at Alchemical Studios
(50 W. 17th St)
Curated by Avital Asuleen, the program’s 1 Show/3 Choreographers Lab makes space for 3 choreographers to bring 3 different production numbers from an original musical to life, often for the first time. The featured musical is The Real Gemma Jordan which has a book by Anna K. Jacobs (Teeth, Pop!) and music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief). The featured choreographers include Arthur Cuadros, Niani Feelings, and Katharine Quinn, and the lab’s moderator is Tony nominee Josh Bergasse (SMASH, On The Town, Gigi, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory).
The lab features performances by Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella), David Nick Alea, Gina de Pool, Mary Beth Donahoe, Nigel Jamal Hall, Maya Imani, Carlos Jimenez, Caroline Kane, Erin Kei, Evan Kinnane, Paris Martino, Bryan Ernesto Menijvar, Jonathan Mousset, Corinne Munsch, Kaylee Olsen, Tia Petersen, Luke Rands, Ellie Reid, Jordan Simone, Matthew Tiberi, Ahren Victory, and Peter Williams. The company continues its partnership with Full Out Creative who will collaborate with the choreographers to film their pieces live. Tori Crow is the lab’s associate producer.
conceived + curated by
Joshua Bergass has been involved in dance education for over 30 years. Besides, teaching regularly at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway in NYC, he also has taught on multiple convention tours such as NYCDA, Revel, Tremaine and Manhattan Dance Project. He’s been a guest artist at universities across the country including NYU, Indiana University, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan, UC Irvine and many others and he continues to travel to studios and dance festivals nationally as well as internationally.
Josh started his career as a young dancer on Broadway and then transitioned to choreography and direction for Stage, Television and Film. He is the Emmy Award-winning choreographer for NBC’s musical drama SMASH, and received a Tony nomination as well as the Astaire Award for his choreography of the Broadway revival, On the Town. He also choreographed the Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory produced by Warner Bros, as well as the revival of Gigi on Broadway. Josh directed and choreographed the New York premiere of the re-imagined production of Smokey Joe's Cafe. He also choreographed Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster, winning the prestigious Chita Rivera Award for excellence in choreography. For Encores! at New York City Center Josh directed and choreographed I Married An Angel starring his wife, NYCB Principal Sara Mearns. Other credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Bomb-Itty of Errors and Cagney; multiple episodes of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance; Marvels HAWKEYE for Disney+; Jessica Jones for Netflix; the feature film Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler; Monsterland for Hulu; A Capital Fourth, Sinatra: Voice For A Century, and The Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary Celebration all for PBS.
In Josh’s class, you’ll learn different styles of Broadway Theater Dance. Josh wants you to not only understand, but master this genre, from dance lines to performance technique. You will certainly be pushed not only stylistically, but technically as well. Josh knows that every dancer is unique, and one of his goals is to help bring out the individuality in every student. He likes to share his joy for dance with his students, so even though you’ll be challenged, you’re certain to have a great time in class.
Arthur Cuadros choreographed for Boston’s Fiddlehead Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Bellarmine Prep University and most recently he choreographed the new musical Will Wilson Saves the World part of the Emerging Artist festival. As a performer he was last seen in Sweet Charity at the Maltz Jupiter Theater and in On Your Feet at the Papermill Playhouse. Arthur danced in the films Isn’t it Romantic and Blues Clues and You: Broadway Dream. He has traveled extensively dancing for Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines. He co-founded Start Theatrical, LLC with his husband and together have invested in the upcoming revival of Merrily We Roll Along, the Tony Award-winning revival of Company and its upcoming national tour, and the upcoming Mandela, Hamlet: a pop musical, and Superyou. He has and continues to work with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre as a first round reader for their annual Festival of New Musicals.
Niani Feelings (She/Her) is a New York City based performer and creator who grew up in Columbia, SC. She went on to receive her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. She has been seen in regional productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival & The MUNY as well as having been part of choreography teams at SpeakEasy Stage and OSF. She was most recently seen touring the country as a swing and the dance captain of the first national tour of Mean Girls!
Katharine Quinn is a creative based in New York City. Credits include Shucked (Writing Associate, Broadway), How to Dance in Ohio (Broadway, Upcoming), The Great Gatsby (Papermill, Upcoming), Tootsie (SDC Fellow, Broadway), Hercules (Choreo Asst., The Public), Cabaret (Dallas Theater Center), Newsies (Lyric Stage, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Urinetown, Legally Blonde (Choreographer, Northern Stage), Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line. Awards and Nominations: Goodspeed Observership, SDC Traube Fellowship, Best Choreography Nominee (Newsies) BroadwayWorld, Best of Theatre 2018 (Mamma Mia) OnStage, Fred, Gene, and Louise Kelly Tap Award. MFA in Arts Administration UK College of Arts and Sciences, BFA Directing, SMU. www.katharinequinn.com