Artistic Collaborators





Kevin Guy. In addition to Wideman/Davis Dance, Kevin has performed with SLIPPAGE: Performance| Culture|Technology, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Universal Dance Movement, Genesis Dance Company, The Nannette Bearden Contemporary Dance Company (Soulful Noel), The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (Black Nativity) and Dance Alloy Theater. Motion picture work includes: Across the Universe (directed by Julie Taymor), Spreadin’ Rhythm Around: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Luther Henderson (directed by George C. Wolfe). He has choreographed for New Ballet Ensemble and AileyCamp. He has taught at Dance Theatre of Harlem, AileyCamp, and Ballet Hispanico. Kevin holds a BFA, contemporary dance, UNC and an MFA, Hollins University. 

Vincent Michael Lopez. In addition to Wideman/Davis Dance, Vincent has performed for Spectrum Dance Theater and Ballet Austin II. He has been the guest artist for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and Olivier Wevers’ Whim W’Him. Vincent trained at The School of Ballet Arizona and received The Oprah Winfrey Scholarship for study at The Alvin Ailey School.        

Amber Nicole Mayberry. In addition to Wideman/Davis Dance, Amber has performed with Washington Reflections Dance Company, This Woman’s Work, and Elisa Monte Dance, as well as the Washington National Opera, the Baltimore Opera Company, and in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of On the Town. She trained at Washington School of Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Dance Institute of Washington. She is on faculty with Spectrum Dance Theater. Amber graduated cum laude from SUNY-Purchase College.           

Kalin Morrow. In addition to Wideman/Davis Dance, Kalin has performed for Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT). She has choreographed for University of Oklahoma, NBT and the Choreographers’ Showcase, a collaborative program with NBT and Cirque du Soleil. She trained with Oklahoma City Ballet and the Classical Ballet School. Kalin received her BFA, valedictorian, from the University of Oklahoma.

Sara Paul. Sara has performed with Wideman/Davis Dance since 2007 in many principle roles, as well as with Ballet Austin II and other companies in Austin, TX. She trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the Peabody Preparatory; at Ballet Austin; and with American Repertory Ensemble, where she studied the techniques of William Forsythe and Ohad Naharin. She has taught students of all ages since 2006. Sara holds a degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.



Production and Set Design

Eric Morris. Eric is a teacher, designer, painter, and writer. He is on faculty at University of South Carolina, and Designer/Production Manager, USC Dance. Eric has assisted, designed, and produced for trade shows, ballet, opera, regional theatre, Off-Broadway and Broadway and at venues such as The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Resident scenic and lighting designer, Lexington Children’s Theatre (12 years). He was a TCG/National Endowment for the Arts Young Designer Fellow (1996). His articles and stories have appeared in Painter’s Journal, Business Lexington, Sandhills Magazines. He has taught at colleges, universities and professional training programs such as Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Kentucky, and The Hotchkiss School Summer Program. Eric holds an MFA in Stage Design from Western Illinois University. In his spare time he writes fiction and makes original music with his band Classes of Dynamo.

Direction, Dramaturgy, Design, Scholar

Thomas F. DeFrantz. Thomas is Professor of African and African American Studies, Dance, and Theater Studies at Duke University; President of the Society of Dance History Scholars; and Director, SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology. His books include: The edited volume Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance (2002), winner of the CHOICE Award, Outstanding Academic Publication and Errol Hill Award, the American Society for Theater Research; Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (2004), winner of the de la Torre Bueno Prize, Outstanding Publication in Dance. His direction and other writing include Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty, commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts, and he has performed in Botswana, France, India, Ireland, and South Africa. He has taught at NYU, Stanford, Hampshire College, MIT, the University of Nice, and Yale and he has presented research in Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and Sweden. In 2005 Thomas worked with Donna Faye Burchfield to design the American Dance Festival/Hollins University MFA Program in dance. His current research imperatives include explorations of black social dance, and the development of live-processing interfaces for performance.

Video and Set Design

Eto Otitigbe. Eto is a polymedia artist. He has performed at New York venues such as Monkey Town, The Tank, and Grace Exhibition Space; and in “Monk’s Mood,” at Joyce SOHO, with SLIPPAGE Performance Group (2009). He founded and directed es ORO Gallery & Polymedia Projects (2007 to 2009). His exhibition and curation credits include video installations for James Luna’s Emendatio, at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005); co-curation of Now You See It, Now You Don’t, a simulated exhibition at Superfront Gallery in Brooklyn, coinciding with the annual Race and New Media Conference, New York City College of Technology (2008); and TimeZone Project, with architect John Stuart, between New York and Lima, Peru (2008). Eto holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Joint Program in Design at Stanford. He is an MFA candidate at the Transart Institute.

Sound Design

Jamie Keesecker. Jamie has composed across a broad range of styles for large and small ensembles, including The Wet Ink Ensemble, The Atlanta Chamber Players, Quadre, Las Tubas de Tucson, Percussia, Sospiro, and the Duke New Music Ensemble, for which he is a regular performer. He was a featured composer in residence at Monadnock Music Festival (2010). His music appeared on the Quardre album, Our Time (2011). In 2008 he worked with composers Robert Livingston Aldridge and Kevin Puts at the Brevard Music Center, where he also coordinated the festival's new music ensemble. He uses the SuperCollider programming environment, and is interested in combining live performers and computer music. Also a hornist and aspiring bassist, Jamie performs in and around Durham. Jamie holds a Master's of Music in composition from the University of Oregon (2009) and a BA in composition, University of Arizona (2006). Currently a James B. Duke Fellow pursuing a PhD at Duke University. 

Costume Design

Charles Heightchew. Charles is Boston Ballet's Manager of Costumes and Wardrobe, having designed for the Golden Idol from La Bayadere, The Nutcracker (2004 and 2003), and overseeing the builds of Christopher Wheeldon's Four Seasons and Daniel Pelzig's Resurrection. He was a draper at opera and theater companies including the Santa Fe Opera, The Virginia Opera, Stage One Children's™ Theater, and The Louisville Ballet. Prior to working in theater he served as Production Manager and Location Staging Manager for ShowTech, Inc., a multi-image production company. Charles has a BA from the University of Louisville.

Special Projects 

Gina Kohler. Gina is an independent choreographer who presents in New York City and abroad. She co-directs the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Youth Dance Company. Her project dream [factories] has been performed in the US and Austria and is in development as both a live art event and a book.