GSS Welcomes Two New Team Members!

June 11, 2019

If you've been around GSS in the past few months, you've certainly noticed new faces on the staff. GSS is lucky to have Kim Holman and Elmer Martinez continuing the exciting work happening in the space. Read on to get to know them and learn about their plans for enhancing GSS! 

 

 

Kim Holman

Kimberleigh A. Holman is the director of Luminarium Dance Company and a freelance artist working in Boston. She holds an MFA (Interdisciplinary Arts/Performance Creation) from Goddard College, and graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College (Dance, Theatre). Since co-founding Luminarium in 2010, Kimberleigh has shown work at venues such as the Boston Center for the Arts, UMass Amherst’s Fine Arts Center, mobius, OBERON and more. She has been awarded over a dozen grants from such renowned institutions as Boston Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, NEFA, and more, for both her artistic work and community programming. As Programming Director, Kim manages our weekly sponsored classes, special workshops, and visiting artists. 

 

What are you most looking forward to about working at GSS?

I've been making work, rehearsing my company, Luminarium Dance, and teaching at GSS since 2010, and now I'm thrilled to join the staff . I am looking forward to getting to know who is using the building, what they're up to, and how I can support and enhance opportunites for dancers at GSS and beyond. Also, to help develop and refine GSS's programming as we close in on 2020. 

 

What is your favorite thing about the dance community in Cambridge?

I love the quantity of humans making and dancing and the general relentless spirit. 

 

Elmer Martinez

Elmer is a lighting designer, dancer, host and producer. He has produces spoken word, dance and cultural projects including "The Experience open Mic", “Eat, Sleep, Dance, Repeat” and “Rebirth”. Elmer designs lights across Massachusetts, New York and Canada. He received his BFA in Theater Studies focused in lighting design with a minor in dance from Emerson College. As Theater Manager, Elmer books and manages events and performances in our Black Box Theater. 

 

What are you most looking forward to about working at GSS?

Helping artists produce amazing work in the area as well as developing my own skills. I look forward to bringing both dance and non-dance performances in the theater.

 

Who is a dancer/artist who inspires you?

I get a lot of inspiration from Langston Hues aesthetically via his use of jazz in his work. Dance-wise my friends in the hip-hop scene push me to keep learning and creating. 

 

If you haven't had the chance, stop by the office and meet these wonderful new staff members!

 

 

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