Jn. Baptiste

Choreographer, Dancer and Scenic Designer


Born and raised in the picturesque island of Saint Lucia, Shartoya’s spark for the performing arts ignited from the age of seven. She has represented Saint Lucia at numerous regional and international Cultural Dance Exchanges, and has performed and choreographed for national events, the Caribbean Premier League Saint Lucian cheerleaders and multiple Soca artistes. Her dance styles extend from contemporary, modern to African, Caribbean dance and Traditional Saint Lucian folk.

When Shartoya is not performing, she can be found in the theatre or the design studio. Shartoya’s interest in design stemmed from her mother’s career in interior and commercial design, and it peaked during her undergrad education at Towson University. Currently, Shartoya is a first year MFA Scenic Design candidate at the University of Maryland. Local credits include Sweat (Towson University), Antigone(Towson University),  P.Nokio (Imagination Stage) and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark  (University of Maryland), Assistant Scenic Design credits include Beastgirl (The Kennedy Center) and Choreographer, Assistant Director for Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (The Hangar Theatre).

In her spare time, she enjoys philanthropy, teaching dance classes and creating dance concept videos that merge the worlds of choreography and scenic design. Shartoya’s classes and concepts can be found on her Youtube channel – shr758. One of her biggest accomplishments to date is “The SHR Experience” – a one-day dance workshop where international choreographers visit Saint Lucia to teach various dance styles, and in turn, learn a Saint Lucian cultural dance. The proceeds from The SHR Experience are injected into the Saint Lucian dance community by purchasing equipment for dancers and dance studios that lack the basic necessities for training.



University of Maryland '24

Scenic Design (MFA)

Towson University '20

Theatre Design and Production (BSc)
Latin Honors at the distinction level of Summa Cum Laude

Sir Arthur Lewis Community College '14

Hospitality Studies (AS)


Vectorworks 90%
Photoshop 90%
Laser Cutter 85%
Scale Model Building 95%
Hand Rendering 80%
Audacity 75%


Work Experience
* – upcoming work

Mi Vida, In Rhythm*

El Bodegón De La Bruja*

The Book Club Play

Sense and Sensibility

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

Scenic Design

Scenic Design

Scenic Design

Scenic Design

Choreographer and Assistant Director

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

American University 

The Hangar Theatre

Gerson Lanza

Javi Padilla

Fatima Quander

Karl Kippola

Logan Schulman






By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

Scenic Design

University of Maryland

Scot Reese and Alvin Mayes



Scenic Design Assistant

The Kennedy Center

Misha Kachman



Scenic Design

Imagination Stage

Tony Thomas



Scenic Design

Towson University

Peter Wray



Scenic Design

Towson University

Peter Wray



Scenic Crew

Towson University

David White


Fuente Ovejuna

Lighting Crew

Towson University

Brandon Ingle


A Lie of the Mind

Lighting Crew

Towson University

Brandon Ingle


choreography and dance

Personal Concept Videos 

Caribbean Dance Classes on Youtube (@SHR758) 

Dance Covers on Youtube (@SHR758) 

Youth Development 

SHR School Tour in 2019 

Cheerleading Judge at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in 2017 

“Dance On D’ Bloc” Community Dance Activity in 2017  

Dance Judge at Youth Fest in 2014 


RAW Artists – Baltimore Showcase 2017 


Martinique Carnival 2014 

Rhythm and Motion Dance Festival in Trinidad and Tobago 2013 

Cultural Dance Exposé in Barbados 2013 

Guadeloupe Carnival 2013  

Dance Productions 

 “La Luna” by The Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy in 2017  

“Poetry in Motion” by The Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy in 2015  

“Dance Mirage” by The Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy in 2012 

“Break Out” by The Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy in 2009 

Other Performances 

Caribbean Cricket Premier League Cheerleader 2014-2016 

St. Lucia National Youth Awards 2013 and 2020 

St. Lucia Independence Festival  

St. Lucia National Arts Festival  

St. Lucia Festival of Lights 

Weekly performances at multiple Saint Lucian hotels 


Three Little Birds – Hangar Theatre -2022

Guiness Amplify show in 2019; choreography for Nessa Preppy and Cooyah 

Ezra D’Fun Machine – Soca Monarch – “Touchdown” – 2019


 Back Up Dance and Choreography 

U4ria Soca Concert 2016-2019; choreography for multiple artist such as Kes, Lyrikal and Teddyson John 

Ricky T – Soca Monarch – “Shaleh Sho” 

Ricky T ft. Pringles – Soca Monarch – “Hold on Something” 

Music Videos 

Saveion feat. Serani, Nicky B & Qraig  -“Perfect Body”  

Arthur Allain – Ride Jocky (Official Video)  

Arthur EvaLucian – Who I am” #West Indian  


Massy Stores Christmas Promotion – Traditional St. Lucian Masquerade Dancer 

Company Work 

The SHR Experience Cultural Dance Exchange Workshop 2019-2020 


Talent Coordinator for Miss Queen of Gros Islet contestant in 2019

National Carnival Queen Pageant contestant; 1st Runner Up in 2016 

Miss Independence Pageant contestant; 2nd Runner Up in 2015 


Red Cross Training

FiTOUR Fitness 


Mr. Barry George

Mr. Daniel Conway

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