Julie E. Phelps
Artistic Director & Interim Executive Director
Julie joined the CounterPulse staff in 2008 after receiving a BA in psychology from Macalester College (St. Paul) and working as an independent producer and curator. As the director of this multi-faceted organization Julie preserves an intentional imprecision and multi-missioned agenda in her work 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 performer with Keith Hennessy, Meg Stewart, and Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior.
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.
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 has been 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 Production Stage Manager for Amy Seiwert & Robert Moses at Oakland Ballet. Zoë has toured 28 countries over 6 continents co-directing acrobatic dance company 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 currently dances for Epiphany Dance Productions and Ramon Alayo Company while booking circus acts for private events with her company ZoeKleinProductions.
Jeanne Pfeffer joined the CounterPulse staff in June 2014, after five years of independent performing arts management, producing, and fundraising work in San Francisco. She has worked primarily towards sustainable support for, and professional production of, emerging and mid-career performing artists and their work. In addition to her work at CounterPulse, Jeanne serves on the board of directors for FACT/SF. Previously, she worked as Operations Manager for FACT/SF, Program Director for Jess Curtis/Gravity, House Manager for CounterPulse, and a Fellow with the Emerging Arts Professionals – SF Bay Area. Jeanne has also worked with Quinn Associates, Kate Mitchell, Eye Zen Productions, DRP Dance (MN), Zenon Dance Center (MN), and The American Dance Festival (NC). She graduated with honors from Beloit College with a B.A. in both Sociology and Theater Arts.