, presented their second show in 2013, and entered the New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2014 where they were nominated for the award, Outstanding Choreography (New Work). Molly currently teaches in Santa Cruz at Motion Pacific.
Company Member and Education Coordinator
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.
Wailana Simcock was born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii. He became a professional contemporary dancer when he moved to San Francisco in the mid 1990’s. He is also an aerial artist, hula practitioner, and surfer. Now back in San Francisco after a 17 year hiatus, he is dancing with Bandaloop, KAMBARA + DANCERS, Fog Beast, Steamroller, and Joe Goode Performance Group. He is excited to be here and honored to share dance with the community that first gave him his start.
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, Remembering the Pool at the Best Western, Maverick Strain, and What the Body Knows. She is the recipient of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Individual Performance. Liz was a faculty member in the Dance Department of Columbia College Chicago for ten years. She teaches technique, voice and performance workshops for dancers and actors around the country. She is currently residing in Denver, Colorado teaching at Denver School of the Arts. She is extremely grateful for her twenty-one fulfilling, transformative years creating and performing with the family of the Joe Goode Performance Group.
Grisel GG Torres
Grisel GG Torres is from the Bay Area by way of migrant parents from Guanajuato, México. GG studied Light Design, Technical Theatre, Stage Management, and Props Design at SFSU’s School of Theatre and Dance. In August of 2018, GG happily became the Venue Manager at the Joe Goode Annex. She is also the Staff Production Manager for Golden Thread Productions, the first American Theatre Company devoted to stories of the Middle East. She primarily designs lights for movement based productions and companies such as PUSH Dance Company, Keith Hennessy/CircoZero, Sara Shelton Mann/Mixed Bag Productions, and foolsFURY Theater Company. When not in production mode, GG likes to write melodies, paint, and create movement based performance art herself and sees these art forms as a vantage point for self-healing. She is extremely grateful to have a hand in making some of the Bay Area’s best radical art.
Communications & Program Manager
Melissa Lewis (she/they) came from Massachusetts to San Francisco in 2010 to eventually graduate from the Performing Arts & Social Justice program at the University of San Francisco. She has worked with JGPG since 2016. Also currently working on her: choreography (Bruce Lee!), her film photography, her tiny dance studio (the sardine), and her Chinese (on the phone with her mom). She’s excited about broadening JGPG’s programming towards more accessibility and community-driven practices. Please share any thoughts or ideas: [email protected]
Michelle Lynch Reynolds
Michelle Lynch Reynolds (she/her) has been working with the dance community in the Bay Area for 15 years, first as a performer and then in arts management. Most recently, she was the Program Director at Dancers’ Group, a service and presenting organization where she produced site-specific dance and supported dance-makers with administrative and financial services as well as through grant-making. Previously, she worked in institutional fundraising and served as a curator of dance at Meridian Gallery. Michelle is currently on the Advisory Board of Emerging Arts Professionals, focused on issues of cultural equity and organizational sustainability in the arts. She received a BA in Dance and International Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore and her Masters in Dance Theatre: the Body in Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
Board of Directors
Amy’s first experience with the Joe Goode Performance Group was as a participant in the Embodied Leader workshop. Joe’s invitation to participants to explore and unveil the meaning of the movement experience for themselves, rather than to unpack and explain it for them drew her in. Amy works with organizations to foster more inclusive and human-centered structures and cultures. Previously, Amy provided information, analysis, and insights to philanthropic foundations. She assisted foundations striving to create change around a wide range of issues including international intellectual property rights, digital media and children, food security, human rights, citizen journalism, healthcare technology, living wages, broadband access, youth development, economic justice, and community philanthropy. Amy holds a Masters degree from Harvard University and a B.A. from Indiana University. She is delighted to have the chance to share her professional expertise and personal passion for the arts, especially dance, with JGPG.
Jacky is the co-creator with her chocolatier/percussionist husband Michael of Recchiuti Confections a twenty-two year old San Francisco chocolate company. They run a manufacturing kitchen and retail shop in Dogpatch and a flagship chocolate store in the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace. They offer an artistic twist on traditional European-style truffles designing recipes with a proprietary blend of couverture chocolate made for them by the French company Valrhona. Jacky and Michael reside, work and play in Dogpatch with their family of cats – Jesper, Rufus and Emma. When time permits, Jacky relaxes by indulging in the Japanese sewing art of Sashiko, wood carving and pottery. The magic of movement and voice was first introduced to Jacky in her birth state of Oahu. The Merrie Monarch Dance Festival is a weeklong cultural festival honoring King David Kalākaua, who was called the “Merrie Monarch” for his patronage of the arts and is credited with restoring many Hawaiian cultural traditions during his reign, including the hula. The storytelling gestures and chants in hula was the mesmerizing influence which lead to her discovery of the performance arts. One of her first experiences when moving to San Francisco was the introduction to the Joe Goode performance in Deeply There … hooked once again to deep cultural storytelling using movement and voice, this love for Joe’s work continued through Traveling Light, the Rambler and Still Standing. The stewardship and preservation of the arts holds an enduring place in her ethos – JGPG represents the kinship in keeping the arts alive.
Lisa started The Yay Collective to find and express yayful strategy and storytelling aimed at bringing out even more of the good that already exists in the people and organizations in which it dwells. Maybe that’s why she joined the board of Joe Goode? When she’s not doing strategy, Lisa might be getting 10% happier (if it’s even possible), flowing with vinyasa or doing the yay show podcast. Lisa loves getting moved by music, movement and stories (did someone say JGPG?). You might spot Lisa meandering the streets of the Mission or “holding hands with strangers” in West Sonoma County with a glass of wine in her other hand. Or asking “Why” about everything… except why she gets to live this precious, wild-hearted life!
Lucille Freedman was born and raised in South Africa, graduating from the University of Cape Town, with a special emphasis in Speech and Drama. She emigrated to the US with her family in 1973, and settled in the Bay Area. An influential cooking job led to her starting her own catering business. After successfully running this line of business for 12 years, she changed careers and trained to become a tax professional, securing an Enrolled Agent License. Additionally she obtained a Series 7 (stock broker) License and established a one-stop Tax and Financial Planning practice which she operated for 35 years until her recent “semi-retirement”. Dance and movement have always been important to Lucille. Encountering Joe Goode and his Movement for Humans weekly classes was, and has continued to be, deeply influential. Joe’s community endeavors constantly inspires Lucille’s public-spirited perspective. Sharing her extensive business and financial knowledge as well as her previous experience serving on the board of another arts organization, will be a fulfilling contribution to the Joe Goode organization. Lucille lives in the Montclair district of Oakland.
Philein Wang is an experienced Arts Leader with a demonstrated history of distinction in the performing arts as a choreographer and producer for Ziru Dance and the Silicon Valley Dance Festival. Over the years, she has developed strong management, fundraising and international team building skills. She has served as an Executive Consultant for top-tier performing arts companies and is passionate about creating bridges, opportunities and shared spaces between people on stage and in life. As a volunteer, Philein has served on the board of Robert Moses KIN and is currently a partner at SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Philanthropy). In this time of COVID-19, Systemic Racism and Asian American Xenophobia, Philein/Ziru bring the art of dance for mental wellness to support the community. In her spare time, Philein enjoys movies and traveling with her family.