Dorothy Jungels, Director/Artistic Director
Dorothy co-founded Everett Dance Theatre (Everett) in 1986, after receiving a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Dorothy is the recipient of two choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Rhode Island Foundation Fellowship, and six fellowships from 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 RI Alliance in Education Award for combining science and art.
Aaron Jungels, Artistic Director/Performer
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.
Rachael Jungels, Artistic Director/Performer
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, theater, and movement improvisation 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.
Marvin Novogrodski, Creator/Performer
Marvin is an accomplished actor and circus artist who graduated from the University of Rhode Island. Along with his work with Everett, Marvin toured a show called Out Of My Mind that he co-wrote and performed with his actual hypnosis-therapist, Doug Vogel. For children, Marvin tours three shows: The Magic of Science, How The Body Works, and Take a Trip In Your Imagination (with Jerediah Gonsalez), which are performed throughout New England in schools, libraries and museums. For more information, visit his website: www.marvmarv.com.
Sokeo Ros, Creator/Performer
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. Sokeo tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational works: The Marriage of Art & Science, Breaking Down Science, and Written in the Air. He teaches improvisational theater, breakdancing, and hip-hop at Everett’s School and has taught at many Providence institutions including CityArts, Highlander School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Sokeo 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. “Life is hard, but through negativity comes great creativity!”
Ari Brisbon, Creator/Performer
Ari is a graduate of the Hope High Arts Magnet program and began classes at Everett’s School at fourteen. Ari won the Rhode Island State Shakespeare competition in 2008. He was a lead actor in Justine Bevilacqua’s film Hide & Seek. In 2010, Ari 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 doesn’t care if he is on film or on stage, just as long as he gets to act!
Justine Bevilacqua, Creator/Performer
In 2009, Justine received a BFA in film from Emerson College. Her thesis film, Hide & Seek, was selected for the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Emerson Los Angeles Film Festival, where she received the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf ’71 Women in Film Award. After graduation, Justine worked as first assistant director for the independent feature film, Serial Buddies, shot behind-the-scenes footage for the Brendan Fraser film Furry Vengeance, and free lanced as a cameraman and editor. Justine teaches video at Everett’s School and works as a videographer and editor for Fresh Focus Productions in Providence. Justine is one of five children and comes from a family of artists.
Grace Bevilacqua, Creator/Performer
Grace performs comedy improv every week in Everett’s Friday Night Live and teaches Story Ballet at Everett’s School. 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, and in Everett’s The Smiling Lady, which premiered in Providence, RI in 2010. 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 recently joined Sokeo Ros’s dance company Case Closed!, and performs all over New England mixing her ballet technique with the company’s hip-hop choreography.
Laura Colella, Video Collaborator
Laura is a filmmaker currently in post-production for her third narrative feature as Writer/Director/Editor, called BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS. With her second feature, Laura was a Sundance Institute Directing and Screenwriting Fellow, and her first feature also received equipment support from Sundance. Laura has also made several shorts, and her films have cumulatively screened at over 100 festivals and venues, winning 20 awards. She is represented by United Talent Agency and her first two features are distributed by Passion River Films. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She collaborates on multimedia productions with Everett, freelances as a screenwriter, cinematographer, camera assistant and editor, and teaches Directing and 16MM Film Production at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Deb Sullivan, Lighting Designer
Deb has designed lighting for the following theatres and productions:
Off Broadway: Acorn Theatre: Play it Cool. Public Theatre/NYSF: The Ruby Sunrise and The Human Scale
The Women’s Project: OR. New York Musical Theatre Festival: Play it Cool.
Regional credits: Trinity Repertory Company, The Alliance Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Other theatres include Two Rivers Theatre Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Perishable Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Speakeasy Stage Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Opera Providence and Festival Ballet Providence among many.
Robyn Duffy, Costume Designer
Robyn has a degree in design from Endicott College and an accounting degree from Johnson & Wales University. She was a business owner for many years before joining the Everett team as Operations Manager. She was the costume designer for Everett’s The Smiling Lady in 2010.