Summer Company 2021
Hurray! We are pleased to present Frog in Hand's 2021 Summer Company, our fourth year running this program.
The 2021 Summer Company was comprised of:
Ten incredible dancers:
Stephanie Harkness, Ankita Alemona, Eilish Shin-Culhane, Zoe Kwan, Maria Riano, Sierra Goldak, Annalise Grammacione, Kaitlyn Seibold, Erin Eldershaw, and Daniela Jezerinac
Frog in Hand's Summer Company staff were:
Artistic Director, Colleen Snell
Rehearsal Director, Alice Cavanagh
Business Manager, Jessica Cen
Production Assistant, Angela Xu
& Assistant Costume Designer, Mariana Sandoval-Angel
From June to August 2021 for 9 weeks, we rehearsed in-person under safe and dilligent social-distancing measures as much as possible and resorted to digital platforms to collaborate, devise, and create new and existing Frog in Hand repertoire. We had the privilege to work with fellow guest artists: Noelle Hamlyn, Andrew Gaboury, Clay and Paper Theatre, Bridges Festival, and Stories in the Woodsinternational guest artists. The Summer Company was mentored in site specific performance, voice work and fitness training, character building, clowning, fusion dance, martial arts, score and movement exploration, research and development, and more. The Summer Company members collaborated and advised on creating Caretakers, a mobile puppet squad show inspired by Clay and Paper, and performed in Stories in the Woods, the remount of the acclaimed 2019 premiere of Frog in Hand's largest site-specific production to date.
Photos to be uploaded soon. Stay tuned or check out our Instagram and Facebook!
The Summer Company was graciously funded by the Canada Summer Jobs, The City of Mississauga, Port Credit Community Foundation, and the Hazel McCallion Foundation. We thank them for their continued support!
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The 2021 Summer Company
Colleen Snell, Frog in Hand Artistic Director
Summer Company Artistic Director
As the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Frog in Hand, Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles including educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer. Colleen devises and performs collaborative work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. She holds a master’s degree in dance from England's London Contemporary Dance School (University of Kent). She is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC), a writer with the Dance Current, and an avid arts educator. Her collaborative choreographic process and work is highly regarded, as is her work in improvisation and site-specific production. Guided by Colleen's vision of collaboration, Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, Hazel McCallion Foundation, City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Federal Government. Since the pandemic Colleen has created new radio plays, dance films, outdoor (distanced) site-specific productions and a narrative website, The Lost Museum (Welcome to The Lost Museum).
Colleen Snell's image by Nettie Seip
Alice Cavanagh, Frog in Hand Rehearsal Director
Summer Company Rehearsal Director
Alice (she/her) is an Australian actor and movement coordinator for stage and screen who is fascinated by the art of physical storytelling. Trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2012), Alice became curious about the world of theatrical violence and physical communication. In 2013 she began to study stage combat and started her training as a fight director. After working for several years in the Australian Film & TV industry as an actor, Alice left Australia to continue her studies as a fight/movement director in the UK and Canada. Alice is now working in Toronto as a movement coordinator and actor with dancers, actors, directors, film makers, stunt performers, photographers, models, poets and musicians to create meaningful stories for the stage and digital space.
Alice Cavanagh's image by Dahlia Katz
Frog in Hand Business Manager
Jessica Cen (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Scarborough. She specifies in stage and production management, theatre administration, public relations, and design and is passionate about supporting artists to realize their visions and create immersive intersectional spaces and transcendent experiences. Jessica graduated from Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute as an Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major and Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Theatre Performance Production and minoring in Acting & Dance. She was the Production Assistant and Stage Manager for the Frog in Hand Summer Company 2019 & 2020, assisting and facilitating in a variety of roles and projects. She collaborated with Frog in Hand in Fall 2019 on site-specific outdoor promenade-style performance, Stories in the Woods, as the Assistant Stage Manager and Production Assistant. Her recent works also include Toronto Union, Electric Moon Theatre Company, City Youth Players, Flato Markham Theatre, and the Female Eye Film Festival. Currently, she is the Business Manager of Frog in Hand and is extremely grateful and ecstatic to be a part of the Frog in Hand Summer Company for her third time!
