LEARN FROM THE PROFESSIONALS Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp offers the dedicated student the opportunity to engage in a rigorous training program with gifted practitioners whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Ballet Hispanico, The Royal Danish Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, International tours and many more. Through ensemble-work, intense collaboration, and individual guidance, the Perry-Mansfield faculty teach some of the nation’s most promising young artists to explore the classic and ever-changing worlds of theatre, musical theatre and dance.
Director of Theatre
Emily Tarquin is overjoyed to be spending her 13th summer at Perry-Mansfield as Director of Theatre. She will also return as the Producer of the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival.Emily is the Artistic Associate of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company and within that role contributes as Casting Associate, New Play Coordinator, and Producing Curator of Off-Center; the DCPA’s theatrical testing center dedicated to experimentation, advancement, and attracting the next generation of artists and audiences. Emily and Charlie Miller led the development of Off-Center from its inception with the assistance of three Doris Dukes grants, including the Innovation Lab facilitated by EmcArts. Now in its fourth season, Emily has curated over 15 new works. She is currently directing a show she originated called DRAG MACHINE which is getting its second run at the DCPA.Emily also manages the Colorado New Play Summit and is involved in casting the mainstage season with a focus in local and youth casting. She has done casting sessions at the Denver Center Academy, Denver School of the Arts, and Colorado School of Acting with students of all ages. Emily was a panelist on the Thinking Outside the Box: Moving the Market Forward panel at the Western Arts Alliance Next Gen Conference, participated in an audience engagement session funded by The Wallace Foundation, was a Guest Artist at Hedgebrook Women Playwright’s Festival, and gave a talk and demonstration at the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture. She graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Media & Performing Arts.
Director of Dance
Jennifer Golonka is a Buffalo NY native and longtime NYC resident. She had danced with the Jessica Lang Project, Hannah Khan Dance Company, Third Law Dance/Theater and currently with Thang Dao Dance Company. She has also performed with Battleworks Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Peter Chu’s CHU This, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Nicholas Villeneuve. Jennifer trained at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and the Limon Institute.
Her choreography and movement direction have been featured in many plays and musicals including Sunny Good Enough written by Jonathon Farmer and Nature of Captivity by Matthew Paul Olmos (Mabou Mines.) Both have recently been published. Jennifer was Co-Director/Choreographer of The Threshold Project with KC Chun-Manning in Denver Colorado and Co-Director/Choreographer of Nimbus Dance with Beth Elkins-Wales and Brad Wales in Buffalo NY. Both companies explored the relationship of collaboration, current events and site-specific work.
In 2013 Jennifer founded the Luminary Dance Project, a workshop designed to provide dancers with a comprehensive artistic education while honing their technique. These workshops happen throughout the year, across the country, at various dance centers and colleges.
She is also a Teaching Artist for Arts Connection (NYC) working on the DELLTA (Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts) Grant. This program brings arts into the NYC public schools. She was featured in the January 2014 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for her work on this grant. She is currently working with the Department of Education to create a curriculum to broaden this program’s reach.
Jennifer travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada and UK as a master teacher and choreographer for numerous dance centers, colleges and dance companies. She is returning to Perry-Mansfield for her 12th season and is thrilled to be the newly named Director of Dance.
Equestrian Faculty Head
Naomi Barker, a Colorado native, has been riding since the age of 5. She has 8 years experience teaching horseback riding and 15 years experience training horses. She learned classical riding and horsemanship in the United States Pony Club and 4-H. She has a strong background in Dressage and Eventing, as well as Western Riding.
SUMMER 2015 STAFF
AMY MIHYANG GINTHER, THEATRE
Amy Mihyang Ginther has a Masters of Arts in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She carries a TEFL certification which includes a 120 hour in-person instruction program with all major tenets of teaching English as a foreign language. It includes pronunciation, phonetics, linguistics, and grammar to name a few. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Performance from Hofstra University in New York. Amy is a guest lecturer in South Korea and the founder of Vocal Context. Amy was with the Welcome Cermony in the London 2012 Olympics for National Youth Theatre, where she was responsible for 70+ youth performers vocal warm-ups. Amy has taught numerous workshops in South Korea, as well as London. She has also coached productions to name just a few: The Real Inspector Hound, Vagina Monologues, The Pillowman, Day in the Death of Joe Egg. This is Amy’s second summer at Perry-Mansfield.
ANTONIO BROWN, DANCE
Antonio Brown is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2007 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, Susan Marshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown has also worked with many companies and artist throughout New York City including Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Gregory Dolbashian’s “The Dash Ensemble”, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Stephen Pier, Nilas
Martins Dance Company, Damage Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Since 2007 Antonio been a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In addition to working with BTJ/AZ, Mr. Brown has choreographed works for Verb Ballets, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble , Cleveland School of the Arts, Stivers School for the Arts, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and various other schools and intensives across the Country. Mr. Brownʼs work has also been showcased during NYCʼs Central Park Summer Stage, Center for Performance Research, Tanzania, Africa; The Isle of Wight, UK and was the featured guest for the Friends of Cleveland School of the Arts fundraising GALA in 2010. Most recently Antonio was commissioned to create a new work for the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and
Camp Centennial Celebration in 2013 and was invited to share several works in Young Soon Kimʼs Dumbo Dance Festival and Wave Rising Series. Brown is so grateful to be creating art that means so much to him and looks forward to sharing his gifts and talents around the world.
