Avery-Jai Andrews

Performer and Founding Member, 2015-2021

Avery-Jai Andrews (she/her) is a classically-trained dance artist, now non-profit executive-slash-entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and freelanced in Israel, Germany, and Italy. She returned to her hometown with a mission to create an “artists’ kibbutz,” a community that empowers, supports, and funds individuals to build their livelihood as arts workers.

Currently, she is the Interim Executive Director at Arts Mission Oak Cliff (AMOC). An artists community center and venue that holds space for a diverse community to cultivate, celebrate, and sustain their creativity while actively engaging and inspiring the public with the arts. Avery-Jai is also the Co-Founder and visionary of Agora Artists, a grassroots 501(c)(3) that provides resources and professional development opportunities for freelance dance artists.

Additionally, as a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), Avery-Jai is a consultant for the Advisory Board and leads the initiative to build the official alumni association.

Jayne Clark

Production Designer: Little Boxes

Jayne is a Production Designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her commercial clients include NY Mag, Vice, VFiles, Ogilvy, Droga5, and Out Magazine. She has assisted Production Designers Nathan Crowley on The Greatest Showman and Bob Shaw on The Irishman. In 2018 she designed her first feature, Watch Me Drown, for directors Nathan Silver and Jack Dunphy and in 2019 designed Tahara, for director Olivia Peace which premiered at Slamdance. The short film she designed No Longer Suitable For Use will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Emily Cohn

Assistant Director: Little Boxes

Emily Cohn (she/her) is an NYC-based writer and director. "CRSHD," her debut feature film, had its World Premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently streaming on Hulu. Since graduating from Oberlin College, Emily has freelanced in many capacities, including as a personal assistant to Wes Anderson, camera op on MTV News' "Need to Know" and editor/assistant editor on a number of projects. She's currently pitching an original series called "In Transit" and directing the upcoming Riot Grrrl-inspired feature "Guts," written by Isabelle Barbier.

Quinn Dixon

Performer 2020-2022

Quinn Dixon is a multi-disciplinary artist and a certified Ilan Lev Method practitioner from Milwaukee WI. After years of formal dance training they moved to NYC and gained experience with choreographers in the downtown/indie dance scene, performed in Sleep No More, traveled to the Cayman Islands to dance for pop stars, developed a character for OddKnock Productions in Denver, starred in debut feature film by director Hannah Cullen and is currently devising a role for a new immersive theater production by Detour Dance in San Francisco. In addition to live theater and dance, Quinn practices clothing design, photography, writing and singing to tell stories and express their interpretations of life on Earth.

Andrea Shahayda

Producer: Little Boxes

Andrea is a Producer, Director and Cinematographer who has an extensive short film resume and has produced multiple live Comedy television shows for ZSA Global and Seme tv. She is originally from San Diego, Ca and is a graduate at New York Film Academy’s Producer program. Her project “Global Spins with DJ Rashida” Took home a Silver Telly Award in Travel and Tourism in 2018. She is a recipient of a Davey Award and was awarded “Best short film” at HBO’s short film competition American Black Film Festival

David Taylor

Producer and Unit Production Manager: Little Boxes
Technical Direction for cullen+them 2003-2018

David Taylor is a Technical Director and Visual Artist. He holds a Masters degree in Technical Direction which he received from the art school founded by Walt Disney - The California Institute of the Arts. After Grad school he helped open the REDCAT theater within the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles for its inaugural season. From there he moved to New York City to do Technology Research and Development for Michael Counts on his project - The Ride New York - now known as The Ride. David has been a freelance Production Manager for over a decade and he has toured internationally with various Productions and Live Events. He frequently works with the celebrity event planner David Monn and is currently the Director of Production for Jazz at Lincoln Center where he has enjoyed 10 years of employment on hundreds of productions. He has been the Production Manager and Technical Director for every major YDC show and cullen+them performance since 2005.

While he has had the opportunity to work with artists and designers of immense caliber - he views his work with cullen+them as the most rewarding of his work... and is proud to be assisting in executing the vision today - of the high caliber artists of tomorrow.

Christopher Theilking

Lighting Designer: Forever For Now, Little Boxes, Mark it in Pencil

A New York City based lighting designer, NYU-Tisch MFA alumni, and adjunct professor at Montclair State University. His credits include Lighting Designer for Immigration Stories (Mari Meade Dance Collective), Mark it In Pencil (Cullen+Them), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane Theater), A Bright Room Called Day, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Bridget Hobbs Connection (NYU-Tisch), Broadway associate for Jagged Little Pill, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Broadway assistant The Other Place, US Tour associate & UK associate The Humans (the Broadway production).