Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux
Sarah Bush – Artistic Director and Choreographer
Sarah Bush creates her inimitable style of movement combining years of training in modern, hip hop, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, contact improv and more. Sarah studied in the Modern Dance Program at the University of Utah, receiving her BA in Dance from San Francisco State University. She has performed in the Bay Area for more than 16 years, selling out residency performances at Shotwell Studio with her innovative “In the Wake of: HOME” and three nights of “L1FE: Mine. Yours. Ours.” at Dance Mission Theater. Sarah was featured in the 2007 Women on the Way Dance Festival and received national recognition for her dancing and choreography from Curve Magazine. She is a member of the groundbreaking dance company, Dance Brigade, and has worked with AXIS Dance Company and the Destiny Arts Center, and has been a guest performer with Bill T. Jones. She serves as an artist in residence in schools and offers private lessons and group classes in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Becca Wolff – Director/ Playwright
Becca Wolff is a writer and director focused on new works, new forms and attracting new audiences to the theater. She is co-founder of Tilted Field Productions: a geographically diversified collective of artists with members in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. She has directed a host of works at regional and international venues including Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), Perishable Theatre (Providence), Odyssey Theatre (LA) and The Edinburgh Fringe. Recent World and West Coast Premieres: Hookman (Z Space/Encore), Book Club Play (Center Rep) Lamentations of the Pelvis (Son of Semele Ensemble, LA), The Last Days of Mary Stuart, an electro-opera (Tilted Field, LA), and No Static at All (Tilted Field, LA). Awards include “Best Solo Performance” (2014) at the NYC Fringe for No Static At All, “Best of NYC Fringe” 2008 for Usher, “Best Avant-Garde Rock Musical Theater Company” (2013) with Tilted Field. Becca is a graduate of The New School, NYC, and holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is on the faculty at Berkeley City College, The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and Pixar U.
“It’s been a great season for music in dance on the Left Coast…..Nothing, however, rivals the towering score designed by Julie Wolf for Sarah Bush Dance Project’s Rocked By Women, which exploded this past weekend at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco.”
— Review of Rocked By Women, Carla Escoda, Huffington Post
Julie Wolf – Composer / Sound Designer
Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Ray, and Wayne Horvitz among many others. Some recent personal highlights include recording a duet with Carly Simon for the release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan – Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International and producing Bruce Cockburn in early 2015. She has music directed with Berkeley Repertory Theatre (including consulting on Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), California Shakespeare Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and in Summer 2015 will be in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre music directing Girlfriend, a musical written by Todd Almond and directed by Les Waters, featuring music by Matthew Sweet. Her original music for the 2009 documentary Sweet Crude was nominated for Best Original Score at the Maverick Movie Awards and received special mention in Variety.
Julie lives in Oakland and is a part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers, healers and activists. She runs Julie Wolf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design, and music editing. Julie Wolf Music is located in the Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, CA. Also housed there is the legendary Fantasy Studios where Julie is an in-house music producer. Recent producing credits include Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Marca Cassity’s Songs From The Well, Rachel Friedman’s My Marching Band, The Lost American JazzBook and Bekah Barnett’s Rise. Upcoming projects include producing recordings with multiple artists in 2015 and continued work on a commissioned original score and sound design for Sarah Bush Dance Project’s Rocked By Women. Julie also teaches music clinics, workshops and private students.
Aarin Burch – Video Designer
Aarin Burch has worked as an independent film and video producer for 20 years. Her early films including SPIN CYCLE and Dreams of Passion have shown at festivals throughout the world. Michigan Fever, about the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, and Reflections Unseen, a documentary on eight HIV+ African American women, have both received critical recognition. My People Are, a film about youth pride in being of mixed heritage played through out the country. Currently Aarin is working on a full-length documentary on the life and art of renowned artist Laurel Burch. Aarin received her B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990 and served on the Frameline Board of Directors from 1995-1999. She is currently president and CEO of Laurel Burch Studios and is a member of Bay Area Video Coalition, Bay Area Women in Film and Television and the Film Arts Foundation.
Karen “KC” Cohen – Lighting Designer
Karen Cohen works in the Bay Area. She is the lighting designer at The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival and has designed lights for various other Women’s Music Festivals around the country, as well as for Olivia Travel and the Montclair Women’s Club. She is honored to be working with SBDP and to collaborate with all the other amazing artists working on this production of Rocked By Women.