Stephen Petrilli (Lighting Designer)

Stephen Petrilli has several shows for Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama.  He has also designed for Pilobolus Dance Theatre, HT Chen & Dancers, Noche Flamenca, Kun Yang Lin/Dancers, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Ailey II, Nathan Trice/Rituals and The Kevin Wynn Collection.  Musical performances Stephen has designed include Mos Def at BAM and several shows for Bang on a Can and the New York Guitar Festival. Theatre credits include work for The Pearl Theatre Company, National Asian-American Theatre Company, and The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in his hometown of Pittsburgh.  Stephen also spent five years touring as the Lighting/Sound Supervisor for Pilobolus.  He has a nine year old son, Liam, and they have a really great cat named Chynno.


Daniel Pettrow (Vocal/Acting Coach)

Daniel Pettrow is an actor and director based in New York.  He is an associate actor with The Wooster Group. He has performed in HAMLET, VIEUX CARRE, and WHO’S YOUR DADA?!.  He is a teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute.   Daniel is a frequent collaborator with Anabella Lenzu, having directed IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, PACHAMAMA, and SANGRE & ARENA.  Daniel is an associate artist with multi disciplinary theater company Bluemouth Inc.  He works closely with French director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in several plays at National Theaters across Europe.  Daniel recently worked with renowned Italian director Romeo Castelluci in JULIUS CAESAR: SPARED PARTS.  Daniel performs the role of ‘The Wolf’ in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of PETER AND THE WOLF at The Guggenheim for their ‘Works and Process’ series (since 2012.)  Daniel frequently focuses on new and experimental creations while fostering collaborations with artists from different disciplines.  Most recently he assistant directed and performed in the world premiere of THE PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY at Jacob’s Pillow, The Guggenheim, and BAM.  He is the director of NY sketch group “Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting.”  Daniel is the Communications Director and Drama Teacher for Heifetz International Music Institute, guest teacher at NYU, and guest faculty at BANFF CENTRE. Visit his website.  


Jennifer Johanos (Costume Designer)

Jennifer has designed for many independent choreographers, most recently, Barbara Mahler and Katherine Howard.  She worked with DJ McDonald as both performer and designer, with productions in many venues.  She has worked as a director on projects small and large, as an actress many companies;  and her work in theater crafts and costume construction has appeared On and Off- Broadway ,and in the productions of major opera, dance and theater companies.


Geoff Gersh (Composer)

New York based composer/guitarist Geoff Gersh explores the sonic boundaries of the electric guitar with and without the aide of electronic devices and found objects to produce sounds one would normally not associate with the guitar. Geoff has worked with choreographers Koosil-ja, Lawrence Goldhuber, Cynthia Oliver, Karen Graham, Anabella Lenzu, Robert La Fosse, Benoit-Swan Pouffer and has an ongoing collaboration with painter David Stoupakis. Geoff has been playing the electric zither in the Off-Broadway show BLUE MAN GROUP since 1998. He has performed internationally and has received grants from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, SOS from NYFA, was awarded a New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) in 2000 and received a Swing Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2009. Visit his website.


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ANABELLA LENZU (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer)

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. She holds a MFA in Fine Arts (concentration in Choreography) from Wilson College, PA. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. 

Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center and is Artist-in-Residence at NYU Gallatin and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. 

Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Photography by Todd Carroll documents Lenzu’s vast range of experiences dancing, teaching, and choreographing.


TODD CARROLL (Manager Director)

Todd Carroll, a professional photographer and educator with over 25 years experience, presently maintains a photo-studio in Brooklyn, New York, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his personally driven projects. He obtained a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography Degree from SVA in NYC in 2009 and currently teaches classes there. For more information or if you are interested in purchasing work visit his website.

Lauren Ohmer (Assistant to the choreographer-Dancer)

A native of Savannah, GA, Lauren graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance.  Since then she has gone on to receive critical acclaim for her performances of contemporary work in Chicago, L.A., and NYC.  She has been dancing with AL/DD since 2007, Lauren also spends her time as a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai Massage. Visit her website.



Originally from Raleigh, NC, Graham Cole is a New York City-based freelance dancer.  Most recently Graham has appeared as a guest artist with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Greenville Civic Ballet, and Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.  Graham graduated from UNC School of the Arts in May 2015 with a BFA in contemporary dance.

Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong is a performing artist who dabbles in contemporary and cultural dance, theatre, aerial, and tango. As well as sharing artistic experiences, she enjoys rock climbing, tiptoeing through the imagination of Neil Gaiman, and exploring the world. After earning a BFA in Musical Theatre from UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts, Sydney moved to NYC where she currently dances with Silva Dance Company. She is excited to join DanceDrama for the first time to present this meaningful work!

Dina Denis, a native New Yorker, BA in Dance from Hofstra U., MA in Dance Education from NYU. Dina, a k-12 NYS certified dance educator directs the dance department at the Long Island High School for the Arts; teaches at Hunter College Arnhold Graduate Dance Ed Program; & is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre teacher. In 2003, Dina founded Dance Into Light, a dance company. Since 2007, Dina collaborates with visual artist Fulbright Scholar Siona Benjamin, on symbolic Indian & Jewish artwork inspired dances. She has choreographed & performed with DIL and Ms. Benjamin in schools, libraries & museums nation-wide.