The Artists

Since 2001, Word Dance Theater has been proud to bring innovative works to the Washington, D.C. area. With inspired and innovative works such as Chambers of the HeartWild Hearts: Sappho and Isadora, Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan, Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin, and award winning Once Wild:  Isadora in Russia, Word Dance Theater bring together some of the areas best talent in arts of dance, theater and music to create new experiences for audiences.


Cynthia Word, Artistic Director, Dancer

Cynthia Word, Artistic Director of Word Dance Theater.  Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Ms. Word has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas/Austin, but began her Modern Dance training at the University of Illinois with choreographers Beverly Blossom, Chester Wolenski, Mary Anthony, and Sarah Rudner. She later received her Master in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, where she studied with Maida Withers and served on the teaching faculty.  

Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Word is passionate about creating performance events that blend compelling story, live music, contemporary choreography and the classic dances of Isadora Duncan to provide engagement for audience members through many modalities. She has created and produced eight evening-length dance/theater productions since 2001. The most recent, Chambers of the Heart, premiered in 2016 at the elegant and historical Josephine Butler Mansion.  It is an immersive dance/theater event exploring the many ways Love appears in our lives. Once Wild: Isadora in Russia, was awarded Outstanding Group Performance and Outstanding Media Design by Dance Metro D.C in 2013. In 2010 The Isadora Duncan International Institute awarded Ms. Word the prestigious Maria-Teresa Duncan Award for Excellence for the mix media theater/dance production Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin. Ms. Word continues her dance studies with her mentor, Jeanne Bresciani, Director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute.

In addition to her dance/theater productions, Cynthia has performed as a soloist companies in Texas as well as Washington DC. In 2009 she toured Greece as a featured artist with the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII), and in 2013 was featured in the IDII concert, “Isadora Duncan: in Homage to Venezia”, in Venice, Italy.  Cynthia finds renewal and inspiration in Art, her loved ones, and the amazing people with whom she has the privilege of working every day. 


Ingrid Zimmer, Associate Director, Dancer

Ingrid Zimmer is Associate Director of Word Dance Theater. Ms. Zimmer received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Theatre from Pomona College where she was trained in the Limon Technique.  Upon graduating, she moved to Europe where she toured, performed and studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch. Now residing in Washington DC,  Ms Zimmer has danced with local companies, Bowen McCauley Dance, DC Dance Theatre and Rincones & Company.  Ms. Zimmer has performed in major national venues including the Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow and the 92nd St Y. Her international touring has taken her to China, Mexico, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Italy. Currently immersed in the study of Isadora Ducan's philosophy, technique and choreography, Ms. Zimmer trains at the Isadora Duncan International Institute in New York. 


Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, Musical Director

Carlos Cesar Rodriguez is a musician of brilliance and versatility recognized as a virtuoso pianist who not only generates excitement in the Hispanic and Spanish repertoire, but also displays an extraordInary flair for Mozart, the romantics and the avant-garde scores. He has recorded for Omicron and Brioso labels and has won the highest critical acclaims for his CD of Spanish music, España en el Corazón, distributed by Brioso Recordings. He is an expert on early instruments and is privileged to have access to the Smithsonian Institution’s rare collection. Mr. Rodríguez was chosen by the Smithsonian to perform during its 300th year celebration of the piano. He was also invited to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Rodríguez has won acclaim as music director of Mozart operas and Zarzuelas (Spanish operas), and as a composer, arranger, and improviser of ballets, Spanish dance scores, and Latin-Jazz/Pop compositions.  Currently, Mr. Rodríguez is a member of the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and guest artist and coach for the Domingo/Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera.


Hannah Goldberg, Choreographer, Dancer

Hannah Goldberg is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from the Washington, D.C. area. She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary dance forms in Washington D.C., Long Beach, California, and Paris, France, and has taught and choreographed these same techniques to students, ages 3-18. In 2010, Hannah began her work in the Duncan technique with Word Dance Theater (WDT). Since then, she has continued studying and performing with Cynthia Word and Ingrid Zimmer, and has understudied for the roles of “Young Isadora” in Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin (2010), as well as “Young Irma” in Once Wilde: Isadora in Russia (2012).In addition to her collaboration with WDT, Hannah has studied and performed with such established Duncan dancers as Valerie Durham, Mary Sano, and Jeanne Bresciani. Hannah currently sits on the Board of Directors for WDT, also performs with another local modern company, Karen Reedy Dance, and works full time as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. [Please see Hannah’s Board Member bio on WDT’s “Board of Directors” page for additional information.]  Hannah holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary in English and dance.


