Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. We create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook - dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, we constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures. The company consists of a team of collaborators who together create the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience.
MONICA BILL BARNES
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with a repertory of solos that could be performed anywhere. In 2013, MBB&CO gave itself the challenge to “bring dance where it doesn't belong” and has been striving to follow this self-imposed motto ever since. The company has performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen's Brigade to The Sydney Opera House, and has been presented in more than 100 cities throughout the US and internationally. Barnes has worked in film, theater, and set over 30 different works on college students all over the country. Recent company projects include The Museum Workout, a guided exercise tour of art museums made in collaboration with the author/visual artist Maira Kalman; Happy Hour, an immersive office party dance show; Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a show that combines radio and dance in collaboration with Ira Glass; and The Running Show, a new touring show inspired by the company’s award winning off-Broadway production that turns dance into a live sporting event. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the company’s work constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.
ROBBIE SAENZ DE VITERI
(Creative Producing Director/Performer)
Robert Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deveare Smith. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, and One Night Only with Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Some of his other favorite projects include producing This American Life Episode 528, "The Radio Drama Episode" live on stage at BAM, directing Rachel Bonds’s Michael & Edie, and creating and performing The Spiritual Life of Modern America, a collaboration in Norway based on the experiences of foreigners traveling in America today.
Jane Cox has designed with MBB&CO for almost twenty years, and her collaboration with the company is central to her creative life. Theater in the 2018-19 season includes True West and King Lear on Broadway, and a new musical of The Secret Life of Bees. Recent theater includes Jitney and Color Purple on Broadway, the theatrical adaptation of Between the World and Me, and Hamlet at the Barbican in London. Other designs include Othello in Central Park and at NYTW, The Flick and Machinal. Jane has been nominated for two Tony awards, several Drama Desk awards and is the recipient of the Morley Design Award from LPTW. She has a long-standing relationship with Classic Stage Company, and is the director of the Program in Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
(Costume and Set Designer)
Kelly Hanson has worked with MBB&CO on every company show since she first met Monica in 2001. She is also a Production Designer for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where she does approximately 220 live shows a year. She has been nominated for an Emmy and an Art Department Guild award. Kelly was born in Bryan, TX and earned her MFA in set design at University of California, San Diego. She lives in Queens with her husband and two amazing kiddos, who support her more than they know.
Anna Bass has worked with MBB&CO since 2003, performing all over the country on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to comedy clubs and Carnegie Hall. Anna originated her roles in company works Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, and One Night Only. In addition to performing, she has worn a variety of hats for MBB&CO over the years including Rehearsal Director, Administrator, Assistant Choreographer for several theater productions, and even a roller-skating mouse alongside comedian Mike Birbiglia.
Elisa Clark is an award winning artist and educator, who trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet, prior to receiving a BFA from The Juilliard School, under Benjamin Harkarvy. Elisa was a founding member and company manager for Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company, and she continues to assist and stage Battle's work. She was also a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as performed with Nederlands Dans Theater and The Metropolitan Opera. She has been on faculty at the Ailey School/Fordham University, Jacob’s Pillow, Marymount Manhattan University, and Princeton University, and currently teaches at the University of the Arts, MOVE (NYC) and the American Dance Festival. Elisa is also a 2008 Princess Grace Award Winner and a Certified Life Coach, and she's thrilled to join the team at MBB&Co!
(Administrative and Production Assistant)
Elizabeth Furman is a Brooklyn-based performance artist who creates worlds for distinct characters to inhabit. Exploring moments when humor meets pain, she seeks to offset our perception of reality. Elizabeth has performed with Liz Charky Dance, Roxy Gordon Dance Company, mollymingeyprojects, and Kayt MacMaster sharing work at Chez Buschwick, Chen Dance Center, Dixon Place, Movement Research Open Performances, Judson Church and Westbeth’s Site Specific Festival/Top Floor series. Elizabeth’s most recent collaboration “one she lived on a 4th floor walkup” was apart of the All Over Westbeth Site Specific Festival 2018. Elizabeth first met Monica as a young dancer at Bates Dance Festival in 2010. Now, nine years later she is thrilled to be part of the team after reconnecting with the company in 2017. As an administrative and production assistant Elizabeth has supported Happy Hour, One Night Only, The Museum Workout, and The Running Show both in NYC and on tour. Elizabeth holds a BA in Dance and English from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Flannery Gregg first met Monica as a student at the American Dance Festival in 2011 and began working with the company shortly after. She began as an intern and since has worked as a production assistant and as an assistant choreographer for the company. Flannery assisted Monica in the choreography for Atlantic Theater Company’s productions of FOUND: A New Musical (2014) and Dying For it (2015). In 2015 she traveled to Baldwin Wallace University to set the choreography from FOUND on the graduating class of musical theater students. Last fall, Flannery was the associate choreographer for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming feature film Little Women (2019) in addition to dancing in the film. She is currently the rehearsal director for The Running Show and Performance Series for Arts Brookfield. Her other projects include assisting choreographer Sam Pinkleton on Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and choreographing NYU’s Reality Show performed at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn. She is originally from San Diego, CA and holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Flannery lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her husband, John.