PW continues its effort to profile the people who make Philly what it is.
In this issue:
Tanya Dakin, model-photographer: The former Suicide Girl is getting ready to give up modeling as she transitions to full-time photographer. But not before she completes one last, bold project: a photo book of her vagina.
Lisa Nutter, wife, mother, first lady: There’s no question the first lady has her husband’s back, but it’s evident she also has her own game plan. “I came into the role with an agenda, which is with youth development,” she says. Part of that platform involves advocating for increased quality of education.
Ian Morrison, king of all drag queens: When it’s all said and done, the multi-talented 37-year-old performer can look back and know he entertained millions, lived the high life, raked in the cash, hobnobbed with celebrities and even once had Ed Rendell’s hands all over his ass. He's still the reigning queen of Philadelphia drag queens.
Ronen Koresh, owner of Koresh Dance Studio: The Koresh Dance Company has become a cultural force in Philadelphia. The man behind it all? Founder and choreographer Ronen Koresh, whose choreographic works are known for their minimalism and cathartic passion—which he believes has kept audiences coming back season after season.
The Groundswell Players, a DIY theater troupe: Scott Sheppard is a high school English teacher. Jesse Paulsen is a lab rat. Alison King and Jack Meaney are staffers with arts nonprofits. These are their day jobs. But in their free time, they’re known as the Groundswell Players, a motley crew of four college friends out of the Main Line’s Haverford College who have spawned a model of thriving DIY theater in the city.
Walking the tenuous line between scripted theater and improvisation, the Groundswell Players have been concocting fresh lunacies and playing finely drawn misfits since 2005 when they were members of an undergraduate improv group at Haverford.
Founded by Israeli choreographer Ronen (affectionately known as Roni) Koresh in 1991, the company is celebrating its 20th year of performance. Koresh has carved out a niche for the company in the larger dance world for its fusion of dance styles: jazz, modern and ballet.
There’s no question she has her husband’s back, but it’s evident the first lady also has her own game plan. “I came into the role with an agenda, which is with youth development,” she says. “If anything my role has given me a platform because people want to listen more than they did before. I didn’t have any expectations. What I did have is a sense of things I wanted to accomplish.”
When it’s all said and done, Ian Morrison can look back and know he entertained millions, lived the high life, raked in the cash, hobnobbed with celebrities and even once had Ed Rendell’s hands all over his ass. “But I’m not done yet!” Morrison laughs on a recent afternoon, cocktail in hand, while sitting at a table at the back of Uncle’s, a bar in the heart of the Gayborhood.