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Amie Dowling creates dance and theatre for the stage, for film and in community settings. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco and Coordinator of the Dance Program. Prior to moving West, Amie was a guest artist in the Five College Dance Department and taught at Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges, as well as serving as the Graduate Advisor at Smith College.
Amie performed throughout the United States and Europe with the Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange. After leaving the company she was invited to Chiang Mai, Thailand to assist in the development of a dance program at Payap University. Upon returning to the U.S. Amie founded the Dance Generators an inter-generational performance company, whose members span seven decades and come together through their commitment to innovative dance/theatre.
For the past 18 years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. For the past 12 years she has facilitated performance workshops in the San Francisco Jails and is currently a member of the Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin Prison. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some of who were previously incarcerated, won the 2013 International Screendance film prize. The next film, Separate Sentence, is currently being screened throughout the US and abroad at venues such as Busboys & Poets (Washington D.C.), Lincoln Center (NYC), Regards Hybrides (Canada), Cinéma Jean-Eustache (France), Passangen Art Gallery (Sweden), and the Juming Museum (Taiwan).
She has been a faculty member at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival. Recently, Amie has received funding for her work from The Wattis Foundation, Creative Work Fund, SF Arts Commission, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Fonds Soziokultur, the Haymarket Foundation, and the Jesuit Foundation. She is a recipient of a choreography fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Reggie Daniels was born in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco in 2012 and his Masters at USF School of Management in business in 2014. He will complete his Doctorate of Education in 2018.
In 2012 Daniels received a Merit Scholarship from the University of San Francisco, School of Management. He has been honored with the Black History Month Local Heroes Award and highlighted on KQED; in July 2012, he received the In the Trenches “Change Agent” Award from Bayview Hunter’s Point Multipurpose Senior Services. Daniels has been featured on the USF Website, KQED Perspectives, and been a guest speaker on CNN’s In Session.
Reggie was a creative collaborator on the play Manalive which premiered at the Studio/Theater in San Francisco and sold out all of its six shows. The success of Manalive lead him to facilitate theater workshops for prison activists at the Saxonian Prison Theatre in Dresden Germany in 2013 as part of the Land in Sicht conference. Then to Prague’s 4th Global Conference on Experiencing Prison. Also, in 2013, he was featured in the film Well Contested Sites, an exploration of the effects of incarceration on individuals.
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