Jeanne Ruddy with Honorees Linda Caruso-Haviland and Sharon Friedler

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Dr. Bob Wallner and Kathryn Kearns

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PG Youth Outreach Program

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Jeanne Ruddy with Honorees Linda Caruso-Haviland and Sharon Friedler

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2017 Performance Garage
Gala Celebration 
Honoring Linda Caruso-Haviland, Sharon Friedler, and Bayard Storey


Thursday, March 30, 2017



Performances by:

Philadelphia Area Dance for Parkinson's Disease

The Parkinsingers


Pitch Dance Company


Photos by Joe Labolito


Linda Caruso-Haviland is an Associate Professor at Bryn Mawr College and the founder and Director of the Dance Program.  She also created the Dance Program at SUNY/Westchester Community Colleges and has taught in several colleges and universities including Temple University and the University of the Arts. She directed and continues to teach in Bryn Mawr College’s critical thinking and writing program for first year students and has received the College’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz teaching award. Her undergraduate degree in dance is from Adelphi University and her doctorate in dance and philosophy, from Temple University. She has performed with artists in New York and Philadelphia, principally with ZEROMOVING COMPANY under the direction of Hellmut Gottschild. Her scholarly activities focus on mediating between the world of academic research and various populations engaged in dance as performers, choreographer or audience and on researching the rise of a professional class of dancers in turn of the century Philadelphia. She is currently co-editing a book on the role of bodiedness in both historiography and the archive.   

Sharon Friedler was the first Stephen Lang Professor of Performing Arts and Professor and Director of Dance at Swarthmore College from 1985-2014.  She has choreographed over 80 works for concert stage, opera, and musical theatre for productions in Canada, Italy, Poland, and various venues in the United States. At Swarthmore, she taught courses on the arts as social change, composition, dance and film, and others in the history/theory sequence as well as those in Modern and West African and dance techniques. Her research interests include arts and social change, dance and gender, and the traditional and contemporary dances of Ghana. Sharon is the co-editor (with Susan B. Glazer) of the book Dancing Female: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance. She has also served as the chief examiner for Dance for the International Baccalaureate Organization since 2000.  Since 2015 Sharon has been teaching, along with her husband, Jon Sherman, in the Dance for PD ® (Parkinson's Disease) program. Currently under the direction of David Leventhal, this program began in 2001 in New York City as an association between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.  

Bayard Storey holds a BA in Chemistry, MS in Chemical Engineering, and PhD Chemistry.  He and his spouse Francy moved to Whitemarsh from Boston in 1958, he to become researcher for Rohm and Haas Company, she to immediately become involved with Philadelphia Museum of Art.  In 1967 he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, first in Biochemistry, then in Physiology and Center for Reproductive Biology, division of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  He became emeritus professor in 1996 and fully retired in 2012.  

In 1987, with four children grown and dispersed, they moved to the 1900 block of Brandywine Street to a building recognized by Francy as having "good bones".  This block was a simmering cauldron of people with stimulating ideas and interesting careers.  Here they encountered Jeanne Ruddy Dance. The implementation of the Performance Garage provided a robust platform for development of drama for the Dance Company and for other groups in the City, to expand all forms of drama linked to music.  As a long time supporter, Bayard is thrilled the Performance Garage is now providing the spark to ignite further development the "Avenue of the Arts North", to join then Mayor Ed Rendell's "Avenue of the Arts South".  



Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

Representative Donna Bullock
Senator Larry Farnese

Councilman William Greenlee

Edward G. Rendell

Representative Brian Sims
Governor Tom Wolf

Gala Committee

Barbara Adams

Floss Barber & Robert Angevine

Millie L. Berg*

Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz

Michael & Ellen Singer Coleman

Kathryn Keeler* & Grant Greapentrog
Wendy & Gregory Gosfield

Susan Lewis & Joseph Kluger

Peggy & Scott Reynolds
Barbara & Robert Tiffany

Jeanne Ruddy* & Victor Keen*

Michele & John Vernon

Kathleen Vick & Stephen Stack
Dr. Robert Wallner*

Richard Witt

*Performance Garage Board Member

2017 Gala  Sponsors

Amy Branch & Jeff Benoliel
Premier Sponsor
Zibby and Jim Tozer
Tanya Shields*

2017 Food Sponsors