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  • LACDC | Kate Hutter

    Kate Hutter

    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.


  • Michelle Jolly

    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

  • 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.

  • Marlo Baird

    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.


  • Eva Angeloff

    Company Manager

    Eva Angeloff is an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart who has been dancing everywhere in between for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University, spent four years as a principal dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company, and received a Masters of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from NYU in 2006. Her passion is movement, and she has taught Modern Dance and Dance History as an Adjunct Professor at Long Beach City College and has performed at a numerous venues around Los Angeles and the country with Ptero Dance Theatre. In 2009 she became a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga in studios, community centers, at festivals, and high in the Himalayas ever since. She currently teaches therapeutic dance and movement to cancer patients and survivors in partnership with Elizabeth's Canvas in Santa Monica. Eva remains dedicated to honoring the community, craft, and the art of dance. She is thrilled, thrilled and honored, to be part of LACDC and is truly inspired by the mission of this company and the members and supporters who believe in the power of movement and community.

  • Jamila Glass

    Social Media Coordinator

    Jamila Glass is a founding company member of LACDC and a graduate from the University of Southern California's prestigious film school with a minor in Advertising. She is the owner of The Cutting Room where she produces and directs films and does freelance film and video editing. Glass has worked with clients worldwide for national radio spots, short films, television pilots, and more. She is currently the lead editor for the popular and award-winning Black and Sexy TV, an online television network with over 100,000 subscribers and recently directed a pilot for a new show called School of Pop Dance.  She attributes her keen eye, creative streak, and rhythmic sensibilities to her immersion in the performing and visual arts from a very young age and her secondary career as a professional dancer. As Social Media Coordinator for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, Jamila created a successful Facebook campaign that resulted in a fan increase of over 150%, produced a series of behind-the-scenes videos that received thousands of views and several YouTube honors, and currently generates daily content that keeps their supporters excited, informed, and actively involved in the community. Additionally, her work with LACDC garnered requests to lead multiple Social Media Panels for the LA County Arts Commission. Committed to always giving her clients more than they envisioned, she is intent on discovering new ways to innovatively engage the LACDC audience and to expand their reach around the world. (


  • LACDC | Christopher Malcolm

    Christopher Malcolm

    Photographer for "Live Your Love" project

    Christopher Malcolm is a talented commercial and fine art photographer who contacted LACDC Artistic Director, Kate Hutter, last spring to work on a project titled "Live Your Love".  What began as a conversation in a coffee shop resulted in an extraordinary series of photoshoots with the LACDC dancers both in the studio as well as out and about in unique locations throughout Los Angeles.  See his amazing work and learn more about the project at