The 2022 Summer Company
The Summer Company ran from May 2022-July 2022.
We met a team of 14 amazing folks for 9 weeks of exploration.
Beekeepers, Performance at Sampradaya's Summer Skies outdoor festival, Bollywood Monster Mashup and War of the Worlds Reimagined!
Maks Martinez: Stage Production Worker
Maks Martinez has been a Mississauga-based artist since high school. They have performed with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and were part of Frog in Hand’s 2020 Summer company as a dancer. Since then, they have been attending Carleton University as a Criminology major with a focus in Sociology. As they’ve continued in their artistic journey as an Ottawa based artist, Maks has become interested in production work behind the scenes. They have filmed, edited and produced dance videos for Carleton’s Raven Dance Pak.
Kalina Popova (Assistant Costume Designer)
Kalina Popova is a Toronto-based costume technician and designer, born in Bulgaria. In 2020, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Theatre Production and Design. Through York, Kalina had the opportunity to be a wardrobe assistant for Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park’s 2018 season, as well as volunteer at the Prague Quadrennial in Prague, Czech Republic in 2019. Since graduating, Kalina’s credits as a costume technician include work with Starvox Entertainment for Illusionarium (2021) and Touch (2022), as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music for Rinaldo (2022). Kalina has also been working freelance as a designer and has been involved with the theatre and entertainment industries in Toronto. In addition, she has been collaborating with local art communities and growing her skills in technical drawing and graphic design.
Nicholas Simmons (Technical Director)
Nicholas Simmons is a professional technician and videographer with experience in both the worlds of broadcasting and theatre. His interest in both fields began in high school, and continued at MetU's School of Media with an emphasis on live broadcasts. Since moving to Toronto in late 2011, he has worked on productions with the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the Lower Ossington Theatre, and T.Y.T. Theatre, both backstage and behind the camera. This is his second time with Frog in Hand, having worked on Stories in the Woods in the summer of 2021 as Technical Director.
Katie (she/her) is a dance artist from Montreal. A recent graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has performed works by Alyssa Martin, Michael Caldwell, Hanna Kiel, Riley Sims, B. Solomon, Darryl Tracy, Murray Darroch, Pulga Muchochoma, Sharon Moore, George Stamos, and Bageshree Vaze. Adams-Gossage’s self-direction and passion for knowledge were recognized with the merit-based 2021 Kathryn Ash Scholarship and top awards for academic achievement in Anatomy and Dance History. In 2021, the school nominated her for the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant, a national recognition for contemporary dance, which led to her performance in two new solo creations, “Seen” by Pulga Muchochoma, and “Mighty Real” by Darryl Tracy. In 2022, she received the Winchester Prize for choreographic distinction, which will facilitate the remounting of her interdisciplinary work “pilgrim’s passage” in SummerWorks 2022. She looks forward to dancing in the professional works of Frédérique Perron and Pulga Muchochoma.
Morgan Carroll is a dancer and choreographer based in Toronto, Ontario. While studying at MetU, she choreographed for Enchoreo, the Choreographic film festival, and her year-end show “Collections.” She has worked with and performed excerpts created by Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Guillaume Cote, Alysa Pires, David Earl, Kenny Pearl and Miranda Meijer. In 2021 she trained at the Modus Operandi Summer Intensive and Rubberband Dance's winter intensive. Morgan worked with the Natasha Powell of HollaJazz alongside company member Tyreka Davis on “Together Again,” created for Fall for Dance North’s 2021 Festival. Most recently, Morgan worked with Rock Bottom Movement on “Dinoland”, which was performed by 3rd and 4th year dancers in an hour-long dance film. Morgan strives to perform and create movement that explores physicality through the truest emotions of oneself while making art that brings people together. Morgan graduated with a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University in June 2022.
Nicole Decsey is a performance artist based in Mississauga, who graduated in 2019 from MetU with a BFA in Dance. She has been a company member and rehearsal director with Ismailova Theatre of Dance since 2016 and a company member with Dance: Corps Company since 2020. Nicole is the artistic director of the grassroots company Nicole Decsey Dance Projects creating dance films, live performances and hosting master classes and intensives since 2019. Because of her internship with The Dance Current Magazine and her participation in the 2019/2020 Emerging Arts Critics Program with The National Ballet of Canada, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Canadian Opera Company and Soulpepper Theatre Nicole is now a seasoned arts writer and critic. She is a regular contributor for the arts magazine smART Magazine. Nicole has been teaching all styles of dance since she was 16 and most recently she has begun training in and teaching ballroom dance. As an emerging artist Nicole is excited to continue her growth as an artist with Frog in Hand.
