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As a repertory company, film-making group and education organization, Company | E seeks out the finest artists worldwide to make dances, to dance in the company, create the scenic and costume elements and make the music and the films which goes into world-class performance and engagement on stage and in the studio, the classroom and the workspaces of capacity building. The Creative Team hails from different parts of the world and around the US.


Paul Gordon Emerson
New York City
Co-Founder | Executive Director

Kathryn Sydell Pilkington
North Carolina, USA
Co-Founder | Co-Artistic Director

Tara Ashley Compton
Co-Founder | Managing Director
Co-Director of International Programs

Elizabeth Coco
Washington, DC | New York City
Technical & Production Manager

Clifton Brockinton (Washington, DC)
Matt Jones
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Resident Composers/Music Directors

Jennifer MacKenzie Baker

Richmond, Virginia
Director of Marketing | Communications

Franziska Schmidt
International Engagements and Bookings

Francisco Campos-Lopez
Paul Gordon Emerson
Ciné Creative Directors

Maria Djordjevic
Belgrade, Serbia
Resident Costume & Scenic Design


Danielle Agami (ISRAEL)

Yossi Berg & Oded Graf (ISRAEL)

Isabel Croxatto (CHILE)

Paul Gordon Emerson

Rachel Erdos (UK/ISRAEL)

Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar (ISRAEL)

Jason Garcia Ignacio (PHILIPPINES)

Ludovic Jolivet (FRANCE)

Roni Koresh (USA/ISRAEL)

Loni Landon (USA)

Walter Matteini (ITALY)

Andrea Miller (USA)

Ohad Naharin (ISRAEL)

Alex Neoral (BRAZIL)

Thomas Noone/Nuria Martinez (SPAIN)

Joshua L. Peugh (USA)

Kathryn Pilkington (USA)

Robert J. Priore (USA)

Paul Taylor (USA)

Paul Emerson

Paul Gordon Emerson (Co-Founder | Executive & Co-Artistic Director) moved to Washington for what was supposed to be a brief stopover while waiting for his first posting in the U.S. Foreign Service. He ended up serving as Legislative Director to the late Thomas M. Foglietta (D-PA) for seven years and liaison to the House Armed Services Committee. He has worked on more than 20 federal campaigns, including races for the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives.

His writings have appeared on the opinion pages of the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. He is a former radio broadcaster, having served as a news director, disk jockey, and sports announcer for several radio stations in Ohio. Mr. Emerson is host of the Addy-Award winning Cable TV news magazine "Performance Moves." He has traveled nationally as a professional photographer, specializing in industrial photography. He has worked as a journeyman in construction and design and dabbles in bronze as a sculptor.

During Company E's first 40 months, Mr. Emerson has led the Company and its artists on Concert and education programs, most often in partnership with the US Deparment of State, around the world many times, with major partnerships forged with artists and organizations alike in countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, Italy and Belarus. Forging the Company's identity in international engagements and cross-cultural partnerships, he has built sister company relationships with Samruk Dance Company in Almaty, Kazakhstan, ImPerfect Dancers in Pisa, Italy and as a founding member of the international Dancing Partners consortium crafted by Thomas Noone Dance of Barcelona, Spain.

Since its June 2011 founding in the Amazonian Reserve of Tambopata, Peru, the Company and its artists have worked in Argentina, China, Chile, Peru, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmeninstan, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and beyond.

At home Mr. Emerson has led the partnerships created with Embassies of foreign nations in Washington, building relatioships which have led to season-long celebrations of the choreographers of Israel and Spain in 2012/2013 and now of Italy in 2014.

Prior to co-founding Company | E he co-founded and then served as Executive Director for CityDance Ensemble from 1996-2004 and was Artistic Director between 2000 and his resignation at the end of June 2011, when the performing company was disbanded. During his tenure with CityDance Ensemble, the company received every significant award in its history, including the 2010 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Service to Education, the 2009 DC Mayor's Arts Award for Artistic Excellence, 2003 DC Mayors Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and the 2005 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. During that time the Company was named a “Top 25 To Watch” worldwide by Dance Magazine.

During Mr. Emerson tenure CityDance created one of the largest and most successful education outreach programs in the region, CityDance Early Arts and CityDance DREAM, launched CityDance FilmWORKS, opened the CityDance Centers at Strathmore and Mt. Vernon Square and in 2010 the new partnership with the DC Dance Collective in Washington, DC. He guided CityDance through nine international concert tours between 2003, traveling to a dozen countries. CityDance Ensemble's final artistic engagement before the Company was disbanded was in Peru under the invitation of the US Department of State.

In 2006, Mr. Emerson received the Pola Nirenska Award for Artistic Excellence in Dance. His God children Aidan and Nathan are his real pride and joy.

Read: "A Handheld Handshake" | The New York Times (2011) - an opinion piece for the New York Times

Read: "The Diplomacy of Dance" | The New York Times (2010)
- an opinon piece for the New York Times

Read the Washington Post article on Mr. Emerson, "Changing the Rhythym of His Life" (March 13, 2010)

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