Legacy and Homage

As I reflect (both clear-eyed and rose-colored) upon the past 40 years and the inspiration for it all, what I remember most is the people. People whose lives, teachings, artistry, and leadership have helped me and this Company both survive and thrive. We stand on their shoulders. From dance pioneers and teachers to our families […]

Don Jay Smith

DON JAY SMITH has many years of public relations and marketing communications experience, and still produces many programs every year. He has worked in the arts and entertainment field for much of that time, with a roster of clients that has included the New Jersey State Council for the Arts/Secretary of State, the New Jersey […]

Joan Chiang Paulin

Joan Chiang Paulin studied ballet in Jean M. Wong School of ballet and went on to intern at Hong Kong Dance Company for 6 months before moving to the United States in 1995. After graduating from SUNY Purchase in 1999 with a BFA in Dance, she joined Cortez & Company until 2002, when she joined […]

Leah Kronthal

Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ ‘78 BA Economics and Business, concentration in Accounting Salomon Brothers 1978-1986 Manager of Syndicate Accounting Department Married to Jeff Kronthal Has three grown children and two grandsons. Mother/Grandmother/professional volunteer 1986-present Served nine years on the Board of Far Brook School Serves on the Board of the Kronthal Family Foundation Carolyn […]

Carolyn Dorfman

CAROLYN DORFMAN, choreographer and founding Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) is known as a creator of evocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition. She is interested in creating “worlds” into which the audience can enter. Hailed as the consummate storyteller, Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated […]

Martha Mensch

MARTHA MENSCH joined EY in 2016 and was promoted to Treasurer in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for managing liquidity, cash management activities, short-term forecasting, corporate financing activities and bank and rating agency relations. Before joining EY, Martha held Director of Treasury positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Booz & Company and most […]

Fran Sullivan

FRAN SULLIVAN is a writer, editor, and public relations professional. She has brought her communication skills to the Carolyn Dorfman Dance board as its Secretary. She has served and the media outreach coordinator for St. Elizabeth University. She was the first editor of TAPinto Elizabeth, an online community newspaper covering Fran’s hometown.

Russell Aubrey

RUSSELL AUBREY has been a part of the CDC family since 1989 as a dancer, costumer designer and, currently, board member. Since retiring from the stage as a performer, Rusty graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and continues to work in the arts and entertainment industry creating costume for Broadway, film and television.

Meaghan Delaney

MEAGHAN DELANEY is currently a Director at FTI Consulting on their Strategic Communicationsteam where she focuses on corporate communications and change. Prior to her current role shehas held roles at PwC and APCO Worldwide where she’s advised various clients includingFortune 500 companies on how to best navigate complex challenges. She is a graduate of the […]

Anita Thomas

ANITA THOMAS has been Executive Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance since 2009. Ms. Thomas is one of a handful of People of Color leading a majority arts organization in New Jersey. Since 2016, the company has been recognized by the NJ State Arts Council for its excellence in artistic quality, programming and public service in […]