THE SCHOOL OF YES! INSTUCTORS
Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal is the director and founder of TZOM Films, an independent production studio based in Oak Cliff, TX. His work encompasses a wide spectrum of styles and topics such as narrative films, documentaries, music videos, national TV ads, among others.
His work has been featured in national broadcasts as well as international publications. One of his biggest passions is to be involved in his community and to generate a positive impact through his creative work.
Kayla has studied dance and theatre at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX where she now works as the Technical Theatre Specialist. She has worked with the Pocket Sandwich Theatre and is a current company member of DGDG ( the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group).
Danielle is a multi-hyphenate artist who works in performance and video and is based in Dallas, TX. Her stage and video work deals with puzzles found in femininity—vulnerability, deformity, and beauty. Her work has shown across Texas, New York (Horton Gallery), California (Rogue Fringe Festival), Florida (Bosch Film Festival), Oregon (Portland's Experimental Film Festival), and Germany (2nd Berlin Becher Triennial). She exhibited both her performance and video work at the 2013 Texas Biennial, was a part of a three-person show at Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, TX, and recently completed a solo show at Women and their Work in Austin, TX. Her video work will be a part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival in the summer of 2015 (at the Garage Gallery) and she currently has a solo show at The Magnolia Theatre in Dallas.
In 2011, she created a performance project called DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. Under DGDG, Georgiou has created a series of collaborative, devised dance theatre productions with a team of artists and dancers based in Dallas. The work created reflects Georgiou’s interest in social and psychological issues, and in creating compelling images of a “new female.” The works break with the tradition of contemporary dance and tend to be more conceptual or narrative-driven. Whether collaborating or defining her own work, Georgiou wants dancers that constantly strive to transform themselves, either in image or skill. Technique is your foundation—not your identity.
Georgiou’s work is based on the concepts of devised and physical theatre and is influenced by the dance works of Pina Bausch, DV8, Mark Dendy, and physical theatre companies Punchdrunk and the Wooster Group, as well as seminal work of Robert Wilson. Georgiou prides herself on taking chances and exploring new territories of dance theatre, multi-media work, and audience involvement. She draws from ballet, mime, and concepts of traditional modern dance and is developing what critics call a “gratifyingly strange and sexy” physicality of movement. DGDG has performed across Texas, Oklahoma, and California, and staged their most recent work, NICE, at the Wyly Theatre, 6th Floor Studio Theatre, as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project in November 2014. It went on to be restaged at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival and the Dallas Museum of Art.
DGDG’s 2014 season was listed as one of the top highlights of dance in Dallas in 2014 by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones, and Art&Seek, and in both 2014 and 2015 DGDG was nominated as Best Dance Company by D Magazine in their annual Best of Big D series. DGDG’s 2012-2013 season was named as one of the Best Dance Performances of 2013 by the Dallas Morning News, and Georgiou was named Outstanding Female Director of 2012 by Critical Rant. Recently, Georgiou was named one of TheaterJones' Forward Thinkers for 2015.
Georgiou is the Program Coordinator for Dance at Eastfield College, and works as a freelance choreographer and dancer in North Texas. She has worked actively as an arts writer for The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, and Glasstire, and currently writes for KERA’s Art&Seek and TheaterJones. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas and recently completed a two-year residency at CentralTrak—The UT Dallas Artist Residency Program.
Mr. Ernest McMillan is a veteran human rights activist with a history of working through the 60's in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and throughout the 80’s with the National Black United Front and the United League of Mississippi. McMillan served as the Chairman of the Dallas SNCC from 1967- 1969.
Mr. McMillan received an Associate of Arts degree in History and Government at Brazos Junior College in Texas and has completed further study in history, government, and political science at Morehouse College in Atlanta, UT Arlington, and the University of Houston at Clear Lake City, Texas.
He has extensive experience in counseling of both youth and adults. Additionally, he has worked successfully in management positions involved with the delivery of social services, organizing and planning resources, and coordinating activities to meet specific objectives. Mr. McMillan initiated the first Drug Prevention Program for African-American youth in Houston in 1981. He has developed support systems for ex-offenders and drug abusers as founder of People United for Justice for Prisoners in Dallas, Texas, and as an outpatient counselor for the Alternative Drug Abuse Program of VGS, Houston, Texas. Mr. McMillan also served as project manager for three years at the Communities-In-School program in the Wesley Elementary school, Houston. McMillan founded and served as Chief Executive Officer for 23 years, and later as Senior Adviser for the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program, a non- profit, youth leadership organization designed to pre-empt negative environmental influences and empower inner city adolescent males to become responsible and productive members in their families and community. FWEP has served as an effective support and intervention system for young African-American and Hispanic males for nearly three decades.
