Producers

Producer Stephen Cuomo

 

 STEPHEN CUOMO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Santa Fe Fashion Week is directed by fashion-visionary and New York-native Stephen Cuomo. Stephen left his monotonous career as a stockbroker and land-developer to pursue something that could really nourish and feed his inner artistic spark. Stephen is the heart and soul of Santa Fe Fashion Week – with both unique and expansive spaces being his blank canvas, he is able to envision spectacular shows while having the ability to stay “en pointe” and “make things happen” with his steely tenacity and sharp business sense. With several years of experience producing high-energy fashion shows and networking events throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Stephen has a passion for creating quality events within new emerging markets. In 2010 he began focusing his talent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Combining his experience in event planning and marketing, he produced several fashion shows on PBS, showcasing emerging designers, models, and make-up artists. With 9 fashion weeks under his belt, and this year being his most spectacularly successful fashion-week yet, he is really looking forward to launching careers for emerging designers and continuing to add value to community and the business of fashion over the next coming decades.

DEIDRE MICHELLE

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Deidre Michelle, instructor, model and professional dancer who now currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, moved to Los Angeles at age 22 to pursue a professional dance career. She previously danced and taught here in Albuquerque from the young age of 4 years old training in jazz, ballet/pointe, hip/hop, and contemporary. She was also involved in training and modeling under John Robert Powers where she earned certificates in Modeling, Runway and Commercial. Deidre starting booking modeling jobs at age 13 and landed her first big print job for the New York Times Magazine. At age 16 Deidre booked her first big dance gig for the New Years show in Paris, France.
As well as training and booking jobs, she also taught and choreographed for her home dance studio for all ages from 3 year old tap and ballet through adult jazz, ballet and hip hop. When she was 18 she took over her high school dance team and choreographed jazz and pom pom numbers that placed 1st and 2nd place in state competitions.

After 20 years of dancing and modeling in New Mexico Deidre moved to Los Angeles, California and continued training and teaching on a now professional level at the main dance studio in LA, Millinnium Dance Complex. Since that time she has danced for a number of artists such as Beyonce for music videos and Billboard Music Awards Show. Lead female dancer for Michael Jackson’s Tribute Tour “Dangerous” , Kat Graham for music videos and her “Graffiti” Tour. In addition to many more mainstream, up and coming and international artists as a backup dancer for music videos, live shows and tours. In 2007 Deidre was also was invited and joined one of the most prestigious burlesque groups in the Los Angeles dance community, Ladies in Lace. In 2010 she was even asked to teach for Madonna in Malawi, Africa at Home of Hope orphanage through Madonna’s Raising Malawi program where she learned true appreciation for teaching.

In between dancing gigs, she also booked and walked runway for shows from New York all the way to Japan. Now living back here in her home town Albuquerque, Deidre is focusing on teaching and sharing her skills with kids and adults in all levels and styles. She has also now progressed to being the Producer/Director of SANTA FE FASHION WEEK.

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Lisa Sabrina Trautwein

Model Ambassador

Lisa was born and raised in New Mexico and began modeling when she was eighteen when a photographer asked her to help him build his portfolio. This experience opened a creative outlet in Lisa that has driven her to pursue many aspects of modeling, photoshoot design, hair and makeup, and most recently acting. She is well known in the photography and modeling community here in New Mexico and has appeared in several magazines including two front cover and feature spreads.

Lisa is also a Fitness Nutrition Specialist recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a certified yoga instructor. Her passion for wellness and desire to help others has inspired her new practice of integrated wellness consulting.

TONJA HELLER

MODEL AMBASSADOR

Tonja Heller has been into modeling and acting for approximately 17 years andhad the opportunity to attend modeling classes with Barbizon Modeling School at the age of 15. With numerous background roles in television shows such as Longmire and Breaking Bad, Tonja is an experienced actor as well as as a published model. She experience in glamour, commercial/print, promotional and a fair amount experience in fashion and runway over the last few years.

“I truly enjoy working in the fashion industry, big or small, while helping to promote our local designers and boutique owners in New Mexico. It has been an honor to work with Santa Fe Fashion Week and to be named a Brand Ambassador. I am extremely excited to see what the future holds.”-Tonja Heller

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