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Artists in Residence *AIR : Duval Elementary

Tiza Garland
Tiza Garland

THEATRE & MOVEMENT ARTIST Tiza Garland has a varied movement training background. She is a classically trained actor and has pursued supplemental training with the Dah Theatre from Yugoslavia in Grotowski-based work, she has studied Meyerhold's Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, as well as trained with the United Stuntmen's Association in Seattle, Washington. She has attended the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado where she trained in various aerial dance techniques and apparatus. Professor Garland is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, Past Chair of the Movement Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a member of ATME (Association of Theatre Movement Educators and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association).



Mohamed Dacosta
Mohamed Dacosta

AFRICAN DRUM and DANCE ARTIST Mohamed Dacosta hails from Boké, Guinea. He is a Lecturer in African Performing Arts in the School of Theatre and Dance and the Center for African Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Center for World Arts at the University of Florida. One of a select number of practice-based cultural authorities on the traditional performing arts of Africa living in the United States, Mr. DaCosta speaks English, French, Fulani, Wolof, Mandinko, and Susu. Mr. DaCosta served as choreographer for the African Ballet of Gambia and performed with the company from 1980-85. In 1996, he performed across Europe as featured drummer with Culture Movement, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. DaCosta's abiding warmth, vitality and artistry are an inspiration to students, fellow artists, community members and audiences of all backgrounds.


James Oliverio
James Oliverio

MUSIC and MULTI-MEDIA COMPOSER James Oliverio holds five Emmy Awards from the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with numerous national grants and commissions. His work in internationally-distributed performing and digital arts has been featured on CNN International and the BBC. In addition to performances of his orchestral scores by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Oliverio has produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of “All Rise”, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur and enjoyed subsequent performances at the Concertgebouw and with major international ensembles including the London and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Boston and Chicago Symphonies.

Daniel Flores
Daniel Flores

ACTOR, DIRECTOR and THEATER ARTIST DANIEL FLORES received his BFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Acting credits include Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard, Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Jess in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Daniel is also the founder of Sketch ‘n Sniff Improv; the only long form improvisational theater group on the campus of UCSB. Other improvisational groups that Daniel has worked with include the Isla Vista Players, in California, as well as Theater Strike force, in Florida. He is also Co-director of Signs of Life; a hip-hop theater troupe that writes and creates devised theater in relation to the hip-hop culture. In addition to his other theater endeavors, Daniel also wrote and directed his own one-person show, Soul Count, which was performed for the first time in Santa Barbara in 2006.

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