1PM-2:30 PM (tours depart every 15 minutes)

last tour departs at 2:30 PM

Come to the Westbeth courtyard entrance at 155 Bank Street, NYC


Artist Bios:

All Over WestFest music director, Dan Barrett, "a brilliant and driven cellist, composer, and conductor" (Huffington Post), is the creator, and Director of the International Street Cannibals, whom the NY Times calls "a brash new-music ensemble".  Dan has played extensively for PBS, particularly as cellist for many of their featured documentaries, such as "The Great Depression," and Ric Burns' "The Way West", "Andy Warhol", and "The History of New York." His compositions have been performed by The Absolute Ensemble, The Absolute Chamber Players, Composer's Concordance, Mountain Stage, the ISC, The West Virginia Symphony, NY Mandolin Orchestra, and the North/South Consonance. He has conducted the New York Bach Ensemble, James Joyce's "The Dead" on Broadway, the ISC Ensemble, the Ethos Ensemble, the Composers Concordance Ensemble, and the Absolute Chamber Players on the Kostabi Series.  His television appearances include features with the rock group Third Eye Blind and appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. He has recorded extensively for Windham-Hill, Shanachie, RCA and Mode record labels.


Composer, Vocalist and Conductor Charles Coleman  is a frequent participant in many new music events in the NYC area.  His own music has been performed by numerous ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Absolute Ensemble and is a frequent performer with Golden Fleece Ltd.  For more info and music, go to

Choeographer, Brendan Drake graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His work has been seen in NYC at Movement Research, City Center Studios, Dance New Amsterdam and at various parks, garages and crosswalks throughout the tri-state area.

C. Eule Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company under the direction of choreographer Caron Eule. Eule’s movement fuses classical modern dance, ballet, gymnastics, and traditional dances from around the globe and she often collaborates with composers and visual artists in unique ways.  They have produced concerts at The Merce Cunningham Studio, Danspace Project, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, and the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance, and they continue to expose the community to free dance performances in New York City and beyond.

​Evan Gallagher, Composer

Shandoah Goldman Artist Statement: My artistic practice is centered around creating site-specific dance as well as works for film and stage. As a member of this present artistic current which mixes a spectrum of disciplines and cross-cultural influences into the work, my creative process includes the elements of movement, costume, sound, light, location, text and video. I am interested in exaggerating our human movement vocabulary with all its layers of poetic content. Eager to invite life's intricacies into my work to be dissected, re-arranged, formalized and questioned, I am inspired by the Post-Modern era, voyages to foreign lands and the somatic experience.

Sally Gross is a choreographer, performer and educator.  Her professional work began in the early 1960s with the Judson Dance Theater.  In many of her works Ms. Gross has collaborated with visual artists, writers, composers and filmmakers.

Originally from Germany, Annette Homann came to New York in 2005 and graduated with a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2006. From 2008-2011 Mrs Homann toured the world with the critically acclaimed violin show Barrage. She currently resides in New York City where she is enjoying a diverse freelance career playing with various classical and jazz/rock/pop ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall or New World Stages. Next to performing Ms. Homann started focusing on composing songs and instrumental music.

​Bassist/Composer Joe Gallant has written scores for theater, dance works, film and tv (where he received an Emmy Award for his sound design work on "Guiding Light"). His 18-piece Illuminati Orchestra has released 7 CDs so far, and it celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Jill Jaffe, Composer


Jessica Lewis, (NYU-Gallatin, January 2012 Interdisciplinary Arts Through a Cinematic Lens) has had choreography, featured in major dance festivals, films, and spaces, throughout New York City. A native New Yorker, Jessica attended LaGuardia Arts, (the “FAME” school), as a vocal major (national honors). Her show, “A Map of the Ocean’s Floor,” débuted December 2-4th  at IRT Theater, and was part of her Gallatin colloquium on the integration of the arts, and being a generative artist. She continues to work as an actress, choreographer, singer, dancer, and filmmaker in New York City now that she has graduated from New York University. Select dance credits include: Anna Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble, Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship (choreography & dance).

Thea Little is a choreographer, performer, musician, and self-taught composer. She received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival in 2011and has enjoyed immensely continuing her professional career in both Dance and Music.  She is currently working on projects with Panoply and MOPDC – Movement of the People Dance Company, and is creating with Niki Singleton and Stephanie Tack, the Indian Mountain International Arts Residency in Lakeveille, CT debuting this Summer and culminating in a collaborative multi-disciplinary site-specific performance in early

Amy Miller’s solo work has been seen at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Spoke the Hub, and Gibney Dance Center. Her ongoing collaboration with Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor/composer Peter Swendsen brought Sift to NYC’s Scandinavia House and premiered Trust the Future as Little as Possible at Spoke the Hub last fall. Miller is a member of Gibney Dance and has appeared with David Parker and The Bang Group, Collective Body Dance Lab and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Mari Meade Montoya has spent time in California, New Orleans, North Carolina and New York. After training at Haller Classic Ballet and NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts) she received her B.F.A from North Carolina School of the Arts.  She started Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC) in 2009 after receiving the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute. Since then MMDC has also performed at  Judson Memorial Church, Dixon Place, Webster Hall, 92nd Street Y, The Tank, Triskelion Arts, Asheville Fringe Festival, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and in FLICfest at Irondale, among others.

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes is a choreographer and dancer, born, raised, and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Skove-Epes' choreographic style is rooted in treating dance as in immersive kinesthetic, visual, and sonic performance form. Her choreography has been presented at the Gibney Dance Center, Gowanus Arts Exchange, HERE Arts Center, The Irondale Center for Theater, Judson Memorial Church, The Paradise Theater, The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, and Triskelion Arts, and has appeared in films by writer-directors Crichton Atkinson, Leonora Colen, Ricki Gluski, and Ian Turner.

Carol Nolte has created over 50 dances for her award-winning company DANCE COLLECTIVE.  She has received choreographic fellowships and awards from the New Jersey State Council on The Arts, The Djerassi Foundation, The Kalani Honua Institute, The Puffin Foundation, The Wurlitzer Foundation, The Yellow Springs Fellowship for the Arts, The Field Independent Artists Challenge Program, and White Oak Plantation.  Recently, her work has been seen at Merce Cunningham Studio, The Kitchen, Joyce SoHo, The 92nd Street Y Fridays at Noon.  She has also co-founded and produced three dance festivals: DanceBLITZ, Taos Dance 2000, and, currently as a Westbeth resident, WestFest.

Daniel Palkowski is a composer, performer, sound designer & new media developer. A specialist in electronic music, he has taught composition, theory, electronic music, & audio technology at Columbia University, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, & the Hoff Barthelson Music School. He has written music for films, orchestras, operas, plays & multimedia works. Commissions include the Westchester Philharmonic, Music from China, the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, CD-ROM's by HarperCollins, MacMillan Digital & the Voyager Company, Disney Online, & Ernst & Young, where he currently holds a full time position as a multimedia producer, webcaster, & engineer. Palkowski's CD of electronic compositions, "Electria", is available through all major digital distributors.

​Reject Dance Theatre (RDT) is a collective founded by Smith College MFA alums Rebecca Hite, Stephanie Simpson and Stephen Ursprung. The mission of RDT is to continuously challenge an audience’s perception of dance; whether it be by exploring the boundaries of one’s physicality, integrating various mediums of visual and dramatic arts, challenging preconceived notions of commercialized dance forms, or delving into the psychology of dance.  RDT has held residencies at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA and has performed at Smith College in Northampton, MA, the American College Dance Festival’s New England Region 2012, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Y Dance Festival, and Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY.