ALL ABOUT RISE
Actor. Dancer. Creative.
As a passionate, creative professional, Khetanya believes in putting her skills and innovation at the forefront of her work. Her work and world is informed by her personal & professional experiences as an actor, dancer, choreographer and director, and is rooted in storytelling. The world of storytelling has always sparked her imagination. Whether that was within the worlds of Cirque du Soleil, Ron K. Brown Evidence, a Dance Company, HAIRSPRAY the movie, or within the commercial worlds of Target, Dell, Peloton,
to name a few.
Meghan O'Neill attended the Guthrie Actor Training Program in Minneapolis, MN. She also trained at UCB, The PIT, The Magnet (NY) and Second City (Chicago).
As a writer/performer/director, Meghan's credits include The 40 Year Old Version, HBO's Animals, Billy On The Street, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The New Yorker, Odd Mom Out, Happy, 50 Central, Black&White, Vulture, The Hairpin, Blind Date, The Cut, Refinery 29 and Above Average, as well as The Sundance Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Fest, LES Film Festival, Ars Nova Ant Fest, Chicago Comedy Film Festival, NY Sketch Fest, Toronto Sketchfest, Charleston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. You can find her weekly co-hosting the Story Pirates Podcast for Gimlet.
Dedrick Lee Anthony is an awarding winning choreographer and international teacher/dancer who resides in Philadelpia, PA. He is a graduate of The Ailey School, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and has
a BA in Liberal Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California. Dedrick’s performance and choreography credits have been featured with recognizable bands that include ABC, Adidas, Barclays Center, Caesar’s Palace, Dance Magazine, Google, L’Oreal Paris Professionnel, NFL, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Radio City Music Hall, The Apollo Theatre and Vogue Italia. Dedrick has served as guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center, Excel In Motion Dance Convention and Tanzprojekt München. Dedrick is extremely passionate and active in arts education and hopes to aspire the next generation of young artists.
As a theater clown performing worldwide, Joel Baker brings to the stage a unique style of physical comedy, acrobatics, and improvisation. He is a graduate of San Francisco’s Clown Conservatory and the San Francisco Circus Center, where he began incorporating hand balancing into physical comedy. For seven years, Joel was a key performer—and additionally served as an Artistic Coach—in the award-winning Cirque du Soleil show The Beatles’ LOVE on the Las Vegas Strip. Joel has also performed main clown roles in LOFT by The 7 Fingers and SOAP the show. Joel also performs with Cirque Bouffon in LAFOLIA. Recent engagements include five years with PALAZZO Dinner Theater in the show GLÜCKSJÄGER in Germany and Austria as well as the lead character role in CIRKOPOLIS by Cirque Eloize. He has written and directed multiple shows for Circus Bella and performed with the troupe at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Other directorial credits include the Nevada Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase and three seasons with the show ALIS in Italy’s Le Cirque World’s Top Performers. He teaches act creation and clowning at the San Francisco Circus Center.
Gina attended Point Park University where she majored in Musical Theatre and Dance. Favorite credits include; The National Tours of THE GOODBYE GIRL (Cynthia) and Skippyjon Jones (Jezebel/Poquito Tito). She also had the opportunity to see the world touring with the The International Company of GREASE (Cha Cha). She has also appeared in numerous industrials as well as many TV/Radio commercials and movies. Gina is a member of The Spangles Dance Company, which appeared on the 2010 America’s Got Talent as well as the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gina loves teaching and entertaining for children’s events and parties as, Sugar Yum Yum (www.sugaryumyum.com). Gina is also an accomplished makeup artist, having created looks for stage, photo,TV, and runway.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Caitlin recently moved back after fifteen years in NYC and LA. She holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from Aquinas College and completed the Atlantic Theater Company’s two-year Professional Acting Conservatory in NYC. Caitlin is a Theatre Director, Casting Director, Artistic Director and Producer. She has worked on the casting team for Showtime, cast and directed the live Emmy campaigns for Hulu’s THE HANDMAIDS TALE and Amazon Prime’s THE MARVELOUS MS. MAISEL. She wrote, cast and directed the industry, immersive event for Julia Robert’s and Amazon Prime’s HOMECOMING. She also remotely helms the award-winning, LA based theatre company, The Vagrancy, which I founded in 2007. Caitlin has directed many plays, musicals, new-play development workshops and staged readings as well as instructed professional acting workshops. You can see her resume and learn more about her and he work at caitlinhartdirector.com and thevagrancy.com.
Monica Ellison is a dancer, dance teacher and dance business owner from Baltimore, MD who is married to her friend and business partner Aaron and a mama to their 3 boys. She graduated high school from the Baltimore School for the Arts and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. After performing professionally in New York, Seoul, Korea and Boston, MA she relocated to the Chattanooga area with her husband Aaron “Cherokee” Ellison. They co founded and co own Move N Groove Kidz which is a socially minded business that provides a combo class of creative dance, gymnastics and capoeira to students in preschools and daycares of various socioeconomic backgrounds. She also teaches ballet, modern and jazz at dance studios in the Chattanooga area as well as for her dance brand Monica’s En Pointe Boutique. She is so thankful to her long time friend Lindsay Clipner who she met at an American Dance Festival many years ago for inviting her to teach at such an amazing organization.
