Gundula Avenarius

Art & Architecture

Since 2004 Gundula has worked as a coach and mentor for art educators, museums and other cultural institutions, as well as instructing visitor services using an innovative dialogical approach that she developed. Clients include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, and the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, where visitors benefit from her interactive approach to engaging with art. In 2012, she founded KULTUR IM DIALOG (culture and dialogue), a consulting company. Her own educational background is interdisciplinary, with studies in cultural anthropology, political science, a Master in Adult Education, as well as an MA in Art History and English/American studies from the Humboldt University Berlin. She has lectured, researched, and led workshops and projects at a wide variety of national and international institutions, including The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, dOCUMENTA 11 in Kassel, the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the Museums in Sharjah UAE. She has also worked with the educational department of the German Historical Museum in Berlin to create educational programs. Gundula has organized several exhibitions at the Humboldt, including ‘Visual Strategies of German Reunification', and taught US college students in Berlin since 2002.

Jacalyn Carley

On-Site Director

Jacalyn has a degree in Dance Education from George Washington University. She danced and studied with Wigman students Maida Withers and Brigitta Herrmann early in her career and moved to West Berlin in 1978, where she co-founded tanzfabrik berlin (an internationally known center for contemporary dance), and was director, choreographer, and teacher during the formative decades. Her evening-length choreographies toured extensively throughout Europe and America for nearly two decades, and she has also choreographed for the Berliner Festspiele, film, German state television, and Several Dancers Core in Atlanta USA, among others. After leaving tanzfabrik in the mid 1990's, she started "JC Moving Wor(l)ds Dance Company,” continuing to meld literature and dance while creating only site-specific works.

In 2000, she turned to writing and published two novels with Eichborn (in German translation). In 2010, she co-authored Tanz um dein Leben (Dance for your Life; Fischer Verlag), the autobiography of a pioneer in Community Dance in Europe, Royston Maldoom, which became a bestseller. Based upon Royston Maldoom's theories and practices, she wrote Community Dance - Ein Handbuch (Community Dance - a Handbook; Henschel Verlag, 2010).

Jacalyn has also lectured on dance and culture in Germany and at various US universities and European institutes. Her website is jacalyn-carley.com.

Christian Dengler

Visual Arts & Architecture

Christian Dengler completed his studies in architecture at the Graz University of Technology and Moscow Architectural Institute with distinction. He went on to work for various international architectural firms and has served on the faculty at Graz University of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, the École Supérieure de Paysage Versailles, and the University Glasgow. In 2005, Christian founded StudioCE, an experimental architecture studio in Berlin and Graz. He has won numerous prizes and awards in the field of experiental architecture. His work shifts between different scales from small to extra large, with a focus on sustainable concepts and experimental urbanism. He contributes regularly to various publications, including the internet platforms GAT and Baunetz, and magazines Der Architekt and AIT. He is currently the director of the CityLAB:Berlin, run by Norwich University.

Lara Faroqhi

Visual Arts & Architecture

Studied at Camberwell College of Art and Design and Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design in London. During a work-experience in Auckland School of Art (ASA), New Zealand, she started teaching. In Berlin, she attained her diploma and MA in sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee. She has taught studio art and portfolio preparation courses since 1992. Faroqhi's recent work has focused on drawing and sculpture based on architectural themes and floral motifs, and uses mixed media such as pencil, charcoal, crayons, acrylic, and oil paint. A recurring theme in her sculpture is architecture; the work can be site–specific or explore architectural characteristica, such as gables, ground plans, windows, a door, or corner rendered in materials such as polyester resin, clay, plaster, and glass. She has exhibited regularly in Berlin, Auckland, New York, London, and Oxford.

Donna Stonecipher

Creative Writing

After earning her BA at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dr. Donna Stonecipher moved to Berlin in 2004, where she learned German and wrote poems responding to the city’s sometimes jarring efforts to absorb and rewrite its past. She has published four books of poems: The Reservoir (winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series competition), Souvenir de Constantinople, The Cosmopolitan (winner of the National Poetry Series), and Model City. Her poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, and have been translated into seven languages. In 2011, she earned a PhD from the University of Georgia, where she focused on translation theory and on the prose poem. In 2014, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and in Berlin she teaches at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and for The Reader. Upon moving to Berlin, she started to translate French and German literature. Her translation of Friederike Mayröcker’s poetry collection études won her a 2016 Translation Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is forthcoming from Seagull Books.