Performing Arts Fellowships are $3,000 unrestricted awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artist’s field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. Applications are currently closed. Check back in spring 2023 for the next round of applications.
2023 Performing Arts Fellowship Recipients – Theatre and Dance
Michaela Ellingson began her training at Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. She received her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, performing work by Doug Varone, Netta Yerushalmy, Mark Morris and others. She received her MA in dance from the London Contemporary Dance School where she danced with EDge Postgraduate Company.
She had the opportunity to tour in Europe and performed work by Itamar Serussi, Robert Clark, Eleesha Drennan and Siobhan Davies. She also performed with multidisciplinary companies Bittersuite and Flavour and Some, and made a series of her own solo choreography. She has been a member of Contemporary Dance Wyoming for 7 seasons, performing work by Francesca Romo, Babs Case, Gina Patterson and Luke Dakota Zender. She has had the opportunity to work with David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones and Robin Mineko Williams. Michaela is also a Pilates instructor, dance teacher and the Junior Company Director at Dancers’ Workshop.
Francesca Romo (CDW Associate Artistic Director and Dancer) was born in London and knew she wanted to dance early in life.
After graduating from the Royal Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School, she danced for The Richard Alston Dance Company 2003-2006. While on tour, she fell in love with the U.S., and moved to New York to Co-found the Gallim Dance Company in 2006.
She has toured and created work both internationally and nationally and now resides at Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole where she dances, teaches, mentors, and is an integral part of wellness programming.
Performing Arts – Music
Julie Huebner is a singer, songwriter, and musician based in Sheridan, Wyoming. She formed The Two Tracks, an Americana group where her and her husband trade duties as both writers and vocalists. The Two Tracks self-titled debut album (2016), voted “Wyoming’s Best Album” by Wyoming Public Radio, was followed by the 2017 release of Postcard Town
Ron Coulter is a percussionist, composer, and improviser. He has presented at 100+ universities and toured internationally appearing in 49 U.S. states, Europe, Canada, and Japan with artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, David Murray, Sean Jones, Sam Newsome, Vinny Golia, Matthew Shipp, Tony Malaby, Hugh Ragin, Linux Laptop Orchestra, Sandy Duncan, Bolokada Condé, Music from China, Youngstown Symphony, Gino Robair, Michael Zerang, Eric Mandat, Chris Corsano, Tone Road Ramblers, and others. Ron has presented at numerous conferences, including: ISIM, PASIC, NIME, LiWoLi, BMC3, JEN, CMS, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Futurisms, Soundlines, RadiaLx, and the JVC and Montreal Jazz Festivals.
He is co-founder of the Percussion Art Ensemble, YPC, duende entendre, Marble Hammer, Drm&Gtr, SeFa LoCo, and founder of the Southern Illinois Improvisation Series and Creative Music Series. Additional interests include noise, intermedia, interdisciplinary collaboration, and organizing Fluxconcerts. Ron has composed 400+ compositions for various media and can be heard on 80+ recordings.
Dominic Moore-Dunson | Theatre & Dance
Dominic Moore-Dunson is an award-winning choreographer, professional dancer, producer, teaching artist and speaker. Dominic is the founder of MooreDunson Co., an arts, media, and entertainment company committed to creating, producing, and presenting storytelling brands like The Black Card Project.
A 2021 Top 40 finalist of the National Dance Project Production Grant of his work “inCOPnegro”, Dominic has received numerous recognitions as a choreographer including a 2021 Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts #180 with Doug Varone, the 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize’s Emerging Artist Award for Theatre & Dance and a 2019 fellow of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Program at Jacob’s Pillow. Moore-Dunson is a Creative Research Residency Artist and named a Creative Administration Research Fellow with the National Choreography Center at The University of Akron.
Other fellowships include 2019 Akron Arts Alive! “Outstanding Artists in Dance”, and 2019 “New Agent” by moCa Cleveland, 2018 Breakout Artist by the Devil Strip Magazine, 2016 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow , 2016 IPAY Colleen Porter Fellow (International Performing Arts for Youth), and an inaugural member of Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board Program.
Dominic is a graduate of National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program for Arts & Culture Strategies at the University of Pennsylvania. A program designed to enhance all capacities to lead a successful arts & culture non-profit organization.
