About LAVA

LAVA is a troupe of artists who develop and perform artistic works that combine dance, theater and acrobatics. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA develops original works that integrate athletic physicality, intellectual rigor, social commentary, and relationship exploration. LAVA was awarded an OBIE and a Bessie Award for their show Lava Love, in 2000. In addition to creating and performing original theatrical productions, the troupe offers classes in their unique form of acrobatics and dance at their Brooklyn Studio.

LAVA has performed in New York City at P.S. 122, The Kitchen, The Flea Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, The New Victory Theater, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, and Dixon Place. The troupe has received funding from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bloomberg LP, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Puffin Foundation, the Heathcote Foundation, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Bossak Heilbron Charitable Trust, Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and hundreds of individuals.

You can donate to LAVA using a secure online form at JustGive.org.

LAVA Behind the Scenes

  • Artistic Director: Sarah East Johnson
  • General Manager: Maleia R. Sheflin
  • Events Manager & Community Connections: Sabina Ibarrola
  • Class Management & Administrative Assistance: Elicia Howard
  • Night of Renegades Curator & Host: Molly Chanoff
  • Magma Directors: Hillary Chapman & Sarah East Johnson
  • Bookkeeper: Marci Blackman

LAVA Board of Directors

  • Carol Ostrow (Treasurer)
  • Emily Morgan (Secretary)
  • George Gilpin (Chair)
  • Sarah East Johnson
  • Sylvia Johnson
  • Amy Verebay
  • Lisa Jean Moore
  • Kerry Huang