Cynthia H. Goodyear
Performing Arts: Storytelling
Listen to Cynthia tell world folk tales, literary, original, scary or participation stories. Experience joy, laughter, wonder, delight. For pre-school through adult audiences in settings like schools, churches, retirement communities, civic organizations and special events. Member of the National Storytelling Network.
Performing Arts: Music, Theatre, Vocal
Indy Jazz Fest Stage at Penrod Arts Fair, August 2012, Artist-in-Residency Northern Galilee of Israel, Spring 2012, Opened Penrod Arts Fair Jazz Stage, August 2011. Performed in An Evening of Art and Jazz, October 2011. June 2011 performed solo concerts in Israel with music from classical to jazz, in English, Italian, French, German, and Hebrew. Created, directed, and performed in the Jewish American Songbook Series, 2009, for non-profit group.
I feel that music has endless possibilities and I continue to study classical voice as a mezzo-soprano. I perform classical and jazz solo recitals, perform with jazz combos, and study jazz regularly. I also specialize in tailoring performances for the artistic needs of the audience or organizers through musical choices, musical time periods, language, and interaction with the audience.
Performing Arts: Dance
Taylar began her dance training in Mobile, Alabama at Carol Graham School of Dance. Later she attended Alabama School of Fine Arts as a dance major. She had the opportunity to train under Maria Berica Dalla Vecchia in Vicenza, Italy before relocation to Indianapolis.
In 2009, Taylar began her dance journey with GHDT as a student of the Academy. Taylar was also a member of G2, the pre-professional company, for 3 year before graduating from high school in 2012. In the spring of 2016, she graduated from Texas Christian University where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Jacques d’Amboise and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Taylar is excited to be dancing with GHDT once again. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.
John C. Green
Specialist in physical theatre and European live art.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word
Children Award-winning poet and children’s book author Valiska Gregory has published more than a dozen books for children. Translated in seven different languages, her books have received Parents’ Choice Awards, been chosen for the American Booksellers’ “Pick of the Lists,” and featured on PBS national television. Gregory regularly reviews children’s books for Publishers Weekly and speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences across the country.
According to reviewers, Ms. Gregory’s work ranges from picture and chapter books full of “kid pleasing humor and plenty of action” to poignant books for all ages that are “told with a contagious sense of wonder.” Her writing has been called “shining and magical” with “language and phrasing . . . as pleasing to the ear as the story is to the heart.”
A member of Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Ms. Gregory has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has taught every grade from kindergarten to seniors in college. She received a grant for “artistic excellence and achievements” from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and her poetry manuscripts (for adults) are housed in the rare book room at the University of Wisconsin with the Juniper Press collection. Ms. Gregory was a Writer-in-residence at Butler University and the founding director of the Butler Children’s Literature Conference.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Vocal
Greiff presents poetry performances, historical characterizations (chief among these is novelist Gene Statton-Porter), narrations, voice-overs, and talks and tours on sculpture. She presents a program of song and story using music and letters of World War II. Greiff is a photographer and writer of nonfiction.
Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Textiles
I have always loved working with my hands. A few years ago I started knitting and became intrigued with silk painting and nuno felting. The colors, textures and fun of creating wearable art has been a great experience for me. The bright colors of the dye and the subdued, soft wool make for beautiful contrast that lends to unique work.
Graphic Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
I am an artist and an illustrator who is currently a junior at Indiana University – Bloomington. I work with traditional mediums like pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil as a medium. I’ve worked as a freelancer in creating design templates for customers and helping them market their business to their clients and customers.
I love playing ping pong, or learning new dance moves when I am not drawing or find ways to do photograph to inspire my creative side.
Sharon J. Hamilton
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
A nonfiction writer and playwright, Hamilton makes sense of social and emotional challenges using the family as context. She also performs her works and uses writing as therapy to confront powerful issues and conflicts.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Literary Arts; Political Artist; Visual Arts: Crafts, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
My main creative work is as a mixed media artist. In the styles of contemporary expressionism or surrealism, I primarily treat subjects of social justice, employing imagery and text, while combining digital paint with hand drawn paper sketches, photography, watercolors, and collage. I enjoy the process of creation through experimentation and layering, and prefer producing prints created as a series of the same base image, reimagined in a variety of expressions, as part of an examination of the concepts of wholeness and separateness. I create art designed to challenge perceptions of race, gender, sexuality and social status through black portraiture and female figure in conjunction with popular images and ideology from American history and Black culture. A large portion of my work is created as public art, which I describe as being in a style of protest posters, designed with the intended effect of empowerment and the issue of a call to action. I often use traditional colors of American red, white, and blue, juxtaposed with images of brown and black people and images of social injustice. I also create using warm and rich earth tones with bright yellow and orange accents, as well as art with vibrant pinks, blues and greens.
