TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY

Plays include Wig Out! (developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, produced in New York by the Vineyard Theatre and in London by the Royal Court, ) and a trilogy entitled The Brother/Sister Plays: The Brothers Size (simultaneously premiered in New York at the Public Theater, in association with the Foundry Theatre, and in London at the Young Vic, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliated Theatre), In the Red and Brown Water (winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, produced at the Alliance Theatre and the Young Vic) and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet premiered at McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ.  The Brother/Sister Plays will be co-produced by the Public Theater and the McCarter Theater (which was awarded a New Play Development grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in connection with the production). Other plays include Without/Sin and Run, Mourner, Run (adapted from Randall Kenan’s short story), both of which premiered at Yale Cabaret. 


In the summer of 2006, McCraney, Catherine Filloux, and Joe Sutton wrote The Breach, a play on Katrina, the Gulf, and our nation, commissioned by Southern Rep in New Orleans, where it premiered in August 2007 to mark the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in New Orleans.  The Breach also played at Seattle Rep in the winter of 2007. 


McCraney attended the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, Florida, receiving the exemplary artist award and the Dean’s Award in Theatre.  He holds a BFA in acting from DePaul University.  McCraney is a May 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program, headed by Richard Nelson, where he received the Cole Porter Playwriting Award upon graduation.  He is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s international writer in residence, the 2009 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of the 2007 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the 2007 Whiting Award.

WIG OUT! Received a GLAAD Award 2009 for Outstanding Play on and Off Broadway in New York.  He is currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and Berkeley Rep, and is a member of New Dramatists and Teo Castellanos/D-Projects in Miami.  In 2008, McCraney was the recipient of London’s Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Inaugural Recipient of the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award 2009.




RUDI GOBLEN (Rodolfo Cano)

Rudi Goblen has performed along the side of Hip Hop artists such as The Roots, Mos Def, De La Soul, Mf Doom and Def Jux. Besides his musical pursuits he has been breaking for over 12 years and is an acclaimed B-Boy.  His crew "Flip Side Kings" has traveled nationally and internationally competing, judging, and winning various events in places such as France, South America, Holland, Canada, U.K. and Asia.  Rudi received a commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, to create and develop his one-man show Insanity Isn't  (directed by Teo Castellanos) at Here & Now 2006.  He has now spent the last 3 1/2 years fueling his newfound passion for theater/performance art and new creative expressions, while working to bring Hip Hop to a broader audience.  He is an original member of Teo Castellanos D-Projects (TCDP) and a member of Camposition a hybrid theater company with which he has performed in Monkey Kitchen a work also commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts for Here and Now 2007.  He has participated in the development process of Bug Chasers, a new work by Camposition which will begin touring in 2008 and is currently working on the workshop/developmental phase of Fat Boy, a new work by TCDP.  Rudi has taught numerous dance/break workshops throughout Miami, the U.S, and South America.

 

 

LEGO (Alfredo Sotelo)

I was created in Managua, Nicaragua. Expression through art has become a tool to stay sane. It started with the art of B-Boying and a crew called Flipside Kings-I became Lego... the samurai ninja, attacking with the power of a tsunami engulfing myself in a whirlpool of flavor. My style is water, continuous like a river. I will forever be a student of dance, learning the history, understanding where it came from, where it is taking us and to inspire other B-BOYS to keep the dance alive as long as the earth spins on its axis. As a member of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, I look forward to continuing to grow as an artist and inspire art in others. I have taken first place in the following B-Boy battles: Who Can Roast the Most 1 and 2, Freestyle Sessions Seattle 2003, B1 Project Japan, B-Boy Summit Los Angeles 2003 All Nations 1on1 Miami 2007, Enter the Cypher Ohio 2007.  I have also judged B-Boy competitions in Spain, Holland, Canada, and throughout the U.S. I’d like to thank God and my Mom for giving me the strength to achieve my dreams.

 



LETHAL (Gary Otis)

Born and raised in Miami, Lethal has practiced Breaking, Martial Arts and Extreme Sports for over 10 years and has been dancing professionally for the past 5 years.  As a breaker he can often be seen competing with his crew Misguided Souls.  He has competed and several B-boy events across Florida as well as New York and Texas where he was chosen to train with some of Hip- Hops innovators (Ken Swift, Sugar Pop, Bryan “Footwork” Green, Kwikstep and others). Lethal not only breaks but he’s also a HOUSE Dancer. He loves his Mom, chocolate and donuts.

