JOEY LUCK (Composer) is very excited to be joining the Starr Foster Dance Project again for LEVITATE! Joey has been involved in theatre and concert production since 1998 as an audio engineer and technician (serving many venues throughout Virginia and Colorado). His credits include major tour kickoffs and televised concert events on NBC, VH1, and FOX. He made the transition into local theatre productions after moving to Richmond in 2012. Joey received the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in 2013 for his work on A Bright New Boise at Firehouse Theatre, in 2014 for Cabaret at Richmond Triangle Players, and again in 2015 for Psycho Beach Party at Richmond Triangle Players. Some other Richmond theatre sound design credits include Firehouse Theatre: Dessa Rose, The Rocky Horror Show, 'night Mother, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (2014 RTCC award nominee), The Aliens (2015 RTCC award nominee); TheatreLAB / Yes, And: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2015 RTCC award nominee), Venus in Fur; Richmond Triangle Players: Angels in America, The Boy from Oz (2016 RTCC award nominee); Henley Street (now Quill): Mister Dickens' Christmas Carol; 5th Wall Theatre: Carrie the Musical (2015 RTCC award nominee). He also composes music for theatre and film and designs presets for synthesizers and effect plugins and eats Chipotle burritos.
Ryan Love studied at The Boston Conservatory (voice/piano) and graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryan has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Stanko Milov, Asaf Ronen (Imp), Jill Bernard (Drum Machine), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theater), The Firehouse Theatre, HBO, VCUDance, The University of Richmond, The Richmond Ballet, Jose Limon Co., Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones Co., Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Cornish College of The Arts, University of Washington, Dance Fremont, The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater and of course, The Starr Foster Dance Project. Ryan is the Musical Director of Wing-It Productions and can be seen performing with the highly acclaimed 'Jet City Improv' & 'Twisted Flicks'. Ryan Love is also the founder and producer of Jet City Records. RyTunes can also be found on iTunes, Verizon Wireless.com, Yahoo!Music, MSNMusic and many more online stores for his album "CUPCAKE". His song "Ballad of The Broken Hearted Girl" which he co-wrote with Leeni on her debut album "Are We There Yet?" was a finalist for the International Songwriter's Competition and can also be found on iTunes.
Robbie Kinter (Composer; Nineteen43)discovered his love of dance and music while earning his BFA in Sculpture at VCU. Robbie has created over 40 scores for dance including works for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Robert Battle, Clancy Works, and Starr Foster Dance Project. Robbie's love of contact improvisation can be seen in the many dances he's choreographed. Two of his collaborations; Deconstructed Dialogues, with Martha Curtis, and Them, with Frances Wessells, have been selected for the Choreographers Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland. His video dance tantrum was selected for the 18h Annual International Screendance Festival. Robbie plays drums for the music ensemble Rattlemouth and is the Music Director for the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography.
Ken Pierson (ASCAP) is an award-winning composer based out of Los Angeles with a specialty in writing for film. Originally from Northern Virginia, Ken has been composing in 2001, received his first commission in 2003, and studied under Dr. John Hilliard and Dr. David Cottrell at James Madison University. In 2013, Ken was awarded first place in the inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring competition. The commission for HERE is his first work specifically for dance, and Ken would like to thank Starr Foster for providing this wonderful opportunity to write for such brilliant dancers.
BILLY CURRY (Composer) Billy Curry/Legendary Ex-Co-Workers. From a neighborhood located somewhere between dreams and shadows, nightmare and insomnia, Curry has always been pursued by the song in his head. He has been playing and composing since his punk days with The Brooklyn Dead and Edge City, through club performances with 8-Ball and North Bound Red. A Brooklyn, NY native, Curry records and composes with Legendary Ex-Co-Workers at his barge studio, in the company of swans, herons, and the errant gray cat, Lily. http://legendary-ex-co-workers.com/
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