creators & collaborators


2018 Premier


Direction & Choreography: Jacques Heim

Associate Choreography: The Company

Structure Design: Mike McClusky, Tina Trefethen, Adam Davis, and Jeremy Railton

Structure Engineering & Construction: Mike McClusky, McClusky LTD., Tina Trefethen

Music: ODESZA, Zack Hemsey, Moby, The Crystal Method, Sarah Jaffe, Florence + The Machine, Jon Hopkins.

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Sound Design: Simon Greenberg

Costume Design: Brandon Grimm


Voyage is supported by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cheng Family Foundation.


2017 Premier


Excerpts from the poem Sick Leave by Siegfried Sassoon, WWI Veteran (1918).

Project Producer: Jennifer Cheng

Project Director: Dusty Alvarado

Director & Choreographer: Jacques Heim

Associate Choreographer: Jessie Ryan

Rehearsal Director: Ana Brotons

Associate Rehearsal Director: Erin White

Special Assistant to the Director for Veterans Affairs: Dr. Art DeGroat, Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, U.S.Army, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs Kansas State University

Artistic and Educator Consultant: France Nguyen

Art Therapy Consultant: Melissa Susman

Structure Designer, Sculptor: Daniel Wheeler

Structure Engineering Concept & Design: Mike McCluskey & Tina Trefethen

Music Composer: Nathan Wang

Lighting Designer: Nick Davidson

Associate Lighting Designer: Caitlin Eby

Interactive Systems Designer: Thadeus Reed

Sound Engineer: Corwin Evans

DIAVOLO Teachers: Chris Carvalho, Matt Wagner, Majella Loughran

Costume Designer: Michael Acoya

Associate Costume Design and Construction: Kelly Maglia The Battalion: Michael Acoya, Shannon Corbeil, Lugdy Cueva, Melanie Franco, Thomas Furlano, Joseph Gamble, Victor George, BJ Lange, Christopher Loverro, Alex Meridy, Alison Smith, La’Vel Stacy, Steve Suh, Jacques Walden Jr., Dianna Wilson.

The Spirit of the Fallen: Rod Simmons

DIAVOLO Institute Performers: Andrew Corpuz, Kate Dougherty, Steven Jasso, Emily Krause, Abraham Meisel, Lex Shimko, Anne-Marie Talmadge.

Community Partners: Gil Cedillo Councilmember- Los Angeles City Council District 1, LA City Council Campaign, American Legion Hollywood Post 43 & Adjutant Karl Risinger, Veterans in Film and Television & Tim Norman, Kansas State University, University of Southern California Veterans Collaborative, California State University Northridge Veterans Resource Center, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Chatsby Films, Lucques Catering, Patina Restaurant Group, The Heights Deli, Trader Joe’s, Food For Less. The Veterans Project was funded by generous support from the Cheng Family Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, Doug Huberman, Lisa and Gaynell Methvin, Nancy Porter, Boude Moore, and Meegan Godfrey.

L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily)

Produced by Jennifer Cheng Commissioned by the Cheng Family Foundation



2015 Premiere

Set in an abstract corporate America, Cubicle explores the human condition under cramped control and a monotonous reality, exposing an underlying counterbalance between freedom and anarchy in the workplace. Anonymity and confinement set the pace in this corporate sea of grey as we witness a multitude of shifting landscapes as abstract representations of a familiar work environment. Boxing in both their sanity and distinctiveness, we witness the struggle to maintain a sense of individuality on the corporate climb as the performers labor against a homogenized work mentality, finding solidarity only within themselves and each other.


Concept & Direction: Jacques Heim

Choreographer: Leandro Glory Damasco Jr. in choreographic collaboration with The Company.

