Jessica Robinson Love
Executive & Artistic Director
Jessica Robinson Love has served CounterPULSE for twelve years. During that time, she has ushered CounterPULSE through a merger and relocation, expanding the organization’s budget ten-fold during her tenure as director. She designed and implemented CounterPULSE’s successful Artist in Residence program, and has curated dozens of performances and workshops. She has also served as guest curator for organizations such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Jessica is a writer, performer and political activist and her dance writing has been published in In Dance and on CriticalDance.com. She has worked in administration, production, and publicity for artists and arts organizations including Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy / Circo Zero, Dance Through Time, and the Erika Shuch Performance (ESP) Project.
Jessica served as adjunct faculty member at the New College of California where she has designed and implemented courses including “Activist Arts Synthesis”, “Arts Administration and Cultural Organizing” and “20th Century US History through the Arts.” During her tenure on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee she was responsible for curating and co-producing the annual Bay Area Dance Awards. She has served on the steering committee for San Francisco Arts Forum, the Theatre Bay Area Theatre Services Committee, the Dance/USA Emerging Leader Task Force, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Alternate ROOTS, a service and granting organization for community-based artists in the Southeastern United States. She has been the recipient of awards and scholarships from Dance/USA and the Bill T. Shannon Leadership Institute, and was the inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award for her service to the dance community, and she recently served as part of the US delegation to the International Tanzmesse in Germany.
Zoë Klein is an international performer, teacher, acrobat, event planner, and lighting designer from Brooklyn, NY. In NYC she has been Tech Director of Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Danspace Project Inc. and has toured as lighting designer or company manager for Eva Dean Dance, Wally Cardona, and Bebe Miller. Zoë is now the space manager for Theatre of Yugen at NOHspace, a master electrician at ODC Theater, and CounterPulse Technical Director. She has worked for SF Local 16 Stagehand Union, and was a production stage manager for Amy Seiwert & Robert Moses at Oakland Ballet. Zoë has toured 28 countries over 6 continents co-directing Paradizo Dance. Paradizo won multiple 1st place awards in Cabaret competitions, was seen on So You Think You Can Dance, and was a top Finalist on America’s Got Talent. Zoë dances for Epiphany Dance Productions and Ramon Alayos Company while booking circus acts for private events.
Julie E. Phelps
Program Director (Interim Artistic & Executive Director OCT 2012 – FEB 2013)
Julie joined the CounterPulse staff in July of 2008 after receiving a BA in psychology from Macalester College (St. Paul) and working as an independent producer and curator. As Program Director of this multi-faceted organization Julie preserves an intentional imprecision and multi-missioned agenda, maintaining a hybrid life as a producer/curator/programmer/community activist. As part of her work at CounterPulse Julie has led the design and implementation of numerous innovative programs and initiatives including moving from a rental house to all curated programming, launching community engagement programming with low income populations, and instigating international and national exchange projects and presentations. In addition to her work at CounterPulse, she has toured extensively nationally and internationally as a dramaturg and performer with Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence (a dance about the economy). She also had the honor of performing with legendary Meg Stewart in her work Auf Den Tisch.
Communications and Engagement Director
Shamsher Virk comes to CounterPULSE with a dedication to performance as a language and tool for collaborative community-based arts. As our Communications & Engagement Director, he connects CounterPULSE to our neighbors, our city, our media, and our wider community in cyberspace. Prior to CounterPULSE, Shamsher worked with Joanna Haigood’s site-specific performance company, Zaccho Dance Theatre. Shamsher graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2007 with a B.A. in Human Ecology, a course of study that immersed him in interdisciplinary communication arts and social research methodology. Shamsher’s experience in the non-profit world includes documentary video production work with Interlock Media in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and administrative work with the Centre for Performance Research in Aberystwyth, Wales.