Creative Team 2017-10-13T01:28:12+00:00

Creative Team


Lauren Putty White

Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer

Lauren received her BFA from University of the Arts in 2005 along with the Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has toured internationally with world –renowned companies Parsons and PHILADANCO. Lauren has choreographed on various companies and schools such as Ballet X, Grace Dance Theatre, Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University; as well as taught adjunct at University of the Arts, Stockton University and currently Temple University.

Aside from teaching at studios throughout Philadelphia, White also has done guest artist residencies at Mercy High School and Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore, MD, and annually teaches on faculty at AileyCamp Baltimore. She has presented in the Koresh Come Together Festival, the K Dance Yes Invitational and the American Dance Guild Festival. Putty Dance Project, a collaborative company with her musician husband, debuted in 2014, producing socially conscious critically acclaimed works.


Brent White

Founder, Executive Director, Composer

Brent, a Philadelphia native, received his training under the tutelage of trombonist Al Grey and Clifford Adams and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Widener University and Master’s Degree in Jazz studies from University of the Arts. White has toured with the likes of Roy Ayers (BBC London), John Legend (Indonesia), Kindred Family Soul (South Africa), and Sun Ra Arkestra (Europe). White’s diverse exposure, has allowed him to perform in musicals such as Ain’t Misbahavin’, Rock & Soul, Rat Pack, Burn the Floor. 

As a teaching artist for over 10 years, White has taught Jazz in the Philadelphia Prison system and private trombone instruction at Drexel University. Brent had worked with the Julliard School of Music outreach department (Bay Area Tour) where he provided Arts workshops in juvenile detention centers, children’s hospitals, and schools in the San Francisco bay area.Currently he is working as the Jazz Education Program Coordinator at the Kimmel Center. In May 2016, White completed his certificate in non-profit management at LaSalle University and continues to educate, perform, and advocate for keeping music education vibrant in Philadelphia.

Phil Sumpter

Marketing, Producing Director

A marketing and communications professional with fourteen years of experience, Phil 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.

This project is supported in part with funding from Small But Mighty Arts
Graphic Design & Website Updates/Edits by Sammi Pfeiffer
Photography by Ola Baldych