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Rebecca Groves (2001-02)
Rebecca has recently returned to Stanford University to complete her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies. From 2004-2007 she was Executive Director of The Forsythe Foundation where she developed and produced multimedia educational projects related to the choreographic work of William Forsythe with Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company. Rebecca began working at the Ballett Frankfurt as a German Chancellor Fellow in 2001 researching Forsythe’s choreographic methodologies and rehearsal practices for her doctoral dissertation. In 2002 she was hired as Head Dramaturg of the Ballett Frankfurt where she worked until the closure of the company in 2004. During the company’s last three seasons, Rebecca dramaturged the world premieres of Forsythe’sThe Room as it Was (2002), 33/3 (2002), Decreation (2003), Wear (2004), and We Live Here (2004). She continued her dramaturgical work with Forsythe as Guest Dramaturg of The Forsythe Company. In Germany she also dramaturged productions for Allison Brown at Pretty Ugly Dance Company, Freiburg and Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Prue Lang at TAT, Frankfurt; and Plan b at Podewil, Berlin. She has published in Modern Drama,New England Theatre Journal and Knowledge in Motion: Perspectives of Artistic and Scientific Research in Dance (Transcript Verlag, 2007). In 2008 she taught a course at Stanford on Contemporary European Performance. (1/21/09)

Karen Mozingo (1999-2000)
Karen lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University. Her dissertation is titled Crossing the Borders of German and American Modernism: Exile and Transnationalism in the Dance Works of Valeska Gert, Lotte Goslar, and Pola Nirenska. Karen was awarded a renewal of the German Chancellor Fellowship for dissertation research in Germany during July and August 2006. She has received a German Historical Institute Dissertation Fellowship for archival research in Summer 2007 and a Presidential Fellowship from The Ohio State University to complete the writing of her dissertation during academic year 2007-2008. As a German Chancellor Fellow in Cologne during 1999-2000, Karen choreographed and performed a solo concert in Cologne and studied the history of Ausdruckstanz and Tanztheater. Karen received her M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1999), and her M.A. in Theater Arts from Case Western Reserve University (1996). (6/5/2007)

Sommer Ulrickson (1998-99)
In 1995, Sommer received a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and was honored with the university’s Chancellor’s Award and the Dean’s Award for directing and choreography of her own production, “Clippings.” In 1995 she founded the Torque company, and from 1996-98, she was a member and lead choreographer of the Fifth Floor theater company in San Francisco. As a German Chancellor Fellow in 1998-99, she went to Berlin, where she now works as a director and choreographer. She was a co-founder of the “wee dance company” in 1999 and has worked as a guest dancer and assistant for Johann Kresnik and as a movement trainer for Sasha Waltz and Thomas Ostermeier. Since 2004 she has been working as a choreographer for Christoph Biermeier at the open-air theater in Schwäbisch Hall. In 2006 she was a guest docent at the University of California at Santa Cruz and “artist in residence” at Villa Montalvo. Her choreography and theater productions include Writer’s Block on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the book burning; RemainsIch dich auchJerusalem SyndromCreatures of Habbit in the Sophiensælen; Amerikanische Nacht in Magdeburg; and Gute Laune Löffeln at Theater unterm Dach. In 2007 she collaborated with fellow Bundeskanzlerstipendiaten Mark Jackson on a new version of Chekov’s “Three Sisters” entitled Yes Yes to Moscow. Currently she is preparing for a new piece at the Neukoellner Opera in Berlin as well as a second collaboration with Jackson at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. (7/2/09)