Hundredth Monkey

Jesse had the honor of working with members of Hundredth Monkey, her second Dance and Performing Arts ensemble, for 7 years.  The incredibly talented company members helped develop, and performed in, Jesse’s third multi media production, Animal Lovers’ Project.


Jodi Allen

Jodi received her MA in dance from the University of Michigan. (Bio to be completed...)

Missy Bischoff

Missy Bischoff graduated from the University of Michigan's Dance Department in 1998 with a bachelors degree in Dance. She received highest honors and several scholarships and awards, including the Earl V. Moore Award in Dance. Missy serves as lead faculty at Lansing Community College's dance program. She joined Hundredth Monkey in 1999.

Carolyn Broughton

Carolyn Broughton is originally from Pittsburgh and has spent the last ten years doing a variety of lighting, design, and backstage work for the theater. She also serves as WILX Lansing's Technical Director for news. Carolyn has been with Animal Lovers' Project since its inception.

Lighting, Video and Stage Design

Susie Kellerman

Susie Kellerman is a native of Detroit and trained in jazz, tap, and hip-hop at Annette and Company School of Dance in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She has performed in Polaris and Jacobson fashion shows and with the University of Michigan Dance Company. Susie also teaches dance and will be receiving two bachelors degrees from University of Michigan this spring.

Kelly Kempter

Kelly Kempter began her formal dance training in 1988 after twelve years of gymnastics. In 1993 Kelly graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in Dance from Hunter College, New York. She performed at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn before joining Hundredth Monkey in 1995.

Catherine Marquardt

Catherine Marquardt studied clarinet and German at Oberlin College, earned an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, then discovered a love for organic farming. After six years of studying movement in the form of Tai Chi, she was drawn to dance by Jesse Richard's Earth Dance classes several years ago. She joined Hundredth Monkey in 2001.

Maia McKinney

Maia McKinney is a native Detroiter who holds a B.F.A. in dance with highest honors from the University of Michigan. She has performed in West African dance groups throughout her youth. Maia also performed for several years with her father (grand jazz master) Harold McKinney and family in a show entitled "Jazz for a New Generation" at the Detroit Montreux and International Ford Jazz Festivals. She is a member of Hakamma, an all women performance art group that has toured throughout Michigan as African-American culture keepers and and ritual artists. Maia finds herself drawn to Hundredth Monkey as an opportunity to raise social awareness through performing arts.

Nikki Pinchott

Graduate of University of Michigan School of Dance…. (Bio to Be Completed)

Alyssa Schreiber

Alyssa Schreiber is a student at the University Of Michigan School of Music, studying Vocal Performance and Musicology. She was awarded Honors in the All State New York Choir, and has performed in a variety of University of Michigan musical theater productions. Alyssa joined Hundredth Monkey in 1998.

Kathy Tossas

Graduate of University of Michigan…. (Bio to Be Completed)

Montgomery White Jr.

Montgomery White Jr. (Wiggy), is a native of Flint, experiencing different types of dance such as, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ethnic, Breakdance, Hip-hop, and Ballroom. In the fall of 2002, Montgomery will be attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), to earn a B. F. A. Ýin dance, and to begin his first year with the Hundredth Monkey.

Jesse Richards

Jesse Richards is a composer, singer, recording artist, choreographer, dancer, and teacher. In addition to Animal Lovers' Project, she has written two full-length musical productions, Woman's Body (1995) and Human Nature (1996). She has concertized and recorded extensively, and can be heard on the soundtrack of the international television hit Xena: Warrior Princess.

Director, Composer, Choreographer, Videographer

Guest Artist: Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson, who is currently a Professor of Dance at University of Michigan, was formerly a member of Urban Bush Women.

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