COMPANY BIOS
COMPANY BIOS

THEODORE FATCHER (Performer) Teddy was born and raised in Massapequa, Long Island, NY. He started his dance career as a Junior at Long Island High School for the Arts. After graduating with honors, he continued his studies in Philadelphia at The University of the Arts. While at school he started working as a freshman in Brian Sanders' JUNK. Since then Teddy has been featured in works such as Dancing Dead for the Philadelphia Fringe festival and the first annual SNOWBALL. Teddy has great aspirations to continue creating new work with JUNK.


Tommy SchimmelTOMMY SCHIMMEL (Performer) from River Forest, IL, began his dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens, at the age of 10. He is currently a sophomore dance major at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Tommy has danced with the MOMENTA dance company for the past 9 years, and has attended summer dance programs at Point Park University, The Joffrey Ballet, and toured Austria with the Tanzsommer Festival. He has performed historic modern works by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, and William Forsythe, as well as roles in classical ballets such as Coppelia, Polovtsian Dances, Sleeping Beauty, and La Ventana. Contemporary choreographers Tommy has worked with include Ron DeJesus, Randy Duncan, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Autumn Eckmann, and Anita Fillmore. Tommy is thrilled to be dancing with JUNK.

 

Laura Jenkins LAURA JENKINS (Performer) grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where she began studying Russian Ballet at age eleven. Becoming a very serious student, she decided to continue her education in dance at University of The Arts in Philadelphia. During her college career at UArts she began working with Brian Sanders in various ensemble pieces and MOMIX's "Sputnik" along with other well-known local choreographers. Graduating in 2007 with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance, she went on to start her own dance company PINK HAIR AFFAIR where she has choreographed and performed in Philadelphia Fringe Festival's 2007-2011, various music videos, showcases, and events such as RedBull Art of Can. Laura also had the opportunity to perform in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Aruba with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. In 2009 she was chosen to perform on a Goodwill Tour to Kuwait & Iraq, and finished her fourth season with the Philadelphia Eagles as Captain. Jenkins continues to perform and choreograph with her company as well as freelance for other Philadelphia artists, all while running her own Massage Therapy practice, and is excited to be a part of and performing with Brian Sanders' JUNK!


Tommy SchimmelJULIA HIGDON (Performer) Ms. Higdon is originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she began her years of dance education at a local studio at the age of 10. Soon after she began, Ms. Higdon went on to continue her professional training at institutions such as North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Rock School for Dance Education, and the University of the Arts, among others. During this time, she has had the privilege to work closely with such artists as Alla Sizova, Oleg Vinogradov, Finis Jhung, Douglas Becker, Donna Faye, Sidra Bell, and many more. Very recently, Ms. Higdon has had the privilege of joining Brian Sanders modern dance company, JUNK. For the last 10 years, Ms. Higdon has had the pleasure of educating many aspiring dancers in the hopes that they carry on the inspiration and traditions of dance.

 

Peter Jones PETER JONES (Performer) Peter is ecstatic to be joining Brian Sanders’ JUNK. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studies Dance at The University of the Arts, as well as aerial work at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. He started studying Musical Theatre at Stage Right School for the Performing Arts, and Broadway Artists Alliance NYC, before migrating to the dance track. Peter was recently seen in Broadway Dreams NYC Showcase, along with The Circle of Dreams Tour directed by Stafford Arima. Peter is represented by Frontier Booking International NYC talent agency. Special thanks to Brian and the company for welcoming him with open arms.

 

Laura Jenkins KELLY TREVLIN (Performer) Kelly grew up in Media, PA and began her dance training at the Rock School West. Throughout the years she has studied under Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, the Joffrey School, and Koresh Dance Company. She graduated in 2013 from Point Park University with a BA in dance. During her time at Point Park, Kelly had the opportunity to perform original works by Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, and Patrick Franz, as well as create her own works. She was a company member of Dissonance Dance Theatre and Deviated Theatre for the 2013-2014 season in Washington, DC.


Chelsea Prunty CHELSEA PRUNTY (Performer) Chelsea Prunty, a native of Prince George's County, MD began her         dance training at a local dance studio named Starbound Dance Studio. She later attended Duke Ellington School and Jones Haywood Dance School. Wanting to take her dance career more serious, she attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive as well as Philadanco Summer Intensive. In the spring of 2013, Chelsea received her BFA in modern dance, from The University of the Arts having opportunities to perform the works of Kurt Haworth, Douglas Becker, Iquail Shaheed, Jesse Zaritt, and Ronen Koresh. Chelsea has been a core member of Brian Sander's Junk since 2013 and is excited for yet another great season.