Jessica Cen's image by Jennifer Xie
Assistant Costume Designer
Mariana was born in Colombia and grew up immersed in a very artistic and creative environment. She attended a music academy for 10 years, and here she started developing her passion for costumes. She studied Fashion Design at LCI Bogota, but her creative career really began designing costumes for her music peers. She came to Canada in 2019, pursuing that dream and looking for new opportunities. She is currently a Costume Production student at Fanshawe College.
Angela Xu (she/her) is a Toronto-based dance artist, actress, and performance technician. She graduated York University with a BFA Special Honours in Dance. In recent years she has collaborated with and performed in Fall for Dance North, Luminato Festival, New Blue Emerging Dance, Social Growl, and Toronto Fringe Festival. Her passions for stage management and lighting design have made their way into Ismailova Theatre of Dance’s Master and Margarita (2019) and York University’s Language of Landscape (2020), amongst others. Angela believes in dance as a form of healing. Her work can be found at angelaxu.com.
Ankita is an interdisciplinary artist rooted in Kalaripayattu (the oldest martial art form in the world, from Kerala, India), dance and theatre. She actively trains as a student of Hindustan Kalari Sangam, an internationally renowned Kalaripayattu institution. She is also the founder of Nautanki Creations, a platform for sharing ideas through artistic forms of expression and for developing opportunities for cross-cultural engagement between artists working in Canada and India. Ankita is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Theatre and Peace and Conflict studies program and Attakkalari Centre’s diploma program, India’s foremost contemporary dance institution. Her passion lies in the intermingling of classic with contemporary.
Erin Eldershaw (she/her) is a multi-faceted performer, creator, producer, and educator, specializing in acting, stage combat, and movement. Erin graduated from George Brown College's Classical Theatre Conservatory program, and has since worked with a multitude of theatre companies across Ontario. She has been nominated for two awards as "Best Supporting Actor" with My Entertainment World, winning in 2017. On screen, Erin has had roles in television series such as Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, Baroness Von Sketch, Nurses, and has been in the television movies; Love at Look Lodge (Hallmark), and Once Upon a Christmas (Lifetime). Erin is certified with the Fight Directors of Canada as an Advanced Actor Combatant and is currently apprenticing to become a certified Fight Instructor under the mentorship of Casey Hudecki. As a dancer and mover, Erin has worked on many devised theatre projects with creators across the GTA and has danced with variantly styled companies including; Tsingory Dance (PanAm Opening Ceremonies), Army of Sass Toronto (multiple shows, incl. the lead in Snow White), and Frog in Hand (Off The Wall, Summer Company 2020, and Summer Company 2021). Erin thanks Frog in Hand for yet another incredible summer exploring movement, storytelling, and art in these difficult times. Thank you to the land that we are so fortunate to be performing on, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Sierra (she/her) is a freelance dance artist and educator residing in Toronto. She is a member of Lofty Goal Project, an arts collective based in the city, and has enjoyed the privilege of teaching students across the GTA. Previously she has performed with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and The Parahumans, as well as in events at Nuit Blanche, Dance Ontario and 401 Richmond’s Art Hunt. Sierra discovered her love for art and movement while growing up in Saskatchewan, and has since followed that passion across Canada and internationally. She is delighted to continue this journey with the 2021 Summer Company.
Annalise Grammacione (she/her) is an emerging dance artist from Toronto, Ontario, and will be entering her third year at Ryerson University’s Dance BFA program this September. Through her studies, Annalise continues to expand her knowledge and passion for all forms of movement and dance cinematography. Debuting two original dance films at the 2021 Ryerson Choreographic Film Festival titled “Arm’s Length” and “in this space i am…”, Annalise has also worked with many renowned artists including Gabby Kamino, Benjamin Kamino, Kenny Pearl, Robert Glumbek, Ryan Lee, Alyssa Martin, Hannah Keil, Aria Evans and Tomoe Yamasaki. Recent credits include Hannah Kiel’s “Together, Inside-Out” 2020 dance film and Aria Evans’s “Changes” 2020 dance film.
