Heather Bowles Epps has been part of the dance competition world her entire life. Since the age of five, when her father started producing dance events, she has had the unique perspective of seeing and working in every aspect of the business—from being a dancer on the stage, to the producer behind the scenes, to nearly every job in between. She studied dance as an undergraduate at Duke University, where she was also in a modern dance performing company.
Prior to her eight-year tenure as a competition producer, she worked extensively in the entertainment industry, getting her start on such shows as Billboard Music Awards, The Emmy Awards, and The Academy Awards. From there she moved up the ranks, producing TV shows and commercials for Food Network, MasterCard, HGTV, DIY Network, and Kin Community (a YouTube channel for women). In addition to segment producing, Heather has worked as an Assistant Director on such television shows as Shark and October Road, as well as on the feature film Family Weekend, starring Kristin Chenoweth and directed by her husband Benjamin Epps. The Epps also manage their own feature film production company, Gothic South Productions, which specializes in genre films including musicals and dance projects.
Kinetix provides the perfect stage for synthesizing Heather’s wealth of expertise in the dance and film worlds. Her favorite place to be is with her husband and their three-year-old twin boys, Boom & Aero at home in Los Angeles, CA.
Benjamin is a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) with an M.F.A. in film directing and Duke University with an A.B. in fine arts. Benjamin has launched and run several companies in and around the media industry including independent theater, digital cinema services, and film development and production. He brings a specialty in digital technology and systems engineering to his mastery of the creative processes involved in film, theater, and dance.
In 2013, Epps directed his first feature film, Family Weekend, which debuted theatrically to much acclaim. Most recently, with wife and Kinetix founder Heather Epps, Benjamin wrapped production on a documentary about a group of contemporary dancers in Houston, Texas. The documentary features 8 original short dance films including the award-winning jazz funk piece “Angsters.” Benjamin continues to develop feature film projects through his companies Footprint Features and Gothic South Productions.
Benjamin is thrilled to harness his varied talents and expertise into Kinetix, facilitating the growth and development of the nation's young dancers into modern day multimedia culture. At home, he stays busy with twin sons Boom & Aero.
Kirby, born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, has had the opportunity to travel all over the world. The common thread of her journey is that in all the places she has gone, she has made things. She made films in Los Angeles and television shows in Dallas. She made weddings on tropical islands and photo shoots in historic Manhattan mansions. She made Marta Stewart's Wedding and The Today Show. She has made her passions into her business because she makes ideas into reality, from the first flicker to the last looks.
Kirby met the Epps while attending the American Film Institute, which garnered her an M.F.A. in film producing, following her undergrad years at SMU in Dallas. After working with Benjamin and Heather on several film projects in Los Angeles, Kirby joined their crew on a prominent dance competition tour for two years as Show Coordinator and Stage Manager, before returning to television.
Whether in the entertainment industry, event planning, or her own entrepreneurial endeavors, Kirby always brings a sense of style, savvy, and marketing prowess to every project. She is thrilled to be delving into all things dance once again with Kinetix, reuniting her with the Epps team. She currently resides in Dallas with her adorable, albeit super fluffy, kitty named Mildred!