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Meet the Choreographers & Artists

Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi dancers
Click here to see the bios for Atlanta Ballet's dancers.

Jennifer Archibald (Choreographer, Sweet Sorrow)
Jennifer Archibald, founder and artistic director of Arch Dance Company, graduated from The Ailey. In 2013, Jennifer was selected as a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab. Jennifer’s one-woman-show was recently produced at The Studio@620’s “Le Salon de Danse.” She is a recipient of the “Talk of The Arts” award from the University of South Florida. Jacob’s Pillow presented Arch Dance Company’s The Uncomfortable Truth for Inside/Out Stage in 2011. She has staged various off-Broadway shows, working with casts from Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk and Cats. Jennifer has also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School. She has choreographed for the musicals Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Pippin for professional theater companies. Jennifer is currently on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, and CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. She is also a long-time faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival and Florida Dance Festival.

Heath Gill (Choreographer, Rumination and How to be a Person)
A native of Illinois, Heath began his dance training at age four with jazz, tap, and gymnastics. He later began studying ballet under the direction of Deena Laska-Lewis. At Atlanta Ballet, he has performed in works by John McFall, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink, David Bintley, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Val Caniparoli, Tara Lee, Lauri Stallings, Stephen Mills, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, and Jean-Christophe Maillot.  Recently, he was featured as Harker in Dracula, the improv soloist in Minus 16, 1st Seminarian in Carmina Burana, Laertes in Hamlet, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2013, Heath was named one of ArtsATL’s “30 under 30,” and, in 2014, Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch.”  Heath’s other interests include playing piano and trumpet, watching movies, and camping. He would like to thank Clara Cravey for her guidance and his friends and family for their love and support.

Sean Hilton (Choreographer, Dormant Gods)
Sean Hilton spent three seasons with River North Dance Chicago Company performing works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kevin Iaega Jeff, Julia Rhodes and Harrison McEldowney, among others. Later, Sean spent two seasons with the NYC-based Armitage Gone! Dance. While with AG!D he toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed at the Joyce theater NYC and Jacob's Pillow. He has also danced with the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre and Columbia Classical Ballet. Sean has been on faculty at The University of South Carolina, The Northwest Florida Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, The Lou Conte Dance Studio, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. After relocating to Atlanta in 2012, Sean danced with gloATL and was principal of gloSCHOOLHOUSE (gloATLs educational platform), from 2013 to 2014. He was the program coordinator for ChopArt, an organization empowering homeless youth to practice self-expression through art. Sean was facilitator for Dance Chance Atlanta, a once-a-month choreographic showcase at the Atlanta Ballet, as well as a 2014-15 Walthall Fellow through the Atlanta organization WonderRoot. Sean joined Fly on a Wall as artistic director and program coordinator in Fall 2014. Click here to learn more about Fly on a Wall.

Robyn Mineko Williams (Choreographer, Fields Magnetic)
Robyn Mineko Williams is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois. She was a member of River North Chicago Dance Company (now River North Dance Chicago) for four years before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2000. During her 12 years as a company member, Williams performed works by renowned dancemakers including Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new choreography by Jorma Elo, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sharon Eyal, Aszure Barton, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch and others.

Williams created her first work in 2001 for Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop, continuing to participate in subsequent seasons. In 2010, she and Hubbard Street 2 Director Terence Marling co-choreographed Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, a full-length work premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented since in Chicago, Detroit, Tucson and other cities, as well as at the American Dance Festival. In January 2012, Williams created Recall, a new work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's main company which premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, was adapted by Williams for a special performance on the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was commissioned by NYC's Joyce Theatre in 2013. Williams continues to make numerous works for the company and recently contributed to The Art of Falling, a full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2014.

Williams has made works for Grand Rapids Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and the Nexus Project. She was selected as an E-choreographer in 2013 for Springboard Danse Montreal, was one of two winners of Northwest Dance Project's International Choreography Competition, is the recipient of a 2013 Choreography Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation–USA and a 2015 Princess Grace Works in Progress resident at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. 

Benjamin Stone (Choreographer, How to be a Person)
Benjamin began dancing in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia under the guidance of Tim Podesta. In 2008 at age 16, Ben advanced into the Australian Ballet School after winning the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald Ballet Scholarship. Ben studied under Mark Annear, Dale Baker, Simon Dowe, and Jia Hong Wang and graduated in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance. Ben danced and toured with Australian Ballet, appearing as Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote. At Atlanta Ballet, Ben danced roles including Benvolio in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliete, Laertes in Steven Mills' Hamlet, and the improvisation solo in Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. Ben thanks his parents and grandparents as well as those involved in Atlanta Ballet for their encouragement and support.

Jesse Tyler (Composer/Musician, Dormant Gods)
Jesse Tyler is a composer and songwriter originally from Charlotte, NC. His compositions have been used in several Atlanta Ballet and Wabi Sabi productions. He is the singer and guitarist for the Atlanta based alternative rock band Dreambrother. His work in Dormant Gods was inspired by the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenom or Frequency Illusion which is the process in which people who just learn or notice something start seeing it everywhere. Click here to learn more about Dreambrother Band.