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.
Kristina Villaverde, Technical Director
A native of Miami, Kristina Villaverde became Miami Light Project's Technical Director in 2014. Kristina is also the director of Miami Light Project's Technical Fellowship, a program designed to train emerging theater technicians and prepares them for professional work. A long time staple in the South Florida theater community, Kristina has worked as the Head Electrician at Byron Carlyle Theater, The Colony Theater and the Olympia Theater. Additionally, she has built her theater skills as Light Designer and Stage Manager for numerous productions, and worked for local arts organizations as Young Arts and Miami Lyric Opera. Kristina has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 500 and had the opportunity to work as a stagehand for a variety of productions from Broadway, Comedy Central, CBS, Telemundo to Live Nation at a great number of venues in South Florida.
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.
Ana Mendez, Artist Residency Coordinator
Ana Mendez, born in Miami and a graduate from the University of Illinois, is a professional dancer and performance artist. She has been commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami Light Project for the Here and Now Festival, the de la Cruz Collection, Miami Art Museum, the Bass Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. She is an artist fellow for the Artist in Residence in the Everglades program. Mendez was recently commissioned to present her first ever sculptural installation, Fortress, at Bas Fisher Invitational. Mendez has also performed for Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Natasha Tsakos, Octavio Campos, Miami Contemporary Dance Company and Circ X. She is currently a visiting performance artist at Spinello Projects and is thrilled to be working as Miami Light Projects Artist Residency Coordinator.
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.
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