Artists

Artistic Directors

  • Wendy Rein Director

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    (DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER) A native New Yorker, Wendy has been dancing and breaking furniture since age 3. Her early training came from the School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. After obtaining a B.A. from Brown University, she worked with Misnomer Dance Theater in both Providence and NYC before moving West and co-founding RAWdance with Ryan Smith. Together they have served as Co-Artistic Directors since 2004, shaping the award-winning, internationally touring company. As a dancer, Wendy has had the privilege of performing with local artists Amy Seiwert, Deborah Slater, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Nancy Karp, Mary Carbonara, and Todd Eckert, among others. She also worked for many years in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a series of dance film projects with noted photographer RJ Muna.

  • Ryan T. Smith Director

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    (DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER) Ryan received his B.A. in Theatre Arts and French Literature from Brown University, performing in works choreographed by artists such as Carla Maxwell, Danny Buraczeski, Anthony Rizzi, and Danny Grossman. A co-founder of RCJ Dance in Providence, he has always been supportive of the beauty of collaborative projects. Since moving to San Francisco, Ryan has been blessed with the chance to work with artists such as Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Stephen Pelton, and Amy Seiwert, and to be a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company since 2005, touring nationally and internationally, and participating in several large scale international collaborations with artists and organizations in Kochin, Kolkata, Guangzhou, and Jerusalem. He has served as the Co-Artistic Director of RAWdance, alongside Wendy Rein, since 2004.

Artistic Collaborators

  • Aaron Perlstein

    (DANCER) Aaron began his training with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He spent four years as a company member of ODC/Dance and two years touring the works of Alwin Nikolais in Europe with the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Aaron is a full time fitness instructor for The Dailey Method in San Francisco and began dancing with RAWdance in 2012.

  • Carly Johnson

    (DANCER) A California native, Carly received early training at the age of two. She continued her studies at SOTA, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and completed her B.F.A. from S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Carly has had the opportunity to travel to China to perform at the International Children’s Arts Festival and has performed works by Ja’Malik of Ballet Boy Productions, Carmen Rozestraten, Nelly Van Bommel of NØA Dance, Sidra Bell, Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance, Robert Moses’ KIN and Tanya Bello’s Project.B.

  • Corey Brady

    (DANCER) Corey is a native of Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts and has trained at Houston Ballet Academy, the Martha Graham School, and American Dance Festival. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a part of numerous international repertory tours in Paraguay and Mexico, and he has also performed in musical productions of Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and Guys and Dolls. Since moving to San Francisco, Corey has worked with ODC, RAWdance, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Concept o4, and has recently joined the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and Project.B. In addition to stage performances, Corey is a life drawing model for Bay Area Models for the Arts.

  • Jim French

    (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Jim’s credits include designing for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Carte Blanche (Norway), Twyla Tharp Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Richmond Ballet, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Chet Walker, Adele Myers and Dancers, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in addition to RAWdance. Jim has toured the globe as lighting supervisor for the companies of Rioult, Cedar Lake, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, and Elisa Monte.

  • Joel St. Julien

    (COMPOSER) Joel is a composer, musician, songwriter and sound artist. Joel has written music for documentaries, short / feature films, and dance. His work has been featured on PBS, AOL.com, and various film festivals nationwide. He is a firm believer in experimentation/fusion with acoustic and electronic elements in sound and music. Joel’s style is similar to a chameleon, never attaching to one single genre, but keeping a highly distinct sound exploring the myriad possibilities of sound and music. His passion for music and sound consumes much of his time, which grows out of the loving experience of being a husband and father. www.joelstjulien.com

