Jenny Romaine is a performer, director, writer and designer. She is a founding member of the OBIE winning Great Small Works visual theater company and music director of Jennifer Miller’s OBIE/Bessie winning CIRCUS AMOK. She is also an artist in residence at Milk Not Jails and frequently collaborates with Chinese Theater Works. Romaine has directed community based spectacles for Great Small Works, the Lesbian Avengers, the Bond Street Theater / Exile Theater of Afghanistan: in India, and El Proyecto de Teatro Mapuche in Bariloche, Argentina. Romaine has dedicated several decades to creating new Yiddish theater and performance. Her work draws on primary source material to create art that has contemporary meaning. Some projects include the Sukkos Mob (featured in the film Punk Jews), and community Purim Shpiln with the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee. Romaine has worked extensively as an educator in public schools, prisons, and museums. Also, in community based settings, and currently on the university level at the Pratt Institute' s Department of Performance Studies. With Shadow Box theatre, Milk Not Jails, and a cohort of formerly incarcerated artists including Daniel Majesty Sanchez, Romaine is building the puppetry component of Tychist Bakers One Foot In, One Foot Out. A curriculum, developed by Baker for his own transformation while incarcerated. Using puppetry and critical thinking, formerly incarcerated teachers share a method for children and community to achieve a state of liberation, and to succeed at being free (not incarcerated). Romaine was the first recipient of the Adrienne Cooper Award for Dreaming in Yiddish in 2014, and received a Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Award from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in 2015 (JFREJ). She was recently featured in Ezra Nepons book Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience that profiles two contemporary theater artists, Jenny Romaine and The Eggplant Faerie Players. Her life goal is to worthy of these honors.
Marina Celander is a theatre artist, singer, dancer, living and working in NYC. She studied dance at London Contemporary Dance School, England, and theatre at the Gene Frankel Theatre Workshop, NYC, and has performed in both dance and theatre nationally and internationally.
Marina has performed with Yara Arts Group for the past 17 years in Ukraine and in New York.
She has performed in several of Fred Ho’s jazz-martial arts-extravaganzas over 2 decades, and counts her blessings having performed with Ellen Stewart and other Downtown theatre magnificents.
Marina received the Pan Asian Rep’s annual Red Socks Award “in appreciation of a deserving artist” in 2014. In 2016 Marina was invited to perform her solo show Mermaid’s Howl at the Stockholm Fringe Festival, and was nominated for the Stockholm Fringe Innovation In Performance Award.
She currently teaches puppetry with Shadow Box Theatre, and Hula Dance, traditional Hawaiian dance, to young students in NYC. She has been a student of Hula for decades, and is under the tutelage of kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine and hula halau Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka.
Jon Riddleberger is a NYC based actor, puppeteer, and teacher. He has performed around the world as a puppeteer and is an artistic associate of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble in NYC. Jon has been a puppeteer with companies such as Handspring Puppet Company, Mettawee River Theatre Company, Dead Puppet Society, Our Voices, InkFish Productions and toured with the North American and Japanese tour of "War Horse". He is currently performing with the shadow show "Feathers of Fire" all around the world. For more check out: www.jonriddleberger.com
Lisa Jason works with Kitty Lunn and Infinity Dance Theater. As an Expressive movement voice and life coach, I use the power of the arts to help with behavior modification, self-regulation, body awareness and to help build self-esteem and social skills. It is with enthusiasm and inspiration that I bring my experience in the arts to help empower and educate. As much as I love to perform, what fills my soul is watching the spark that occurs within the creative process. The arts is a way to help at times when "talk", isn't enough or available. As a movement coach, I use Creative Movement to help individuals to somatically recognize and release emotions that are embedded in the body and facilitate the mind/body connection, with improvisational dance, ballet technique and principals of Dance Movement Therapy.
Samantha is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada she moved to New York in 2010 to attend Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Upon her graduation Samantha began teaching and performing. She danced companies like Mare Nostrum Elements, Ballet Creole, Total Entertainment and with Shadow Box Theatre In the Earth And Me Production. While performing Samantha found a love and joy dancing and working with pre-k children, a special connection where she and the children grow and learn from each other every day. Samantha loves to work with live music, story telling, props and imagination to teach children to dance, become stronger, build social skills, learn advanced dance movement and basic pre-k knowledge that aligns with their current programming. Samantha currently works in Brooklyn with Mark Morris Dance Group, in Queens and in the Bronx with Shadow Box Theatre and La peninsula. She is extremely grateful to be working with Shadow Box Theatre and teaching young children across New York.
