Staff + Board

Wayne Hazzard

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

wayne@dancersgroup.org

Wayne is a native Californian and as a co-founder is proud to continue his work with the Bay Area dance community as the executive director of Dancers’ Group. Hazzard is a leader in the service field who is known for his work with fiscal sponsorship and on new program development; and he was acknowledged as a 2015 Gerbode Professional Development Fellow. Before his manifold career in arts management, Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group, Margaret Jenkins Dance Co, Ed Mock & Co, June Watanabe, Emily Keeler, Aaron Osborne and more. Coinciding with his life as a dancer, Hazzard has and continues to work as an advocate for dance. For his unique artistic vision, Hazzard has received numerous awards, including an Isadora Duncan Award for his innovation, dedication, and contribution to the field of dance. And a Sangam Arts 2018 Mosaic America Impact Award. Hazzard has served as an advisor and panelist with such organizations as the Center for Cultural Innovation, DanceUSA, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, and Dance Advance in Philadelphia. He was recently appointed to serve on the Funding Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland.

Zoe Donnellycolt

Artist Resource Manager

zoe@dancersgroup.org

Zoe Donnellycolt is a queer performance artist based in Oakland California. Zoe’s artistic platform aims to expose that which has been negated by normative culture with sparkly & immersive installations. They have shown work at LevySalon, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, Klanghaus, and Salta. Zoe has performed with Melinda Ring, Sarah Berges, Margit Galantar, and Hope Mohr. She has been published by Two Plum Press, Unmother Magazine, and Oatmeal Magazine and featured in New Life Quarterly. Zoe also works with Beatrice Thomas aka Black Benatar. They were a 2018/2019 Emerging Arts Professional and received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont. Zoe was born in the woods of Connecticut and uses she/they pronouns.

Andrea Spearman

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

andrea@dancersgroup.org

Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and student of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Her background includes the study of modern dance, hip hop, jazz, west African, ballet, Haitian, Latin styles, worship dance, musical and dramatic theatre, music theory, dance composition, dance history and production. She has performed with/for Carla Service and Dance-A-Vision, SBAD Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Eastlake Music Festival, Saint Mary’s College of California, the National Council of Negro Women, Frick Impact Academy, Progressive National Baptist State Convention, Avon Inc., etc. Starting her own dance company in 2015, A. Spearman & Co. creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and an eclectic mix of styles. In August 2017, as part of the critically acclaimed SOMArts exhibition and festival “The Black Woman is God”, the company performed their emotion grabbing, socio-political piece, “Justice/justUS”, addressing police violence against black women.

Katie Taylor

Community Resource Manager

katie@dancersgroup.org

A Bay Area native, Katie Taylor is a dancer and teacher. Dancing since 1991 and teaching since 2000, Katie has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance and has taught dance at studios across Northern California.  Katie is on faculty at Danspace in Oakland and manages the Adult Division program, supporting brand-new, returning, and experienced adult students in their dance education. In addition, Katie is a founding member of COterie DAnce Company (CODA), now serving on CODA’s board. Outside of her dance experience, Katie spent 12 years working in nonprofits, supporting entrepreneurs and community leaders to build hundreds of small businesses and organizations rooted in Bay Area neighborhoods. As part of her nonprofit economic development work, Katie has built and managed volunteer and internship programs, run marketing and impact evaluation departments, and implemented various programs attempting to bring resources to communities in an equitable and accessible way.  Katie received a BA in Public Policy and Hispanic Studies from William Smith College, and lives in Oakland.

2019 Board Members

Mary Armentrout

President; Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater

Gianna Bruno

Treasurer; Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers

Leah Curran

Director of Operations, Oakland Ballet Company

Aleta Hayes

Choreographer/Performer; Lecturer, Stanford University

Debby Kajiyama

Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater

Rasika Kumar

Software Engineer, Google; Dancer, Abhinaya Dance Company

Dana Lawton

Secretary; Department Chair for Performing Arts, Saint Mary’s College; Artistic Director, Dana Lawton Dances

Catherine Moore

Event Planner, San Francisco

Patricia Svilik

Senior Counsel, Global Intellectual Property Group, eBay

Wayne Hazzard, ex officio

Executive Director, Dancers’ Group

Heather Cooper

Dance Faculty
San Jose State University Choreographer-Performer

Rogelio Lopez

Artistic Director
Rogelio Lopez & Dancers

Dance Faculty
Saint Mary’s College

Advisory Board

Jose Maria Francos

Lighting Designer

Joanna Haigood

Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater

Anna Halprin

Choreographer, Dance Innovator

Keith Hennessy

Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero

Patricia Reedy

Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute

Judy Smith

Founder, AXIS Dance Company

Ian Winters

Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust