Victoria Lowe ’12 graduated from Bates College with degrees in American Cultural Studies and Dance. She was a member of the Bates Modern Dance Company, co-founder of the Bates Step-Team, and one of the first two students to take part in the Tacchi-Morris Internship in Taunton, England. Victoria’s success at Bates culminated with the conferment of a B.A. in Dance, making her along with 3 other students, the first Batesies to graduate with Dance Degrees. Victoria currently resides in New York City where she continues to dance and teach. She has rekindled her love with Salsa dancing and Modeling, two new ventures she hopes to add to her professional endeavors.
Alissa Horowitz ’08 is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Alissa currently dances with Barbara Mahler and has performed at various venues in NYC with John Carrafa, Heather McArdle, Regina Nejman and Yina Ng. She was most recently featured in Amusium’s music video, “I’d Dance With You.” Alissa co-founded AVtv Creations, a company blending the arts of film and dance, with cinematographer Victor Lazaro in 2010. Her choreography has been shown at the Center for Performance Research (CPR), Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Green Space, Spoke the Hub and WAH Center in NYC, as well as at the Provincetown Theater (MA) and Bates College (ME). AVtv’s short film, “Animal,” has been screened at the Coney Island Film Festival and Dance Film Lab. Alissa studied Bharatanatyam with Ranjana Rao (US) and Harsha Vardhini (IN), and most notably performed at the Sarveswarar Temple in Madurai, India. As a dance teacher, Alissa has enjoyed sharing her love of dance with children at PS 107 and Soul Arts Academy. She also is a regular substitute for Barbara Mahler’s Stretch and Placement class at Movement Research. Since graduating from Bates in 2008, Alissa has also had experience in documentary filmmaking (co-director of web series for Bates Dance Festival, editor for “The Nutcracker” for Westchester Ballet Center) and arts publicity (Assistant Publicist to Ellen Jacobs).
Andrew Haserlat ’05 is an actor, director, choreographer, and scenic designer in NYC. A proud member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA Andrew has toured internationally with MGM’s 75th Anniversary production of The Wizard of OZ (Scarecrow) and My Fair Lady. After graduating from Bates (where he majored in Biology and Theater), Andrew served for two years as Education Associate at North Shore Music Theater and directed numerous productions for Ogunquit Playhouses Department of Education – notably the New England premier of Disney/Steven Schwart’s My Son Pinocchio, Pinkalicious, and Fairy Houses: The Musical (based on the children’s book series by Maine local Tracy Kane). In New York City he has appeared in the York Theatre Company’s production of Edith Stein, Cat’s Cradle with Untitled Theater Co. #61, and the pre-Broadway reading of Empire. Regionally: Bill in John Pielmeier’s World Premiere of Slow Dance with a Hot Pick-Up (Barnstormers), Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre), Henry Ford in Ragtime, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Players), Les Miserables, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical, and The Full Monty (Ogunquit Playhouse), and Jesus Christ Superstar (North Shore Music Theater). Andrew has worked on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Gossip Girl,” and “Smash” as well as the feature films “The Social Network” and Disney’s “The Surrogates.” As a scenic designer Andrew has worked with Bates Alum John Ambrosino ’01 (Animus Ensemble’s Once Upon A Mattress) and Saida Cooper ’04 (Wizard Oil Production’s Empire of the Trees). Since 2009 Haserlat has assisted NY based scenic designer Craig Napoliello on various projects including the recent production of Witness for the Prosecution at the Fulton Opera. In addition to his directorial work in education and youth theater Haserlat directed the 2012 production of Unity Stage Company’s Bye Bye Birdie in NYC.
