meet the team
Founder and Artistic Director, Brian Josiah Martinez
Brian Josiah Martinez embarked on his dance journey at Davidson High School in Mobile, AL, guided by the esteemed Angie Brocato Dussouy. At The University of Southern Mississippi, he excelled as the Teaching Assistant for Advanced Choreography and assumed the role of President of the Student Dance Organization, showcasing his leadership acumen in overseeing student engagement. Graduating summa cum laude with honors in Dance Performance and Choreography, Brian guest-performed with Hub Dance Collective, contributing to the vibrancy of Hattiesburg, MS's dance scene.
Venturing to Chicago, Brian enriched his skills in Hubbard Street's Professional Program under the mentorship of Alexandra Wells. During his tenure, he graced the stage in works by choreographic luminaries such as William Forsythe, Rena Butler, Jonathan Alsberry, and Ryan Mason. Brian later joined PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, making a notable debut during the challenging times of COVID-19, collaborating with renowned choreographers Stephanie Martinez, Robyn Minekos Williams, and Helene Simoneau.
In his choreographic pursuits, Brian has created captivating films for Chicago's New Dances and New York's Future Dance Festival, namely "Next to the Portrait of a Red Haired Lady" and "Breaking Mundane." Stepping onto the grand stage of the Lyric Opera in Carmen marked a pinnacle in his performance career before redirecting his focus to Boykin Dance Project, which he founded in 2022.
Brian's choreographic ethos revolves around "contemporary, full-bodied theatrical gesture," a distinctive movement preference infusing dynamic performance with swift, purposeful movements. His most recent work, "Nonsense!” (2023), premiered at Boykin ONE in Spring 2023, exploring the whimsical essence of dreams through a multi-generational lens inspired by an aural landscape spanning the 1940s to the 1990s. Currently, Brian is immersed in developing "Real People, Not Paid Actors," his most seminal exploration of this movement practice to date, set against the backdrop of a fictional family dynamic and accompanied by Ravel's “Bolero”. This eagerly anticipated piece is slated for its premiere at Boykin TWO in Spring 2024.
Administrative Assistant, Ashley Rivette
Ashley Rivette, from the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, began her ballet training in Stuttgart, Germany, where her family was stationed for eight years. In 2021 Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University. While at SU she worked with choreographers Sidra Bell, Yoshito Sakuraba, Christian Von Howard, Ilana Goldman, and Tiffanie Carson to name a few. During their 2019 and 2020 seasons, she was an apprentice with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. She has completed intensives and workshops by PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, Perry Mansfield (Yin Yue Dance Company), BARE Dance Company, American Dance Festival, DanceWorks Chicago (ChoreoLab) and CKM&A. Post graduation, Ashley relocated to Chicago, IL to join DanceWorks Chicago under the direction of Julie Nakagawa. Some of her repertoire with DWC has included works by Robert Battle, Charissa-Lee Barton, Joshua Manculich, Mark Caserta, Rubén Graciani, Demis Volpi, Hanna Brictson, and Drew Lewis. She was also a member of the 2022 NewDances company, where she performed works by Chicago based artists, Trey Johnson and Marco Pizano.
Creative Assistant, Kara Hunsinger
Kara Hunsinger is from Modesto, CA, and started dancing at Juline’s School of Dance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. At the University of Arizona, she performed works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Tamara Dyke-Compton, Autumn Eckman, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. Kara has danced with Hawkinsdance, Visceral Dance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago and Boykin Dance Project. Kara’s additional training includes Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ate9, Share Dance Intensive, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kara currently acts as a choreography assistant under Artistic Director Brian Josiah Martinez in tandem with performing.
Creative Assistant, Hanna Dilorenzo
Hanna DiLorenzo is a multi-disciplinary freelance dance artist from Rochester, NY. She received her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education and performed with the Rochester City Ballet. Later, DiLorenzo earned her BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating early and moving to Chicago to join the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Professional Training program (HS Pro) where she completed her degree. While at HS Pro, she had the opportunity to work with choreographers including Peter Chu, Rena Butler, Alice Klock, Florian Lochner, and Robyn Mineko Williams, and to perform alongside the main company. In 2019, she received the HS Pro Emerging Choreographer award. She has supplemented her training at summer intensives including Springboard Danse Montreal, Hofesh Shechter, and Northwest Dance Project’s Launch. Today, DiLorenzo is a collaborative dance artist with Little Fire Artist Collective, and a company member with Niko 8. As a freelance artist, she has performed works by Braeden Barnes, Alicia Johnson, Ibrahim Sabi, and Flockworks. She was also a cover for Robyn Mineko Williams’ Echo Mine. DiLorenzo is excited to be joining Boykin Dance Project for the company’s inaugural season!
Intern, Mary-Rose Campos
Mary-Rose Campos is an emerging professional dancer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up as a competitive dancer and became a competition coach in 2018. She attended Southern Methodist University where she received a BFA in dance performance with double minors in musical theatre and arts entrepreneurship in May 2023. Throughout her time there, she performed works of various genres by guest artists such as Matthew Neenan, Pascal Rioult, Michelle Gibson, Brandi Coleman, Pat Taylor, and Mar Burrell. She also choreographed three works, two of which were presented at SMU for their family weekend showing for Meadows School of the Arts and for Pride Visibility Day, an on-campus pride festival showcasing performances from various queer artists on campus. She is currently pursuing dance professionally in Chicago, and currently serves as an intern for Boykin Dance Project.