Unfolding Disability Futures is a collective of artists. This structure is intended to allow artists to move into and away from our work as their schedule and bodyminds allow, creating a flexible and disability-centered way of working for all.
Below you will find a current list of UDF's core leadership. We are working toward including a wider list of all artists involved in UDF. If you are interested in becoming involved in UDF, please reach out at email@example.com.
Maggie Bridger, Dance & Fiber Artist
Maggie Bridger (she/her) is a sick and disabled dance artist, crafter, and scholar. Her work focuses on reimagining pain through the creative process, often using craft to infuse care, access, and interdependence into the making and production of performance. She is a Fellow Artist in Residence at High Concept Labs where she premiered a new work, Scale, in May 2023 and curates LabE, a new program designed to platform and support Chicago’s disabled dancemakers. Maggie was most recently selected as a 2023 artist-in-residence with Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Production Residency Project. Learn more at www.maggiebridger.com.
Mia Coulter, Dance Artist
Mia Coulter (she/her) danced with Chicago’s Dance/Detour for 5 years as a company member, touring internationally. She received Access Living’s 2004 Independent Living Achievement Award.
Sydney Erlikh, Dance Artist
Sydney Erlikh (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. She was recently selected by the American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow 22-23 for her research on dance and disability to create a multi-sited ethnography on inclusive dance groups that have dancers with intellectual disabilities. Sydney taught in New York City and California, where she began her journey into inclusive dance education training in DanceAbility and with AXIS dance teacher training. She choreographed and performed in the films Shared-Time 20, the Full Radius Dance project Response Film 21, and Moods in Three Movements 21. She was selected as a SeeChicagoDance Critical Writing Fellow in 2020 and recently published in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. In 2021 she participated in the Harvard Mellon School of Theater and Performance Studies Research. Sydney currently serves on the CounterBalance planning committee and NDEO’s dance and disability task force.
Shireen Hamza, Dance & Sound Artist
Shireen Hamza is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (CMP), and a managing editor of the Ottoman History Podcast. She is completing a dissertation on Islam and medicine in the medieval Indian Ocean world, and has also published on the history of sexuality. Drawing on her research, Shireen is composing a series of text-scores for movement practitioners, each one based on a different illness or therapeutic modality. Having come to dance through her experiences with chronic pain, she is deeply interested in dance and disability -- and grateful to be a part of this project. shireenhamza.com
Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert, Theatre Artist
Tsehaye Geralyn Hébert (she/her) is a self-described "bona fide gumbo girl." The nationally acclaimed playwright triaged between her grandparents’ rural Louisiana family seat, her Baton Rouge birthplace, and her mother’s beloved New Orleans. Steeped in her African-Creole culture, she relishes quiet world-changing moments that live on stage alongside the hyperbole and spectacle of Mardi Gras. With a rich polyglot larger-than-life-world full of music, dance, activism, and storytelling, there’s no wonder Hébert found her way to the theater.
The Northwestern University and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum penned The Chicago Quartet, a series of works set across 19th and 20th century Chicago. Fearless in scope, Hébert's work is highly imaginative and might include Lucy Parsons, Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, Chicago's Black avant-garde arts communities, or the lady sitting next to her at the salon.
The citizen artist is committed to inclusivity and sustainability. Hébert's writings and performances center race, gender, disability, and the economics and geography of making art. She brings communities and demographics together to grieve, heal, celebrate, and move boldly forward.
Maypril Kruzkowski, Dance Artist
Maypril lives in Wonder Lake with her parents. She loves dancing, fishing, golfing, bowling, Tik Tok, and Youtube videos. In Kindergarten, she started dancing with the Wauconda Park District program and switched when her High School Gym class offered dance. She also feels lucky to be part of the Inclusive Dance Workshops. Maypril attended McHenry County College and works in Crystal Lake. She loves dancing, her job and her family.
Amanda Lautermilch, Curator and Theatre Artist
Amanda (she/her) is a disabled curator and multidisciplinary artist. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and previously served as Artistic Director and Co-Managing Director for the Jeff Award Nominated Adapt Theatre Productions, in addition to assisting with productions at Redtwist Theatre, AstonRep Theatre Company, Commission Theatre, and others. She currently writes and performs with Chicago’s movie riffing group, Down in Front, and previously co-wrote, performed in, and directed a year-long run of sketch performances at iO Chicago with her sketch group, Fancy Woman. She works in support of UIC’s Bodies of Work and 3Arts Chicago’s Residency Fellowships for disabled artists, and was recently published in the Journal of Cultural & Literary Disability Studies.
Joseph Lefthand, Performance Artist
Joseph Lefthand is an artist, administrator, and cultural advocate based in Chicago. Descended from the Cheyenne-Arapaho, Taos, and Zuni tribes, Lefthand works at the intersection of art and social practice, exploring the role of embodiment, "performance-as-theory", and communal inquiry as sustainable modes of discourse when confronting institutional and historic systems of violence. His current research imagines contemporary, traditional, and hybrid forms of performance and dance as catalyctic to shared resilience and cultural resistance.
Andy Slater, Performance & Sound Artist
Andy Slater is a Chicago-based media artist, sound designer, teaching artist, and disability advocate. He is the founder of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and a teaching artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Young SoundSeekers program. Andy holds a Masters in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a 2022 United States Artists fellow, 2022-2023 Leonardo Crip Tech Incubator fellow and a 2018 3Arts/Bodies of Work fellow. In 2020 Andy was acknowledged for his art by the New York Times in their article, “28 Ways To Learn About Disability Culture.” Andy’s current work focuses on advocacy for accessible art and technology, Alt-Text for sound and image, the phonology of the blindbody, spatial audio for extended reality, and sound design for film, dance, and video games. He has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Mcsweeneys Quarterly Concern, the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, Transmediale Festival Berlin, Ian Potter Museum of Art Melbourne, Critical Distance Toronto, Gallery 400 Chicago, Experimental Sound Studios Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Flux Factory New York, and Momenta Dance Company Chicago. Andy has collaborated with artists Molly Joyce, Shannon Finnegan, Kinetic Light, Quintron, Fayen d’Evie, and Eyehategod.
Robby Lee Williams, Dance Artist
Robby Lee Williams is a dancer and theater performer who is coming into the third year of his disability. He has trained and performed with Tango 21 Dance Theater and has been overjoyed to join Momenta Dance Company since 2019 to continue his dance journey. He is looking to join his poetry and adaptive dance in a way that is meaningful and moving.