Jeanne Ruddy

Executive Director, Resident Artist, Co-Founder

Joyce Stein

Finance Director

Christopher Barrett Politan

Development Director

Jeanne Ruddy

Executive Director, Resident Artist, Co-Founder

215.569.4060 ext 206

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Jeanne Ruddy is a former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Company where she performed throughout the world and was featured in the PBS Great Performances series in Graham's Cave of the Heart. She also performed leading roles in such Graham works as Andromache's Lament, Diversion of Angels, Deaths and Entrances, Seraphic Dialogue, Clytemnestra, Cortege of Eagles, Embattled Garden, Herodiade, and Appalachian Spring. She has also danced on Broadway in The King and I, starring Yul Brynner and was an original member of Agnes de Mille’s Heritage Dance Theatre. In addition, she directed, choreographed and danced in her own company, Jeanne Ruddy and Dancers, in New York City. She received her early dance training in Miami, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from North Carolina School of the Arts and her Masters of Arts degree from New York University. She directed the Graham-based modern department at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center from 1986 to 1995 and was a faculty member of The Juilliard School from 1988 to 1998.


In addition to her work in New York, Ms. Ruddy was invited to numerous international symposiums: The Congress of the Dance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The International Sommerakadamie des Tanzes, Cologne, Germany; and The American Dance Festival in Moscow, Russia, where she was the first to teach the Martha Graham Technique to an advanced group of Russian artists after Russia opened. She has been a guest artist where she has taught and choreographed in many of the United States’ leading colleges and universities of dance such as Sarah Lawrence College, Connecticut College and Florida State University. Local teaching appointments have included Temple University, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and as company teacher at Philadanco. Ms. Ruddy served as Co-chair of the Executive Council of The Rock School from 1994 to 2001 and served for six years on the board of Dance Affiliates.


She founded Jeanne Ruddy Dance in 1999 and received The Independence Foundation Fellowship Award in 2000. Other awards and grants include the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Americas well as the NEA’s Artistic Excellence award, three Pew Foundation Dance Advance awards, three William Penn Foundation grants, six Fels Foundation awards, and nine years of support from the Independence Foundation as well as the Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Fund, the Dolfinger McMahon, PECO—an Exelon Company, Land Services Inc, among others. Ruddy recently received her first endowed fund—the Martha LaVallee-Williams Community Outreach Fund for her Company’s work in the broader community.


Since founding the Performance Garage in 2000, Ms. Ruddy, with the help of her Board, contributors, company dancers and staff, developed the space—an incubator for classes, rehearsals, workshops and performances.

Christopher Barrett Politan

Development Director

215.569.4060 ext 205

Christopher Barrett Politan is an experienced strategist and management consultant, having worked with organizations throughout the non-profit sector across the United States for nearly two decades. His work is focused on organizational sustainability and innovation through the development of leadership, collaborative organizational partnerships, and brand building. Through his work in change management, he has helped organizations develop stronger and more robust boards, engage and re-engage constituencies, and think strategically about the aims of their missions. 


His practice has been traditionally focused in the following areas:


Cultural organizations - Visual and Preforming Arts

Environmental organizations

LGBTQ organizations 

Health Issue organizations


In this capacity, he has worked with a wide array of clients including: Ali Forney Center, Anti-Violence Project, Artists Space, Ballet Chicago, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Friends of the Hudson River Park, Kinhaven Music School, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (Outright International) Maysles Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.


Christopher is also the founder and principal of Give, Get, Grow Philanthropic Advisory. His work aims to connect individuals to emerging thought leaders and ideas throughout the non-profit sector. He bridges the gap traditional philanthropy and venture philanthropy, helping individuals make focused and substantive impacts.


Christopher is also an avid swimmer and swim coach, having led masters teams in Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago. Additionally he serves on the boards of Chicago Dancemakers Forum, a grant maker for dance in Chicago, as well as the Delaware Legacy Fund which provides grants to emerging needs within Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community. 

Joyce Stein

Finance Manager

215.569.4060 ext 202

Joyce Stein has been an accomplished Chief Financial Officer and Certified Public Accountant with great depth in Non-Profit organizations. She has demonstrated ability to streamline business operations to drive growth and increase efficiency and cash flow. Highly qualified to develop and implement financial controls as well as productivity improvements. Possesses solid leadership, communications and interpersonal skills to establish rapport with Board members and all levels of staff and management.

CORE COMPETENCIES: Financial Planning, Analysis & Reporting; Accounting & Internal Controls, GAAP, Treasury/Cash Management, Controllership & Decision Support, Strategic Planning, Growth Strategy Development, Contract & Lease Negotiations, Multiple State & Federal Tax Compliance & Reporting, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Budgeting, Insurance & Health Benefits Management (401k, ESOP Plans), IT, Certified for QuickBooks Pro and Master Builder 7, Sage, Accupay, MS Office