Jenifer Golden, Dancer

Jenifer Golden received a B.A. in Dance from Goucher College.   She danced in Baltimore with Kathy Wildberger's PATH Dance Company, working with Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones and Gary Masters; in New York with Martita Goshen's Earthworks and Mariko Tanabe Dance Company; in San Francisco with ODC/San Francisco, Janis Garrett & Dancer, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Erica Essner Performance Co-Op and Rebecca Salzer Dance Theatre, and a dancer in the film Matrix Reloaded (2001).  Jenifer has taught in San Francisco with SF Arts Education Project and Brisbane Dance Centre in Norfolk wth Governor's Magnet School for the Arts and Old Donation Center for the Gifted & Talented and while living overseas taught at Lusaka International School and American International School in Zambia and Cairo American international School in Egypt.




Alison Crosby, Dancer

Alison Crosby trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet in classical ballet and jazz, continuing in NYC at the Joffrey Ballet School.  Her professional career spans classcal ballet to musical theater and she holds awards from the state of Maryland for outstanding solo performance.  Loca companies include:  Eric Hampton Dance; Bowen McCauley Dance; Rincones and Company; Tony Powell music and Movement; Karen Reedy Dance; Dancesmith and Word Dance Theater.  Allison has taught dance and arts-integration throughout the metropolitan area for over 25 years and is currently on faculty at Academy of the Maryand Youth Ballet, UMBC, Dawn Crafton Dance Connection and is a Teaching Artist for Bowen McCauley Dance/Kennedy Center and Inner City-Inner Child.


Jordan Gehley, Dancer  

Jordan Gehley graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Philosophy and a Minor in Dance. Fortunate to perform in works by Ashley Anderson, Keira Hart, Ruth Andrian, and Jose Limon,  she has also worked with members of Paul Taylor Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts through the American Dance Festival. Jordan has danced with Carnival Cruise Lines, UpRooted Dance, DC Dance Is The Answer, The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, 1stStage, Mayzsoul, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Racoco Productions, TEDx Gramercy, Maya Kite and Dancers, and 277Dance Project.



Zachary Scott, Jr., Dancer

Zachary Scott, Jr. is a native of New Orleans, LA.  He received his BFA in Dance from Tulane University.  Performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in Dayton, OH and guest artist with Lula Washington Dance Theater in Los Angeles, CA. 




Philip Fletcher, Dancer

Philip Fletcher is honored to be making his Word Dance Theater debut. A founding company member of Synetic Theater, Philip was last seen in Host and Guest (Mussa) and King Lear (Edmund*) in Synetic’s tour to the Republic of Georgia. Local credits include; Red Eye Gravy Theatre Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) to benefit the Trevor Project. Synetic productions; Othello (Iago*), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon*), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio*), The Dybbuk (Groom) [Theater J co-production], Macbeth (Witch#), Hamlet…the rest is silence (King Hamlet’s Ghost/Player King*), and Tempest. *Denotes Helen Hayes Outstanding Ensemble, #denotes Helen Hayes Outstanding Supporting Actor.


Julia Smith, Dancer

Julia Smith was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She attended the Pennsylvania Ballet School (The Rock School) where she received the bulk of her ballet training with Lupe Serrano. She received a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship at University of Maryland where she earned her BA. Julia has danced for Alvin Mayes, DanceSmith, Tommy Parlon Dance Projects, Gesel Mason, Boris Willis, Pam England, CityDance, Rincones and Company, Bowen McCauley Dance, and Tony Powell Music and Movement. Julia is a core faculty member of the Youth Dance Ensemble at Joy of Motion, and lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park.



Artistic Collaborators

Word Dance Theater is proud to have collaborated with the following artists to develop their cross-disciplnlinary productions.

Norman Allen, Playwright

Jeanne Bresciani, Dance Choreography and Staging

Jenny McConnell Frederick

James Garver, Sound Design

Derek Goldman, Theatrical Director

Judith Hansen, Costume Design

Robbie Hayes, Light and Set Design

Stephen Jarrett, Director

Lynn Joslin, Light Design

Rhonda Keys, Costume Design

Dominic Maican, Composer

Jared Mezzocchi, Projection Artist

Sarah Pleydell, Playwright

Mary Hall Surface, Playwright