Our People

 
 

Resident within the Wonderbound family is a collection of multi-talented individuals who have been selected for their capacity, creativity and daring. They revel in the idea that Wonderbound is forging a new path and building a new model for how the performing arts are created, supported and shared in a rapidly evolving world.

 

Wonderbound in Garrett Ammon’s DIVISIONS with Flobots. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

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Our Leaders

 
 

Wonderbound Artistic Director Garrett Ammon. Photo by Martha Wirth. 2017.

Garrett Ammon

Artistic Director, Choreographer
Joined Wonderbound in 2007

Garrett Ammon began his tenure as Artistic Director of Wonderbound in 2007. Under his direction, the organization has been transformed into an open laboratory for cross disciplinary exploration and creation. He has been recognized for his work as both an artist and leader through a Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture and a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellowship.

Having choreographed nearly 60 works over the past sixteen years, Ammon has developed a trademark aesthetic that seamlessly blends tradition with adventurous new ideas. He keeps Wonderbound continually engaged in collaborative endeavors with the region’s finest arts organizations including Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Central City Opera, the Colorado Symphony, Curious Theatre Company, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Mizel Arts & Culture Center, and Newman Center Presents among many others.

In addition, Ammon’s deep belief in the value of live music as an integral part of the dance experience keeps Wonderbound actively creating with a wide range of independent musicians and composers like Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe, Ofer Ben-Amots, Chimney Choir, Confluence String Quartet, Ian Cooke Band, Tom Hagerman, Jesse Manley and His Band, and Paper Bird.

Always pushing the boundaries of dance and the performance experience, Ammon brings an eclectic range of other collaborators into Wonderbound projects as well. These individuals include visual artists Eric Dallimore, Mark Allen Henderson, Andrea Pliner and Tom Varani as well as poet Michael J. Henry, digital artist Kristopher Collins, photographer Amanda Tipton, illusionist and mentalist Professor Phelyx, and perfumist Michelle Roark.

In recent seasons, Ammon has also had the pleasure of bringing Wonderbound’s artists together with the dancers of Israel’s Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Dance Company as well as Brazil’s Companhia Urbana de Dança to share the studio and stage.

As a dancer, Ammon was a member of Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis and Trey McIntyre Project where he toured to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, HIDC’s Dance Salad and Wolf Trap.

Ammon lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and muse, Dawn Fay. They have worked alongside each other continuously since they first met in 1999.

Explore Garrett's choreography for Wonderbound. →

 

Wonderbound Producing Director Dawn Fay. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2018.

Dawn Fay

President
Joined Wonderbound in 2007

Dawn Fay was named Producing Director of Wonderbound in 2007, and her professional career spanned more than twenty years, including being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Dawn is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and received her professional training at North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her career at Ballet Oklahoma and went on to dance with Miami City Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Ballet Memphis. Dawn has performed classical works including Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Fleming Flindt’s La Sylphide, as well as GiselleCinderella and Coppelia. She has danced contemporary works by Garrett Ammon, Trey McIntyre, Jiri Kylian, Choo San Goh, and Lila York among others.

In 2005, Dawn became a founding member of Trey McIntyre Project, dancing at festivals around the country including The Vail International Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. Dawn has also staged Mr. McIntyre’s work for Trey McIntyre Project, The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Augsburg and Smuin Ballet.

As Producing Director at Wonderbound, Dawn works closely with Artistic Director Garrett Ammon on the development and creation of his new works and facilitates the collaborations with Wonderbound’s plethora of multi-genre artists. Dawn plays a key role in all of Wonderbound’s fundraising efforts, and she is also deeply involved in all of Wonderbound’s community programs.

Dawn is married to Artistic Director Garrett Ammon.

 
 

Our Company Artists

 

Wonderbound Dancer William Clayton.

William Clayton

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

William Clayton is from Riverside, California. He began performing with color guard teams in 2006, eventually touring with world-class groups such as Pacific Crest, The Cavaliers and Fantasia. In 2016, he received his BFA in Dance Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. That year, he continued to train at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer program, and upon returning to Los Angeles, he began to work with numerous companies and choreographers. He has worked with Ezralow Dance, Invertigo, and Brockus RED; and choreographers such as Spencer Liff, Tessandra Chavez, and Ashley Wallen. In 2017, he performed in Musical Theater West's Evita and most recently West Side Story at the Glendale Center Theater. He is excited to join Wonderbound for their 2018-2019 season and is forever grateful for his friends and family for all the support a long the way.

