• "... her sophisticated sense of movement counterpoint sustained interest in her formal patterning."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Seda is a poetic genius."

    – Jodie Gates, Vice Dean/Director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

  • "Aybay displayed choreographic flair and a cutting-edge sensibility."

    – Victoria Looseleaf, LA Times

  • "Kina is a powerful and intense work... ."

    – Jeff Slayton, See Dance

Lori Tilkin deFelice

Executive Director

Lori graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s Degree in Chinese language and literature.  Prior to that she studied at Beijing Foreign Language Teacher’s College in Beijing as well as Taiwan Normal College in Taipei where she participated in advanced language studies with an emphasis in theater and dance.  In Taiwan, Lori studied with Chen Wei Chung, a former principal dancer with Cloud Gate Dance Theater, in his newly created Grotowski-based theater company while also studying modern dance and Peking Opera movement.  This culminated in her bachelor’s thesis – both written and performed – for the Chinese Department and the Dance Department at Wash U entitled: Chinese Modern Dance or Modern Chinese dance?

Lori later performed the dance portion of her thesis entitled DOG KING at Rutgers University, throughout Los Angeles, the New York Fringe Festival and the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival.  She later restaged the piece on a group of dancers for ZiRu Dance in San Francisco.  While living in Beijing, she worked for CCTV writing and hosting a language study program while also studying Chinese minority dance styles at Minzu University. In 1995 she began working for legendary Hong Kong director John Woo first as an assistant on many productions, as well as teaching English to Chow Yun-fat and Jet Li and assisting Michelle Yeoh with publicity needs during her US productions. In her tenure at Lion Rock Productions (FACE/OFF, MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE II, RED CLIFF) Lori also co-founded their transmedia sister company, Tiger Hill Entertainment, to produce video game, comic book and animation properties.

Lori continues to serve as Executive Producer or Producer on numerous film and television properties while running the L.A. operations as Head of Production for Woo's new company, A Better Tomorrow Films.  This seemed to be the rare job to mix her passion for dance and choreography with her love for theater in finding a film director who is known for his ‘bloody ballets’!  Lori continues to study dance whenever and wherever she can.

Lori Tilkin deFelice

Mark Baker

Technical Director

Mark Baker has been working professionally for two decades in the technical, creative, and managerial aspects of theatre, concert and event production.  He is currently the Technical Director for Grand Performances. Mark has been involved with over 200 theatrical productions since moving to Los Angeles as Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, or Production Manager. He works with Write Act Repertory Theatre, New York’s General Mischief Dance Theatre and Kybele Dance Theater as Technical Director and Lighting Designer. Some of the events he has worked on include IAJE Annual Conventions, LA Times Festival Of Books, Playa Vista Grand Opening, Disney Concert Hall Gala Opening, and numerous other private parties and special events.  Touring Credits include Rich Little’s The Presidents, Sesame Street Live and Domestic and International engagements in Japan, Korea, Brazil, Netherlands, and Italy with Diavolo Dance Theatre.

Mark Baker

Nichole Van Court

Marketing Consultant

Nichole has always had a creative flair and spent years drawing and painting as well as into sewing and fashion.  She graduated Cum Laude from CSULB in 2015 with a BA in Fashion Merchandising.  Her career in the food industry that accompanied her creative side has been off and on for years but ultimately led her to pursue the business side of the industry.  Nichole currently works in marketing for a select group of restaurants. With the ever-evolving side of Social Media and the internet she finds there is always something new to experiment with or learn.  Nichole specializes in Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, and Print Marketing.  After years in San Diego, she now lives in Long Beach, CA.  She loves cats and adventuring through flea markets.  Her work mixing food and fashion has been a passionate affair for over 10 years.  She is excited to see where it takes her next.

Nichole Van Court
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