Onward, Upward, and Sometimes Upside Down
Invertigo’s dance theatre creates a unique spin on the world.
MEET OUR VISIONARIES, OUR GUIDES
INVERTIGO BOARD MEMBERS
Board Member, Dancing Through Parkinson’s Teacher
Linda Berghoff (Dancing Through Parkinson's teacher, Invertigo board member, person living with Parkinson's) has danced recreationally all of her life. When she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2006, the diagnosis struck a blow at her most beloved activity. She continued to stay active and take dance classes. While in NYC visiting her children and grandchildren, she found out about the Dance for PD® program and received teacher training with Invertigo Dance Theatre members, both in Brooklyn and LA. She is proud to collaborate with Invertigo to bring an invaluable program to people living with PD. Linda's health continues to be strong, perhaps aided by her continued movement, travel, Ladino study and dance regimen, including being a teaching artist for multiple DTP classes. She is also a board member of Invertigo Dance Theatre.
Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Alex’s unique approach to directing, producing, and design, utilizes his background in film and theatre to above all, tell a story. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he has designed and produced work for Film, Television, Theater, Themed Entertainment, Theme Parks, and Public Art Installations globally.Currently, Alex serves as CEO and CCO of hiddenlemons, a creative development company dedicated to creating entertainment-based projects around the globe. Previously, Alex served as CEO and CCO of Entertainment Design Corporation (EDC), a company comprised of over 30 artists that designs and produces Branding Icon Attractions, Themed Experiences, and Live Shows. EDC’s highlights include: two multi-million-dollar Branding Icon Attractions for the Galaxy Entertainment group in Macau, two E-Ticket Dreamworks attractions for Dubai Parks and Resorts’ Motiongate Theme park and the Crane Dance; a 70-million dollar Branding Icon for Resorts World Sentosa Singapore.Alex’s film and television production credits include: the MTV Movie Awards, Pirates of the Caribbean II and III, and Starz’s Magic City among others. As a theatrical set designer, Calle has designed for numerous regional theatre companies, including The California Shakespeare Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Company, The Cuillo Theatre, Florida Stage, The Celebration Theater, The Garry Marshall Theater, and The Odyssey Theatre. He has also served as a resident production designer for Princess Cruises’ theatrical productions.Alex is currently a board member for Invertigo Dance Theatre, an institution at the forefront of Los Angeles dance, and has been involved with the company since their 2008 season.
Tamara Benefieled Faulk
Tamara Benefieled Faulk is a Certified Family Law Specialist in private practice in her own firm Law Offices of Tamara Benefield. She is a Public Interest Law Graduate of Loyola Law School (2002) and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from CSU at Northridge. She is a recent recipient of the National Bar Association’s Top 40 under 40 Lawyers (2017) and a member of various professional bar associations. She has taught Civil Procedure for West LA College of Law and is a member of the Order of Distinguished Attorneys, Beverly Hills Bar Association. She has previously taught continuing legal education on Successful Mediation and Negotiation for Black Women Lawyers (“BWL”) Annual Retreat and recently co-chaired a Scholarship Luncheon that fundraised over $100,000.00 for deserving students to assist in defraying the costs of studying for the bar examination and graduating from law school. She is a former Treasurer and Judicial Nominations Committee co-chair for the California Association of Black Lawyers and Judges (“CABL”) and has served on both the BWL and Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law boards as the representative for the Vera Brown Curtis Project which established free legal family law services in underserved communities. She is a committed family law trial advocate and devotes her time to complex custody disputes, domestic violence restraining orders, interstate and international custody disputes in addition to divorce, support and complex business and asset division cases.
Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads LMU's Career and Professional Development team. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching all LMU undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. 97% of LMU undergraduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service within six months of graduation. Before joining LMU, Branden held similar leadership roles in career services at St. Olaf College, Tufts University, and Harvard University. His work in the field of career services has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, American Public Media's Marketplace, ABC-7, the Career Leadership Collective, and the book Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business. He also serves on the board of Invertigo Dance Theatre, a Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company.
Laura Karlin is the Founder and Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, a teacher, choreographer, and movement activist.Since establishing Invertigo in 2007, Laura has created over 40 pieces for the company, including eight full evening-length works. Her work for Invertigo has been presented at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Broad Stage, and LACMA. Her work is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the California Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.Laura graduated from Cornell University with a dual degree in Choreography/Production and Pre-Law/LGBTQ Civil Rights. In London, she choreographed for and performed with Synergy Dance Theatre, Snapdragon Dance and the prestigious Resolution! Festival.Laura has also been commissioned by LA Contemporary Dance Company, Celebrate Dance, and the Southern California Dance Invitational. She has been a guest artist and teacher at Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Pierce College, La Companyia in Barcelona, and University California, Santa Barbara. Additionally, she has established ongoing partnerships with other non-profit arts organizations in LA, including choreographing for and performing alongside the Independent Shakespeare Company for ten summers.When she isn’t in the Invertigo office or rehearsal room, Laura can be found teaching Invert/ED and Dancing Through Parkinson’s classes, practicing sustainable gardening in her home, or in the world camping and traveling.
