Staff


Martha Bowers

Executive Director

Martha is an award winning arts educator (Brooklyn Arts Exchange BAXten Award 2002, NYC Education Chancellor Rudolph Crew’s Community Caring Award 1999).
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Martha Bowers

Executive Director

Martha is an award winning arts educator (Brooklyn Arts Exchange BAXten Award 2002, NYC Education Chancellor Rudolph Crew’s Community Caring Award 1999).

Currently, she teaches classes at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and at the Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department. She recently taught Equal Exchange: Arts-Based Collaborations with Immigrant Youth at Gallatin. She worked as a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center Institute from 1986-1997 and has designed and implemented arts education programs for the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Kitchen and Dancing in the Streets in numerous NYC public schools. In 2006-2008, Martha was hired as a consultant by the Third Millennium Foundation to design and implement the Dance for Tolerance Project, which showcased dance programs in Brazil, Colombia and Brooklyn that were successfully using dance based pedagogy as a form of youth development and conflict resolution in marginalized communities.


Michael Levinton

Director of Finance and Operations

Michael Levinton is a producer, curator, administrator, and creator of original work for the theater. Originally from Baltimore, Michael attended Sarah Lawrence College where he studied mythology, ritual, religion, and theater.
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Michael Levinton

Director of Finance and Operations

Michael Levinton is a producer, curator, administrator, and creator of original work for the theater. Originally from Baltimore, Michael attended Sarah Lawrence College where he studied mythology, ritual, religion, and theater.

From 2004 – 2008, he was a producer and administrator with Clubbed Thumb and Target Margin Theater, working with hundreds of artists on plays and devised works at every level of development from inception to full production. In 2009 he joined the team of The Pearl Theatre Company as Business Manager, helming the financial, human resources, and general management functions of a mid-sized off-Broadway venue. Using his experience in the nonprofit arts, Michael began freelancing as a financial and management consultant in 2012 with his firm, The Levinton Ledger, working with clients such as Soho Repertory Theater, Culture Project, Ping Chong + Company, and Banana Bag and Bodice.

As the Founder and Artistic Director of Little Lord, Michael spearheads and develops new theatrical projects, producing at established venues throughout New York City. Since 2007, Little Lord has produced ten original works for the theater, focusing on offbeat adaptations of classic or neglected texts. Highlights include “Pocahontas, and/or America” at the Bushwick Starr (2013), “Babes in Toyland” at the Brick (2011) and OHIO Theatre’s Ice Factory (2009), and “(oh my god I am so) THIRST(y)” at Incubator Arts Project (2011) and Chocolate Factory Theater (2009). Full information on his artistic work can be found at www.littlelord.org

Michael is thrilled to have joined the team at DTE as Director of Finance and Operations, and looks forward to serving the Red Hook community that he calls home.


Maria Soriano

Director of Education

Maria Soriano holds a BA in Theatre and is an advocate for the arts and arts integrated learning.
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Heather Harvey

Marketing Manager

Heather Harvey is a producer, performer, and digital marketer. Hailing from the midwest, Heather is an Oberlin College graduate, co-founder of Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, and an arts and social justice advocate.


Maria Soriano

Director of Education

Maria Soriano holds a BA in Theatre and is an advocate for the arts and arts integrated learning. She has traveled extensively both Nationally and Internationally as an artist and an arts educator providing residencies, workshops and performances throughout. Her one woman show Stories of La Isla; a celebration of the strength and resiliency of the women who helped shape her, has been performed in Costa Rica, Italy and Puerto Rico. Through Stories of La Isla she has encouraged audiences to tell their own stories, opening dialogue to issues that are relevant in today’s society and encouraging community involvement.

While at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (TBPAC) in Tampa, Fl. serving as the Program Director she co-wrote and co-directed over 16 performances for Community Arts Ensemble; a theatre program for low income families which serviced over 300 students every summer. It was during her time at TBPAC that she developed her passion for arts education and community activism.

