Amanda Selwyn founded Notes in Motion Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in 19 seasons, has directed over 50 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs.
Amanda’s choreographic works include: Crossroads, Refuge, Renewal, It’s a Game, Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Interiors, Disturbance, Salut, Tilt, Tidal, Shift, Siren, Contradicting Unity, Save My Spot, Hold On, Momentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago’s Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theater productions including House on Mango Street, Free to be You and Me, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include Herland, Yellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theater in NYC at at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable’s 2007 Face to Face conference and “Teaching a Choreographic Process” at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer’s Lab program at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher’s certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga at Laughing Lotus and Crunch Gym in NYC. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women’s studies, and dance.
Milan Agnew earned a BFA in Dance and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. She is the Marketing/Program Associate at Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, where she does web design, database management, creative marketing projects, IT support, and manage donor correspondence. In addition to her administrative work, Ms. Agnew is an ABT® Certified Teacher in levels Primary through Five and works as a freelance dance instructor in New York City. She has taught at various ballet schools, including Ballet Academy East, The JKO School at American Ballet Theater.
Sarah Benvenuti has worked in arts and culture for over a decade, gaining experience across the country in theater, dance, film, education, and other cultural fields. She has worked with over 40 small arts organizations and individual artists, assisting them with fundraising, financial, administrative, planning, and interim needs. Sarah as a B.M. in Music Education (piano and voice) from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jane Hershcopf Schreck has been Company Manager of Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since 2012. During that time she has enjoyed coordinating 5 Benefit Galas, 4 Green Afternoon Dance performances and a variety of other events and initiatives for the Company. Prior to joining Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Jane has spent a rich and varied career as a Writer, Producer and Script Supervisor in the film/video industry working on numerous projects from features, TV series and commercials, to her own industrial projects. She has devoted much of the last 10 years to work as a development and events professional specializing in the arts for Armitage Gone! Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Pratt Institute and the Creative Capital Foundation. She is a graduate of Kenyon College with a BA in Theater and holds a Professional Certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.
Suzzanne Ponomarenko is a Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director of SPDance Company, and Development Assistant for Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Suzzanne has performed in many countries around the world- her favorite locations include: Singapore, Germany, Lithuania, France and Guatemala – and has worked extensively with choreographers: Richard Move, Stanley Love and Jacqulyn Buglisi. As Artistic Director of SPDance, she formed two projects: The Senior Care Project, with a mission to connect emerging artists with Senior Homes in Manhattan, and A Chance To Dance, an international teaching volunteer program. Suzzanne is a graduate from the Marymount Manhattan Dance College Dance Department, earning her BFA in Dance, and continues to study and grow as an artists and art advocate. Suzzane is thrilled to be joining the dynamic team of ASDT/NIM.
Brian Hoffmeister holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Classical Voice Performance, and is a candidate for a Master of Science in Strategic Communication. Performance credits include Detlef (The Student Prince), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Enrico Carouser (dToo Many Sopranos!), Tom Collins (RENT), Danny Zuko (Grease), Dr. Frank-N-Furter (The Rocky Horror Show), Alfredo (La traviata), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), and Tonio (La fille du regiment). Brian has also been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Brian is also the Operations Supervisor for NYUSPS’ Office of Admissions.
Administrative Support Personnel
After-School Program Site Director, PS 63 Manhattan
Costume and Scenic Designer
Jaimie Van Dyke
Director of Major and Planned Giving