The panel

Each year, TRDP selects a panel of established and respected professionals (dancers, dance educators, choreographers, dance critics, dance enthusiasts, etc.) in the area to provide feedback and mentorship opportunities to the selected choreographers. Without these incredible, thoughtful people, Tobacco Road Dance Productions wouldn't exist. This year's panelists are: 

 PC: Chris Cherry

PC: Chris Cherry

Stephanie Leathers is a choreographer, educator, photographer, performer and Durham native. In addition to connecting and collaborating with members in the community, she is the organizer of Sunday SITES, a site-responsive investigation to infrastructural change (specifically in Durham). Currently, Stephanie teaches at American Dance Festival’s SamuelH. Scripps Studios and is a Dance Educator for Durham Public Schools. Learn more about her work at

A curious and inquisitive soul, Killian Manning has a BA in German, an MTS in Theology, a PhD. in Performance Studies, and pointe shoes from Freed’s.  She began her dancing and dance-making career in Boston in the early ‘80’s, studying with Mark Morris and Lucinda Childs. She became a member of Susan Rose and DanceWorks, served on the dance faculties of Radcliffe, DanceWorks and the Boston Conservatory, and founded her company, No Forwarding Address. She relocated to North Carolina in 1988 to study at ADF and decided to stay put.  It was a wise decision. Between 1989 and 1995 she studied with Trisha Brown, taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, created over 10 evening-length works, received funding from numerous N.C. state and local arts agencies and was named "Best in The Triangle" in dance for four years.  Returning to the Triangle in 2004 she joined the faculties at UNC-Greensboro in Communication Studies and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill and continues making work with amazing performers. She is very excited to be a part of Tobacco Road Dance Productions for 2017-’18.

Heather Tatreau has a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from New York University. While living in New York City, she trained in classic modern dance techniques as well as avant-garde performance styles and somatic disciplines. She has performed and presented her choreography in NYC, Italy, and locally. 

Heather has been teaching in universities across NC since 2003. She is in her sixth year on faculty at Carolina, teaching the modern dance technique and theory courses. She works to promote dance on campus through creating new courses, developing interdisciplinary projects across departments, and working closely with Carolina Performing Arts and the Ackland Art Museum. Heather also is a choreographer, director, and movement consultant for productions with StreetSigns, The Process Series, and the Kenan Theater Company. Since joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has created two original evening length dance theater pieces for the Department of Dramatic Arts.


2017 Panelists: Amy Love Beasley, Anjanée Bell, Jessi Knight

2016 Panelists: Alyssa Noble, Natalie Teichmann, Leah Wilks

2015 Panelists: Renay Aumiller, Nicola Bullock, Lightsey Darst