Michael Paul Britto
Carolyn Meckha Cherry
J. Michael Kinsey
Jonathan Melville Pratt
Isabella Dos Santos
MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Michael Paul Britto graduated with a BA from the City College of New York. Michael’s works range from videos to digital photography, sculpture, and performance. Michael was been featured in shows at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in England.
CAROLYN MECKHA CHERRY
Costume Designer & Wardrobe Director
Carolyn Meckha Cherry – Costume Designer and Wardrobe Director; has worked as a creative artist designing costumes for numerous institutions like Mind-Builders Creative Art Center, Professional Center for the Arts and most recently AbunDance Academy of the Arts. Ms. Cherry has also created costumes for Kevin Iega Jeff (Surrender), Evidence (Walking Out the Dark), Philadanco, and Camille A. Brown, in addition to her work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ailey II, and Urban Bush Women. In addition to her work as a designer, Ms. Cherry currently works in the public school system and the private sector teaching introduction to theater, costume and set design.
Kamilah Forbes (Director): Most recent credits include:BROADWAY (associate director) The Mountaintop and Stickfly. Welcome to Nellie’s by Dominique Morrisseau (Classical Theater of Harlem, Reading), Nannyland by Radha Blank (Public Theater, Reading) Saturday Night/Sunday Morning by Katori Hall (Lincoln Center Theater Lab Reading series), The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (Lark Theater, barebones production), Journey to the door of no return by Psalmayene 24 (Arena Stage, workshop), Children of Children Keep Coming (Columbia University), Beauty, the Beast (Dance Mission, San Francisco), And Her Hair went with her by Zina Camblin (NJ Reperatory Theater) Most recently she directed National Poetry Slam Champion Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s multi-disciplinary dance theater piece SCOURGE. Scourge toured to Rotterdam, Brussels, Boston, DC, 651 arts (NYC), and was premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the arts in San Francisco. Other credits include include: assistant director for Tony Award winning DEF POETRY JAM on BROADWAY, Masquerade by solo spoken word artist Roger Bonair–Agard, Rhyme Deferred which she conceived and co-wrote presented at: (The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, PS122, New York Theater Workshop, Undermain Theater) other directing credits include: No Man’s Land (ODC Theater, San Francisco), Nightmares of JuJubee (The Lincoln Theater DC, PS122, NYC).
She recently received the 2011 JOSEPHINE ABADY award from the League of Professional Women in theater for excellence in the theater and is a member of the Leadership Board with the Women’s Project.
J. MICHAEL KINSEY
Theater Coach (Mr. TOL E. RAncE)
J. Michael Kinsey (Actor) is a native of Atlanta, GA. J. Michael has trained in music and theatre for over 15 years, and is the graduate of the esteemed U of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of music where he received a BFA in musical theater in 2004. He has performed all over the US, Cozumel Mexico, Cayman Islands, and South Africa. National tours include Miss Saigon and Five Guys named Moe. Other shows under his belt consist of Dreamgirls, Once on this Island, Ragtime, Day of Absence, Nefertiti, the musical, Songs for a New World, and The Wild Party just to name a few. He has shared the stage with Tony award winner Jennifer Holiday and Grammy Award winning Ann Nesby in In The Midnight Hour: The Music of Wilson Pickett. J. Michael received Audelco Award nominations as Best Actor in a Musical in both 2008 & 2009 for his performances as Andre in “Ain’t” & The Wiz in “The Wiz”. He has collaborated with his dear friend and colleague Camille A. Brown on two of her works which include Matchstick and 1 Second Past the Future. “Camille thanks for your abundant support and love, keep moving forward!”
Stacey M. is an award winning writer / director and producer of narrative, documentary, broadcast and digital content as well as a social activist and cultural critic who has lectured on a broad range of topics including hip hop, pop culture, media, film, social justice issues, and most notably, the history of Black women filmmakers in cinema.
A native of New Orleans, LA, Stacey has worked extensively to document and preserve hip hop culture and address social issues through film and media. Her work includes multi media projects, music videos, arts and activism and social justice campaigns and award winning films including “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak, which made it’s film festival premiere at the PATOIS, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. An official selection to the Media That Matters Film Festival, where it was awarded the “Speaking Out Award”, the film received international acclaim and toured with the HBO / Media that Matters Film Festival screening for audiences worldwide.
In 2009, Stacey co-founded “Intelligent Seedz” with Artist / Activist, Wise Intelligent. The organization is committed to equipping youth with the necessary tools to tell their stories through documentary film. The youth media group has won national awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for their groundbreaking work addressing social issues impacting the lives of young people.
