Cast Bios

CAST MEMBER/AERIAL CHOREOGRAPHER (Caterpillar) Sara Joel is a known choreographer/aerialist throughout New York and beyond. Trained on scholarship at the Martha Graham School and a BFA recipient – earned with honors from Colorado College – Joel joined Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas as an original Zumanity cast member from 2003-2006; during which her own choreography was showcased. Joel has also been featured in Cirque du Soleil’s series Solstrom, shot by Bravo for Canadian television. As a muse for Howard Schatz’s brilliant photography, Joel was inspired to produce the underwater dance film Rapt (co-directed by Jody Oberfelder) which was presented at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2007.

CAST MEMBER (Conversion School Lady & Mother) Belinda Lutes was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where she began her dance training with The Academy of Colorado Ballet. While there she gained strong foundations in ballet, modern, and jazz. Ms. Lutes continued her dance studies in high school where she attended the San Francisco School of the Arts. From there she moved to Long Beach, California and attended the California State University of Long Beach, at which she gained her BFA in dance. During her time there she had the opportunity to be cast in a piece by the renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones, inspiring her to move to New York. She moved to New York in March of 2013 where she continues to take class and pursue dance. Ms. Lutes is excited and honored to be performing in this production with Duvall Productions.

CAST MEMBER (Guard & Conversion School Lady) Geneva Manley MA, is currently adjunct faculty at NYU’s Dance Education program, her alma mater, where she received honor as Salutatorian. She also teaches choreographic techniques around the city. Manley has a background in corporate sales and a B.S. in Marketing from Depaul University. Her earliest dance training began at age seven. She has taught and performed various genres throughout the U.S and the world. Manley received critical acclaim as a solo dancer, and presented at conferences hosted by NYU Tisch, NDEO and NYSDEA. She humbly thanks her NY family for coming out to support her and this production.

CAST MEMBER (young Lavana) Makara Tunstall-Runge is a rising young talent whose performance repertoire is more varied than most her age. Tunstall-Runge has performed with the Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre; the Moscow Ballet during their Nutcracker season, as well as half-time shows for the world famous Globetrotters and Denver Nuggets professional basketball teams. Supplementing Tunstall-Runge’s current dance training with the Denver School of the Arts, she is a current member of the pre-professional Assembly Line dance company. 

CAST MEMBERS (Little Butterflies) Students, courtesy of Broadyway Performing Arts Center and Tina Casula Gross

***Poem: “Shooting Up the Sun”, written and recorded by Andrea Gibson

Soul of a blue


Photograph by Howard Schatz ©Schatz Ornstein 2009