1830EST: Artists Talk

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted the rhythms of everyday life, prompting us to reconfigure how we connect, communicate, and work together. 1830EST: Artists Talk supports the mission of Core Dance to continue to cultivate community via this new forum.


1830EST invites viewers to explore art-making practices through the lens of working artists and their creativity. Each episode assembles multiple viewpoints and includes interviews, field recordings, soundscapes and stories representing the diverse creative practitioners within the Core Dance global landscape.

Join us as Sue Schroeder, Core Dance Artistic Director, converses with:

October 20, 2021: Christian Meyer

November 10, 2021: Walter Apps,  Humlao/Shawny Evans, Iman Siferllah-Griffin and Laith Stevenson

December 8, 2021: Felipe Barral

January 25, 2022Adam Larsen

February 23, 2022: Jennifer Scully-Thurston

View a recording of our latest 1830EST: Artists Talk with Kristin O'Neal and Julio Medina!

October 20, 2021

Christian Meyer

Join us for our October 20, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Christian Meyer. This free event will take place virtually.

Christian Meyer

Christian Meyer is a Berlin-based composer / musician / photographer. He is a prize winning creator of scores for movies, commercials, dance-theatre, concerts and performances. He also builds sound installations and photography exhibitions. www.christianmeyermusic.com and 


November 10, 2021

Walter Apps, Humlao/Shawny Evans,
Iman Siferllah-Griffin & Laith Stevenson


Join us for our November 10, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guests Walter Apps,  Humlao/Shawny Evans, Iman Siferllah-Griffin and Laith Stevenson. This free event will take place virtually.

Walter Apps photo by Joseph Titus.JPEG
Walter Apps

Walter Apps, born and raised in Detroit, MI, started his dance training at the age of 4. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2016. During his training, Apps has had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, MADBOOTS, Mark Morris, Luke Murphy, Septime Weber and Ohad Naharin to name some. Immediately upon graduating, he joined Texture Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, PA. Apps then moved to New York City to work with Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, Patrick O’Brien and Andrea Ward. Since moving to Atlanta in 2019, he has worked as an artist with Core Dance. Apps spends his free time working with photography / videography, editing film and teaching.

Photo by Joseph Titus

Humlao/Shawny Evans

Humlao is a Micronesian multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Hollins University and already holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kennesaw State University. They have trained in programs with Philadanco, Koresh, Limon, Diavolo and the American Dance Festival.  They have performed in works by esteemed choreographers including the late Carlos Orta, Akiko Kitamura, Christopher L. Huggins, Alexander Proia, Jacques Heim, and Bill T. Jones.  They have also participated in the initiatives of the American Dance Legacy by performing in restagings of works including Donald McKayles's Rainbow Etude, Anna Sokolow's Rooms, and Alwin Nikolais' Tensile Involvement.  They are also currently members of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is a member of the Dance Studies Association. Additionally, they are a member of Kit Modus, and have performed with Full Radius Dance,  Ballethnic, and Migrare.  Outside of the concert dance world, they are also heavily involved in efforts to promote the discussions surrounding the decolonization and demilitarization of the Pacific.

Photo by James L. Hicks

Shawny Evans Humlao photo by James L. Hicks.jpg
Iman Siferllah-Griffin

Iman (meaning faith/magnet) Siferllah-Griffin is a dance practitioner and facilitator of healing based in Atlanta, GA. She is the co-creator and member of the internationally known dance duo Al Taw’am LLC. Genres that inform her movement style are Hip Hop, Traditional West African, Dance Hall, Popping, House, Waacking, Modern, Capoeria Angola, Yoga, and other Black American vernacular dances. Iman’s current focus is harnessing her intuitive and spiritual abilities intersectionality with dance.

Photo by Awa Mally

Laith Stevenson

Laith Stevenson is an interdisciplinary artist whose primary mediums are movement and poetry. My creative process calls for honesty and vulnerability. It engages sensations, memories, and personal experiences. They employ both the metaphorical and literal explorations of ideas related to interpersonal relationships, identity, and media consumption. I assume in all my processes that the body is a physical manifestation of individual’s unique histories and narratives. Moreover, I reflect on my lived experience as a trans person of color in my work. I create first and foremost for myself. My process dives deeply into the realms of self-reflection and hard-to-swallow truths. It challenges typical notions of social dichotomy by depicting nuanced perspectives of my subject matter. I ask my audiences to bear witness to the performer/performers enduring an experience; thus, deepening the empathetic response.


December 8, 2021

Felipe Barral

Join us for our December 8, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Felipe Barral. This free event will take place virtually.

Felipe Barral

Felipe Barral is a multimedia storyteller who expresses himself in many ways –through his films, videos and audiovisual works, his music, his art and his writing. He is also a journalist with a Masters degree in Philosophy.

Felipe is an Emmy award-winning producer. He is the Founder and CEO of his own production company, IGNI Productions, specialized on cinematic content for the arts; as well as the Founder and CEO of BELLA, a company that feeds the screens with beautiful cinematic videos produced to reduce stress and improve well-being.

As a filmmaker, director of photography and multimedia storyteller, Felipe specializes in creative, engaging and promotional content for the arts. His cinematography and editorial point of view are always outstanding. He has been helping different organizations, institutions and individuals, creating cinematic content that guarantees engagement in a memorable way through relatable stories and a constant pursue of beauty. Some of his partners and clients are: The Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Arts ATL, Synchronicity Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, CORE Dance, Eyedrum, the Serenbe Institute for the Arts and the Environment, ImmerseATL, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, HALO Production, DAC Hospitality, Deljou Art Group, Atlanta International School, and many others.Felipe is also an independent filmmaker, producer, director, photographer, musician, artist and writer. He has released seven short films, short and long format documentaries, three books of poetry, and has composed original scores for silent films and documentaries.

