Collaboratively redefining how we create theatre.
These Pop-Up dance classes started so they could jump start their collaboration. All proceeds will be put towards the development of this project. So come kick your face, and dance your butt off with both of them in this exciting, high energy Musical Theater Dance Class!! A great way to spend a Friday in August while supporting the development of new work.
Who We Are
Avital Asuleen is a Brooklyn-based director, choreographer, performer, and educator. She holds an MA in Comparative History and BA’s in Theatre and History from Brandeis University. She is the founder and producer of The Choreography Lab at The New York Theatre Barn. Additional arts administration experience includes serving as the Development Manager for EMIT Theatre, the Development Associate for Prospect Theatre Company (NYC), the Volunteer Coordinator of The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA). While her background and the bulk of her professional career has been in traditional musical theatre, she has always had a passion for devising her own work, and bringing new stories to life. She is the co-creator of the immersive dance piece Ephemera, and is currently creating The Floorshow.
Dann Berg is a playwright based in New York City. His play “Diary: A One Act Play” was part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One Act Competition in 2015. A former freelance journalist, his writing has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, The Verge, Mashable, Laptop Magazine, and Tom’s Guide. Dann attended Hofstra University, studying Creative Writing with a concentration in Playwriting. He lives in Brooklyn and works on the engineering team at Datadog, an infrastructure monitoring and analytics company.
Some of Alyssa’s favorite performing highlights include dancing on Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, and a live televised event in Shanghai, sailing through the Caribbean dancing with Carnival Cruise Lines, performing in paradise on the island of Guam, and singing at Carnegie Hall, as well as working with such notable choreographers as Derek Mitchell, Sidra Bell, Mike Esperanza, Ashle Dawson, and JT Horenstein. She loves every aspect of performing, especially making meaningful connections with audience members and spurring further dialogue long after the curtain has closed. She is super excited to collaborate with the other members of Combustion Collective to create new and exciting pieces of art.
Catherine “Cat” Murcek is a New York City-based dance artist, certified Yoga Therapist, and solidarity economy enthusiast. She strongly believes in the power of movement for healing the individual and the power of movements for healing society. As a performer she currently works collaboratively with Sanctuary Project Collective in multi-disciplinary performance pieces and with Chocolate Dances LLC in interactive chocolate tasting dance theatre. In addition to teaching therapeutic classes at Yoga Union and Align Brooklyn, Cat is also a worker owner at Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective and is a volunteer organizer of gatherings for other worker owners in NYC. She hopes to create a positive impact through sharing the joy of movement, guiding others through healing, and through promoting democracy in the workplace.
Christopher Noffke is an award winning Choreographer/Director/
Courtney Laine Self
Courtney Laine Self is a gender-fluid director/choreographer/theatre
Originally from California, Brian has now been in New York for over 10 years as an actor, singer and dancer as well experimenting with associate director/choreographer work. He has worked at theatres like Gateway Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Moonlight Amphitheatre and the John W Engeman Theatre. He loves the power of stories- how an audience can have a shared experience that effects each one of then in a different and a personal way. He hopes to continue to perform and help shape stories that kindly hold a mirror up to society to encourage us do better and offer the world a little more love and grace, including to one’s self.