Rebecca French - Artistic Director
Rebecca French has been dancing and choreographing since 1995, when she began her ballet and modern dance studies at the University of Houston. She joined Richard Hubscher's Easy Credit Theater in 1998 and performed for two years under the direction of the former Houston Ballet dancer. Hubscher's work was often dark and disturbing, and impressed upon Rebecca the importance of avoiding the 'safe' route in dance. She became determined to tell her own stories with choreography, and after meeting composer and filmmaker Robert Thoth in 2000, Rebecca became interested in the idea of multi-media dance. The two formed FrenetiCore in 2000 and began performing original dance/film in small venues in the Houston area.
After incorporating as a non-profit organization in 2003, FrenetiCore established a company of dancers and began mounting larger performances. From 'The Sacred Harp,' a multi-media southern gothic morality play with live Shape Note Singing and simulated human sacrifice, to a film/dance theater recreation of George Orwell's '1984' with break-dancing Thought Police in gas masks, to 'Zomberina!' a full length dance-on-film about zombie ballerinas who exact revenge on the world of competition dance, FrenetiCore's productions challenge audience's preconceptions about the world around them, while clearly focusing on entertainment value.
Rebecca's approach to choreography is based on her study of theater and numerous dance disciplines--including modern dance, ballet, jazz, folk (African, Middle Eastern), ballroom, tap, hip-hop, and gymnastics. She is most interested in highly theatrical work that entertains while expressing profound truths about the human condition. If it doesn't move an audience to revelation, anger, joy or action--it's not worth doing.
Rebecca has received numerous grants as an individual artist as well as for FrenetiCore. In 2004, 2008 and 2012, she was awarded an individual artist grant for choreography from the Houston Arts Alliance through the city of Houston.
Michelle Mayo - Office Manager
Michelle Mayo graduated from the University of Houston in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Dance. While at the University of Houston, she was involved in The Civic Houston Internship Program and interned with Congressman Ted Poe during her last semester. After graduation, Michelle pursued a dance career while working part-time as a legal assistant. Michelle is excited to join the FrenetiFamily as the organization's new office manager.
Adam Castaneda - Venue Manager/Marketing and Development Associate
Adam Castaneda recieved his MA in American and British literature from the University of Houston. He previously worked as an editor for Publishing Resources, LLC and now enjoys freelancing for Houston Press, Houstonia Magazine, Texas Arts + Culture, and Dance Source Houston. When not thinking about dance, he also teaches freshman-level English at Houston Community College - Northeast.