LISA MAZZELLA a native of New York City, has worked in many areas of the media industry for over a decade. She holds a B.A. in English with minors in Cinema Studies and Spanish from Rutgers University (NJ); and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School (NYC). She studied with cinema studies lecturer and experimental media artist Albert Gabriel Nigrin, who inspired her interest in experimental and music video. She was an intern at Late Night with Conan OBrien, she worked in PR industry as an executive assistant at Orange Media Relations with clients: The Criterion Collection and Severin Films. Further she became focused on video production and directed, produced, and edited her own experimental and music videos. She edited a documentary, a short film, and created video content for video licensing site, UncensoredInterview.com. She released a documentary Perfect Blend with Maya Milenovic Workman in 2012.
VICTORIA NG is an actor in the NY/NJ area. Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Victoria holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, having studied with numerous renowned teachers such as Geoffrey Horne and Paul Calderon. She has acted in a variety of theatre and film productions – one of her favorites being Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (directed by Laura Savia) where she played Saint Peter, Mary Magdalene and various other characters. She has known and worked with Maya Workman since 2009. When she’s not acting, writing or teaching, she likes to read comic books and play the ukulele.
DRAMA, ACTING, STORY TELLING THROUGH VIDEO
LISA PELUSO danced and trained in tap and jazz dance in Tri-State area all her life!
She loves spending time with her daughter, who is growing as a young dancer. She is currently teaching 7th grade special education, Language Arts and Life Science. She completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching with a concentration in learning disabilities and is enrolled in the Child Advocacy Program at Montclair State University.
TAP & JAZZ
Originally from Trinidad, Ms. Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Miami Conservatory, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms.Sorzano has been a member of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses,TU Dance, and has most recently joined the Los Angeles based company, Body Traffic. She has performed a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers, Ulysses Dove, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Ron K Brown. As well as, with recording artist Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Beyonce Knowles, and Rihanna. She has been a guest artist on Dancing with the Stars, a cast member of The Goodman Theater’s10th anniversary of “Crowns,” and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” When not performing Ms.Sorzano enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally.
The Philadelphia born Reggie Workman and with Maya Workman a founder of MADLOM, Inc., is an internationally acclaimed bassist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He’s one of the most original and technically gifted of all bassists. His versatile style fit into both hard bop and avant-garde settings. Currently a professor of music at the New School and an active member of Trio Three with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.
In past he worked with John Coltrane Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers,Yusef Lateef, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Elvin Jones Alice Coltrane Freddy Hubbard Wayne Shorter,Terumasa Hino, Mal Waldron, Max Roach,David Murray,Oliver Lake, Chico Freeman, Black Swan String Quartet, Ernie Watts, Sonny Simmons, and many others. He was named a Living Legend in 1999 by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at Kennedy Center and in 1995 by the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of Philadelphia.
KOKO JONES the master percussionist, bandleader, producer, composer. As a percussionist she has played and recorded with great artists such as Whitney Houston, The Isley Brothers, Angela Winbush, Gloria Gaynor, Michelle Williams (Destinys Child), Louie Vega, Angie Stone and Carlos Santana. Koko is a master drummer who brings the energy to the stage every time. Her music can be best described as R&B with a twist of Jazz & World. Influenced by Santana, Earth Wind & Fire and of course The Isley Brothers, her and her band will have up and out of chairs! Its music to celebrate by but also carrys a message of social justice and equality.
DJEMBE, DUM DUM, MUSIC THEORY