glo was founded with a mission to work together. The platforms’ willingness to take risks, respond to other art practices, has created an every-widening alliance while creating glo’s unique trajectory. Collaboration is glo’s most valuable asset.
Kristina Brown ( dancer) is an Atlanta native, and began her formal dance training with Jonnie Kelley at Atlanta Dance Theater. She continued her dance education in Pittsburgh, PA at Point Park University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in Pittsburgh she performed with the Conservatory Dance Company, Three10 Moment, and The Pillow Project, experiencing work by several noted choreographers, such as Bill T. Jones. Upon returning to Atlanta, Kristina began diving into glo, first through the summer intensive and Liquid Culture.
Virginia Coleman (founding dancer) began her professional career with the Atlanta Ballet, where she met dance maker Lauri Stallings. She is proud to be one of the founding dance artists of gloATL, and a part of the platform’s daily creative process. Fascinated by the many forms of communication in the world, she is also pursuing a degree in Modern Language and Culture at Kennesaw State University. Virginia is grateful for the opportunity to explore, and for the many inspiring individuals in her life.
Sean Hilton ( SCHOOLHOUSE principal) danced for two seasons with the NYC-based Armitage Gone! Dance company under the direction of Karole Armitage. While with AG!D, he toured extensively throughout the U.S and Europe, and had the privilege of performing at the Joyce Theater NYC and the National Historic Landmark, Jacob’s Pillow. Prior to this he spent three seasons with River North Dance Chicago Company performing works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kevin Iaega Jeff, Julia Rhodes and Harrison McEldowney, to name a few. He has also danced with the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre under the direction of George De La Pena and Columbia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. Sean teaches throughout the U.S and has been on faculty at The University of South Carolina, River North Dance Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago. Sean is the program coordinator for ChopArt, an arts organization that empowers homeless youth to practice positive self expression through the use of art, and also facilitates the WonderRoot Program Dance Chance Atlanta, a once-a-month showcase of local choreographers housed at Atlanta Ballet. He wa s a recipient of the inaugural 2012 Walthal Fellowship through the Atlanta organization, Wonderroot.
Gyun Hur ( visual artist) has performed and exhibited in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and Hong Kong. Gyun’s work has been widely recognized for her floor installations comprised of hand-shredded silk flowers. Through her menial process of making and transforming materials, the artist constructs a visual landscape to evoke a sense of labor, loss, and memories. Recipient of The Hudgens Prize (2010), Artadia Award (2011), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship (2010), Gyun’s works have been featured in Art In America, Art Paper, Sculpture, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pelican Bomb, Creative Loafing, Jezebel and The Atlantan. She was chosen as the Best Emerging Artist (2011) by Creative Loafing and listed in Oxford American’s 100 Under 100: Superstars of Southern Art issue. Currently represented by Get This! Gallery, Gyun serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and the Advisory Board for the Hudgens Prize.
Nicole Johnson (founding dancer) an Atlantan native, trained at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, with additional training at American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Julliard and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. In 2006, Johnson joined the Atlanta Ballet, performing works by George Balanchine, Alan Hineline, Stephen Mils, Michael Pink, Stanton Welch, and Lila York. Highlights include the role of Caribosse in John McFall’s Sleeping Beauty, Jordan in Lauri Stallings’ and McFall’s the Great Gatsby, stomper in Twyla Tharp’s Upper Room, and Savanna in Stallings’ big. Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a degree in history and sociology. Johnson has been an integral part of every glo creation since its debut, rapt, in summer 2009, working with a number of collaborators, including Big Boi of Outkast, Sonic Generator, the Atlanta Opera, Micah Stansell and conductor Robert Spano.
Tian Justman ( fashion designer) an Atlanta native, has created her own brand from understanding the immense need to follow one’s passion. She attended Bauder College for fashion, followed by New York internships with designer Jill Stuart and W magazine. Upon her return to Atlanta in 2007, Tian created her fashion line and is currently located in the west midtown’s design district.
Adam Larsen (filmmaker) is a project designer and filmmaker whose designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway, the world premiere of The Women of Brewster Place, for the Alliance Theatre, big, a collaboration of the Atlanta Ballet, Big Boi of OUTkast, and created by maker Lauri Stallings, and House of Dead, with the Canadian Opera Company. Most recently, he was on the Design team of Brief Encournters for the Shaw Festival. Larsen holds a BFA in Cinematography from NCSA, and is currently touring his acclaimed feature-length documentary film on autism, Nuerotypical.
Living Walls (mural art) is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began in August 2010 in the city of Atlanta. Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city. The conference has expanded into year long programming – Concepts. Concepts focus on one or two artists at a time, giving them a more intimate, personal connection to the community.
Rebecca Makus ( lighting design) holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Smith College, and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Kennesaw State University. Her work frequently includes custom designed and built light objects that are unique for each production. Her international work includes designs at Lyon Opera Ballet, Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sibiu International Theatre Festival. She has also worked extensively in New York City for over 10 years including shows at Lincoln Center, Mint Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, and Dance Theatre Workshop.
Antwan “Big Boi” Patton (hip-hop artist) better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast alongside André 3000. His work in the duo has produced six studio albums and a six time Grammy Award winner, with 18 nominations.
Mary Jane Pennington (dancer) realized early on that movement is her motivation. Mary Jane graduated magna cum laude from Georgia College & State University. She was a member of CORE Performance Company of Decatur, Georgia for two seasons.
Zachary Richardson (Internship) is a senior in the Dance Department at Kennesaw State University. Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Richardson started in musical theatre and is discovering his path in contemporary art making. He is thrilled to partake in the partnership with his University and gloATL. Richardson is constantly searching for more innovative contemporary experiences and is hoping to create a nest during his internship with Lauri Stallings and the glo artists.
Sonic Generator Music Ensemble is the contemporary music Ensemble-in-Residence at Georgia Tech, and is dedicated to using technology to transform the ways in which we compose, perform, and listen to music. Lead by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal percussionist Tom Sherwood, Sonic presents a wide range of music by composers such as Steve Reich, John Cage, Mario Davidovsky, and Kajia Saariaho.
Robert Spano (conductor) is one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events. In his distinguished career, Mr. Spano has conducted the greatest orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Abroad, he has led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony Orchestras.
MIcah Stansell (filmmaker) is an Atlanta-based video/filmmaker and installation artist. He received an MFA in Digital Filmmaking and the Arts from Georgia State University. His work has screened in galleries and film festivals across the United States and internationally. Stansell has received several awards for his work, most recently a 2011 Artadia Award, 2010 Working Artist Project Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Filmmaking at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, and a 2008 Student Academy Award Nomination for his graduate work. Stansell’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art in America, Moviemaker Magazine, Atlanta Art Now: Noplaceness (book) and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.