Yu-Chen aka "Nick Hung" (Lighting Designer)
Originally from Taiwan, Nick came to New York in 2003 to pursue his dream in theater. He received his MFA in lighting design from Brooklyn College/CUNY 2005. After graduation, he stepped right into the industry and started his own lighting design studio, SPOT3 INC. For nearly 10 years, Nick has created works for theater, dance, live concert & corporate events in NYC, which includes recent projects with MoMA PS1, Naomi Goldberg “Moment Talks” at Times Square. He is also the lighting consultant for Columbia University Theater Dept., Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Kumble Theater of Long Island University.
Toni Renee Johnson (Rehearsal Director)
Toni Renee Johnson is a performer, choreographer, dance educator and entrepreneur. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in choreography and performance from Florida State University. She danced with Nathan Trice Rituals, Peggy Choy Dance Company, INSPIRIT, a dance company, Nia Love/Blacksmiths Daughter and apprenticed with Urban Bush Women. She has danced works by Alonzo King, Dan Wagoner, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Lynda Davis, to name a few. In 2008, she formed her own company, Maverick Dance Experience; to make dances from raw instinct and to serve as a platform in expressing her perspectives, social commentary, relationships, social-emotional themes and political views. Maverick aptly defines the style and attitude personified in the movement and character of its director. In June 2011, Toni Renee self-produced an evening length concert entitled, If You Knew Me…You Would Know, at the Cunningham Studio Theater in New York City. In 2012, her company successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to create a production series entitled, The T: Dance, Watch, Reflect serving as a platform to fully produce emerging artists and provide them with an audience exchange of constructive feedback in the advancement of their creative process. Toni Renee has been commissioned to make dances for Drexel University, INSPIRIT, a dance company and Bronx Charter School for the Arts. She was also the 2008 recipient of INSPIRIT’s Company Choreographic Commission Project (CCCP) grant, Brooklyn Friend space exchange residency, and the Newsteps Artist Series grants. Her choreography has been seen at Judson Church, The Riverside Theater, Mulberry Street Theater and Union Square in New York City, Mandell Theater, Philadelphia, PA, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD) and GreenSpace in Queens, NY.
FARAI MALIANGA- (composer) Videographer/Composer/Musician
Farai Malianga, born and raised in Zimbabwe, began his career in African Dance in Colorado with Leticia Williams’ Harambee. Musical Director Judy “Fatu” Henderson.
Upon arriving in New York he began studying dance and drum with pioneers Yousouf Koumbasa, Mbemba Bangoura and Ronald K. Brown. Performing with the Masters; Chuck Davis in BAMs ‘Dance Africa’, Reginald Yates with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Heritage O.P. With Dance Companies; Harambee , Umoja , The New Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Obediah Wrights Balance, BSRC, Def Dance Jam and Opus with Musicians; Roy Ayers, Wunmi Olaiya,, Manchild Black, Akua Allrich, Melanie Charles, Scott Patterson, Saycon Sengbloh, Amma Whatt!, Nomsa Mazwai and Nakia Henry