SB Dance’s mission is to engage the community with original work that combines movement, drama, and object. We aim to encourage people to think for themselves and to provoke curiosity about art and the artistic process. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in 1998, the company is in residence at Salt Lake County’s Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts. It is overseen and guided by an energetic Board of Directors. The SB Dance umbrella includes original creations by Sweet Beast Dance Circus, gastro-centric events with theatrical flair, and the Stage Ratz arts learning program for kids.
Stephen Brown (Artistic and Executive Director)
Stephen is a theater artist who, like other artists, has survived by developing offstage competence in operations and management, production, and education. He likes poking around new territory without a map and that inclination explains both success and flop.
After dropping out of college to become an artist, Stephen performed with panorama of modern companies, first in his home state of Utah, then in the mecca of NYC. He landed a dream job with a rising star and kinda hated it. So he returned to college and took a BS at Columbia University. After playing God with fruit flies for a few years, he was ready for the art world again and began to wander the US performing for different companies, choreographing wherever you he could, and living out of a duffel bag. In 1996, Stephen returned to Utah to try his hand at self-employment.
20 years later, the stint at being his own boss festered into a nonprofit organization called SB Dance. He and his friends create work known for an off-beat and earthy sense of humor, athletic physicality, and an affection for taboo. Stephen serves on the Board of the Performing Arts Coalition, where he has been President since 2007, and the Board of the Utah Arts and Cultural Coalition. Most recently, he has taught at the University of Utah’s Honor College. Stephen hits the trails by tread and board as often as he can. He is married to a beautiful and hugely tolerant wife and has two young daughters nicknamed Evil and Beast.
Carolyn “Winnie” Wood (Associate Director)
Winnie has had a long and complicated career in the performing arts which included a long association with the Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City and founding Dance Theatre Coalition. Winnie wrote and performed radio comedy for DesertAire, heard on KRCL once a month for ten years. She has acted and danced in, directed, choreographed and produced theatrical producions in the Salt Lake area for almost 30 years. She has received one of the Mayor’s Artist of the Year Awards and, as President of the Performing Arts Coalition, was instrumental in the completion of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Currently on the faculty of the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. After being an unofficial mentor of Sweet Beast for several years, Winnie officially began working with Sweet Beast in 2010 and has been Associate Director since 2012.
Nathan Shaw: dancer, singer; baring it for SBD since 2006; RDT vet; teacher o’ year at Judge High; leather-luvin’ weight-pumpin’ bear boy.
Christine Hasegawa: dancer, powder princess; sorceress with SBD since 2000; RWDC soldier before that; goal is to retire or be Norwegian citizen.
Juan Carlos Claudio: dancer, cheerleader, clown; with SBD since 1999; RWDC vet; asst prof/lecturer at U of U Mod Dance; from PR but his ass is owned by Utah.
Annie Kent: dancer, actor, yogini-ella; owner of Parlour yoga and movement studio in downtown SLC; teacher of twists and turns; done with horses but not crops.
John Allen: dancer, choreo, psychic traveller; RWDC alum, former Tulane faculty and resident of NO, lover of termites and second lines.
Rick Santizo: dancer, gymnastics coach, and hottie acrobat; sassy when provoked especially by stage moms; spunky spinner of many things.
Payden “Pay Pay” Adams: actor, chanteuse, danseuse, and lamb chop; owner of Metropolis Film; Disney defector and defective; taller than his car is long and more persuasive than a silver bullet.
Kimberly Campa: ballroom, leaper before looker in the best of ways; UVU grad, now instructor and competitor in ballroom.
Natosha Washington: dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director of Penguin Lady Collective; fireball combo of strength, smarts, and love.
Jess Greenberg: lighting design; Theater and Design faculty at Weber State; warrior instincts with painter’s eye.
Liz Ferguson: production manager, videomaker; tamer of raw chaos, rogue poet, proud owner of FrankenFinger.
John Brandon: photographer, patron saint, alien confessor; captures what’s there and what’s not; never ask him what he’s wearing.