The Founders


Jason-Lacayo-altJASON LACAYO: was raised in the Lakeview area of New Orleans, La. Jason began his dance training at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance and performed locally with the New Orleans Youth Ballet, The Delta Festival Ballet, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and The New Orleans Opera. Because of the level of training and experience that he received while he was in New Orleans, Jason was offered a dance scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received a degree in Communications.

Upon graduating from SMU, Jason relocated to Los Angeles where he decided to utilize his dancing to access other opportunities in theater and the entertainment industry. As a result of that decision, he performed in National tours, feature films, television, regional theatre, dance theatre, commercials, music videos, industrials, commercial print, with multiple opera companies and on Broadway. Jason has performed in 48 of the 50 states, throughout Canada and in China.

Jason worked with many choreographers, composers and directors such as: Andy Blankenbuehler, Arthur Seidelman, Brad Rouse, Casey Nicolaw, Charles Strauss, Chistopher D’amboise, Clayton Phillips, Danny Pelzig, David Leveaux, James Brennan, Jerry Mitchell, John Kander, Jonathan Butterell, Peggy Hickey, Placido Domingo, Rob Ashford, Sam Mendes, Sergio Trujillo, Susan Stroman and Travis Payne. Some of his favorite projects include: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway), Contact (First National Tour), Across the Universe (Feature Film), Chicago (Macau, China: International Music Festival), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (National Tour), The Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, New York City Opera and Bloomer Girl (Encores! City Center, NY).

George-Smallwood-altGEORGE SMALLWOOD: began his dance training in New Orleans where he attended NOCCA for three years. Early in his career, George performed at Le Petit Theatre, Rivertown Repertory, and Tulane Summer Lyric. As a graduate of Southern Methodist University, George holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Focus. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Smallwood joined the prestigious Parsons Dance Company where he performed the company’s signature solo, Caught. As co-founder of Battleworks with choreographer Robert Battle, Mr. Smallwood continues to perform with the company and has taught master classes and re-staged Mr. Battle’s works across the United States. Mr. Smallwood was Ballet Master for Tremaine Dance Conventions and has been seen in regional productions of Spamalot, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, Music Man, White Christmas, Seven Brides… and 42nd Street. He danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the 2007-8 Season and in the 40th Anniversary Season of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

Most recently he has been a Guest Artist with BalletMet in Columbus, OH and with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Jessica-Hartman-altJESSICA HARTMAN: has had the honor of working with some of the best directors, choreographers, and stars of the Broadway world such as Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, Ann Reinking, Hugh Jackman and Jerry Mitchell to name a few. Some of her choreography credits include Lysistrata Jones (Broadway/Associate Choreographer); The Boy From Oz on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman (Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain/Swing), Showtune Off-Broadway for Jerry Herman (Assistant Director and Choreographer to Joey McKneely), as well as working with Tony nominated Broadway Choreographer, Dan Knechtges on and off Broadway, in Berlin, and around the country. Jessica has also choreographed for the Hangar Theatre, the NYC Fringe Festival, Ford’s Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Gym at Judson, Olney Theatre, and The Transport Group as well as directing and choreographing Break Out In Song in NYC.

Besides performing on Broadway, she has performed all over the world at many venues including Radio City Music Hall in NYC, La Scala Opera House in Milan, Arena Stage, Goodspeed Opera House and at Lincoln Center with the New York City Opera and New York Philharmonic. Other theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Peep Show and The Most Happy Fella, to name a few. Jessica has appeared at the Tony Awards, in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and was chosen to tour with the legendary Rolling Stones in their Bigger Bang Tour.

She has taught a musical theatre master class for Eliot Feld in NYC, as well as guest teaching Broadway repertoire for workshops, classes and at colleges across the US. She was born in New Orleans, where she began her dance training under Sylvia and Sandra Labourdette. Jessica was part of the theatre community since the age of six with such local theatres as Le Petit, Rivertown, JPAS, and the Jesuit Phils. She is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Mount Carmel Academy, trained at the Broadway Theatre Project with Ann Reinking, and has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. She is thrilled to see her dream of starting an arts education company coming true with Broadway Theatre Connection.

Jessica is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, AGVA, AFTRA, and AGMA.

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