Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director
Danica is a second year MFA candidate in Theatre for Youth at ASU. Ever since she was a small one, Danica has dreamed about traveling to places like Neverland. Now, she is able to live out this dream through DogEar! As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Danica wrote and directed a new work titled Peccadillo: Pandora and her Box, which brought to life some forgotten fairy tales. She also held the position of Artistic Director of Purple Crayon Players-a nationally recognized Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company on Northwestern's campus ran solely by undergraduates, and Design Chair of SeeSaw Theatre, a company devoted to creating theatrical experiences for young people with Autism Spectrum Condition and profound and multiple learning disabilities. Through these companies, she found her love of creating immersive experiences for young people. She received a research grant in 2014 to study spectacle and audience engagement in theatre for young audiences in the UK and Ireland, and has since been focusing her studies on International TYA. In 2017, she received the Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship, an award given to one graduate student in the country for excellence in TYA. She is a proud New Jersey Native, and aims to foster communities within families, schools, towns, states, countries, and internationally.
Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director
Eric Villiers is a second year MFA candidate in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University. He holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University and spent two years studying the Meisner acting technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Eric has worked as the Education Coordinator for SecondStory Repertory Theater in Redmond, Washington and as an Education Assistant for Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City. At JALC Eric worked with the Jazz for Young People Program producing interactive educational concerts for young people, Swing University an adult Jazz education course, and Webop! and early childhood music education program. Currently Eric is the Artist in Residence for Mesa Arts Center's Project Lit as well as the Artist in Residence with Asphalt Arts a community engaged arts program housed in ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre. He is also a teaching artist for Rising Youth Theatre where he is currently placed as the Drama Specialist for Vista Preparatory Academies, charter elementary schools in the city of Phoenix. Eric is focusing his studies within the TYA program as ASU in community-cultural development. He is very proud to work with the DogEar team and the work they have accomplished together.
Co-Founder, Managing Director
Joanna Guevara is a second year MFA candidate in the Arts Entrepreneurship and Management program at ASU. She received her undergraduate degree from Eureka College, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and minor in Economics. Joanna has worked in theatre from the age of 12, when she performed the role of Mrs. Mayor in Christian Youth Theatre-Rockford Metro's production of Suessical, the musical. Since that time, theatre has taken Guevara on a journey of exploring all different pathways it offers, including stage management, playwriting, costume design, makeup design, directing, and student instruction. Her favorite position has been in the entrepreneurial aspect of art. Since the summer of 2016, Guevara has been developing a theatre program for a small nonprofit, Gabriel's Promise, in Carrefour, Haiti. This program aims to empower the local students in the neighborhood of the nonprofit to use art as a means to share their story and promote social change within their community. Working with DogEar is a great way to learn and help build skills for her work in Haiti and she feels more than privileged to work with such an amazing team.