Samantha Witthuhn - Director of Partnerships
Samantha Witthuhn is a partnerships and communications specialist with a unique background in youth education and development. After earning her B.A. in communications from UW-Madison in 2012, Sam began her career as a marketing coordinator in Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL. After three years in the office, Sam rediscovered her drive for engaging and impacting youth while working with middle and high school students abroad. Upon her return to the U.S. in 2016, Sam oversaw after school, summer, and enrichment programming with the YMCA and now has the privilege of directing program and partnership initiatives with Design Dance. Sam champions the positive impact arts education has on every students' social and emotional well-being. You can find Sam collaborating with youth development organizations, school administration, and arts education advocates to spread Design Dance's unique arts programming to students across Chicago.
Christine Reed - Director of Programming
Christine Reed is an educator, dancer, and choreographer in Chicago, Illinois who believes in the power of arts education and self-directed learning. She has taught in a variety of settings including elementary schools, community programs, and dance organizations for over 10 years. She is on faculty as the Dance Teacher at Ravenswood Elementary in Chicago Public Schools. While responsible for directing the Ravenswood Dance Program, Christine also writes and implements arts integrated curriculum, connecting dance content with learning in mathematics, language arts and reading, science, and social studies; serves on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to design and present professional development for staff; and writes district-wide performance task assessments for dance programs across CPS. In addition to her work at Ravenswood, Christine is a Mentor Teaching Artist at Design Dance and runs a summer day camp at Steve and Kate’s Camp. Christine holds a Master’s of Art in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Dance, and Social Studies, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, Dance, and Arts Management.
Abby Williams Chin - Recruitment and Enrichment Coordinator
Originally from Knoxville TN, Abby Williams earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, a BA in Arts Administration, and a minor in Communications from Elon University. In addition, she also trained at LehrerDance Summer Intensive, Parsons Choreography Intensive, Hedwig Dance's Intensive and Bates Dance Festival. She has been teaching since 2008 in studios in Tennessee, North Carolina, and now in her new home of Illinois. Her choreography has been featured in Core Project’s Going Dutch 2015, Inaside Chicago Dance’s Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2015, Dance Chicago’s New Moves Series 2014, North Carolina Dance Alliance 2013, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble Repertoire among other events. Williams has also had the privilege of performing with The Coincidentals as well as performing works by Jon Lehrer, Randy Duncan, Eleo Pomare, Michael Mao, and Regina Klenjoski. Williams is so excited to be a part of the Design Dance family!
Ali Drumm - Operations Coordinator
Ali Drumm (she/her/hers) is a Chicago based arts administrator, production manager, and event coordinator. In addition to Design Dance, Ali is also the Producer of Artistic Programs for 2nd Story where she produces 35+ storytelling and community events every season. With a background in theatre, Ali has worked with numerous other arts organizations, including Steppenwolf, The New Colony, the House Theatre of Chicago, the Apollo Theater (with Million Dollar Quartet), terraNOVA at the DCASE Storefront, About Face Theatre, and Pivot Arts. A proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago in theatre and business, Ali is deeply passionate about uniting communities through art.