She served as the Director of Performance Programs at Community Works NYC providing schools with over 100 performances a year geared towards fostering a greater understanding of other cultures as well as residencies and workshops geared towards community building. Most recently she had the privilege of traveling with Dance Theatre of Harlem as the company Tour Manager.

Jive Poetic DTE Teaching Artist

Jive Poetic

Teaching Artist, Poetry and Deejaying

Jive Poetic received his B.A. in Media Studies from The University of Buffalo before dedicating all of his time to good poems, classic hip-hop albums, clever t-shirts, blue pitbulls, and bodega sandwiches.
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Jive Poetic

Teaching Artist, Poetry and Deejaying

Jive Poetic received his B.A. in Media Studies from The University of Buffalo before dedicating all of his time to good poems, classic hip-hop albums, clever t-shirts, blue pitbulls, and bodega sandwiches. Jive is the co-founder of both Jam On It Poetry and The Soundbites Poetry Festival. Currently he is the host of the Open Slam at The Nuyorican Poets Café.

Jon Mayer DTE Teaching Artist

Jon Mayer

Teaching Artist, Digital Media

Jon Mayer is a filmmaker and teaching artist with a decade of experience working inside New York City public schools.
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Jon Mayer

Teaching Artist, Digital Media

Jon Mayer is a filmmaker and teaching artist with a decade of experience working inside New York City public schools. As a director, his work has over 1 million combined views online and has been written up by Jezebel, The Hairpin, and Splitsider.com, which called the final episode of his web series, Happy Town, “maybe [our] favorite web series installment this year.” Selected work can be seen at www.jonmayerguy.com.

Neil Ochoa DTE Teaching Artist

Neil Ochoa

Teaching Artist, Music

Born in Caracas Venezuela, and based in New York since 1995, Neil Ochoa has been in the music scene for more than 25 years.
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Neil Ochoa

Teaching Artist, Music

Born in Caracas Venezuela, and based in New York since 1995, Neil Ochoa has been in the music scene for more than 25 years. As a professional musician, drummer, and percussionist he has toured and recorded with the likes of: Ricky Martin, David Byrne, Yordano, and Leon Parker’s Live Ensemble Grammy Award-winning bands Los Aterciopelados and Los Amigos Invisibles, among others. For ten years, Neil was the percussionist for the New York-based trip-hop sextet Si*Se, with which he recorded three albums and toured extensively. As an educator, Neil has developed a solid curriculum working with students of all ages, and currently leads an array of workshops, percussion classes, and ensembles in public schools throughout the NYC area.

Neil and partner José Luis Pardo own Cutuprá Studios, a basement space in the East Village where they record and produce music for several artists and TV shows such as Netflix’s The Get Down. Neil is also the co-founder of Los Crema Paraíso, a power trio that fuses Venezuelan traditional music with rock, funk, South American grooves, and jazz. Los Crema Paraíso’s sophomore album, De Película, is an update on what has been referred to as “High-Speed Bossa Nova” and offers a melange of classic Venezuelan songs, rock anthems, and original tracks along with a cinematic turn that offers a one-of-a-kind experience in their live performance. Their track “To Zing With Your Girlfriend” was picked as one of NPR Music’s Favorite Songs of 2015. www.loscremaparaiso.com

Javale Jean-Pierre DTE Teaching Artist

Javale Jean-Pierre

Teaching Artist, Digital Media

Javale Jean-Pierre is a storyteller, filmmaker, and media educator. She is a doer of all things and mediums: photography, filmmaking, and editing.
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Javale Jean-Pierre

Teaching Artist, Digital Media

Javale Jean-Pierre is a storyteller, filmmaker, and media educator. She is a doer of all things and mediums: photography, filmmaking, and editing. Her interests are in everyday things people overlook: youth, experience, love, communication, and sharing. Javale is currently co-teaching DTE’s summer Digital Boot Camp. In her other teaching artist work, she teaches middle school students the fundamentals of editing with a focus on leadership development.

