Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer, Choreographer

Sonia Plumb

ARTIST STATEMENT: I attribute my artistic style to a morphing of ideas, a constant seeking of, observing, learning, questioning and collaboration. I am a movement gatherer. My curiosity and thirst for knowledge leads me to work with educators, scientists, puppeteers, actors, musicians, singers, composers, videographers, photographers, digital artists, movers and dancers of diverse abilities. Within me is a seemingly never-ending desire for physical movement intertwined with the quiet stillness needed for process and reflection.

Ms. Plumb was born and raised in rural Vermont. She migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity Collect where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance. Sonia has choreographed over 50+ dances during her career, launching SPDC as a non-profit in 1991. She was the first Artist in Residence at the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT. During her time as Artistic Director she has developed numerous programs for the underserved ​​including: Moving Bodies/Moving Bodies for children on the Autism Spectrum, the Apprentice Training Program for BIOPC and Hartford Youth, launched a scholarship program for students age 7+ for the School of SPDC, developed multiple Arts Integration Residency programs based on the Kennedy Center Model for Multiple Intelligences, provided arts based learning in the Hartford Public Schools through Hartford performs and collaborated with educators through Connecticut.

During the pandemic she safely and successfully premiered three full-length works including: Dance of da Vinci 2.0, The Pearl and Penelope’s Odyssey. Like the rest of the dance world, she branched out into digital content creating dance on film: Touch, Odysseus’ Nightmare and Little Red Snow White, as well as webinars and podcasts.

In 2018 she began collaborating with international artists from the UK, Spain, Italy and Greece. Under her direction SPDC has been in residency at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia and MudHouse in Crete, Greece. This fall the Company will be in residence in Iceland.

Early in her career her work was showcased in: A New Generation of Dance/SUNY Purchase, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VT, WaxWorks, Brooklyn, NY, Shared Space – Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY, Artists For World Peace, Old Saybrook, CT, 5×5 Dance Festival to name a few. Sonia is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, received a SURDNA National Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive a Community Legacy Project award in 2015.

She is the mother of one son who continually brings depth and meaning to her life and work as an Artist.

Video Editing and Direction

Ryan Glista

Ryan Glista (Penelope’s Odyssey Video Director) is a filmmaker and digital producer with a Film BA and Digital Media and Design MFA from the University of Connecticut. A skilled editor, photographer, music producer and multi-disciplinary digital artist, he works at the intersection of performing arts and new media. His short films have screened nationally and internationally, winning a New England Emmy and a CADC Excellence Award.

Ryan has also served as a video producer and teaching artist in partnership with many theaters, arts programs and non-profits across New England. He currently directs immersive video installations at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, leading the Local Arts Stage program. He also teaches film and multi-channel media production in the UConn School of Fine Arts.

Technical Director/Lighting Designer

Craig Gehr

Craig Gehr – Technical Director/Lighting Designer has been working with SPDC since 2000. He was Site TD for David Parsons at PS21 in Chatham, NY and has worked as event TD for many notables including Presidents Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Biden. In Hartford he has done lighting design for Daniel Salazar, Jr and Hartford Jazz Festival. Mr. Gehr dove into the technical world with his love for music and has been privileged to work events from BB King to The Village People. When not loading and unloading road boxes he cooks tacos and plays with his son.


Jeph Vanger

Jeph Vanger is a sound artist, composer and music producer who works and lives between Athens and London. After his latest release of “Cyclothymia” EP, his music has been compared with artists such as Floating Points, Four Tet and Hildur Guðnadóttir by the British online magazine Resident Advisor. He has scored dance and theatre performances as well as films, museum spaces and created sonic installations paying tribute to the sound of the Foghorn. His works often combines multi-channel sound systems, autonomous generative music systems and handmade sound sculptures, focusing on the physical presence of sound in space as a moving and raw entity. Some of his own works and collaborations have been exhibited and performed in institutions, theatres and organizations in Egypt, China, the UK, and Greece such as Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Tate Modern, Beijing Today Art Museum, Sadler’s Wells, IKLECTIK & Megaron Athens to name a few. He has also been a Composer in Residence at the renowned EMS Elektonmusikstudion in Stockholm, supported by ARTWORKS (Stravros Niarchos Foundation) Artistic Fellowship (2021-22).

