Britt Fishel and Artists is a collaborative, project based company, presenting both live performances and dance films, in the Philadelphia community and beyond. Through research and performance, we aim to foster a better assimilation of the human experience, to democratize and normalize socioeconomic, political, and identity driven conversations that are both diverse and inclusive through intersectionality.
Through the lens of a feminist perspective, we address our past, to better understand our present, to change our future.
Britt Fishel and Artists proudly holds non-profit status through
fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas.
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Elizabeth Cousar was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and began her dance training at Dance Productions under the direction of Lori Long. Elizabeth studied at Dance Productions through high school and had the opportunity to work with many well known choreographers including Khasan Brailsford, Martha Nichols, and Shannon Mather. Elizabeth received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from East Carolina University in May of 2018. While at East Carolina, Elizabeth performed works by Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, David Ingram, Danielle Sheather, Joe Cotler and others. Elizabeth also trained with Alonzo King LINES Ballet Company and Elisa Monte Dance Company, under the direction of Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Elizabeth moved to New York City in September of 2018 to pursue a professional dance career. She is currently a member of and has performed with looseKANONdance Company under the direction of Kanon Sapp and cloude.nyc Dance Company under the direction of Emily Greenwell.
Noëlle Davé was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. She is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. During her time at ECU, she worked with choreographers David Ingram, Danielle Sheather, Michel Kouakou, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Micah Geyer, and Joe Cotler. She also performed in repertory piece, Standing in Tears, staged by Koresh Dance company members. Noëlle has been a featured soloist in BalaSole Dance Company’s 2018 NYC season where she performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York. She has choreographed numerous works, including a piece that was selected to perform at the regional American College Dance Association. She has also completed a residency under David Ingram with Fort Wayne Ballet where she performed in Fort Wayne Ballet, Too! with the company. Noëlle is currently a part of gloATL and Atlanta Dance Collective in Atlanta, GA. She loves to take on innovative learning opportunities to grow in her artistry and find new ways of thinking and moving.
Kaitlin Davis was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and danced competitively for eleven years before attending East Carolina University. She received a BFA in Dance Performance and the Outstanding Senior in Dance Performance Award in Spring 2014. While at ECU she studied under and performed for Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Dirk Lumbard, Galina Panova, Clarine Powell, Patti Weeks, David Dorfman, and John Magnus. In 2011 she choreographed for the NBC film “Gametime: Tackling the Past” in which she was also a featured dancer. Davis has also danced as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Forward Motion Dance Company, New Dances, and Opera House Theater Company. Her choreography was showcased in the music video “Party Girl” for up and coming artist Mary Gold in 2016. She has taught students of all ages in the Wilmington and Atlanta areas and was an instructor at the ECU Summer Jazz Dance Intensive in 2013. She is currently a dance artist with Atlanta Dance Collective, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, and a dancer for Stella Entertainment.Kaitlin is thrilled to be working collaboratively with the dancers of GRIN.
Lexi DiFilippo hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts directed by LaDeva Davis. During her time at CAPA, Lexi was appointed as dance captain of the dance department and choreographed works for department concerts, the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, television promotions for the Kimmel Center, and department concerts. In 2012, she was chosen to be a workshop assistant for Artists Simply Human’s first national tour where she assisted choreographers such as Wes Veldink, Christopher Huggins, Braham Crane, and Dee Caspary. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University where she trained under Ido Tadmor, Julianne O'Brien, Alicia Guy, Jennifer Backhaus, Charles Maple, and more. While at school, Lexi received numerous performance awards and was selected for exclusive performance opportunities such as a live choreography lab with Dwight Rhoden, the Musco Center of the Arts "Community Opening Day" gala, and the Technology for Live Performance course showcase at Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity Theater in Las Vegas. Since relocating back to Philadelphia, Lexi has worked as a teaching artist for Philadelphia School District afterschool programs and as a freelance instructor and choreographer.
Anya Kress is a freelance performer, dance teacher, and arts administrator. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Iowa in 2018. There she was able to work with many notable dancers and choreographers including Eloy Barragan, Autumn Eckman, Jennifer Kayle, and Monica Bill Barnes. Since graduating, Anya has performed in projects with choreographers Tony Orrico and Josiah Cuneo. She has also choreographed works for the stage, dance films, and full-length musicals. She currently provides administrative support to Davalois Fearon Dance. Dancers Unlimited, and is a Pointe instructor at L'levate Dance Studio.
Lydia Patselas began her training at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and then continued her dance training with Step Ahead Dance Company throughout high school. She graduated in May of 2018 from East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance program with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, Magna Cum Laude. She studied under the instruction of David Ingram, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska and Galina Panova. Lydia has performed in works choreographed by Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Danielle Sheather, David Ingram, John Dixon, Marissa Nesbit, Micah Geyer, and Joe Cotler. She also choreographed several works throughout her college career. Lydiahas completed summer training programs at the American Dance Festival in Durham NC, Broadway Dance Center summer intensive in New York City, and the New Dialect summer intensive in Nashville, TN. She also had the opportunity to perform at the 2016 American College Dance Association in West Virginia. Lydia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the Atlanta Dance Collective. She recently performed in Dance Canvas 2019 Performance Series, FEMMEfest, The Distaff Series, and Imprint with ADC. She has also performed in Fringe Festival in Asheville, NC, and Atlanta, GA. She has also performed in the Charlotte Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC, and the Modern Dance Festival in Atlanta, GA. She currently teaches at RISPA School of Performing Arts and for Expressions in Motion Dance. Lydia is looking forward to choreographing on the ADC members for the 2019-2020 season and working with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel on GRIN.
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