The Creative Team

 

Gregory Glade Hancock, Author, Composer and Artistic Director

Gregory Glade Hancock is the founder, Artistic Director and principal choreographer for Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Prior to this, Mr. Hancock was the Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Dance Company. He has created over 120 dance works for the company’s expansive repertoire including such critically acclaimed pieces as: The River’s Edge, Stigmata, Carmina Burana, Busqueda, The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Devdas, 1968, The Trojan Women, The Seven Deadly Sins, Joan of Arc, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus, ALICE and her bizarre adventures in Wonderland, The Scarlet Letter, Under the Big Top, Romeo and Juliet at the Disco and many, many more. Along with his success in the dance community, Mr. Hancock’s work is highly admired and respected in both the local and international Indian communities.

He has created numerous works set to music and themes of India and has choreographed to songs in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi languages. His company has performed at numerous Indian events including the National Convention for the American Telugu Association in Newark, New Jersey for a crowd of over 14,000.

Mr. Hancock has created choreography for companies in the USA and Eastern Europe. He has had the honor of the National Dance Ensemble of Latvia presenting an entire program of his works, which toured throughout Eastern Europe. In addition to his work on the concert dance stage, he has also created choreography for musical theatre, opera, Olympic level figure skaters, television commercials, and film.

Mr. Hancock is an accomplished musician, visual artist and costume designer. He designs and constructs all the costumes for GHDT and spent six years as the costume designer for Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and several other orchestras throughout the United States. He has been honored for his works as a choreographer and dancer through numerous awards including Master Artist Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, fellowships from ArtsLink and the Citizen Exchange Council in NYC, an original Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment and recently received his second fellowship from the same institutions. He was named Outstanding Choreographer at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition in New York City.

His company represented the USA at the 11th annual International Baltic Ballet Festival, where GHDT was also the primary touring company. Mr. Hancock is now the owner and director for the new Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Mr. Hancock continues to travel to India to teach dance and create choreography for various dance schools and companies. He has also had the honor of traveling to Indianapolis’ Sister City, Hyderabad, India, as part of the India 2013 Delegation with Mayor Gregory A. Ballard.

Mr. Hancock has established the Florence Marie Hancock Memorial Scholarship to assist young aspiring dancers and to further the love and legacy of his remarkable mother. Mr. Hancock wishes to dedicate all his creative work and inspiration to the memory of his mother, Florence Marie Hancock.

Kate Ayers, Lyricist

Ms. Ayers, an accomplished director and performer, has toured extensively through the Midwest performing in Schools, Museums, Hospitals, and other gatherings, and was the Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Theatre, Inc. from 1990 to 1997. She now finds herself settled in the Pacific Northwest where she runs the Daytime Programming at Olympia Family Theater, teaches Sociology at South Puget Sound, and is Director of Music at First Christian Church.

She has written curriculum/shows/plays and developed programming for Theaters, Museums,
Schools, Hospitals, and other community venues. Her writings encompass the gamut from Fairy Tales to History, Science to Fantasy and Literature to Imaginary. Kate counts LA CASA AZUL as one of the most rewarding endeavors. Kate has studied at the Goodman Theatre School, and graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Screenwriting. She is also a graduate of the Playback School at Vassar, the TAT Lab (Teaching Artist Training) from Seattle Children’s Theatre, and has her Masters in Applied Sociology from the University of Indianapolis.

Nicholas Cline, Orchestrator

Nicholas Cline writes acoustic and electroacoustic music. Nicholas’ music has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble and by the Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble. His music has been also featured at numerous festivals in the US and in Europe. Nicholas was featured on the 2012 SEAMUS electroacoustic miniatures recording series: Re-Caged. He holds degrees from both Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University and is currently studying and teaching at Northwestern University.

Terry Woods, Vocal Director

Terry Woods has been the musical director for several shows at Indiana Repertory Theatre including, Gift Of The Magi, He Held Me Grand, and I Do! I Do!, as well as Les Miserables, Hairspray, Chicago, Hello Dolly and many other shows at Beef & Boards Dinner Theater in Indianapolis IN. He has worked with Actors Theatre of Indiana on Forever Plaid, My Way, and A Year With Frog And Toad.

Terry has performed nationally at Walt Disney World as a musician and puppeteer and also at the Sheraton New Orleans in the French Quarter Follies. In addition to being a member of the Creative Team for La Casa Azul, he has traveled in the
United States with several tours including One Mo’ Time and throughout Europe with the musical West Side Story. He has appeared on stage in 1776 at Indianapolis Civic Theater and in Evita and Sugar Babies at Gateway Playhouse in Long Island New York.

Ryan Koharchik, Lighting Designer

Ryan has been Resident Lighting Designer for GHDT since 1996. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1998, and Wade in the Water are a few of Ryan’s most memorable collaborations with the company. Ryan was the resident lighting designer for the Indianapolis Civic Theatre from 1995 to 2001, and designed over 45 productions for the company. Ryan rejoined ICT staff in 2005 as resident lighting designer.

In addition to being part of the creative team for La Casa Azul, Ryan’s past Civic credits include Oklahoma, The Will Rogers Follies, The Wizard of Oz, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ryan was on the faculty of Purdue
University (2001-2005). Ryan designed the lighting for the World Swimming Championship in 2004 at Conseco Fieldhouse: Cyrano, Julius Ceasar, The Turn of the Screw for Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Taste of Sunrise and The Last Night in Ballyhoo for Contemporary American Theatre Company: Angels in America Parts 1&2 for the Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis: A Midsummer Nights Dream for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: and Welcome to the Monkey House and Gorey Stories for the Shadowape Theatre Company of which Ryan is a founding member. Ryan holds a B.S. in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University. He joined GHDT as the lighting designer on tour in Latvia in 2007.