Festival Jurors

Meet the jurors of the inaugural Presenting Denver Dance Festival. Jurors include Darrell Anderson, visual artist; Laurence Anthony Curry, actor, dancer and choreographer; Alicia Karczewski, Denver School of the Arts Dance and Movement Department Director; Mary Louise Lee, First Lady of Denver and accomplished performer; and Stephen W. Seifert, former Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival “New & Now” concert go on sale November 6, 2017 on the Newman Center Presents website. Purchase tickets at www.newmantix.com/pd.

Darrell Anderson. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Darrell Anderson: Darrell Anderson’s passion is to grow at every opportunity and art provides the tool that carries him around the world.  It has become his lifeline to success.  It provides him the opportunity to create as he experiences day to day living. His philosophy is to give back to the world what he has freely been given.  In his words, “I get to sing with emotion, taste with color and dance with love. It allows me to soar with the best of all existence.”

Darrell’s ability to envision the likeness of various people of the world for these projects comes naturally.  After many life experiences, he has become a unique and keen observer.  His diversity is shown in the array of Commissions he has done. Public Art, Mosaic titled ‘Patterns and Figures’ at Denver International Airport, a Mixed Media exterior interactive public art work called ‘Imagine’ located at the Federal Custom House in Denver to name a few. Painting is a passion that provided exhibits in France, China, Africa, Australia and the United States. His teaching offers a venue for his approach into defining his narrative of engaging art.  Anderson’s diverse background has offered him the opportunity to be involved in juried and invitational exhibits such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and current Board Member, Celebrate Colorado Artists; and being a member of the new Mile High Stadium District’s Public Art Advisory Committee. His newest endeavor is exhibiting with the Colorado Ballet.


Laurence Anthony Curry. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Laurence Anthony Curry began moving at an early age as a national competitor in martial arts. He has been fortunate to work professionally (SAG/AFTRA/AEA) as an actor, dancer, and choreographer in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Lou Bega music video (Tricky Tricky) as well as back up for the Bega tour, Raven Simone, American Ent, Kool and the Gang, Savage Jazz Dance CO(Dunham Oakland), as well as touring with the late Gary Kendall (Jabawokies), in Monster Shop Bumpin, Denver Nugets, Co Rapids, Nordstroms, Gap, Porgy and Bess (Aurora Fox), Spring Awakening (Denver School of the Arts), Hip Hop Jambalaya (DCPA Jones Theatre), Just Like US (DCPA)  Former National Theatre Conservatory. Mr. Curry is currently Artistic Director of Moving Truth (Modern Fusion) and Co Dir. of Dance Doxology. “As a native of Colorado, I am so proud to have witnessed and been a part of the incredible evolving, momentum professional dance is gaining in the Mile High and around the country. I am so thankful for Meredith Hutson’s vision, leadership and the leveraged efforts of Presenting Denver Dance Festival.”


Photo by Amanda Tipton.

Credit: Amanda Tipton

Alicia Karczewski graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loretto Heights/Regis University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. While pursuing her degree, she worked in musical theatre (42nd Street, Oklahoma!, Peter Pan, Unsinkable Molly Brown) and toured West Side Story as dance captain. Additionally, she choreographed musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, South Pacific, for numerous high schools. Concurrently danced with modern, jazz, and tap dance companies (Interweave Dance Theatre, Jan Justis Dance Company, Jumpstart) and worked in the entertainment and film industries (Step by Step; An Amateurs Guide to choreography, Father Dowling – Viacom Film Productions).  As a professional choreographer she was selected for the 1996, 1997 and 2000 Colorado Choreographers Showcase. Ms. Karczewski has guest taught for Colorado Ballet, Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, the cast of Phantom of the Opera, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Summer Intensive, and a variety of studio’s nationally. Ms. Karczewski participated as Colorado Dance Alliance board member, adjudication committee for Scientific & Cultural Facilities District New Grants program for dance, Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDeo) advisory committee and 2009/2010 Dance Standards review committee for Colorado Department of Education.  Additionally, she enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. adjudicating dance competitions for many years. Ms. Karczewski is happy to have found her home at Denver School of the Arts where her focus lies in teaching classical jazz, rhythm tap, modern, choreography and composition.


Mary Louise Lee. Image courtesy of Mary Louise Lee.

Credit: Eric Weber. Courtesy of Mary Louise Lee.

Mary Louise Lee: One of the few natives of Denver, Mary Louise Lee began performing at an early age.  For over 20 years, she has built an extraordinary professional performing career as a vocalist, actress and band leader, local and national. Having performed at numerous high profile events including 2004, 2008 and 2012 Democratic Conventions and being a Season 9 contestant on “America’s Got Talent”, just to name a few. She has also traveled internationally performing for troops of the U.S. Department of Defense.

As Denver’s First Lady, she combines her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation. From students to senior citizens, Ms. Lee is committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver’s vibrant arts and cultural communities.



Stephen W. Seifert. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

Credit: Jamie Kraus

Stephen W. Seifert: Steve Seifert served for over 14 years as the Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and founded its Newman Center Presents multi-disciplinary series.  He served as Co-Chairman of the Local Steering Committee for the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver in 2008.  Before assuming his duties at the Newman Center, Steve consulted the City of Denver regarding strategy and finances for the renovation of Denver’s Historic Auditorium Theatre, now the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  He was Executive Director of Opera Colorado from 1997-2001.  Steve practiced law for 14 years with the Denver firm Fairfield and Woods, P.C., during which time he served as a board member and chairman of the board of Opera Colorado.  Steve has also been a board member of other organizations, including The Denver Foundation, Western Arts Alliance (WAA), Arts for Colorado, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.  Steve is the 2017 recipient of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Community Service in the Arts Award.  He received the Member Emeritus Award from WAA and a “Legend of Dance in Colorado” award from the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at the University of Denver in 2016.  Steve graduated from the Denver Public Schools, received his B.A. from Yale College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.


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