Artistic Directors

  • Wendy Rein Artistic Director


    (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 Artistic Director


    (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.

  • Katerina (Katie) Wong Artistic Director

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    (DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER) Katerina (Katie) Wong has performed and presented work throughout the country including San Francisco, New York, Portland, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and internationally to Beijing, China. Katie graduated cum laude from Princeton University and has had the pleasure of performing with RAWdance, Printz Dance Project, LEVYdance, PUSH Dance Company, Concept o4, Bellwether Dance Project, and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. She choreographed two evening-length works with dance theatre company, Brickabrack, was the Resident Choreographer of PUSH Dance Company from 2014-2016 and was FACT/SF’s 2016 JuMP Commissioned Choreographer.

    Described as an “impressive feat” and “fiercely physicalized” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Katie’s choreography has been presented at Z Space, ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Dance Mission Theater, Joe Goode Annex, Fort Mason, Piano Fight, The Cutting Ball Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, California Academy of Sciences and more. In the fall of 2017, Katie was commissioned to create the first dance work presented by Pop-Up Magazine, a live literary magazine, which toured to 6-cities throughout the nation, culminating in a performance at Lincoln Center. She has also supported the dance community administratively, serving in the education and marketing departments at Alonzo King LINES Ballet for over 5 years. Katie has been a dancer and collaborator with RAWdance since 2014.

Artistic Collaborators

  • Michaela Cruze

    (DANCER) Michaela Cruze obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Chapman University in 2011. Upon graduation, Michaela apprenticed with Kolben Dance in Jerusalem, Israel. Michaela returned to the States in 2012 and moved to San Francisco. She has performed with Scott Wells, Christine Bonansea, and [detour dance].  She is a current company member of FACT/SF and LEVYdance. Michaela is also a Personal Trainer and small business owner.

  • Kelly Del Rosario

    (DANCER) Kelly Del Rosario was born and raised in Mililani, HI. He began his studies in Dance in 2001 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received his BFA in Dance in 2005. Upon graduation, Kelly moved to San Francisco where he has worked with various artists including the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Project Agora, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Robert Moses’ Kin, project.b, and RAWdance.

  • 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.”

  • Kaitlyn Ebert

    (DANCER) Kaitlyn received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida before moving to San Francisco to study with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Since then she has had the pleasure of working with Garrett+Moulton Productions, Project Agora, Holly Johnston, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Nol Simonse. She is currently working with Amy Foley’s Bellwether Dance Project and RAWdance.

  • 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,, 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.

  • 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.

  • Tayler Kinner

    (DANCER) Tayler grew up in the cornfields of Springfield, IL. She holds a BFA in Dance with a minor in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and has previously worked with Smashworks Dance Collective and Karlovsky & Company Dance in St. Louis. Since moving to SF, she has worked with Alyssandra Wu, Catherine Liu, Molly Matutat, RAWdance, and Tim Rubel. Tayler is currently a company member of Tim Rubel Human Shakes and Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, and teaches dance at Principal Creative & Performing Arts in San Mateo.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Surabhi Saraf

    (COMPOSER) Surabhi is a media artist, composer, and performer based in San Francisco. She is the recipient of a 2015 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship Award and the Djerassi Resident Artist award, and was nominated for the SFMOMA SECA Art Award in 2012. Saraf has performed at Soundwave Biennial ((6)); Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece; Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe; San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai and New Delhi, among others. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out Sydney and Mumbai, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Blouin Art Info, Art Practical, and KQED Arts.

  • Nick Wagner

    (DANCER) is a Seattle native and a graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Kinesiology. Throughout his studies, Nick developed a particular interest in the intersection of contemporary movement and the human body.  Since moving to San Francisco, he has pursued his passions as a contemporary dancer and a massage therapist.

  • Juliann Witt

    (DANCER) Juliann was born in Marin and began dancing at the age of three. She honed her craft at the California Academy of Performing Arts and attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Juliann received her BFA from SUNY Purchase and performed briefly in NYC post graduation. Since returning to the Bay Area she has had the pleasure of dancing with many great artists and companies including Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Sarah Bush, Nol Simonse, Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Robert Moses’ Kin, Concept o4, and the San Francisco Symphony.

  • Stacey Yuen

    (DANCER) A Bay Area native, Stacey received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating cum laude and performing in works by choreographers Crystal Pite and Kendra Portier. She worked with Sean Curran and the Santa Fe Opera in the US premiere of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. She performed in works by Johannes Wieland and Stella Zannou at the one small step dance festival in Corfu, Greece. She also spent a year with Budapest Dance Theater and received a scholarship to attend the invincible losers workshop series, now B12, where she worked with Johannes Wieland, Tom Weinberger, and Sita Ostheimer. She has spent three seasons as a dancer and rehearsal director with the Sticky Trace Company in Hamburg, Germany under the direction of Uta Engel. Since returning to the Bay Area, Stacey has worked with Robert Moses, Lenora Lee Dance, Katie Faulkner, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, and RAWdance.