Chiara is a contemporary dance artist, teacher and choreographer based out of Guelph, Ontario. Growing up, she became passionate about choreography and improvisation work alongside and within her studio training. She has choreographed and danced in various award winning pieces throughout her time co-leading the Guelph DancePak while studying Biomedical sciences at the University of Guelph and in various events and performances throughout the GTA (Toronto’s Choreoball, Young Creators Challenge). Chiara is continuously inspired by movement through various art forms, human and nature connections and life experiences. She is thrilled and grateful to be working with the Frog in Hand Summer Company amongst incredible mentors and artists!
Sierra is a Toronto-based artist with a particular fondness for movement and writing. She loves performing live and on camera, as well as teaching her beloved dance students. She creates, collaborates, and performs with an arts collective called Lofty Goal Project, which was founded by two fellow George Brown Dance alumni. After graduating from GBC’s Dance Performance program, Sierra danced with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for their 2019-20 season as part of their mentorship program. Since then her love for ballet has been expressed through her teaching, and she has had the opportunity to explore and train further in contemporary dance, creative writing, dance theatre, clowning, stage combat, and acting on film. Sierra is delighted to be joining the Summer Company for a second season.
Clara Isgro is a dancer, teacher, performer, and artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently entering her 4th and final year in the Performance Dance Program at MetU. Clara is also an assistant teacher, teacher, and choreographer at For The Love Of It School of Dance where she assists and teaches multiple classes and dance styles including jazz, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary. She had the opportunity last year to choreograph and create her own dance film that was featured in Toronto Metropolitan University's Choreographic Film Festival where she was featured in other student films as well. Clara has recently been involved in a dance piece titled "The Ianos Gate" choreographed by Louis Laberge-Cote which premiered at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has also been involved in many virtual/film and live performances including works created by Louis Laberge-Cote, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee, Kelly Shaw, Bonnie Kim, Jeff Dimitrou, and more. Clara will be receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree when she graduates in 2023.
Seibold is a movement researcher, performer, choreographer, and dance educator who received a BFA from MetU and an MFA from York University for Dance, Choreography & Collaboration. During her studies at MetU she was awarded the Lipson Family Endowment Award for the most promising choreographer. Throughout her professional experience she has been able to perform and train under choreographers such as Vicki St Denys, Louis Laberge-Cote, Kate Hilliard, Robert Glumbek, Ryan Lee, Hanna Kiel, Matjash Mrozewski, Victoria Mehaffey and Apolonia Velasquez in a diverse range of techniques and movement styles. Taking part in an ongoing investigation with the moving body in the theatre and alternative performance spaces, her current research involves discovering boundaries between physicalized theatre and contemporary movement. Her most recent works include: Meeting at R9 (Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend’21), and Escapists, presented at Springworks. Most recently Seibold was commissioned to create on MetU's 2nd year Dance Performance Students.
Abby (she/they) is an interdisciplinary dance and theatre artist currently living on the stolen land we call Toronto. In 2020, Abby graduated from Randolph College where they discovered their love of physical theatre and devising. They are a musician and songwriter who use guitar, piano, and their voice to craft musical worlds that create vessels for their poetry. Most recently, their collective received a recommenders grant from Theatre Gargantua to devise and present a show that explored loss through a childhood-like sense of play. They love watching and creating performances that utilize the entire body, as well as work that leaves you with more questions than answers, whether it is through film, theatre, dance or something outside of these categories. They love to be in spaces that challenge and surprise them, where they can sit in the magical uncertainty of where their artistry is going to evolve to next. Abby is excited to share physical and creative space with such wonderful humans this summer.
Cailin Teranishi (She/Her) is a dancer and performer based in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of The Creative School’s Performance Dance program at MetU. Through this program she has had the opportunity to choreograph works for both Encoreo and the Choreographic Film Festival. Cailin has been in works created by Andrea Nann, Alysa Pires, Robert Glumbek, Apolonia Valasquez, Emilio Colalillo, Rock Bottom Movement, and Natasha Powell as well as learned repertoire from ProArte Danza’s Roberto Campanella. Most recently, Cailin took part in an original work choreographed by Angela Blumberg as part of the 2022 Spring Works show. At the core of all her works, Cailin aims to bring words to life and add meaning to movement. Cailin holds a BFA in Performance Dance and a minor in English.
Celeste Chiappetta is a dance artist from Brampton, Ontario. Celeste began her professional career at the age of 15 when she joined Jessica Ford’s company ‘Kalos’ in Toronto. Most recently, she was accepted into a Jazz residency in partnership with the Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture and Fall For Dance North. “Together Again” was choreographed by Natasha Powell. She was a core dancer for Brampton Music Theatre and was in notable productions; including “West Side Story” performed at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. Celeste premiered her first original work “Homesick” at Collections where she worked closely with her dancers to create a piece reflecting on their childhoods. Celeste has always related her art to being “human-first” and creating dance and theatre that is digestible to anyone, artist or not. She has a BFA in dance from MetU and was the recipient of Mayfield’s Dance Award in 2018.