JOE PRICE, THEATRE
Joseph Price is the Program Director for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. He is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago and spent 11 years at the University of Missouri, Kansas City/Kansas City Rep where he was Associate Head of MFA Acting. At the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City he directed Clybourne Park the World Premiere of James Stills’ The Velvet Rut, Well, Painted Alice, Bright Ideas, Blue/Orange, Fuddy Meers, The Shape of Things, The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He directed The Cripple of Inishmaan for Kansas City Actor’s Theatre and A Steady Rain for Riverside Theatre and World Premiere of Wild Boy, The Musical, book by the head writer of Sesame Street, Lou Berger. He has directed numerous university productions including Uncle Vanya, Enron, Anything Goes, Present Laugher, Boesman and Lena, Tape, The Importance of Being Earnest, Polaroid Stories, Mad Forest and Killer Joe. He collaborated with Carl Wilkens to create a play based on his book I’m Not Leaving, which detailed Wilkens’ experience during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is Joe’s 11th summer at Perry-Mansfield.
JON HAMBLIN, ART
Jon Hamblin’s childhood included diverse locations such as Boston, New York City, The Mojave desert, Haiti and Kauai. The eldest son of a physician, Hamblin also served with the Peace Corps in Belize. A graduate of Kauai High School, he has a BA in psychology and an MFA in printmaking, both from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He has been a visual arts instructor at Mid-Pacific Institute since 1985.
Hamblin’s paintings are found on both traditional and non-traditional surfaces. Characteristic of his work is his blending of color, words and neo-primitive imagery. An avid cyclist and body surfer, he sometimes finds inspiration in discarded materials he finds on the side of the road. Hamblin’s work is in private and public collections in Hawaii and the mainland.
MAYA TAYLOR, DANCE
Maya Taylor is a New Orleans based choreographer and dancer. She is the founder of Maya Taylor Dance, a contemporary dance project created in May 2012. She has studied at Ballet West Conservatory, The Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. Shortly after receiving her degree Taylor joined Elisa Monte Dance and for several years performed throughout the United States and Europe. During her time with the company, The New York Times called the dancers of Elisa Monte “a performing tour de force.” She has held residencies at both Creighton University and with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s The Moving Company. In 2012, her work La Dispute was performed at Regional Dance America’s 2012 National Festival in Montreal. Taylor was chosen to choreograph a large scale piece for Omaha Performing Arts’ The Rite Returns festival in February 2013 and her solo One Thousand and One was chosen as DANCE Magazine’s Video of the Month in their August 2013 issue. Maya will make her UK debut as a choreographer and performer at the launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers in April 2015. She is currently the rehearsal director and resident choreographer for the Marigny Opera House Dance Company in New Orleans.
Philip Hernández is the only man in Broadway history to have played both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. He made his Broadway debut in the Original Cast of the Tony Award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by Harold Prince. In Kiss, he created the role of Esteban and later went on to play the impassioned revolutionary Valentin in London’s West End and on Broadway. Philip also created the role of the Reverend Gonzalez opposite Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades in the Original Cast of Paul Simon’s The Capeman. He starred as Rico in the National Tour of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, played Juan Peron in Harold Prince’s 25th Anniversary North American Tour of EVITA and starred in the World Premier of Jose Cruz Gonzalez’ play Sunsets and Margaritas at the Denver Center For The Performing Arts. Last season he played “Joe in the New York City Center Encores’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream. He just completed a successful run in Wajdi Mouawad’s award-winning play, Scorched at Syracuse Stage.
Philip has been featured on the hit television series Hostages, ElemeNtarY, Person of Interest, Ugly Betty, Damages, Made in Jersey and Law and Order. He played attorney Enrico Alvarez on ABC’s All My Children and was featured on the daytime dramas One Life To Live, Loving and Another World. Philip can also be seen in the recently released independent feature film The Normals.
On the concert stage he has worked with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta, and with Symphony orchestras throughout the United States. “Jazz Review” called the release of his Latin-Jazz CD, The beat of my heart, “A gift from the heart from one of America’s great voices.”
As a private coach in NYC, Philip prepares students for auditioning and working in today’s professional theatre by helping them develop an individual, healthy, flexible vocal technique Mr. Hernández has been a faculty member at New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYU’s Cap 21 program and Colorado’s Perry-Mansfield School. He teaches master classes and workshops at theatres and universities across North America and has a degree in Theatre and Educational Psychology from the State University of New York. He studied acting under the tutelage of legendary teachers Stella Adler and Larry Moss.
His most important role is being “daddy” to his sixteen-year-old daughter, Mariah.
YIN YUE, DANCE