After seeing the incomparable production team of Jean Baxter and Gwen Niven off to retirement and grad school respectively, the FCDD is excited to welcome our brand new production team: Matthew Adelson and Olana Z. Flynn. Matt and Olana can be found in the FCDD Production Office on the 2nd floor of the Green St. Annex at Smith College. Please greet them warmly and make them feel at home!
Matthew Adelson is the Production Manager for the Five College Dance Department, and has worked in Lighting Design and Production Management since 1996. From 2000 to 2005, he was the Production Coordinator for Dance Department at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and from 2005 to 2015 was the Lighting Designer for the Dance Department at Williams College. Additionally, from 2005 to 2014, he was the Director of Production at the Mahaiwe Performing Art Center, in Great Barrington. Matthew is also the Production Manager for the annual Yidstock festival at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. His design credits includes work throughout the Berkshires, across the country, London and New York. Matthew holds a BA from SUNY-Albany and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is also a member of the United Scenic Artists, IATSE Local 829.
Olana Z. Flynn, Production Assistant for the Five College Dance Department, received a BA in Performance and Choreography from Hampshire College. Before joining the FCDD she worked as the Administrative Assistant at Pioneer Valley Ballet. In 2013, she co-founded and directed Workbench, a monthly choreography showcase, for which she received a Northampton Arts Council grant. She was an adjunct dance faculty member at Springfield College during the 2014-2015 year. Her choreography has been performed in New York, Providence, Boston, and Brattleboro. Olana continues to teach and perform locally and show her choreography regionally. Currently, she is working alongside other FCDD alums in Loculus, a performance collective of which she is a founding member.