Artist INC Live Austin Peer Facilitators

Andrea Ariel is the Artistic Director of Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, based in Austin, TX where she produces, choreographs, and performs in dance theatre works created in collaboration with artists working in dance, music, theater, multi-media, and visual art. Andrea has created over 50 original works since first forming the company in 1993.  Her work has been presented in Texas, California, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico, and New York and she has been a recipient of numerous grants and commissions including twenty-three years as funded artist by the City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division. Four times voted Best Choreographer/Dancer by the Austin Chronicle reader’s poll, her work has been honored with two awards and seven nominations from the Austin Critics Table, and two B. Iden Payne Award nominations.  She earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois where she was the recipient of the 1986 Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship Award.

Jeanette W. Hill is an award-winning playwright (The Best Lesson, Dealing with Daddy’s Devils and The Silent City) who seamlessly combines the best of traditional with urban theater.

As the founder and executive director of JWHill Productions, a theatrical production company and Sight Ain’t Seeing Productions, 501(C) 3, a creative arts organization that serves under-represented and under-served communities, she says, “Black theater has the responsibility of being the keeper of our voices and our stories.”

She is featured in the documentary, “Black and Write,” and is selected to return to both the 2015 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and D.C. Black Theatre Festival. She received the 2013 Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival’s “People’s Choice Award for a Stage Play,” and won the renowned Atlanta Black Theatre Festival’s “Best Staged Reading” award. She is a winner of the 2014 Black Pearls Magazine Literary Excellence Awards and is a 2014 Artist INC Live Fellow.

Zell Miller, III is an interdisciplinary theater artist and a spoken word performance poet. “An enticing, seasoned, and charismatic performer” says The Nokia Observer. Zell is also an accomplished playwright/director/educator and mentor. “His work reflects the ancestor storytelling and carries the rhythm’s of a hip-hop version of a Sekou Sundiata, or an Amiri Baraka.” says Tongue Magazine. His work has appeared in the Huston Tillotson University Lit Magazine and has been featured in several issues of the on-line Map of Austin Poetry section. Although his written words can inspire great passion and emotional reactions, it’s nothing in comparison to his live performance energy. This is where you get the full no holds barred impact of this command performer. The Villager Newspaper says “there is no choice but to bear witness to his lyrical gymnastics. I thought I was going to detonate listening and watching him turn phrases and words into atom bombs of truth.”

Anuradha Naimpally, Bharata Natyam soloist, collaborator, and educator, has been dancing worldwide for over 35 years.  Her performances present both traditional repertoire as well as original works with unexpected pairings through collaborations with artists of various genres. Amongst her many honors, she is the only Indian dancer to win the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council. In India, she has been given the title of “Sringara Mani” or Artistic Jewel and “International Shiromani” or Dance Scholar. In Austin, TX she was named and nominated for Best Dancer and Production by the Austin Area Critics’ Circle numerous times. Anuradha is funded by the City of Austin Cultural Contract Division and selected artist on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance. Anuradha is also passionate about arts in education.  As a mentor through her role as creative director of Austin Dance India, she feels privileged “to see the power of dance transform individuals as they discover their own strengths and beauty”.

Born in Navsari, Gujrat, India, Dharmesh Patel moved to the United States and grew up in North Bergen, NJ. In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

In 2007 he graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art where he was awarded the Daimler Chrysler Emerging Artist Award. He was commissioned for an installation at Art Forum Berlin. After his return from the residency in Berlin, he continues his interstitial practice of art and architecture and its integration into the social fabric. 

In 2010, he co-founded Animalis, an environmental art studio practice in Austin, TX with his partner, Autumn Ewalt. Animalis has exhibited throughout Austin and is currently completing a street scape project with the City of Austin Art in Public Places. 

In addition to his public art, Dharmesh has exhibited his work at the Daimler Contemporary, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. , the Detroit Auto Show, Cranbrook Museum and galleries in New York, Los Angles and Austin, TX.

Philip Rogers is a professional photographer, teacher, curator and exhibitor of art. Many of his photographs are in museums, galleries and private collections. He has taught at both high school and college level and conducts photographic workshops in Austin, Maine and Italy. Since 2013 he has been contracted photographer for AIPP and done much work with Cultural Arts Division. Currently, Philip is working on a major project, Artists in Austin, to be exhibited in the winter of 2017. He has won numerous awards for his photography and was selected Photographer of Year in 2001, Portland Maine.

Though his digital camera and editing skills are top notch, he shoots his artwork primarily with medium format film and prints on silver halide papers. In 2014 he participated in Artist INC's first year in Austin. It was one of the most enlightening and rewarding professional experiences of his life.

Leticia Rodriguez, Austin artist and musician, performs Latin dance music, ranging from 1950 covers learned as a child from her aunt, Eva Garza’s albums, to original music.  She has also had careers in dance and theatre, and with this experience, delivers unforgettable performances.

Ms Rodriguez comes from an extended family of singer/songwriters, but first chose to develop other artistic skills of performance, directing, producing and writing, while raising a family. Music is now her primary career, since the release of her first album,

La Americana. Rodriguez was featured on PRI, The World, September 20, 2012, A Niece’s Song Tribute to Her Aunt, the Late Eva Garza. Since its release, her album has been the subject of blogs, radio interviews and radio programs both nationally, and internationally. Her second album ​was released in February 2015.
Hailing from rural Kansas, Roy Rutngamlug took a circuitous route to the arts.  Growing up in a small town offered little in the way of distractions so his father’s VHS camera and small band of friends dedicated to acting served as the de facto after school activity and first foray into filmmaking.  After receiving a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Roy took a brief stint in to work in corporate America as an analyst for a certain huge, computer manufacturer in Austin, TX.  Shortly after, he was accepted into the film production program at the University of Texas earning his MFA.  Roy’s work has screened at festivals around the country and counts Wong Kar-Wai and Terrence Malick as his favorite filmmakers.