Laura Colby founded Elsie Management in 1995 for the sole purpose of representing her contemporary dance friends and peers at the annual Arts Presenters conference – APAP. Today, Elsie Management promotes the careers of national and international performing arts companies on stages and performance opportunities across the globe.
Offering a combination of management and development services, along with artist representation, Elsie Management consists of Director Laura Colby, Artist Representative/Business Manager, Anna Amadei, and Artist Representative/Contracts Manager, Katie Diamond. Dedicated to developing the next generation of arts workers, we also maintain an on-going internship program.
Elsie currently represents twenty companies, artists, and projects. With its office located in between the DUMBO and downtown neighborhoods of Brooklyn, we are members of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Dance/USA, Fractured Atlas, The Field, Western Arts Alliance, International Society for the Performing Arts, and International Performing Arts for Youth. We regularly attend national and international performing arts convenings.
Colby began her arts administrative career in 1985 as Administrative Director of Mark Haim & Dancers. In the 80’s she also worked for choreographer Patricia Hoffbauer and Nancy Duncan’s CoDanceCo. She served as Company Manager for Neo Labos Dancetheater (Michele Elliman, Artistic Director) from 1993-2000 and was the Founding Company Manager (1997-2003) of Seán Curran Company. Colby formed Elsie Management in 1995 specifically to provide representation to several friends at the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference.
Since forming Elsie Management, Colby has represented performing arts touring companies from five continents, coordinating tours to over two hundred global venues. She has served as Project Manager, forming presenter and funding consortiums to support the development, creation, and touring of new works for 500 Clown’s 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal (2007), Jane Comfort and Company’s An American Rendition (2007) and the restaging of Faith Healing(2010), nicholas leichter dance’s Sweetwash (2006), Shawn McConneloug and her orchestra’sSHE Captains (2006), Lingo dancetheater’s Relatively Real (2005), Shapiro & Smith Dance’sANYTOWN: Stories of America (2005), and Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater’s Brown Butterfly(2003). She has served as Tour Coordinator for ten National Dance Project supported projects including Noche Flamenca, DanceBrazil, Seán Curran Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, nicholas leichter dance, Ballet Memphis, a canari torsi|Yanira Castro and Korzo producties/André Gingras. Colby has raised commissioning funds from over fifteen performing arts venues and twenty private and public foundations and organizations in support of new works for her clients. She has secured, organized, and produced over thirty showcases in New York City, throughout the United States, and globally for her clients. Colby has secured and produced over twenty New York City seasons at such theaters as The Joyce Theater, The Public Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Joe’s Pub, the New Victory Theater, Symphony Space, Aaron Davis Hall, Central Park Summerstage, and PS122 for her client roster.
Colby served on the board of NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents)for six years from 2002-2008, and as its President in 2007 & 2008. Under her direction, NAPAMA’s membership increased 30%; the organization led the field in developing the industry’s first educational sessions on the complex issue of US taxation of foreign artists and touring companies; and NAPAMA secured access to General Liability coverage for its membership through a partnership with Fractured Atlas, among other accomplishments.
In 2001 at the urging of Jon Teeuwissen, Colby founded Dance/USA’s Agents and Artist Representation Council. She served as the Council’s Founding Chair for three years and on the board of Dance/USA for four years. Colby has served on the Advisory Councils of Dance/NYCand Dancers Responding to AIDS(DRA). Colby has been an invited speaker for the Association of Performing Arts Presenter’s Winter Institute, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Southern Arts Federation, Western Arts Alliance, Australia Performing Arts Market, Dance/NYC, Dance Theater Workshop, Florida State University, Fordham University, University of Kansas, and UMass Amherst. In 2002 Colby co-curated Boston’s Dance Straight Up series. By invitation, she was an International Delegate to Australian Performing Arts Market (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), the New Zealand International Arts Festival (2010), the Tokyo Performing Arts Market (2003), and the Tanzmesse (2002 & 2004).
Committed to the development of policy for the not-for-profit performing arts field, Colby served on Arts Presenters’ Ethics Task Force (2005), Dance/USA’s Definitions Committee (2004-2005), and directed the updating of NAPAMA’s Ethical Guidelines (2005). She served on the Trustees, Contract Clause, and 25th Anniversary Committees for Dance/USA and the Task Force on Ethics for the Western Arts Alliance. She was the initiating facilitator between Dr. Edward Fishkin, Medical Director at Woodhull Hospital and Medical Center and the performing arts community in the creation of ArtistAccess, the groundbreaking healthcare program for artists and arts workers begun in May, 2005 that has now been launched at other New York City hospitals.