Her documentary film, “Out of Our Right Minds, Trauma, Depression and the Black Woman” was released in March 2010 to rave reviews and also premiered at the PATOIS New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.
Her latest project, For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION starring Rob Morgan, Julito McCullum, Tim Reid and Jacinto Taras Riddick is currently on the festival circuit. The award winning series, Executive Produced by author, journalist and social justice activist, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is preparing for it’s second season with new cast members Charles Dutton and Adesola Osakalumi.
Stacey has screened, participated in panel discussions and lectured in both academic and non academic settings including The University of Houston, The University of Miami, Prairie View A&M University, Marymount Manhattan College, The University of the District of Columbia, Brooklyn College, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Association of Black Journalist and Viacom to name a few.
She and her work have been featured in The LA Times, Essence, Ebony, The Root, OkayPlayer, IndieWire, Shadow and Act, Colorlines, ScreenSlate and on HuffPost Live and BET Online.
Scott Patterson is a pianist and composer of incomparable talent. Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewdescribes Patterson’s playing as, “a masterly blend of virtuosity, singing style and beautiful voicing.”His blend of classical, soul and rock music is futuristic, emotive and luxuriant.
Since 2012 Patterson has toured with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. He is a contributing composer of the Bessie award winning Mr. TOL E. RAncE and Brown’s critically acclaimed work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play.
Patterson’s work extends beyond dance. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Afro House (afrohouse.org), a music-driven performance art house based in Baltimore, MD. At the center of Afro House stands the Astronaut Symphony, a contemporary music ensemble that creates symphonic performance art pieces, such as Patterson’s sci-fi tone poem Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe.
As a music director he worked closely with award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley during the Williamstown Theatre Festival and served as music director for a production of Dan Dietz’s Clementine in the Lower 9. He has also worked with Tony Award winning music director and composer Daryl Waters at the Dallas Theater Center. His acting credits include the role of Duke Ellington in Tom Minter’s Blues for a Royal Flush, as Chorus in Dan Dietz’s Clementine in the Lower 9 and General Ebon Kojo in Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe.
As a Piano Performance major Patterson studied under Richard Fields at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music.
JONATHAN MELVILLE PRATT
Jonathan Melville Pratt is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, director, producer, and visual artist working in many genres including pure music, film, theater, modern dance, ballet, and fine art. Jonathan attended School For Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating at the top of his class in 1997. He then went on to attend and earn his bachelors of music in 2001, studying operatic performance with Glenn Siebert and “interdisciplinary composition” with many esteemed faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Jonathan’s compositional work has been performed and presented nationally and internationally in many venues and festivals including The Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, Solo Dance Festival-Tanzemesse, Yerba Buena Center, The Public’s Shiva Theater, The Abbey Dublin, The Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Brazil, Carnaval, Salvador, Bahia, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, The Apollo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and more.
Collaborators and Commissioners include: Keigwin and Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Mimi Garrard Dance Company, Tiffany Mills Company, The Public Theater, The Abbey Theater, The Old Globe Theater, Instituto Sacatar, Alayna Stroud, Hillary Franklin, Helen Simoneau, Brian Mertes, Sean Sullivan, Trish Casey, Marcia Johnson, Kennis Hawkins, Will Rawls, Janusphere, Ingrid Graham, Celia Rowlson Hall, Kate Spade New York, Keller NYC, LaMama, Princeton University, The Juilliard School of Drama, and Juilliard School of Dance. Jonathan founded Robot Church in 2009 and serves as Artistic Director and Resident Composer….
Lighting & Scenic Designer
Philip Treviño is a 2010 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his lighting and scenic design for Pam Tanowitz’s Be In The Gray With Me. He is also the scenic designer for Camille A. Brown and Company’s Mr. Tol E. Rance, which won a 2014 BESSIE for Outstanding Production. Some of his other recent credits in lighting and scenic design can be seen in works by Brian Brooks Moving Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Martha Graham Dance Company, Henning Rübsam’s Sensedance, Kymera Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance. His work has toured nationally, internationally and at such notable venues as BAM, The Joyce, Joyce Soho, DTW, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Kitchen, New York City Center and Jacob’s Pillow. He has Stage Managed for Trisha Brown Dance Company and José Limón Dance Company as well as Production Stage Managed for Wally Cardona Quartet’s Everywhere and SITE, Kate Weare Company, Christopher Williams’ The Golden Legend and many more. He is a proud alumnus of San Francisco State University. Complete details available at www.philiptrevino.com.
