A-WOL Dance Collective believes that the arts build community and enhance the quality of life. Art, in its various forms, fosters creativity, empowers individuals and brings people together. A-WOL's warehouse headquarters offers a place of belonging for its patrons. Our students become friends with one another, our audience hangs out before and after shows, our volunteers mingle with our performers and our staff takes great ownership in our organization. Many have told us that they have found a sense of meaning and belonging by being a part of A-WOL in various ways.
Behind the scenes
Artistic & ExEcutive Director
As a founder and director of A-WOL, Jen manages many of the business aspects of the organization. On any given day you'll find her buried in budgets, meeting with arts partners from around the town, booking performances for any of our performing groups or overseeing office projects with the rest of the staff. Although the creative side of A-WOL is her favorite, she loves a good spreadsheet and conference call!
Artistic Director & Co-director of marketing/PR
Brandy often finds herself keeping A-WOL involved in the community with all types of festivals, collaborations, benefits and other community programs. If you see a picture or video on social media, she probably had something to do with it. As a founding member and director, she is happy to work alongside Jen and Alicia to create the performance season and keep pumping out amazing shows for all to enjoy.
Co-Director of Education & Management
Alicia plays a role in the education department at A-WOL as an outreach coordinator and coach. She heads the adult training company, FlyCo, sharing her desire for excellence, hard work, and creativity with other adults striving to become professionals in the industry. She regularly teaches aerial and dance in and around the Portland area, in both school and studio settings.
Ashley took on the role of Class Manager in Fall of 2014 and loves helping A-WOL to thrive and serve as wide a community as possible. Her primary duties include managing scheduling, behind-the-scenes trouble shooting, but she also teaches a handful of classes. After the positive impact A-WOL played in her life, being able to share that influence with others is truly satisfying. She’s grateful to belong to the A-WOL family and the many adventures that come with it!
Liz began her role as Aeros Director in 2016. Her life and career paths are heavily influenced by her own experience as a young performer in a committed performance group, so she is thrilled to get the chance to create similar opportunities for the talented students of A-WOL. She feels the skills these young artists learn in Aeros will carry them through any life choices that confront them. Liz is also a current A-WOL company member, and regularly teaches aerial and dance in the greater Portland Area.
Rachel took on the role of the youth manager at the beginning of 2017. If you have a student between the ages of 4-17 years you have likely chatted with her via email. While most of her daily work is communication with the families of A-WOL students and incoming students, she also runs A-WOL’s annual student showcase and you may also see her instructing a class or training. Rachel is excited to help create a welcoming space, accessible to all, where young students can not only train in aerial and movement but also be exposed to art and creativity in their lives. She loves that A-WOL provides both of these things in a positive and encouraging environment.
Director of FlyCo
Kate Law has performed with Jo Krieter’s Flyaway Productions, Project Bandaloop, The Crucible, and Supperclub in the Bay Area and appeared at the San Francisco Opera House, the Boston MFA, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the House of Blues. She was awarded the RAWArts Boston Performing Artist of the Year in 2012. She has been a choreographer and performer for the Boston Circus Guild since 2011 in addition to producing for her company, Bow & Sparrow. Kate is a graduate of Professional Track program at New England Center for Circus Arts. In 2016 she moved to Portland and has performed as a guest artist with AWOL Dance Collective.She has been teaching dance, gymnastics, yoga and circus arts for 14 years. She is a certified yoga instructor, has completed several aerial teacher trainings by Nimble Arts, and is a certified Cyr Wheel coach. She has toured nationally offering workshops, been a coach for Bow and Sparrow in San Francisco; Esh Circus Arts in Somerville, MA; New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro, VT; and The Circus Project in Portland. Since 2016 she has been the Director of FlyCo, the professional training program at A-WOL Dance Collective.
A-WOL GIVES BACK
We know that we can make a difference in our community, our city and our world. We also understand that arts can serve an important part in reaching parts of the community where economic status can be a challenge. Because of this, we work hard to give back to our community in many ways.
Scholarships and Work Trade programs
Charity Night Shows
Dancer Rehearsal Volunteer
Free Director Park Shows
Non-Profit Discounts & Partnerships
School Shows & Workshops
Free Youth Camps
A-WOL Dance Collective is located on the corner of NE Grand and Schuyler, just one block north of Broadway. Enter through our lobby where you will find our check-in desk, a beautiful waiting area and a community of tenants all serving the community in the areas of massage, acupuncture and mental health therapy. Once you pass through our lobby, you'll find a 5500 square foot climate controlled warehouse complete with three training spaces and over 25 hanging points for aerial apparatus. Contact us to rent our warehouse or one of the office suites!
Several times a year our warehouse space converts to a theater! We bring in risers for seating, we roll out the bar and set up bistro tables, our annex turns into a lounge, our back door turns into our entry and "voila!" welcome to the show!
A-WOL warehouse graffiti by John English.