founder and artistic director of cullen+them
Hannah Cullen is a native New Yorker and lifelong choreographer. She creates work that incorporates movement, writing, and social activism and has a BFA in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of The Arts. Before attending Tisch, Hannah studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the pre-professional program and was a founding member of the collaborative, choreographic company Young Dance Collective. At NYU/Tisch, Hannah performed works by Pamela Pietro, Deborah Jowitt, Cora Bos Kroese, Bill T. Jones, was in the Cunningham Event set by Rashaun Mitchell and showed a number of her own works. Hannah has also performed in works by Pascal Rioult, Johannes Wieland, Larry Keigwin, and Noémie Lafrance.
Hannah’s first evening length work, Us, Me, They, She, tackled gendered inequality as it pertains to both women and men, exploring the ways in which expectations associated with gender influence and affect our individual identity, and how that in turn affects the way we view women in our society. Currently, Hannah is writing and rehearsing a new piece that explores the ways in which fear and memory root inequality in our minds. Hannah’s work focuses on social justice issues, utilizes movement and spoken word as the main mediums, falls somewhere between the highly physical and the highly pedestrian and is meant to connect communities.
board president and founder of YDC
In 1995, Kim Cullen opened a movement education facility Art In Motion in North Carolina formally beginning her exploration of a movement-based live gathering space. In 2001, Cullen moved home to New York City and became Education Director for the Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, now Rioult. Concurrently, Cullen founded Young Dance Collective, now in its second generation, its mission to foster an intellectual, creative process driven by discussion and critical thinking among young people in a space where they create work while developing relationships.
Young Dance Collective was designed to create the energy of what Ray Oldenburg calls a “third place,” a setting for the creative exchange of ideas, grassroots politics and a community-gathering place outside of the realms of home and school (or work). Cullen believes that the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue, creative processing and spontaneity is incredibly important in our current cultural climate as is live gathering and live performance.
Cullen served as Education Director, General Manager and Producing Director at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics and currently serves as Executive Director & CEO of New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.
Since 1989, starting out as a public school dance educator with a focus on dance and creative process as a medium to cross socio-economic, racial and gender barriers in NC, Kim has been committed to working with young people. To this day, she remains committed to the transformation that takes place individually and as a group as individuals of all ages delve deeply into their creative selves and the issues that surround them.
Board of Directors
- Hannah Cullen
- Kim Cullen, President
- Anne Lewison, Secretary
- Deborah Oster Pannell, Treasurer
- Lev Ratnofsky
- David Taylor
- Lisa West
- Melanie Cohn