ChristinaNoel Reaves received a BA in Music: Voice Performance from Georgia State University and an MFA in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she developed a unique blend of dance and voice performance. In 2011 she founded ChristinaNoel and The Creature, a dance theater company. In May of 2013, The Creature held it’s inaugural independent concert.
She has presented work at Teatro LaTEA, Triskelion Arts, Dance Theater of Ireland, Shawbrook School Ireland, the Bessie Workshop, the DanceNOW Dancemopolitan Festival Joe's PUB, LaMama Theater, The Tank, Legros Women in Dance Studio Series, Fete de L'Hurricaine Festival, DanceNOW Raw Festival, Dixon Placeʼs Crossing Boundaries Festivals, and The Hoover Dam Collective Performances. She originated “Rapture Of The Heroine (guurrrl)” on Zoetic Dance Ensemble of Atlanta in 2012 & 2013.
She has performed with Danielle Russo Dance Co, Patricia Noworol Dance, Collectivodoszeta, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Doug Elkins, Ellis Wood, David Dorfman, Ivy Baldwin, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Monstah Black, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, expanDANCE, and the Collective Opera Co.
ChristinaNoel is a teacher and choreographer for Dancewave of Brooklyn and The Dalton School. She has lead master classes and workshops for Irelandʼs Shawbrook School, Scotlandʼs Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Zoetic Dance Ensemble of Atlanta. ChristinaNoel is the Resident Movement Instructor for The Harrower Professional Opera Workshop held annually in Atlanta and loves this yearly adventure!
ChristinaNoel is sponsored by Tina & Michael Gerling and Leslie Katz
Aeric Meredith-Goujon (Visual Director / Photographer / Composer)
Aeric Meredith-Goujon was raised in southern Indiana but has been a New Yorker for the past decade and a half. In 1999 he received an MFA from Pratt Institute and his photographic interests revolve around bodies in states of extreme activity. Music, erotic portraiture, dance and fashion are among the subjects he pursues. Aeric lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Courtney Baron is a New York native and graduate of the University of Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance. Upon graduating she began working with the Neta Dance Company, Dana Ruttenberg Dance Group, and Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova. She most recently has had the pleasure of working with ChristinaNoel and the Creature, Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies, Danielle Russo, Daniel Gwirtzman, Zvidance, and Sean Curran Dance Company, and Maija Garcia (Fela!).
Catie Cuan is a native Californian now based in Brooklyn. She graduated with High Honors from UC Berkeley and was a visiting student at the University of Oxford. Catie is thrilled to join the Creature! She is currently dancing in her second season at The Metropolitan Opera and in ongoing projects with Clare Cook Dance Theater. Since moving to New York, she has worked with CATAPULT Entertainment, Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, Elena Vazintaris, SAWTOOTH Dancers, and DOTA Dance Theater in addition to various commercial and music video projects. Catie appeared Off-Broadway in [PRESS PLAY] and Lemon Meringue, two original plays with dance. Her own choreography has been presented at over a dozen venues and festivals and she was assistant choreographer to Clare Cook in the 2014 New York Musical Theater production of Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade, presented Off-Broadway at the Pearl Theater Company.
MK Hartung (Dancer & Social Media / Communications)
MK Hartung, a Wisconsin native, was heavily inspired in her younger years by her mother’s sign language sing alongs and Britney Spears’s sick moves in Baby One More Time. She knew at a young age she’d be living the life of a dancer, mover, and artist. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, MK can now boast of her ability to integrate the tendus, time steps, and X rolls of class with priceless knowledge gained from the New York experience. She has worked with artists such as Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Kyle Abraham, David Dorfman, Michael Clark, and Nicole Buggé. Her own choreography has been performed both nationally and internationally. Mary Kate is also a fierce advocate of peaceful negotiations and aged cheese.
Jonathan Matthews hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where he was subjected to an eclectic arts education of tap, musical theatre, choral music, Vaganova, and Irish step dance. With The Creature, he revels in having a place that encourages drawing from all these resources (and more) at once. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jonathan studied with Gus Solomons, Jr., Phyllis Lamhut, Jeremy Nelson, and Stephen Petronio, and contributed to the processes of original works by Pamela Pietro, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Kendra Portier, and Deborah Jowitt.
He is currently completing a minor in music at NYU Steinhardt while continuing to develop his performing, teaching, and choreography, dancing with such disparate groups as mishiDance, Buggé Ballet, Clare Cook Dance Theater, RedCurrant Collective, and Darrah Carr Dance. Most recently, Jonathan appeared in Karole Armitage’s On the Nature of Things at the American Museum of Natural History and worked with classmates Tara Lynch and Franklin Barefoot on Dusk and Melon, premiered at Judson Memorial Church this past April. His studies have taken him abroad to Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Toscana Dance Hub, where he studied accompaniment with Robert Boston, and he will be attending Springboard Danse Montreal this coming summer.
