Dayna Hanson, Co-director
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dayna Hanson has worked as a choreographer, director, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist since 1987. With Gaelen Hanson, she co-directed dance theater company 33 Fainting Spells from 1994 – 2006, creating six critically acclaimed, evening-length, touring works. With 33 Fainting Spells and as an individual artist, Dayna has performed in dozens of venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her debut feature film, Improvement Club, premiered in Narrative Competition at SXSW in 2013. She recently wrote, choreographed and directed an episode of HBO's new anthology series, Room 104 by The Duplass Brothers. Dayna is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in Dance, a United States Artists Foundation Oliver Fellow in Dance and an Artist Trust Arts Innovator awardee. She is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Peggy Piacenza, Co-director
Peggy Piacenza grew up outside Chicago and danced her way to North Carolina, New York and eventually Seattle, where she has lived and worked since 1990. As a choreographer and performer, she’s toured nationally and internationally with Pat Graney, 33 Fainting Spells and Dayna Hanson, as well as with her own work. A veteran Seattle performing artist and choreographer whose work embodies a wide spectrum of experience, Peggy draws from explorations in improvisation, performance studies and interdisciplinary collaborations. She is a 2010 graduate of Smith College, where she was an Ada Comstock Scholar. Peggy was the inaugural recipient of Smith College’s Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant.
Dave Proscia, Technical Director
Dave Proscia is a native Long Islander who has been working in visual art, music, dance, theater and film in Seattle for more than 15 years. As light designer and technical director, Dave has collaborated with Deborah Hay, 33 Fainting Spells, Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza, Mary Sheldon Scott and many others. He’s served as technical director at venues including On the Boards and Village Theatre, and also works as a professional art handler. He’s appeared on stage and screen in the work of Dayna Hanson and has played in several Seattle bands, including Today!, Cathouse and Asscomb. Proscia holds a B.A. in visual art from S.U.N.Y./New Paltz.
2017 Base Resident Artists
Frank Boyd is a Seattle based performer and writer. He is the creator of The Holler Sessions, a theater piece about jazz that premiered in Seattle at On the Boards in 2015 and in New York at PS122’s 2016 COIL Festival. The Holler Sessions will travel next to The Detroit Public Theatre and to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Frank is a member of New York-based ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM, with whom he has performed in Gatz, The Select, Architecting and Particularly in the Heartland. Frank also recently performed on tour with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Boyd will spend his Base residency—March 5 - April 2, 2017—with San Francisco-based collaborator Libby King (RoosevElvis, Mission Drift), in their first major development period for Grace and The Kid, a theater/dance piece about Waiting For Godot, tent cities and the experience of being left behind by technology.
ilvs strauss is an analytical chemist turned multidisciplinary performance artist. Based in Seattle, her art spans dance narrative performance, anamorphic outdoor sculptures, illustrated storytelling and haiku poetry. She also leads workshops on writing, movement and performance. Her solo piece, Manifesto, was listed in Dance Magazine’s “Best of 2014” list. She's currently writing a queer sci-fi play to premiere in April 2017. During her Base Residency, scheduled for Oct. 24 - Nov. 7, 2017, strauss will explore the intersection of video, dance and narrative, taking inspiration from music videos, silent films, and bold color.
Markeith Wiley is a dance maker, performer and instructor across a range of movement styles. Originally from California, Wiley holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has performed with Keith Hennessey, Kitten n' Lou, The Dance Cartel, Lingo and more. His movement vocabulary spans a lifetime of influences, from breakdancing and hip-hop to contemporary and theatre dance. Wiley was featured on the 2014 City Arts Future List; he’s danced at venues all over Seattle, including Spectrum, Velocity and On the Boards, and choreographed for theatre groups WET and the Satori Group. Wiley plans to spend his Nov. 9 - 22, 2017 residency working with his new performance group, The NogoodDoers.
2016 Base Resident Artists
Jessica Jobaris, a Seattle based choreographer and instructor, has been exploring movement and awareness for 20+ years. As a performer, she has had the honor of dancing for notable choreographers Mark Haim, KT Niehoff, Maureen Whiting and Scott/Powell Performance, Salt Horse, and Carr Mixed Media in NYC. In Berlin she worked for Jess Curtis/Maria Scaroni, Felix Ruckert, and Kirsten Burger for German MTV. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and a graduate of Anna Halprin's Tamalpa Institute, Jessica continues to study in the U.S. with Miguel Gutierrez, Anna Halprin and Tere O'Connor. In Berlin, she studied with Martin Spangberg, Robert Steijn, Felix Ruckert, and Rosalind Crisp.
Jessica has shared her own choreographies on stages big and small, in schools across America, studios and festivals in Europe, and in WA state prisons. From 2004-2009, Jessica was Co-Artistic Director of CorpusCorpus Movement Association, a multi-media performance art company funded by city, state and corporate sponsors. She is the movement director for Freehold's Engaged Theater Tour, and has been guest instructor of dance at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, University of Utah, Gage Academy, The Evergreen School, and Velocity Dance Center. In 2011, she launched Jessica Jobaris & General Magic, a dance-theater multi-media company, intersecting catastrophe and comedy. Her current evening length work, A Great Hunger/Sorry for Everything, premieres in Seattle, at On The Boards in March 2017.
Dylan Ward is a dance/theater/filmmaker operating under the project name Sleep Nod. He has produced original performance work, interventions and film for over a decade in Denver and Seattle.