About

Photo: Britt Karhoff, Stef Karlin, Ale Madera

Photo: Britt Karhoff, Stef Karlin, Ale Madera

SQUID MGMT is a Seattle-based artist management team providing a range of services to leading West Coast based dance and performance companies. SQUID believes in personal relationships and every client's services are unique to suit them individually. Services typically include Fundraising Support and Grant Management, Production and Company Management, Marketing and PR, Financial Organization, Presenter Representation, and general administrative support. 

Stefanie Karlin
Founder, Lead Producer

Stefanie is the Founder and Lead Producer at SQUID MGMT, working as an independent producer to leading West-Coast Performance and Dance artists zoe | juniper, Amy O'Neal, Jody Kuehner (Cherdonna Shinatra), Kate Wallich and KT Niehoff among others. 

Since SQUID MGMT's inception in January 2014 Stefanie has led the charge with a clear vision and a constant interest in building allied partnerships and community involvement.

  • Produced 12 sold-out performances with artists zoe | juniper, Amy O'Neal and Kate Wallich through presenting programs at Velocity Dance Center and On the Boards in Seattle.

  • Produced and presented sold-out independent performances with artists Peggy Piacenza, Karin Stevens and Hope Wechkin in Seattle. 

  • Produced national and international tours of works by zoe | juniper and Amy O'Neal to venues including REDCAT, Philly FringeArts, Dance Place in DC, Baryshnikov Art Center, The Joyce at 3-Legged Dog, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, PICA's TBA Festival, University of Hawaii, Maui Cultural Arts Center, Kahilu Center for the Arts and Spoleto Festival. 

  • Successfully garnered over $340,000 in grants in 2015 alone from Guggenheim Foundation, MAP Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), National Performance Network, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, The Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Art. 

  • Successfully completed 4 crowd-source campaigns raising over $35,000 for performance in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Produced 2 Pacific Northwest Performance Platforms along with Velocity Dance Center and On the Boards in NYC as a part of APAP.

  • Spearheaded successful marketing and PR campaigns resulting in client highlights in Dance Magazine, New York Times, The Stranger, Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine and City Arts.

  • Produced numerous galas and benefits for Seattle-based non-profit organizations including Northwest Film Forum, Cornish College of the Arts, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets and Velocity Dance Center. 

Stefanie has been Managing Director of zoe | juniper since July 2012 and has been instrumental in the formation of zoe | juniper's Development Committee and Board of Directors, the organization's incorporation as a 501(c)3, and the company's ongoing organizational success. She has had the honor of working at Velocity Dance Center since 2011, serving as Producing Director (2011-2014) and Business Manager (2014-present), assisting Tonya Lockyer and the rest of the team in the revitalization of the Northwest's leading contemporary dance center. Stefanie has also worked for several other arts organizations in Seattle and Chicago including the Seattle International Film Festival, Chicago Public Radio, Northwest Dance Network, and The Moving Architects. 

Alexandra Madera
Operations Manager

Alexandra Madera, Operations Manager, has been with SQUID MGMT since the beginning. Her work at SQUID MGMT is varied, we like to say Ale is the do-er. She is a task master and does the heavy lifting when it comes to company management, graphic design, website design and maintenance, email marketing and correspondence, social media and event production. She takes the lead on implementing and maintaining operational systems and functions inside of SQUID MGMT. 

Multiple programming and operations internships at Velocity Dance Center and with visual art/dance company, zoe | juniper, have given her essential skills for producing varied Seattle-based performances, fundraisers and events. She was an instrumental part of producing A Pacific Northwest Performance Platform (NYC 2016), Divas Take The Hill (2014 + 2015), national and international tours for zoe | juniper and Amy O'Neal, and sold-out performances for artists zoe | juniper, Amy O'Neal, Kate Wallich, Peggy Piacenza and Karin Stevens. 

Ale graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and received several academic and dance division scholarships. As a dancer, Ale has performed inter/nationally with Khambatta Dance Company, Amy Johnson, Dylan Ward, Ilona Roth, zoe | juniper and Merge Dance Company in Seattle, Portland, Montana, Texas and India. She also creates her own work, primarily choreographing dance for film and performance. Most recently her film 120mm premiered at Seattle Transmedia Independent Film Festival (2016). Her dance film Innerspring has been screened at Seattle True Independent Film Festival (2015) and Texas State University's Opening Door Dance Theater (2014), and her dance film Indifferently Empty was a featured student film for San Souci Film Festival in Austin (2011). 

Britt Karhoff
Campaign Strategist

As SQUID's Campaign Strategist, Britt serves performing artists by helping them raise support for their creative work. She is a translator of sorts, adept at developing articulate and compelling project language. She manages grants, awards and creative residency applications from start to finish, having secured multiple awards for SQUID artists through National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture and private foundations.

Through SQUID events, Britt manages and produces fundraising events and parties for Seattle organizations and performing artists and develops successful crowdfunding campaigns for artists. Through SQUID MGMT's new administrative training program, SQUID INK, she enjoys teaching mid-career performing artists practical business tools while demystifying the business end of creative success. 

Britt has performed with Alice Gosti TO|GET|HER, zoe | juniper, Anna Conner + Co., Shannon Stewart, Coleman Pester, PE|MO and KT Niehoff and with Bay Area companies Project Bandaloop, Joe Goode Performance Group, Cielo Vertical Arts and Flyaway Productions, having performed on the side of skyscrapers and bell towers and in the historic San Francisco Mint, Seattle's St Marks Cathedral, SAM Olympic Sculpture Park and the Frye Art Museum. Her work has been presented at Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Behind the Pink Door and at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco. 

In addition to fundraising and grant writing, creating and performing, Britt collaborates with visual artists on her project Oxenrider Seattle, in an effort to get art out of museums and galleries. 

Nadya Matiya
Finance Assistant

Nadya, a recent transplant to Seattle by way of Alaska and Oregon, is completing her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Through this program she had the opportunity to intern with SQUID MGMT starting last spring focusing on financial reporting for the organization and their artists. Nadya received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in Anthropology with Minors in Dance, Arts Management and Business Administration. During undergrad, she performed quarterly in faculty, graduate and undergraduate choreographic work and had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival in Missoula, MT, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Since moving to Seattle Nadya has worked with a handful of Seattle Arts Organizations including: Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Opera, Seattle ReCreative, Seattle Dances and All That Dance.