September 7 & 9, 2018
Opperman Music Hall – FSU
MaryRebekah Wright grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and began her dance training at the age of five. She studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling under the direction of Crystal Draper and Melissa June. She has danced with Ellen Werksmen in Chicago, with the Atlanta Festival Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet during summers, and spent a month studying ballet and modern dance in Paris. She was a member of the Civic Ballet of Volusia County for 10 years, performing lead roles in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. She moved to Tallahassee to study with the Florida State University School of Dance and pursued arts administration and outreach education in addition to dance. In May 2016 MaryRebekah graduated from FSU with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Communications. She has experience teaching ballet, jazz, tap, and tumbling. MaryRebekah joined The Tallahassee Ballet in July 2016, when she started as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In July 2017, she attended the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training intensive in New York City. MaryRebekah was appointed to the role of Assistant to the Artistic Director in August 2017.
Kathryn Karrh Cashin has choreographed for The Tallahassee Ballet for over 25 years including The Nutcracker and numerous chamber works. Her full-length ballets include Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. She has also choreographed several children’s ballets. She has served as choreographer for over twenty Florida State Opera works, most recently The Mikado, Eugene Onegin, Orpheus in the Underworld and will choreograph FSO’s Romeo and Juliet premiering October 31, 2013.
Ms. Cashin holds a BA in Russian/Business Administration, MA in Slavic and East European Studies and a PhD in Humanities. She is on the faculty of FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities and supervises the multicultural film course.
Ms. Cashin, a former president of the Junior League of Tallahassee and graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, serves on the Leadership Council of FSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and is a former curriculum and steering chair for Youth Leadership Tallahassee. She is on the board of directors of the Florida Center for the Performing Arts, a trustee for the Florida House on Capitol Hill and was recently elected vice-president of scholarships and grants for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority National Foundation.
Christopher L. Huggins is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and works in Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S. as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Born in Boston, Huggins trained under Andrea Herbert-Major, Danny Sloan, and Martha Gray. He attended SUNY Purchase and The Juilliard School and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School.
Huggins was named 25 Choreographers to Watch by the National Public Radio in 2008 and was the sole choreographer in 2008 for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Opening Night Gala Commemorating its 50th Anniversary. He is a 2002 and 2008 recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago for Enemy Behind the Gates and Pyrokinesis, respectively, and has also worked on several projects for Disney in Orlando, Florida. He was a silver medalist for the 4th International Contemporary Dance Competition in Seoul, Korea.
Ann has been involved with The Tallahassee Ballet since 1987 when her daughter Julie joined the Company. Soon after, Ann became a member of the Costume Committee and began to design and create costume for the Company. Since that time, Ann has created more than 150 original costume designs for major productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppélia. In addition to her role as Resident Costume Designer at The Tallahassee Ballet, Ann designs costumes for the Wesley Players and other local theatre groups in Tallahassee.