Ms. Lunn’s love affair with the dance began at the age of eight, when her grandmother took her to see the film, The Red Shoes. By the time she was fifteen, she was dancing principal roles with the New Orleans Civic Ballet, where she made her professional debut in the title role in Coppelia
Thirty-One years ago, while preparing for her first Broadway show, she slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back. Now a paraplegic, using a wheelchair, Ms. Lunn works diligently on behalf of performing artists with disabilities. In the Fall of 1995, she founded Infinity Dance Theater, a non-traditional dance company featuring dancers with and without disabilities. Infinity Dance Theater is committed to bringing the joy and drama of motion and movement to a new level of inclusion by expanding the boundaries of dance and changing the world’s perception of what a dancer is. To this end, she has developed a wheelchair dance technique strongly rooted in and growing out of Classical Ballet and Modern Dance. She is one of the few dance artists teaching traditional dance techniques to students with disabilities, and is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer at major universities throughout the United States.
Gina Mayers started her early training in Ballet and Jazz at The Dance Place Barbados under the tutelage of Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey and Mrs. Adonia Evelyn. She went on to complete her BFA in Dance and Film with Honors at The University of the West Indies Barbados, where she studied Caribbean Contemporary, Dunham, Modern and Ballet and performed with The EBCCI Dance Ensemble. She has performed works from the late Pearl Primus, Gene Carson, Iyun Harrison, Nadia Joseph, Jamaal Callender, Diane Squires and John Hunte. She went on to dance with Zhone Dance Company, D.L. Smith Production Company and The Almond Beach Resort Cabaret. She moved to New York in 2011 where she attended The Official School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for two years. She has performed as a soloist with The Asha Dance Company in New York, The critically acclaimed Shadow Box Theater in “The Earth and Me,” and subsequently, The Buglisi Dance Theater’s “Table of Silence 9/11 Project.” She also had the distinction of working with The New York Times acclaimed company The Dance Cartel in “The Dance Safari project” and was featured in the Music Video “Holy City” for the eclectic songstress “Joan As Policeman”. Gina is also an accomplished teacher in dance. She was a tutor in Modern Dance at The University of the West Indies Barbados. She was a Teaching Assistant at The Ailey School in Ballet and West African and a Dance Specialist in Jazz and Hip-Hop with South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) program. Gina was also a West African and Ballet Teacher with Brooklyn Center for the Arts. Gina is the recipient of the US Embassy’s Cultural Visitor Exchange program and has won many awards including The Royal Academy of Dance advanced graded examinations in Ballet with Distinctions and the National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts (NIFCA) Gold award as a soloist in a group piece “The Institute” by Olivia Hall in Barbados. Gina has been with Shadow Box Theatre since 2013.
Multidimensional artist, healing channel and educator born and raised in Brooklyn. Ecstatically co-creating life through dance sound and nature cultivation using the artistic process as a vehicle for transformation and healing.
Co-founder of Milk Not Jails, founded in 2010 as a statewide alliance working to end upstate New York's economic dependence on the prison industry by working across the urban and rural divide for policy reform and social enterprise. Mr. Baker is also the creator of the "One Foot In, One Foot Out" curriculum. Previously incarcerated for seven years, Tychist has direct experience of rebuilding life and community afterwards. He is a father and educator that works with people of all ages and affiliations to foster critical thinking, entrepreneurship and unity.
A Queens native with a strong passion for building up the next generation of leaders. Charles uses his passion for dynamic motivational speaking and leadership mentoring to build young people both in and outside of the Greater NYC Area. He frequently mentors youth and young adults, reminding them that persistence is the key to achieving their dreams. Through him, young people are given the tools they need for success and unlocking their inner strengths. He strongly believes that by showing the youth their power through confidence and self-worth building, they can overcome any obstacle life may throw. He uses his voice and life experience, especially that he was incarcerated at a young age he knows first-hand what it takes to build up the next generation of leaders His mission is to share his life experiences with the youth and to lead them to greatness. No matter what you've done or where you've been in life, you can rewrite your story and that's what he is been doing for the last decade.
Donnay’s work integrates dance from the African diaspora with poetry, writing and ritual, as mediums to address communal and state violence, mass incarceration, and the current police state in the United States. Grounding herself in her Brooklyn roots she seeks to use political art to question, organize, and create. Donnay has a BA in Africana Studies and Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College and is currently pursuing her MFA in Performance & Performance Studies at Pratt.
A visual artist and musician from Berlin, Germany, who has been living and working in NYC for over 25 years. Tine has worked in theater both in the US and Germany for over 30 years, as set designer, set painter, production designer, actor, musician and puppeteer. In 2016 Tine co-wrote and directed the original Jazz puppet opera "Sun Ra Returns To Earth" in collaboration with Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah at PS 3 in Brooklyn for Shadow Box Theatre. Tine's art work can be found in the collections of Cheryl Hanson.
Ricky Martin was born in Harlem, New York, and lived there until 1968. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he currently resides in its East New York section. He went to August Martin High School from 1977-1979, Keuka College in 1987 and Syracuse University from 1984-1986. He worked as a Cure Violence Specialist and Program Coordinator with Man Up Inc. to stop the violence amongst youths and with No Kids Left Behind to promote positive values through programs dedicated to enhancing the quality of life. My experience as an artists is roughly 2 years, as an amateur, my line of expertise is facilitating groups and I have been working with youths professionally (as a paying job) for 3 years.