Edgar came to Everett to study hip-hop twelve years ago when he was still in middle school and soon was drafted to join the improv and filmmaking classes as well. Edgar apprenticed under Sokeo Ros as an assistant hip-hop teacher at the age of 15 and became an intern under Aaron Jungels direction, editing films and assistant teaching film and improv classes at Everett. Edgar attended the Met High School, where he taught both hip-hop and improv in their afterschool program and created a school dance team. Edgar participated in the play Done at the Black Repertory Theatre that toured in New York City. Edgar is a founding member of Everett’s Friday Night Live Comedy troupe. He is also a Co-Choreographer of Sokeo Ros’s hip-hop dance group, Case Closed! and has been drafted into Everett’s educational touring shows Written in the Air, Improv Comedy and Breaking Down Science. Edgar has taught hip-hop and improv to students of all ages at schools and organizations all over Rhode Island (PASA, City Arts, YMCA). Edgar is one of the eight performers in Everett’s newest work BRAIN STORM, and has taught master classes and workshops at many colleges such as Keene State, Brown University, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island to name a few. Edgar has used dance as an outlet for the struggles in his life and teaches his students that same principle.
Grace performs comedy improv every week in Everett’s Friday Night Live and teaches Story Ballet at Everett’s School. Grace joined Everett’s School at six years old as a ballet student and has trained under Rachael Jungels ever since. She has been a featured actor in the documentary Mama’s Girls (directed by Aaron Jungels) and in her sister Justine Bevilacqua’s movie, Cross Over Blues. Grace also performed in Silas and Silas the Teenager, directed by Aaron Jungels, in Everett’s The Smiling Lady and in Everett’s touring piece, BRAIN STORM. Grace, along with several other Everett Company members, was an artist-in-residence at the 2010 conference, Field of Vision, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Grace is a member of Sokeo Ros’s dance company, Case Closed!, and performs all over New England mixing her ballet technique with the company’s hip-hop choreography.
Sokeo was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, arriving in the United States at the age of three. As a sophomore in high school he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group. In 1998, Sokeo joined Everett as a creator and performer and has taught many master classes in universities throughout his touring experience. Sokeo also tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational shows. He is the director of the hip-hop program at Everett’s School and has taught at many Rhode Island institutions including Central Falls High School, Highlander School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Sokeo also directs the hip-hop based troupe, Case Closed!, which he founded in 2004. Case Closed! has performed at venues across New England including the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Brown University and the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sokeo received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant to develop a hip-hop theater piece, Culture Shock. Currently, he is a performer and creator of Everett’s new work, BRAIN STORM, and developing a new Case Closed! piece called “A Daydream in the Ghetto”.
Ari is a graduate of the Hope High Arts Magnet program and began classes at Everett’s School at fourteen. In 2007, he received a full scholarship to the theatre bridge pre-college program at Brown. Ari won the Rhode Island State Shakespeare competition in 2008. He was a lead actor in Justine Bevilacqua’s film Hide & Seek. In the fall of 2009, Ari was an artist in residence at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire. In 2010, he began performing with Everett in their educational shows. Ari performs weekly with Everett’s Friday Night Live improv comedy troupe and teaches High School Improv at the School. He was an artist-in-residence at the 2010 conference, Field of Vision, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Ari is currently the lead actor in Justine Bevilacqua series, Sticks and Stones.
Aaron is co-founder and co-artistic director of Everett and brings a variety of skills in performance, design, and media creation to his work with the Company. Aaron graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in film and video, and studied acting at Trinity Rep Conservatory. In addition to designing and constructing many of the innovative props, set pieces, and non-traditional projection surfaces used by Everett, Aaron renovated a carriage house that is home to the Company’s studio theater and School. For his work outside of Everett, Aaron has received fellowships and grants from the Creative Capital MAP Fund and from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Clayon joined both the Everett School and the Hope High School Theater Magnet Program as a freshman and benefited from these two institutions’ long partnership. With training opportunities at both Hope and Everett, Clayon was able to bring his many talents as an actor, singer, comedian, and video artist to a professional level. While still in high school, Clayon became a founding member of Everett’s comedy troupe, Friday Night Live, performing and teaching professionally with the company. In 2007, critic Channing Gray called Clayon’s performance with Black Rep in the play Done, “the quirkiest, most intriguing work of the night”. Clayon performed with Black Repertory in The Etymology of Bird and also with Perishable Theater in the Women’s Playwriting Festival. In 2011, Clayon was a creator and performer in three of Everett’s Brain Cafes. Currently Clayon is working with The Bit Players improv troupe in Newport and the Providence Improv Guild in Providence, as well as with Everett in Friday Night Live.
Bertrand has been teaching and performing guitar for over 20 years. His students range from 6 to 65 years old. Complete beginners and professionals alike gain powerful insights from Bertrand’s easy method and approach. His body-centered philosophy is based on effortlessness and good ergonomics. Creative unique games bridging, improvisation, ear-training and singing makes learning theory and melody an addictive joy by engaging the whole brain. After learning basics, students can choose any songs and styles of their liking and are encouraged to create their own music.
A dancer all her life, Rachael trained in ballet with Lydia Pettine in Providence, RI, and earned her BFA in dance from Juilliard. She continued her ballet studies with Alfredo, Andra and Ernesta Corvino, and performed with New York based dance companies. In 1986, Rachael returned to Providence to become a founding member of Everett. She tours nationally with the Company and teaches Ballet at Everett’s School. Rachael has taught dance at Gordon School, Holy Name School, Rhode Island College, and Rhode Island School of Design and has conducted residencies throughout the United States. Rachael has received numerous project grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for her work as a choreographer.
When Dorothy co-founded Everett in 1986, after receiving a Choreographer‘s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, she brought to the Company a lifetime of experience in the visual arts, dance and education. She is also the recipient of a Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship and six fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Under Dorothy’s direction, Everett has been recognized with a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance award, a Pell Award for excellence in the arts, and the Rhode Island Alliance in Education Award for combining science and art.