Since 1979 Joanna has been creating work that uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her stages have included grain terminals, a clock tower, the pope’s palace, military forts, and a mile of urban neighborhood streets in the South Bronx. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d'Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal/Alpert Award in Dance, the US Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Most recently, Haigood was a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Joanna has had the privilege to mentor many extraordinary young artists internationally at the National École des Arts du Cirque in France, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in England, Spelman College, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, the San Francisco Circus Center and at Zaccho Studio.
Ann Berman received her BA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She was the Artistic Director of Bibliodance, a modern dance company that investigated the relationship between dance and books. Ann has worked as the Events Manager of the Hampton Recital Foundation and as the Chief Operations Officer of Tekton Development Company. She currently works as an independent business consultant for artists and arts organizations and has worked with Zaccho since 2000 .
Charline Formenty practically grew up on stage. Originally from Paris, France, she caught the theater bug very early in life: she began performing at the age of 3 and has not stopped since. Charline’s stories are cut-and-paste montages assembled from art history and literature, observations of daily life and politics, and the vivid imagery and mythos of her dreams. Drawing on her lifetime of experience, she founded her first company, Les Petites Portes, in 2000. She was the artistic director, writer and producer of the company, created 10 shows and a short movie over a period of 8 years. After graduating from university Paris III and IESA Paris (2008) with a double degree in Art History and Production Management, she worked for DCA - Philippe Decouflé and Le Cirque du Soleil. In 2009 she moved to San Francisco, started freelancing as a designer/photographer for companies like Theatre of Yugen, Cirque Noir, etc., founded her company Carte Blanche and created Ophelia at Fort Mason Center, le Garage and NOHspace (2013) and Femme Fatale at NOHspace, Ashby Stage and San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015. She currently works for SFJAZZ as a house manager, teaches dance-theater at the Lycée Français de San Francisco and is the Marketing Coordinator for Zaccho Dance Theatre.
Youth Performing Arts Program Manager & ZYC Production Manager
For more than 35 years Lizzy Spicuzza has been involved in the arts in San Francisco. First as a performer and them as a production manager, stage manager, lighting designer, producer, teacher and technical consultant. For the past 25 years Lizzy has worked with Zaccho Dance Theatre in many different capacities. Lizzy is also a long time member of Project Artaud and served on the Board of Directors for Theater Artaud Inc. for 18 years.
Marie Walburg Plouviez
CDAA Program Manager
Marie is an actress, dancer, performer and yoga teacher who loves to mix styles and techniques but stays grounded in the art and movement of the body. As an actress, she graduated from Nice University with a Masters in Performing Arts and completed a 3 year intensive program with a French National Conservatory.
In France she was the founder and an administrator of the theater company Les Excitants. Upon moving to San Francisco she co-founded Company Carte Blanche where she is the principal performer and co-manager. She has created and delivered dance theater programs for the Lycée Francais, the Preparatory College in Oakland, and Zaccho Dance Theater. She also has her yoga certification from Yoga Tree and teaches aerial yoga at Zaccho. She loves working with children and showing them the joy of creation and body movement and discovery. She has been managing the Center for Dance and Arial Arts (CDAA) since 2015. She enjoys creating fun and challenging programs, workshops, and classes for youth and adults. When Marie is not at zaccho, she is passionate about healthy living, traveling, and spending time in nature with her husband and daughter.
As the former Program Coordinator at Presidio Graduate School and holding internship positions at various student resource centers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jose comes to Zaccho with over 5 years of administrative experience in higher education and 3 years of event coordination.
While studying at UCSC, Jose developed a love for EcoUrbanism, Architecture, Social Justice, Youth Advocacy, and Dance - All themes that directly inform their work as an administrator and artist.
Jose aims to uplift and shape new narratives for Queer, Trans, and communities of color through whatever means necessary. Whether that means providing administrative support for arts organizations, creating performance pieces that reflect their lived experience, or simply lending an ear to those who need to be heard, Jose is here to help.
Jose joined the Zaccho team in August 2015 and is excited to continue to support an organization dedicated to serving the Bay View/Hunter's Point neighborhood and integrating art into the lives of all who choose to step into our doors.
Sonya Smith is the first to complete the Aerial Track of the MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder. A scientific artist, Smith has accumulated somatic information from Alexander Technique, Kinesiology, and athletic training as well as a certificate in Pilates and a Gyrokinesis Apprenticeship. Smith’s curiosity about the body and effective training methods for aerial and ground-based dancing is insatiable. Performing in San Francisco and producing work in multiple cities, she combines a passion for highly physical dancing and a quirky theatricality both on the ground and in the air, weaving together Contact Improvisation, bungee and harnesses, lyra, and a variety of invented aerial apparatus. Smith spent a decade studying and dancing in with Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance Theatre, Project Bandaloop, Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions, Sara Shelton Mann, Eat Cake Productions, and Terry Sendgraff before returning to academia where she has continued to earn residencies and produce work around the country.