Gregory Glade Hancock
Hancock is the artistic director of the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and works as a choreographer, dancer, musician, composer, and costume designer.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Storytelling
In venues ranging from the White House to local family gatherings, Harris weaves personal and family stories with folk tales to fit themes of humor, justice, personal empowerment, and holiday celebrations. She also teaches workshops and is the author of “Getting Started in Storytelling”.
Jennifer A. Harrison
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
An independent writer, researcher and editor, Jennifer Harrison has an abiding interest in American history, ethnic heritage, culture and the outdoors. She also writes about travel, trends, social issues and natural history. She’s also been known to prepare a few grant applications, develop educational materials and write a few speeches
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting
As an art-technologist I use art & technology to create content and immersive technology about entrepreneurship, cultural value, self-discovery & renewable-sustainable technology & lifestyle through virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality & integrated LEDs. My interest in spatial computing started from painting.
My previous background is painting and still is. As a painter I paint the universe in all of my paintings. The universe represents an expanding of the unknown or massive amount of potential that we just don’t have access to yet. This narrative could also be said about humanity and people. We all have unknown potential that we are not aware of and have not tapped into to access. Our genius within us.
From painting the universe, I also understood that “Creation Is When Art & Science Meet” the slogan of ArtisScience22 an art & technology platform I created. The scientific process is birth through imagination and creativity to solve problems. To sustain creativity, one must use science. At this point, I took online classes to become an electrical engineer and creating the hardware lead me to a more creative process through expression of technology called virtual reality or spatial computing.
All of my paintings, software, and hardware are engineered to create value and equity around the black experience to enhance the potential of humanity.
Danielle M. Hartman
Performing Arts: Vocal
Danielle Hartman is a classically trained private vocal instructor and soprano soloist. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Indianapolis Opera, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and in concert as violin/voice duo with violinist Thomas Wyatt Watkins.
Performing Arts: Music, Radio/Television
If you want Solo Piano, Pianist/Singer, or all out Entertainer I will meet whatever your needs require. I am an extremely versatile pianist and singer whether it’s Pop. Jazz, Country, Classical, etc. I have over 25 years experience and have performed all over the world as a live entertainer, songwriter, arranger, and educator. I now call Indianapolis my home. I am true professional and easy to work with. I will assure you great live music for your venue.
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, New Media/Technology
Rest You Sleeping Giant is Ethan Helfrich’s effort to create blissful and sleepy music to drift off to. If you are interested in having me create an original composition for your project, shoot me an email or find me on Facebook. I am also happy to collaborate or perform live at your event.
Performing Arts: Music
Hepler is a jazz pianist and recording artist.
Performing Arts: Music
In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.
Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” on March 8, 2011. Her previous releases have received rave reviews. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.
The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’sNight and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.
Pamela Blevins Hinkle
Performing Arts: Music
A choral music conductor, arranger, and composer, Hinkle has been the Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus since 1997 and founded the Heartland Choral Festival for Unitarian Universalists in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois.
Now celebrating his 23rd season with DK, Artistic Director David Hochoy is truly an international ambassador. David Hochoy was born in Trinidad, West Indies.
In 1980, he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. Made a soloist in 1982 and rehearsal director in 1986, David toured the world with Graham until 1989. He has given master classes in Graham technique throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in 1990 was invited to Guangzhou, China, to teach the experimental troupe of the Guangdong Dance Academy for ten weeks.
David has been on the faculty of the Martha Graham School since 1982. In addition, he has taught at the American Dance Festival (ADF) held at Duke University, as well as ADF West in Salt Lake City and ADF Seoul in Korea. In 1991 he was invited to teach and choreograph at the Vienna International Dance Festival. He has given workshops in Quebec City, Tokyo, Oslo, Dublin and Rio de Janeiro. David spent two years as a full-time faculty member at Texas Christian University. Since becoming DK’s Artistic Director in 1991, he has choreographed over 70 dances including Scheherazade, Carmina Burana, COLE!, The Planets, The Four Elements, El Salòn Mexico, Magical Mystery Tour, Rite of Spring and Les Noces. He has choreographed dances for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for its New Year’s Eve performances as well as their Discovery Series concerts. He also has choreographed numerous productions at the IRT, including A Christmas Carol, the Civic Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Salome for the Arizona Opera and Miss Evers’ Boys for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and for Santa Fe Stages.David co-directed As You Like It at the Indiana Repertory Theatre with IRT’s Artistic Director Janet Allen. He also was Artistic Director of The Green Shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for ten seasons. He has choreographed The Beat on the Ball State University Student Dance Company. In 2009 he re-set sections of Fascinatin’ Rhythm on Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz of the New York City Ballet and Sarah Lane of American Ballet Theatre for the inaugural gala performance of Indianapolis City Ballet. He is the founder and co-artistic director of Spotlight, an annual fund-raiser for the Indiana Aids Fund that has brought together the Indianapolis Performing Arts community since 1994.
