COMPANY ARTISTS

 

COLLABORATORS

STAGE & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT | Rebecka Jackson-Moeser, Jessica Monea Evans

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Alexander Garland

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | Mia Givens

WRITER/DRAMATURGE | Kestrel Leah, Shana Mirambeau

LIGHTING | Iain Court, Darius Gangei, Dan Norman (ECHO)

MUSIC | Pete J. Korpela

COSTUME DESIGN | Athena Lawton

ANIMATION | Nak Choi

VIDEO | Giuliana Foulkes, Asuka Lin

MARKETING & MEDIA | Alexander Garland, Joan Padeo

EVENT COLLABORATORS | Mallory Fabian, Halban Photography, Sankofa.org, Stu Smith

FELICIA ROSENFELD

Strategic Advisor

Los Angeles, CA

Felicia Rosenfeld, through FARconnector, works with artists and creative organizations to create empowering strategies that define and attain success. Felicia has been involved in the performing arts community for over 30 years; including serving as Executive Director of Dance Resource Center from 2015-2018. She worked at Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.) in New York and Los Angeles, for 16 years, rising to Co-Director. Felicia served on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees for six years (Co-Chairing the Committee on Equity Inclusion and Diversity). Felicia has served as a panelist for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the LA County Arts Commission and the Santa Monica Department of Cultural Affairs. She has also sat on boards and committees for multiple arts, educational and social service organizations including Pentacle, Show Box LA, New Roads School, Trash for Teaching, WAA 2016 Conference Host Committee and Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Karsh Social Service Center. Currently, Felicia serves on the Board of Directors of Arts for LA, the Ford Theater Connector Council and Koreatown Youth and Community Center Board of Trustees. In her role as DRC Community Advocate, as well as her participation in Americans for the Arts, Californians for the Arts and Arts for L.A., Felicia advocates for support of the arts and for arts to play in all sectors on national, state and local levels.

www.far-connector.com

NAK CHOI

Animator

Honolulu, HI

Nak Yong Choi (Or Nak like knock on the door) is a Korean-American director and story artist in the animation industry currently working as a concept artist for The Walt Disney Studios. His experiences include directing for Disney Jr., storyboarding on Angry Birds 2 movie, original series development at Cartoon Network, working as a story director at Portola Plush Co., working as an animation supervisor for a virtual reality short for the Crimes of Curiosity LLC on a Disney IP, as well as creating animations for a multidisciplinary performance for the B. Dunn Movement/Dance Theatre Company. When Nak is not busy sharing the aloha spirit and spreading empathy through animation, you can often find him under a palm tree singing on his ukulele and drinking guava juice.

IAIN COURT

Technical Director, Lighting Design, Production Designer

Iain Court (wizard)  has lit works in medieval churches, circus tents, on riverbanks and in haunted houses as well as many theatres. His lighting in dance and other genres has toured in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. He is particularly interested in collaborative new media performance and installation. He is also a director and performer and has worked in arts education for the Sydney Opera House, National Institute for Dramatic Arts in Australia and several universities including CALARTS. He won the David Helfgott award for his contribution to Accessible Arts in Australia. Recent collaborations have been with critically acclaimed Corning Works Glue Factory in Pittsburgh and  The Day Shall Declare it in Downtown LA and Gerald Cassel Dances in SFC. He is Currently the Director of Dance Production at University of Colorado Boulder.

MALLORY FABIAN

Collaborator (It's Not About Pretty )

Las Vegas, NV

Mallory Fabian, a Las Vegas native, graduated from Calarts. Mallory has performed for Gob Squad, RGWW, Zoe Scofield, Szalt, B. Dunn Movement and more. Mallory is Board President and co-teacher of GO for Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and Rehearsal Director for Invertigo Dance Theatre. In 2017, Mallory started her dance company, fabe. She recently collaborated with Alysse Stepanian and Philip Mantione for Memory of the Universe | Bayesian Poisoning which has toured to Marseille, France to open the Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques in Marseille, France and fabes newest evening length work Drugs Can’t Buy, will premiere at Highways Performance Space October 11 & 12, 2019. Follow @fabedance for more!

GIULIANA FOULKES

Video

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DARIUS GANGEI

Lighting Design

Darius began developing his craft with productions at Mill Valley Middle School. From age fifteen through eighteen he held a paid position working for Berkeley Unified School District as technical theater manager. Darius graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a degree in lighting and sound design in 2015. Although his early design focus had an emphasis in theater, he has expanded his expertise into dance, themed entertainment as well as architectural design. Darius is currently the Technical Coordinator for Windward School in which he designs over 30 productions annually. When not working at Windward he is designing for various projects within his field. 

