Joseph Copley is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, where he received his BFA in 2003. While under the mentorship of Kazuko Hirabayshi, he studied with such teachers/choreographers as Kevin Wynn, Neil Greenburg, Megan Williams, Ted Kivit, Doug Varone, and Robert Hill. Since moving to the bay area, Joseph has been dancing with such companies as Oakland Ballet, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Dance Through Time, Liss Fain Dance, and Amy Siewert. This is Joseph's fourth season with MFDP/SF.
Brian Fisher received a BFA in dance from New York University. Since moving to San Francisco he has appeared in works by numerous Bay Area choreographers including Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Sonya Delwaide, Amy Seiwert, and Robert Moses. He has been a company member or guest artist for ODC/ San Francisco, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Peninsula Ballet, Diablo Ballet, The San Francisco Opera, and Anima Mundi among others. He has appeared on Broadway and international television specials. In 2001 Brian, along with Brandon Freeman, was awarded an Isadora Duncan Award for ensemble performance. This year marks his eleventh year in association with the Mark Foehringer Dance Project.
Marina Fukushima a native of Tokyo, Japan, came to the United States when she was fifteen years old to study dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota.  She continued to study dance at Butler University in Indiana and received her BFA in dance with honors.  She stayed in the Midwest to receive her MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, where she explored in choreographing and teaching dance.  Her choreography was nominated to perform at the American College Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado.  She has danced with ODC/San Francisco, Kayle+Company and Duarte Dance Works.  She has worked with David Berkey, Donald Byrd, Lucas Crandall, Alan Sener, Basil Thompson and Larry White.  She is currently enjoying the rich dance community in the Bay Area and working on her choreography for West Wave Dance Festival.
Emily Hite grew up in Irvine, CA and received her dance training at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. She was a member of the Sacramento Ballet for three years and of John Clifford's Los Angeles Dance Theatre before attending Stanford University, where she received her B.A. in 2007. At Stanford she was fortunate to work with choreographers Hope Mohr, Amy Seiwert and Janice Garrett. Last spring she toured to China with Sacramento Ballet and staged Amy Seiwert's The Gift in a township outside Cape Town, South Africa. Since moving to San Francisco, she has performed as a member of Hope Mohr Dance and Robert Moses' Kin. This is Emily's first season with Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF.
Antoinette Lum grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under the leadership of James Canfield. Her studies then led her to the University of Arizona where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. After graduating, Antoinette moved to the Bay Area where she has been dancing and performing with Summer Lee Rhatigan's San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Alex Ketley's company The Foundry. Her family and friends call her Toni for short. This is Antoinette's first season with MFDP/SF.
John Mercke hails from Virginia, where he lived until he was 18. He grew up around a dance studio being the son of a dance teacher, but didn't become serious about dance until after he graduated high school. He has trained in various programs at institution including LINES Ballet, Ballet Met, The Rock School, Burklyn Ballet Theater, and The Loudoun School of Ballet. Professionally John has performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Town Hall Theater in New York City, Dock 11 in Berlin, and The Athens International Dance Festival. John also dances for the San Francisco based company KUNST-STOFF. This his first season with MFDP/SF.
Michael Separovich was born and raised in Sacramento.  He received his early training from Marguerite Phares in Sacramento and later at The Juilliard School in New York City where he received his BFA in 1996.  After graduation he danced for a short time with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  Then he returned to Sacramento and performed with The Sacramento Ballet for seven seasons.  He then moved to San Francisco and is dancing with Robert Moses' Kin.  He also dances for Amy Seiwert's company, Im'ij-re.  He will also be dancing for the San Francisco Opera in the Fall.. This is his first season with MFDP/SF. 
Carlos Venturo was born in Lima, Peru, where he began his ballet studies at the Asociación Choreartium directed by Lucy Telge de Linder. He has danced with Ballet Municipal de Lima, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and most recently with Oakland Ballet, Amy Seiwert's Im-ij-re and Dance Through Time. He also appeared last season as a guest artist with Lines Ballet in Alonzo King's "Rite of Spring." This is Carlos' fifth season with MFDP/SF. The first one was in 1996.
Katherine Wells began ballet training at the age of 13 and studied at Western Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theater. She has performed and toured with MFDP/SF since 1996. In 1998 she joined Colorado Ballet. She danced with Oakland Ballet, performing featured roles with guest choreographers such as Robert Moses and Dwight Rhoden as well as the company repertoire. She is also a member of Robert Moses' Kin. This is her twelfth season with MFDP/SF.
Jack Perla- Composer
Jack Perla grew up listening to an odd mix of Brazilian Music, Neapolitan tunes, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (obsessively), and assorted rock and roll, especially The Who.  Since all of this appealed to him immensely, he viewed composing as an opportunity to incorporate what he'd learned through listening and playing along.  Thus he formed his Music Without Walls concept of style as expressive potential, not limitation.  He's been working on that idea ever since, and has composed extensively for orchestra, instruments, voice and chamber ensembles. He's earned awards and fellowships from the Argosy Fund, the American Composers Forum, the James Irvine Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, the Chicago Symphony, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and numerous other organizations. Jack received a DMA in composition from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Pulitzer prize winner Jacob Druckman and Lukas Foss. He earned his MM at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Academy Award winner John Corigliano. The Louisiana, Hamilton, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, the Oakland Symphony, Absolute Ensemble, New Music Chicago and various other groups have performed his compositions. His music has also been heard at Music at the Anthology, the Yerba Buena Arts Center, Merkin Concert Hall and the British Music Information Center.  Jack's experience playing jazz and improvised music in the US and Europe, and composing for multimedia, broadcast, concert hall and stage make for a refreshingly deep integration of the unexpected.  He is the recipient of the 1997 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Composers Award. 
Lighting Designers
Matthew Antaky- Scenic and Lighting Designer
Since 1985 Mr. Antaky has created both scenic and lighting designs for the performing arts with many Theater, Opera and Dance companies. His work has been seen though out the United States as well as Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Antaky’s history of designs for Dance include many years and projects with such companies as Lines Contemporary Ballet Company, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Dziga Vertov Performance Group, Fellow Travelers Performance Group, La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Liss Fain Dance, Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Janice Garrett Dancers, Caminos Flamencos, and Flyaway productions among many others.

