Artists in Resonance

Audible Odyssey

Audible Odyssey’s “Artists in Resonance” program invites emerging choreographers into a 6-month long program in which they receive financial and creative support to develop new choreographic work which is then presented in an annual show in a Chicago theatre.

Below, you can meet the artists AO has supported so far as well as get to know this year’s choreographers. Interested in applying for this opportunity? Contact AO Executive Director Phil Brooks at to learn more.

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Current Artists in Resonance

Patti Vickerman

Years in Residence: 2017

I began dancing at a very young age at the Condos School of dance in Miami Beach, Florida. That’s Steve Condos, my first teacher along with my father Jim Jim… Read the Rest »

Megan Davis

Years in Residence: 2017

Megan Davis started dancing 20 years ago in Austin, TX, where she apprenticed with Tri-Tone and Tapestry Dance Company. She has since moved to Chicago where she is a company… Read the Rest »

Kristi Burris

Years in Residence: 2017

Kristi is the Founder and Director of Dance Profusion Project, bringing master classes and workshops to her native state of Oklahoma. She has served as the Associate Director of BAM!,… Read the Rest »

Previous Artists in Resonance

Ian Berg

Years in Residence: 2015

Ian Berg is tap dancer from Chicago currently living in Boston and attending the Boston Conservatory. He is multiform dancer that has extensive training in tap dance, ballet, modern, contact… Read the Rest »

Martin Bronson

Years in Residence: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Martin Bronson, began his dance training at his family’s dance school in St. Louis. He has continued to train and perform in St. Louis, New York, and Chicago. Martin has… Read the Rest »

Jenna Deidel

Years in Residence: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Jenna Deidel began dancing in her home state of Colorado and ultimately moved to Chicago in 2003 to become part of the city’s vibrant arts scene. While earning a BA… Read the Rest »

Lindsay Shepherd

Years in Residence: 2015

Lindsay is originally from Fairfax, VA. She graduated from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, concentration in Jazz. She has danced with Joel Hall Dancers II jazz… Read the Rest »

Rich Ashworth

Years in Residence: 2016

Rich Ashworth received a BFA in dance from the University at Buffalo in 2007. Since graduating, Rich has performed and choreographed for several internationally recognized performance companies such as Lehrerdance,… Read the Rest »

Zada Cheeks

Years in Residence: 2014

Zada Cheeks, a native of Aurora, IL, began his dance training at the age of 10. He became a member of The Cartier Collective and Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “BAM!”… Read the Rest »

Starinah Dixon

Years in Residence: 2012, 2014, 2016

Star Dixon, an original principal dancer of world renowned tap company MADD Rhythms, is starting to make a name for herself as a solo dancer. She has taught and performed… Read the Rest »

Melissa Reh

Years in Residence: 2013, 2014

Melissa Reh grew up studying dance at Kim Kalla’s Studio of Dance in Lake Villa, IL, danced with Chicago Tap Theatre from 2006 to 2010, and was a guest tap… Read the Rest »

Jumaane Taylor

Years in Residence: 2014

Jumaane Taylor is a Chicago native- has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre where he currently… Read the Rest »

Phil Brooks

Years in Residence: 2012, 2013

Phil moved to Chicago in 2005 to follow the path he envisioned for himself in New Mexico. He studied with Bril Barrett and M.A.D.D. Rhythms for two years. In 2007,… Read the Rest »

Tristan Bruns

Years in Residence: 2012, 2013

Tristan Bruns has studied the art form of tap dance with Donna Johnson, Ted Levy, Lane Alexander and Martin “Tre” Dumas and has a BA in Music from Columbia College… Read the Rest »

Jessica Chapuis

Years in Residence: 2013

Jessica Chapuis began her dance career by studying and performing at tap festivals throughout the Midwest. While studying biology at Boston University, she choreographed for and performed with student-run group,… Read the Rest »

Jabowen Dixon

Years in Residence: 2013

Jabowen dixon also known as Jaybo has been entertaining and performing for audiences since the age of 6. At 16, he became one of the founding members of M.A.D.D Rhythms,… Read the Rest »

Kendra Jorstad

Years in Residence: 2012

Kendra Jorstad graduated from Point Park University and came home to Chicago to begin her career with the Joel Hall Dancers. During that time she also performed with Rasa Dance… Read the Rest »

Matt Pospeshil

Years in Residence: 2016

Matt Pospeshil grew up dancing, singing & performing theater in the northern suburbs of Chicago, and got his start professionally with Especially Tap Chicago (dir. Julie Cartier). He furthered his… Read the Rest »

Nico Rubio

Years in Residence: 2012

A Chicago Native Tap Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor, is universally recognized as one of the lead tap dancers of his generation. Nico has been entertaining and educating around much of… Read the Rest »