Currently, McMillan resides in Dallas, Texas. He served as Senior Advisor for the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program from 2007-2013. He volunteers extensively with several local and international efforts including the Dallas Peace Center, IFCO/ Pastors for Peace, and as a 2011 delegate to Witness For Peace’ Human Rights Delegation to Honduras. He became the Director of Educational Programs art Youth Believing in Change (YBC) in 2014 after serving as a volunteer mentor, coordinator of the boys’ mentoring program and as a classroom facilitator there.
David Lozano specializes in writing, directing and producing original bilingual plays for the Latino community in Dallas/Fort Worth. Notable mainstage productions include To DIE:GO in Leaves, by Frida Kahlo (written with Cara Mía’s artistic ensemble), Nuestra Pastorela (co-written with Jeffry Farrell), and The Dreamers: A Bloodline (written with Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s ensemble) which was named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheatreJones.Com. Crystal City 1969, which he co-wrote with Raul Treviño, was recognized as the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones.Com and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Lozano recently attended the first annual Latina/o Theatre Commons in Boston in November 2013 and was appointed to Latina/o Theatre Commons National Steering Committee for 2014. Lozano accompanied a delegation of 20 US theater artists on a trip to Cuba in March 2013 with the Theatre Communications Group. He was also recognized by the weekly magazine, The Dallas Observer, as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture” in January 2014.
Frida is a Mexican-born actress and mask maker. She studied theatre at U.N.A.M. and physical theatre at the DTdC in Mexico City where she was an ensemble member of the Mask Laboratory (Laboratorio de la Mascara). In 2005, she moved to Dallas to work with Cara Mía Theatre Co. (CMTC) as an actress, designer and mask maker. Frida also teaches theatre, puppetry, and visual arts to Dallas Public Schools as part of CMTC’s Educational Programs for Youth and trough Junior Players and CAP. Frida’s most recent designs include puppetry, costumes and masks for CMTC’s productions The Magic Rainforest and TEOTL: The Sand Show. Her most recent roles include Rosa in LYDIA, Alicia in The Dreamers: A Bloodline, the Nurse in Romeo and Julieta, the Tucan in The Magic Rainforest, Vulture in TEOTL: The Sand Show , Dolores in Zoot Suit and the title role of Yerma. Frida has also performed as an actress with other local groups including playing the title role in Teatro Dallas's Leona Vicario.
Jeffrey Colangelo is a writer, director, actor and fight director who has been working in the DFW area for the last three years for theatre companies like Cara Mía Theatre Co., Undermain Theatre, Theater Three, Dallas Shakespeare, and the Dallas Theater Center. With SiHK Brothers, he has written and directed a number of innovative and critically acclaimed shows both including Prism, Galatea, Pun: A Play on Words, Playing with Myself, and playtime. Jeffrey is also a graduate of the Southern Methodist University theatre program and earned his B.F.A. in Theatre in 2013.
S-Ankh Rasa is a gifted composer, musician, and teacher who has performed with a variety of artists including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Debbie Allen/FAME. He has also toured with African Djembe drum virtuoso Mamady Keita and Kora (African Harp) genius Morikeba Kouyate. He began his studies at UC Berkeley at the age of 12 and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. His theatre credits include working with director Regina Taylor “CROWNS” – Dallas Theatre Center, director Andrea Frye “CROWNS” – USA Tour, numerous productions for Dallas Children’s Theater as composer/music director including 2 touring productions of “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” and “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” directed by Cheryl Denson. Mr Rasa is the designated composer for “DREAMERS”, a new work by Cara Mia Theatre Company which recently received a TACA Award Grant.
Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso
This is Mrs. Cleghorn Jasso’s fourth year with the School of Yes! She is one of Cara Mía Theatre Co.'s Artistic Ensemble Members. Stephanie was last seen in Deferred Action, a collaboration with Dallas Theater Center and Cara Mía. Some of her favorite credits include: Ceci in Lydia where she received recognition for Outstanding Acting Performance by the DFW Theater Critics Forum and Best Actress by TheaterJones, The Bride in Blood Wedding and Gabriela in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, all with Cara Mía. She has had the honor of working with Shakespeare Dallas, Undermain Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Shakespeare in the Bar, Anita N Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Teatro Dallas, Theatre Three, Artes de la Rosa, Hip Pocket Theatre and Artisan Center Theater. Stephanie is a teaching artist and continues her studies as an actor under Blake Hackler, Company Member of Undermain Theatre. Mrs. Cleghorn Jasso is the Community Engagement and Education Coordinator for Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Dominique Fleming is a former Youth Leader for the CMTC and OC3 School of YES summer camp. This year she is a sophomore at University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Anthropology. She also hopes to be certified to analyze crime scenes. Not only is Dominique a dancer with Alegre Ballet Folklorico, but she is also former bass and percussion student of Thriving Minds' La Rondalla.