Mixed eMotion Theatrix combines music, contemporary dance, ethnic movement, opera, theater, film and multi-media to create hybrid performance experiences in live theater and online content. The company is dedicated to telling stories of the human condition through the use of folk tales, myths, classic literature, new histories and biographies. MeMT strives to inform, educate and enlighten the contemporary audience to create a collective sense of community through shared experience.
Who We Are
Janet is an award-winning Director/Choreographer working in theater, concert dance and many forms of media. She was the Director/Choreographer and Co-Creator of “Anaïs, A Dance Opera,” which tells the story of famed diarist, Anaïs Nin, a MeMT production. The production premiered at the Greenway Court Theatre, other performances include the New Vic in Santa Barbara and the Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University. It was part of the Festival Off d’Avignon in France last July and will be opening the International Theater Festival in Casablanca, Morocco as well as performing in Paris in March 2018. As Director/Choreographer of theater her work includes ‘Midsummer Night” for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company , “Striking 12” ( Laguna Playhouse), “Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera” (ART, Boston), “CarnEvil" (Sacred Fools Theater) “shAme,” (King King Nightclub), “So Now You Know” (Highways, Wallis) and “The Wanting” (Highways). Janet created choreography for the hit production, “The Boy From Oz” (Celebration Theatre) for which she received her second Ovation Award (LA’s top theater award) as well as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (LADCC). Janet created choreography for “The Color Purple,” (Celebration Theatre) and was awarded the Ovation, NAACP and LADCC Awards. Additional choreography: “Once On this Island,” (International City Theater, NAACP Nomination); “Avenue X,” (Odyssey Theater, Ovation Award Nomination);and “Failure, A Love Story” (Coeurage Theater, Ovation Nomination). “Failure” was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theater Group’s “Block Party.” Her contemporary choreography has been presented at London’s Royal Academy of Music and in Cannes, France. Her work was awarded at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival and selected for the Los Angeles Dance Festival, and Pasadena Dance Festival. She has received two American Choreography Awards, is a proud alumni of the Directors Lab and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. janetroston.com
Ryan is a Los Angeles based theatrical director and producer. He has spent well over a decade devoted to promoting and growing the arts community in and around the Los Angeles area and beyond. He specializes in new works and developing theatre arts that foster communication and acceptance of all communities. Ryan earned his BA in Theatre and German at Truman State University and has continued his studies throughout the world. In 2015 Ryan and his partner in crime, Janet Roston proudly established Mixed eMotion Theatrix with the dream of bringing the magic and joys of theatre, dance and multimedia to all communities throughout the world to further acceptance and growth within us all. His most recent directorial work includes, “Mutt House, The Musical” (Kirk Douglas Theatre), “Die Mommie Die” (Kirk Douglas Theatre), “Die Mommie Die” (Celebration Theatre), “Niagara Fall” (Theatre of NOTE), “Bronies the Musical” (LA Fringe, Best Musical Winner), “revolver” (Celebration Theatre), “The Real Housekeepers of Studio City” (LA Fringe, Best of Fringe Winner). Ryan’s most recent producing work includes, “Anaïs, A Dance Opera” (Greenway Court Theater), “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera” (King King), “The Next Fairy Tale” (Celebration Theatre), and “BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera” (Celebration Theatre). ryanbergmann.com
Joe is a stage/film director, video editor, photographer, graphic designer, and projection designer. He is the director of the web-series Dog Days and Pet Peeves. His short films Adobo, Loaded, and Thanksgiving have screened at festivals including the Boulder International Film Festival, D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He is the editor of the hit Nigerian feature films When Love Happens, Lunch Time Heroes and When Love Happens Again. He has edited festival favorite shorts Just Like the Movies (Indie Spirit Film Festival, Las Vegas Intl. Film Festival) and Miss Miao (Dances With Films Festival, Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Film Festival). Projection design credits include Gatsby Redux (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Striking 12 (Laguna Playhouse), four consecutive years of The 24hr Plays, Tonya & Nancy (Club Oberon, Boston), Serpentine Pink (Son of Semele), and CarnEvil (Sacred Fools). Joe holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. joelarue.com