Staff

jane weiner
Jane Weiner (Founder/Director) graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in deaf/elementary education and a minor in dance. She had the unbelievable opportunity to work with the Doug Elkins Dance Company for a decade of fine dancing, touring and experiences before her move to Houston, TX in 1996. She presently is the founder and director of Hope Stone, Inc., and Artistic Director of Hope Stone Dance. Jane founded Hope Stone with a dream of unlocking the innate creativity of children and adults and improving their quality of life through the performing arts. Jane also founded and directs The Hope Project, an arts outreach program for children, teens and adults 2-98 years old in Houston, that uses master teachers in dance, theater, and music, to empower and educate youth. The Hope Project was created to help meet the artistic and emotional needs of underserved and at-risk students. “I see the void and want to help fill it,” Jane says. Jane also founded the Pink Ribbons Project in 1995 and was the executive director from 1997-2002

Jane has set her work on the Alley Theater, Houston Ballet II, Stages Repertory Theater, the Houston Children’s Museum, as well as many high schools and universities and has collaborated with the Houston Symphony, the CAMH, and the Asia Society. She was a finalist for the Cal Arts/Albert Award for Dance in 2001, awarded the CACHH general fellowship grant for 2002, the Houston PBS Speaking Women’s Health Conference Honoree 2004, the Surgical Society of Oncology’s James Ewing Layman Award, the Jung Center Award for 2005, DiverseWork’s Artist of the Year 2011, and was a speaker at the 2012 TEDx Houston and 2013 TEDx TAMU.

At present Jane continues to run Hope Stone, Inc. creating a vision of Art for All, and working on projects with her company as well as schools and companies nationally. She is married to the wonderful Eric Mallory, and has three cat children, Houston, Riley and Spot-ika.

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Amy Pearl
Amy Pearl (Managing Director) graduated from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) with a degree in Modern Dance Performance and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, she worked for the prestigious nonprofit performing arts center New York City Center (NYCC) in their education department, where she managed the Young People’s Dance Series program, which annually involved 40 public schools and over 5,000 students across New York City. Amy moved to NYCC’s development department where she managed the major donor program and was the Director of Events, achieving the first million-dollar Annual Gala in the organization’s history. She then worked for City Parks Foundation as their Special Events Director, managing six diverse annual fundraising benefits throughout the five boroughs of New York City – Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament (named for the attendance and participation by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg), US Open Tennis Benefit, SummerStage Music Festival Gala, Annual Gala, adidas Run for the Parks, and Summer at Shea Stadium.

Originally from Houston, Amy returned to Texas with over 10 years of nonprofit management and event fundraising experience. She joined Hope Stone in 2009 as Managing Director, thrilled to once again combine her love of dance and nonprofit work. Away from Hope Stone, you can find her at a coffee shop, on her laptop, working on a collection of essays, which she hopes to publish in 2017.

Gayla Miller
Gayla Miller (Education Manager) has been a production manager, actor and teaching artist since 1988, and holds a BA in Liberal Arts (Theatre & Psychology) from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. As a professional artist in Houston, Gayla worked in production management with Houston Ballet for over six years under the direction of Ben Stevenson and his successor Stanton Welch. Ballets and choreographers include Ben Stevenson (Alice in Wonderland, Five Poems, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Miraculous Mandarin, The Sleeping Beauty, Snow Maiden, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cleopatra, Cinderella, Etudes, Nutcracker), Sir Fredrick Ashton (Les Patineurs, La Fille Mal Gardee), William Forsythe (In the middle somewhat elevated), Trey McIntyre (Second Before the Ground, Touched, Bound, Peter Pan), Christopher Bruce (Ghost Dances, Rooster, Sergeant Early’s Dream), Stanton Welch (Bruiser, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake, Tales of Texas, Divergence), Jim Parson (Caught), James Kudelka (Firebird), Mark Morris (Sandpaper Ballet), Brian Enos (Landing), Kenneth MacMillan (Gloria, Manon), Roland Hynd(Merry Widow), Peter Write (Giselle), Paul Taylor (In the Beginning), Julia Adam (Ketubah), Lila York (Celts), Serge Lifar (Suite en Blanc) and Natalie Weir (Steppenwolf).

Gayla has worked with the following Houston arts organizations: Comedy Sportz Houston, Houston Grand Opera, Society for the Performing Arts, Stages Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Houston Symphony, Da Camara, Suchu Dance, Sandra Organ Dance, Houston Boy Choir, Main Street Theatre, Pink Ribbons Project, The Ensemble Theatre, Leadership Houston, The O’Quinn Collection, Theatre Lab Houston, Vault Houston and Houston Ballet Academy. She will graduate in May 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling. In addition to her work with Hope Stone, she plans to start a private practice using expressive arts and mindfulness to help children in Houston reach behavioral, academic, and social goals.