14th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern
Artist Bios
Laura Barbee – performer in Into the Light

Laura earned a BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance at TCU. As an undergrad, she continued her studies on scholarship with Dance Theater of Harlem, Bates Dance Festival, and LINES Ballet.  Professionally, Laura has worked with Alonzo King, Atlanta Ballet, Brian Carey Chung, BODYart, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Christian von Howard (von Howard Project), Elizabeth Gillaspy (Nymbal), Lauri Stallings, Lydia Johnson Dance, and Susan Douglas Roberts (wild goose chase). She has performed at festivals both locally and internationally.  Some of her teaching credits include the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, LINES Ballet's BFA, Training, and Summer programs, and TCU's School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. Laura is also a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer.

Tammy Gomez – performer July 6-7
, writer Horse Without A Head, July 15-16
Tammy Gomez is a writer, multimedia artist, and theater maker. As award-winning poet (Best Poet of Austin, Austin Chronicle, 1997), she has performed throughout the U.S., and in Mexico and Nepal. Her poems and essays are featured in numerous collections, including Yellow Medicine Review (2009), Women in Nature: An Anthology (Louise Grace Publishing, 2014), and Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art (UT Press, 2016). She is profiled in Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History (UT Press, 2003), and is featured in Voices from Texas, a PBS documentary film about Latino poets in Texas.

Tammy directs Sound Culture, which is an intermedia production lab that emphasizes the spirit of community and collaboration among artists of various disciplines to enhance experimental expression and social justice literacy through stage performance, interactive design, spoken word, social practice, print publications, and neighborhood cultivation programs.

Her multimedia works include: She: Bike/Spoke/Love — a theater play that spotlights urban bicycle culture; DRESS CODES — an installation of women's poetry printed on Victorian-style dresses; and the one-woman show, Saliendo Abierta, which chronicles Tammy’s experience of being trapped in a closet for 55 hours.

She is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop — founded by MacArthur Fellow Sandra Cisneros - and a 2015-2018 Black Earth Institute Fellow. Tammy has been selected as an inaugural writer for Sandra Cisneros' forthcoming chapbook series (Chingona Press), and has been honored by Goucher College (Towson, Maryland) with the Alumnae/i Award for Excellence in Public Service (2010).

For more information: www.hatchfund.org/user/tammygomez.

Terry Gwynne Terry Gwynne – performer July 6-7

Terry Gwynne graduated from UTA with a degree in Political Science and English. She also studied modern dance at North Texas State University under Sandi Combest. She has worked as an Intellectual Property Paralegal for 26 years, spending her day managing a large portfolio of trademarks and copyrights, including filing and prosecuting applications and managing the docket.

In her time out of the office she enjoys acting in community theatre, yoga and Pilates. She loves burlesque and tap dancing. She is an accomplished dog trainer and has titled several dogs in competitive obedience.

Terry lives in Arlington with her husband and two Yorkshire Terriers.

Charlece James Charlece Thomas James – performer July 6-7

Charlece Thomas James has over 25 years experience creating and implementing after school, arts and theatre education programs for students in K-12.  Currently, she is a Coordinator with FWISD/Fort Worth After School and provides administrative direction for 17 after school campuses. In her duties she has developed training for staff, special events and created an array of expanded learning opportunities for students.

She has served as a presenter and/or panelist on education and arts topics for local, state and national conferences. She has collaborated with local, regional and national arts professionals and organizations to produce artistic and educational activities. In the beginning of her career she was the Producer with Sojourner Truth Players and Cultural Center. This was the first African American Theatre community organization in Fort Worth. STP presented live community theatre productions and had a vibrant children performing arts classes and productions.

Her community volunteer service has included: Kids Way Impact Council, Multi-Cultural Arts Alliance of Tarrant County, McAnthony’s Multicultural Studio and Gallery, and causes that impact women and youth. She holds membership with: Texas Education Theatre Association, Fort Worth Alliance Black School Educators, and The Fort Worth Assembly. She is one of the founding members of a community outreach church, Refuge@Sanctuary, that uses creative arts to provide worship, service and mission to the community.


