Abigail is the Artistic Director and founder of Small Creatures Dance Project. She began the venture in Colorado, while she studied for her MFA, so that she could begin to share her work outside of the University. After a year in Seattle dancing for Khambatta Dance, she moved to Japan where she danced with Modern Dance You Co., a company based in Nagoya. There she further honed her artistic voice and presented several works in collaboration with the company. Abigail returned to the States in 2012, and established her dance company in Arlington VA in 2013. Since that time, her work has been shown across the Metro DC area in such venues as The Athenaeum, DC Fringe, and Joy of Motion’s Jack Guidone Theatre. She has also been honored to dance with other local artists such as Daniel Burkholder, Jane Franklin, and the ladies of Choreographer’s Collaboration Project. Her choreography is often athletic and daring, revealing human interaction in space and time.
A dancer, yoga teacher and stay-at-home mom, Paula is a 200 RYT and holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Minnesota. She trained in Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis, and has worked with dance companies in Minneapolis, NYC, Norfolk, and DC. Notably, she danced with CCP from 2007-2014. Currently, she is the artistic director of two tiny humans who continuously keep her on her toes. She has danced with SCDP since 2013.
From Methuen, MA, Rachel began training in ballet, tap, and jazz at a young age. She moved to DC in 2010 to attend the George Washington University where she earned a B.A. in Dance and minored in Chinese and Anthropology. Rachel loves site-specific dance exploring interactions between movement, nature, and sculpture. She has danced with SCDP since 2015.
Kerry Doyle is a veteran SCDP performer, having been one of the founding members of ACW Dances in 2013, and participated in several performances through 2015, including DC Fringe 2014. She returned to dance with SCPD in 2019, performing in “Light Exists,” and is happy to be part of the process of making “Exile Nothing.”
Composer and guitarist Mark Charles Smith is a native of Greensboro, NC. Mark has a Master’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. During his time in Colorado, he founded and directed the Boulder Guitar Orchestra. His compositions have been performed in diverse venues in nine states, including the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Lincoln Center. In 2018 his work We Are All In This Together premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is currently collaborating with SCDP on a multimedia piece inspired by Carl Sagan. For more about Mark, please visit his website.
Clara Wallace graduated from the University of Evansville in May 2013, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Management (vocal emphasis) with a Business Administration minor. She moved to the DC Metro area in August 2013 to become an Artistic Coordinator for the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 she became a Manager in the Theater Producing and Performing department of the Kennedy Center. She sings as often as possible.