ELENA MOSLEY, Columbia County
Elena Mosley is a dancer based in Claverack, NY in Columbia County, and Director of Operation Unite. A graduate of New York University, Mosley began as a Charge Nurse in Greene County Hospital, and for several years was a Head Nurse, Supervisor and System’s Manager at the New York State Firemen’s Home. Elena’s love of music and dance lead her to mobilize artists forming Kuumba Dance & Drum, representing a variety of African influenced music and dance. After 10 years in the Capital Region, Mosley began to focus communities that benefit from cultural programs, such as Catskill and Hudson. As a 22 year member of the New York State DanceForce, dance artists of excellence have been performing in Columbia County with the help of prestigious partners such as Columbia Greene Community College and Hudson Hall. Mosley has served on the boards of Columbia County NAACP, Hudson Opera House, Columbia County Council on the Arts and the Hudson Boys and Girls Club. Today, Elena serves on the Trustee Board at State Street AME Zion Church, the Secretary at Hudson Hall, the Program Committee at the Hudson Area Library, and is a proud volunteer at Hospice. She is in her fourteenth year as a Civil Service Commissioner, twenty years as Executive Director at Operation Unite, New York and fifteen years as a Rotarian. Mosley celebrates 28 years at Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, where she has helped numerous youths to enter colleges and universities and to become contributing citizens of their community. Elena’s proudest moments include the achievements of her children and sharing her love of dance through teaching and performance. Elena hopes to continue dancing, for as long as she can stand and groove something.
JOHN SOWLE & STEVEN PATTERSON, Greene County
John Sowle and Steven Patterson, based in Catskill, NY, are founders of Bridge Street Theatre. John Sowle grew up in Oklahoma, went to MIT for a BS in mathematics and then a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art at UC Berkeley. Steven Patterson grew up in southern California, studied acting in New York City, and performed all over, including two years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. John Sowle and Steven Patterson first met during a production of C. D. Arnold’s King of the Crystal Palace at Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco in 1983 in which Steven was playing the title character and John was designing the lights. They founded a production company called Kaliyuga Arts in 1986 in Los Angeles and have been producing theatre together ever since. The company produced shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City and their productions have toured all over the US, Canada and in Europe. They officially moved to Catskill in 2008. John started working at Stageworks in Hudson as a literary manager and director, and then, as Kaliyuga Arts, they rented the Stageworks space and presented three shows there. They had a powerful desire, however, to create theatre in Greene County itself, and in late 2013 purchased the old Curtron Factory just across the creek from Catskill Village’s historic downtown. They christened it Bridge Street Theatre and converted the building into a performing arts complex to serve as a permanent home for their productions. Opening its doors to the public in 2014, Bridge Street Theatre was in the vanguard of Catskill’s current cultural revival and has now embarked on its 7th Season, retaining Kaliyuga Arts’ emphasis on new, neglected, and off-beat theatre, while adding an eclectic mix of music, magic, dance, cabaret, film, visual art, and visiting theatre in between their own productions.
CORNELIA MCGIVER, Schoharie County
Cornelia McGiver is a professional musician and speech language pathologist based in Germantown, NY. McGiver earned her BA in Liberal Arts with a double major in music and classics at Bard College in 1985, and her MS in Speech Language Pathology from the College of Saint Rose in 1994. McGiver has worked with a number of medical organizations that specialize in therapy and speech with children, including: being a founding partner in Partnership For Education, with Early Intervention Program, with SUNY New Paltz, and currently owns and operates Communicate to Connect, a Speech Language Pathology agency in New Paltz. In addition to this important work, McGiver has been an active musician in orchestras and Chamber Music groups throughout the region, including the New Haven Symphony, The Orchestra Now, and the Orchestra of New England, and taught music, including at Bard College. In addition to these accomplishments, McGiver is the Founder and Artistic Director of Panther Creek Arts, a theatre and sometimes-café in West Fulton that brings music, theatre, festivals, silent auctions, dinners, art shows and other events to the community.