Talvin Wilks is a playwright, director and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the boy, Tod, The Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, An American Triptych and Jimmy and Lorraine. Acclaimed directorial projects include UDU by Sekou Sundiata, The Love Space Demands by Ntozake Shange, No Black Male Show/Pagan Operetta by Carl Hancock Rux, The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza and the OBIE Award winning, The Shaneequa Chronicles by Stephanie Berry. He has served as co-writer/co-director for ten productions in Ping Chong’s ongoing series of Undesirable Elements, as well as the recent premiere of Collidescope: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial American. As a dance dramaturg, he has created five world premieres with the Bebe Miller Company, Going to the Wall, the Bessie Award winning, Verge, Landing/Place for which he received a 2006 Bessie Award, Necessary Beauty and A History. Recent dramaturgical collaborations include work with Camille A. Brown and Dancers (Mr. TOL E. RaNcE), Carmen de Lavallade (As I Remember It), Darrell Jones (Hoo-Ha), Urban Bush Women (Hep Hep Sweet Sweet, Walking with ‘Trane), and baba israel (The Spinning Wheel).
BURKE WILMORE grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho, and now lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an honors graduate of Wesleyan University. He has designed or adapted seven works for BODYTRAFFIC including Arthur Pita’s new Death Defying Dances. He has also lit the work of Camille A. Brown (Black Girl: Linguistic Play, Mr. Tol E. RAncE, City of Rain, Good & Grown). He was the resident designer for Battleworks (2001–2010) and to date has lit five of Robert Battle’s works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He designed Stephen Petronio’s Tragic Love, for Ballet de Lorraine. He has designed over two dozen works for Keigwin + Company. For American Repertory Ballet, he lit Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. He frequently collaborates with Broadway star André de Shields, for whom he lit the Louis Armstrong musical Ambassador Satch, and designed scenery and lighting for de Shields’ production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Mr. Wilmore designed scenery and lighting for Apollo Club Harlem, directed by Maurice Hines, and the recurring hit Ellington at Christmas, both at the Apollo Theater.
Tracy Wormsworth is a world renowned bass guitarist in the music and television industry. Her career began as a member of the New Wave band The Waitresses, and subsequently toured and with Phyllis Hyman, Sting, Roberta Flack, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The B-52s, jazz violinist Regina Carter, vocalist extraordinaire Rachelle Farrell, jazz great Wayne Shorter, and many other artists. She has played on recordings by Joan Osborne, The B-52s, The Waitresses, Regina Carter, Lena Horne, Paula Abdul and others. Tracy has jingle recording credit; appeared in film and has extensive live (and taped) television and recording experience.
Tracy was a member of the house band on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which aired for 6 years. As part of the “Rosie” show she played with everyone from Mary J. Blige to Liza Minnelli, as well as accompanying all of the major Broadway show performances that were featured yearly on the show during Tony season. She also subbed on “The Conan O’Brien Show” in the bass chair and has appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night With David Letterman”, “The Craig Kilborn Show” and “The Today Show”.
Wormworth is currently playing with The B-52s and has done several world tours with the band. She recorded with the band on “The Flintstones” soundtrack and on their album “Good Stuff”. In 2008, she was listed as a full band member on their album “Funplex”, and is featured in their Live DVD “With The Wild Crowd”, released in 2012.
ISABELA DOS SANTOS
Isabela Dos Santos is an artist who describes herself most easily as an animator but often works with writing, dance and handicrafts as well. She is an alumna of the National YoungArts Foundation and a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and her work has been recognized by the Student Academy Awards, Vimeo Staff Picks and film festivals around the world. Isabela has collaborated with several cool artists such as Camille A. Brown and classical musician Conrad Tao, and she continues to explore the many facets and mediums of the art world. From her animation to her tiny self-published books, the majority of her work is handmade.
Isabela also happens to work a lot in arts administration because she likes to be part of the art community and help people feel okay even when she’s not in the mood to do that through animation. She’s an alumna of the Intern Program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and is now full-time staff for YoungArts in Miami, FL, working in External Relations as the Social Media and Video Officer.
Isabela was born in Brazil but has been living in South Florida since 2000. She majored in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and graduated in May of 2014.