A collaborative musician, Jonathan has accompanied work by Seán Curran, plays technique classes for NYU Tisch Future Dancers and Dancemakers Workshop, and has composed for Giada Ferrone, Rashaun Mitchell, and Patrick Corbin, among others. You can read his criticism on performance in NYC at Eye On Dance and the Arts (eyeondance.org). A yoga teacher licensed through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body’s 300-hour Pedagogy Course, Jonathan is passionate about seeking, maintaining, integrating, and sharing a wide range of interdisciplinary study through physical practice.
Jeremy "Jae" Neal was born and raised in Michigan and received his training from Western Michigan University. There he performed in professional works such as Strict Love by Doug Varone, Temporal Trance by Frank Chavez and Harrison McEldowney's Dance Sport. Since relocating to New York Jeremy has had the privilege of working with SYREN Modern Dance, ChristinaNoel Reaves, Catapult Entertainment, Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, Nathan Trice and Abraham.In.Motion Jeremy would like to thank his family and friends for their consistent encouragement and support.
Jasmin Simmons (Dancer)
Jasmin Simmons began her formal training at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, which culminated at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. This New Orleans native studied with the New Orleans Ballet Association, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Jasmin was blessed to travel Europe while performing aboard the Crown Princess Cruise Ship. She has worked with Francesca Harper, Donna Crump of GoodDanceSince 1984, Maya Taylor Dance, BUKU Dance Krew and now Christina Noel and The Creatures. Jasmin is thrilled to bring her gumbo of artistry to New York, and embark on an exciting ride as a Creature.
Mark Willis is a graduate of Montclair State University where he received a BFA in Dance. While at Montclair State, he performed the works of esteemed choreographers such as José Limón, Bill T. Jones, May O’Donnell, Earl Mosley, Anna Sokolov and worked with interactive filmmaker and collection artist, Grahame Weinbren, using movement in a collaboration film project. In 2013, Mark was the recipient of the Spirit of Dance Award given by the Department of Theatre and Dance. In 2014, Mark choreographed and performed his first solo piece entitled, “Save Me”, which was submitted to the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) at SUNY Brockport where it was adjudicated and selected to be performed at the final Gala performances. Mark has danced and performed with ARCOS Dance, Yoo and Dancers, Douglass Dunn and Dancers, and White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company; He is thrilled to be a new member of ChristinaNoel & The Creature.
Joanna Futral is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. After moving to NYC in 2012 she has worked with the Kitchen Sink Collective, Keeley Walsh Collective, Maya Orchin, Lubartdances, and Muse 309. She currently works with The Lovelies and ChristinaNoel and the Creature. She wants to thank her parents and friends for all of their love and constant support!
Jasmine Davey studied English and French at Eastern Washington University and the University of Vermont, where she won the Albee Award for Writing. She is an amazing addition to the Creature team and we wouldn’t be the same without her!
Anastasia Meredith-Goujon was born and raised in Brooklyn where she met ChristinaNoel and became a part of the creature family. Anastasia is very excited to start her fashion design career with such an exceptional group of artists.
Adam H. Greene – Recent Projects – La Traviata – Director Michael Shell, Carmen – Lillian Groag (Lyric Opera Virginia), Spirit of Exit Eleven – Frank Licato (Theatre Row), Broken Fences – Alex Levy (Ballybeg), Taste of It – Dir. Alex Levy (Ballybeg), HMS Pinafore (Virginia Opera)
New York – Embedded – Tim Robbins (The Public). Tosca, Aida, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly – la Quaif (NJ Verismo Opera). Cooking for Kings – Simon Green (59E59).
Los Angeles – Blood!Love!Madness – Brent Hinkley, Little – Shira Pivens, Orlando – Joyce Pivens (The Actors’ Gang). Pera Palas – Michael Michetti (Boston Court, Garland Award for Lighting). Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and The Cherry Orchard – Bart DeLorenzo (Evidence Room). www.greenelightdesign.com
Sean Hatch is originally from a small town in Connecticut that nobody has ever heard of called Stafford Springs. At the age of 18, he decided to leave his academic trajectory at the University of Connecticut to pursue dance. After training intensely for one year, and by the shear grace of the universe he was accepted to the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, under the direction of Stephen Pier. There, he had the privilege to be mentored by Katie Stevinson-Nollet and Nina Watt. Since moving to NYC, he has performed works by Korhan Basaran, Hee Ra Yoo, Erin Dillon, and is a company member of Mari Meade Dance Collective.
Greg Goff (Light Design)
Greg Goff is a freelance lighting designer for dance, theater, and television. He recently celebrated 10 years as a Brooklyn resident. Credits include shows with The Acting Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival USA, New York Stage and Film Company at Vassar College, Boise Contemporary Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford, Perseverance Theatre (Doulas, AK), and Summer Repertory Theater (Santa Rosa, CA). Designs for musicians include Nelly Furtado, the mashup artist Girl Talk, Green Day, The Band Perry, Citizen Cope and many others. Creative support has been provided to Warner Brothers, Lucas Film Ltd. and DreamWorks. Since 2006 Greg has lit Robert Wilson’s annual summer gala benefiting The Watermill Center. He has been an adjunct faculty member at NYU, Yale University, and Santa Rosa Junior College. Greg has an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Design for Stage and Film and obtained his BFA in Lighting Design from The University of Oklahoma. For more visit greggoff.com