Board & Staff
Joe’s Movement Board of Directors
Michael Herman, President
Doyle Niemann,Vice President
Dr. Nassim Ebrahimi
Brooke Kidd, Founder & Executive Director
Joe’s Movement Emporium Staff
Brooke Kidd, Executive Director and Founder of World Arts Focus, negotiates all contracts, supervises program leadership, attends to final reporting requirements with Joe’s Movement Emporium program managers, and provides program leadership. Ms. Kidd is a dance artist, choreographer, and instructor. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Dance, Anthropology, and African Studies, and an M.A. in Dance with the thesis Revitalizing Community through Dance from American University. For more than 20 years Ms. Kidd has designed dance programs to engage community, produced large-scale performances, and presented work in the region. She received the Alan Kriegsman Award from Dance Metro DC for lifetime achievement and an Individual Artist Award in choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council. Most recently, Ms. Kidd was selected as the 2015 Maryland State Arts Advocate of the Year by Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
Neena Narayanan, Marketing Director, has been inspired by the movement arts since her parents dropped her off at her first dance class. Ms. Narayanan came to Joe’s in 2013 after receiving her Masters in Arts Management from American University. She works closely with Joe's management team to maintain, develop and improve the Joe's brand through maintaining and updating the website, enews, social media, and print collateral. She brings data management, marketing and fundraising experience from arts and health care non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area including Studio Gallery, DC Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington Project for the Arts. Neena holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester.
LaTanya Robinson, Arts Education Director, has over 17 years experience working with youth as a tutor, mentor, advocate, and paraeducator. She has organized and implemented child care and youth enrichment program since 1998. Provides management and oversight for youth programs in the community of Mount Rainier and the local Gateway Arts District. Establish, evaluate and refine current offerings of performing arts after school classes to meet the needs of parents in the community with children between the ages of 3-13. Provide quality instruction and staff in visual and performance arts for youth during after school hours. Organize and operate youth summer camps focused on self-awareness, confidence, and respect through performance. Ms. Robinson continues to seek opportunities to expand arts programs to youth in local schools.
Jessica Quiroz, Assistant Arts Education Director, graduated from UPOLI College in Nicaragua with a BA in, Business Administration. She has 13 years experience in Administration and quality customer service; and 5 years in child care administration. She began working with Joe's Movement Emporium in 2008, where she teaches Spanish Movement, and Salsa classes. In addition to working with the Arts Education Department, Ms. Quiroz also provides program assistance to Joe's Movement Emporium’s Theatre Tech Program (TTP). Ms. Quiroz’s goal is to cultivate creative expression and positive youth development.
Clara Majors, Clara was born in Lima, Peru where she graduated from Jose Maria Arguedas University with a degree in Folklore. For four years, Clara worked as a Folklore Teacher at Catholic University of Peru. She was also a member of the Theater Group of the Millennium travelling around the globe representing her native Peru in different folkloric dances. Her exposure to diverse cultures strongly influences her painting combining many colors, objects and textures into a tapestry that gives feeling and meaning to her work. Clara considers her art a tribute to the native peoples of the world. Clara’s passion for painting, appreciation of diverse cultures, and love for children has made our world more vibrant and beautiful here at Joe’s.
Linda Cameron serves as program coordinator for the CreativeWorks (formerly Theater Tech) program. Linda began her career in the field of early childhood but after mentoring in a local community organization she decided to work with teens. So she began working with the nonprofit organization, Associates for the Renewal in Education where she served as a job developer and later program manager. She is also a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Cathy Smith, CreativeWorks (formerly Theater Tech program) Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, has many years of experience as a project director, writer, editor and business owner. Within the last four years, she has become a performing artist at storytelling venues like Story District, Story League, Better Said Than Done, and others, and she conducts storytelling workshops for CreativeWorks as well as to companies and organizations.
Studio manager Supervisor, Ricardo began at Joe’s in December 2006 as a volunteer with Club Joe’s. It wasn’t long after he joined the Arts Education staff in January 2007. Ricardo has worked with children in Club Joe’s and Camp Joe’s helping them develop new skills and working with them to create a positive learning environment. In addition, Ricardo worked with Joe’s workforce training program, now known at CreativeWorks, as a trainee and trainer learning video editing, basic theater tech, and event management. Based on his institutional knowledge of and wide range of experiences at Joe’s, he joined the Studio Management team in 2009 and became the Studio Manger Supervisor in 2016.
Jeniffer Leon is Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Artist Services Coordinator, also a lighting designer and theater technician at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse. She went through Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Theater Tech Program, now known as CreativeWorks, spring of 2009 and returned after 7 years to work as a lighting designer. Through the Theater Tech Program she had the opportunity to attend a summer work program at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse as a camp counselor. During the fall of 2009 she was hired part time at M-NCPPC’s Publick Playhouse where she found a calling for lighting design and has been designing for 8+ years. Jeniffer has worked with many artist including Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Jeff Majors, Regina Belle and many others.
After completing the CreativeWorks program in 2010, Gustavo Alexander Trejo joined Joe’s Movement Emporium staff as a technician and has been with Joe’s for 9 years. He specializes in lighting and sound design, and is a leading team member of the technical crew. Gustavo also works as a technician at Publick Playhouse. In addition, Gustavo has received a certificate at Prince George’s Community College in Theatre and Entertainment Technology. He hopes to continue his career in theater production.
Handirubvi Indigo Wakatama is a visual artist, curator and arts educator. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for Creative Suitland, a partnership with the Revenue Authority of Prince George's County and Joe's Movement Emporium. Indigo earned her B.A in Fine Arts from Corcoran and M.A in Arts & Teaching from George Washington University.