Announcing Here & Now: 2024 Commissioned Artists

December 15, 2023


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Miami Light Project is thrilled to announce the Here & Now: 2024 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 Miami-based performance and multi-media artists. Since its inception, we have commissioned work from more than 100 artists, laying the foundation for Miami’s reputation as a cultural center of international importance.

Here & Now commissioned artists are identified through an open request for proposals and selected through an adjudication process completed by a panel consisting of MLP programming team members, working artists, colleagues, and Here & Now Alumni.

Arielle François

Arielle François creates multimedia dance work using live audio-looping, projection mapping, film, and puppetry, in collaboration with her community, as a creative and critical study of Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean culture and dance. She works to create containers where Black woman can embrace their inherit abundance. A first generation Haitian originally from Kissimmee Florida, François investigates these dances through site responsive performances, that adapt and communicate with the works immediate environment. Arielle believes in the power of black joy and works to put hope at the center of her narratives. She is really interested in exploring the mundane magic of Black women’s lives.


Junior Domingos

Junior Domingos is a Brazilian Artist, choreographer and dancer who began his studies with circus technique. He is trained in a variety of physical movements including Pilates, Yoga, Ballet, Modern Dance ,Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom and Capoeira. Junior has danced for Cia, Claudia de Souza and Grupo Raça while traveling throughout Brazil. While he lived in São Paulo, he participated in the choreography of Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s “Boléro” He also worked with Ismael Ivo in Vienna, Austria for the show “No Sacre” at ImpulsTanz and São Paulo. He currently resides here in Florida where he continues his dance studies.

Nicolle Garcia, Dion Kerr & Tim Watson

Nicaraguan-American singer and writer Nicolle Garcia, South Florida multi-instrumentalist and media artist Dion Kerr, and Boston guitarist and media artist Tim Watson compose realms of celestial, ethereal melodies and soul-stirring harmonies. With soprano vocals that transcend language barriers, ghostly voices effortlessly weave between English and Spanish, carrying profound tales of life and spirituality. Like a celestial lullaby, the gentle strumming of Tim Watson’s ambient guitar blends harmoniously with the resonating depths of Dion Kerr’s unique six-string hollow-body bass. Nicolle Garcia’s lyrics, a tapestry of poetic expression, unfurl like whispers from distant realms, painting vivid landscapes of human experiences.

Osmani Tellez & Lisa Kusanagi

Osmani Tellez is a Cuban-born Miami-based dance artist. He graduated from the National School of Arts in Havana. As a professional dancer, he had the pleasure of working with companies including Danza Abierta, Danza Hoy, Rajatabla, and Neodanza as well as with artists such as; David Zambrano, Mia Lawrence, Jeremy Nelson, Tim Feldmann, Bo Madvig, Kirstie Simson, Chamecki-Lerner, Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Miller, and Yvonne Meier. He uses improvisation as a tool toexplore subjects and develop ideas in personal and authentic ways. His own choreographic work has been presented worldwide.

Lisa Kusanagi is a Japanese multi-award-winning artist with expertise in choreography and screendance. She investigates conceptual virtuosity through physical artistry and leverages her transnational upbringing and influences in the creative elements of her projects. Her works have been presented in over 30 countries including at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the 10th Aesthetic Short Film Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Movement.

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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

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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.