Carven began her dance career by performing Haitian folklore dance for her family’s non-profit in Haiti. A widely respected teacher of Hip Hop and Latin dance, she is also a founder and choreographer for hip hop group, Trend N Motion, and choreographer and instructor for Afrobeat Fit, a dance fitness class with West African roots. She has been a member of beheard.world since 2017.
Haissan began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy in classical ballet, modern, jazz, and West African dance. After graduation, he has performed with many groups specializing in ballet and Hip Hop. He has toured widely from Boston to Mexico, from venues that include the Apollo Theater, the Wang in Boston and the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. He joined beheard.world in 2018.
Adriane attended the Boston Arts Academy and Connecticut College where she received modern and classical training and performed a wide array of work. She is also a choreographer and co-director of the Continuum Dance Project whose work has been featured across New England. She has danced extensively for Anna Myer and joined beheard.world in 2016.
Dancer / Filmmaker
Oliver has been dancing since a child and choreographing since attending Regis College. Although he performs many styles from contemporary to Latin, his main focus is Hip Hop. When he is not dancing, Oliver is building a one-stop-shop entertainment company, Trend Stream, with a full array of audio/visual event services. He also co-founded the Hip Hop troupe, Trend N Motion. He joined beheard.world in 2017.
Director of Education
Mishella has worked with various organizations over the past 20 years to minimize disparities among immigrant youth and families in the greater Boston area. In 2019, she was honored to receive a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Outstanding Executive Leadership signed by Governor Baker for her work in Youth and Family Enrichment Services in Hyde Park MA . In 2021, she joined beheard.world to direct Project TMI.
KAT EVERETT, M.Ed
Director of Workshops
Kat an educator, social justice advocate, curator, activist, and writer with over 22 years of experience in the human/social services field working in a variety of settings including grassroots organizations, city, state, and federal entities, public k-12 schools, public and private higher education institutions. As founder of COCO Brown, Inc., Kat brings 11 years of diversity, equity, inclusion education experience cultivating and working with cross-sector teams locally, nationally and globally.
After Mayra graduated from Smith College where she majored in Dance and Sociology, she became a faculty member at Brookline High School teaching dance and yoga to focus on engaging the community through movement and arts. She has performed with numerous dance companies in the Northeast, and studied with luminaries such as Mark Morris and Paul Taylor. She joined beheard.world in 2017 as an artist and activist.
Jeremy holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Dance. She danced with Virginia Ballet Theatre and Northern Ballet Theatre and as a guest artist with Hartford Ballet. She has worked with Anna Myer for many years, creating roles in Myer’s original choreography. She is on the faculty at Dean College and has been with beheard.world since 2016.
Director/Choreographer of Performing Arts
Anna was a ballerina for the Boston Ballet and ballet mistress Ana Roje before founding Anna Myer and Dancers in 2001. Her innovative choreography has received the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics, including the New York Times and the Boston Globe. In 2014 Myer co-founded beheard.world with Jay Paris to focus on creating mixed genre pieces about social justice themes for stages and public spaces.
Makeda is awesome and her bio is coming soon :)
L.U.C.C.I. (which stands for Listening, Understanding, Caring, Considering, Inquiring) is a poet, actor, and comedian. His poetry has been published widely. He is also a well-known spoken word artist in Boston, who has appeared on The Minority Men, The Point Of Entry, and been featured at Haley House, Quality & Soul and the Lizard Lounge. He has been writing, performing and teaching with beheard.world since 2016.
Poet / Educator
Dakohai, formerly known as the Spoken Word artist Greg Variste, is a 1st generation Haitian American poet who has been writing verse since the age of 7. He is also a self-taught multiplatform artist who utilizes singing, dancing, painting and poetry in his creations. These artistic talents have helped Dakohai gain the resilience to overcome homelessness and PTSD, and have sourced much of his best creative work. He joined beheard.world in 2018.
Artist / Educator
Charles is an educator, composer and BMI artist who has won numerous fellowships and awards, including a William Grant Still Music Artist in Residence and a Daniel Morrison Fellowship. A consummate student of pedagogy, he co-founded Sankofa Arts, which is dedicated to providing tailored, trauma-informed educational classes and workshops to urban youth with an emphasis on truth, justice and reconciliation. Sankofa Arts began partnering with beheard.world in 2021.
Abby was raised in Indiana and came to Boston where she got her BFA in Dance from Dean College. She has performed at numerous festivals in Boston, New York, Burbank, CA, and Toronto. She has been on faculty for the youth program at Urbanity Dance for two years and joined beheard.world in 2022.
Ashley was raised in Houston, training in ballet, modern, tap, improvisation, musical theatre, jazz, and modern partnering. She earned a BFA at Berklee College in Contemporary Dance Performance. She has collaborated as a choreographer and dancer with numerous Boston artists. She is an instructor for Preschool Moves of the Arts and Jo-Me Dance. She joined beheard.world in 2022.
Bruce has provided media services to artists, musicians, choreographers, educators and social service programs throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Central and South America. His work has won numerous awards at many film festivals including The Global Visions Film Festival, the San Francisco Environmental Film Festival, the Breckenridge Film Festival, and the New York Independent Film Festival. Bruce has been involved with beheard.world since its inception.
Singer - Composer
Dennis Everett, aka Preacha Rhymes, has traversed much ground from being a gang leader to national thought leader and activist in prison reform, youth work and organizational development. In parallel to his community-building efforts, Dennis, as Preacha Rhymes, has established himself as an original voice as a singer, rapper and composer. In 2021 he began collaborating with beheard.world, bringing his unique, powerful messages and songs to the collective.
Amanda is a poet, host, curator, on-air personality, and artist manager. When not performing, she is active as a community organizer in Boston with the mission of celebrating and collaborating with all people in order to provide healing artistic opportunities in safe, expressive, and inclusive places. She joined beheard.world in 2018.
Director of Filmmaking
Jay is a former magazine writer, editor and author who has been published widely in national and international magazines and book presses before producing and directing award-winning documentary films. He began partnering with Anna Myer in 2011 to develop mixed genre stage performances that have toured nationally. In 2016 he and Myer co-founded beheard.world, overseeing the directing and writing of films with social justice themes.
Marcel is a Domini-Rican dance artist strongly influenced by Caribbean rhythms from his childhood. After receiving his BFA as a Director’s Scholar, he studied dance in Madrid (Spain), Paris and Lyon (France). In 2021, Marcel joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (Philly), and in 2022, he joined beheard.world and also Urbanity Dance both as a dancer and an instructor.
Izaiah’ s passion for dance began as a child in musical theater and evolved to honoring his cultural roots in Step and Hip-Hop. He has performed on stages that include the Paramount Theater, Boston University REACH Program, Northeastern Step Fest, and has participated in competitions such as Beantown Bounce and Bring Da Hype Dance Competition. He joined beheard.world in 2022.