Abby Koenig

Abby Koenig received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from the Dramatic Writing Conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. She is a published author of creative non-fiction, in addition to being a regular contributing writer to the Houston Press, Arts + Culture Magazine, Dance Source Houston and Houstonia Magazine, among others. She is also a playwright with several of her works produced in New York, Houston and Colorado. In 2011 she received her Masters Degree in Communication from the University of Houston. She is a professor of communication at Houston Community College and the University of Houston Downtown.

Adam Castañeda

Adam Castaneda is a dancer, writer, and arts administrator based in Houston. He is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project and performs with Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood and Bones and Memory Dance/Heather VonReichbauer.

D.L. Groover

D.L. Groover, a Two-time Lone Star Press Award winner for Arts Criticism, writes about the stage for the Houston Press, OutSmart Magazine, and Playbill. He is co-author of Skeletons From the Opera Closet, an irreverent look at that loudmouth art form.

Lydia Hance

Lydia Hance is a choreographer, filmmaker, collaborator, and educator. Lydia Hance is the Founder and Artistic Director of Frame Dance Productions, a contemporary dance company making collaborative works for the screen and stage.

Michael Wade Simpson

Michael Wade Simpson is editor of He writes about the performing arts for the Santa Fe New Mexican. Previously, he reviewed dance for the "San Francisco Chronicle." MFA dance, Smith College. Founder, "Small City Dance Project," Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Nancy Wozny

Nancy Wozny is a contributing editor for Dance Magazine. She covers the arts for Culturemap, Pointe Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and other publications. She is a 2011 Scholar in Residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and is the Editor for Arts+Culture Texas.

Neil Ellis Orts

Neil Ellis Orts is a writer and performer, living in Houston, Texas. His writing has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and general interest magazines. Recent publications include a personal essay in Soul by Southwest and a short story in The Corvus Review with an essay forthcoming in Illness, Resilience and Spirituality (a book to be published in 2018). His novella, Cary and John, was published in 2014. He has recently turned (or returned) to playwriting, with two short plays produced since July, 2016. He is an occasional performance artist and actor, and will be directing two plays for the Company OnStage’s 2017-18 season.

Nichelle Suzanne Strzepek

Nichelle Suzanne is frequently found running but usually after deadlines and two small children. She also teaches dance in the Houston area and is the founder/editor of the popular dance blog,

Rosie Trump

Rosie Trump is the Dance Program Director at Rice University and the editor of the blog Reading the Dance. She holds a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and a MFA in Experimental Dance Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. Her choreography and dance film have been presented throughout the Northeastern United States, Los Angeles and Houston areas.

Roxanne Claire

Roxanne Claire is a Houston-based choreographer, teacher, and writer.