Charles Abel has been dancing in ballet, opera, and musical theater for more than three decades. A former high-school gymnast, wrestler, and semi-pro baseball player, Mr. Abel has performed with the Yugoslav National Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, and Baltimore Ballet, and has appeared with Washington Opera, Ford’s Theater, and Folger Theater in Washington, DC. Mr. Abel’s career has included appearances in numerous musical theater productions including West Side Story, A Chorus Line, CATS, Hairspray, The King & I, Beauty and the Beast, (among others) at area theaters including Toby’s, and he has played dramatic roles in The Crucible (US/ Ireland tour) and the critically acclaimed August: Osage County at the Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC. Charlie has taught classical ballet and theater dance at Dance Institute of Washington, Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, and Mid-Atlantic Center for Performing Arts.
Alison Crosby has danced with Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) since its first season fifteen years ago and currently serves as both Rehearsal Mistress for the company and Outreach Director. Over the years, McCauley has choreographed a number of pieces that highlighted Crosby's artistry, including Golconda and Bowing . Ms. Crosby spent most of her formative years in the Washington D.C. area and received her initial dance training at the Maryland Youth Ballet where Hortensia Fonseca was her first teacher. Crosby then attended the Joffrey Ballet School and was chosen to be a member of the Joffrey Concert Group, an apprentice-touring troupe. Over the years she has danced professionally with Eric Hampton Dance, Rincones and Company, Tony Powell/Music and Movement, CityDance, Karen and Alvin, and Dancesmith,nms. In addition, she has participated as a performer with the Washington National Opera, Arena Stage, Toby's Dinner Theater, Silver Seas cruises and on a national tour of The Music Man. Ms. Crosby was recognized for her artistry as a solo dance performer by the Maryland State Arts Council in 1994 and 2002 and by the Montgomery County Arts Council in 1998. She is a dance educator in the D.C. metropolitan area—teaching classical ballet, creative movement, modern dance and Floor-Barre®. Ms. Crosby has been guest faculty for Towson and Georgetown Universities and also choreographs for dancers preparing for competitions. Ms. Crosby completed The Artist Training Institute, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Md., and is a Teaching Artist for BMD through The Kennedy Center; both programs are designed to help artists collaborate more effectively with local schools.
Karen Katrinic has taught Jazz and Theater Dance at UMBC, UMCP, and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. She has taught master classes and workshops in jazz, theatre dance and tap for a wide range of organizations, including Maryland Council for Dance, Dance Masters of America, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Alaska Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, the Juilliard School and New York University. She has been a guest choreographer at Towson University, Alaska Dance Theatre, the Lincoln Playhouse, Feet First Jazz and Tap Companies, Kids 13, in New York City. Ms. Katrinic has studied many styles of jazz dance, and worked with American Dance Machine in New York.
Misako Oda started dance training in Japan and received a scholarship to study at the Royal Ballet School in London for three years. From there, she went on to the Matsuyama Ballet Company, one of the major companies in Japan. She toured in Europe and China with Rudolf Nureyev. She served as a jury for the West Street of London Ballet School Audition in Japan. She coordinated the exchange student program between the Japan Ballet and the Australian Ballet. She was the guest teacher at the Dance Day of Royal Academy of Dancing Mid-Atlantic Division in 2000 and 2001. She was the rehearsal assistant for Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker from 2002 to 2004 and the Washington Ballet's new production of Nutcracker (Hippodrome production) in 2004. She was a faculty member at Towson University Children's Dance Division from 2002-2004. In addition to her own studio and company, Misako has also worked at several local dance studios over the past 10 years. Past students include Ashley Canterna who won the Varna International Competition. Misako formed Misako Ballet Company in 2007. In 2008, she served as the audition teacher at Maryland Council for Dance Festival.
A professional dancer for eight years, Jill has also taught ballet, modern dance, ballroom and Pilates in NY, MA and CT since 1995. In addition to earning her MFA Degree at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, she was Assistant Director of Dance and teacher at the Hartt School Community Division. Jill performed with Full Force Dance Theatre under the direction of Katie Stevinson-Nollet and the Lisa Leizman Dancers. She began dancing as a 4 year old at Butler University's Children's program in Indiana and continued to Ballet West Virginia as an apprentice and at Baltimore School for the Arts studied with Sylvester Campbell, Sandy Lacy, Sean Curran, and Stephanie Powell. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Dance and Anthropology where she worked with Donlin Foreman, Mary Lisa Burns, and Janet Soares and spent a semester in India studying Bharata Natyam Dance. Jill has also worked in Arts Administration and studied non-profit arts dministration at Goucher College in MD, and on the side, she makes glass beads and designs jewelry. She also teaches Dance Appreciation for the Community College of Baltimore County, and is a guest choreographer for the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance.
Ferdinand Maisel is a musician, composer, and technologist, currently living in the Baltimore/Washington area. He has been active in the regional academic, art, technology, and business community for over 30 years - as student, music accompanist, teacher, research director, visual artist, software architect, computing consultant, recording artist, pianist, network designer, and composer. He enjoys the music and technology journey, has worked with many very talented people along the way, and has accumulated some great souvenirs from the various trips. He is also a friend, husband, father, philosopher, counselor, generally nice guy, and humble student of life. Most recently, he was awarded a 2010 Maryland State Arts Council Grant for his work combining improvisation, 'string method' techniques on a grand piano, and laptop computer. His current CD/recording project, 'Hidden Voices of the Grand Piano,'was released in late February, 2011.
Liz Replogle is a Lighting Designer and Production Coordinator based out of the Washington DC area. Professional design credits include designs for operas, musicals, plays, and performances with Theatre of the 1s Amendment, Aurora Opera, Catholic University Opera, Doorway Arts Ensemble, New American Century Theater, and Bowen McCauley Dance. She also works extensively within the world of Corporate and Event Lighting, overseeing the on-site impementation of a wide range of shows. Ms. Replogle is a long time resident of the DC Metro area, and received her BA with majors in Theatre and in Folklore/Mythology at George Mason University before going on to earn an MFA in Lighting Design at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Mark H. Williams recent projects include music directorship for 2009 productions of "Pinocchio" at the Pumpkin theatre
in the fall and of "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Baltimore Theatre Project in the
summer, both directed by James Kinstle. Mark was also the composer, musical director,
and pianist for "Puss in Boots," a musical comedy-pantomime with script, lyrics, and
direction by Roger Brunyate, director of the Peabody Institute's opera department. "Puss in Boots", a production of the Baltimore Theatre Project (2007-08 and 2008-09
seasons), featured current and former members of Peabody Opera Theatre, as well as the
choreography of Carol Bartlett, director of Peabody Dance. The Baltimore Sun reviewer (Jan. 2008) wrote that the show "had the quality you'd expect of serious opera" and that the "the zesty music by Mark Hanson Williams supports the singers well". Mark also organized and composed all music for a summer 2008 concert at Baltimore's An Die Musik, featuring coloratura soprano Jessica Lennick, in honor of the 90th birthday of Baltimore artist Jane Frank. He collaborated with choreographer Lauren Withhart and drummer Rob Reid to create "Action Sculpture", presented in October 2008 at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of "Free Fall Baltimore" festival. All of these projects have involved the use of toy pianos, which Mark collects. He has a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Music and won the 1999 composition prize at Fontainebleau (France).