“My senior year I directed and scenic designed Keneth Lonergan’s gritty drama ‘This is our Youth’; a play which to this day drives my career in its overall theme: Wether to stay complacent in time or thrust boldly into the unknown in and make your dreams a reality. Bates allowed me to explore all the diverse facets of theater and with that knowledge gained i find myself tackling new project, booking callbacks, and discovering my own idea of ‘success’ on a daily basis.”Andrew Haserlat ’05
Devon Fitchett ’02, received her early training at Boston Youth Moves. She continued dancing under the direction of Marcy Plavin at Bates College. She has performed with Emily Beattie, Liza Hostetler-Ingalls, Prometheus Dance, and Ben Munisteri Dance Projects in venues including Altogether Different, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Tanzmesse International Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has taught master classes and performed across the United States and internationally. Currently, she is the Director of Dance at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, developing repertory to be set on local dancers, and on faculty at Boston Youth Moves.
John Ambrosino ’01 is a theater Professional living in New York City. After receiving his B.A. in Theater Directing from Bates College, John became an artistic associate at The Wang Center for the Performing Arts (now the CitiCenter for the Performing Arts), New England’s largest non-profit performing arts center. While at the Wang, John was instrumental in creating American Voices–a reading series of classic American Plays at the Shubert Theater. The series connected the classic American cannon with such performers as Paul Rudd, Dennis O’Hare, Anthony Mackie, Charles Busch, Kerry O’Malley and Ruben Santiago Hudson. Also at the Wang, John served as an associate producer for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company the resident LORT theater that produces free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common. John oversaw Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s largest budget show in the company’s history–Hamlet staring Jeffery Donovan. The 2005 production drew nearly 100,000 patrons over the 20 free performances. In addition, John worked with Vice President of Programming, Steven Maler, to develop a slate of product to fill the 3,600 seat Wang Theater and the 1,250 seat Shubert Theater. With Maler, John also served as associate producer of Wilde Nites LLC, which produced Academy Award winning comedienne Whoopi Goldberg in An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg at the Wang Theater.
In the fall of 2005 John left the Wang Center in order to focus more directly on his own theater company, Animus Ensemble, which he founded in 2001 directly following his college matriculation. Over his five years with Animus, John produced and directed 10 productions at the Boston Center for the Arts. The mission of the company was to create a dialogue with audiences using music, movement and drama. His production of Burt Bacharach’s Promises, Promises earned the company an IRNE nomination for Best Musical Production and also earned him an IRNE nomination for Best Director of a Musical.
John left Boston to pursue artistic opportunities in New York City in 2007. Upon his arrival, he worked as an actor in the development of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Through a series of workshops the classic children’s story was adapted for the musical stage. He toured the United States in the title role in the production’s first national tour. Upon his return, John joined the Las Vegas company of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys.
John is currently a principal producing partner for U Rock Theatricals L.L.C. a New York based theatrical production company.
“Without my mentors and colleagues at Bates, my career would not have been so varied and fruitful! When I am in a theater, be it as a director, actor or producer, it is always a ‘great day to be a Bobcat’!” John Ambrosino ’01
Andrew Adams ’99 began his circus career at the age of 12 with Circus Smirkus in Vermont. Upon graduating with a theater major from Bates, he went to Chicago and began performing with the Midnight Circus. He has performed with Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle and San Fransisco. For the past year, he has been with Cirque du Soleil “Zumanity” in Las Vegas. He specializes in aerial straps.
Erin Gottwald ’98 has performed and choreographed throughout the United States, most notably at Dance Theater Workshop/ New York Live Arts, St. Mark’s Church, Dance Unlimited in Juneau, AL, Conduit Dance in Portland, OR, The Cowell Theater in San Francisco, CA, Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, PA. She has had the pleasure of dancing in companies throughout the country including David Parker & The Bang Group, Sokolow Theatre Dance, Digby Dance, Hole Dance Films, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, Prometheus Dance, Paufve Dance, EgoArt, Jody Weber Dance, Dandelion Dance Theatre and Erin + John. She has participated in dance residencies at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, at the Putney School in Putney, VT and at the Greensboro Ballet in Greensboro, NC and has choreographed for film and television including USA’s Royal Pains, Logo TV’s Eden’s World, The Gap and Macy’s. Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Erin received her formal training for 11 years at the Boston Ballet School and with choreographer Holly Fairbank in her mountaintop summer studio in Franklin, NH. She holds a BA in Theater from Bates College and a BA Hons from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. She has taught dance for over 15 years at Peridance, Bates Dance Festival, Boston Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, National Dance Institute of Santa Fe, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and The Dance Complex. Since 2005, she has taught at Spoke the Hub Dancing in Brooklyn, NY, where she is Co-Director of the Young Artists Program and Producer/Curator of the annual performance series, Gowanus Guest Room, which features performances of nationally recognized artists.
