Derek HarrisAssistant Director, Performer
Derek Harris (performer) is a multidisciplinary artist with experience in the visual arts, photography, film, theatre, music, dance, choreography, and writing. While in San Francisco, Derek has worked as a performer with Ziru Dance, Hope Mohr Dance, punkkiCo, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, 13th Floor, and Human Creature Dance Theatre which he co-founded in 2008.
Kyle is an Educator, Choreographer, and Performing Artist with a focus on contemporary and hip hop dance. He continues to contribute over a decade’s worth of work to his hometown, San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area. He directs his own company, Call It Art, and teaches at city dance studios, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Nor Cal Dance Arts, and In the Groove Studios. In addition, he teaches in schools ranging from elementary to university level through SFartsED and the HEART with LINES program.
BA in Dance, SF State
Funk Beyond Control
Groove Against the Machine
Kristin Damrow Company
PUSH Dance Company
Sarah Bush Dance Project
Hien Huynh was born in Da Nang, Vietnam. Through embodied practices, Hien endeavors to seek understanding of the inner self to deepen awareness and open heart for human compassion. He is honored to have performed in the works of Lenora Lee Dance, Kim Epifano, Robert Moses’ Kin, Kinetech Arts, PUSH, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Christy Funsch & Nol Simonse, The MoveMessenger(s) and punkkiCo.
Meegan Hertensteiner (performer) has been trained in many various dance and art forms as well as obtaining her BFA from University of Oklahoma in 2005. She is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Human Creature Dance Theatre and has worked with Ballet New England, punkkiCo, CALI & CO., Deborah Slater Dance Theater, SoulForce, Number9, Ziru Dance and various other projects. For more on Meegan, please visit humancreature.org or find her on Facebook.
Anna Greenberg (performer) is a California native who moves in circles, thrives on stories, and believes in magic. Ms. Greenberg received her B.A. in Dance and Children’s Book Illustration from Hampshire College. A dancer, choreographer, storyteller, and teacher, she regularly performs with Kristin Damrow and Company, Paufve Dance, and Risa Jaroslow and Dancers.
Rachel GarciaGuest Performer
Evan JohnsonGuest Performer
Nol SimonseGuest Performer
Vincent HwangGuest Performer
Rachel is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Reno, Nevada where she first started her training in various styles of dance. She moved to the Bay to earn her B.A. in Sociology and Dance at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she gained the opportunity to work with a variety of talented Bay Area artists. She teaches at various studios around the Bay Area including Shawl Anderson Dance Center and Full Out Studios, her second home. Rachel has danced for Stranger Lover Dreamer, West Edge Opera, Bliss Dance Company, Visceral Roots, MBody Dance Company, and INQ Dance Company, among others. This is her first season with DSDT.
EVAN JOHNSON is a San Francisco based theatre-maker, playwright and performance artist. He is the creator of Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer, PANSY and BARN OWL. Don’t Feel was created at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in 2010 and was featured in the Bay Guardian’s year-end-review as one of the best new plays of the year; Don’t Feel returned for a limited 6-show run at Z SPACE in 2017 (Murmuration Festival of Solo Plays); PANSY has been seen in San Francisco (New Conservatory Theater Center, SAFEHouse for the Arts), Blue Lake, CA (Dell’Arte International), Portland, OR (Post5 Theatre) and New York City (United Solo Festival at Theatre Row). In 2006, Evan graduated The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and continued his training with Master Clowns Giovanni Fusetti, Ronlin Foreman, Bill Irwin and at Double Edge Theatre. Evan has collaborated with Bay Area choreographers Jesse Hewitt (FREEDOM), Hope Mohr Dance (ridetherhythm)and Liz Tenuto (The Two Legits and In the Velvet). He teaches writing and performance-based classes at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts and performs frequently in drag at “Martha T. Lipton (the failed actress)” at Piano Fight (“So You Think You Can Lap Dance?”) and local clubs (The Stud, SF Oasis). As a director, Evan has collaborated with Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom on F*CK MY LIFE which premiered at CounterPulse (San Francisco) and traveled to The Fresh Fruit Festival (NYC). He is currently collaborating with Deborah Slater Dance Theater on A Seat At The Table which will premiere at ODC in February 2020. Check out: www.evanjohnsonplays.com
Nol Simonse is from Washington, D.C., and trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He moved to San Francisco in 1997, and helped form the punk rock dance company, Kunst-Stoff. He has worked extensively in the Bay Area, with Stephen Pelton, Eric Kupers, Kara Davis, Christy Funsch, Janice Garrett, Charles Moulton, Sean Dorsey, Carey Perloff, and Val Caniparoli. Nol teaches modern at the Lines Dance Center and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. He has been awarded an Izzy, a GOLDIE, Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund prize, and was a CHIME artist in 2017 with mentor Margaret Jenkins. This is his first season with DSDT.
Vincent is a trained hip hop dancer, new to the world of modern dance-theatre and extremely honored to be able to learn from Deborah! Vincent currently dances with The Tribe, and has also trained with the Academy of Villains and Full Potential Dance Company. Vincent currently teaches hip hop at City Dance, Spark of Creation, and Forerunner Christian Church. He is also a part-time videographer that specializes in dance/music videos! Vincent’s channel is called Selected Vizual.