Through a community-led selection process, Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse was selected to lead this year-long project. Read the team’s bios below:
Pittsfield Moves! Artistic Team
Angela’s Pulse Director
Paloma McGregor, originally from St. Croix, is an award-winning artist and organizer living in Harlem. McGregor’s work centers Black voices through collaborative, process-based art making and organizing. A lover of intersections and alchemy, McGregor develops projects in which communities of geography, practice, and values come together to laugh, make magic, and transform.
Angela's Pulse Lead Artist
MK Abadoo is a choreographer, educator, and cultural organizer. Guided by the wisdom of Black women, Abadoo collaborates to compose dances that disrupt unjust systems of power and invite radical vulnerability. Considered a "breakout star" by Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and one of “20 Change-Making US Artists You Should Track During 2018” by the Clyde Fitch report, Abadoo’s work has been commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as a Fulbright Scholar with the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana.
Angela's Pulse Core Artist & Project Manager
Matthew Dicken is a non-binary trans femme storyteller, curator, facilitator, and teaching artist. Their perspective as a cultural worker has been deeply informed by the values of Artists Co-Creating Real Equity (ACRE), a multi-racial group of artists and arts workers committed to organizing for racial justice and unified by the principles of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, as well as her role as a solidarity fundraiser with the anti-incarceration work of queer and trans people of color-led grassroots network F2L and non-profit Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete
Angela's Pulse Core Artist
Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete is a freelance Actor, Writer, and Filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Navarrete is originally from Perú; her immigrant experience nourishes a creative spirit and encourages a practice for community engagement in the arts.
Lizzy Cooper Davis
Pittsfield Moves! Core Collaborator and Documenter
Lizzy Cooper Davis, PhD, is an artist and scholar interested in how the arts can facilitate community conversation, resistance, and change. She has performed nationally as an actor; conducted research in Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans; has worked with The Urban Bush Women and Anna Deavere Smith; was a facilitator for the community initiative of Claudia Rankine’s play The White Card; and teaches at Emerson College.
About Pittsfield Moves!
Conceived by Jacob’s Pillow in collaboration with The Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative, Pittsfield Moves! will support local stakeholders within educational, social, and economic justice organizations in developing a practice of storytelling and relationship building through movement.