  • Katerina (Katie) Wong

    (DANCER) Katie is a dancer and choreographer who has performed and presented work in New Jersey, New York, Beijing and San Francisco. Katie graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A in Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and Dance. While in San Francisco, she has had the pleasure of dancing with RAWdance, LEVYdance, Printz Dance Project, PUSH Dance Company, and Concept o4, among others. She choreographed two evening-length works with dance theatre company, Brickabrack, and was the Resident Choreographer for PUSH Dance Company in 2014 and 2015. As a freelance choreographer, Katie has presented work at ZSPACE, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theater, Joe Goode Annex, Fort Mason, Zaccho Studio, LEVYstudio, PianoFight and more. Katie is the Digital Engagement Specialist at Alonzo King LINES Ballet. katerinawong.com

  • Kelly Del Rosario

    (DANCER) Kelly was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii. He began his studies in dance in 2001 at the University of Hawaii and received his B.F.A. in Dance in 2005. Kelly also has a background in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Upon graduation he moved to San Francisco, where he currently works with RAWdance, Project.B., and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

  • Kerry Demme

    (DANCER) A New York native, Kerry trained with Paul Taylor 2 and assisted with their educational outreach programs prior to moving to California. She has been dancing in the Bay Area for the past decade and is privileged to have been a company member of Printz Dance Project for eight years, while performing with Mary Carbonara Dances and RAWdance since 2010. Offstage, Kerry holds a masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and worked at Autodesk for nine years and Zaccho Dance Theatre before the birth of her children, Ella and Asher.

  • Laura Sharp

    (DANCER) Laura caught the dance bug at the age of eight. In high school, she performed throughout the Tri-State area as an apprentice with Premiere Dance Theater. In college Laura studied with and/or performed the works of Dan Wagoner, Jeremy Nelson, David Dorfman, and Sean Curran. She graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in zoology and is currently training to be a nurse practitioner. Laura has worked with Heidi Schweiker, Bliss Kohlmyer-Dowman, Printz Dance Project, Mary Carbonara Dances, and Copious Dance Theater, and has been working with RAWdance since it was founded in 2004.

  • Mary Domenico

    (COSTUME DESIGNER) applies her Apparel Design degree from Rhode Island School of Design to various forms of art and theater. Her modern dance and ballet costume collaborations and credits include Margaret Jenkins, Liss Fain, Robert Moses’ Kin, Diablo Ballet, ODC, the Oakland Raiderettes, RAWdance, and Shared Space’s Todd Eckert. Mary’s theatrical and Opera credits include Rorke Music, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, The Western Stage, Pocket Opera, New Conservatory Theatre, California Conservatory Theatre, CTA Crossroads, and Porchlight Players. Her costumes have gone to Carnegie Hall, and toured the US, Europe, and Israel. Mary was nominated for an Izzie Award in 2013. Her designs have been featured on the cover of The New York Times Business Day, as well as showcased throughout San Francisco publications. Her collaborations with photographer RJ Muna won 1st Place in the Fashion category of the 2010 APA National Photo Competition and have appeared in a Graphis publication “100 Best in Photography 2011.”

  • Sean Riley

    (SET DESIGNER) Riley has a 20-year career combining suspension, kinetic movement, and design into unique performance environments. Concentrating his design for performance on site-specific and experimental work, Riley has created scenic and lighting installations in collaboration with a spectrum of accomplished artists. Being known for his bold and often surprising use of space and for large-scale movement, Riley’s installations commonly reflect his life-long obsession with gravity and physics. www.visiblegravity.com

  • Victor Talledos

    (DANCER) Victor began his training at Conservatorio de Danza in Mexico City, graduated from Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, Mexico and studied at the Ailey School. He has danced for different companies in Mexico and NYC. In the Bay Area, he has worked for Robert Moses Kin, Copious Dance Theater, Labayen Dance SF, Alayo Dance Company, and The Anata Project. Victor has shown his own work in San Francisco and NYC and he has been a guest choreographer for Labayen Dance SF, Emote Dance Theater and Copious Dance Theater. He has taught Horton, Modern and Ballet at San Francisco Dance Center, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo Texas, Westlake School for the Performing Arts and workshops in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.