Costume Designer

Michele Sansone

Michele Sansone – Costume Designer for Penelope’s Odyssey has been designing and building costumes and crafts for the past 30 years. After a short stint in the fashion worlds, she has come back to theater and is currently working full time with Hartford Stage, as well as her side work here with Sonia Plumb. With 250+ productions under her belt, she is always looking for the next opportunity to make beautiful things. Trained as a Draper, Tailor, craftsperson, and Milliner she likes to incorporate many techniques from across her knowledge to create new and interesting things.

our dancers

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Julia Foti

Born in China and raised in New Jersey, Julia Foti is a movement artist whose love for painting, film, and nature greatly influences her craft. In her choreography, She explores self-identity in an emotional and surrealist form. Her work strives to bring light to the dualities and complexities that exist within traditional structures and ideas. Julia is a 2021 graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where she earned her BFA in Dance and B.Sci in Psychology. Julia has performed works by choreographers such as Stephanie Batten Bland, John Evans, John Heginbotham, Randy James, and Benny Royce. She has performed in various productions in NYC as a member of Muhammad Moves and Artist, Forza Dance, Eryc Taylor Dance, & her own choreography commissions. Alongside her dance endeavors, Julia is also a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor and dance instructor. Julia gives endless thanks to those who have helped her become the ever-evolving person she is today. Julia joined Sonia Plumb Dance in January 2023.

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Alexzander Larsen

Alexzander (he/him) is originally from Portland, Oregon. He graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2022. Alex has had the privilege of performing work by choreographers such as Gabrielle Lamb, Lar Lubovitch, Jaclyn Buglisi, Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham to name a few. He is also one of the 2022 Merce Cunningham Trust, Barbara Ensley Award Winners. Alex has a passion for community outreach, dance education, as well as incorporating mindfulness through his practice. He is currently a dance educator for students ages 4-10. Alex’s philosophy is: “Every-body, every experience, all of humanity should have the opportunity to experience the joys and profound impact of dance.” When Alex is not in the studio dancing he enjoys peaceful hikes, a good book, and a solid Indie Pop Playlist. Alex joined Sonia Plumb Dance in 2021.

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Erin Raymond
Dancer, Artist Instructor

Erin Raymond is a creative specializing in dance, arts education, and writing. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance from Eastern Connecticut State University where she also studied creative writing and costume design. She teaches in several dance studios and arts integration programs throughout Connecticut, and since joining Sonia Plumb Dance Company has begun exploring the dance scene in New York City. She is also a member of MB Dance Theatre in Southbury, CT and teaches with the Justice Dance Performance Project in Hartford. Erin pulls inspiration from written work, visual art, nature, and her own introversion.

Asher Taylor-Dawson
Dancer, Artist Instructor

Asher Taylor-Dawson (he/they) is a dancer, choreographer, and aerialist born and raised in Connecticut, Asher has performed roles ranging from the very contemporary (“The Underworld” in Orpheus: A Silent Circus; “The Dream” in 2018’s New Works, choreographed by Lexington Ballet’s Artistic Director, Luis Dominguez) to the strictly classical (King Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker Prince, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker). Asher believes in dance as a universal expression of humanity. Asher joined Sonia Plumb Dance in 2022.

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Robbie Weatherington

Robbie Weatherington  Robbie is a NYC based performing artist specializing in contemporary and flow acrobatics. The Ohio native graduated from Ball State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a BFA in Dance. Recently Robbie has been dancing with SPDC as well as Nefelaba Dance Theater, Newbrese Dance Project, as well as the Kennedy Dancers. Outside of dance, Robbie is an active standing member of the Team USA Sport Stacking team and is currently in graduate school at Hunter College, working towards becoming a BCBA! Robbie joined SPDC in January 2023.

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