Postell Pringle ’98 is a playwright, hip-hop artist/producer, actor and as of late, director. He most recently appeared as the title role in the Q Brothers’ Othello: The Remix (London, Germany, Edinburgh). Other Q Brothers collaborations include I <3 Juliet (Conn College, Eugene O’Neill Ctr), Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago, Edinburgh, Australian tour, London) and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Royal George, American Stage). Broadway credits include A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater). Off Broadway credits include: The Seven (NY Theatre Workshop); Romeo and Juliet (Lucille Lortel); Song for New York (Mabou Mines) and Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional, Off off Broadway and touring credits include: Broke-ology (Kansas City Repertory);The Old Settler (Triad Stage); The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse); A Soldier’s Play (Arkansas Repertory); Master Harold…and the Boys (Fleetwood Stage); Lobby Hero (Gallery Players); Hercules in High Suburbia (La MaMa E.T.C.) and Macbeth (American Shakespeare Ctr). Film credits include: 14085, Unknown Soldier, We Follow the Rules, The Edge of Town and Orange Bow. Television credits include: Rescue Me (FX), Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) and Guiding Light (CBS). Postell is one of four ‘Q Brothers’, a company dedicated to the creation of new musicals, recordings and multi-disciplined productions using the tools of hip-hop. Postell earned a BA from Bates College and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. As a hip-hop artist/producer, he has several albums and—along with JQ, GQ and Jackson Doran—is a member of the Chicago band The Retar Crew, who have toured extensively and have 5 free albums available on their website, www.theretarcrew.com.
Michael Foley ’89 has been involved in the world of professional dance for over 20 years and is considered a master teacher and choreographer in his field. He began his dancing career at Bates College under Marcy Plavin, where he received his B.A. in English and a minor Spanish. During Mr. Foley’s 10 years based in New York, he performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Roberta Garrison, Joy Kellman, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang, Ben Munisteri and Eun Me Ahn. Michael received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2002 where he performed in the works of several of the 20th century’s major choreographers.
He has had a long relationship with the Bates Dance Festival where he was co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer’s Workshop from 1996 – 2007, as well as serving on the faculty of the professional program on numerous occasions. Michael has been instrumental in contributing to The Bates Dance Festival’s reputation as a cooperative, non-competitive training ground for professional dancers.
In 1994 he formed his own company, “Michael Foley Dance,” touring the United States and Europe. Called “exuberant” and “hypnotic” by The New York Times, the Company received funding for new work and outreach programs. The Company was based in Ireland from 2000 – 2002 as part of a multi-year collaboration with County Kildare’s “Fluxusdance,” receiving support from The Irish Arts Council and The Kildare County Arts Council, and toured several times throughout Ireland.
In 2009, Mr. Foley was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico under the COMEXUS/Garcia-Robles Fulbright award for research and teaching. While in Mexico, he continued his long association making new repertory for Mexico’s most lauded, internationally touring modern dance troupe, Delfos Danza, as well as teaching at La Escuela Profesional de la Danza de Mazatlan where he also worked on streamlining the Mexican dance conservatory curriculum.
Michael is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida where he teaches modern dance technique, choreography, dance history, and directs a yearly study abroad program for American dancers in Paris. While at USF, he has organized major choreographic residencies, lectures and forums with modern dance icons Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown and Doug Varone. Michael was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Direction of a Play from the Kennedy Center/American Theatre Festival for his co-direction of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses’ in 2008. He received the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2010.