The Resonance Collective was founded by Fahad Siadat and André Megerdichian as a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform for performing artists. It began through the creation of their first work SAHARAVA: A Ritualized Dance-Opera and continues to grow encompassing artists from a number of artistic spheres including theater, live electronics, music, dance, and visual art.

Artistic Directors

Fahad Siadat, Co-Artistic Director, is an active performer and composer specializing in contemporary and experimental music, particularly improvisation and the use of extended vocal techniques. He has written music for, and performed with such groups as C3LA, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, the TOCCATA Orchestra, and the award winning Armada Films. He has worked as conductor with the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Columbia University Glee Club, and as voice faculty at the Capezio Dance Center in New York. He is currently a faculty member, choral conductor, and doctoral candidate at the California Institute of the Arts.

André Megerdichian, Co-Artistic Director, has been performing professionally over two decades with such companies and choreographers as the Jose Limón Dance Company, Janis Brenner and Dancers, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Soundance Repertory Company, Reidel Dance Theatre, Daniel Charon and Sean Curran. His choreography has been produced by numerous universities, festivals and dance institutions throughout the United States and Europe including Moving Light, an evening length work commissioned by the Painted Lights Dance Project, and premiered at the Statkino Theatre in Salzburg, Austria. André is currently Associate Professor of Modern Dance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Collaborators

Stephanie Sutherland

Stephanie Sutherland grew up in the Hudson Valley of NY and is a graduate of the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program. She has performed throughout the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, dancing with Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Flexicurve Dance Co., BodyStories Dance, West Side Story, Janice Lancaster, Christopher Rudd, Kristin Sudeikis, D-Squared Dance, the Dance Cartel, indie rock band Jigsaw Soul, and is a current member of Grounded Aerial Dance Theater. Stephanie also works as an actress, and has appeared internationally in commercials, music videos, and feature films.


Mary Madsen

Mary Madsen holds a BFA in dance from the University of Milwaukee-WI. Mary currently performs with Third Rail Projects Then She Fell, Jody Oberfelder Projects, Megan Bascom & Dancers, and the Resonance Collective. Other choreographers include: Regina Nejman, John J Zullo, Rebollar Dance Theater (D.C.), Kelly Anderson (Chicago), & Simone Ferro (Milwaukee). Mary also creates dance films, solo works, and enjoys collaborating with musicians, namely The Glass Half & Summer Come Yelling. She co-founded the Indie Rock group Jigsaw Soul (’05-’08) and appeared in their music video Cockroach Hotel. marymadsen.com.


Jen Deckert

Jennifer Deckert is an Associate Professor at University of Wyoming where she teaches advanced ballet, pointe technique, kinesiology, dance history, and modern dance technique. During her performance career she has performed such leads as Myrtha in Giselle, Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and the principle role in Paquita. Her choreography credits include Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Chorus Line, and many original contemporary works including Fire & Ice, Footfalls Echo, and Cicorum Intybus. Most recently she performed and presented choreography at the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.

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Caroline Fermin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has performed for a variety of ballet and modern companies including James Sewell Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, Sidra Bell, and Adam Weinert. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance with Andrea Miller where she was a company member for six years and served as Education Chair. She currently teaches for Barnard College, Mt. Holyoke, and NY City Center. Caroline choreographs and collaborates with theater artists and volunteers her time with the nonprofit Artists Striving to End Poverty.


Marissa Maislen

Marissa Maislen received her BFA in Dance at NYU Tisch. Since graduation, Maislen has worked with many NYC choreographers/directors for the stage and for film. These include Vanessa Walters, Karole Armitage, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Clay McBride, Bill Hayward, Nejla Yatkin and Fly-By-Night Dance Theatre. Maislen is a member of Time Lapse Dance and Grounded Aerial.