“I am incredibly excited by the work SDW is doing to make dance a more inclusive and accessible artform. I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this community and support these amazing dancers through an administrative role!” 

Runa graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2021 with a double major in geology and politics, and a minor in dance. While at W&L, she presented work at the Center for Movement Research, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, and Lenfest Center for the Arts in addition to interning with the Joffrey Ballet School. Following graduation, she worked at Moondance Adventures planning and guiding wilderness-based trips across the United States. Having collaborated with members of Shaleigh Dance Works and studied with Shaleigh Comerford at Washington and Lee, Runa is thrilled to join the team as SDW’s Executive Assistant.

“Authenticity and transparency are values that I hold very close to my heart. This company strives to let authenticity drive the movement which is what draws me in. We are a collective of curious individuals looking to break down the boundaries of dance and create art that is accessible to all, as art imitates life. I am very excited and curious to see how my work as a company member and the marketing director will affect each other”


“I’m so excited and inspired by the work SDW is generating. They are transforming the way dance can be created and experienced, laying the foundation for a more sustainable and inclusive performance industry. I am delighted to support their work and mission of expanding the scope of inclusivity and action in dance.”

Katie Jo Fulks is a performer, arts administrator, and teaching artist originally from West Virginia. Prior to relocating to Durham, NC, Katie was a company member and administrator with the WV Dance Company and served as a dance captain/performer at Theatre West Virginia in 2021 and 2022. A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, she holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration. Katie has performed works by Gerri Houlihan, Christal Brown, Toneta Akers-Toler, Donald Laney, ShaLeigh Comerford, Casey Avaunt, and Jen Guy Metcalf. As an arts administrator, most of her work is in grant writing, marketing, event management, and arts advocacy. Katie also teaches dance and theater throughout the Triangle. Through her work on and off stage, Katie strives to emphasize the power and necessity of art.


Phoebe Jordan Crumbine is a dancer, choreographer, marketing/social media specialist and teacher based in North Carolina. Phoebe is of Irish and English heritage and grew up on the North East coast of the US. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Psychology, in the spring of 2023. Phoebe is a certified Pilates instructor, in which she studied mat and equipment Pilates. She spent the summer of 2022 studying dance in Florence, Italy, under Angelo Egarese. There, she performed in the Florence Dance Festival. She is vocally trained by Gretchen Bruesehoff. She was the artistic director, a choreographer and performer, for “Game Over”, an evening length show produced, performed, and created by the Elon BFA Dance class of 2023. Her choreography has been selected to be presented at several mainstage shows in North Carolina. She was brought in as a guest choreographer at the Governor’s School West during the summer of 2023. She worked as an assistant to the chair of the performing arts department at Elon. It was there that she took over running the Instagram and gained hands-on experience in the marketing field. She currently is signed as a company member and the marketing director for Shaleigh Dance Works. 


“I’m thrilled to be the resident stage manager for ShaLeigh Dance Works since first joining them for their 2018 premiere of E Pluribus Unum II.”

Cheryl Edson is a theatremaker, educator, and writer.  In addition to being the resident stage manager for ShaLeigh Dance Works, she has stage managed for Bulldog Ensemble Theatre, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, and the Durham 150 closing ceremony at DPAC. Cheryl is a board member of the National Women’s Theatre Festival and a teaching artist at the Durham Arts Council. She is a theatre artist, writer, director, and composer who has worked across New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina. Recently, she was the producer for Goblin Market at Burning Coal Theater and stage managed Bulldog Ensemble Theater’s inaugural production “Curve of Departure.” She has a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Kumin has designed the lighting for plays, musicals, opera, dance, video, fashion shows, and many other events. Building on his undergraduate degree from Duke, he went on to get an MFA from Brandeis in Lighting Design. In addition to practicing his art on projects that were for art’s sake, he was responsible for design and production on numerous special events through his production company Tri-Luminary, Inc. in New York City, from 1999 to 2007. From then until 2017, he handled North American Sales/Marketing for a lighting manufacturer based in Australia. At various points in the middle of all that, he was an associate producer on a number of theatrical productions; worked in advertising and marketing for a small agency in South Florida; created officially endorsed training videos for the EPA about testing procedures and for DesignCAD, a Computer Aided Design program he has used since 1986; guest-taught at universities such as Brandeis, NYU, and SUNY Purchase; sat on panels at conferences about lighting control; collaborated as an inventor on US Patent 8950901; and consulted on a number of other business startups in technology, the arts, and related fields. In 2019, Kumin returned to the practice of lighting dance, working with ShaLeigh Dance Works on Bamboo Wind and in 2020 with The In-Between. He also began a new endeavor, joining the design staff of Southern Lights of Raleigh, working on landscape and outdoor lighting projects.

ShaLeigh Comerford, President
Dorothy Recasner Brown,
Vice President
Lauren Markley,
Steckley Lee,
Davian Robinson,
Access Committee Chair

Fran Kirmser, Fran Kirmser Productions
Myra Weise, Proxemic Media