EMILY BERRY, Artistic Director
“Memorable, intelligent, strong." - Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body
EMILY BERRY began pursuing her own choreographic endeavors in 1995, to later establish B3W Performance Group (B3W) in 2006. Since then, B3W has been presented at Henry Street Settlement, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, 92nd Street Y, Irondale Center as part of FLICFest, International Dance Festival NYC, DUMBO Dance Festival, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Cool New York Dance Festival, in addition to films in Maryland and Switzerland.
Awards /commissions include Dixon Place’s Mondo Cane Commission, Ann Arbor Dance Works. As a performer, Emily has worked with danceTactics Performance Group/Keith Thompson, Boris Willis Moves, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Restless Native Dance/Tamieca McCloud, Lesole’s Dance Project, and Ashe Moyubba/Alafia Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance Ensemble.
Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst, and has a MFA in Dance from George Mason University. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Dance Arts, as well as Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Oakland University, George Mason University, Coppin State University, Montgomery College, and Community College of Baltimore County. Master classes include American College Dance Association, Goucher College, College of William and Mary, University of Michigan, and many dance intensives. She is currently an assistant professor of dance and the director of the dance program at Queensborough Community College, and is a 2015-2017 Artist Fellow of The Field’s Field Leadership Fund.
DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN, Composer, Co-Creator & Performer
DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN (DBR) is a Haitian-American composer, performer, violinist, bandleader, and artist. Recent performances/commissions include: One Loss Plus, and Darwin's Meditation for The People of Lincoln by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Next Wave Festival; Five Chairs and One Table, a work for Imani Winds at Carnegie Hall; WE MARCH!, a guitar concerto with Eliot Fisk and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; The Tuscaloosa Meditations, a first of a Haitian-American composer by University of Alabama in honor of Vivian Malone Jones; Voodoo Violin Concerto, a virtuosic handling of DBR’s Haitian heritage for the Vermont Youth Orchestra; and others. DBR has composed music for Daniel Beaty's Resurrection directed by Oz Scott; feature television segment E:60 Homeless Basketball on ESPN; and documentary films Off and Running by Nicole Opper, and Strange Things by Alexandria Hammond. DBR serves as Artist-in- Residence of the Seattle Theater Group, and as Music Director of Seattle's More Music at The Moore program. Additional positions: Chair of Composition/Theory at the Harlem School of the Arts; The Van Lier Composer-in- Residence with American Composers Orchestra; Artist-in-Residence at Arizona State University (2003-2006); Assistant Composer-in- Residence at Orchestra of St. Luke's and founder of OSL's Young Composers Development Program; Music Director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; and Rankin Scholar-in- Residence at Drexel University. DBR has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, as well as masters and doctoral work at the University of Michigan under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.
DARLA STANLEY, Co-Creator & Performer
DARLA STANLEY is a dance maker, performer, and teacher. Her work has been supported by the PEW Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Darla has performed internationally with dance companies including: Chris Burnside and Dancers, ZeroMoving, Karen Bamonte Dance Works, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Subcircle, and Leah Stein Dance. She was featured in the Philadelphia Bank Project by London choreographer, Siobhan Davies. She has taught dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and at Temple, Drexel, and Wesleyan Universities. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA from Temple University.
EAMONN FARRELL, New Media Scenographer
EAMONN FARELL is a Brooklyn-based video designer and theater/media maker. With his company, Anonymous Ensemble, he has created dozens of original media-based performance events in New York City and globally. Notable productions include: The Best (Ice Factory Festival, Brisbane International Festival), Wanderlust (Ice Factory Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, UK, Norway), Troop Troupe (Mabou Mines SUITE, La MaMa ETC), a Wonderland (Ice Factory Festival), The Return (Chora Theater, Roes Theater in Athens), The Turing Opera (The Greek National Opera), among others. Eamonn and Anonymous Ensemble have also made experimental web-based work and interactive video installations that have been presented at the Neuropolis Festival in Berlin, and the Prelude Festival in New York City. Eamonn also designs video extensively for Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines; as well as for Parsons Dance, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bronx Opera, Trout Theater (Greece), Ensemble Studio Theater, La Mama ETC, UNC, Barnard, Bridge Rep, Dusan Tynek Dance, and Portland Center Stage. Eamonn teaches “Projected Spaces: Experimental Set Design” at City College and “Live Film: Media Design for Performance” at Princeton University.
