Mari Meade, Artistic Director, Choreographer
Mari Meade is a NYC-based artist born in California and raised outside New Orleans. In 2009, she relocated to NYC as a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and founded Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC). Meade was awarded the 2017 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Institute Development Residency, was selected for Doug Varone’s Devices: Choreographic Intensive and Mentorship, and was an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick (NYC) and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). Currently, Meade is Triskelion Art’s 2018 Artist in Residence. She has been selected to participate in DEEP (Dancer’s Economic Empowerment Program) at Gibney Dance and will be choreographing a new work on young artists through Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Series. An excerpt of Meade’s newest work, dialogue, was the winner of Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies and was one of ten finalists at McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival in 2017. Her company, MMDC, has shown work nationally and internationally. Highlights include: the Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center (NYC); Dance: Access at Danspace/St. Mark’s Church (NYC); STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church (NYC); Battery Dance Festival (NYC); McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival (CA); ChopShop: Bodies of Work (WA); Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn); FLICfest (Brooklyn); New Orleans Fringe Festival (LA); Asheville Fringe Festival (NC); Baltimore Dance Invitational (MD); Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa); and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). She has taught intensives at Kas’ Art Exhibition (South Africa) and Lelia Haller Ballet Classique (New Orleans) and master classes at University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Southern Mississippi, and Asheville Fringe Festival, among others. She is also a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms. She is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts.
Marc Witmer, Art Director
A native of New Jersey, Marc Witmer studied at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, where he received numerous design awards and spent his summers learning more about the fashion industry through various internships in New York. In 2003, Marc moved to New York where he currently lives and works. He has spent over a decade working with and learning from designers like Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera and Calvin Klein. Since then he has branched out and pursued his passion for makeup, photography and costume design. He currently collaborates with companies Project44 and Touchè Pas Dance, in addition to working with MMDC since 2009.