Randee Paufve, Artistic Director (2002-present)
Artistic Director Randee Paufve is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar Award Alum. Paufve, a featured artist on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, was named one of five dance artists in San Francisco Magazine’s 2017 “100 Artists Putting the East Bay On The Map.” Paufve received the 2015 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance; previous works have received 7 nominations total, in multiple categories. Paufve was awarded the inaugural Della Davidson Prize for Innovations in Dance-Theater and has been nominated for the Theatre Bay Area Choreography award for her work with San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater. A two-time recipient of the E.E. Ford award for dance research in Europe, Paufve’s choreography has also been supported by residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and Red Cinder Creativity Center in Hawaii. In 2010 Paufve Dance was awarded permanent company-in-residence status at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.
Paufve’s choreography has been commissioned and produced by (select list) San Francisco’s ODC Theater, SummerfestDance and The West Wave Dance Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University of San Francisco, the Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Joyce SoHo Theater/Manhattan, Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, On The Boards/Seattle, Max10 in Los Angeles, Dance Complex in Boston, Phantom Theater in Vermont and the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival.
Paufve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Elmira College, with a degree in Cross-Cultural Performing Arts. She spent her junior year in Madurai, Tamil Nadu through the University of Wisconsin’s College Year in India program. She holds an MA in Dance from the State University of New York, Brockport, and an MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Davis where she was supported by a full scholarship and the UC Davis Humanities Graduate Research Award.
Julia Davidson, Administrative Collaborator (2015-presnt)
Julia is based in Minneapolis, MN. She received her B.A. in Performance Studies from Macalester College and M.A. in Dance from Mills College. As a grant-writer and arts administrator, Julia has helped secure funding from Fulbright Scholar Program, California Arts Council, the Zellerbach and Rainin Foundations, Dancer's Group CA$H grant, Sam Mazza Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota Regional Arts Council. As a teacher, Julia does her best to keep up with the brilliant toddlers, elementary school children and grown-ups at Young Dance and Northfield Dance Academy. As a mover, Julia trains in a grab-bag of physical disciplines including ballet, capoeira, somatics, modern, house, and other public art practices. In addition to Paufve Dance, Julia currently works with inkBoat theater and dance company and Deborah Jinza Thayer | Movement Architecture.