Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director
Before his manifold career in arts management, Wayne Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group; Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; Ed Mock & Company; June Watanabe; Aaron Osborne; Emily Keeler and more. Coinciding with his life as a dancer, Hazzard has and continues to work as an advocate for dance. In 2000 he worked with the dance legend Anna Halprin presenting her work in a performance retrospective celebrating her 80th year and in 2009 helped present Halprin’s latest work, “Spirit of Place,” that premiered in San Francisco’s historic Stern Grove Concert Meadow. In 2000 he received an Isadora Duncan (Izzies) Award for his innovation, dedication and contribution to the field of dance and in 1996 was awarded an Izzies for his role presenting The Dedication Project: remembering those lost to AIDS. Hazzard has served as an advisor and panelist with such organizations as the Center for Cultural Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and Dance Advance in Philadelphia.
Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director
Michelle Lynch Reynolds came to the Bay Area from her native Pennsylvania in 2005 to pursue a career in dance. She received her BA in Dance and International Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore and an MA in Dance Theatre: the Body in Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance in London. In addition to experience in institutional fundraising, Michelle served as curator of dance programming at Meridian Gallery and was a fellow with the San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals from 2010-11. She is currently part of the Emerging Arts Professional’s Leadership Team and is a member of Trio, a loosely London-based experimental performance collective.
Sharon Benitez, Program Assistant
Sharon is a Mexican Folk Dancer and Musician who has taught and performed in the Bay Area, Mexico, Nicaragua, and London. Native to the South Bay, she graduated from Santa Clara University with dual degrees in English and Ethnomusicology. She comes to Dancers’ Group after having spent time as their fellow in Spring of 2014. Currently she manages an after-school performing arts program and performs with a Mexican folk music and dance collaboration called Son Los Panaderos.
Edgar Mendez, Administrative Assistant
Edgar is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a split major in Dance and English. Over the course of his studies he found that dance was the only thing that fueled his soul and knew that this was what he wanted to experience in his life daily. He is currently a company member with Stranger Lover Dreamer and Davalos Dance company and has worked with choreographers Catherine Marie Davalos, Rogelio Lopez, Bliss Kohlmyer, Shaunna Vella, and Elizebeth Randall to name a few. He is thrilled to be on board at Dancers’ Group as its continuing to help achieve his objective of living his life creatively, unlimited, and available – a very special lesson that dance has taught him.
Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete, Advertising Coordinator
Rosa comes from Perú and Los Angeles, California. Rosa is a writer, performance artist, and media professional/filmmaker. She has an English degree from the University of California, Berkeley and two minors in Creative Writing and Dance Performance. Before attending Cal she worked and interned for television and film companies such as: Disney, ColorForce, Inc. in association with DreamWorks Studios, Univision Network, and Mun2 with ImaginaUs Productions. Her specialties are film/television production, video editing, script coverage, and administrative work for non-profit organizations like Inner-City Filmmakers and Pasadena Playhouse. She is also a graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), a non-profit film school based in Los Angeles that provides job and internship opportunities in the film/television industry for talented youth. Rosa recently completed the Certification Program with Integrated Movement Studies in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis.
2015 Board of Directors
Mary Armentrout, President
Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Choreographer/Performer, Lecturer-Stanford University
Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Dana Lawton, Secretary
Professor, Saint Mary’s College
Gianna Shepard, Treasurer
Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Artistic Director, EmSpace Dance
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Vice President
Kathak Dancer, Arts Advocate, Mother
Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Wayne Hazzard, ex officio
Executive Director, Dancers’ Group
Jose Maria Francos
Production Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater
Choreographer, Dance Innovator
Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero
Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute
Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company
Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust
Parachute Fund Committee
Artistic Director, Joe Goode Performance Group
Vice President, Steve Silver Productions
Pilates Master, Body Wise Studio