Shrease Johnson Shrease Johnson – performer July 6-7

Shrease H Johnson earned a Master's of Fine Arts degree in modern dance from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. For more than 20 years she has studied dance including: ballet, jazz, modern, tap and African dance. Her teaching experience spans from ages three years to adult at: Ballet Magnificent, Beechwood Elementary, Power APAC, International Ballet Competitions, Fort Worth ISD, Dallas ISD, Tarrrant Community College, Collin Community College and Texas Chrisitian University. Over the years, she has performed with numerous dance organizations. Shrease is always excited for the opportunity to train, teach and perform utilizing the gift of dance.


Brianna Kimbley Brianna Kimbley – performer July 6-7

Breanna Kimbley received a BFA in Modern dance from Texas Christian University (2004), where she performed in works by guest artists: Sabrina Castillo, Leah Cox, Christian von Howard, Nina Martin, and Caryn Heilman. Following graduation, she performed with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and taught for the CDFW school and Dance Delivered Community Outreach program (2005-2009). Breanna completed a Teacher Certification Program and earned a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2011). She has taught as a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher for the last five years and recently accepted a 5th grade position teaching at Sidney Lanier Elementary in DISD.


Sarah Newton – performer in Into the Light

Sarah has been a dancer and artistic collaborator with Out On a Limb Dance Company since 2005. Additionally she has performed with wild goose chase, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, and Kista Tucker Dance Company. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman's University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University, where she earned the BFA in Dance. Sarah is on faculty with the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University.


John Parker John Parker – performer July 6-7

John Parker is a Fort Worth native and has spent the great majority of his life here. He attended Paschal High School, UTA, Texas Wesleyan and TCC. OK so it took 30 years to get a degree, but so what? He has worked as a welder. cook, bartender, social worker, siding salesman, security guard, and a few other things that he'll be glad to tell you about if you ask. Currently writing a fictionalized version of his life that may actually have happened. Who knows? John has worked in local theater and hosted open mic poetry readings. Thanks to Kerry and CD/FW for this opportunity to perform with their outstanding company.

Erika Record – choreographer of Into the Light

Erika Record holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman's University and a BFA in Dance from Texas State University. Erika has traveled and performed nationally and internationally to locations including Chile, Los Angeles, and New York City. Erika's choreography has seen audiences across Texas, and in 2016, she premiered a work at Dansfiket in Uppsala, Sweden. Currently, Erika is an Adjunct Professor at Texas Woman's University and Tarrant County College. She additionally teaches at Inspire Yoga in Denton and works as a photographer in her own business Erika Record Photography. Erika dances professionally as an Associate Member of Out on a Limb Dance Company, which operates out of Waco.

Lake Simons Lake Simons – performer July 15

Lake Simons is a theatre artist based in New York City with strong ties to Fort Worth, Texas. She is a director, designer, choreographer, puppeteer, builder, painter, and performer. Lake has collaborated with many distinguished artists creating theatre productions from the ground up. She makes theatre that utilizes puppetry, movement, and live music. But most importantly she relies on make-believe. Her creations have been performed in New York City, Fort Worth, Boston, Chicago, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lake has received multiple Jim Henson Foundation Grants in support of her original work. She was a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award nominee. She has participated in various artist residency programs including: Here Artist Residency Program (HARP), The Freight, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program (SUITE), and the Puppet Lab at St Ann’s. Lake is a 2018 artist-in-resident with Dixon Place.

As an artistic associate with the Hip Pocket Theatre in Texas, Lake participates as a director, performer, and designer. This summer they will present her and partner, John Dyer’s adaptation of The Land of Oz. Lake served as a puppetry associate for the Lincoln Center Broadway production of War Horse and assistant movement and puppetry director for the national tour. She teaches set design and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and holds a BFA in Scene Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Deb Wood Deb Wood – choreographer of "Phoenix"

Deb Wood (Managing Director/Arts Fifth Avenue) has over thirty years of corporate and management experience.   After September 11, 2001, Deb decided to leave the corporate world and put her skills and business acumen to work for the arts.  What many don’t know is she is also an accomplished actor-singer-dancer and received favorable reviews for choreography at the former Dallas Alliance and Dallas Repertory Theatres. Her choreography credits include Westside Story, The Club, Dames at Sea, and A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine among others. Her artistic inclination tempers her sharp business sense with an understanding and love of the creative process.