 
 

Evan Flood

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Evan was raised in Vineland, New Jersey. He attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he was awarded the Florence Schnepf Domeshek scholarship for excellence in dance, as well as his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at MGSA he had the opportunity to perform the repertory of Merce Cunningham, Brian Brooks, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak, Randy James, and Doug Elkins. Evan has also trained at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City as well as The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Milton Myers, where we worked with Judith Jamison, Ohad Naharian and Tony Fabre. Prior to joining Wonderbound, he worked with LustigDanceTheatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as well as Oakland Ballet Company, Molissa Fenley & Company and Zella Dance. Some of Evan's featured roles since joining Wonderbound include The Fool in A Gothic Folktale and Hermes in Aphrodite's Switchboard

Wonderbound dancer Evan Flood. Photo by  Amanda Tipton , 2017.

Wonderbound dancer Evan Flood. Photo by Amanda Tipton, 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Amy Giammarrusco. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Amy Giammarrusco

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Amy began her dance training at age nine, studying all disciplines of dance in her hometown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She left Minnesota at age 16 to complete her studies at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov and Marat Daukayev. She has also had the pleasure of studying with many different companies; some of her favorites being, American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the New National Theatre Ballet of Tokyo. Amy moved to Denver in 2008 and has since danced professionally for numerous companies performing principle roles in some of her favorite classical ballets. Since joining Wonderbound, Amy's favorite roles include The Maker in Garrett Ammon's "An Occasional Dream" and dancing with the lovely Damien Patterson in Garret Ammon's DIVISIONS. Amy fell in love with Wonderbound from the first time she saw the company perform and is ecstatic to be entering into her fourth season. When not dancing, Amy can be found hiking and exploring the wonderful state of Colorado with her lovely husband and their golden retriever.  

 
 

Isaac Huerta

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Finding dance at a young age, Isaac began his dance cultivation studying at studios across Southern California. Graduating from Orange County School of the Arts, Isaac signed with BLOC Talent Agency. He has contributed to the music videos of artists Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Foxygen, and was able to take the Grammy stage with Perry in 2017. Isaac’s heart lies on stage, and he has danced with KDV Dance Ensemble, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, BrockusRed, Clairobsucr Dance, Carlon Dance and Luminario Ballet. Isaac has also worked with Daniel Ezralow with Ezralow Dance, Margie Gillis, Oguri with Bodyweather, Joelle Martinec, Alia Harlan, Kitty McNamee with the LA Opera & LA Philharmonic, Michael Pena, Tyce Diorio, Erin Murray, Kathryn Burns and John Todd with the Pacific Symphony. Whether it is being on screen, stage or in an immersive location, Isaac is thrilled to be doing what he loves. In today’s climate, it is important to listen to and act out our passions. Better yet, dance them out.

Wonderbound Dancer Isaac Huerta.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Deanna Lefton. Photo by Bill Cameron.

deanna Lefton

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Deanna is from New Hampshire and began her training at Londonderry Dance Academy where she sufficiently completed all of her RAD ballet exams. After graduating high school early, Deanna continued training at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Professionally, she has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Paul Vasterling, Myron Johnson, Johanna Kotze and many more. Deanna has danced with James Sewell Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Arena Dances, Black Label Movement, Burnswork and Live Action Set. She is thrilled to be dancing with Wonderbound.

 
 
 

Henry Maximilian McCall

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2018

Born and raised as the youngest of four boys in St. Louis, Missouri, Henry started dancing at COCA. He studied at a series of schools, including the Ailey School Junior Division and Manhattan Youth Ballet, before graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts under Michael Owen. This was followed by a move across the country to work and study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, in their Professional Division Program, under Peter Boal. While there, he performed in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Kent Stowell’s The Nutcracker, while also working with choreographers such as Crystal Pite. Since then, he moved back across the country to study in, and graduate from, the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in the class of 2018. While in New York City, he spent time freelancing with various artists and companies including being an apprentice with Ailey II. He joined Wonderbound after graduation for the 2018-2019 season.

Wonderbound Dancer Henry Maximilian McCall.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Damien Patterson. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

Damien Patterson

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2009

A former member of Ballet Memphis and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Damien has studied at the Arena Players Youth Theatre and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Damien has performed his choreography at Wonderbound, Ballet Memphis, Morgan State University, Theatre Project, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. He has appeared as a guest artist for Towson University, Dance Baltimore! and the Men’s Project at Theatre Project. Since joining Wonderbound, Damien has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s DIVISIONS, Winter, Snow,  Marie, and Garrett Ammon and Michael J. Henry’s Intersection, among others. He has also performed in Alex Ketley’s Kill the Anthem and Maurya Kerr’s Groundling.