MANDARIN WU, Costume Designer
Mandarin Wu is proud to design costumes for B3W Performance Group. She has also made dance costumes for choreographers Keith Thompson (danceTactics), Sarah Council (Sarah Council Dance), Bruno Augusto, Gierre Godley, and for Queensborough Community College Dance. Mandarin is a dancer/actor herself, with degrees in Dance/Choreography from NYU Tisch (MFA) and UC Irvine (BA). She started designing and making costumes for her own works out of financial necessity, yet did not want to sacrifice the visual quality of a work. She believes costuming is important to the visual sense of motion and the layering of expression. Her late mother was her first art teacher, and Mandarin dedicates her creative works to mom.
MENGYING LIN, Co-Creator & Performer
MENGYING LIN joins B3W from China, and is currently a student at Queensborough Community College. In addition, she also works with drastic action / aviva Geismar.
NICOLE Y McCLAM, Co-Creator & Performer
NICOLE Y. McCLAM is a part of the Laban Certification Program at the University of Maryland, as well as an MFA in Dance candidate. She is an adjunct at Howard Community College, and a founding member of B3W Performance Group. She was an apprentice with Pennsylvania Dance Theater, a long time member of Deborah Riley Dance Projects, and has designed costumes for Washington National Opera. She has presented her own work in Washington, DC, Maryland, and New York. She has a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Chemistry from East Carolina University.
RICARRDO VALENTINE, Co-Creator & Performer
RICARRDO VALENTINE, from Brooklyn, NY, began his training at Elliot Feld/Ballet Tech, Dancewave Kids Company, and Gallman’s Newark Dance Theater. Ricarrdo performed in the works-in-process program at the Guggenheim Museum with Christal Brown and Fred Ho in The Sweet Science Suite: A Scientific Soul Music Honoring of Muhammad Ali. Ricarrdo currently dances with Malcolm Low/FormalStructure, Paloma McGregor, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Christal Brown/INspirit, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Delirious Dances, and B3W Performance Group. Ricarrdo is a Nichiren Buddhist member of the Soka Gakkai International-USA.
SARA ROER, Co-Creator & Performer
SARA ROER was the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before heading North to earn her BFA, suma cum laude, at George Mason University. She is a founding member of B3W Performance Group, and rehearsal director and dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson. She has also worked with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede, among others, and has presented her own work in New York and North Carolina. Sara works at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is a certified practitioner of traditional Thai Yoga Massage, offering sessions privately and at Brooklyn Strength.
SARITA COVINGTON, Writer, Co-Creator & Performer
SARITA COVINGTON is an actress-writer-educator from Harlem. As an actress, she has performed at the Public Theater, Henry Street Settlement and the Brooklyn Lyceum. Film: 1000 Cranes, Hey Diddle Diddle, The Interruption. TV: As the World Turns. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. As a writer, she has performed her spoken word theater pieces, at the Women of Color Festival, and Back Alley Blindness: An Ode to Michelle, was featured in Obama Drama, at The Tank. Her play, In the Cypher, was produced at the Yale Cabaret, the FAB! Festival, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Drilling Company as part of their Monthly Monday Series. Sarita works with inmates at the Fishkill Correctional Facility through Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA). She has also worked with NYC Junior High students, through the 59th Street Project’s Poetry In Performance Workshop.
SCOTT MANCHA, Lighting Designer
SCOTT MANCHA is a freelance scenic-lighting designer and theatrical technician. Scott was formerly the Technical Director at Queensborough Community College, and for the New York International Fringe Festival (2008-2012). He has worked as a carpenter and stagehand at NYU Skirball, McCarter Theatre, Pixar and Disney Live events, HBO Baseball All-Stars, and Second City Detroit. Scott holds an MFA in Scenic and Lighting Design from Brooklyn College, and is currently the Technical Director for the MFA program at Columbia University.