Originally from Detroit, MI, Trice began his training in 1988 under the direction of Aulani Chun in San Diego, CA at Mesa College. While training, he simultaneously completed his remaining two years of a four-and-a-half year contract with the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his Naval contract, he was accepted into the Alvin Ailey Certificate Program in 1991. Since completing the program in 1993, Trice spent the following six years as a featured artist with MOMIX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Kevin Iega Jeff, Donald Byrd/The Group and Forces of Nature Dance Company. During that period, Trice developed and began presenting his own choreographic work while simultaneously establishing his teaching philosophy, style and technique.
In 1998, Trice created nathantrice/RITUALS, a Project-by-Project Dance Theater Company as a means to share his own artistic vision. He and his company have toured throughout the United States, Bermuda, Aruba, Japan, Argentina and Hong Kong. Over the past fourteen years, the company has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals, including Summer Stage, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival in the world, including City Center Fall For Dance, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, E-Moves Gatehouse Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church’s DADD series, Danspace Project, (IABD) International Association of Blacks in Dance, Hiroshima City Museum, Dance New Amsterdam’s (DNA) In The Company of Men, Aruba Festival and The Hong Kong Hip Hop Festival.
Nathan was the inaugurating artist for the guest artist residency program of the dance department at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for four consecutive years. He is the recipient of the Restoration Youth Arts Academy Recognition Award as well and is currently in residency at the academy. He is the recipient of the Maggie Allesee Copperfoot Award at Wayne State University, and has been commissioned by numerous actors and singers, the Alvin Ailey organization, Dallas Black Dance Theater, DNA’s In the Company Of Men, The Hearman LaVern Theater Group, Bermuda Dance Company and the New School for Social Research.
For more information, visit his website at: http://www.nathantricerituals.com
Hanan Wakeem (Project Management)
Hanan is a Palestinian Culture Manager, born in Galilean Village of Mi’lia. Hanan has a master’s degree in culture and art management from the International University of Catalonia, and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the educational and outreach programs coordinator for Aswat –Palestinian gay women and established the first Queer Film Festival in Haifa, Palestine.
Between 2008 and 2013 she was both the communication and educational programs coordinator at Palestinian Art Court–Al Hoash Gallery in Jerusalem. She worked as the communication coordinator of SAMAA independent movie 2010/11. In 2014, she worked at Jiwar creative and society, an artistic residency house in Barcelona. In 2009/10 received the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International award.
Michael is from Scranton, PA, graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and is currently the owner of Berberock Records and Head of the Music Division for Mind the Art Entertainment. In May of 2008 Mike produced his first solo rap album, Scranton Gangster, and is currently working with co-producer Tijuan Aikens on his sophmore album, Pardon the Languish. Mike began collaborating on sound design with YSDT in 2009 for the production of The Store, which includes two of his original music tracks. Additional sound design credits include arrangements for the film/web series: Wunderkind, Arranged, Zack and Michael, and Hope Against Hope (UK television pilot); and for such theater productions as: May-December with the Nose & Clammy (2009 Fringe Festival, NYC), Dear America, (2006 Fringe Festival, NYC), Back Burner Murder (Six Figures Theatre Company’s Artists of Tomorrow Festival), Rising Circle Presents: The American Family Project, September 12th, Leashed, Jarvis Black, and Harpo the Great. Berberich has also done voice over work for the company, and records, mixes and produces sound scores in his private studio in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
Emma is originally from Australia, is a trained dancer that became intrigued by the expressive and unique qualities of clothing. As she continued to dance and perform, she developed an understanding and sensitivity of how clothing can make a dancer feel and the power that is has to enhance and supplement the choreographers’ concepts. While dancing with Byron School of Dance and Imprint Dance Company in Australia, The Next Stage Project in Amsterdam, and in NYC, and performing works by Keely Garfield, Ishmael Houston Jones, Rebecca Stenn and Eric Jackson Bradley she has combined her passion and talent for dance and costume design. Since moving to NYC Emma has designed for works of Ishmael Houston Jones, Eric Jackson Bradley, Max Stone, The Next Stage Project, Diana McCarthy,Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, and Ashleigh Leite.
Yuriy Nayer (Lighting Designer) was born in Belarus, but has proudly called New York his home for the last 14 years. International Credits: The Store, with YaaSamar! (Jordan, Palestine, Israel); Anjou, the musical (Korea, China, Mexico). Select New York Credits: Bridgeboy (The Active Theatre); The Mire and With Aaron’s Arms Around Me (Negro Ensemble Company/ Cherry Lane Theatre); I Stand Before You Naked by Joyce Carol Oates, a staged reading to benefit Safe Horizon (Gerald W. Lynch Theatre); Being Sellers (59E59/ Brits Off-Broadway); Parenting101, the musical (Emelin Theatre); 348 (Dixon Place); Interchange (The Workshop Theatre); In Loco Parentis (FringeNYC ‘10); Colored People’s Time (NEC/ MITF ’10 Best Lighting Design Award); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Planet Connections Festivity Best Lighting Design Award); Two Rooms (The Active Theatre); The Sandbox (June Havoc Theatre/ MITF’ 09); The Night Watcher (Primary Stages). Other credits: The Runt of the Litter National Tour. Yuriy is very proud of his continued work with YSDT! Other dance collaborators include: Elena Demyanenko, Transcendance Group, BODYART Dance and BALAM Dance. www.yuriynayer.com.
Born in California, reared in Texas, Nolan O’Bryan is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and teacher. He earned his MS from Pratt in 2010 with his work ranging from metal sculpture to media design and is a contributing artist to the annual Crest Fest Art Show in Williamsburg, NY. During the week, Nolan is an art and design teacher at the Manhattan Business Academy while he uses nights and weekends to cook up hair-brained plots in his underground lair. www.nolanobryan.net
Isabel was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, and moved to new york to study fine art photography at ICP in 1995. She continues to live and work in new york city, and her work has appeared in various publications, including Catholic, The Guardian, I-D Magazine, Index and Teen Vogue. Over the last few years she has published a series of 8 photography books and her book of photographs ‘No Things’ was published by Forthysian Press. In late 2009 she established ‘Portraits by Isabel’. ‘Music Students’ her newest book was published in the Fall of 2010. www.portraitsbyisabel.com
David Prete is a writer, actor and director from New York City Currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. He graduated from the New Actors Workshop where he studied with Mike Nichols (Tony and Academy Award winning director of The Graduate. Primary Colors, The Birdcage, Angels in America), and George Morrison (Broadway and Off-Broadway director of The Premise and Epitaph for George Dillon), who also taught Dustin Hoffman, Edie Falco, Gene Hackman, Wesley Snipes, and others. David Prete co-starred in the world premiere of the Off-Broadway play On The Line at the Cherry Lane Theater. He has appeared in theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to adaptations of Leo Tolstoy andcommedia dell’arte versions of Clifford Odets. He co-founded Water Theatre Company where he worked as an actor and producer. He has also acted in independent films screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Long Island Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of NYC. He teaches writers to read their work in front of audiences through classes taught one-on-one, in small groups, or at conferences and schools around the country, including agraduate course at The New School in New York City called “The Art of Public Readings.” His first book, Say That to My Face was published by W.W. Norton. He is currently at work on a novel entitled, August and then some, also to be published by Norton. www.davidprete.com