Tanya Bravo:

Founder and Executive Artistic Director (+)

  • Tanya Bravo is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Juggerknot Theatre Company. Juggerknot Theatre Company was founded in Miami, Florida in 1998. The company helped redefine the burgeoning theatre scene emerging from Miami’s Urban Core, showcasing and developing works from local and national playwrights. Since founding Juggerknot Theatre Company, Tanya has produced over 50 shows. Tanya’s reach has included collaborations with the HBO International Latino Festival, The Latin Grammys, Heineken USA, Chivas Regal, The Leah Arts District, MySpace, Remezcla, and The South Beach Comedy Festival, among others. Most recently, she produced the critically acclaimed series Miami Motel Stories and Wynwood Stories written by Juan C. Sanchez, a Knight Arts Challenge recipient. Tanya works daily to push boundaries, develop and showcase innovative work. She hopes to better connect communities through immersive theatre, while highlighting Miami’s multicultural landscape.

 

Natasha Bravo:

Community Impact Director (+)

  • Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit world, using her background in healthcare to give back to the community. She started the project Local Impact with her sister, Tanya, after their father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and they felt inspired to create unique programs connecting Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers with the arts and technology communities. Today Natasha leads Juggerknot’s community partnerships and development, making it her mission connect the community to each neighborhood juggerknot works in.In addition to Local Impact Natasha was instrumental in bringing innovative interventions to people with disabilities, such as Artistic Realization Technologies and Dive Heart, and was featured in Miami Herald cover stories for both efforts. For many years she has travelled to the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, FL to volunteer occupational therapy services to a chimpanzee with cerebral palsy.Natasha holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Florida International University and specializes in pediatric neurodevelopment treatment. She has provided OT in both private practice and non-profit settings. Currently she owns a practice focused on offering school and home-based care, developing therapy groups, and lecturing internationally to doctors about autism and other developmental challenges.

Michelle M. Lavergne:

Company Manager/Resident Production Stage Manager (+)

  • Michelle M. Lavergne is a multidisciplinary stage manager living and working in her hometown of Miami, FL. She specializes in immersive theatre and large-scale opera. She serves as the Company Manager and Resident Production Stage Manager for Juggerknot Theatre Company, where she has worked as the PSM on every installment of Miami Motel Stories and Wynwood Stories. Michelle has also worked for companies such as the Adrienne Arsht Center, New World Symphony, South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami Classical Music Festival, Ground Up and Rising, and New Theatre to name a few. She earned her B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Juan C. Sanchez: Playwright(+)

  • Juan C. Sanchez is a Cuban-born playwright who’s been living in Miami since he was seven years old. His work includes the immersive productions of Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana directed by Tamilla Woodard; Miami Motel Stories: MiMo directed by Mia Rovegno; and Wynwood Stories directed by Tai Thompson — all commissioned and produced by Juggerknot Theatre Company. Other plays include A Grey Divide produced by Postcard Theatre in North England; Marea roja at Teatro MALI in Peru; Buck Fever, directed but JD Carter and produced by Terranova Collective 9n NY; Red Tide; Buck Fever; and A Bearded Lover — all directed by Margaret M. Ledford for The Promethean Theatre; Property Line, directed by Ricky J. Martinez at New Theatre and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center; Paradise Motel, developed by Mangrove Creative Collective, directed by Margaret M. Ledford and produced by Miami Theater Center; Catherine’s Wheel, directed by Michael Yawney at FIU’s Alternative Roots Festival; Beer & Cigarettes: The Comeback of Connie Lingus, written in collaboration with David Hemphill for Project [Theatre] and directed by Hemphill, as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Miami Made Festival; and Big Al, directed by Christian Coulson at The Tank in NY for {Your Name Here} A Queer Theatre Company. Other plays include Jason vs Dragon, developed and staged read at NY’s The Labyrinth Theater’s Summer Intensive featuring Florencia Lozano and Scott Hudson; Dead by Night developed at The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis with stage readings at Actor’s Playhouse, directed by David Arisco, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, directed by Michael Yawney, and Gablestage, directed by Margaret M. Ledford; Cuba’s Auto Body Shop, developed by District Stage Co. with a staged reading directed by Andy Senor that featured Danny Pino, Olga Merediz, Janet Dacal, Hector Medina; Jimmy Puig, and Jessica Farr; and Virtual Safety, part of the After Orlando: Miami Festival at Miami New Drama.Juan has been the recipient of three Playwright Development Program grants from the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council to workshop plays with recognized playwrights A.R. Gurney, Leslie Ayvazian, Eduardo Machado, and Sheri Wilner. He has also been awarded the Florida Department of State’s Individual Artist Fellowship.

Designers (+)

  • Ana Maria Morales
  • Lee Harrison
  • Li Millian
  • Sarah Vingerhoedt