Holley Fain, an actor based in Los Angeles, grew up in Leawood, Kansas. She attended Overland Trail Elementary, Overland Trail Middle School, and Blue Valley North High School. She received her BFA in Acting from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has been seen on Broadway in productions of Present Laughter, Harvey, and most recently the 2019 Tony-Award-winning play, The Ferryman, as well as numerous television appearances including major arcs on Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, and the upcoming Dirty John:Betty.
Anthony Agresti is proud to be contributing to such an awesome educational platform. In acting, he is most passionate about “solving the puzzle”. This takes place during the bookwork phase (before memorization), where the character’s journey (or arc) is given life. He holds a B.A. in Drama from SFSU. Anthony’s credits as a performer range from playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Aloha Performing Arts Center, Hawaii), to co-producing and co- starring in Water by the Spoonful (ACT Costume Shop, San Francisco). Those credits extend through all genres, including interactive theatre in which he was fortunate enough to work in a variety of roles for San Francisco’s larger than life, “Speakeasy”. He looks forward to sharing with you all that he know about how to craft a dynamic performance!
Nicholas Rose was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and trained at the Colburn Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California and The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Rose danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2018.
Mr. Rose’s repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Anna Karenina, The Merry Widow, The Dream, The Second Detail and Being and Nothingness. His repertoire with Dance Theatre of Harlem includes Who Cares, Agon, Spring Waters, Coming Together, Dialogues and Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.
Louie Pearlman has been an innovator and Maverick of the New York City Comedy and Arts Scene since 2002.
During his career he's taught comedy, public speaking and team building across the continent with students of all ages. Louie is currently a workshop facilitator and brainstormer for branding companies Brand Now! and Leap to Brand. Louie also co-hosts and produces the pop culture podcast XOXO Riverdale, and the live streaming radio show Kick The Jukebox. His pieces have appeared on Gizmodo, Rebeat Magazine and Tough Pigs. For over ten years Louie has been a producer, director, performer and teaching artist with the nationally recognized arts education company Story Pirates, where he's performed nationally in theaters, music festivals and schools.
Earlier on in his creative life, he jump-started the careers of Ezra Miller (Justice League) and Griffin Newman (The Tick) as the Artistic Director of the Comedy program at Buck's Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp. They're both playing superheroes in movies and TV shows now, so that's pretty cool.
Lindsay is the Artistic Director of RISE.
She majored in modern dance/ballet & photography at Grand Valley State University - mentored by Lisa Belrose & Linda Graham, as well at Merce Cunningham Institute in New York, ADF at Duke University, SEAD Experimental Dance in Salzburg, Austria... New York studios include Broadway Dance Center, The Ailey School, Martha Graham Studio, City Center Studios. She has been selected for intensives & ensembles with some of the greatest... Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter & Kraig Bopi Patterson of Mark Morris Dance Theatre. She taught at Marin School of the Arts & RoCo Dance in the SF Bay Area. Lindsay is also a video director, producer & photographer. She captures for Owen Cox Dance Company in KC and works with stunning dancers from Ailey, Parsons & Julliard. With a background in fashion & commercial production, she has travelled internationally with Patrick Demarchelier. She was film production coordinator with Stephane Sednaoui (videos REM, Bjork, U2) as well as choreographed and performed for Vogue Italia. She has been a part of productions for Vogue, Glamour, RH, Google, GAP, Kodak, ESQUIRE, TARGET, Cover Girl, Vanity Fair, among many others. She's been on productions with Bono, Susan Sarandon, Giselle, Steven Colbert and other colorful artists. Lindsay co-produced a comedy pilot with Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith for Turner Broadcast called Zip Kodes. She was cast in the first SATC movie alongside Demarchelier in the wedding scene.
Lindsay produces for GYPSY Creative. Above all, she is mama to the sweetest 11-year-old, also actor & dancer! She is so beyond thrilled to bring these amazing teaching artists together this summer!!
We are on a mission this summer to create with kids across the country!
We are so thrilled to be able to reach FAR and WIDE for the most incredible teaching talent on both coasts, and even one of our Broadway actors from Leawood, KS! These versatile artists will take us on fantastic acting, dance, video & cirque journeys through our classes as we take our skills to the next level. These artists have appeared on/in Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, HBO, VOGUE, Miramax Films, Gossip Girl, HAIRSPRAY, Steven Colbert, they've toured Europe for cirque, ballet &modern dance.
Their collective studies at universities and institutions in New York, LA, SF, Europe prior to their professional experience have informed their teaching & refined their skill.
We are thrilled to bring all of this experience to create with you.
We cannot wait to share our expertise in all things performing with you!
Come dReAm, cREaTe and dELiGht with US!