STAFF

Staff Members


ANN LAW, Founder and Co-Artistic Director is an improvisational dancer, arts educator and arts activist. She is co-artistic director of Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC) and founder of Barking Legs Theater. At Barking Legs, she has provided a supportive space to encourage both emerging and established artists, to grow thoughtful audiences, and to cultivate strong community art activism. She received her MA in Dance Education from UNCG and her BA in Dance from Mills College. She has received the Tennessee Association of Dance Outstanding Dance Education Award, and Tennessee Arts commission Individual Artist Fellowship award and recently, she was honored with presenting her brain-based dance teachings in Berkeley, California at the Dance and Brain Conference. In 2016, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her arts education with Full Circle TAP (Teaching Artists Program), which is the educational outreach arm for CoPAC. She is a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Organization) and presents workshops on the importance of learning through the arts. Currently, she passionately studies different educational models and how to apply the arts in different environments.


 BRUCE KAPLAN, Co-Artistic Director still has the Kinks, Stones, and Animals LPs that fueled a lifelong love of music. He has directed the highly eclectic music program at Barking Legs since 1998. A guitarist and mandolinist, he is currently studying jazz guitar with Shawn Perkinson at Lee University. He supplements his musical pursuits with an increasingly quiet career in clinical neurophysiology. Jazz in the Lounge and Legends of Jazz are his two current programming series at Barking Legs Theater, as well as co-sponsorships with the Shaking Ray Levis Society and Forever Bluegrass.


MARCUS ELLSWORTH is a Chattanooga based poet/spoken word artist and is the host and organizer of The Floor is Yours at Barking Legs Theater.  He has two self-published books of poetry, Harlequin Fires and When the World was Round, and is often involved with organizing eclectic collaborative work with other performing artists in the Chattanooga area. Marcus has been a writer for MTV News Politics.


AYANA CLEMMONS is dancer, southern freedom fighter, and revolutionary young black woman living in Chattanooga, TN. She was born in Nashville, TN, grew up in rural Columbia, TN and now claims Chattanooga as her home. She is a member of Concerned Citizens for Justice working with community leaders and activists across the global South to dismantle white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and police brutality. Ayana is a proud black female of the south and is on the path towards freedom, liberation, and cultural healing.