Eva Stone (Festival Founder, Producer + Curator)
Eva Stone is a teaching artist, choreographer, and founder/producer of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work. She received her BFA in Performance & Choreography from Arizona State University, and later earned an MA in Choreography & Choreological Studies from Trinity Laban. She’s created work for Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet/Seattle Art Museum’s Sculptured Dance, Seattle International Dance Festival, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and collaboratively with Seattle Dance Project for Project Orpheus, among others, and presented work in New York, Los Angeles, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg. In September 2018 she launched a nationally recognized choreography program “New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance” at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work brings outstanding contemporary dance companies together for a unique series of performances, lectures, and master classes annually in Bellevue, WA. She is currently based in Seattle.
Lizzy Melton (Assistant to the Producer + Curator)
Lizzy Melton is a former professional dancer and current arts administrator. Lizzy earned a BA in Art History from the American University of Paris and, in addition to her work with CHOP SHOP, serves as Panel Coordinator for the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture and as Company Manager for Spectrum Dance Theater. Lizzy assists with curation of the festival's artists, oversees festival marketing and outreach, leads fundraising campaigns, and provides administrative support to the festival producer and artists. The 2019 festival will mark Lizzy's 9th year supporting CHOP SHOP.
Banner Photo: Courtney Mazeika and Marlie Couto performing their duet eventually at CHOP SHOP 2018, photo by Bret Doss.