Fiona Karlin is proud to work with the board members and artists of Invertigo Dance Theatre, and to be very involved in the Dancing Through Parkinson's classes. She admires Laura's choreography and values the opportunity to bring such a creative art form to Los Angeles. She also works as a docent giving tours at LACMA, and is a former chair of the Docent Council.
Michael and Fiona Karlin are sponsors of Invertigo Dance Theatre. Invertigo is a leading Los Angeles contemporary dance company that creates exciting, whimsical and fresh dance theatre that connects with audiences, and provides dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease and dance education for underserved students through its InvertEd program.
Francine Leffler Ringold (Johnson), Ph.D., was the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 2003-7 and a 2003 winner of the “Writers Who Make A Difference” award from the nationally distributed Writer Magazine, a Katie Westby Lifetime Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, and a “Sadie” and “Newsmaker” Award from Women in Communications. Her name is also synonymous in the minds of many with Nimrod, the international literary journal that she edited and championed for over 47 years.Fran’s published work ranges from poems to plays to guides for creative writing and includes: Still Dancing: New & Selected Poems, and The Trouble with Voices, both winners of the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, 1996, 2004; Every Other One, 2001, a collaborative venture with her husband, poet Manly Johnson; Voices, 1981; prize-winning plays, including one-woman presentations based on the lives of Mercy Otis Warren and Isadora Duncan; and two volumes detailing her creative writing approach, with examples from her students: A Magic Journey: Writing and Painting at Gatesway (a school for persons with developmental disabilities), and Making Your Own Mark: A Guide to Writing and Drawing for Senior Citizens (with art therapist, Madeline Rugh, Ph.D.) She has just published a memoir: from Birth To Birth: a Memoir and Guide to Writing Your Memoir, 2016. Fran has also won several playwriting contests so long ago that she can’t remember the year, and is currently working on a play called “Family Theater.” Another play “Kicking Up Her Heels” was produced in 2014.A devoted teacher, Fran has taught literature, creative writing, and theatre at the University of Tulsa, and in the Oklahoma State Arts in Education and Artists in the Schools programs. She has taught in prisons, The Center for the Physically Limited, Gatesway Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, at Resonance Foundation in a special program for children of parents who are incarcerated, as well as in diverse classrooms in public and private schools.Fran is the mother of four grown children and four fast-growing grandchildren. She is a sometimes swimmer, a sometimes dancer, and, of course, an acrobat.
Carla Sparks is the Founder and CEO of Savvy Sista, a lifestyle company that provides fashion styling, personal shopping, savvy workshops, shopping events and trips designed to empower, educate and entertain working professionals. Born in Vallejo, California, and raised with nine siblings in a multi-ethnic neighborhood, Carla’s exposure to different cultures at an early age gave her an adventuresome spirit and zest for life inspiring her to explore and travel the globe.Mentoring inner-city youth is one of her greatest personal accomplishments. Having mentored youth for twenty years, Carla is grateful for organizations like Fulfillment Fund and “I Have A Dream” Foundation that have allowed her to influence the lives of youth.Carla began her professional career in the Fashion Industry after graduating from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; Associate’s degree, Fashion/Apparel Design. She has also received certifications in Radio Broadcast Media; UCLA Extension, Travel and Tourism; West Los Angeles College, Meeting and Event Planning; Cal State University Dominquez-Hills and maintains current Real Estate, Life-Only Insurance and Notary Public licenses issued by the State of California. A sales and marketing veteran with decades of experience, she has worked for companies such as Nordstrom, Disney and the Automobile Club of Southern California, where she achieved a winning track record for consistently exceeding sales goals and winning a host of sales contests earning her a variety of prizes including a trip to Bali, Indonesia. She happily retired from Corporate America in 2017, and is Living Her Best Life!
Pam appreciates all types of performing arts and is excited to join the board. Originally from Chicago, she feels lucky to have been in California (Los Angeles by way of San Francisco) for two decades and counting.Having worked in product management for large and small software companies for almost 20 years, Pam is a survivor of Silicon Valley and both Dotcom eras. She is active in the tech community and organizes product management events in L.A. to meet and learn from other product managers.Pam has a B.A. from Smith College in Massachusetts and a Master of Arts Management in Arts, Entertainment and Media from Columbia College Chicago, with a focus on performing arts. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the symphony, opera, comedy shows, spending time with friends and getting lost exploring L.A.