Philadelphia native Brent White (Founder, Executive Director, Composer) earned a Masters degree at the University of the Arts, where he studied with trombonists John Fedchock, Clifford Adams and worldrenowned Robin Eubanks. After school, White catapulted into a myriad of special guest appearances and featured spots – playing jazz, soul, and hiphop. He has toured the globe performing with the likes of Roy Ayers (BBC London), John Legend (Indonesia), Kindred Family Soul (South Africa), and Sun Ra Arkestra (Europe). A usual suspect at Ortleib’s Jazzhaus, White has shared many sitin sessions alongside the legendary Mickey Roker. “You got it…that sound!” Roker frequently commented on White’s ability play with such quality, moving between styles effortlessly. On his debut CD recording What Used to Be, White introduced his own compositions and arrangements that featured him playing each instrument on every track of the album.
Lauren Putty White (Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer), recipient of the 2013 Ellen Forman Memorial Award for choreography, has flourished into a versatile dance artist. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts in 2005, where she was also awarded the Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance. Lauren made her first professional choreography debut at the 2005 Élan Awards in New York. In 2007, she set her first company work on Washington Reflections Dance Company in DC, entitled, Shades of Thought which was also featured in the American Dance Guild Festival in New York. In 2010, she premiered her piece, Hide, on BalletX in Philadelphia. Her work, Sleeping in Wonderland, was featured in the 2011 Regional Dance America showcase in Pittsburgh. Lauren has danced with wide variety of notable companies within the region including the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Urban Bush Women II, Waheed Works, Meredith Rainey, and Parsons Dance Company. As a dance educator, Lauren has completed residencies at the Winston-Salem All County Dance Festival, Stockton College in New Jersey and Mercy High School in her hometown of Baltimore. Recently, Lauren stepped down from her company obligations as a member of PHILADANCO! to focus on Putty Dance Project.
A marketing and communications professional with fourteen years of experience, Phil Sumpter (Marketing, Producing Director) has led numerous result-oriented strategic campaigns for cultural arts organizations within the Philadelphia region including the Painted Bride Art Center, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Prince Music Theater. Drawing from a diversified pool of experience, Sumpter demonstrates keen sensibility, versatility and tenacity when designing and implementing integrated campaigns to engage multiple markets. Most recently, Sumpter is responsible for developing brand market success for Center city Philadelphia’s premiere Latin dance party series, Salsa Caliente! awarded Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2013. Sumpter is also responsible for the successful brand debut of The Fresh Cut Orchestra featuring Philadelphia’s next generation of jazz musicians, currently in residence at the Kimmel Center. An early standout creative credit, Sumpter curated Philadelphia’s first hip-hop theater festival for two-consecutive years (1999-2000). Hip-Hop 2da Head, presented by the Painted Bride Art Center featured dozens of creative and performing artists from the region as well as national and international acts. In his acting role as Producing Director with Putty Dance Project, Sumpter welcomes the unique opportunity to commission his administrative experience and expertise while expanding his creative aspirations as an artist, curator, and producer. Sumpter holds a Masters of Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Museum Education/Administration.