The Prime Time Show: Bios

Beatrice Capote is a graduate from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and continued her college journey at Montclair State University where she received her BA in Dance Education. Professionally, she has worked with INSPIRIT, a dance company, Mavericks dance company, The Wells Performance Project, Areytos Performance Works, Earl Mosley, Matthew Rushing, Darrell Moultrie, Antonio Brown and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In. Motion. Ms. Capote choreographed and performed her solo work as a guest artist for ASHA DanceCompany, the Eric Dolphy Jazz Festival, and recently performed her “Newest Solo” at the Martha Graham Studios for WestFest Dance, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD),Pepatian Dance Concert at Pregones Theater, and Battery Dance Festival. She set works in numerous Summer Dance Programs. In her work, she gravitates towards the individual artistry/ experience. She asks questions like what, when, where, and who.... Within those questions, she uses gestures to tell her story/ experience. The gestures evolve to expansive movements within the body that reflect to deeper meaning. The movement quality is known to be very energetic and vibrant contemporary modern aesthetic infused with Afro Cuban, African, ballet, modern, and jazz. Her goal in the work is for the audience to experience and relate to the work. In addition, she is currently faculty at the Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet, Montclair State University and a dancer with Camille A. Brown and Dancers.

Ernesto "Chico" Alvarez Peraza is a Cuban-American author, composer, vocalist and bandleader who currently leads his own band. He has been a performer for the last five decades and is also the host of a long running radio show, "New World Gallery", which airs Saturday afternoons over commercial-free WBAI radio (99.5 FM). Chico was nominated by the LATIN JAZZ USA Awards Committee to receive the CHICO O'FARRIL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, in recognition for his contribution to the musical art-form known as "Latin Jazz". He was also awarded a Special Recognition Award from the International Latin Music Hall of Fame at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, as well as the First Place Award for Excellence in Radio Arts and Entertainment from the New York Association of Black Journalists. He subsequently received the Silver Reel Local Entertainment Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He has appeared on stage at various music festivals, such as Summer Stage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Avery Fisher Hall, Damrosh Park, NJPAC, Queens Theatre In The Park and Flushing Town Hall, Harlem Jazz Festival, Battery Park Music Festival, African Street Festival and at The Skirball Center.

BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group has been developing and performing new shows in NYC since 2011. Works include Cthulhu's House of Z (HERE, Dixon Place), ZOOM Thousand Time (Incubator Arts), and Blankland! (Triskelion Arts). Their ongoing, episodic performance Screen Eyed Baby Ice has been presented in ten iterations in Brooklyn and Manhattan since 2012. In 2014 BBG produced the Screen Eyed Baby Ice Performance Series, a touring variety show that featured SEBI alongside 25 guest performers working in music, dance, theater, film and stand-up comedy. BBG's work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, and they have been resident artists at Salem Art Works and at Incubator Arts. BBG is Jon Burklund, Ilana Stuelpner, Niko Tsocanos, and sound designer Anastasia Clarke. They all met at Bennington College.

