Jennifer Grant - Artistic Director
Jen co-founded aKa Dance Theatre Company in 2014 after gaining her MA in choreography from TrinityLaban. Prior to this she trained under the direction of Carrie Whitaker (Lila Dance), Cai Tomos and Dale Thompson at The University of Chichester.
Alongside aKa, Jen is the director of Taunton Youth Dance Company, Blitz andDigit Youth Dance Company and FunFeet - Four community classes held at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.
She also teaches contemporary dance theatre at Queen's College in Taunton, expanding opportunities to those interested in participating in the arts through the performing arts academy that the college runs.
Jen has a passionate determination to create through play and is driven to find what is yet to be found.
Joe Garbett - Associate Director
After completing his BA Hons at The University of Chichester, Joe went on to join the first JV2 (The Jasmin Vardimon Company Professional Development Certificate) working under the direction of Jasmin Vardimon, Tim Casson and Mafalda Deville.
Since Joe has been busy working as a freelance dance artist, creating projects for local young dancers and working with artists such as Gary Clarke and Zi Ling.
With a clear passion for discovering new ways of presenting the moving body Joe was eager to co-found aKa.
Sabrina Gargano - Company Member
Sabrina was born in Barletta (Italy) where she began her dance training. In Italy she worked on many projects in collaboration with contemporary companies including Arte e Balletto. In 2012 she made the move to London to discover how contemporary dance in a different surrounding could extend her movement vocabulary. Since being here she has worked with Theatre Libre and Jasmin Vardimon Company (as part of JV2) and most recently is involved in R.I.O.T a work by physical theatre company Paniclab.
Alongside being a freelance dance artist Sabrina is a qualified Pilates instructor.
Sabrina joined aKa for the creation of their second work; 'Method to my Madness'.
She has a performance presence which cannot be ignored.
Verena Schneider - Company Member
Originally from Germany, Verena moved to England to train at London Contemporary Dance School and TrinityLaban. Since Graduating she has performed for artists such as Hagit Yakira, Maciej Kuzminski and Summit Dance Theatre, and is involved in the creation period with Thea Stanton and Cameron Graham, as well as with Lisa May Thomas.
As well as being a freelance dance artist Verena is currently studying a bachelors in Psychology.
Verena joined aKa for the creation of the companies second work; 'Method to my Madness'.
She has a true curiosity to how she and others can affect the performance space.
Sally Smithson - Company Member
Sally previously studied contemporary dance at The University of Chichester before progressing to post graduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Through taking the MA Creative Practice program here, Sally collaborated with other students within realms of performance art and choreography alongside developing her own movement and sound instillation work.
Sally wishes to continue training in varied physical disciplines in order to compliment the work she does in dance and performance.
Most recently she has worked with Aya Kobayashi delivering performance art at Tate ModernGallery, London.
Holly Preece - Company Member
On completing her BA (Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance Holly continued her training at the institution, working with transitions dance Company. Here she performed in work choreographed by Lauri Stallings and Tom Dale as well as gaining her Masters in Dance Performance.
Since graduating she has worked as a freelance dance artist in various projects with Daisy Farris Dance Collective.
Holly is aka's newest company member joining in 2015.
Sofa - Company Member
After collaborating with Artistic Director Jennifer Grant whilst training domestically in Taunton, Sofa became freelance and joined the company for the rehearsal and direction and recent performances of Next Door.
"...pirouettes, tips on its side, embraces or ejects the two lovers..." Catherine Love - The Place, Resolution 2016.