artists

The following artists appeared during the 2019 spring season of Tom Gold Dance, April 3 and 4 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Details about the artists of the Thursday, July 11 Tom Gold Dance performance at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to be announced soon! 

Michael Sean Breeden
Making his debut with Tom Gold Dance, Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He began his training at age seven at the Lexington Ballet, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrkov’s Academy of Dance. In 2002, he received a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet. An 11-year member of Miami City Ballet between 2006 and 2017, Michael has also appeared with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. In June 2016, he launched the podcast “Conversations on Dance” with fellow Miami City Ballet member Rebecca King. In addition to performing and teaching in the New York area, Michael currently serves as a repetiteur for Justin Peck, and as a Ballet Master for Troy Schumacher’s Ballet Collective.
Breanne Coughlin
Alexandria, Virginia native Breanne Couglin trained with Alexandria Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet, where was awarded both the Mary Day Scholarship and the Rebecca Wright Scholarship. In 2012, she placed third as a classical soloist at the Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals, and was a member of the first place ensemble piece at the 2011 Youth American Grand Prix finals. Breanne joined Ballet Arizona in 2012 as an apprentice and later became a corps de ballet member. Since 2017, she has been a member of Gin Dance Company. With these performances, Breanne makes her debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Barton Cowperthwaite
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Barton Cowperthwaite attended the Denver School of the Arts, The Academy of Colorado Ballet, and The University of Arizona, graduating a year early, cum laude, with a BFA in Dance. He then joined the Bad Boys of Ballet to tour Europe as Romeo in their new contemporary dance production of “Romeo and Juliet”. Currently residing in New York City as a freelance dancer, actor, and model, Barton has worked with Lar Lubovitch, Pontus Lidberg, Lindsay Nelko, Emily Schoen, The Muses of Motion and many others. He toured Europe as Romeo in a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet with the Bad Boys of Ballet, and, most recently, starred Center Stage: Dance Camp, the third installment of the Center Stage movie series. This is Barton’s debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Kaila Feldpausch
Kaila Feldpausch was born in Dewitt, Michigan, and trained at Miami City Ballet and Indiana University. A former member of St. Louis Ballet, she has also appeared in performances of The Nutcracker with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. With these performances, Kaila makes her debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Michael Holden
Born in Portland, Maine, Michael Holden trained at the Maine Street Ballet and the Miami City Ballet school before joining the Miami City Ballet school as an apprentice in 2014. He has also appeared with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Mordance, Verzola Ballet, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. With these performances, Michael makes his debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Amy Holihan
A former member of Gem City Ballet of Ohio and Pennsylvania Ballet, Amy Holihan is a 2008 graduate of the Professional Children’s School in New York City. She also studied at the School of American Ballet and Fordham University, and holds a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. This is Amy’s debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Evelyn Kocak
Born in Syracuse, Evelyn Kocak trained at the Deborah Boughton Center of Ballet and Dance and Arts. She has been a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Berlin Staatsballett under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov, and, from 2010 to 2016, the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose to the rank of soloist. Evelyn first appeared with Tom Gold Dance in 2016. Besides additional programs both in New York City and the Berkshires, Evelyn joined the Company on its fall 2016 tour of Tom Gold’s November Steps to Italy and Spain.
Joseph Liccardo
Pianist Joseph Liccardo studied with Donald Pirone at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College, and with Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music where he holds a B.M. in Performance. At Eastman, Joseph distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician, receiving the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music as well as a top prize for piano accompanying in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. In March 2006, he won first prize in the young artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Piano competition. Besides being an active performer, Joseph teaches privately at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music. He frequently tours China and Japan. This is Joseph’s third program with Tom Gold Dance, having appeared with the Company during its 2018 spring season and during its inaugural fall season last November.
Adam Marks
New York-based pianist, collaborator, curator and educator Adam Marks has performed at Salle Corto, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Logan Center for the Arts, Millennium Park, Ravinia, and Davies Symphony Hall, and many other venues. A 2008 laureate of the Orleans Competition (2008), he has appeared the Mission Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and Eighth Blackbird, among others. Adams is a co-director and co-founder of Artists at Albatross Reach, an arts residency/incubator in Gualala, California. He is also the first non-local curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music, where he presents innovative soloists and ensembles from across the country. Since 2006, he has been an Artist-In-Residence with the Yale College Department of Music Composers’ Seminar, and has given lectures and masterclasses at Yale, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern, Mannes, SMU, CU Boulder, The Colburn School, the LaSalle School for the Arts in Singapore, and the Zagreb Conservatory. Adam holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, a Masters in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University. His teachers include Sara Davis Buechner, Anthony de Mare, Donn-Alexandre Feder, Evan Hirsch, and Lois Banke. Adam proudly plays Yamaha pianos and Schoenhut toy pianos. This is Adam’s first program with Tom Gold Dance, however he performed on the World Premiere of Tom Gold’s Blind Revelry in May 2018 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Abigail Mentzer Born in Lorsham, Pennsylvania, Abigail Mentzer began dancing at age three and trained at the American School of Ballet. A former soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, she was a member of the Phantom of the Opera national tour, and has also appeared with New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Madison Ballet. Abigail is the founder of Abigail Mentzer Designs, an athletic dancewear company, and has previously designed costumes for Tom Gold Dance. These are Abigail’s first performances with Tom Gold Dance since she appeared with the Company as part of a Dancers Responding to AIDS event in 2013.
Carl Sprague
In thirty years designing feature films, Carl has worked with directors Wes Anderson, Bruce Beresford, Woody Allen, Maggie Greenwald, Campbell Scott, David Mamet, and others. After film and theatre studies at Harvard and graduate work at NYU, Carl worked for special effects wizard Doug Trumbull – art directing the Back to the Future ride for Universal Studios and other projects. His first feature design job was assistant art director for Martin Scorsese’s, The Age of Innocence. Carl went on to work on The Paper, State & Main, Spartan, In Dreams, Before & After, Mona Lisa Smile, The Love Letter, The Buccaneers and Amistad. He received a Guild nomination as art director for The Royal Tenenbaums. Carl’s production design credits include Woody Allen’sCrisis in Six Acts, Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear and The Polka King, Bruce Beresford’s Peace Love & Misunderstanding, Maggie Greenwald’s Last Keepers, and Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Recently, Carl has done concept illustration work for Moonrise Kingdom, Twelve Years a Slave, Grand Budapest Hotel, Joy, Passengers and LaLaLand.  Carl designed many of the sets for Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs Carl’s sets for the photographer Gregory Crewdson were featured in Aperture  and The New York Times. More work can be seen at www.carlsprague.com.