Daniel Banks has worked extensively in the U.S. and abroad, having directed at such venues as the National Theatre of Uganda, the Belarussian National Drama Theatre, The Market Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Playhouse Square (Cleveland). He has served as choreographer/movement director for productions at NY Shakespeare Festival/ Shakespeare in the Park, Singapore Repertory Theatre, La Monnaie/De Munt (Brussels), Landestheater (Saltzburg), and for Maurice Sendak/The Night Kitchen. Daniel is co-director with Adam McKinney of the arts and service organization DNAWORKS for which he directed McKinney’s multi-media, genealogical dance journey HaMapah/The Map that has toured around the world.
He is founder and director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative. HHTI works on the intersections of Hip Hop culture and theatre to promote youth self-expression and leadership, and has worked on campuses and in communities across the U.S. and in Ghana, South Africa, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Israel, Serbia, the U.K., and Mexico. He is editor of the critical anthology of Hip Hop Theatre plays Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater. Daniel has taught on the faculties of the Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, the MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University, and the M.A. in Applied Theatre at City University of New York. He is currently Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM.
Zulema Griffin began her career as a Ford model. Working with renowned photographers such as Steven Klein, Peter Lindberg, Richard Burbridge and Andrew Dosumu, Zulema appeared in such publications as Harper’s Bazaar, The Face, I.D.,Visionaire, Essence, Interview and Paper. Although Zulema enjoyed a successful career as a model, she decided to opt for life behind the runway.
Zulema found herself successfully running the costume department of her first film The Beatle Fan, and since then has gone on to costume and production design numerous film, TV media projects. Zulema became a finalist on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 2 thus beginning her transition back into the fashion world. In Spring 2008, Zulema presented her “Slave to the Rhythm” fashion show, the Fela Wives themed Spring ’08 collection, at New York Fashion Week. Met by raving reviews, Zulema followed up with a strong showing of her Fall 08 collection “Revelations” and pioneered the first internet launched fashion show for fashion week.
Zulema has garnered press from Style.com, New York Times, O Magazine, MSNBC, Fader.com and numerous blogs and online platforms.
Sam Crawford completed both his B.A. in English and A.S. in Audio Technology at Indiana University in 2003. A move to New York City led him to Looking Glass Studios where he worked as an assistant engineer on film projects with Philip Glass and Björk. These early experiences shaped his thoughts on music and music-making profoundly, inspiring a process that relies on instinct to generate raw material and method to refine that material into finished works.
A multi-instrumentalist on electric guitar, lap steel, and banjo, and called one of “a fiercely intelligent, talented crew of players” by the New York Times, Crawford’s recent compositions and sound designs have included works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Venice Biennale, 2010), Kyle Abraham (Pavement for Harlem Stage, 2012), and David Dorfman Dance (Come, and Back Again for BAM’s Next Wave Festival, 2013).
In 2010, Crawford’s work with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company led to an invitation to be a featured performer at Mr. Jones’ Kennedy Center Honors Induction, where he had the honor of playing electric guitar for a live dance score to an audience that included President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and a crowd of several thousand in Washington, DC, and which was later broadcast on CBS. In the same year, his work as a guitarist and engineer was also featured in A Good Man, the PBS documentary on the making of Mr Jones’ Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray.
Crawford currently resides in Brooklyn where he works as a freelance composer, sound designer, and audio engineer. He currently holds positions as both Sound Supervisor for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Music Director for David Dorfman Dance. He also performs in various groups in NYC and abroad, including Bowery Boy Blue (Brooklyn) and the country and western trio Corpus Christi (Rome).
Reference & Resource Guide Creator
Heather McCartney started her journey in the arts as a young dancer and music student in New York City before devoting nineteen years to teaching dance in Manhattan public schools. Among the first to be licensed in dance education by the city and state, she helped establish dance education programs in small schools and was among the founding teachers of the Professional Performing Arts School – a renowned public school specializing in performing arts. She concluded her teaching career at the Beacon School by chaperoning twenty-three students to Cuba in 2001.
Ms. McCartney has worked as a teaching artist and consultant to The Joyce Theater, a researcher for ArtsConnection, Co-Director of Arts in Education & Community Programs for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Director of Public Programs for Community Works. Ms. McCartney continues to consult on small-scale arts education projects and serves on the committees for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, the NYC Department of Education, and the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center (Bahamas). Heather McCartney holds a B.S. degree in dance education from N.Y.U. and a M.S. Ed. in the education of the gifted and talented and is the Director of School and Family Programs for The Joyce Theater. She has written educational resource material for Camille A. Brown and Dancers since 2013.