Corby, Kate

Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, dance professor, and a co-founder of Performing Ourselves, a dance outreach project based in Madison that empowers youth & develops leaders through dance.

Halverson, Erica

Erica is interested in how people learn in and through the arts across a range of art forms focusing on the performing arts. Erica runs Whoopensocker, an artist-in-residence program working in Madison Public Schools.

Lashley, Yorel

Yorel is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Arts Collab NEA Research Lab, the Director of Programs in the Office of Professional Learning and Community Education at UW–Madison’s School of Education, and the Director of Student Empowerment for the Center for Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning. Lashley is a developmental psychologist interested in self-efficacy and social-emotional learning in arts, academics, and integrated environments. He is also the Founder/Director of Drum Power.

LeFeber, Mariah

Mariah is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor who has been teaching in higher education since 2010. As the co-founder of Performing Ourselves, she is passionate about the intersection of dance, dance/movement therapy, and trauma-informed care to foster resilience and well-being in youth. Mariah is so thankful to be part of a team passionate about the power of the arts to create meaningful change.

Richards, Stephanie

Stephanie is the NEA Research Lab Project Manager. She also manages the UW Community Arts Collaboratory, supporting program administration, fundraising, community partnerships, and research. She is an aerialist and teaches, performs, and produces at the Madison Circus Space.