Storm Gloor | Music
Storm Gloor, MBA, is an associate professor in the Music and Entertainment Industry Studies department of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver. He is program director of the Music Business area. Associate professor Gloor’s teaching experience includes courses such as Music Marketing, Music Cities, Music in the Digital Age, Introduction to the Music Business, and Artist Management. He is the faculty sponsor for all internships within the College of Arts & Media. His research has included investigations of music piracy, artist careers, effects of the pandemic on music economies, and marketing messages in popular song lyrics.
Associate professor Gloor was the recipient of the university’s 2018 Excellence In Teaching award and the college’s 2020 Excellence in Service award. Professor Gloor is the immediate past president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, and serves as a city councilman for Glendale, Colorado. He is a co-founder of the Amplify Music Conference, through which he co-produced 2020 and 2021 virtual convenings of music community leaders from over 20 countries. In 2020, he was awarded a prestigious Presidential Initiative Grant for Urban and Place-Based Research. Most recently he was awarded a Pivot Award for the 2021 CU Denver Denver Pandemic Research and Creative Activities Awards. He has presented at numerous events and programs, including SXSW.edu, South By Southwest Music, the Music Cities Convention, the MoPop conference, the MEIEA Music Educators Summit, the Future of Music Summit, the Underground Music Showcase, the Denver Music Summit, The Association for Popular Music Education conference, the NAMM/GenNext conference, and the EdMedia world conference.
1990 Beth McIntosh (musician); Lisa Morgan (choreographer); Ron Steger (scenic design); Eugene Zenzen (musician)
1991 Jewel Dirks (composer); Gary Smart (musician); Britton Theurer (musician); Patricia Tate (choreographer)
1992 Chris Kennedy (musician); Randy Milligan (actor); Margaret Stalder (choreographer); Lucy Woodman (composer)
1993 David Dundas (scenic designer); Pamela Glasser (musician); The Grizzlies (musicians); Terry Yazzolino (storyteller)
1994 Tom Empey (theatre director); Kevin S. Hart (musician); Larry Hazlett (light design); Ann Panalsek (choreographer)
1995 Rebecca Hilliker (theatre director); Gary Smart (composer); Theodore Lapina (musician)
1996 Janet Griffith (musician); Jewel Dirks (composer); Patrick Brien (theatre director)
2002 Music Composition: Dave Brinkman (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (composer), Powell
2003 Theatre & Dance Performance: Bob Berky (theatrical clown/mime), Jackson; General McArthur Hambrick (dancer), Laramie
2004 Music Performance: Judd Grossman (singer/guitarist), Jackson; Scott Turpen (saxophonist), Laramie
2005 Theatre Direction, Choreography & Stage Design: Barbara “Babs” Case (choreography), Jackson; Ken George (set design), Casper; Marsha Knight (choreography), Laramie
2006 Music Composition: Christian Erickson (composer), Gillette; Anne Guzzo (composer), Laramie
2007 Theatre & Dance Performance: Kema Jamal (dancer), Cheyenne; Jodeen Tebay (dancer), Jackson
2008 Awards on one-year hiatus
2009 Music Performance: Anne Sibley (singer/musician), Jackson; Theresa Bogard (pianist), Laramie
2010 Theatre Direction, Dance Choroeography and Stage Design: Larry Hazlett (lighting designer), Laramie; Carrie Noel Richer (film director & choreographer), Jackson; Babs Case (choreographer), Jackson
2011 Music Composition: Anne Marie Guzzo (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (singer/songwriter), Powell
2013 Theatre & Dance Performance: Lawrence Jackson (dancer), Laramie; Natalia Duncan (actor), Jackson. Interview with Natalia Duncan.
2014 Music Performance: Madelaine German, Jackson; Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle, Thermopolis
2017 Music Composition: Ron Coulter, Casper; Theatre & Dance Performance: Rachel Holmes, Jackson;
2018 Music Composition: Ben Markley, Laramie; Leif Routman, Jackson; Beth Vanderborgh, Laramie; Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Sheridan
2019 Music: Michael Gould, Cody, WY; Nicole Lamartine, Laramie, WY Theatre & Dance: Marsha Knight, Laramie, WY; Kathleen Vreeland Cheyenne, WY
2020 Music – Aaron Davis, Jackson; Abby Webster, Wilson; Theatre and Dance – Anne Mason, Laramie; Luke Dakota Zender, Jackson
2021: Music: Andrew Wheelock, Laramie; Tris Munsick, Sheridan; Theatre & Dance: Aaron Wood, Casper; Andrew Munz, Jackson
Contact: Kimberly Mittelstadt