Shelly Watson

Shelly has a B.M and M.M from Juilliard and was the inspiration/first recipient of their Inter Arts Award. She has a successful career in Opera, Musical Theater, Cabaret and Burlesque. The NY Times describes Shelly as “Rambunctious, over the top and of considerable charm” She’s sung everywhere from The Metropolitan Opera to The Metropolitan Room. Shelly's work with Company XIV continues to be her greatest artistic joy. She’s also the first member to get an XIV tattoo.

Nicole von Arx

Born in England and raised in Switzerland, Nicole trained at the Ailey School, Springboard Danse Montreal and Jacob's Pillow. She worked for Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance), the Metropolitan Opera, Loni Landon Dance, Stefanie Nelson and the Chicago Lyric Opera (soloist). She won 1st Place and Audience Choice at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for Bryan Arias. Nicole is also an independent choreographer and model.

Ross Katen

Originally from Oregon, Ross trained at Westside Dance Academy, The Portland Ballet, and Arts & Communication Magnet Academy. Additionally Ross has studied at The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Ross graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Dance and joined the Limón Dance Company after graduation. Ross also performs with ChrisMastersDance and Chuck Wilt’s Una Projects. This is his first time performing with the artists of Company XIV.

Laura Careless

Laura Careless was born in the UK and trained at The Royal Ballet School before moving to the US to attend Juilliard. She is a founding member of XIV, performing and teaching Austin's work for over a decade. She is a passionate educator and has been on faculty at the NY Public School For Dance since 2008. For information on workshops, appearances, and her solo works, visit

Brett Umlauf

Brett has been praised by the New York Times for her "pealing, focused sound" and "luminous yet earthy" performances. A founding member of SIREN Baroque and singer-producer at Morningside Opera, she recently co-starred in Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, one of The New Yorker’s ten “notable performances” of 2014. Favorite roles with Company XIV include Athena in Judge Me Paris, Madame in La Fête and a singing wig head and enchanted mirror in Snow White.


Allison Ulrich

Allison received her BFA from The Juilliard School, toured Europe, then created Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” where she was dance captain, a featured dancer and aerialist. Featured TV: So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Strictly Come Dancing. Companies: The Metropolitan Opera, Keigwin and Co., Company XIV. Commercials: VH1 and IBM. Allison is represented by CESD Talent Agency.


Steven Trumon Gray

Steven Trumon Gray, originally from Iowa City, obtained a BFA in Dance and a BA in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa in 2012. In NYC, he has had the opportunity to perform with David Dorfman Dance, Jane Comfort, Young Soon Kim White Wave Dance Company, Most Happy Fella for City Center's ENCORES, and Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe. In his spare time, Steven is also a professional photographer in NYC. Steven is ecstatic to be a part of Company XIV again.


Marcy Richardson

Hailed by the New York Times for her “clear, pealing voice” (Musica Nuova-The Arianna Project) and Opera News for her “best all-around performance” (Princeton Festival-Ariodante), soprano Marcy Richardson has performed worldwide. Marcy is originally from Grosse Pointe, MI and graduated with her Master’s in Voice from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Being a part of Company XIV is a dream come true and Marcy could not be more excited or feel more at home with this incredible group of fearless artists.