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Staff

Elizabeth Boone, Artistic & Executive Director

Beth Boone is the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA. Following a year as artist-in-residence at Brandeis, Beth relocated to New York to pursue a career in theater. While in New York, together with colleagues from Brandeis, she co-founded an Off Broadway theater company, New York Rep, and she served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. At AT&T she was responsible for coordinating several nationally and internationally recognized artistic initiatives including AT&T: OnStage/The New Plays for the Nineties Project. In 1995, in search of a more tropical life, Beth relocated to Miami to become the Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera. Following her position at FGO she became the Deputy Director, and then Interim Director, for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus.

Since 1998, in her role as Artistic and Executive Director of Miami Light Project, Beth has distinguished herself as a leader in Miami's cultural community. She has developed critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida and which have brought her national recognition for her work in the field. These programs include: the establishment of Here and Now, South Florida's most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Beth is married to Cuban Hip Hop musician, Yrak Saenz, and they have a seven year old son, Thomas.



Rebekah Lanae Lengel, Managing Producer

A native of Miami, Ms. Lengel began working with Miami Light Project in 2001. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for Youth Expressions Inc., Crystal Parrot Players, the Hanan Arts Cooperative, and was a member of the Miami Emerging Arts Leaders Task Force. In 2006, Ms. Lengel was selected by the Arts & Business Council of Miami as the co-recipient of the inaugural Miami Emerging Leaders Award; in 2005 she was recognized as a "Leading Woman in South Florida's Urban Community" by Urban America Newspaper and was, in the same year, selected by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters as one of 18 individuals across the country to participate in the 2005 Emerging Leaders Institute. A former Ford Scholars Performing Arts nominee and National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts ARTS Merit Awardee, Ms. Lengel is also an accomplished journalist and playwright, having had her plays Malcolm & Martin, 5 Days, 9 Months, 6 Years, and Amore Alla Luce Della Luna produced and presented and such theatres as City Theatre in Miami, and the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville. Her work has been published in three languages and articles have been published in the web based magazines 88hiphop.com, styluswars.com, manhunt.com and The Hip Hop Newsletter. Ms. Lengel was recently part of the 2012 class of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Leadership Development Council.


Sevim Abaza, Technical Director

Sevim Abaza became Miami Light Project’s Technical Director & Facilities Manager in 2012.  Sevim has with worked with various companies including New World Symphony, Young Arts, Philharmonia Orchestra, Miami Lyric Opera, Mad Cat Theatre, PlayGround Theatre, The Colony, Barry University, Naked Stage, City Theatre, The Adrienne Arsht Center and The City of Miami Beach. As MLP’s  Tech Director / Facilities Manager her primary areas of expertise are Design, Stage Management, and 20 minute naps.  A native of Amman, Jordan, Sevim currently resides in The Light Box with Estelle Sorkin, Megan Swick, Rebekah Lengel, and Beth Boone. When not working, Sevim enjoys not working.


Estelle Sorkin, Office Administrator

Estelle Sorkin joined MLP as a staff member in 2011, after volunteering with the organization since 1998.  Prior to joining MLP, Estelle was a Legal Assistant at the law firm of Holland & Knight.  As MLP’s Office Administrator her primary areas of expertise are anything and everything that pertains to keeping The Light Box from having its lights go out!  A native of New York, Estelle currently resides in Miami and enjoys being with family and friends and enjoying all that Miami has to offer.  

 


Regina Moore, Grants Writer and Administrator

Regina Moore joined Miami Light Project in October 2012. Previously, Regina worked as an independent consultant and grant writer for nonprofits in South Florida. Since 2003, Regina has worked with cultural & arts and community services organizations on projects that have generated more than $1.8 million in grants. Regina holds a master degree in business administration from the University of Miami and bachelor's degree in business from Pontificia Universidade Católica (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A native of Brazil, Regina currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband, John, and two children, Thomas and Emilie. When not working, Regina enjoys being with her family, watching movies, going to the beach, cycling, jogging, reading and traveling.


Ivonne Batanero, Box Office and Membership Associate

Born in Lima, Peru, Ivonne Batanero moved to Miami at the age of five. She has studied extensively with Brigid Baker, and the faculty of University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from which she received a 2009 Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. In 2009, Ivonne was the recipient of the Semans Art Fund award which allowed her to travel to Vienna, Austria to attend Impuls Tanz Vienna International Dance Festival, and in 2011, she became the first Miami-based artist to receive a full Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts Scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival. As a dancer, she has performed with Joanne Barrett, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Letty Bassart and Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. An accomplished choreographer, Ivonne has twice commissioned by Miami Light Project for Here & Now in 2012 and 2013. Ivonne could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Miami Light Project family.


Terrence Brunn, Programs Associate

Terrence Brunn joined MLP in 2012 as part of the Miami Light Project Technical Theater Fellowship inaugural class where he explored all aspects of stagecraft . Prior to The Light Box, Terrence worked with Fantasy Theater Factory where he served as production assistant and bookkeeper. A native of St. Thomas, Terrence currently resides in Miami and enjoys traveling when not working.