Image: Jason Knade.

Image: Jason Knade.

Roya Carreras (Artistic Director / Choreographer) is an Iranian-Hispanic artist, choreographer, and educator who works within commercial, film, and theatrical settings from New York City to Los Angeles. Her work challenges and unravels the depths of the female psyche, creating narratives that intertwine metaphor, magic realism, and memories from her childhood as a first generation American, with balletic tropes, visceral demeanor, and sexuality.

Most notably, Roya has created choreography for the Russian feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot, including music videos Straight Out of Vagina and Bad Girls; she has provided talent and movement direction for artists Michael Blume, Jade De LaFleur, and Wolf Colony. On stage, Roya’s work has been presented at the CURRENT SESSIONS, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and The Green Building in New York City; in California, she has presented at Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge Theater, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Diavolo, Brockus Project Space, and BRAVA. She was a resident choreographer for Columbia Ballet Collaborative of Columbia University in 2015, and has taught ballet, contemporary, and improvisation at Peridance Capezio Center, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Riverside Ballet Arts, Riverside City College, Pasadena Dance Theater, and Brockus Conservatory. As a performer, she has worked closely with Barak Marshall at BodyTraffic, Bryan Arias, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea in Tijuana, Mexico.

Roya holds a BFA in Dance with Honors from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, with additional training from The Ailey School and Springboard Danse Montreal. royacarreras.com


Caitlin Taylor (Performer) holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and has performed in works by Lar Lubovitch, Loni Landon, Jessica Lang, and Cherice Barton. At Springboard Danse Montréal, she worked alongside Victor Quijada, Bryan Arias, Barak Marshall, and Elisabeth Motley. In addition to dancing with Roya Carreras, Cailtin also freelances with Loni Landon Dance Projects, LoudHoundMovement, HEWMAN, Isodoc Dance Group, and metaphors&similesDANCE. Caitlin is also a costume designer, wardrobe coordinator, and wardrobe assistant for several dance companies and schools in the New York City area.

Derek Anthony Welte (Filmmaker) is a New York-based creative director and strategist, filmmaker and photographer. His work is centered on narrative, building stories that are emotionally charged, using and re-mixing sensory details of sight, sound and touch. His company, HalfmanHalfmachine, will be re-launching this 2017, alongside the release of his film Apocalisse, an ensemble piece that explores death and time. derekanthonywelte.com

Elise Ritzel (Rehearsal Director / Performer) is a performer, arts administrator, and event coordinator residing in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Dance from Point Park University, and has worked with Trey McIntrye, Robyn Mineko Williams, Bryan Arias, and Third Rail Projects. She works alongside Roya Carreras as rehearsal director, and is a founding dancer, and has been featured in music videos for artists Pussy Riot, Michael Blume, and Wolf Colony. When Elise is offstage, she acts as Lead Coordinator for Starling on Bond.

Eloise DeLuca (Performer) is a Brooklyn-based performer with a B.A. in dance from California State University of Long Beach. She has worked with artists Juri Onuki, Zoe Scofield, Andrea Miller, Loni Landon, Nathan Mitchell, Elena Vazintaris, and Jordan Isadore, among others. She recently was on tour as performer for Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange for his latest album, Freetown Sound.

Gregory Dolbashian (Performer) is a choreographer, and performer, who studied at the Alvin Ailey School on scholarship, graduating cum laude from SUNY Purchase. Gregory is a recipient of The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, Pretty Creatives Competition for Northwest Dance Project, and The Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition. Commissions include Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance, CityDance Ensemble, SUNY Purchase, The Hartt School, Point Park University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and The Juilliard School. He is Artistic Director of The DASH Ensemble, presenting work at Skirball Center for the Arts, New York Live Arts, Summerstage at Riverside Theater, Bryant Park, and Central Park, Joyce Theater, and The Guggenheim Works and Process Series, among others. Gregory, alongside Loni Landon, is co-founder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted “25 to Watch” in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

Jason Knade (Photographer + Filmmaker) is a Chicago-based independent filmmaker, and Founder and Creative Director of Small Batch Cinema. His directing work has been called “poignant” and “intelligent” by The Huffington Post, “heartbreaking” and “raw” by The Los Angeles Times, “sexy” and “risqué” by The Wall Street Journal. His work has been featured in television, including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. He has twice been named the “Best Filmmaker” in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, was called “soon-to-be-famous” by WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), and was profiled and featured in a Michigan Avenue Magazine cover story about top Chicago filmmakers.

From the Bronx, NY, Maleek Washington (Performer) attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, to continue at the Boston Conservatory. Maleek has worked with City Dance Ensemble, Jose Novas’s Company Flak, Abraham.in.Motion, and was the first African American male performer at the McKittrick Hotel’s Sleep No More. Maleek currently works on projects with Camille A Brown and Dancers, and The Francesca Harper Project.

Mike Inwood (Lighting Designer) has been lighting the CURRENT SESSIONS since its inception in 2011. An Emmy award-winning lighting designer, he has designed works for choreographers including Gus Solomons Jr., Kate Weare, Clare Cook, Javier Dzul, Korhan Basaran, Amber Funk Barton, Joshua Beamish, and Kyle Abraham. mikeinwood.com

Ross Erin Martineau (Wardrobe + Styling) is a fashion stylist and creative consultant based in New York. She has styled editorials for L’Official India, Jute, and Creem Magazine, still life styling for Moda Operandi, and styling print advertisements for Pepsi and Samsung. Her passion for comedy and music has landed her gigs with Comedy Central, and music photographer, Shervin Lainez. Through her collaborations with Shervin, she has styled singer Nicole Atkins for The Letterman Show, and music videos for Emily King and The Sea and Cake. Martineau is passionate about challenging gender norms within fashion and the world as a whole, and using her creative talents to share her sense of humor within her work. rosserinstyles.com

Travone Hill (Sound Design) studied music engineering at The University of New Haven, specializing in sound engineering and music production. For six years, he owned music studios in Connecticut, and Brooklyn, NY. An East Coaster, Travone’s composition often reflects a West Coast ethos, a hybrid sound that aims to blend old school sounds with new technologies, all while being uninhibited, relevant, progressive, and funky. travonehill.com