Trent D. Williams, Jr., a native Houstonian received his MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. He has been a guest artist with Tallahassee Ballet in Tallahassee, FL, EDGEWORKS Dance Theatre in Washington, DC and Urban Souls Dance Company in Houston, Texas. While at Morehouse College, he worked with choreographers such as Nicole Wesley, jhon stronks, Ivan Pulinkala, Darla Johnson and Wayne Smith as a member of the Spelman Dance Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Williams has performed alongside Destiny’s Child, 112, and Janelle Monae among others. In 2007, Mr. Williams was invited to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). In addition, he has performed works by choreographers like Liz Lerman, Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, Anjali Austin, and Michael Foley. Mr. Williams’ choreography has been performed by Dayton Contemporary Second Company, Texas Tech University, Towson University, University of Trinidad & Tobago, Coker College Dance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, and has been showcased at The American Dance Festival, The American College Dance Festival, The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, The Dance Gallery in Huntsville, Texas, and Kennedy Center: Millennium Stage. Mr. Williams has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Trinidad & Tobago, Howard Community College, and Johns Hopkins Estellle Dennis/ Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys.
Maria Bauman is a “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer. She is a 2021 Redtail Artist in Residence and BRIClab residency winner. Recently she was a 2020 Columbia College Dance Center Practitioner-in-Residence, 2019 Dance in Process residency award winner, 2018-20 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, 2017-19 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence and the 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney. In 2009 she founded MBDance which is currently touring Desire: A Sankofa Dream online, an experience in choice-making and Black Queer survival technologies. She creates bold and intimate artworks for MBDance, via dream-mapping and nuanced, powerful physicality.
She's an active member of our community outside of choreography and performance. Bauman mentors younger artists through Queer Art Mentorship. She is a Core Trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, collaborating towards racial equity. In 2014, she co-founded Artists Co-creating Real Equity, which won the 2018 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Award for "working to undo racism in our daily lives.” Organizing to undo racism informs her artistic work and the two areas are each ropes in a Double-dutch that is her holistic practice.
Millicent Johnnie is the C.E.O. of Millicent Johnnie Films and the Chief Visionary Producer of 319 productions. A two time United States Artists nominee in Dance, as a teenager Johnnie hosted a local social justice TV show met by protests from the KKK; she traces her professional determination and commitment to social issues in Black culture to this early opposition. As former Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, her work has been featured in Scary Movie 5, on ESPN, the Prince William Network and Sunshine Network. After choreographing Thoughts of a Colored Man, a Broadway-bound play produced by Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage, she received her MFA in film with a specialization in producing and story development. Her N.E.F.A. National Dance Project, Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew inspired her short film Bamboula is Not Bamboozled and with significant contribution from the The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, she produced, La DiaBlesse Curse; both currently touring the festival circuit. Johnnie released Pulling Back the Curtain, exposing the Ballet world’s fragility and reckoning with the intersection of COVID-19 and systemic oppression in October 2020 while in post-production for Ma Negresse, a feature length sci-fi film featuring Grammy artist, Cedric Watson and FSU School of Dance Chair, Anjali Austin.
Selected theatrical credits include: Cry You One (Creative Capital Award); Ameriville produced by Universes Theater Company; Parable of the Sower the Opera produced by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon; We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury; The Shipment by Young Jean Lee; Cubamor produced by Village Theater both produced by UnderMain Theater; Universes’ Party People by Universes Theater Company at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater produced by OSF, Berkeley Repertory Theater “(Theatre Bay Area Award- Best Choreography; ” and The Public Theater “2017 Audelco Award Nominee - Choreography)”; Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter Opera by Robert Wilson; The Love Project produced by Rhodessa Jones and Cultural Odyssey; Symphony for the Dance Floor produced by Sozo Artists and Brooklyn Academy of Music; Walt Disney Creative Entertainment’s Frozen; Rent produced by Ferndale Repertory Theater ("Best Director" and "Best Musical Awards"). Johnnie also directed and choreographed West Side Story in South Africa at the historic Howard Theater and performed in the opening ceremonies to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
As the daughter of a Louisiana musician, Johnnie grew up with a deep appreciation for music. She has served as choreographer to the following music artists: Tekitha Wisdom (formerly of Wu-Tang), Grammy artists Bill Summers/ Los Hombres Calientes, Usher Raymond, Chrisette Michele and various artists signed to Konvict Muzik. She also worked A&R through Marvelous Enterprises bringing together her diverse experiences in theater and dance into the music industry.