 

 






KRISTOFF (Christopher Skalet)

Kristoff Skälet is an international performer and native Miamian.  He attended the New World Conservatory with a full scholarship, where he was able to develop his talents and fall in love with theater. Miami Light Project commissioned Kristoff’s original work, One More Cloudy Day, a multimedia solo performance utilizing movement, song and spoken word as part of Here & Now: 2002.  His most recent venture outside the U.S. was last summer with Africa Reconnect (a cultural exchange program partially funded by The Diaspora Arts Coalition), where he performed in a cabaret style show reflecting the rich history of African Americans through song and dance. He has worked  with Lip, Tongue and Ear Poetry Productions (Everyday People, Catch a Fire, Slam Team)  African American Performing Arts Community Theater (The Island, Riff Raff) Shades n Rhythm Dance Theater Co. (Circle of Life, He Aint Heavy) He is elated to be working under the direction of friend Teo Castellanos once again.  His first production with Teo was The Tobacco Club, an anti-smoking play which toured middle and high schools throughout Dade County. He is a proud member of Teo Castellanos D-Projects where he hopes to continue growing as an artist and to be an integral part of creating original, edgy contemporary work in Miami-Dade County and abroad.

 


MATTHEW M. HILL

Matthew, 28 years old, is a graduate of Oberlin College, and an African American Studies Major with a concentration in fine arts.  While living in Oberlin he became the musical director for the traveling performance troupe Dance Diaspora under the direction of dancer and choreographer Adenike Sharpley.  Matt made several trips to The Gambia, West Africa and Matanzas, Cuba to study with acclaimed groups Fatala and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and was the founder of the performing musical ensemble Ilu Aiye.  He has traveled and performed with many theatre and musical groups including The Ohio Dance Theatre, The Oberlin Jazz Ensemble, Jaguar, Queen Goddess and many more, and has taught drums in numerous schools in the greater Cleveland area.  Most recently Matt moved to Miami as a graduate student and faculty in the African New World Studies department at FIU offering a course entitled “Drums of The Diaspora: Roots & Routes”.  Matt is currently the musical director for the Miami based company Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, a local resident artist in numerous Non-Profit Organizations, including: Harambee, Arts4Learning, ArtSpring, and Concerned African Women, a dance accompanist, and a club performer.

 


JAN SEBON! (Michelot Barlatier)

For the past 25 years, Jan Sebon! has been an authentic presence in the South Florida arts scene.  In 1985, Sebon! founded the cultural organization Koleksyon KAZAK, Inc., to produce  poetry readings, festivals, and other cultural events, all while maintaining an active solo performance schedule. In 1986, AKAM, a cultural organization of which he was an active member, published his first book of poems San Kaye (Coagulated Blood).  He has appeared at the Miami International Book Fair, at the Stephen Talkhouse’s Word(s)ound, and has performed on many occasions with The Bicycle Poets. In 1997, his poem “I Would like to Know” was featured in Having a Wonderful Time, an anthology of works by contemporary South Florida writers published by Simon and Schuster. His broadcasting career included shows on National Public Radio’s WLRN and continued with the long-running world music and poetry show “Mundo Vibe” on Miami’s WDNA. Sebon! has also performed as a soloist with world-renowned musicians Don Cherry, Nana Vasconselos, Boukman Eksperyans and Urban Bush Women, and is a featured vocalist and performer on two CDs, Kafrik’s “Sou Do Ras La”  and  “Caribbean Percussion Traditions in Miami” a compilation released in 1999 by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.  His group KAZAK’s unique fusion of Rasin (Haitian Roots music), jazz, political commentary, and electric stage presence led it to be voted “Best Haitian Band” in the Miami New Times for three consecutive years, as well as garnering awards for its educational programs. Sebon! currently teaches at the Design and Architecture Senior High School in Miami and is on the Board of Directors of the Miami Light Project.

 

 

DAHS (David Camargo)

On October 13, 1983 I was brought into this world to face many challenges. To this day I am grateful for the experiences that has lasted from the highs and lows in life. B-Boying has given me more than I could ever imagine. It has released the societal tensions, find an art within myself, brought forth my company TCDP, given me a family, and memories that would last a lifetime. Together we stand burning torches in the dark shining our truth upon a world. I have Battled all over the United States (New York City, Virginia, Philadelphia, Maryland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Ohio, New Jersey)  sometimes emerging victorious and others a fallen soldier battling to my last breath. Peace







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