Performing Arts: Music
Bryan Hodge, a local of Indianapolis, Indiana, is an Alternative Pop Songwriter who has put in 30 years of music. Hodge has shows in Indiana, Colorado and Nashville, TN. Radio has recently surfaced from a decade of writing and working hard to spread his music. Hodge can be seen around Indy in local papers Indy Star, Nuvo, www.indyarts.org and WRTV Channel 6 news. Gibson Guitar Corporates website is playing “Engine No. 9”
Hodge was just voted by the 2009 Indy Channel as one of the Top 5 “Best Music” in Indy.
Performing Arts: Music
My name is Rod Hodnett, bandleader for both the Starlighters 17 piece big Band, and the Twilite Nites 10 piece little Big Band, which I formed in 2008. I have been playing trumpet for 50 years, and am also an arranger, and composer. I have started numerous groups, and am proud to claim these two as my ultimate successes, with many performances and followers. My groups have performed around the state, as far away as the Chicago area. We are a “band for hire”, and welcome any opportunities where a Big Band playing traditional Big Band music, OR pop tunes as well, is needed for your particular situation or venue.
Performing Arts: Dance
The year was 1981. Urban Cowboy, staring John Travolta, had just come out and the cowboy
craze began sweeping the world.
Mary answered an ad in the newspaper stating, “dance instructors needed, will train”.
She was hired on the spot, put in training class for 3 days, and began teaching country
dancing full time, sometimes staying just a few lessons ahead of her students.
Within months Mary was winning competitions, top teacher awards, and
was promoted to assistant manger and then manager of Exclusive Dance Club in Houston, TX.
In 1986 Texas Dance Production contracted Mary to be the lead dancer/teacher in their line of
instructional videos which were sold on TNN around the showing of the White Horse Saloon
The sales and exposure quickly led to a full time travel schedule, 340 days a year, throughout
the US and Canada in which Mary was personally responsible for teaching over 20,000 people
and sharing her love of dance. During this time Pepsi Co made her their National Spokesman.
In 1989, Mary and her partner won their first UCWDC division 1 Competition in Las Vegas
Nevada followed by numerous national titles and finishing in the top 5 in the World Competitions.
She choreographed for Ricky Van Shelton’s music video to “Wild Man”.
In 1994, Mary became her own video producer, scripting, hiring talent, overseeing editing, and marketing for 9 more instructional videos making her current total 25.
She also created a Dance Camp for adults where students came from all over.
Performing Arts: Music
Hot Horns – “New Orleans” inspired Horn Band is a vibrant, award winning, internationally acclaimed, professional touring ensemble. Hot Horns regularly travels the United States presenting concerts, interactive educational concerts and master-classes in concert halls, theatres, and at primary and secondary schools, and universities. Led by trumpeter, Glen Johnson, Hot Horns is the premiere educational ensemble of its kind. Unique to Hot Horns is its all-inclusive instrumentation and its burnin’ arrangements. Hot Horns incorporates its trademark combinations of various brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, all performed by six friendly, enthusiastic musicians with backgrounds in education. The group performs various genres of music from classical to jazz, rock to pop and more, thanks to the talents of various arrangers.
Hot Horns is launching into a new and exciting musical journey, forging an innovative, entertaining way to perform all music. Hot Horns is raising the bar to a superior level by performing brass quintet music ranging from “Bach to Rock” with the addition of non-traditional brass quintet instruments. Hot Horns ambition is to change “Sound” through instrumentation so the audience will have a unique and different from the normal aural experience, while preserving the quality, complexity, and excitement of all music.
Hot Horns is affiliated with many different Arts Councils from coast to coast. Hot Horns in keeping with the traditional brass quintet format, can now take the student / teacher educational interactive experience to a higher level. Hot Horns can now utilize and demonstrate to the student’s woodwind instruments and how they are used in conjunction with the brass instruments, and percussion. These new elements when joined together enable Hot Horns to extend their reach to additional students and expand their teaching capabilities through master classes and educational performances.
Hot Horns mission, is to preserve and perform to the highest level, all varieties of music ranging from “Bach to Rock.” Hot Horns professionalism, musicianship, technical virtuosity, entertainment, integrity, and education are unmatched and unchallenged. Hot Horns performances will leave you astonished and amazed, keeping Hot Horns a formidable force in the music world.
The ensemble was originally founded in 1995. Since that time, Hot Horns has toured all lower 48 states and has toured Korea (1999), received first prize at the New York Brass Conference – International Brass Quintet Competition (2003).
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress
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