Colby graduated with a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 1984, under the direction of Martha Hill. She was a member of Mark Haim & Dancers, the Limón Dance Company,CoDanceCo, and Seán Curran Company. Colby has also performed with Sara Rudner, Ann Carlson, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Mark Taylor, and has assisted choreographers Ann Carlson and Mark Haim in restagings. She trained extensively with Elizabeth Streb’s Ringside Inc, performing as an extra in their 1994 Joyce Theater season, and assisting the company in theirKid Action program. Prior to moving to New York City, Colby attended the University of California at Irvine as a dance major, then under the direction of Eugene Loring. It was at Irvine that Colby created the student organization, START (Support The Arts), as an early fundraising effort. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1979, where she was first introduced to modern dance as a member of Dance Production, under the direction of Marcia Sigman. She began her early ballet training with Patricia Schuster in Ridgefield, CT, before moving to the Bay Area where she trained as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet from 1975-1978. For three years, she performed with the company in the annual stagings of Lew Christensen’sThe Nutcracker, performing the roles of Clara, numerous children’s roles, and as a member of the corps de ballet. Instrumental teachers in her dance training included Alfredo Corvino, Risa Steinberg, and Hector Zaraspe.
An avid cyclist, Colby has ridden her road bike over 3,000 miles for AIDS charities and served as bike support for the 2003 Breast Cancer Walk and the 2005 & 2006 New York City Marathon. A member of the New York Cycle Club, Colby served as a volunteer leader for the club’s spring A19 SIG training program from 2004-2006. Colby has taken up social dancing and dances tango and swing on a regular basis. She lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope with her Yorkie, Woodstock. Her son, Colby Marple, is the Junior Marketing Director for Cycling Sports Group.
Anna Amadei joined Elsie Management in May, 2008 – then as a Contract Manager, later as International Artist Representative, and now as Artist Representative. A native of Italy, she worked for Daniele Cipriani Entertainment from 2004-2008. With a special focus on dance, Cipriani Entertainment is one of Italy’s most renowned performance managements. Amadei was responsible for international relations and tour coordinator working with such companies as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Limón Dance Company and Susanne Linke, among others. She also produced major dance events, and evenings of ballet performed by etoiles of the most recognized ballet companies all over the world. In 2010, Amadei became the free-lance International Booking Agent for the Limon Dance Company. She has toured with the company throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Amadei was a 2010 Emerging Leadership Institute fellow. She has been awarded grants from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in support of her international work and has served on grant panels.
Amadei entered the world of dance as a child and trained in ballet, yoga, contemporary and jazz and danced with Surya Dance Company, in Italy. In 2004 she graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) with a BA in Communication and an MA in Performing Arts Management. After moving to New York in 2008, Amadei has returned to performing with her husband Daniel Fetecua and his dance company fusing traditional Colombian dances and modern technique. A mother of two marvelous creatures, Amadei speaks fluent Italian, English, and Spanish. She loves to travel and to discover other cultures. Her hidden passion (of her life before children) is tango.
Katie Diamond, Contracts Manager
Katie Diamond joined the Elsie team in August, 2012. Diamond began her arts administrator work in 2010 as Program Associate of José Limón Dance Foundation, and worked in the areas of company management, special events, fundraising, and summer workshops. Diamond was a 2012 recipient of Brooklyn Academy of Music and Kennedy Center’s inaugural Performer in Transition Fellowship, a 2013 Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training Mentee, and a 2016 APAP Emerging Leadership Institute fellow. Featured in Dance Magazine’s 2013 Beyond Performance about performers’ transition from the stage to management, Katie interned with Ballet Hispanico and Pentacle’s Cultivating Leadership in Dance as she transitioned from performing.
Katie holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts (2003). As a dancer, she performed with the Limón Dance Company from 2005 to 2012. Praised for her “subtle grace” in PBS’s Eye on the Arts, Katie also danced as a freelance performer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and other independent choreographers including Bessie award-winning Pam Tanowitz. On faculty at the Limón Institute for several years, she taught at schools and universities nationally and abroad, and on Italy’s competitive reality dance TV show Amici. Katie performed and produced her own solo concert in the US and Chile, adjudicated dance competitions, and set Limón repertory throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She is a proud mama to a baby boy, born Sept 2016.