Staff

Administrative Staff

Martha Bowers Executive Director

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).

After studying under Bessie Schonberg at Sarah Lawrence College, she formed her company, Martha Bowers Dance/Theatre/Etcetera. In New York, her work has been presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, DTW’s Bessie Schonberg Theater( now New York Live Arts), PS 122, St. Mark’s Church, Central Park Summerstage, amongst many other venues. She is a recipient of choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (`84, `88, `96), the New Jersey State Council for the Arts (`84), and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and has received commissions for new works from the Jerome Foundation (through DTW’s “First Light” program), the Maine Festival, Mayfair, Dancing in the Streets, the Gowanus Arts Exchange and the Wagon Train Project, among others. Since 1994, Ms. Bowers has focused her work on the creation of large-scale site-specific events, and is noted for her 20 years of work as an artist and educator in Red Hook, Brooklyn. From the mussel boats of Wexford, Ireland to the train yards of Nebraska, her performance events have brought a prismatic view to locations and ways of life that challenge audiences to uncover latent meaning in familiar surroundings. Her site-specific performance work Angels and Accordions designed for Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery was selected by the Municipal Arts Society NYC 2010 Annual Awards Committee to receive a Certificate of Merit that recognizes “people, places, organizations and momentous events that have, in our view, made an exceptional contribution to the life of New York City.”

Ms. Bowers has worked extensively in the field of arts education and community arts since 1981. From 1982-2002, she made annual visits to Ireland to work as a community dance artist, creating choreography for a variety of groups in both the north and south. From 2003-2005, she was an Education Consultant for The Kitchen. Currently, she teaches courses on Site-Specific Art/Performance as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study and at the Tisch School of the Arts.

As a Teaching Artist and Arts Education consultant, Martha has designed, implemented and taught in arts education programs throughout the New York City public school system for Dancing in the Streets, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Lincoln Center Institute and Dance Theatre Etcetera. From 2006-2007, she also structured the Third Millennium Foundation’s Dance for Tolerance project launch, which brought together marginalized youth from Colombia, Brazil and Brooklyn to showcase innovative global programs that use dance as a means of tolerance education here in New York City. A frequent guest artist, Martha has taught choreography and community arts at many colleges and universities including Rutgers, Cornell, Trinity College, Queens College, Antioch, and Colorado College among others.

Ms. Bowers has been honored with a 2002 BAXten Award in Arts Education, Chancellor Rudolph Crew’s 1999 Community Caring Award and six New York Foundation for the Arts Artist in the School Community grants.

She continues to work in collaboration with Dance Theatre Etcetera’s many non-profit partners on programs and cultural events that serve the community of Red Hook.

Finance and Operations

Catherine Leary

Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives

Catherine Leary received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree from The George Washington University and her MBA in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Catherine, affectionately known as ‘Cat’, has extensive experience in education, business and arts.

After relocating from DC to NYC, in the late 90’s, she started her career heading up the Performing Arts department in Center for Family Life in Sunset Park After School Program at PS1 where she worked with students K-12. A strong interest in business, led to a career change in financial roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Dia Art Foundation. Having a strong desire to again work more closely with families and children, the charter school movement sparked her interest. The opportunity to work in a dynamic setting with great technology and a team dedicated to providing a high quality education to students was worth a career move. These opportunities were realized at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where she served as Director of Downtown Operations and Business Manager and at New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III where she served as Director of School Operations and International Charter School as Director of Operations. In these roles, Catherine focused on developing and implementing processes and systems for all day-to-day operations. As a member of Leadership, she collaborated with the DOE, other city and state agencies, Charter School Networks, leadership teams, faculty and parents to assist them in strengthening core values within specific curricula and improve school culture. She applied her business acumen skills to the development and implementation of strong financial and operational systems in these thriving communities and great schools and has used her community building skills to assist in the development of a solid educational program.

Catherine is also an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute Manhattan campus, teaching Budgeting and Financial Planning. Additionally she has consulted with arts organizations throughout NYC, including The Apollo Theater Education Department, Storefront Art and Architecture and Balance Dance Company.

Catherine Leary received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree from The George Washington University and her MBA in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Catherine, affectionately known as ‘Cat’, has extensive experience in education, business and arts.

Here at DTE, she hopes to utilize her combined education and professional experiences to grow the organization and create long term strategic plans. She is excited to bring her collaborative style and visionary thinking, her passion for arts, business, education and community building to DTE.

Catherine is a member of the GWU Black Alumni Association of NY/NJ and GWU-CAST (Contributing Associates in Support of Theatre and Dance). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. She enjoys cooking Southern and Caribbean cuisine, watching classic movies and attending arts and community events.

Maria Soriano

Education Director

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.Catherine is also an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute Manhattan campus, teaching Budgeting and Financial Planning. Additionally she has consulted with arts organizations throughout NYC, including The Apollo Theater Education Department, Storefront Art and Architecture and Balance Dance Company.

Catherine Leary received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree from The George Washington University and her MBA in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Catherine, affectionately known as ‘Cat’, has extensive experience in education, business and arts.

Here are DTE, she hopes to utilize her combined education and professional experiences to grow the organization and create long term strategic plans. She is excited to bring her collaborative style and visionary thinking, her passion for arts, business, education and community building to DTE.

Catherine is a member of the GWU Black Alumni Association of NY/NJ and GWU-CAST (Contributing Associates in Support of Theatre and Dance). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. She enjoys cooking Southern and Caribbean cuisine, watching classic movies and attending arts and community events.

Heather Harvey BRTW Marketing

Heather Harvey

Marketing Director

Heather Harvey is a producer, performer, and 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.

Teaching Artists

Jive Poetic

Teaching Artist, Poetry & 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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.