Wendell Beavers, a dancer and educator, founded Naropa University's MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance Program in 2004. He was a founding faculty member and Director (1984-1990) of The Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) at NYU teaching there from 1979-2003 where he was involved in applying the viewpoints in collaboration with originator Mary Overlie. He was cofounder and early director of Movement Research in New York, dancing there in a variety of groups and venues. His work has been seen at DTW, Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place/Vineyard Theatre, P.S.122, ADF Six-Week School and in numerous university venues in the US and in Europe. He retired as Associate Professor of Performance at Naropa University in 2017, and continues teaching as Adjunct Professor ETW/NYU. Recent Guest Artist Residencies include Ohio University(Sept ‘15), SITI Co. Saratoga Intensive(June ‘15. '16, '17), NYU/ETW(March ’15, Fall '17), Nine YearsTheater/Singapore(Nov. '16)
Erika Berland, a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering (R), is a nationally Registered Movement Therapist and licensed Massage Therapist. She also holds a B.P.S. in Dance and Movement Studies from Empire State College. Erika has an extensive background as a dance teacher and performer and has taught workshops in experiential anatomy and dance applications of Body-Mind Centering in numerous studios and schools throughout the US and Europe. Since 2004 she has been instrumental in creating a somatic based curriculum for the MFA Contemporary Performance Theater program at Naropa University where she is an Instructor in the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program. She also maintains a private practice specializing in both massage therapy and movement re-education. From 1978-83 she was on the dance faculty of Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Returning to NYC in 1983 she helped design the Movement Program at Sports Training Institute and was the Director of Movement Analysis at Plus One Fitness Clinics. Erika is a senior teacher and Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Her book, SITTING: THE PHYSICAL ART OF MEDITATION was published in February 2017.