For 20 years, Felipe produced outstanding high quality storytelling at CNN as well. Felipe has taught his “Creative Production Philosophy & Style” to producers, reporters and colleagues at CNN, and he also taught it to children in an international school in Atlanta, which led him to be recognized with Time Warner’s Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Award in 2014.

January 25, 2022

Adam Larsen


Join us for our January 25, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Adam Larsen. This free event will take place virtually.

Adam Larsen

Adam Larsen is a documentary filmmaker and projection designer. Designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway; Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells national tour; Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking The Waves at Opera Philadelphia and the Prototype Festival; Lee Breuer’s The Gospel at Colonus at the Athens, Edinburgh, and Spoleto festivals; Watermill at the BAM Next Wave Festival; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore and Edinburgh festivals; Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at Tanglewood; Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at Canadian Opera; Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera; Bernstein’s Mass at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Mostly Mozart Festival; Britten’s Peter Grimes, and the SoundBox series at San Francisco Symphony. Adam’s documentary Neurotypical, about autism from the perspective of autistics, aired on the the PBS series P.O.V.

February 23, 2022

Jennifer Scully-Thurston


Join us for our February 23, 1830EST: Artists Talk featuring Sue Schroeder with guest Jennifer Scully-Thurston. This free event will take place virtually.

Jennifer Scully-Thurston

Jennifer Scully-Thurston has meandered her way in and out of Dance, Movement and the Arts her whole life. She has traveled the world in Off-Broadway shows, small contemporary companies, taught in higher education and found her voice again as "Dancer With An Attitude" writing Dance, Theater and Book reviews. Her work caught the attention of Dance Critics Association and their "Emerging Writer Award". She brought her movement expertise to the world of animation and film with Grasshorse Studios. Continued honing her administrative chops with Core Dance, a prolific internationally touring dance co. based in Houston and Atlanta. Today she is teaching life skills to children through dance and music in the NC public school system with NC Arts in Action whose program is active in 18 Title 1 schools across the state, helping under-served children reach their full potential.  This year she rolled out FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, a monthly on-line Film Festival devoted exclusively to Dance.

She is a dance filmmaker, curator and video installation artist. Her works have been featured at ADF Movies by Movers, DepicT!, Frame X Frame, Mad Monster Party Film Festival, Mysticon Independent Film Festival,Colorado International SciFi & Fantasy Film Festival, Tarheel Shorties Film Festival, ScreenDance Festival, FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, Orlando Edge Film Festival, MicroActs Artist Film Screening, 919 Noise, Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance on Screen, Fieldwork, James River Filmmakers Forum, EYEDRUM, EnCORE: Dance on Film, Dans Kamera Istanbul, Alternate Roots, Movies by Movers, Love/d & Sex/ed & dOORS cAN dANCE, Skwhirlhaus, 3 Minute Film Festival, Avalonia Festival, Small Wonders Exhibition and Festival, Ozark Shorts, Cinematica Festival, Wiper Film Festival & African Smartphone International Film Festival.


Her ongoing collaborations include works with her husband Christopher Scully-Thurston (Composer), HyMettus Woods, Onur Topal- Sumer (Dancer & Filmmaker), Jeff Roll (Filmmaker),Dustin Glasco (Editor) and Robert Epps (Sequential Artist).


Today... Momentum is growing in pulling all of her disparate dance endeavors together through Rogue Dancer Productions. In the meantime, the work is happening and in full swing. So keep an out for all the current and future DANCE happenings!


Sue Schroeder

In over 40 years of work in the arts, Sue Schroeder has created more than 110 original dance works for theaters, museums, green spaces, architectural works, and water environments. Her work has appeared throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Israel, France, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Iceland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Guatemala, and Hungary. Schroeder’s multidisciplinary vision has led to collaborations with major voices in Dance – Amanda K. Miller, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Ellen Bromberg, Beppie Blankert, Dieter Baumann & Jutta Hell, Alicia Sanchez, Joanna Haigood, Isabelle Salle & Adolfo Vargas, Susan M. Prins, and Polly Motley – in Music – Christian Meyer, Antoine Plante, Sonja Zarek, Todd Hammes, Yoko Ono, Joanna Duda, Michael Keck, Rich O’Donnell, Stuart Gerber & Jan Baker, and Klimchak – in Spoken Word – Keith Antar Mason & The Hittite Empire, Sarah Turquety, LeRon McAdoo, Marcus Montogmery & the Writeous Poets - and Visual Arts and Design – Adam Larsen, Nancy Chikarishi, Maya Ciarrocchi, Gail Siptak, Charlie Sartwelle, Anne Skupin, Lisa Shoyer, Maya Geffman, Walter “Chip” Morris and Lucía Hernández López.


Schroeder is known for her site-specific, museum and immersive creations for The Menil Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, University of Central Arkansas, Baum Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Annex – University of Houston, Diverseworks ArtSpace, Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad (Sweden). Schroeder’s long-standing relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has led to 12 commissions to exhibitions featuring the work of Sol LeWitt, Diego Rivera, Carlos Cruz-Diez, John Alexander, Pablo Picasso, MoMA’s Heroic Century, the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, Jules Olitski, Joseph Havel, Isamu Noguchi, and Dan Flavin. Schroeder has also received 20 site-specific commissions from the Bayou City Arts Festival. 


Additionally, Schroeder is recognized as a leading Arts Activist and Mentor and the Founding Artistic Director of Core Dance. As a contemporary artist and Dance Maker, Schroeder focuses on the creative process, movement research & exploration, and dance-making as a catalyst for social change.

Photo by Jerry Siegel