Director Biography – Charissa Kroeger, Eric Schloesser (SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING)

A multifaceted dancer, choreographer and director, Charissa Kroeger morphs seamlessly between diverse mediums. Her work as both a performing artist and creative has included collaborations with Netflix, Chanel, Sia, Anderson Paak, Dua Lipa, San Francisco Opera, Glamour Magazine, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Murphy. Charissa is a Southern California native, who received her B.A. in dance from Loyola Marymount University and furthered her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Bobbi Jene Smith. Charissa has been a part of numerous creative teams, operating alongside prolific artists such as Ryan Heffington and Tony Testa. Internationally she has toured with the Grammy winning artist Lorde and in Daniel Ezralow’s company, Ezralow Dance. In 2020 Charissa’s choreography premiered at SXSW festival— in a film entitled ‘AVIVA.’
“Smokestack Lightning” is her directorial debut.

Eric Schloesser is a dancer, choreographer, and aspiring creative director. Immediately after earning the title of “Best Dancer” at The Dance Awards, Eric left home at 18 to pursue his career as a professional dancer. At 20 years old, he danced in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show (highest viewed musical event in history) and since then, has also been seen on stage or camera beside Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Billie Eilish, J. Balvin, and more. He is a principal dancer with Dana Foglia Dance, a cutting edge contemporary fusion dance company from one of Beyoncé’s choreographers. His recent choreographic debut, “Step Into My Life” by Jessie Ware, earned him a UK Music Video Award nomination for “Best Choreography”. Most recently, Eric has dabbled in filmmaking, “Smokestack Lightning” as his directing debut.


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