Artistic DirectorBennyroyce Royon
Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American director, choreographer, and educator working and between Seattle and New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Juilliard School. Other dance training includes Springboard Danse Montréal, Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, and The Rock School Summer Ballet Intensive. While at Juilliard, Royon performed works by Eliot Feld, José Limón, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Ronald K. Brown, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Alan Hineline, Jill Johnson, and Jessica Lang.
As a performer and collaborator, he has worked on Broadway (The King and I), Off-Broadway (Artist of Light), at The Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The First Emperor), at the New York Philharmonic (The Cunning Little Vixen), and with dance companies including Armitage Gone! Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, The Nilas Martins Dance Company, Collective Body Dance Lab, Cas Public, and is a founding member of Bad Boys of Dance.
Royon has been noted by The New York Times for his "keenly focused, succinct way with movement." He has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton, Karole Armitage, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Gattelli, Greg Zane, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, among others. He has appeared on PBS Great Performances, Good Morning America, Asian American Life (CUNY TV), and the music videos of Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond.
As a choreographer, Royon has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, Point Park University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, American University, DeSales University, and The Joffrey Academy of Dance to name a few. His works have been praised by dance critics as "unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic" and "refreshingly original." He has received two CUNY Dance Initiative residencies, Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award, and The Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works Choreography Award.
Royon is an alumnus of the DanceMotion USA Follow-On Professional Development Program, a two-week partners in learning program in conjunction with BAM Education and Creative Capital. He is the Co-Chair of the Eastside Culture Coalition, a member of SoCoCulture’s Leadership Team, an Ambassador for the Renton Chamber of Commerce, and a dance consultant at the Filipino Community of Seattle.
In 2010, he founded Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance company. His company has performed at venues in New York City including The Joyce Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bryant Park Presents, and more. Composed of a multicultural group of broad-minded artists, Bennyroyce Dance delivers energetic and physical contemporary works with “glimmers of ballet vocabulary and lots of edge” (BroadwayWorld.com).
Twitter & Instagram: @bennyroyce
Music CompositionBarret Anspach
Barret Anspach (b.1986) is an American composer and musician. He graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor’s of Music with Scholastic Distinction in 2009 and a Master’s of Music in 2010.
Anspach uses a variety of musical formats to investigate time’s
intersection with physical and emotional space, whether through a
collection of quiet songs recorded by laptop in his bedroom or the
“marvelous sonorities” (Alastair Macaulay, New York Times) and
acoustic possibilities of an orchestra.
His work includes collaboration with choreographers Andrew Bartee, Julia Eichten, Kiyon Gaines, Joseph Hernandez, Devin McDermott, Price Suddarth, Zack Winokur and Bennyroyce Royon; artists Rachel Mason and Michael Hart; and musicians Jenn Champion, Jordan O’Jordan, and the band Night Cadet. Among those who have commissioned and premiered Anspach’s compositions are the Semperoper Ballett, Pacific Northwest
Ballet, Whim W'Him, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Moiræ Ensemble, and the Seattle Philharmonic.
He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Photo by: Spencer Bray
Graphic DesignWilmer Galindo
Wilmer Galindo (isuna) joins BennyRoyce Dance as our graphic designer and stage manager. Wilmer is a creative professional that brings to our company isunas experience and love for theater, visual design and community organizing. Photo by: Chris Clark
Artistic Associate + DramaturgMarie Zvosec
Marie Zvosec (she/her) is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.F.A.), the Dancers’ Studio at Oberlin, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and, most recently, Sarah Lawrence College (M.F.A.).
She has been seen performing with, among others, Bennyroyce Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, TAKE Dance, Hilary Easton + Company, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Juri Onuki, Doug Elkins + Friends, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Regina Nejman and Company, Shannon Gillan and Elisabeth Motley’s DOORKNOB Company, Elizabeth Keen, and with the Metropolitan Opera in productions by Zhang Yimou and Mark Morris.
Choreographic and stage direction commissions include works for Brooklyn Opera Works, Adelphi University, Bennyroyce Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal, Ohio Dance Theatre, Blackbird/Oiseau Noir Dance, Moxie Contemporary Ballet, and Randolph College. With [metro collective], Zvosec created Un/Governed Bodies, a screendance work including artificial intelligence technology, which premiered in 2021.
Zvosec was a Fellow at BAM’s Professional Development Program and was a full scholarship awardee for Teaching Artist Training at National Dance Institute. She served as Chair of Dance at Brooklyn Music School, as a faculty member at Adelphi University, and Chair of the Dance Department at Randolph College. She coordinated the 2022 American College Dance Association’s Mid-Atlantic South Conference, and most recently, was Director of the Helen McGehee Visiting Artist in Dance Program. This is her first collaboration as dramaturg with Bennyroyce Dance.
Photo by: Alexis Silver
Staff & Board
Bennyroyce Royon, Producing Artistic Director
Marie Zvosec, Artistic Associate + Dramaturg
Philip Strom, Artistic Associate
Lauran Drackett, Administrative Associate
Buffy Sato, Administrative Support
Erica Lane, Community Relations Liaison
Jack Hessburg, Research Associate