Solomon Goodwin DTE Teaching Artist

Solomon Goodwin

Teaching Artist, Dance

Solomon Goodwin lives in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Red Hook where he started learning to dance by swapping movement with friends in the hallways, streets, and courtyards around the neighborhood.
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Solomon Goodwin

Teaching Artist, Dance

Solomon Goodwin lives in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Red Hook where he started learning to dance by swapping movement with friends in the hallways, streets, and courtyards around the neighborhood. By age 11, he had started his own hip-hop group and was battling throughout the borough.

Solomon has performed for Dance Theatre Etcetera, Red Hook Initiative, Cora Dance, Dancing in the Streets, the TV show “106 and Park,” and The Apollo Theater. In addition to working as a teaching artist with several arts organizations, Solomon currently attends Long Island University with a major in Media Arts.

Brian "Sciryl" Henry DTE Teaching Artist

Brian “SciryL” Henry

Teaching Artist, Spoken Word

Brian “SciryL” Henry is a poet, rapper, and singer. He was introduced to the poetry scene at the age of 17, when his high school English teacher noticed his talent for writing.
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Brian “SciryL” Henry

Teaching Artist, Spoken Word

Brian “SciryL” Henry is a poet, rapper, and singer. He was introduced to the poetry scene at the age of 17, when his high school English teacher noticed his talent for writing. She persuaded him to take part in the NYC Poetry Slam held every year by Urban Word NYC. In 2005, he was chosen from 500 poets city-wide to be part of the Urban Word team. The 6-person team went to the National Slam Competition, held every year by Brave New Voices. They went on to take 1st place, making them number 1 in the country in 2005.

SciryL was invited to be on HBO’s most recent season of Def Poetry and he has also been featured on BET’s Freestyle on Spring Bling. He has worked with artists such as Charles Hamilton, Al Be Back, Akil Dasan, Dead Prez, XV, and Esso, among others. He is currently the featured artist in Pepsi’s Refresh Project airing on VH1 & MTV for which he wrote lyrics, songs, rhymes, and was the musical director.

SciryL has performed all around New York City, including at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Dead Prez and Arrested Development, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and at the Apollo Theatre, opening up the 2010 Urban Word NYC finals. http://soundcloud.com/sciryl

Rajonna Lewis DTE Teaching Artist

Rajonna Lewis

Teaching Artist, Dance

Rajonna Lewis was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, California, where she began her training as a visual artist, fashion designer, and dancer at the tender age of 6.
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Rajonna Lewis

Teaching Artist, Dance

Rajonna Lewis was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, California, where she began her training as a visual artist, fashion designer, and dancer at the tender age of 6. She double majored in Dance and Visual Arts at Laney College, and subsequently received scholarships to study at Dominican University of California and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Rajonna has performed with Dimensions Dance Co., Ballet Sabar West African Dance Co., Karab West African Dance Co., and Maimouna Keita West African Dance Co.. She has studied, performed, and taught internationally. In 2015, she received her black belt in taekwondo from Humble School of Martial Arts. Rajonna is a core member of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, where she is Cultural Arts Program Coordinator.

Makeda Abraham DTE Teaching Artist

Makeda Abraham

Teaching Artist, Dance

Makeda Abraham was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In high school, she began attending Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy where she blossomed as a budding actress and dancer.
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Makeda Abraham

Teaching Artist, Dance

Makeda Abraham was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In high school, she began attending Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy where she blossomed as a budding actress and dancer.

Makeda has performed internationally and served as a cultural ambassador with Step Afrika!, the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the art of stepping. Recently, she choreographed their production of “Green is the New Black,” in addition to “Go West” and “Umngane,” with Mfoniso Akpan and Aseelah Shareef, which earned a Metro DC Dance Awards nomination for Outstanding New Work.

