The Kaplan New Works Series Artists

Left to right: Maizyalet Velázquez & James Gilmer; Sirui Liu & Rodrigo Almarales; Cincinnati Ballet dancers | Photography: Peter Mueller

The Kaplan New Works Series


Jennifer Archibald | Choreographer

Jennifer Archibald, Founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company, graduated from the Alvin Ailey School and has performed across the U.S. at major venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, Judson Memorial Church and MTV, as well as in Europe, Russia and Canada. For 2013 Jennifer is 1 of 4 choreographers selected as a choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.

Her work was featured outdoors in the heart of Time Square for the Solstice Dance Festival, and was presented by the Bates Dance Festival in a gala concert of international choreographers in 2008 and 2011. Jennifer’s one-woman-show was recently produced at The Studio@620’s “Le Salon de Danse” in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a recipient of the “Talk of The Arts” award from the University of South Florida, which has also honored choreographers Donald McKayle, Bill Irwin and Bill T. Jones.

As an artistic director she has presented Arch Dance Company nationally with two National Performance Network grants. Jacob’s Pillow presented Arch Dance Company’s The Uncomfortable Truth for Inside/Out Stage in 2011. She has staged various off-Broadway shows working with casts from Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk and the musical Cats. Jennifer has also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School. Her works have been featured twice at the Elan Awards honoring Rob Marshall (director of the Academy Award winning film, Chicago) and contemporary dance choreographer, Lar Lubovitch.

She has choreographed for the musicals Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pippin for professional theater companies; and is also a graduate of the Maggie Flannigan Acting Conservatory specializing in the Meisner technique. She has worked with chart-listed singers Ludacris and Shaggy as well as actors such as Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code and Amelie) as a movement specialist and choreographer.

Jennifer is currently on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center and CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory teaching Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop. She is also a longtime faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival and Florida Dance Festival. She has been a resident artist and lecturer at Princeton University, University of South Florida, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University, Goucher College, East Carolina University, FAMU, Studio Harmonique in France, Jackson School of the Arts in Bermuda and CAP21/NYU.

In 2012 Jennifer was a resident artist for Ailey/Fordham, East Carolina University and Columbia Dance Chicago program. Internationally, she has taught master classes in France, Russia, Mexico, China, Ecuador, Slovenia, Sweden and Canada. She has done numerous outreach projects within the New York City Public School system and was hired by designer Tommy Hilfiger as a guest artist to teach inner city youth.

Heather Britt | Choreographer

Heather Britt is an accomplished choreographer, dancer and teacher who grew up in Cincinnati and attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. After dancing professionally with many modern dance companies in California, Britt returned home to perform, teach and choreograph in Cincinnati. Britt teaches dance full-time at Northern Kentucky University and Uptown Arts, and is the director and founder of DANCEFIX, a dance workout program at Cincinnati Ballet and HBDC (Heather Britt Dance Collective). Britt's recent choreography projects include work for Cincinnati Ballet, ArtsWave, Exhale Dance Tribe, Playhouse in the Park, The Ohio Lottery and concert:nova. The YWCA named Britt a 2011 Rising Star.

Victoria Morgan | Artistic Director & CEO, Choreographer

Over the past 17 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. As the company entered its 45th Anniversary Season, Ms. Morgan took on the additional role as an executive leader, serving for the first time as both the Artistic Director and CEO to lead the company into a vibrant and confident future.
Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm. Her choreography has also brought the company critical acclaim, most recently noted by the success of the 2011 world premiere of her Frisch’s Presents the New Nutcracker. She is on the board of Dance Magazine and DanceUSA, has served on the NEA evaluation panel, and has served as judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala. Ms. Morgan came to Cincinnati Ballet after nearly a decade as resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. She was a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969-1978). Her repertoire included leading roles in numerous classical and Balanchine ballets, as well as in many modern and contemporary ballets. She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary, The Creation of O.M.O.
Ms. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A from the University of Utah and was honored as a 2009 Distinguished Alumna. She was also honored as a 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

Amy Seiwert | Choreographer

Amy Seiwert enjoyed a nineteen-year performing career dancing with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet she became involved with the “Protégé Program” where her choreography was mentored by the late Michael Smuin, and became Choreographer in Residence there upon her retirement from dancing in 2008.  Her work is in the repertory of Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Smuin, Atlanta, Colorado, Louisville and American Repertory Ballets as well as Robert Moses KIN. Named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine, her first full evening of choreography was named one of the “Top 10” dance events of 2007 by the SF Chronicle. Twice she has worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins. She also directs Imagery, a contemporary ballet company that collaborates with artists of other disciplines and is committed to experimental work from a classical base. Collaborations include works with visual designers Marc Morozumi and Matthew Antaky, composers Daniel Bernard Roumain and Mason Bates, media designer Frieder Weiss and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

William Whitener | Choreographer

William Whitener began ballet and music training at the Cornish School in Seattle. As a teenager, he studied with Robert Joffrey who cast him in productions at the New York City Opera. He joined the Joffrey Ballet ((1969-77) and performed leading roles choreographed by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Kurt Jooss, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. While with Twyla Tharp Dance (1978-88) he performed worldwide, in film and television, at The White House and assisted Ms Tharp with The Little Ballet for Mikhail Baryshnikov at ABT. On Broadway, he performed with the original cast of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and assisted Mr. Robbins with his retrospective, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
As Artistic Director and choreographer, Mr. Whitener has led Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Kansas City Ballet (1996-2013). He choreographed over sixty ballets, operas and musicals for Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theater and Broadway stars Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking and Faith Prince.
His awards include the Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition (Boston Ballet). He served as a panelist for numerous foundations and government agencies including the International Ballet Competition (Jackson, Mississippi) and Benois de la Danse at the Bolshoi Theater.

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