AIR at The Light Box program, Miami New Drama

August 24, 2016


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Miami Light Project is excited to announce newly founded not-for-profit producing and presenting organization, Miami New Drama, in residence at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood as part of the inaugural year of the AIR at The Light Box program.

For two weeks this August, Miami New Drama is joined by award-winning Brooklyn-based actress, producer and writer, Hilary Bettis, to develop a bilingual adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.

AIR at The Light Box is a Pilot Contemporary Performance Artist Residency Program funded by Knight Arts Challenge Miami focused on providing space and time for mid-career artists to research and develop new work, explore new techniques of making work, and engage our community in the process. This residency program is designed provide artists the opportunity to realize their full artistic vision in a creative and exciting environment.
Artists-in-residence will receive housing, per diem, substantial free studio space and opportunities to present their works in its various stages of development. To assist with their research, artists will have up to six hours per day in our fully equipped black box theater and rehearsal studio. Each two-week residency will have a public component, which can take the form of an artist talk, an intimate discussion, a work-in-progress performance, a master class or another means of sharing the work with the community.

About Miami New Drama:
Miami New Drama is a newly founded not-for-profit presenting and producing organization committed to theatrical excellence and theater-making as a means of social engagement, cultural conversation and human interaction. Miami New Drama presents world-class relevant work by American, Latin American, and international artists designed for the intersections of Miami’s multicultural 21st century audience. By sharing work where cultures dialogue and communities intersect, we aim to reach audiences as diverse as the city itself. Miami New Drama’s programming includes an eclectic mix of original plays, musicals, classics and world premieres – including work commissioned specifically for Miami New Drama. These productions utilize a mix of the best local, national, and international talent to incubate work from scratch. Actors, directors and designers culled from the Miami community and beyond create work that reflects the best of The Magic City while highlighting some of the best theatrical talent in the world.

About Hilary Bettis:
Hilary Bettis is a playwright, an actress, a producer, and a writer. She is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte de Nouy from Lnicoln Center and is a 2015 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Julliard School. Bettis has received fellowships and residencies at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, New York Theatre Workshop, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop and a Sloan/ Ensemble Studio Theatre Commission. Her plays, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo and The History of American Pornography made the 2015 Kilroy’s List as the most recommended new plays by a female writer. She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award and the Leah Ryan Prize.

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Kristina Villaverde

Special Projects Manager

A native of Miami, Kristina Villaverde became Miami Light Project’s Technical Director in 2014. Kristina is also the director of Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship, a program designed to train emerging theater technicians and prepares them for professional work. A long time staple in the South Florida theater community, Kristina has worked as the Head Electrician at Byron Carlyle Theater, The Colony Theater and the Olympia Theater. Additionally, she has built her theater skills as Light Designer and Stage Manager for numerous productions, and worked for local arts organizations as Young Arts and Miami Lyric Opera. Kristina has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 500 and had the opportunity to work as a stagehand for a variety of productions from Broadway, Comedy Central, CBS, Telemundo to Live Nation at a great number of venues in South Florida.
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Terrence Brunn

Marketing & Communications Manager

A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, Terrence Brunn is an arts administrator and designer with a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Miami. Terrence Brunn joined MLP in 2012 as part of the Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship Program inaugural class where he explored all aspects of stagecraft. Now Terrence is the communications manager for Miami Light Project and the program coordinator for Miami Theater Center. Terrence currently resides in Miami and enjoys traveling when not working.
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Regina Moore

Director of Planning & Development

Regina Moore joined Miami Light Project in October 2012. Previously, Regina worked as an independent consultant and grant writer for nonprofits in South Florida. Since 2003, Regina has worked with cultural & arts and community services organizations on projects that have generated more than $4 million in grants. She has 18 years of experience in grant proposal development, strategic planning, building collaborations and program evaluation for small/mid-size nonprofits. Regina holds a master degree in business administration from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and bachelor’s degree in business from Pontificia Universidade Católica (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A native of Brazil, Regina currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband, John, and two children, Thomas and Emilie.
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Eventz Paul

Technical Director & Facilities Manager

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.

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Elizabeth Boone

Artistic & Executive Director

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.