Graduating Cum Laude in the MFA program at the University of Iowa Barber uses interdisciplinary art practices to articulate
various testimonies within and surrounding Black America. Most recent scholarships
include Stanley Grant award from the University of Iowa, Alonzo Davis Award from Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Selected exhibitions include Englert Theatre, Museum of Science (Chicago), Atlanta BeltLine (Atlanta), Rialto Theatre (Atlanta), Lexington Theatre (Kentucky), Mason Murer Gallery (Atlanta), Gallery 4731 (Detroit), Levitt Gallery, (Iowa City).
(Newark, NJ) began dancing at the age of five, under the direction of Alfred Gallman. Original member of the New Jersey Tap Ensemble
directed by Deborah Mitchell. He was recruited by tap master Savion Glover for the national touring company of Tony Award winning Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. Maurice––receiving critical acclaim. He has continued to work with Glover in "Improvography" and "Bare Soundz", "Classical Savion", "Tappin’ Into Monk". Off-Broadway: Shades of Harlem, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar. On Film: "Happy Feet 2". He has appeared with prominent jazz musicians: Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut and Thelonius Monk III. His high-profile engagements have included the The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, JVC Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, The Apollo Theater, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, BET’s 106th and Park, and throughout Europe with the Geri Allen Trio.
(Detroit, MI) began dancing under the tutelage of Anthony Smith at the Lewis Cass Technical High School. BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Susan Jaffe, Brenda Daniels, and Juel D. Lane among others. Recent performances include Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Spoleto Festival USA. He is recipient of the Career Development and International Study Opportunity Grant for participation in the Kyoto International Dance Festival in Japan. His choreography, America Divided is a direct response to recurring systemic injustices towards Black men.
Poet, Entrepreneur, Brother, Mentor, Son, Josephus III is constantly transcending boundaries with the art of words and voice. As host of The Poetry Café, his voice can be heard weekly of the airwaves of WNAA 90.1FM, as the Director of The Poetry Project he can be found in front of a group of young people showing them the power and necessity of their voices in classrooms across the country and as a man on a daily basis he just wants to continue to grow.
(Elgin, SC) in December 2016 Mr. Mack made his debut on the historic Bolshoi Theatre's stage in a gala honoring Maris Liepa. He has performed at the Paris Opera's incomparable Palais Garnier as a principal guest artist with English National Ballet in Le Corsaire. Recently the State House of Representatives, City of Columbia, and the Richland County Council honored him by proclaiming March 15, 2016 to be "Brooklyn Mack Day."
On April 9, 2015, Mr. Mack made history in partnership with American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland in the epic performance of Washington Ballet's “Swan Lake” at the Kennedy Center. Mack performed the
lead role of Prince Siegfried in support of Ms. Copeland as Odile/Odette. This union marked the first occasion in which two African Americans danced this revered classical piece on a prominent world stage. Mr. Mack was also chosen as Siegfried to partner Cuban prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes in the premiere production of Swan Lake by South Africa's Joburg Ballet. In 2015, Mr. Mack returned to South Africa to perform the lead role in the premiere production of Veronica Paepers "A Spartacus of Africa" partnering ballerina Lara Turk of the Royal Ballet of London. As a guest star of the Grand Russian Charity Gala Mr. Mack shared his artistry with audiences throughout Japan. In 2015, Mr. Mack was made the youngest honoree in the history of the AT&T South Carolina African American History Calendar. November 2014, Mr. Mack performed in the 24th International Ballet Festival of Havana, at the request of Prima Ballerina Assoluto Alicia Alonso. Most recently, January 2016, Mr. Mack made his London debut with the English National Ballet as a guest principal, and has received acclaim for his performances with the company.
(Raleigh, NC) holds a BA in Rehabilitation Studies and Human Services from Winston Salem State University. He began his dance training under the direction of Susan Hill and Lisa Wilder. Melvin has trained in a wide range of dance styles and regularly attends dance intensives and conferences. He has performed with E-motion Dance Company, a semi-professional performance group based in Raleigh. Melvin has studied with numerous dance luminaries including Christopher Huggins, Shani Collins, and Baba Chuck Davis. He has also trained and worked with Debbie Allen, performing on national television for the World Games Special Olympics with Stevie Wonder, Becky G and J'Balvin.