Kathleen Nasti and Jessica Marino celebrate a decade of collaborative work in professional and community-based programs. Shared resources and a collective effort have proven to support a more impactful growth and artistic trajectory that services and invigorates contemporary dance in smaller metro areas. Nasti and Marino combine networks and create synergies to fuel compelling, complete, and provocative dance art. By joining and focusing all practical and artistic resources, they support one another’s professional and artistic trajectory. Related programs include: Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, River City Artists Management, GSS Dance Management Fellowship, and The Dance Entrepreneur’s Funding Think Tank.
Kathleen Nasti holds a BA in Classical Studies and Theatre from Dickinson College, an MBA from Lehigh University, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is currently a 2017-2018 Next Steps Artist, an award from The Boston Foundation and Aliad Fund. Her research has been presented and or published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and The Congress on Research in Dance. She danced extensively with Alyce Finwall Dance Theatre and worked with many independent New York choreographers including: Scott Lyons, Skip Costa, Giada Ferrone, Lars Rosager, Edward Augustyn, and Max Stone among others. She was also a dancer with the American Dance Machine, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway Bares. She performed Aerial Track Harness Dance with Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre and appeared in the film Morphing Gravity. She has been a lecturer in the dance departments of Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, Dean College, Providence College, The University of Scranton, Temple University, Dickinson College, SungKyunKwan University (Seoul, Korea), the American College Dance Festival, and PA Governor’s School for the Arts. She also served as the Director of the Muhlenberg College Community Dance and Pilates Center, Green Street Studios, and Lehigh University – Office of the VP for Research and Graduate Studies. www.katnasti.com
JESSICA ANNE MARINO
Jessica Anne Marino (B.A. Dance, Point Park University) is a Pittsburgh based performing arts administrator, educator, and dancer. From 2011 - 2016, Jessica represented and provided booking services nationally for an esteemed roster of dance companies along side River City Artists Management founder Linda Reznik. Since 2011, Marino has been instrumental in curating and co producing featured dance showcases during Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Performing Arts Exchange, and PA Presenter conferences as well as performer and project manager for companies such as; STAYCEE PEARL dance project and Shana Simmons Dance. Originally from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Jessica maintains deep roots in her hometown and passionately activates for growth of community dance opportunities as Co-Director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE). Marino has contributed to building LVDE programs such as choreography commissions, open masterclasses and showcases, and the annual SpringUP Dance Festival - now in its sixth season. In 2017 Marino founded JAMpress Management, a brand which fosters bringing ideas to the spotlight and provides support services for the performing arts industry with a focus on dance. JAMpress specializes in event producing, promotion & marketing, project management booking, tour management, and advising. One of Jessica's latest projects includes developing sister city platform, Tracks // Where Dance Take you? with mentor and collaborator, Kathleen Nasti. www.jamdancer.com
MADDISON MANOLIS, TRACKS administrative assistant
Maddison Manolis is a Pittsburgh based performing artist, dancer, and Hatha yoga instructor. In the Spring of 2018, Manolis will be receiving a dual degree from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, emphasizing in Performance and Choreography as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Manolis has worked with choreographers such as, Matthew Shaffer, Ursula Payne, Teena Marie Custer, Lindsay Fisher-Viatori, Sandra Lee Romah, and Jennifer Keller. She has been seen twice at the 92nd Y for Dancing Through College and Beyond and as well as at the American College Dance Association. In addition, Manolis was casted in a dance film produced by Marta Renzi, “Plant, Plow, Reap,” that has been shown nationally and internationally around the world. Manolis was selected to perform work in Lindsay Fisher-Viatori “Over Exposed” concert at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa. Additionally, she performed a piece by Teena Marie Custer in “The John Edgar Wideman Experience,” at the August Wilson Center. Manolis exclaims, "I am so excited to be a part of the growing business of Tracks, a company that helps dancers find a place in the arts amongst the many American cities."