MARK HOWARD

FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

For the past thirty six years, this Emmy Award-winning choreographer has been striving for and achieving that which is profoundly significant and equally difficult to attain—the transcendence of craft to art and the synthesis of forms to create something that is forward-looking and new … more

CHELSEA HOY

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER

At 24, Denver-born Hoy has already become a major player in the performing arts world. Generous, rebellious, creative and complex, her choreographic influence has significantly shaped TIDC’s newest works, from Communion, to Soles and Push. Hoy recently co-choreographed her first full-length piece, An Sorcas (The Circus), which previewed in Japan, and had its world premiere at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre in 2019.

In the dance studio, Hoy finds the creative process to be a rewarding and therapeutic combination of fluid expression and technical configuration. She is a game changer with a big vision, motivated by the ability this art form has to deeply connect strangers and friends alike.

Chelsea grew up dancing competitively for the Wick School of Irish Dance in Denver, Colorado. She joined TIDC in 2014 after she began her studies at Loyola University Chicago. She graduated in 2017 with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Photography. In addition to helping guide the company’s future, she is a professional photographer, dance instructor, and visual artist. Hoy’s love of empowering children through the arts continues to shape TIDC’s outreach programming.

A powerful activist and artist, she has been entrusted with TIDC’s ethos and future.