ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

photography: Omari Joseph

photography: Omari Joseph


Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, Atlanta native and a founding artist of Fly on a Wall, is thrilled to find herself a part of an organism grown from the fertile and creative grounds of the vibrant city of Atlanta. As a young artist, she trained at The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, and joined the Atlanta Ballet in 2006. She has performed works by numerous choreographers, including George Balanchine, Diane Coburn Bruning, Alan Hineline, Stephen Mills, Micheal Pink, Stanton Welch, Lila York, John McFall and Lauri Stallings.  In 2009 she began to explore more contemporary work with dance maker Lauri Stallings, leading to the formation of gloATL, a platform for contemporary movement language and physical gesture. While with glo, she was a part of numerous experiences created for Atlanta and beyond, from Rapt in 2009 to The Social Animal in 2013.  Nicole has worked intimately with a number of artists across many mediums and this has given her the understanding that all work is truly collaborative at heart. This belief led to the creation of Fly on a Wall.

photography: Fly on a Wall

photography: Fly on a Wall

Nathan Griswold

Nathan Griswold, originally from the northwest coast of the United States, finished his formal dance training at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, Texas. He has danced as a member of the Atlanta Ballet, the Alberta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballett Augsburg and Nationaltheater Mannheim. During his time at these companies he performed in works by Christian Spuck, Leo Mujic, Alejandro Cerrudo, Emily Molnar, Regina Van Berkel and Kevin O'Day. Much of his career from 2000 till 2014 was spent touring both nationally and internationally. His solo choreographic works have been performed by Ballett Augsburg, Atlanta Ballet, and Stadt Theater Ulm. Nathan has taken part in several independent films and appeared on the TBS sitcom "The Detour". He is also currently working towards a business degree at Georgia State University. 

 

 

photography:  David M. Batterman for Dashboard

photography:  David M. Batterman for Dashboard

Sean Nguyen - Hilton

Sean Nguyen - Hilton spent three seasons with River North Dance Chicago Company performing works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kevin Iaega Jeff, Julia Rhodes and Harrison McEldowney, among others. Later, Sean spent two seasons with the NYC-based Armitage Gone! Dance. While with AG!D he toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed at the Joyce theater NYC and Jacob's Pillow. He has also danced with the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre and Columbia Classical Ballet. Sean has been on faculty at The University of South Carolina, The Northwest Florida Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, The Lou Conte Dance Studio, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. After relocating to Atlanta in 2012, Sean danced with gloATL and was principal of gloSCHOOLHOUSE (gloATLs educational platform), from 2013 to 2014. He was the Program Coordinator for ChopArt, an organization empowering homeless youth to practice self-expression through art. Sean was facilitator for Dance Chance Atlanta, a once a month choreographic showcase at the Atlanta Ballet, as well as 2014-15 Walthall Fellow through the Atlanta organization WonderRoot. Sean joined Fly on a Wall as an Artistic Director in Fall 2014.