Stephanie Harkness (she/they) is a dance artist currently based between Mississauga and New York. Stephanie graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts and trained with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Company. Next spring, they will graduate from Purchase College with a BFA in dance performance and a BA in anthropology. Stephanie is also a recipient of the Adopt-A-Dancer scholarship from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. They’ve performed works by Alyssa Martin, Kevin Wynn, Roderick George, and Jose Limon. They are very excited to be working with the 2021 Frog In Hand summer company.
Daniela Jezerinac (she/her) was born in Mississauga (ON), where she began her dance training at a local studio. While continuing to pursue her artistic career at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she performed several works by Colin Connor, Carol Anderson and Robert Glumbek. In the fall of 2019, she completed her BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, where she had the honor of performing pieces choreographed by Kevin Wynn, Alexandra Beller, and Hannah Garner. While completing her studies in school she joined Montreal based company RUBBERBAND in the fall of 2018.
Zoe Kwan is an emerging dance artist and creator from Toronto, Ontario, and was most recently awarded the 2021 Orly Watkin Dance award at Ryerson University. Zoe has worked with renowned artists and has danced choreography by Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Guillaume Côté, and Alysa Pires. In 2020, she created two original works for EnChoreo 2020 and was in “A Gathering": a dance film featured in Fall For Dance North’s 2020 program by Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schaiber, and Shamel Pitts. She was also in Hanna Kiel's dance film "Together, Inside-Out” and Andrea Nann’s dance film “This is Where I Find Myself Today”. In 2021, she debuted two original dance films at the Ryerson Choreographic Film Festival. Her most recent work “I Woke Up” has been selected to be featured in Bloom Festival 2021 and in the fifth edition of Artists for Peace.
Maria is a dance artist based in Toronto, beginning her training in Colombia, before moving to Canada in 2008. Maria has worked with Justine A. Chambers performing digitally for the Vancouver Art Gallery in the beginning of 2021. She has also worked with Dylan Crossman remounting Changing Steps by Merce Cunningham in partnership with Fall for Dance performed at the AGO. Maria is a 2021 graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Performance Dance Program. In 2019, Maria and her partner Dominique created a collective called The Playground Project. Maria has collaborated with many emerging artists and wishes to bridge a gap in the dance industry with her platform.
Kaitlyn Seibold is an emerging artist and dance educator who recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Performance Degree from Ryerson University and is now completing her Master of Fine Arts at York University for Dance, Choreography & Collaboration. She was awarded the Lipson Family Endowment Award for the most promising emerging choreographer. Taking part in an ongoing investigation with the moving body in the theatre and alternative performance spaces, Seibold aims to create conversational work while providing stimulating and healthy collaborative experiences. Her most recent works address collaboration between movement and technology while concentrating on engagement within virtual performance platforms. Her studies pertain to discovering boundaries between physicalized theatre and contemporary movement while exploring the meaning of gesture and recognizing physical impulses. Her most recent works include: Birth of a B featured in the Night Shift platform at the Citadel & Compagine and Meeting at R9 presented at Dance Ontario, Toronto ON.
Eilish (she/her) is a Toronto-based artist, dancer, and choreographer. She is additionally a dance educator and certified Pilates instructor. She received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Eilish has performed in works by Peter Chu, Bill T. Jones, Anton Lachky, John Heginbotham, and Adam Barruch. She has trained with Johannes Wieland, Anouk van Dijk, Andrea Miller, Ryan Mason, Isadora Wolfe, and Stefanie Batten Bland. Eilish has presented choreography at Marymount’s ‘Dancers at Work’, NYU’s ‘Choreofest’, Emerging Artist Theatre’s ‘New Work Series’, and Aeris Körper’s ‘PROSPECTS’. Eilish deeply believes in the transformative power of movement.