JR Russ is a Washington, DC native who has spent his entire professional career in the metropolitan DC area. He received his B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on to American University, for his M.A. in Arts Management. He has worked on and off stage with local and regional dance and theatre companies, including Adventure Theatre, BosmaDance, Discovery Theater, Jazzlan Dance Theater, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, and the Washington Savoyards. JR is the Communications and Development Manager at the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates by day, and engages in artsy shenanigans by night when possible. This includes serving on the boards of Story District and Dance Place, being a company member with Synetic Theater, and working as an Artistic Collaborator with dog & pony dc. He is also active in the local Burning Man community, where he might be known to some as Nexus.