Built for Collapse is an award-winning theater company committed to building multi-disciplinary work that challenges theatrical form. We develop each project using a highly physical process that draws inspiration from history, found texts, visual art, and pop culture to create a live collage of the world and its stories. We have developed works nationally and internationally with New York Theatre Workshop, The Drama League, The New Ohio, Three Legged Dog, Prelude, Ars Nova, HERE, Dixon Place, The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Theater for the New City, The Tank, Fresh Ground Pepper, Prague Film and Theater Center, Studio Vox Populi in Bulgaria, Ikincikat Theatre in Turkey and Goldex Poldex Gallery in Poland. Winner of the Prague Fringe 'Inspiration Award' for Best New Work and Rome Fringe International Selection. Founding members: Sanaz Ghajar  (Artistic Director), Ben Hobbs (Associate Artistic Director), Vincent Santvoord (Development Director).
CAMILLE A. BROWN is a prolific choreographer who utilizes musical composition as storytelling and makes a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that illustrate stories which connect history with contemporary culture. Ms. Brown's theater credits include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire (2012), Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater, Lucille Lortel “Outstanding Choreographer” Award Nominee for Choreography), Stagger Lee (DTC), Cabin in the Sky (NY City Center Encores!), Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick...BOOM! (NY City Center Encores! Off-Center) starring Lin Manuel Miranda, among others. Commissions: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2), Philadanco!, Complexions, Urban Bush Women, and Ballet Memphis. Initiatives: The Gathering, Black Girl Spectrum (BGS). Publication: Dance Teacher Magazine Cover & Feature Article (August 2015). Program: Co-Directed (with Moncell Durden) Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop at Jacob’s Pillow in 2015.   Currently, Ms. Brown is developing a new piece with the working title “ink.” The concept for “ink” seeks to use lyricism as its fabric to de-code the albums of Hip-Hop icons from its birth in the 1970s to today, and engage audiences around the topics of race, politics, gender and cultural identity.

 Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Fana Fraser is a performer living in New York City. She began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing and is an Honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program. Currently, she works with Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Ryan McNamara. Her performance work has been presented at Emerging Artists Theatre’s  Best of New Works Series, BAAD!ASS WOMEN Festival, and she is a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago. Fana has performed with Ailey II, Sidra Bell Dance NY, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Miller for Hermes, and with Ryan McNamara for Performa 13, Art Basel Miami 2014, and Guggenheim Works & Process 2016. She has worked as a rehearsal assistant for Darrell Grand Moultrie and has been featured on web series Dance (212) and on digital commercials for Google Wallet, Twitter, and Triluc.
Mina Nishimura from Tokyo, Japan was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki’s teaching while studying at Merce Cunningham Studio. Nishimura has performed nationally and internationally with Kota Yamazaki, Neil Greenburg, David Gordon, DD Dorvillier, Yoshiko Chuma, RoseAnne Spradlin, Daria Fain, Trajal Harrel, Marten Spangberg, Cori Olinghouse, Moriah Evans among others, and also has appeared in theater and film productions, such as Harry Partch’s Delusion of Fury (directed by John Jesurun) and Haruki Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (directed by Stephen Earnhart). Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival, DTW (currently NYLA), The Kitchen/Dance and Process, Harlem Stage, Roulette, Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo) among other NYC venues. Nishimura was the danceWeb scholar at Impuls Tanz (Vienna) in 2009, and also was one of curators for Movement Research Spring Festival 2013 Alternate/Shelter. Nishimura was in the AIR program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2010-2011, at Chez Bushwick in 2013 and at Movement Research in 2013-2015. During these years, she has taught for schools and communities such as Bennington College, Ferris University (Japan), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Movement Research and Earthdance. Nishimura has also recently appeared on SNL along with Sia for her Alive and Bird Set Free.
The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today.  Founded in 2004, we have created and toured 9 works nationally and internationally at venues including PS122, the Public, Walker Art Center, A.R.T., the National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre in London, the Salzburg Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, and Hong Kong Arts Festival. The TEAM is Jessica Almasy, Frank Boyd, Rachel Chavkin, Stephanie Douglass, Jill Frutkin, Amber Gray, Brian Hastert, Jake Heinrichs, Matt Hubbs, Libby King, Ian Lassiter, Jake Margolin, Dave Polato, Kristen Sieh, and Nick Vaughan. Artistic Director: Rachel Chavkin. Producing Director: Manda Martin. Associate Producer: Lucy Jackson. Jessica Almasy is an actress, playwright, and director who premiered her first full length play tiger tiger (on the nature of violence) at Dixon Place in November 2015. She records audiobooks for publishers across the country and is a co-founder of the TEAM and the wook taut majesty. Currently experimenting with Built for Collapse and Little Lord. BFA NYU, MFA playwriting Brooklyn College.