Staycee Pearl is the co-artistic director of PearlArts Studios and STAYCEE PEARL dance project, where she creates artful experiences through dance-centered multimedia works in collaboration with her husband and artistic collaborator, Herman Pearl. Staycee received her initial dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. In 2010, STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp) debuted at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, and served as resident dance company for the theater for three years. Staycee and husband/creative partner Herman Pearl proudly opened their dance/art/sound space, PearlArts Studios, in April of 2012. Since then the duo has produced several works including ..on being..., OCTAVIA, and FLOWERZ. Staycee is passionate about sharing resources and creating opportunities for the arts community by initiating project-generating programs including the Charrette Series, the In The Studio Series, and the PearlDiving Movement Residency
Herman Pearl (Soy Sos)
Co-executive Director/ Sound Designer
Herman Pearl (Soy Sos) is the head engineer and owner of Tuff Sound Recording, as well as the sound designer and co-founder of PearlArts Studios. Through PearlArts, Herman creates soundscapes to serve as a component to contemporary dance. As a sound designer, Herman’s repertoire includes a wide variety of projects and collaborators. His work has been featured in various independent films and documentaries, video games, and advertising. He has designed soundscapes for numerous choreographers. He has collaborated with many visual artists to create installations and touring exhibits. He has recorded and produced work for a plethora of recording artists across genres and techniques. Herman has performed, created, and recorded his own music for over 25 years.
Jessica Anne Marino
SPdp Dancer/Company Manager
Jessica Anne Marino (B.A. Dance, Point Park University) is a Pittsburgh based arts administrator, educator, and performing artist. Jessica is the Co-Director of Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and SpringUP Dance Festival. After 5 years as artist manager with River City Artists Management, in 2017 Marino founded JAMpress Management, a brand which provides support services for the performing arts industry with a focus on dance. Marino is a collaborator with STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Shana Simmons Dance, and active freelance dancer. Jessica is also an adjunct faculty at University of Pittsburgh and on the creative team for Center for Theater Arts.
LaTrea Rembert is a Pittsburgh artist who has worked with the STAYCEE PEARL dance project for the past three seasons. Originally from Cincinnati, LaTrea is a graduate of Point Park University where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Arts while minoring in dance. LaTrea has worked with several theater companies such as The REP, City Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights and Pittsburgh Musical Theater, where he is also a musical theater jazz dance teacher for the conservatory. He has had the opportunity to work with Anthony Williams (Loving Black), Attack Theatre and The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Kitoko Chargois Communications/Administrative Director
Kitoko Chargois is a Pittsburgh-based arts administrator and photographer. She is a graduate of Chatham University where she studied journalism and photography. Since graduating in 2014, she has been involved in a variety of pursuits from interning at news organizations such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and 1839 Magazine to photographing beautiful people and products to working as a project coordinator on a large installation photo project.
Ally Tayag Ricarte
Production Manager/Marketing Associate
Ally Tayag Ricarte is an arts manager. She’s managed various dance, theater, youth art programs and community outreach initiatives including PearlArts Studios, Dreams of Hope and BOOM Concepts. As a stage manager, she’s worked with STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos (sym, worx., and ABBEY: In The Red), Dreams of Hope (Your Healing is Killing Me), PearlDiving Movement Residency Showcase and the New Hazlett Theater CSA Residency. When she’s not in the tech booth, she designs graphics and coordinates outreach with the local art community.
Genna Styles helped implement the assessment for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards for Dance with SPdp. Genna completed her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, Magna Cum Laude, with a concentration on arts education integration. A graduate of Point Park University with an Acting BFA and Musical theatre minor, she has performed regionally and nationally as a Actor, Singer, Dancer, receiving Onyx awards for musicals and plays. She has also worked with HDAT (Hill Dance Academy theatre) as a theatre teaching arts and ATC (Alumni Theatre Company) as a choreographer. She also represented the U.S. in Holland for a theatre exchange program. Genna is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi honors fraternity for educators. Ms. Styles is also a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.