Original Collaborators: Ana Carolina Brotons Christopher Carvalho, Chelsea Caffey, Cal Chester, Ezra Masse-Mahar, Jessie Ryan, Connor Senning, Kellie St. Pierre, Amy Tuley, Rico Velazquez, Chisa Yamaguchi

Structure Design: Tina Trefethen and Mike Mike McCluskey/Mike McCluskey LTD

Original Concept Design: Thomas Flake

Structure Construction: Robert Selander

Music Composer: Bruno Louchouarn

Light Sculpture by: LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora

Dramaturge and Artistic Consultant: Rosanna Gamson

Lighting Designer: Evan Merryman Ritter

Associate Lighting Designer: Luc Hediger

Costume Designer: Brandon Grimm

Project Manager: Renee Larsen Engmyr

Artistic Consultants: Jim Vincent, Adam Davis, Julie McDonald, Tony Selznick, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts & the Des Moines Center for the Performing Arts, Hae Kyung Lee, Steve Connell, Jessica Goin, Jonathan Reap

Cubicle was produced by Jennifer Cheng, commissioned by the Cheng Family Foundation and co-commissioned by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Des Moines Performing Arts, with additional support provided by Syracuse University. Cubicle premiered in 2015 at Des Moines Performing Arts in Des Moines, Iowa.





2016 Premiere

Passengers is a mind trip. It is a piece about people caught in the wild loop of their shifting states of mind. Their journey through consciousness is a metaphoric embodiment of the challenges, obstacles and adversity we all face in our waking reality. Their unrelenting search for identity and self is a powerful reminder that we are merely Passengers on this vehicle called Life.


Concept & Direction: Jacques Heim Choreographer: Leandro Glory Damasco Jr. in choreographic collaboration with The Company.

Original Collaborators: Ana Carolina Brotons, Christopher Carvalho, Majella Loughran, Ezra Masse-Mahar, Jessie Ryan, Connor Senning, Kellie St. Pierre, Amy Tuley, Rico Velazquez, Matt Wagner, Erin White, Chisa Yamaguchi

Music Composer: Bruno Louchouarn

Production Designer, Architect: Adam Davis

Structure Engineering: Brian Shipley and Isolated Ground

Structure Construction: Rando Productions

Dramaturge and Artistic Consultant: Stephan Koplowitz

Lighting Designer: Evan Merryman Ritter

Structure Lighting Consultant: Mark Baker

Costume Designer: Brandon Grimm

Production and Project Manager: Renee Larsen Engmyr

Technical Director: Jonathan Meyer


Passengers was produced by Jennifer Cheng, commissioned by the Cheng Family Foundation and co-commissioned by the Vladimir and Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA, and Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore, CA. Additional support provided by the Ahmanson Foundation and The Scrooby Foundation. Benefactors: Mary Ellen Stuart, Ellen Pansky, Bill Hranchak, Nick Erickson, Meegan Godfrey. Passengers premiered in 2016 at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Transit Space

2012 Premiere

Transit Space explores themes of feeling lost, finding a sense of purpose, and coming together. Influenced by the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, Transit Space uses skateboard ramps as set pieces to represent an urban environment with ever-shifting physical and emotional spaces.


Original Concept and Direction: Jacques Heim

Original Collaborators: Brandon Grimm, Jennifer Huffman, Shauna Martinez, Ashley Nilson, Omar Olivas, Crystal Runk, Anibal Sandoval, Ben Sayles, Chisa Yamaguchi

Writer: Steve Connell

Composer / Sound Designer: Paul James Prendergast

Set Design Ramps: Sibyl Wickersheimer

Set Design Bridges: Tina Trefethen

Set Concept, Engineering, and Construction: Mike McCluskey, McCluskey LTD and Tina Trefethen

Lighting Design: John E.D. Bass

Physical Interactive Designers: David Beaudry and Valeria Beaudry

Voice Artists: Sekou Andrews, Alix Angelis, Vincent Cardinale, Jennifer Christopher, Steve Connell, Mayda del Valle, Lauren Dragan, Justin Huen, Adam Jennings, Tracy Lockwood, Shauna Martinez, Thea Monyee, Omar Olivas, Johannes Williams, Chisa Yamaguchi

Skateboarding Consultants: Jesse Martinez and Nathan Pratt of Dogtown and Z-Boys

Skateboarding Advisors: Angel Aparicio, Seth Milner, Garrett Surjue

Rehearsal Stage Manager: Elizabeth Van Vleck


A very special thank you to Corey Madden, Amy Dupain Vashaw, Elisha Clark, Peter Aeschbacher, Marcus Shaffer, Khanjan Mehta and Mark Baker. Transit Space was commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University and co-commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Los Angeles. Transit Space premiered in 2012 at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State University

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