ALEXANDER XAVIOR FREE GARLAND

Director of Operations and Marketing

Identifying pronouns: We/Us/Our

Reaching back into history with the founder of B. Dunn Movement, Alexander, better known to her as Akil I. LuQman, first met Brigitte when we landed the role of Young Simba in the Original Cast of the 1st national tour of the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King. Alexander has since had the privilege to share the stage and accompany many artists in the years following through work with the worlds 1st Flash Mob Production Company, Flash Mob America, as a producer and professional dancer as well as other organizations and individuals in the entertainment industry. Some artists of note being Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Maya and Nandy McClean, Indie Arie, Dream Hampton, Rosario Dawson and Janet Jackson including Television Credits on Kimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane, ABC’s Modern Family, and FOX’s Mobbed. Alexander also had the distinguished honor of working with the late Prince on one of the music video “Breakfast Can Wait” as a model and Producer’s Assistant. Additionally, we are acknowledged for our work as production designer and producer of the multi-award winning short film “22 Years” starring Dawn Noel, being the Production Manager for Sundeep Morrison's 'Rag Head: An American Story’; A one woman show playing to sold out houses across Los Angeles, and  serving as a doula and birth educator for over a decade across the US. As a certified specialty diving member with the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and an author of several chakra books for children, Alexander has our sites set on living outside of the states to propagate the narrative of black excellence as a loved in reality as opposed to a lived in trauma we experience in the states, free of limitation by any and all entities. Alexander’s current pride and joy, outside of the work with B. Dunn Movement, stand as the two business we opened this year. A multi-media production & consulting company by the name of ‘Luminescent Dolphin’ and Our very own publishing company by the name of ‘The Top Publishing’.

 

Follow @officialAxG, Subscribe @AlexanderGarland.com

MIA GIVENS

Administrative Assistant

Mia Givens was raised in Atlanta,Georgia. Started dancing at age 2 and continued her training at Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. Works including John McFall’s Nutcracker and others. She also choreographed  for the spring recital and for the advanced summer intensive. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts Spring of 2020. Works including Du Désir d’horizons by Salia Sanou, Facing Mekka choreographed by Rennie Harris, but staged by Nina Flagg. Was featured in outside works like LUSH with NowNess, directed by Massimiliano Bomba. “US AND THEM” by artist Havy Kahraman. Add Water & Stir and Betrayal by Brigette Dunn-Korpela.

REBECKA JACKSON-MOESER

Stage/Production Manager

St. Louis, MO

Rebecka Jackson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. She holds a MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studied film producing and theater.  

Her current work is focused on multimedia performance art that integrates current events, political and social movements and violence. Her past work  spans a multitude of mediums through documentary-filmmaking, activism, writing, dancing, producing and performing. As an activist she integrates many of the cases and people from social justice movements.  Global communities united through historical struggles have always been a pivotal part of her work. Major themes include apartheid, reparations, displacement, diasporas and gentrification. She has produced works in Palestine, South Africa and Ghana. 

uprisethefilm.com

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PETE J. KORPELA

Music Director/Composer

Lappeenranta, Finland

Pete Korpela is a Latin Grammy Award nominated percussionist.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he has gained a reputation as a versatile musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock and pop music. The most notable touring & recording collaborations: Josh Groban (tours since 2011), Robbie Williams, The Lion King (2003-07 1st National Tour), Calle 13, Cirque Du Soleil, Marco Beltrami, Disturbed, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), Melody Gardot, Lizz Wright, LA Phil, Luis Conte, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Jones and Straight Outta Compton soundtrack.  Performance venues include Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sydney Opera House and O2 Arena (London). Recent blockbuster film scores The Lion King Movie, Spiderman Far from Home, Men in Black International, StarTrek Discovery, Christopher Robin, Ferdinan, The Preditor, Ready Player One, Straight Out of Compton, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet. He also played in Oscar Academy Awards Ceremony 2019.

ATHENA LAWTON

Costume Designer

Los Angeles, CA

Athena Lawton is a costume designer interested in interrogating the relationship between identity and the body. In her work she explores the way that the influences of emotion, thought, power dynamics, gender, sexuality, race and cultural heritage manifest themselves in anatomy and through bodily adornment. Obsessed with collaboration, she works very closely with her colleagues to achieve a final design that is informed by the performers and every aspect of the production. Hannah is always seeking how humanity shines through the darkest parts of life.

KESTREL LEAH

Dramaturge- Vocal Coach, Grant writer, Narration Editor, (Physical Plastic)

Kestrel Farin Leah is a British performer and director working internationally across stage and screen. She earned her Masters in Acting at California Institute of the Arts, and has trained at Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, and with Theodoros Terzopoulos at Attis Theatre, Greece. She is the co-founder of PHYSICAL PLASTIC Theater Project with composer Yiannis Christofides, and writes for the LA performance publication Riting.

www.kestrelleah.com

ASUKA LIN

Video

Kobe, Japan

Born in Kobe, Japan; Asuka Lin is a Japanese-Taiwanese filmmaker and visual artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. Although the topics addressed in their photography, zines, films, and installations vary greatly; they are all united under Asuka's strong interest in the postcolonialist human experience.​

Recently graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelors in Fine Art, Asuka’s work has often been described as confrontational or subversive, holding a deep sense of honesty to the subject matter while still keeping a sense of humor.

Over the years, their work has expanded and evolved to explore the different nuances regarding the power of perspective and subjectivity. Asuka's works tend to lean towards stronger political commentaries or observations about the ever-changing contemporary environment around them. They aims to complete more projects that ground themselves into the present environment while simultaneously investigating the fluctuating boundaries of storytelling.

www.asuka.cloud

SHANA MIRAMBEAU

Writer: Text, Narration, Dramaturge 

Shana Mirambeau is a Cuban and Haitian American Multidisciplinary artist:  writer, editor photographer and dramaturge, whose work shifts between the layers of multicultural narrative and spiritual mysticism. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in Documentary Strategies from the California Institute of the Arts, and a dual Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Women & Gender Studies from California State University of Fullerton. Shana serves as Creative Director for B Dunn Movement Dance & Theatre Company and is the Dramaturg and writer for ECHO. ECHO is an interdisciplinary multi-dimensional dance performance that examines issues of race, identity and the value of the African Diaspora body on a global level. Shana is also working on a book length poem that explores the process of voice, self, spirit and healing from trauma within the intricate frameworks of a Caribbean family in America. Shana Mirambeau resides in Southern California.

 

shanamirambeau23.com

JESSICA MONEA EVANS

Stage/Production Manager

Raleigh, NC

Jessica Moneà Evans is a multifaceted artist/manager from Raleigh, North Carolina. She studied Acting to complement her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Theatre at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A& T) and received her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), for Theatre Management. Jessica has traveled the world managing a variety of dance, theater, concerts, and comedy shows at organizations including CBS, REDCAT, Disney Hall, Sundance Theater Lab and heidi duckler dance, including production management of HDD’s salons and galas over the past two years. Some producing credits include: One Leg at a Time at the California Institution for Women, Move Well @MLK at The Gateway at a Willowbrook Senior Center, Culver City Centennial project, Ebb & Flow Festival at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Culver City), When I am King at theKing Hing Theater (Chinatown), and FishEyes at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro).  Since Evans adolescences she always expressed a passion for entertainment and bringing people together. Her artistic bliss allows her to advance company goals by integrating her wealth of knowledge and experience in the art.

DAN NORMAN

Original Lighting, Set and Video design (ECHO)

Los Angeles, CA

Dan Norman is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Lighting Design  in the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Dan's passion for lighting began when he was a young boy in elementary school. As an adult, he has had the opportunity to work for the San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, LA Stage Alliance, Diablo Valley College Department of Theater, and several Bay Area dance and theater companies. Dan is eagerly looking forward to the next two years at CalArts, studying and perfecting his skills in lighting, video design, programming, Moving Light Tech, just to name a few and working on other various projects.

dannorman.carbonmade.com

JOAN PADEO

Media

Los Angeles, CA

First-generation dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Joan Padeo is a multidisciplinary, LA-based artist. She is certified in C-I Training™, attended LACHSA, is an associate alumni of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from California Institute of the Arts where she additionally studied Dance Pedagogy. Joan was nominated for the Princess Grace Award for Dance Performance in 2015.

Joan's dancer/choreographer bio is featured above under Company Artists.

 

www.joanhollypadeo.com

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