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Announcing the Here & Now: 2022 Commissioned Artists

December 22, 2021

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Miami Light Project is thrilled to announce the Here & Now: 2022 Commissioned Artists.

Miami Light Project launched Here & Now in 1999, as the first program of its kind in South Florida dedicated to commissioning and presenting South Florida-based performance and multi-media artists. Since its inception, we have commissioned work from more than 100 South Florida-based artists, laying the foundation for Miami’s reputation as a cultural center of international importance.

MLP HN 2022 Jenna Balfe

Jenna Balfe

Jenna Balfe is an artist/musician (Donzii) and activist from Miami,FL. Balfe graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Sustainability Studies and Dance in 2011. In 2017 Balfe received a Master of Science from Pratt University in Dance Movement Therapy. She currently is holding her “Bodymovement” classes, which have been ongoing since 2012. Currently, classes are part of “Repatriating to the Earth” a chapter of her work “Transnaturism” that explores human belonging and the existential value of nature through the development of a community garden/outdoor performance space at The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. “Repatriating to the Earth” won a grant in 2020 through Oolite Arts that will culminate in several performances in 2022.

MLP HN 2022 Randolph Ward

Randolph Ward

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Randolph’s love of dance and teaching began here. The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School laid the foundation for a 15-year career that has taken him across the United States, through Europe and Asia. From 2011-2017, Mr. Ward was a soloist with the Saarländisches Staatstheater I Saarbrücken, Germany. He also created a new work for Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami’s 2019 Lab Theater Series entitled “What makes a man?”. Randolph Ward is the creator, producer, and choreographer of A Vogue Extravaganza. Mr. Ward is a 2019-2020 Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Choreographs’ (DMC) Award recipient.

MLP HN 2022 Symone Titania Major

Symone Titania Major

Symone Titania Major is an American award-winning documentary photographer, choreographer, poet and community activist based in Goulds, Florida. She received her first award in 2016 from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation for her documentary series, “The Unvoiced Community: BBQ Men & Women of Goulds.” Symone’s work explores overlooked stories and archives the African American experience. She also founded a Miami-based non-profit arts organization with her sister Quiana Major called Context of A Generation, with a purpose to foster the growth of sustainable development within underrepresented communities by hosting year-round art events and social activities that educate and preserve cultural heritage.

MLP HN 2022 Cecilia Benitez and Stephanie Perez

Cecilia Benitez & Stephanie Perez

As Cuban American women we have always stood at the intersection of two distinct cultures, allowing our cultural identities to deeply influence our artistic endeavors. Coalescing our varying talents, we use the media of dance, writing, photography, and videography to explore ideas surrounding our identities as Latina women. We believe that our bodies are an amalgamation of vast experiences, and that by being multicultural, our creations are the nexus between the personal and the political— whether the intended work is overtly political or not. What began as a partnership to create dance on film has slowly developed into larger proscenium inspired works and site-specific performance art pieces. We are especially interested in movement-based pieces that serve to critique and challenge the notion that creation is monolithic.

MLP HN 2022 Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro Rodriguez is a writer/director based in Miami. A graduate of Juilliard, he spent the first decade of his career performing in plays and on television, including at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and in several world-premiere plays off-Broadway. His writing has been featured in collaborations with musicians, choreographers, and filmmakers all over the globe, including his most recent work, Sorry, which enjoyed two sold-out runs at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and later toured Canada. He’s one of the co-founders of the non-profit, Artists Striving to End Poverty, which brings arts education to 3000+ children annually on four continents.

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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.