 
 
 

Morgan Sicklick

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Morgan Sicklick, originally from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, received her training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet under the direction of Irine Fokine, Eugene Petrov and Jeanette Hoffman. In 2013, Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Marketing from Butler University. While at Butler, she had the privilege of dancing Myrtha in Giselle, The Mistress in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero. In August 2013, Morgan became an inaugural member of Kansas City Ballet’s (KCB) Second Company. Her repertoire with KCB includes works by Michael Pink, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, Devon Carney, and Anthony Krutzkamp. She also had the opportunity to set her original piece of choreography, "In the Moment of Not Knowing," on the Second Company. In addition to KCB, Morgan has performed with the Kansas City Dance Festival and Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. Since joining Wonderbound, Morgan has been featured in Garrett Ammon’s "Love of my Life," Winter, Snow and Celestial Navigation. She is thrilled to begin her fourth season with Wonderbound!

Wonderbound Dancer Morgan Sicklick. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer and Choreographer Sarah Tallman. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2018.

 Sarah Tallman

Dancer, Choreographer
Joined Wonderbound in 2004

A native of Colorado, Sarah holds a BA with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado, where she was the two-time recipient of the esteemed honor of Dancer of the Year. She has participated in the Inside ODC Professional Workshop, Baardar Dance Institute in Oslo, Norway and Perry- Mansfield Performing Arts School. Sarah has danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr, and Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet. Off- season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Anna II in Seven Deadly Sins and Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s "When the Power Goes Out," Intersection, Boomtown, Gone West, and Love in the Digital Age, among others, as well as Dawn Fay’s Like An Onion. Sarah has been featured in world premieres by Alex Ketley, Maurya Kerr, Amy Seiwert, Mark Godden, Ma Cong and Lauri Stallings. An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for Wonderbound including “See Yourself,” “In-Between Seams,” “Intimate Letters” and “I Didn't Hear You, I Was Away with the Fairies.” Sarah has taught and created works for the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and has directed the Intermediate Program at Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Sarah's interests include her loving husband, yoga, the mountains, twinkling lights and the color orange.

Explore Sarah's choreography for Wonderbound. →

 
 
 

Nayomi Van Brunt

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

A California native, Nayomi began her formal training at age nine when she moved to Georgia with her family. She trained with Atlanta Festival Ballet under Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron as well as Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. She began her professional career with the Atlanta Ballet. During her time with the Atlanta Ballet, Nayomi performed roles such as "Marya" in Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, James Kudelka’s Four Seasons, and Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis. After leaving the Atlanta Ballet, Nayomi danced with Winston Salem Festival Ballet and New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB). At NYTB she performed in works by Pam Tanowitz, Gemma Bond, Richard Alston, and Matthew Neenan, and Donald Malher’s Cinderella at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Nayomi has also had the pleasure of performing in music videos for emerging artist in the Atlanta area. With Wonderbound, Nayomi has been featured as Fanney in Snow and Amelia in Celestial Navigation. She would like to thank her parents, six siblings, and amazing friends for all of their love.

Wonderbound Dancer Nayomi Van Brunt. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

 

Wonderbound Dancer Ben Youngstone. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2017.

Ben Youngstone

Dancer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Ben began dancing in his native Virginia with the School of Richmond Ballet and the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Eventually, he moved on to dance at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory under Victoria Mazzarelli, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Kirk Peterson. During his time at the Nutmeg, Ben attended Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s summer intensive and won a gold medal at the Connecticut Classic ballet competition. After his graduation, Ben was able to perform with a modern dance company at Jacob’s Pillow and joined the Charlotte Ballet. He spent one year as an apprentice there and another as a member of their second company as well as being in residence at the Chautauqua Institution. In Charlotte, he was fortunate to perform works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Dwight Rhoden, to be coached by Patricia McBride, and to be a part of new creations by Sasha Janes and Mark Diamond. Ben has been featured in Wonderbound's Celestial Navigation and Snow. He also has a strong interest in dance film and has created a number of collaborative projects with friends. 

 
 
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Our Staff

 
 
Wonderbound Patron Services Manager Elaine Adair.

Wonderbound Patron Services Manager Elaine Adair.

Elaine Adair

Patron Services Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2011

Elaine Adair was raised in Cripple Creek, CO where she was first introduced to the art of dance, taking part in an after-school ballet program during her elementary years. This process trained her to appreciate dance, as well as the artistic world as a whole. She then moved to Greeley, CO in order to attend the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her passion for creativity and organization in the marketing field.

In 2010, Elaine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Marketing and a minor in English. Following graduation she worked with the Inside Sales Department of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. Elaine joined Wonderbound in 2011 and quickly became a pivotal member of the administrative team.

 
Wonderbound Technical Director Caitlin Goldstein.

Wonderbound Technical Director Caitlin Goldstein.

