associate artists

Julie Ballard (lighting designer) is a Chicago-based professional theatrical technician, specializing in lighting design, photography and production/stage management. She is owner/operator of OverlapLighting Productions, her freelance company. Ms. Ballard is currently the Stage Manager/Properties Master for the world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She first designed lights for Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2005. Julie designed the premiere of the Company’s first full length ballet, “Promise,” in 2009 at the Ruth Page Center, “Bento” in 2012 and “Don’t Linger Too Long” in 2013. Julie regularly has designed lights for many other Chicago dance companies, including Hedwig Dances, Mordine & Co. Dance Theatre, The Seldoms, Same Planet/Different World, and the Dance COLEctive. She has also worked as a lighting designer for many theater companies in Chicago. Ms. Ballard holds degrees in Theater (BA) and Lighting Design (MFA) from Kent State University and the University of Florida, respectively. Julie joined the Company as an Associate Artist in January of 2012. You can learn more about Julie here.

Barry Bennett (composer) has a BFA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State. Barry has had his theatre and dance scores heard as far away as Salzburg and as near as Chicago. He has designed sound for 16th Street Theater, where is also a resident artist, Chicago Dramatists, The Aardvark, Steppenwolf, The Art Institute, Emerald City, National Pastime, PROP THTR, Chicago Moving Company, where he is composer in residence, Estrogen Fest, Asimina Chremos, NEXT Dance, and others. Bennett is also the Artistic Director of The Impending Behavior Orchestra, a modular sound / movement / light performance group which drinks heavily from the waters of improvisation and tribalism. Barry is married to 16th Street theatre director Ann Filmer, and they have one daughter. He became an Associate Artist in January of 2012.

Ed Billings (web designer)

Amanda Clegg Lyon

Lindsey Frattare, (dancer, assistant choreographer) an Ohio native, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has performed works by Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Allison Chase, and William Forsythe. Upon graduating from SMU, Lindsey moved to Chicago to join the scholarship program at the Lou Conte Dance Studio under the direction of Claire Bataille. She has also attended summer programs with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, Spectrum Dance Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Lindsey joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in February of 2008 and became an Associate Artist in January of 2012.

Erika Gilfether (dancer, technical support) is a graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts and New York Univeristy’s Tisch School for the Arts. While in New York, she performed with choreographers, James Martin and Marjie Citron. Erika danced for three years with Jan Erkert and Dancers, performing, touring and teaching throughout the US, Mexico and Uruguay. Since 1999, she has performed in aerial acts with her husband, Andrew Adams. Together, they have performed with the Midnight Circus, Pendulum Aerial Dance Theatre, the Lavender Cabaret and Zinzanni (San Francisco). Erika first performed with Winifred Haun & Dancers in the summer of 1991. She re-joined the Company in 1996 and has been a regularly featured dancer since 2005. Erika became an Associate Artist in January of 2012.

Irene Hsiao (dancer, assistant artistic director) began studying dance as a high school student in California,first as an elective at Chinese school, and then in open classes atJimmie DeFore Dance Center, Long Beach Ballet, and LINES. Shecontinued dancing while earning a degree in English literature from the University of Chicago, performing student choreography as well aswith various companies, including MC Squared and the Leopold Group II in Chicago, Glory Dance in Hong Kong, and Labayen Dance/SF in San Francisco. She has choreographed pieces for University of Chicago Festival of the Arts, the Opera Cabal salons, the play Drupelets (directed by Greg Callozzo), and in collaboration with Yael Vidan and Yao Chen at the Smart Museum of Art. She began working with Winifred Haun & Dancers in May 2010.

Christy Munch (dancer, costume designer) has been active in the Chicago area for about 20 years as a costume designer, dancer, performer, choreographer, dance educator, and arts administrator. She showed work in Chicago’s NEXT Dance Festival from 1995 – 2001 as well as in many independent venues. Christy has designed costumes for Winifred Haun & Dancers for over 15 years. She has also designed costumes for Hedwig Dances, Timothy Buckley, Bob Eisen, Jill Daley, Lynn Book, Redmoon Theatre, and Franklin Dance. Her community based dance group, Franklin Dance, has provided performing and choreographing opportunities for dancers-with-day-jobs from 2005 to 2010. Christy performed in the premiere of “Promise,” and she became an Associate Artist in 2011.

Grace Whitworth (dancer, assistant choreographer) has been dancing since she was three. She graduated from Point Park University with a BA in dance. Grace moved to Chicago upon graduation and was accepted for Hubbard St. Dance Chicago’s scholarship program. She has enjoyed being involved with Thodos Dance Chicago’s “New Dances” show, Dance Chicago and River North Dance Chicago. She is also a member of Jaxon Arts, a NYC based dance company under the artistic dreiction of Jacqueline Stewart. Grace joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in January of 2008 and became an Associate Artist in January of 2012.