MADEO BoardMeet the people working behind the scenes at MADEO
Kristen Duffy Young, President
Kristen Duffy Young is the Founder and Director of the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Program and an Adjunct Professor at Emmanuel College where she teaches courses in Somatics and Ballet and choreographs main stage theater productions. She has also instructed courses at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies program at Lesley University, Salem State University, The Longy School of Music, Needham Public Schools, and Next Generation Theatre Company. Kristen is the Co-Director of Accumulation Dance with Meghan McLyman. They have received support for their choreography from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Next Steps in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund, and Boston Center for the Arts, and have been presented by Crash Arts/World Music, The Somatics Dance Conference, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Salem Arts Festival, Trident Art Gallery, Art Beat/Somerville Arts Council, Dance for World Community, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Across the Ages Dance Project, Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, Salem State University, and Hollins University/ADF. Kristen received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, a BA in Dance and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NY. She is currently working towards her certification in the Bill Evans Teaching Method.
Meghan McLyman, Vice President
Meghan McLyman is a Professor of dance at Salem State University and the Chair of the Music and Dance Department, where she has been instrumental in creating the Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. The University recognized her passion for teaching with the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018 she received the Arts Learning Distinguished Teaching and Arts Advocacy Award. Meghan is the co-director of Accumulation Dance (www.accumulationdance.org) with Kristen Duffy Young. They have received support for their choreography from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Next Steps in partnership with The Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund, and Boston Center for the Arts, and have been presented by Crash Arts/World Music, The Somatics Dance Conference, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Salem Arts Festival, Trident Art Gallery, Art Beat/Somerville Arts Council, Dance for World Community, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Across the Ages Dance Project, Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, Salem State University, and Hollins University/ADF. Meghan graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University, received an MA in dance and arts management from American University, and an MFA from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival. She serves on the board of Massachusetts Dance Education Organization. She a Moving For Life Certified Instructor under Martha Eddy, and is in the process of becoming a Certified Evans Teacher under Bill Evans.
Carla Otero, Treasurer
Carla Otero began her classical ballet training at the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico under the tutelage of the Carlota Carrera. As she advanced in her pre-professional training she had the pleasure of working with renowned ballet teachers from Latin America and abroad. As a student, Carla received scholarships to attend the summer intensives at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and the 42nd Bartholin International Ballet Seminar of the Royal Danish Ballet (Copenhagen, Denmark). During these summers she trained under the guidance of Fernando Bujones, Laura Alonso and Martin James among others.
At age sixteen, Carla joined the company of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico under the guidance of Artistic Director, Lolita San Miguel where she danced in the great classics of Giselle, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, Copellia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker. In addition to her classical repertoire, Carla has danced in numerous modern and contemporary works by Jesus Miranda, Carlos Cabrera, Maria Julia Landa, Alberto Mendez and Kristen Duffy-Young. After being with the company for two years, she decided to move to Boston and pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College. During her time as an undergraduate student, Carla was actively involved as a dancer in the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Dance since it’s inception in 2006, and as a ballet instructor for LEAP (Lifelong Exercise and Activities Program) at Simmons College.
After graduating in 2010, Carla became an instructor for COF Dance and is now the Assistant Director. She has been invited as a guest artist to perform in the premiere of Anastasia and to dance in Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux with Chambersburg Ballet Theater in Pennsylvania. Carla remains active as a dancer and choreographer and trains throughout the Boston and Cambridge areas. On March 2016, Carla launched her blog series “In the Studio” where she actively publishes articles about dance on her website carlaotero.com.
Kara Fili, Secretary
For more than 15 years Kara has advocated for the relevancy and importance of the arts in today’s world through her teaching, making, performing and connecting with others in meaningful ways. Driven by the belief that dance and the arts are empowering change agents for all of us, her curiosity about personal narrative and genuine love for others has brought her to dance with people ages 3 – 100+ of various backgrounds and abilities. She works to make accessible creative experiences possible through programming and teaching for such organizations as Express Yourself, Inc., The Dance Complex, Colleges of the Fenway, Cambridge Friends School and Nevins Nursing and Rehab Center.
As an independent artist she enjoys collaborations, interdisciplinary explorations and community-based work. Her most recent collaborative pieces have included those with her husband, Stephen Serwacki, in which they have woven family, love and humor into a kind of dance performance experience all their own. Past collaborators have also included Tara Weaver, Allyson Esposito and J. Michael Winward.
Ensemble work is also a part of Kara’s artistic practice. She has been a company member of Benkadi Drum and Dance since 2009 and a member of Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion since 2015, performing at such places as Jacob’s Pillow, Boston Memorial Hatchshell, JFK Presidential Library, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and countless other in and outdoor spaces.
Kara earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Endicott College and her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Concentration in Performance Creation from Goddard College whose student-centered approach to education has greatly influenced her own.
Renata Celichowska, Special Events
Renata Celichowska is a full-time Lecturer and Director of the Tufts University Dance Program in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Prior to coming to Tufts, Renata taught and served in various capacities for the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Dance Education Program from 1996-2012. She has been a visiting professor at Yale University, and has taught master classes and workshops for such universities and venues as Temple and Stanford Universities, the Universities of New Mexico and Colorado-Boulder, Middlebury College, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, San Francisco’s New Performance Gallery, and Seattle Dance Center. International teaching has included technique, repertory and choreography workshops in Italy, Greece, Germany, England, Poland, France, and a two-year artist’s residency in Prague, Czech Republic. As a dancer, Celichowska performed with numerous NYC based companies and was a company member and school instructor for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Her choreographic work has been commissioned and presented in festivals and concerts both in the United States and Europe. From 2004-2012, Celichowska was the director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City. Her publications include a book and two-part video series entitled The Erick Hawkins Modern Dance Technique (Princeton Book Company Publishers, Inc., 2000) and Seven Strategies for Survival: Conversations with Dance Professionals (Dance & Movement Press, Rosen Publishing, 2007). She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA in Fine Art from Yale University. Renata’s current research and teaching ranges from dance and the creative process; dance education across all populations; dance technique and somatic education; and the history of the Hollywood film musical.