Sheila Baumgarten has worked in arts administration since 1982 including Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal & Company, the New Pickle Circus, and Dance through Time. She is currently the Development Director for A Traveling Jewish Theatre. In addition to her service on the Izzies, Sheila served for four years as a member of the Northern California Hillel Board of Advisors and for five years as Co-chair of the Santa Cruz County Japanese Cultural Fair Committee. Over the years she has participated in numerous grants panels and community arts committees. For more than a decade she worked in Regional and Community Planning for the County of Santa Cruz.
Dudley Brooks is a choreographer, composer, and dancer, who is Artistic Director and co-founder of Run For Your Life!…it’s a dance company!, Associate Choreographer of Peninsula Ballet Theater, and Artistic Director of Voices/SF. He has choreographed for City Summer Opera (San Francisco) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts (now The Circus Center) and served on their Board of Directors, and was Resident Choreographer and Stage Director for Bay Area Youth Opera. He performed with the Nikolais Dance Theater in NYC and with San Francisco Dance Spectrum, and has taught workshops and master classes in Ballet, Modern Dance, Mime, Improvisation, Composition, and Physical Comedy, throughout the United States and in Europe. He currently performs Balinese music with Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Mr. Brooks has served as a juror panelist for the Marin Arts Council, Theater Bay Area CA$H Grants, and the SF School of the Arts. He has a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, and has tutored and taught Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.
John W. DeRoy is a longtime supporter of Dance in the Bay Area and the Izzies.
He is a chiropractor for dancers and sits on the advisory board of Kunst-Stoff Dance Company. His generosity to the dance community is demonstrated in many ways, from being a constant audience member to annually contributing flowers to the annual Izzies Award ceremony.
Rachel Howard writes about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of Dance, and Dance Magazine. She began her career as a staff arts writer for the Santa Barbara Independent and the Orange County Register, and was the dance critic of the San Francisco Examiner from 2000 to 2002. She has served as a dance division panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Village Voice. Her memoir about her father’s unsolved murder was published by Dutton in January 2005. She has a website at www.rachelhoward.com
Patricia “Gigi” Jensen
Patricia “Gigi” Jensen was born in Colombia, South America, and raised in the US. Graphic designer and public school teacher by background, she co-founded Tango A Media Luz in 1998 with Argentine dance star Pampa Cortés, to present traditional Argentine dances. Gigi has worked with SF Ethnic Dance Festival, Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week Steering Committee, Carnaval SF, and Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant (dance) program. She is the publisher of the Bay Area Danceline Ebulletin, a weekly missive listing dance performances in the greater SF Bay Area.
Jez Kuono`ono Lee
Jez Kuono`ono Lee is a multifaceted hapa genderqueer performance artist, arts administrator, and freelance web designer from the sovereign nation of Hawai`i Nei and the United States. In 2003, Jez graduated from Mills College with a BA in Dance, performing in works by Molissa Fenley, Mark Morris, Kim Epifano, Dandelion Dancetheater, group A, Ledoh/Salt Farm Butoh and in addition to creating chaotic work with the annual 24 Hour Show, now performs in the radical performance art duo, Twincest. Jez is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, an Advisory Board Member of Fresh Meat Productions, and is the Board President of CounterPULSE Theater, and was the Executive Director of SF’s Asian American Dance Performances (2003-07). Jez cultivates queer, gender and multi-cultural artistic growth.
Dennis Mullen is English Editor for Ballet Art, a magazine published in St Petersburg, Russia. He danced as a soloist for the Santa Clara Ballet for 15 years in both classical and character roles. Since 1990, he has completed six Legacy Oral History Interviews, which are now part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of Legacy, the Board of Trustees for the Santa Clara Ballet, and for Classical Dance Alliance based in New York City. He sat on the Board of Trustees of Lines Contemporary Ballet for 10 years, and consulted with numerous local dance companies on financial and non-profit management issues. He teaches tax accounting for City College of San Francisco, works for the US Treasury Department, and holds a CPA and an MBA in Finance.