Lora Allen

Lora Allen is the co-founder and director of The Iron Factory, a space that works to support the challenging and experimental work of performance artists with on-going classes, curated performances, residencies, and work exchange opportunities. She is the artistic director of allendance and her work has been shown throughout the US and abroad. allendance has facilitated classes and lectures at Wilson College, The University of Kansas, DeSales University, and The University of Charleston. She was most recently a HATCH artist-in-residence with Philadelphia's Birds on a Wire Dance Theater. Lora is currently a collaborator in Project Trans(m)it: a collaborative, long-term research and performance project delving into tech-riddled space. Led by four female choreographers, their points of inquiry include transmittance of dance/movement via technology, transference of choreographic ideas in different continental spaces, what is gained/lost in these transfers, and which technological platforms are best used for which types of physical information transmission. Their most recent research, "Project Trans(m)it: creating dance collaboratively via technology – a best practices overview" was published through Research in Dance Education Journal in 2017. Lora was the Company Manager for The Leah Stein Dance Company for four years in Philadelphia, PA. She has a BA in Dance from DeSales University.

Andy Thierauf
programs manager

Andy Thierauf is a Philadelphia based percussionist and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in the commingling of percussion with theater, dance, and technology. Andy has appeared in Philadelphia, Boston, Argentina, and across the Midwest at music festivals, conferences, and symposiums. His creative research centers on seamlessly integrating technology into performance to produce collaborative, multi-media presentations with writers, dancers, actors, choreographers, and composers. He is also half of stb x at, a dance/percussion duo with dancer and choreographer Sean Thomas Boyt. The ensemble has performed at various universities, art galleries, and non-traditional venues across the Midwest and Philadelphia.


Ashley Lippolis
space manager

Ashley Lippolis is a Philadelphia-based dancer and the caretaker of The Iron Factory studio and residency space. She is a company member of allendance, and has also danced for Tori Lawrence + Co., Amy Lynne Barr,  and Paige Phillips, among others. Ashley works for the Association for Public Art, a historic nonprofit that commissions and preserves public art in Philadelphia. She has a BA in dance and psychology from Franklin & Marshall College.



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Philadelphia, PA 19122