“Teo used his life as source material,” says Rodriguez. “I saw you could be more than an actor – you could be a theater maker.”
Graduating from Juilliard in 2009, Rodriguez became a successful TV and stage actor, writing poetry on the side, when a choreographer friend asked if they could collaborate. “That rekindled what Teo had awakened,” says Rodriguez, who began working with dancemakers, filmmakers and musicians. “We could make something from thin air.”
Returning to Miami in 2020, Rodriguez went to Here & Now in 2021, where MLP executive director Beth Boone encouraged him to apply. His piece, In the Brackish Water, is based on a long poem inspired by pandemic bike rides along Biscayne Bay. Rodriguez has collaborated with bandleader, actress and activist Vanya Allen and other musicians to explore the threat – and potential – of rising waters. “How do we celebrate people who are anchored to this place beyond its profitability?” asks Rodriguez. “Who will find a way to live with the water?”
He’s thrilled at the chance to tell a story of his city. “Being commissioned by Miami Light Project was a real full circle moment,” he says. “I feel like I’m at a place in my life to do for others what Teo did for me.”
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.