LATREA REMBERT | ARTIST
LaTrea Rembert has been working with STAYCEE PEARL dance project for 3 years. He is a graduate of Point Park University where he majored in dance. He has worked as an actor and dancer throughout Pittsburgh for companies such as Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights, and the REP Theatre company. LaTrea has also worked with Attack Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and also with choreographer Anthony Williams (Loving Black).
CHANDRA BLOUNT | ARTIST
Chandra Blount hails from Flint, MI where she trained at the Flint School of Performing Arts. She received her BFA from Point Park University under the direction of Ruben Graciani. There she performed works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, MAPBOOTS, and Garfield Lemonious among others. This is her first season with STAYCEE PEARL dance company.
ETHAN GWYNN | ARTIST
Ethan Gwynn has been dancing for eight years. He started his dance training at the Central Pennsylvania Performing Arts School where he studiedballet and modern dance. After, he performed with various companies such as Brio Dance Company, Fraiser Street Dance and Pennsylvania Dance Theater. He danced for STAYCEE PEARL dance project for a year before going back to school and studying at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in their certificate program. Now he is back in Pittsburgh and working withSTAYCEE PEARL dance project once again.
SHONNITA JOHNSON | ARTIST
Shonnita Johnson was born in Largo, MD and received her formal dance training at Baltimore School for the Arts under the leadership of Norma Pera. While in High School, Ms. Johnson attended Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Summer Program as well as the Peabody Institute Summer Program. Ms. Johnson graduated with honors from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.F.A. in business entrepreneurship and dance with a modern concentration. While out of Point Park University, Shonnita has performed works with choreographers such as Darrell Grand Moultrie, Terrance Maring, Troy Powell, Raphael Xavier, Randy Duncan, RonaldHutson, Garfield Lemonius, and Kellie Hodges. While in Pittsburgh, Shonnita had the opportunity to perform with Reed Dance, and Greene Work Project. After graduating college, Shonnita continued her training as a professional dancer with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and is currently a first season dancer with STAYCEE PEARL dance project.
RAYNE JONES | ARTIST
Rayne was introduced to dance at the age of 3 at the Far East Recreation Center in Columbus, Oh. Her love for dance led her to Pinnell Dance Centre, and to Infusion Dance in Worthington, OH. While studying at Pinnell Dance Centre, she received an excellent education in many styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Rayne had the opportunity to perform Off-Broadway productions of the Chocolate Nutcracker under the direction of Laverne Reed. Ms. Jones realized that she wanted to dance professionally, so she auditioned for the certificate program at the Ailey School. The Ailey School provided her with may performance opportunities and has increased her knowledge in techniques such as ballet, modern and horton. Rayne was selected to perform in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria in her second year. Rayne graduated from the Ailey School with her certificate in dance in May 2016. She recently worked with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre for 6 weeks in Chicago, IL under the direction of Nicole Springer, Joshua L. Ishmon, Gary Abbott and Kevin Iega Jeff. Since leaving Deeply Rooted, she is now working with STAYCEE PEARL dance project.
RONNELL KITT | ARTIST
Dancing since the age of 5 years old, Ronnell Kitt started out as a recreation/ competition dancer. In between the high school years, she attended a number of summer programs such as University School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Graduating at age 17, she moved on to attend The Ailey School in the fall as a Certificate student. During her years there, she has had the opportunity to work with Ray Mercer, Silvia Waters, Ronnie Favors, and Judine Sommerville. She also performed in the New Directions Choreography Lab with Jacinta Hyancith and Natalie Lomonte and an outside studnt performance choreographed by Matthew Rushing called “In The Void”. She was handpicked out of many students to participate in the work Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre during their City Center Season. She also had the opportunity to attend the Ailey summer intensive her second year there. After graduation, she attended Deeply Rooted summer intensive in Chicago and was chosen to be apart of the ECS program which allowed her to work with Joshua Ishmon, Kevin Iega Jeff, Nicole Springer, and Xiang Xu. She is currently a dancer of Staycee Pearl Dance Project in Pittsburgh, PA.
JESSICA MARINO | ARTIST
Jessica Marino, (Point Park University, B.A. Dance) is a professional dancer, educator, choreographer, and arts advocate born in Lehigh Valley, PA. Marino is a collaborator with Staycee Pearl Dance Project, SHANA SIMMONS DANCE and founding company member of Continuum Dance Theater. Additionally, Miss Marino has a diverse arts administration background as partner to Linda Reznik of River City Artists Management and Development Director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jil Stifel is a collaborative artist who works in movement, dance and performance. Her Recent performance credits include The Ubiquitous Mass of Us with Maree Remalia, merrygogo and Dave Bernabo's MODULES, Dance for Camera by Jennifer Keller as well as recent performances with Staycee Pearl Dance Project. Jil has performed extensively both nationally and internationally with Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre and Philadelphia’s Miller Rothlein Dance Theatre (formerly Miro.) She was honored to dance with Kyle Abraham when she performed his early works in Pittsburgh. She is also a former company member of Labco dance, and Gia T presents. Jil is a collaborator in an ongoing research/performance project, imaginary is also real, with Emily Sweeney of perpetual mvmnt <> sound. Her choreography and multi-media projects have been presented in the United States and Japan. Her work has been supported by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Heinz Foundation, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and PearlArts. Her work has been commissioned by the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble, where she teaches dance. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors in dance from Rutgers University and Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is also a certified yoga teacher.
Adil is a theater artist and educator originally from Chicago, IL. He is a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective in Pittsburgh and directed their first project, Chickens, a new play by Paul Kruse. Other directing projects include his adaptation of Sherwood Anderson's Triumph of the Egg (Prologue Theatre Company), David Mamet's Romance (Jewish Theater Ensemble), and Marivaux's Game of Love and Chance (Lovers and Madmen). He has also curated original performance art projects including Consume (Gorilla Tango Theatre) and Freak Museum (Mary's Attic). Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2010, he has partnered with various arts organizations including The Andy Warhol Museum, MGR Foundation, Gateway to the Arts, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, Dreams of Hope, and Quantum Theater. Next up, Adil will be performing with merrygogo as a part of New Hazlett Theater's Community Supported Art Performance Series. Adil studied drama and pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Kitoko Chargois is a graduate of Chatham University where she studied journalism and photography. Since graduating in 2014, she has been involved in a variety of pursuits from interning at news organizations such as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to photographing beautiful people and products to working as a project coordinator on a large installation photo project. She has written features and book reviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her most recent work was featured in 1839 Magazine.
Jasmine is a native Houstonian. She graduated magna cum laude from from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. She has had the wonderful opportunity to have performed premiere works by Helen Simoneau, Mark Dendy, and Robert Battle. She has danced with the Dance Alloy Theater, the August Wilson Dance Ensemble, and the Pillow Project. Jasmine currently moves with the Staycee Pearl dance project, anonymous bodies, Marjani Forte, and she also creates her own work that has premiered in Philly, Pittsburgh, and New York City.