Originator, Director and Writer
Nina is a fourth-year medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (MD Class of 2022) preparing to pursue a career in pediatrics. Her scholarship explores the intersection of medicine, philosophy, dance and art more broadly. Previously, she described a novel subfield of Movement and Medicine within the growing field of medical humanities. She is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Harvard University. Prior to college, she trained pre-professionally in ballet, attending summer intensives at American Ballet Theater and Juilliard, among other well-known institutions. At Harvard, she served as Director of Harvard Ballet Company.
Director of Movement
As a choreographer, Danielle Russo (she/her) has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. Residency and fellowship awards have included C.N.N. - Ballet de Lorraine (France), Danscentrum Jette (Belgium), Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), Independent Artists Initiative WUK (Austria), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, LEIMAY, Mana Contemporary, Performing Arts Forum, and Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada), among others. Local highlights have included Armory Arts Week, Brooklyn Historical Society, Julian Schnabel’s Casa del Popolo, Domino Park, Governors Island, HERE Arts Center, The High Line Nine, La MaMa, Lincoln Center, and Moynihan Station, to name a few. In 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles and prompted a reprisal of the evening-length work with Knowles’s affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron. Most recently, she was commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera’s Dancers, Chorus, and Orchestra for Open Culture NYC, New York Choral Society, and Climate Week NYC in 2021. Russo is a multi-year grant recipient of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Brooklyn Arts Council, Carnegie Corporation, Dance/NYC, Expensify Community Justice Youth Advocacy, Harkness Foundation for Dance, One Brooklyn Fund, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. As an educator, Russo is faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, CUNY Queens College, SUNY Purchase College, and The Joffrey School where she teaches movement modalities and choreography for site-specific dance and immersive dance theater, as well as lectures on dance history and critical theory with an emphasis on art activism. She has also taught numerous workshops at international institutions and festivals in Europe, and North and Central Americas. Russo is a recipient of a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival where she attended on fellowship. Outside of her own choreographic and teaching practices, she has performed several seasons with The Metropolitan Opera.
Director of Photography
With a background in advertisement and visual media, Mateo has spent the last decade working in New York City as a creator of visual content for ad agencies and independent production companies on behalf of brands such as Chivas Regal, 23AndMe and Flur, among others. At the same time, within the camera department, Mateo has been part of TV productions for FX, BET and ABC as well as commercials for MasterCard, WeWork, and GUESS. Additionally, Mateo wrote and directed the short film "Beast of Burden" which premiered at the SoHo International Film festival. Currently, in addition to his freelance work, he also serves as Media Services Manager for the NYU Langone Media Department. Born and raised in Colombia, Mateo calls New York home.
Assistant Photography Editor
Born in the Philippines and raised in Queens, New York, Nikko is a filmmaker and photographer specializing in Directing in Cinematography. Currently the lead Cinematographer for the New York Film Academy’s Acting Department, Nikko has a love and passion for visual storytelling, not only in the narrative world but also in real life, helping small businesses and brands reach a wider audience through visual storytelling. Besides filmmaking and video production, Nikko is also a freelance photographer and often enjoys taking street photography.
Antuan Byers (he/him) is a dancer, creative entrepreneur, and arts activist based on Lenapehoking (Manhattan, NY). He is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, and holds a certificate from the Parsons School of Design. Antuan has been featured in OUT Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Business Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and has cultivated artistic partnerships with brands such as Acura, Barney’s NY, Brooklinen, Nike, Jaguar, and Urban Outfitters, and global modeling campaigns including ASICS and Capezio. He is represented by Stetts Modeling Agency NYC. Antuan has also danced for recording artists Erykah Badu, Jennifer Holliday, and has choreographed for The Skins, and D.R.A.M. After touring internationally with Ailey II, he returned to Lincoln Center to rejoin the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, where he is a frequent performer. He has also performed with The Washington National Opera Ballet, Keigwin + Co., Danielle Russo Performance Project, MorDance, Mark Morris Dance Company, as well as solo work by Kyle Abraham. Antuan is a fellow in The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron of the Arts Creative Arts Residency Program where he is a thought partner to Bebe Miller and Dominic Moore-Dunson. Antuan is a steering committee member of the Dance Artists’ National Collective, is a founding member of the Black Caucus at the American Guild of Music Artists, where he also serves as a member of the Board of Governors representing dancers in the New York Region. He is the Founder/CEO of Black Dance Change Makers.
ROYA FERESHTEHNEJAD CARRERAS
Roya Carreras is an Iranian-Hispanic artist, choreographer, and educator who works within the commercial, film, and theatrical settings from New York City to Los Angeles.
On stage, Carreras' 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 The Odyssey, 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 in 2018 participated in the MANCC residency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught ballet, contemporary, and improvisation at Harlem School of the Arts, New Canaan Dance Academy, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Peridance, Riverside Ballet Arts, Riverside City College, Pasadena Dance Theater, Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, East Pointe Dance, 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. Carreras 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.
Ingrid Kapteyn is an international performer, producer, teacher, and student of listening with a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. She has played nine roles in “Sleep No More” NYC and was an original cast member of “Sleep No More” Shanghai. Ingrid has also performed with Brian Brooks, Danielle Russo, The Metropolitan Opera, and MacArthur award winner Martha Clarke. As a choreographer and director, Ingrid has created, self-produced, and performed seven evening-length productions across New York and Shanghai with Welcome to Campfire and HEWMAN. Ingrid has taught internationally, including for Juilliard Global Ventures/Nord Anglia Education (in Shanghai, Dubai, Switzerland, Qatar, and NYC), New York University School of Medicine, UNCSA, and Princeton and Bucknell Universities.