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Co-Founding Directors:

Todd B. RichmondTODD B. RICHMOND, is a visual artist, filmmaker and composer based in Los Angeles and New York City. He is currently in the Graduate Program of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA, and attended CalArts Graduate Program of Art in Fall 2014. During his youth he had two years of informal studies in visual arts at Carnegie Mellon University followed by two years independent visual arts studies after high school at the Art Institute of Chicago. Richmond is a graduate of City College of New York in Music with a minor in Film. While at CCNY he was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Louis Dreyfus Warner/Chappell City College Scholarship honoring George and Ira Gershwin. As a visual artist, he was assistant to sculptor Richard Artschwager from 1990-1995 when he fabricated and painted many major works that are now in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Fisher Landau, Cartier Foundation, among others worldwide. He has designed stage sets, sculptures, and music for choreographers including Paz Tanjuaquio and Molissa Fenley, among many others. His aural compositions and stage set designs have been seen and heard in NYC at such venues as New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Performance Space 122, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; nationally at San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, G-C Arts Projects in Las Vegas, Cornell University, Ohio University and internationally at the National Theater in Seoul, Korea, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Manila, Philippines and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Richmond has created numerous evening-length works with choreographer Paz Tanjuaquio and has received awards for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer Commissioning/USA, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Queens Council on the Arts, among others. He has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY, and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida for a dance on camera residency with master artist Merce Cunningham. His dance films have been selected for American Dance Festival’s 15th Annual International Screendance Festival, Queens Museum of Art, Video Cha Cha at Bryant Park and Dance on Camera Festival at the Donnell Media Center, Ohio University, etc. Richmond’s dance films are in the permanent archives at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Todd Richmond is President and Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.

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Paz TanjuaquioPAZ TANJUAQUIO (Choreographer/Dancer) has been creating dances in NYC since 1990. Her work has been presented by the Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, Harkness Dance Festival at 92nd St. Y, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Series, LaMaMa ETC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Aaron Davis Hall, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill Performing Arts, Yangtze Repertory and nationally at San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Godt-Cleary Projects in Las Vegas, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Ohio University. Awards for her choreography include National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA BUILD/Homer Avila Memorial Award, two Individual Artist Awards from Queens Council on the Arts, and DTW’s Suitcase Fund where she participated in the Mekong Project’s Cambodia Creative Residency and artistic research travel in Vietnam. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Movement Research in NYC. As a dancer, she has performed with Molissa Fenley and Dancers since 1997 and Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater from 1991-96. She has been guest artist at Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts HS, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego. She is currently an active member of the NYS DanceForce since 2009, hosting the 2013 annual statewide conference at Topaz Arts in Queens. She has served on numerous panels including the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and adjudicator for American College Dance Festival Association. Paz is Vice-President and Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.

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