THE MISSION OF PILOBOLUS IS TO:
Create, perform, and preserve dances, applying the collaborative creative methods of Pilobolus.
Expand and diversify audiences through projects of all types and scales in live performance, film, and digital media, characterized by the qualities of our namesake fungus—adventurous, adaptive, athletic, surprising and revealing of beauty in unexpected places.
Teach dancers, non-dancers, and organizations how to harness the creative potential of groups using Pilobolus’s methods.
Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. Moses Pendleton, an English literature major and cross-country skier; Jonathan Wolken, a philosophy science major and fencer; and Steve Johnson, a pre-med student and pole vaulter were enrolled in a dance composition class taught by Alison Becker Chase. In that class, they created their first dance, which they titled “Pilobolus” —and a legacy of movement and magic was born.
Pilobolus crystallinus is a phototropic (light loving) fungus. Commonly known as “Hat Thrower,” its spores accelerate 0–45 mph in the first millimeter of their flight and adhere to wherever they land. The father of Jonathan Wolken was studying pilobolus in his biology lab when the group first formed. The name was apt, and stuck.
The group then went on to create dozens of dance works with its founding members Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Lee Harris, Moses Pendelton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken. In the more than four decades since, Pilobolus has performed on Broadway, at the Oscars, and the Olympic games, and has appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements, and in schools and businesses and created over 120 dance works. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes.
Executive Producer | Itamar Kubovy
Co-Artistic Director | Renée Jaworski
Co-Artistic Director | Matt Kent
Creative Director | Mark Fucik
GM & CFO | Daniel Ordower
Director of Programming Initiatives | Lily Binns
Director of Production | Shane Mongar
Senior Company Manager | Kirsten Leon
Education and Community Engagement Manager | Emily Kent
Development Manager | Katie Braja
Marketing Manager | Brigid Pierce
Associate Producer | Jake McIntyre
Administrative Assistant | Kayla Prata
Board of Directors
Howard Weinberg | Chair
Barbara Dau | Treasurer
Susan Mandler | Secretary
Robby Barnett | Ciara Burnham | Maria Campbell
Jay Cohen | Jaclyn Levin | W. Matthew Lynn | Vince McCarthy
David Mechlin | A. James Tinson | Michael Tracy | Barry Wacksman
Pilobolus is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization