Since their discovery in 2009 by Charles Reinhart after the premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has quickly become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. With a whirlwind success that has taken them from sold out performances at the prestigious American Dance Festival (ADF), The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County and most recently The Baryshnicov Arts Center NYC, the company is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the national dance scene.
Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’ s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, RHDT has had the priviledge of performing 4 ADF commissioned pieces and premiering them at the festival as well enjoying unprecedented success in Miami. Their NYC premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret was said by Kayt MacMaster of BroadwayWorld.com to be “so innovative, searing and disturbing…” that it warranted “repeat viewings…” and their NYC premiere of Dining Alone was hailed by Deborah Jowitt as “earthy, poetic and beyond dada imaginative.”
Ivonne Batanero was born in Lima, Perú and received her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was commissioned by Miami Light Project in 2012 and 2013 to create work for the Here and Now program. In 2015, she toured Lima, Perú to create her first dance on film and present her solo work, I Think It’s In My Belly. Ivonne was a 2016-2017 recipient of the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Dance Miami Choreographic Fellowship. Ivonne has been dancing with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater since 2011 and joined Adele Meyers and Dancers in 2016.
Shanaya Bright: Born in Bogota, Colombia and trained as a visual artist, musician and dancer Shanaya trained at the Escuela Ballet Classico Ana Consuelo Diaz and Ballet de Colombia. He later joined the company as well the Ballet Folklorico de Colombia where he toured internationally for 8 years. In the US he toured with the Ballet de Colombia and later settled in Miami where he freelanced as a dancer, choreographer and costume designer. He was a dancer in the infamous Las Vegas style spectacle Tropigala until the shows end in 2002 and then began to form his infamous drag persona- Shanaya Bright. Characterized by her elaborate and inventive costumes Shanaya Bright “the queen of costumes” is among Miami’s most treasured drag personalities. Shanaya is a frequent collaborator of Rosie Herrera where she contributes as a set builder, costume and wig designer and performer. www.shanayabright.com
Liony Garcia is originally from Isabela de Sagua, Cuba. He received his BFA in Dance performance from New World School of the Arts in Miami. He has danced with Freddick Bratcher and Company and Brigid Baker’s Whole Project. As a member of Los Angeles based repertory company BodyTraffic, Liony has premiered new work by choreographers Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (Club Guy and Roni). Liony is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and continues to create his own work throughout Miami. His new solo work “in Lieu of flowers” just recently premiered at the Miami Light Box to rave reviews.
Rudi Goblen is a Miami based writer, dancer, actor, and music producer. He was commissioned by Miami Light Project to create the solo performances Insanity Isn’t, Fair Welling, and PET. He is also known as an acclaimed B-Boy and along side his award winning crew Flipside Kings, has toured internationally competing, adjudicating, and teaching since 1994. In 2003, Rudi joined Teo Castellanos/D-Projects, and has since toured internationally. Rudi is a recipient of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant (FAAR) funded by the Ford Foundation in conjunction with the Future Aesthetics Cohort, and the Miami-Dade County's Choreographers Fellowship Award. He has trained and worked with DV8 Physical Theater and Cirque De Soleil – and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Octavio Campos' Campostion Hybrid Theatre Works, and the interactive performance troupe Circ-X. He has released 4 instrumental albums, Tres, Soot, Untitled, and Sin Duda; and is currently the Assistant Director/Spoken Word coach for Piano Slam, a poetry writing competition that asks students to compose works of poetry inspired by their reactions to a selection of music.
Luis Alberto Cuevas hales from the Dominican Republic via New York City. Luis attended the BFA program at the New World School of the Arts and has worked with choreographers Peter London, Garth Fagan, Dale Andree, and Bill Doolin. Luis has had the privilege of performing with several companies including Gold Coast Theater Company, Momentum Dance Company, Feddrick Bratcher and Company, Teo Castellanos’ D- Projects, CircX, with director Heidi Marshall in a World Premiere original musical, with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and most recently, in Diane Paulus’ Donkey Show as Puck/Dr. Wheelgood. As a Choreographer, Luis’ work has been presented by New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College, The Emerging Choreographers Series, The Florida Dance Festival, The New World Symphony, and Thomas Amour Youth Ballet with The Dranoff International Foundation. Most recently he was commissioned by The Miami Light Project’s for the 2012 Here and Now Festival.
Felix Miranda: Born in Puerto Rico and trained in Ballet San Juan, Felix later joined the Compania de Danza Sarita Ayala where he worked as a dancer and singer. After a successful concert dance career he joined the ensemble of backup dancers for Charitin and Iris Chacon where he traveled the world for 10 years. In Miami he has danced for Univision and the popular Las Vegas style spectacle Tropigala for 12 years until it’s closing in 2002. He now freelances as a dancer, actor, singer and drag performer. He joined RHDT in 2011.
Gerardo Pilatti has been presenting his avant-garde performances in Miami since arriving from Argentina in 2002. As a performer he has worked with Octavio Campos and playwright David Rohn. Also an accomplished designer and makeup artist, he has designed wardrobe and makeup for the premiere of “1000 Homosexuals” at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as well as productions for Miami New Drama in The Colony Theater on Miami Beach. He has developed a cult following for his original nightclub variety acts and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater.
Katie Stirman is a Miami Native whose dance career spans two decades. She has had the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Joyce Theater, Skirball@ NYU, the American Dance Festival 97’, 03’, 11,’ 12’, and the Adrienne Arsht Center: Ziff Ballet Opera House. She works collaboratively with artists, creating tailored experiences for each project. After grand successes working alongside other creators, she now focuses mainly on her own repertory. Katie is creating a series of immersive-meditative performances out in nature using textiles. This project launched with video stills published in “100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art” from the first rendition of this piece, shot in the Catskill Mountains of New York and a performance with Bas Fisher Invitational: Weird Miami Bus Tour 2016 that toured its audience into the Everglades. Gladly diving into the intimate recesses of beauty this planet holds on the horizon, she seeks to deliver simplistic wonder back to those whom may have forgotten it’s marvels.
Leah Verier-Dunn holds a BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts. She has danced for Keigwin & Co., Adele Myers and Dancers, Karl Rogers, and Bill Doolin, among others. Verier-Dunn is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Ethos Dance. She joined Rosie Herrera Dance Theater in 2011.
Simon Thomas-Train began dancing at Middlebury College, transitioning from an extensive background in competitive cross country skiing to graduate with a BA in Dance and Architectural Studies in 2009. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Rhynard/Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens, Attack Theatre, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Tiffany Mills and Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Red Dirt Dance, Vanessa Anspaugh, Pavel Zustiak|palissimo, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Boomerang, David Dorfman Dance and most recently with the Bessie-winning Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, both by Third Rail Projects. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Space We Make.
Loren Davidson recently assisted Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a pivotal work performed in October 2016 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. She has recently finished a three-year Visiting Guest Faculty position at Florida State University where she taught Contemporary Technique, Cross-Training for Dancers, Pilates, Introduction to the Dance Profession, choreographed new work for the School of Dance and collaborated with local galleries to curate a monthly performance series involving students and local performers. Loren’s background includes the following: Contemporary, Repertory and Dance Conditioning Faculty at the American Dance Festival (NC, 2012-2015), Faculty and Assistant at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp (CO,2013), Program Assistant for Dance in Paris (FSU, 2015- 2016), Pilates and GYROKINESIS Instructor (Balanced Body and GYROKINESIS, current), Member of the Board of Directors at 621 Gallery (FL, 2012-2016), Performer with Ellis Wood Dance (NY, 2004-2009), MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University (FL, 2012), BFA in Performance from New World School of the Arts (FL, 2003), and a childhood full of incessant curiosity for movement, connectivity and the human experience. Loren joined Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre in 2017.
Born and raised in NYC, Elaine Wright- Roark graduated from The LaGuardia High School for the Performing and holds a BFA degree in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.Her performance experience includes: national and international touring with The Elisa Monte Dance Company, Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Dance Company, an original cast member of the 1989 TONY Award winning Broadway Show, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and numerous commercial and performance art projects. AEA, SAG/AFTRA since 1987.A Miami resident since 1991, Ms Wright has had the pleasure of serving on faculty at New World School of the Arts, Dance Division, since 1992. At NWSA she has taught both the High School and College divisions, focusing on a somatic and energy efficient approach to movement, teaching ballet and Pilates for contemporary dancers. As a Miami resident, Elaine has also performed in works by choreographers, Gerrri Houlihan (USA), Giovanni Luiquinni (Bahia, Brazil) and Marianela Boan (Havana, Cuba). She has also had her own choreographic work commissioned by the FIU Wolfsonian Museum and enjoys the collaborative process of site specific performance and improvisation.
David Ferri (Lighting Designer) has worked with prominent choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Shen Wei, Doug Varone, Yin Mei, Eiko and Koma, Jane Comfort, David Rousseve, Jody Sperling and Ballet Preljocaj. He has been the Production Manager for the prestigious American Dance Festival since 1996 training upcoming designers in America. Recipient of 1987-1988 BESSIE AWARD for his design of Doug Varone’s “Straits”, and 2000-2001 BESSIE AWARD for Sustained Achievement in Lighting Design. Mr Ferri is the resident Lighting Designer – Technical Director for The Vassar College Dance Department, Mr. Ferri was also resident lighting designer and technical director at PS 122 from 1985-1991. Mr. Ferri lives in New York between his travels and projects.
Adam Reign: (photographer, collaborator) Former b-boy & popper turned filmmaker & photographer, Adam Reign creates award-winning still & motion visuals across traditional and new media for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and celebrities. Multilayered by intention, he is passionate about the use of color, light/shadows, composition and cinematic rhythm as means to express and explore as a storyteller. www.reignimages.com. He is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, a common collaborator and a reluctant performer.
Elayne M. Bryan (company manager, stage manager) joins Rosie’s lively company having worked in Miami, California, and at sea as a Stage Manager, Scenic Designer and builder, and Audio Engineer. She is also the Producing Director and co-founder of the Miami based alternative theater company, the Project [theatre].
Tiffany Schrepferman (stage manager) is the Stage Manager for Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre and freelances as a Lighting Designer/Stage Manager for many other companies including Gaspard & Dancers, Kate Weare Company, TALK Dance, Uptown Dance Company, and Dance of Asian America. She is also currently the Production Manager and resident Lighting Designer for Ad Deum Dance Company and Ad Deum II based in Houston, TX. Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Belhaven University with a BFA in Dance, and has worked for the American Dance Festival as Production Stage Manager of the Reynolds Theater for the past eight summers. She is excited to partner with the artists and creative minds of today to bring fresh and inspiring works into the arts community.
George Echevarria (graphic designer, photographer) is a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Haunted by capturing the ethereal, he always carries a camera. He enjoys shooting both film and digital. Born and raised in Miami, Echevarria grew up surrounded by the ocean and bananas. He spends as much time as possible on the beach.