Pilobolus @ Play Residency

Move. Create. Perform.

Stay tuned for information and dates for our 2023 program


Back for it’s sixth year at the Dr. Phillips Center AdventHealth School of the Arts, the internationally acclaimed dance theater company is committed to creating collaboratively and finding beauty in unexpected places. Students two to 102 will work with company members during a free, one-week residency to create an original work. The week will conclude with a final showcase for family, friends, and the community in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater.


Pilobolus Teaching Artists

Emily Kent, Education & Community Engagement Manager

EMILY MILAM KENT graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a BSEd in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. Soon after, she began collaborating with Pilobolus. Emily toured with Pilobolus Too, a duet configuration of Pilobolus, and has been photographed for company calendars and books including Pilobolus The Human Alphabet and Twisted Yoga. Emily has choreographed and performed for corporate events and commercial performances such as Proctor and Gamble’s National Product Launch in New York, Europe’s IFA convention, and the 79th Annual Academy Awards. She has created original works for high school and university dance companies for Pilobolus and as an individual artist. She has set classic Pilobolus repertoire on high school and university students; she and her partner Matt Kent, were the first to have the process notated by a Laban Notator. Emily now works as the company’s Education and Community Engagement Manager. She spends her days teaching and training teachers to bring Pilobolus’s ideals of collaboration and improvisation to young and old.

Heather Jeane Favretto, Teaching Artist

HEATHER JEANE FAVRETTO is a performer, teaching artist, and choreographer hailing from New Jersey. She has spent the majority of the past eleven years touring the world performing with and teaching for Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Notable collaborations include: In The Dark with Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Demetri Martin, Shadowland with David Poe and Steven Banks (creator of SpongeBob Squarepants), The Art of Fugue with the Brentano String Quartet and architect Gabriel Calatrava, Echo in The Valley with Grammy award winning banjo superstars Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and The World Science Festival with theoretical physicist Brian Greene.. just to name a few! She counts herself very lucky for being given opportunities to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on the Today Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda, as well as several other TV spots all over the planet! However, Heather feels she has truly found her calling in bringing integrated movement practices to a range of diverse communities. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Rutgers University where she now serves on faculty.

Jacob Michael Warren, Teaching Artist

JACOB MICHAEL WARREN hails from New York City, where he spends most of his time trying to be a ninja. He can’t decide if he’s a musician, an actor, or a dancer, and as a result he has been blessed with a wonderfully diverse, and continually evolving career. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, Jake went on to perform with numerous world-renowned dance companies, and finally arrived at Pilobolus Dance Theater, where he had the pleasure of choreographing, teaching, and dancing all around the world for almost a decade. Jake left Pilobolus in 2019 and went on to create and collaborate on multiple immersive and experiential theater projects including NYC-smash-hit Queen of the Night, and direct and choreograph productions for stage and film. When he’s not dancing, he’s most likely playing funk/soul hits with his band The Harmonica Lewinskies, eating, or trying to prove that gravity is a myth.