Montclair State University
Arts & Cultural Programming
Creative Team

Doug Elkins Choreographer/Director/Costume Designer

Doug Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer and a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow. He began his dance career as a B-Boy, touring the world with break dance groups New York Dance Express and Magnificent Force, among others. Elkins is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation, Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Metropolitan Life/American Dance Festival, Hartford Foundation, Arts International, The Greenwall Foundation and The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts.  In 1994, he received a Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal, sharing the stage with author Philip Roth and photographer Nan Goldin.  In 2006, he was honored in New York City by the Martha Hill Award for Career Achievement; in 2010, he was honored in Boston with an Elliot Norton Award for Choreography (for Doug Elkins & Friends’ Fräulein Maria, a loving deconstruction of The Sound of Music).

Elkins has taught and choreographed extensively in the US and Europe and has created original work for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Flying Karamazov Brothers, MaggioDanza, Pennsylvania Ballet, Union Dance and CanDoCo of London, as well as a number of university dance companies and the renowned Mini & Maxi of Holland. His theater work includes collaborations with Joanne Akalaitis and Philip Glass, Robert Woodruff, Pavel Dubrusky, Annie Hamburger, Molly Smith, Craig Lucas, David Henry Hwang, Barbara Karger and Michael Preston (including Fräulein Maria), Anne Kauffman, Arin Arbus and, most recently Janos Szasz for The Master & Margarita at Bard SummerScape.  A graduate of SUNY/Purchase, Elkins received his MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF in 2007.  His tenure at The Beacon School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is the subject of Where the Dance Is, a short film by Marta Renzi.  In fall 2013, he became a full-time faculty member at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.

Oana Botez Costume Designer

A native of Romania, Botez has designed for major theater, opera and dance companies including the National Theater of Bucharest and was involved in different international theater festivals. Since 1999, when she moved to New York, her collaborations in theater, opera, film and dance include Robert Woodruff, Richard Foreman, Maya Beiser, Richard Schechner, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Andrei Serban, Blanka Zizka, Brian Kulick, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar, Janos Szasz, Dan Safer, Eric Ting, Karin Coonrod, Jay Scheib, Kristin Marting, Gus Solomon Jr.&Paradigm, Carmen De Lavallade, Michael Sexton, Pig Iron Company, Play Company, among others. She has an MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She is a Princess Grace Recipient and a has received a Barrymore Award.

Justin Levine Music Composer

Levine is a composer, writer, and performer in New York City. Writing credits include Bonfire Night (book, music and lyrics), Tell Me Tomorrow (music and lyrics), Jump Jim Crow (music and lyrics), Naked Radio (music), Pepper and Sam (co-creator). Recent Musical Direction includes Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway and the Public Theater), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), Here Lies Love by David Byrne (Public Theater), Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club), Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater), Like Water For Chocolate (Sundance). This is his first collaboration with a dance company and choreographer. Levine feels truly blessed for this opportunity.

Anthony Pemberton Editor/Line Producer

Daily Variety cited Pemberton as “One of Ten Directors to Watch” when his first feature film Beyond the Ocean premiered in the Dramatic Competition in the Sundance Film Festival 2000.  It was nominated for a Grand Jury award, and received the Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award.  Beyond was made independently in Moscow, Austria, and America by Go East Film. Pemberton lived in Moscow, working on documentaries, commercials, and television as a producer/director. He also produced documentaries The Mark of Cain, the upcoming Devo documentary: Are We Not Men? and a German/Canadian co-produced feature film Buddha’s Little Finger 2016 staring Toby Kebbell and Karine Vanasse based on Victor Pelevin’s novel of the same name. He is a graduate from the State University of New York at Purchase with a BFA in film, as well as the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts: Bard College with an MFA in film. He is also the creator of the Filmmaking Program at Montclair State University where he is an associate professor.

Natalie Romero Marx Film Project Coordinator/Line Producer

Native Colombian, Marx is a media and performance artist, documentary filmmaker and producer who has worked collaboratively in a variety of interdisciplinary projects in the United States, Europe and Latin America. She has worked in films that address the socio-political conflict and the humanitarian crisis of refugees in Colombia, supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ministry of Culture. In 2008 she moved to the U.S. where she has participated and collaborated in award-winning independent films such as I Tweet by Miles Productions; as a dancer in Sylvain Emard’s Le Grand Continental NYC Edition for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council;  in experimental and immersive theater in Richard Schechner’s Imagining O at Peak Performances, in radical performance art pieces with Guillermo Gomez Peña’s La Pocha Nostra and artist Sarah Berkeley. She recently completed her MA in Theatre Studies at Montclair State University.

Matt Stein Music Composer

Stine has been working as a music producer, composer and sound designer in New York City since 2002. Stine produces pop/hip hop records for artists such as Metermaids, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Styles P, Clinton Curtis and more. He currently runs an independent production company called 27 Sound ( Stine is also a resident sound designer and composer for the last 10 full seasons at the Schoolhouse Theater. Off-Broadway credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (music supervisor, Shakespeare in the Park), Here Lies Love (music editor, The Public Theater), and Brownsville Bred (sound designer, 59E59).

Ben Wolf Director of Photography

Much of Wolf’s recent work concentrates in the “dance and art” film world. These range from Nora Chipaumire’s El Capitan to Doug Elkins’ A Hundred Indecisions as well as pieces for the New York Times’ Instagram feed. He has shot and co-directed several music videos for cellist Maya Beiser, including Air and Veil, from her TranceClassical CD. Experimental work includes Shoja Azari’s Venice Biennale entry The King of Black and Shirin Neshat’s Games of Desire filmed in Luang Prabang. In the digital space, Wolf recently co-produced and shot Arthur Vincie’s series Three Trembling Cities about immigrant life in NYC. Wolf shot the pilot episode of Caytha Jentis’ popular Amazon web series The Other F Word and has returned to work on Season 2. He helped develop and shoot a web series for The Indian National Congress Party entitled Billion And One Voices, a collage of modern India. Feature film work covers everything from Art Jones’ Lustre, a tone poem to NYC, to the lo-fi sci-fi of Arthur Vincie’s Found In Time. Documentary films range from Deceptive Practice (Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein), a Kino Lorber release, to Emmy winner Baring It All. Wolf also teaches Cinematography at Montclair State University and at CovNomads in Brussels.

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