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Liz Houlton (MFA ’21)

Liz Houlton is a Seattle based dance performer, director, and producer. She has directed the dance for BenDeLaCreme's Beware the Terror at Gaylord Manor (2016-2019), produced an evening length performance alongside Alyssa Casey called home home (2018), and performed with Beth Terwilleger, Daniel Costa, Anna Connor, and ilvs strauss. Liz graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2015 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, and was commissioned by Minnesota Dance Theatre to set her work, Close Quarters in a Large World shortly afterA long time member of Velocity Dance Center's community, Liz recently joined their Board of Directors and is currently a candidate for an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Her dog, Maple Syrup, is a cute Black Cur Mouth Great Dane mix and is present in all zoom meetings/classes.


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Danielle McClune (MFA ’21)

Danielle McClune is a former arts critic with a background in creative writing. She currently leads communications at Microsoft on the web design team. Her experience in the Arts Leadership MFA has led her toward equitable land management and new arts economies, working with the Office of Arts & Culture to advocate for working artists in Seattle and exploring independent research in community land trusts, municipal bonds, and other creative solutions. She hails from Wisconsin, a misunderstood hamlet that informs much of her work.


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Tanya Sharp (MFA '21)

Tanya Sharp is a creative technology professional. Putting her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Western Washington University to intentional use, her 20+ year career includes graphic/web design, user experience design, commercial art design, and high-profile project management of design teams. She is furthering her learning as a current MFA candidate in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Tanya leads through a framework of collaboration and centers her work with the mission of communicating stories for audiences to hear through their head and embrace with their heart. This approach has given her access to chair the Edmonds Arts Commission and sit on the board of Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).


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Cay Lane (MFA '21)

Born and raised in California, Cay Lane, MFA '21 first moved to Seattle in 2006 to obtain their BA in Digital Design from Seattle University. Now through their MFA in Arts Leadership, they hope to develop their research on queer art safe spaces, intersectional pedagogies, and accessibility modeling with the goal to take those ideas into the professional arts community. They thrive on coffee, high word counts, and lots of gardening. Cay is currently working on their interview practicum, meeting and discussing queer art spaces with artists and facilitators up and down the West Coast. 

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Nina Yarbrough, MFA '16

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