FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR /
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: AUSTIN, TX
Kris is the Founder and Artistic Director of Resonate. She has over two decades of rhythmic experience. She is passionate about sharing positive messages with minds all over the world.
Kris is a Connecticut native and cum laude percussion graduate of the Hartt School of Music. She tours the world with the international sensation, STOMP. She has performed on VH1, CNN, GMA, and FOX. She has been featured in issue 18 of the female celebrated magazine - TOM TOM Magazine. She is a Pound Pro and advocate for Boss Babes in Austin, TX.
// www.KrisLeeDrums.com // @KrisLeeDrums
CO-FOUNDER, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: AUSTIN, TX
Chafic Saad is the Co-Founder of Resonate. He is an FAA licensed pilot, professional aerial cinematographer, and an award winning filmmaker. He is the founder of Kind Motion Pictures, a highly creative aerial cinematography organization that travels the world to capture magic. He has produced aerial footage for Google, CNN, ABC, Hulu, Law & Order SVU, AXS TV, and the International Body Music Festival.
He has been performing for over two decades and is an avid body percussionist and percussive performer. His credentials include DrumJam and STOMP NYC.
// www.kindmotion.com // @KindMotion // @ChaficSaad
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: LAS VEGAS, NV
Jason Nious is an actor, dancer, arts educator, and founder of the body percussion experiment; Molodi. On stage, Jason has performed with STOMP, Step Afrika!, One Night for One Drop, Cirque du Soleil’s KA at MGM, and originated the role of the Mardi Gras clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana.
On film, he was the assistant choreographer, dancer, and acrobatic stunt double in Stomp the Yard 2. Jason has served as a cultural ambassador with the US Embassy at events in Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Brazil, South Africa, and Central America. Jason received his BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico.
// @MolodiLive // @jnious
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: AUSTIN, TX
Mike is a founding partner at Tilted Chair Creative, an advertising agency that just turned 6. That's his day job. When he's not working in advertising, Mike has a passion for performing. Somewhere in 2005, Mike met his friend, Chafic Saad, and decided to take their high school marching band drumming skills to the stage.
They didn't have a song, and they didn't have a plan, but with sticks in hand they drummed. The crowds loved it. They called it DrumJam, and Mike has been on and off the stage ever since. Sure, he has a day job in advertising, but it was his desire for the stage that led him to one of the most entertaining jobs in the professional world.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: CHICAGO, IL
Scott Standley is a self-employed writer, composer, performer and dog-wrangler. He was born and raised in Austin where he attended The University of Texas at Austin, earning a writing degree while creating music and video projects with an array of multi-talented friends.
Shortly after graduation, Scott moved to Chicago where he wrote music reviews for Chicago Magazine and formed a band called ChooChoo that sits somewhere between grunge and gospel. Now, Scott splits his time between ChooChoo, writing sci-fi screenplays and recording a debut solo album entitled Cosmic Hymnal for the Urban Midwest.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: FORT WORTH, TX
John began his music training with a focus in percussion in Forth Worth. He went on to study percussion and music performance at TCU where he got his bachelors degree in music education. He was a proud member of the 2001 DCI world champions, the Cavaliers, where he marched snare drum. In 2005, John was a member of the percussion group 6 to 1, where he did two tours with The Great Moscow Circus.
In 2007 he joined the cast of STOMP in New York City, and from 2012 to 2017 he played the lead role in the touring and the New York production of STOMP. John has toured all over the country and the world as a clinician and a performer with various musical productions and ensembles.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: GUAM, USA
Dylan Saad is an accomplished chef, avid percussionist, freelance paddle boarder, and outdoor sports activist. Dylan has been playing drums since the age of seven, and has performed around the US, Japan, and the Philippines. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Dylan pursued a career in his other passion: cooking.
Dylan resides on the island of Guam where he fills his days cooking and playing Cajon.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SAN DIEGO, CA
Chris is the founder of Arms Wide Open - a program that provides a safe, comfortable and positive environment for persons with special needs that offers youth and adults with social, delayed developmental and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in theatre productions.
Chris is a master teacher in the fields of percussion, dance, choreography, instrumental music, producing a Broadway production, writing a screenplay, writing music, producing a professional CD, directing theatre, etc. He performed with the off-Broadway production of STOMP for more than six years and performed with them in the United States and overseas.
Resonate offers youth and young adults the opportunity to intern and get involved with our programs.
Community involvement is a large part of what we do, and we look for individuals who want to share their story and our stage. Get going! Send us an email.