Taryn Kaschock Russell directed Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the spring of 2013. Prior to that, Russell held the position of rehearsal director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (H.S.D.C.). In her 12-year performing career with both H.S.D.C. and the Joffrey Ballet, she traveled extensively, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe.
During her tenure as director of Hubbard Street 2, she was responsible for programming and staffing the H.S.D.C. summer intensives and curating the company's National Choreographic Competition each season. In this capacity, Russell realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. She has guest taught the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and is a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has been commissioned to choreograph work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has staged existing repertoire on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Russell has composed a number of site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Russell has been on faculty at the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase and at the Dance Division of The Juilliard School since 2014. She served as associate director of the Juilliard Dance Division in 2016-17 and became acting artistic director for the 2017-18 academic year.
Faculty Portrait: Taryn Kaschock Russell
Taryn Kaschock Russell, acting director of the Dance Division, on how she began dancing, her inspirations, and more in The Juilliard Journal