John Hersey was born in Tientsin, China on June 17, 1914 where he lived until 1925 when his family went back to the United States. Hersey worked as a journalist and war correspondent during World War II for Time Magazine and became well known from those writings on the war. He was Master at Pierson College at Yale from 1965 to 1970 and spent the following year as Writer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He was a past President of the Authors League of America and was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Arms and Letters to be their chancellor. Hersey's first novel was "A Bell for Adano," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The following year he wrote "Hiroshima," which was an account of nuclear devastation and human suffering. Hersey was outspoken against the bombing, leading the fight to reclaim humanity, and spoke out against the nuclear arms race. Hersey was also interested and involved in American public education and he published "The Child Buyer" in 1960. "Key West Tales" was published in 1993. Hersey retired from Yale University and lived between Key West, Florida and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On March 24, 1993, John Hersey died at his home in Key West leaving behind his wife Barbara, five children and six grandchildren.
Ofelia Loref de Mola was born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico. In 1995, she moved to NY thanks to a scholarship from FONCA. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and an MFA in Choreography from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College State University of New York where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi. Ms. Loret de Mola is the recipient of many awards such as the MFA Outstanding Graduate Award, Dean's Award, Who's Who Award, Bert Terborgh Dance Award, Susan Kaskell Award, among others. Since 2002, she is a member of the Wendy Osserman Dance Company and Aszure and Artists. She has performed works by Noemie LaFrance, Asuncion Noales (Spain), Stephen Koplowttz and as part of the Purchase Dance Corps, works by Shaptro and Smith, Doug Varone, Neil Greenberg, Pascal Rtoult and Kevin Wynn. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a faculty member at Ballet Academy East. She has also taught at Purchase College, PS 18, Toppan Zee Dance Group, and in Mexico at the Compania de Danza Contemporanea del Estado de Yucatan. Danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola presented its first NYC season at the Merce Cunningham Studio in December 2004. Dansrnres has participated in the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival 2004, The COOL NY Festival 2005, The Frying Pan, Fielday 2005 at Pier 63 and HERE Arts Center, among other venues. As a member of ArtistAccess, she has performed at the Woodhull Medical Center and has been featured in the Daily News, CNN International, Telemundo, Univtsion, and is scheduled to appear in the November issue of Dance Magazine. She will participate in the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival 2005 and WAXworks at University Settlement in May 2006. Internationally, Ofelia Loret de Mola's choreography has been performed in Burgos, Spain and in Mexico, where she was commissioned to create a new work for CDCDEY. Contact: email@example.com