Caitlin Goldstein

Technical Director
Joined Wonderbound in 2015

Caitlin has been working for Wonderbound in various technical roles since 2016. She stepped in the role of Technical Director this year and is excited to take on more responsibilities within the company that she loves. She grew up with quite a lot of exposure to theatrical arts, as her mother was a ballet dancer and both parents took her to countless plays, performances, concerts, and musicals. She is thrilled to be able to make a career out of something she loves so much. Caitlin is a Colorado native and received her Bachelors from CU Boulder in Creative Writing. She has been working in the Denver area technical theater scene since 2007. Her previous work experiences include Macky auditorium, Boulder Dinner Theater, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She lives in Arvada with her husband Drew and their three birds.

 
Wonderbound Accounting Manager David Lohr.

Wonderbound Accounting Manager David Lohr.

David Lohr

Accounting Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2012

Dave started in the corporate tax department of Bethlehem Steel a long time ago but did not do accounting for many years, in fact he was in management in the furniture business for quite a while before he retired. He is now as he puts it 'semi-retired' and doing the books for Wonderbound.

He and his wife, Carole have always been interested in the arts and have been singers since they were in high school together. They have performed with the Charlotte Chorale Society, the Evergreen Chorale and many church choirs.

He loves being involved with the exciting younger group of creative people at Wonderbound.

 
Wonderbound Production Manager Eleanor Moriarty.

Wonderbound Production Manager Eleanor Moriarty.

Eleanor Moriarty

Production Manager
Joined Wonderbound in 2008

Eleanor joined Wonderbound in the fall of 2008. She is a native of southern Wisconsin and has had the pleasure of working with Janesville Performing Arts Complex, United Arts Alliance, American Player’s Theatre, New Court Theatre, and Armory Dinner Theatre. Eleanor’s dance experience began at age of 5 but after 12 years of on stage performing she found her true passion to be behind the scenes. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a BS in theatre arts management and fine arts. In addition to working with the Wonderbound Hares, Eleanor proudly oversees the Wonderbound partnership with the Pinnacle Charter School in managing the Performing Arts Complex at PCS. Through this partnership, she has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of organizations from all over the country.

 
Wonderbound Pari Passu Coordinator Heather Sutton.

Wonderbound Pari Passu Coordinator Heather Sutton.

Heather Sutton

Pari Passu Coordinator
Joined Wonderbound in 2011

Heather is a former professional dancer from Boston Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a BA in Special Physical Education with a concentration in motor development. Heather moved to Colorado in 1999 to attend Naropa University where she received an MA in Somatic Psychology, and she is currently a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. Heather began working with Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance) in 2011 as an adaptive movement specialist and has been central to the creation of their adaptive dance program Ballet Expressions for students with disabilities. Shortly after, she became involved with Wonderbound on the development and implementation of Pari Passu, Wonderbound’s outreach program in collaboration with St. Francis Center. Facilitated by Heather and regularly assisted by the Wonderbound dancers, Pari Passu provides weekly dance/movement sessions with the homeless population—utilizing dance as an instrument for positive social change and to promote social equality.

 

Our Designers

 
 
Wonderbound Lighting Designer Karalyn Star Pytel.

Wonderbound Lighting Designer Karalyn Star Pytel.

KARALYN STAR PYTEL

Lighting Designer
Joined Wonderbound in 2013

Karalyn Star Pytel has been doing Lighting Design in and around the Denver Metro Area for well over 10 years. Star has worked as a Lighting Designer for the following companies: Baton Rouge Theatre, Miners Alley Playhouse, Town Hall Arts Center, The Lakewood Cultural Center, Cherry Creek Theatre, Theatre OR, The Avenue Theatre, and the Old Denver Victorian Playhouse. Some of Star’s accolades include A Henry Nomination for “Best Lighting Design”, 3 Denver Post Ovation Nominations for “Best Lighting Design” and a few David Marlowe awards for “Best Lighting Design.” Star would like to extend her many thanks to Dawn and Garrett for the amazing opportunity to work with the company. It is always such a delight to work with the talents that Wonderbound surrounds itself with. Star would also like to extend her many thanks to the production staff who constantly remind one another to have fun, and to all of Wonderbound for one amazing experience after another.

 
 

TOM QUINN

Sound Designer
Joined Wonderbound in 2016

Since 2016, Tom has been Wonderbound’s resident sound designer. He has been nominated for a Henry Award, and past production favorites include sound design for Wonderbound's DIVISIONS, Cherry Creek Theatre's Driving Miss Daisy, Vintage Theatre's Miss Saigon as well as Ignite Theatre's Tick..Tick..BOOM!!, RENT, 35mm, and See What I Wanna See, among others. Thank you for supporting live performance!

 
 
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