Makeda holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Howard University where she led Nsaa Dance Ensemble. She has graced the stages of the historic Lincoln Theatre, Arena Stage, the DC Arts Center, and Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater. www.makedasoul.com

Daniel Carlton DTE Teaching Artist

Daniel Carlton

Teaching Artist, Theater

Daniel Carlton is an actor, writer, teacher, storyteller, and director who has appeared on national and international stages.
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Daniel Carlton

Teaching Artist, Theater

Daniel Carlton is an actor, writer, teacher, storyteller, and director who has appeared on national and international stages. A veteran of Off- and Off-Off Broadway productions, his work has been performed in schools, homeless shelters, and throughout the criminal justice system.

Daniel has written and directed many plays about and for young people. As a teaching artist, he has conducted theater workshops on topics such as youth leadership, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS prevention, housing readiness for homeless families, and teacher training for the N.Y.C. Board Of Education.

He has done extensive work with organizations such as New York University’s Creative Arts Team, Community Works, Blackberry Productions, Flying Bridge Community Arts, The Paramount Theatre of Peekskill, Faison Firehouse Theater, Goddard Riverside, The Negro Ensemble Company, The Dwyer Cultural Center of Harlem, and the Weeksville Historical Society. www.danielcarlton.com

Kymbali Craig DTE Teaching Artist

Kymbali Craig

Teaching Artist, Theater

Kymbali is a multifaceted and talented artist and humanitarian. Born in Chicago, and a product of Mississippi in her teen years, she has worked in acting, dancing and modeling.
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Kymbali Craig

Teaching Artist, Theater

Kymbali is a multifaceted and talented artist and humanitarian. Born in Chicago, and a product of Mississippi in her teen years, she has worked in acting, dancing and modeling. Kymbali has built a career as a dancer, a spoken word artist, a visual artist, and an actress in both traditional and improvisational theatre and film.

She began her career in New York when she was selected as a dancer with rapper KC Flight and debuted on his world tour. Kymbali went on to headline at the Nuyorican Poets Café early in her career as a spoken word artist. She has performed with an array of artists, including Erykah Badu, The Last Poets, Nona Hendryx, The Fugees, and Ben Harper. Currently, she focuses her work on independent theatre and film.

Kymbali recently made her directorial debut at the Harlem Mist Theater’s Ocktober Music and Film Festival with Skin Deep, Skin Tight, a theatrical graphic poetic film about racism, economic inequality, hip hop, and black masculinity.

In addition to her performance career, Kymbali is very fulfilled working with a progressive community-based organization like Dance Theater Etcetera, providing arts education programs to disadvantaged youth.

Gabriella Mack DTE Teaching Artist

Gabriella Mack

Teaching Artist, Theater

Cleveland native Gabriella Mack is a teaching artist and performer in New York City. She has performed Off-Broadway and regionally, as well as in a national tour as an Actor-Educator.
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Gabriella Mack

Teaching Artist, Theater

Cleveland native Gabriella Mack is a teaching artist and performer in New York City. She has performed Off-Broadway and regionally, as well as in a national tour as an Actor-Educator. In addition to teaching for DTE, Gabriella currently serves as a teaching artist for Rosie’s Theater Kids, The Town Hall, and the “Soundsation” Show Choir.

Work With Us

Jobs

Teaching artists interested in working with Dance Theatre Etcetera can send an email with an enclosed cover letter and teaching resume (in .doc or .pdf formats) to the Director of Education, Maria Soriano. DTE works primarily with highly experienced (5+ years) teaching artists. We work with artists who have a commitment to creating positive change in their communities and a distinguished track record as artists and educators. Artistic disciplines include video, radio/audio production, Latin percussion, spoken word, theater, and movement.

Available Positions:

Internships

DTE accepts high school, college, and post-grad interns in a variety of areas. Media/marketing interns, production interns, and all interested high school students can apply by e-mailing a resume (in .doc or .pdf format) to Maria Soriano. Interns (with the exception of high school students) must be prepared to commit at least eight hours per week to their internship, flexible within business hours.

Available Positions:

Volunteers

DTE is always interested in community members who want to get involved in creating positive change in NYC. Send an email to Executive Director Martha Bowers to discuss how you might get involved. Volunteers are generally needed around special events, including the annual Red Hook Fest.