Meet the Collaborators
Naomi Boissy will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Business in May of 2017. She is pursuing a career in medicine, with the determination to become a heart surgeon. She also loves to dance, and has been dancing her entire life. She started with the Carol Peterson School of Dance, continuing with the San Jose Ballet and Harmony Dance Center. She also danced with her high school dance team and now choreographs and dances with the Repertory Dance Group at her university. As a biochemist she likes to imagine all of the processes that take place inside her body, and believes in creating synergy between all aspects of her life, from food, to movement, to knowledge. She is incredibly excited to embark on this adventure; ready to see how she can learn from the landscape and the people, and portray those experiences and sensations through movement and dance.
Stephanie Busing is an environment and live performance designer currently based in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Texas with an MFA in Theatrical Design: Integrated Media in 2014 and now travels the country designing and painting for film/tv, museums, theatre, musicals, opera, and symphonies. Recent video projection and scenic designs include: With Great Difficulty Alice Sits (scenery, Salvage Vanguard Theatre), Mary Poppins (video, ZACH Theatre), World at War (video, Texas Performing Arts Center), Alice in Wonderland (scenery and video, Underbelly Theatre), Studio in the Museum (scenery and video, UMLAUF). Stephanie is a founding company member of Underbelly Theatre which writes and produces immersive site-specific plays in atypical places: www.underbellytheatre.com
Morgan Slater Eddolls is graduating in May 2018 from the University of Puget Sound with a major in Biology and an emphasis in Neuroscience. When she isn't in a lab doing research, she can usually be found dancing. From 2010-2013, she was an apprentice, and then an official member of the professional Borealis Dance company originally started in Austin, Texas. She participated in her high school dance team and later joined the Repertory Dance Group at the University of Puget Sound. This dance group, contains over 200 dancers, has taken up Morgan’s campus life as she has choreographed multiple times and is now the current President of this dance group. She couldn’t be more excited to dance in Spain and to share her love of dance with other passionate artists! Since Morgan is completely Deaf with a cochlear implant, she is hoping to spread awareness of her “impairment” and wants to inspire other people that dance is possible and beautiful, no matter how different you are!
Chell Parkins (MFA, BA) is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Dance. Her career as a choreographer, performer, advocate and educator has spanned over 20 years. She founded Brigid's Daisy dance company in San Francisco, CA in the mid 90'2 and has performed with MADCO, Steamroller, Bibliodance, and Forklift Dance Works. Her work has been presented in festivals throughout the country and in Northern Ireland and Spain. Parkins' graduate research investigated disembodied and embodied choreographic techniques, integrating technology in the choreographic process. She has taught music, theatre and dance in the private and public sectors from preschool through college. She was influenced by her work with Creative Action using Theatre of the Oppressed as a framework for promoting social change within an "at risk" population. Parkins spent three years as the director of dance, drill team and pom squad at Manor High School where she taught dance as a vehicle for empowerment before becoming Lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University.
Emma Parkins is a nursing student at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York and a part-time barista at a local café. She was born, raised and currently living in Rochester. During her free time, Emma likes to read, go to local shows, spend time with loved ones and occasionally hit up the diner around the corner from her apartment. Like many young adults her age, she finds creative outlet through using various social media sites, on the Internet. She is incredibly excited for this opportunity to express herself and others, using this type of media, while in Spain. She is also looking forward to learning more about herself and the human experience in general.
Rachel Vassar recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, after studying Dance and Nonprofit Management. She has performed with the MTSU Dance Theatre, a pre professional company, and collaborated with choreographer Marsha Barsky and Company Rose on an installation at the Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, TN. Rachel has represented MTSU at the ACDA Southern Conference and has received awards for her participation in Scholars' Week from the Dean of Liberal Arts of the University. She is excited to work on this project and explore with the other artists involved.