2014 Diamond Research Scholars grant recipient, Kailey McCrudden received a BFA in Dance from Temple University in May 2015, summa cum laude, performing in works by Andrea Miller and Larry Keigwin, and studying under Kun Yang-Lin, Jillian Harris and Merian Soto while there. Now a NYC based choreographer and dancer, Kailey's work has been performed at various venues in NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Atlanta. She has studied with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Nancy Stark Smith, and Stephan Koplowitz. Kailey is currently a community actionist dancer at Gibney Dance Center, in addition to dancing for Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE, Aaron Mcgloin Dance, mizantymoves, and Designated Movement, among others. She also teaches contemporary forms classes at Gibney Dance Center. Her work has been commissioned by Nacre Dance Company, Ballet Forte, and Triskelion Arts.
photo by Emily Guinan
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a Brooklyn-based artist and graduate of Hampshire College. Her dance writing can be found in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and The Dance Enthusiast. She has written about music and social activism for Chamber Music Magazine and has reviewed fiction for The Jewish Book Council. She is the director of Undertow Dance and the founder of The Bunker Presents, a roving performance series for under-exposed artists. Currently, Nicole is pursuing her Pilates teaching certification through Core Pilates. She works as a stage hand at Gibney Dance and serves as the Communication Director for Clowns Without Borders, an international non-profit dedicated to offering levity and play as emotional and mental healthcare for children living through crisis. Nicole is particularly interested in climate-change induced migration and environmental justice, and in dismantling capitalism.
photo by Grace Courvoisier
Ashur Rayis creates musical landscapes for collaborative projects, including AORTA films, TYKE DANCE, Elliott Cennetoglu, Maiko Kikuchi, Of Clouds Productions, and others. A founder of Monster Trux dance collective and Eat Drink Tell Your Friends puppetry collective, Ashur engages in a multidisciplinary performance and storytelling practice. He lives in south Brooklyn with three roommates and Gwen the cat.
photo by Fraylie Nord