Artistic Director | Co-Founder | Chairman of the Board
Kate Hutter is co-founder and Artistic Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC). Kate is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatrical Design. Kate also holds an MFA in Dance / Choreography from Purchase College, SUNY. Kate has presented her choreography at prestigious venues throughout L.A. including the Broad Stage, Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theater, Ford Amphitheatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Theatre Center, Diavolo Dance Space and Highways Performance Space. Kate was also the movement director for the band Foster The People on their 2013 Summer Tour and part of the Move campaign by indie clothing retailer Alternative Apparel. Kate has been a visiting artist at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Ohio State University and Wayne State University where she has taught and/or set new work. Kate continues to create dance experiences for LACDC, choreograph for theater and commercial productions, and teach at the Brockus Project Space in downtown L.A.
Co-Founder | Secretary | Board Member since 2005
Michelle Michelle Mierz is co-founder and previous Executive Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. She trained as a dancer herself since the age of four through college. Michelle combined her passion for dance and her business background to create LACDC. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business Honors Program/ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with a BS. Her professional credits outside of LACDC include work with the consulting firm, CounterIntuity, as a Project Manager, interim operations manager for the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Associate Producer with LA Stage Alliance for the 2004 Ovation Awards, and Associate Producer for the Choreography Media Honors 2008-2009. In 2011, Michelle graduated from Yale University's School of Management with her MBA. She now resides in her hometown of West Seattle, WA and is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon.com.
Casey Cowan Gale
Treasurer | Board Member since 2006
Casey Cowan Gale's extensive experience ranges from co-designing the lighting for the world premiere of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches to designing the architectural lighting for ABC's Nightline offices in Washington D.C. Her most recent work includes the lighting designs for The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Mame, Camelot and The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, all directed by Gordon Hunt. For her work she has received a Dramalogue Award, the L.A. Weekly Award, and awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. She served for 6 years as a lighting designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed the lighting for various attractions at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. She spent an additional 5 years at Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development researching and evaluating lighting technology for any and all branches of the Walt Disney Company. Casey was the Director of Lighting Design for the University of Southern California School of Theatre for 8 years, and is currently a free lance Lighting Designer.
Jennifer Aleman Hutter
Board Member since 2011
Jen joined the board of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company in 2009. She is one of LACDC's biggest fans, and has yet to leave a performance without feeling inspired by the energy and passion that the artists bring to LACDC. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BBA, where she also spent a semester at the Universidad Jose Ortega y Gassett in Madrid, Spain, studying Spanish language, history and art. She began her career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette ("DLJ") in New York in the real estate finance division, and later became a founding member of DLJ Strategic Partners, L.P., a private equity fund created to purchase interests in leveraged buyout, mezzanine, venture capital and real estate funds in the secondary market. After three years at DLJ, Jen earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she continues to be involved in alumni fundraising initiatives. In 2004, she joined General Electric for a year long stint in a sales and marketing leadership program where she was instrumental in strategizing on new business opportunities to achieve revenue growth for two business units. In 2005, Jen joined Credit Suisse where she was most recently a Vice President in the Alternative Investments division, responsible for raising capital from endowments, foundations and pension plans for private real estate managers globally. In 2009, Jen co-founded the KAP Group, a strategic marketing firm that advises real estate private equity managers seeking institutional capital. She enjoys travel, yoga, adventure, and flying, and is an active member of the Bay Cities 99s and Women in Aviation International. Jen hopes to bring her fundraising experience and business acumen to LACDC as the company continues to flourish.
Board Member since 2009
Upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Critical Studies of Film minor, Marlo Baird began her career in post production working as a producer for a boutique editorial company, Spot Welders, in Venice Beach. Since, she has collaborated with award winning directors, including Mike Mills and Craig Gillespie, on national campaigns such as VW, Nike and Milk. She continues to produce commercials, music videos and documentaries, one of which premiered at South By Southwest. Marlo also works periodically as voice over talent, most notably as the voice for AT&T during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Most recently, she spent the fall of 2008 working full time as a community organizer for the Barack Obama Campaign For Change in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an avid supporter of the arts in Los Angeles and is excited to bring the momentum of the grassroots movement to LACDC.