In 2015, Dayna Hanson, Peggy Piacenza and Dave Proscia founded Base as a creative home they could share with the community. Their values—freedom, experimentation, rigor and grit—pervade the space and inform the Base experience.
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 wrote, choreographed and directed an episode of HBO's 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.
Allison Burke, Operations Manager
Originally from Novi, Michigan, Allison Burke is a dance artist, performer and instructor based in Seattle. Allison holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has performed with Cherdonna Shinatra, Thunderpussy and more. Allison is one half of Step-Dad, an avant-garde music/movement collaborative.
Board of Directors
Sarah Rudinoff, President
Jim Kent, Vice President
Lauren Gallow, Secretary