Most recently Mr. Antaky has created the Scenic and Lighting designs for "Sadhana", “Pancha Jati” and “East as Center” with the Chitresh Das Dance Company as well as complete visual designs for the premiere of Marcel Kahlife’s commissioned score for The World Music Festival and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he is the resident lighting designer for the New World Flamenco Festival every summer in Irvine, CA.

Mr. Antaky’s Scenic and Lighting designs for the Cabrillo Music Festival’s include full stage opera productions of Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land”, Phillip Glass’s “Photographer”, Lou Harrison’s “Rapunzel” and Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS” for which he has also designed a concert version at Carnegie Hall and fully staged productions with both the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Promusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2002, Mr. Antaky conceived of a designer/ director role with the on-going project called “Frames “which explores an expanded role for visual design in the creation and presentation of multiple company concerts. (“Frames 1” June 2002 / “Frames 2” Jan. 2003).

Mr. Antaky is a five-time nominee and two-time recipient of the Isadora Duncan award for visual design.
Ethan Hoerneman is a multimedia artist with more than 100 design credits in lighting, video, sound and scenery. Recent lighting designs include Honk! at Cabrillo Stage, Theatreworks' The Old Settler, Eugene Onegin for Opera San Jose, Western Ballet's Romeo and Juliet and The Cripple of Inishmaan at Solano College Theater. Video credits include a synchronized montage for Oakland Opera Theater's production of White Darkness and animation and video clips for CAFE's Hearts in Shadow. He has designed lighting and scenery for touring and commercial productions around the world, in cities such as Istanbul, Hong Kong, Cannes, Taipei and New York. He holds a B.A. in InterArts and Technology from the University of Wisconsin.
Joe Williams, native of Illinois. He has been a lighting designer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1986, he has designed for Dance Brigade, June Watanabe in Company, Sui-Li Jue, Facing East, The San Francisco Butoh Festival and The Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival. His work on "Sky Dancers: Women Who Fly Through the Air" was honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in lighting. He was also awarded the Black Box Award and a second Isadora Duncan Award. He has designed for MFDP since 1996.
Costume Designers
Susanna Douthit has worked as a costume designer for 25 years. Her work has been seen on the National Theater of the Deaf, The Ivoryton Players, Smuin Ballet and Brian Boitano to name a few. Locally she has designed for Chanticleer, Access Theater, Word for Word, Traveling Jewish Theater, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Robert Moses Kin, and Chaddick Company. She has also created giant puppets for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade, the International Soccer League and the New York Centennial Celebration. She has a degree in Technical Theater from University of Connecticut and attended the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Susanna has taught Costuming for Theater, Theater Make up and Mask Making for Creative Arts in Education in Waterford, CT and the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT. Susanna is excited to be lending her talents to the Mark Foehringer Dance Project/San Francisco.

Ruth Miller (mask design and creation) studied fine arts and anthropology at California State University, Fullerton where she received her degree in Fine Arts focusing on casting and figurative sculpture.  Ruth has spent most of her professional life working as an archaeologist where she used her art training rendering and casting replicas of artifacts.  For the last three years, she has worked as a prop designer for theatres in Southern California and the Bay Area.

Kathy Koon began her career in costumes by fashioning costumes for her daughter's dance recitals. When her daughter joined San Jose Dance Theater, Ms. Koon continued her volunteer work in costumes and design. Her expertise resulted in her appointment as Assistant Wardrobe Mistress for SJDT in 1984. In 1985 she was promoted to Wardrobe Mistress, where she remained until her retirement in 1996. Ms. Koon came out of retirement for Mountain View Ballet and School's 2000 season, designing and constructing costumes for their production of Romero and Juliet and MFDP's Rhapsodia.
Courtney Tan has been sewing for many years with a keen interest in design and embellishment. She concentrated particularly on evening and formal wear until the advent of her children, who continue to provide her with endless opportunities for creative costuming. Her first full stage project was the design and construction of costumes for Mark Foehringer's The Four Seasons
Production Manager/Technical Director
Frederic O.Boulay, technical director and production manager, has worked in opera, theater, musical theater, dance and circus as production manager, technical director and rigger in more than one hundred and twenty productions in France and the US. In addition to working with the Mark Foehringer Dance Project/San Francisco as a production manager, he is the director of production for Festival Opera Association in Walnut Creek. Most recently, Boulay has also worked with the World Music Festival, Liss Fain, Flyaway Production in San Francisco, Cirque du Soleil on the US tour of Varekai, Capacitor for a short tour of Within Outer Spaces, Western Ballet in Mountain View, Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito and Diablo Light Opera in Walnut Creek. A native of France, he holds a degree in business from the Université du Maine and a MA in technical theater from Western Washington University.