Fellows

The Miranda Family Fellowship

The Miranda Family Fellowship was developed to support emerging artists from communities that are historically underrepresented. The Fellowship is a collaboration with partner institutions and provides wrap-around programming to support artistic development, increase understanding of the business aspects of their careers, and connect their artistry with advocacy.

Fellows are vetted and selected through our partner institutions’ application processes. Please see application opportunities by clicking on our partners’ tiles at the bottom of this page.

Supporting Ongoing Creative Growth

Developing our Fellows’ creativity doesn’t stop at our partner institutions. We continue
Fellows’ artistic growth through ongoing workshops, seminars and conversations. We
tailor specific workshops based on the needs of our Fellows. Past programming
included writing seminars, collaborative readings of work. self-tape intensives
and so much more.

Holistic Approach to Professional Development

As Fellows prepare for their careers in the entertainment and arts & culture industries,
we ensure they have the tools to navigate business as emerging artists. As Fellows enter
early-career status, they often encounter contracts and potential job offers. We help them
assess these opportunities through resources like our on-call entertainment lawyer
and network.

The Miranda Family Fellows Showcase

Due to COVID-19, many of our Fellows’ school showcases were cancelled. postponed, or
released in 2020 when there wasn’t much attention nor work available. In response, we
created a virtual showcase ourselves. We assembled a team with casting professionals to
structure the process, and brought on Tony Award-winning actor Karen Olivo to mentor the
Fellows on their materials. After four months assembling all the moving parts, 180 industry
professionals attended. All 21 Fellows who participated connected with either a casting
director, talent agency or manager, and 10 Fellows officially signed with an agent or manager.

Meet the Fellows!

Our current fellowship is composed of over
80 young artists from 6 different institutions,
and include actors, directors, writers, administrators, and more.
Click below to learn about them:

ACTOR

ADMINISTRATOR

DANCER

DIRECTOR

MUSICIAN

SINGER

WRITER

OTHER

CURRENT

Based in: Philadelphia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Collaborative and generous, highly influenced by music, activist within the theatre, opportunity-maker.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

We create, we thrive, we die.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Rowan University, Barrington Stage Company MT Apprenticeship, NTI

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Winner of KCACTF Region 2 Musical Theatre Initiative

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, MUSICIAN, SINGER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor/filmmaker dedicated to queer stories of color. I love bridging the gap between through and film in a multimedia fashion, in hopes of making theater more accessible for lower income communities.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Artistic visionary here. Brown and Queer.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Colby College – Bachelors of Arts; National Theater Institute – Semester Program; Stella Adler – Summer Intensive

Tags: ACTOR, OTHER (Filmmaker)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’d describe myself as inclusive, dedicated, and absorbent!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Work hard. Play hard. Love more.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

The University of Central Florida (Class of 2022) & The Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia (2015)

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I helped open Orlando’s first black-owned theater as the production manager!

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, OTHER (Casting, Management)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a Gay Mexican-Indigenous bicoastal Multidisciplinary Artist. At the root of my being I am a student of life. Which is why I am a storyteller in many forms (poet, playwright, director, dancer, stage manager, and advocate). Every single time I am on stage, I perform with the intention and understanding, I am the body, the voice and the soul of the many moments in life that need to be heard, seen, and felt. My art centers the voices and lived experiences of historically underserved communities (BIPOC/LGBTQIA+/Non-Able Body people). The moment I decided this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I made it my priority to engage my art through the importance of community, collaboration, and openness to discovery and exploration. I grow excited with what comes with that. Creating Arte de toda una vida/ art of a lifetime.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The child in me still dances.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

California State University Sacramento, B.A. in Theatre; the American Conservatory Theatre (Actor Conservatory); the 24 Hour Plays Nationals; Fiasco Theatre Conservatory; Teatro Espejo; Institute of Dunham Technique; Broadway Advocacy Coalition Theatre of Change at Columbia University; Intern at San Diego Repertory Theater; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (NTI).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Published Spoken Word Poems: American Dream, Yo Ya No Rezo, and La Morena in partnership with RISD Museum Guild; Featured Publication in Modeling with Apostrophe Digital Magazine “De La Tierra”; Finalist ASPIRE Arts Leadership KCACTF; Irene Ryan Alternate KCACTF; California Legislature Assembly CAMP Award by Kevin McCarty; Global Entrepreneurship Nomination, Student Leader by President Nelson, CSUS.

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Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, OTHER (Poet)

Based in: Connecticut, USA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A lesbian actress who happens to also write and make music. I will wear every hat I need to in order to ensure the art is crafted with care and precision.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I am expendable, art is not.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

California State University Fullerton, BA Theatre (Spring 2021); National Theater Institute Theatermakers, Acting Track (July 2020); Penguin Random House Audio Internship, Voice Actress (June 2021 – December 2021)

Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I describe myself as a storyteller, writer and actor.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The closed door became my friend.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

University of Delaware, National Theater Institute

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

HORN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Entrepreneurship Award

www.emilybravo.com

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: New England (Rhode Island/Boston)

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Black and Indigenous Storyteller and Theatrical Activist.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Forever, In Honor Of My Ancestors

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Rhode Island College; National Theatre Institute; University of Minnesota; Double Edge Theatre; Shakespeare and Company

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

– I will be attending Northeastern University as part of the first official cohort for their new PhD in interdisciplinary Design and Media program. My studies will be focused on the Black and African experience in the United States during the 20th century and using theatre and design as a methodology to teach.

– McNair Scholars Alumni and focused my research on the Black Theatrical Experience in White institutions.

– First Generation College Student.

– Two time recipient of the Martin Luther King Scholarship from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, WRITER, OTHER (Spoken Word Artist, Activist)

Based in: Los Angeles/ London

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I strive to find the joy in all the things I am a part of — of all the things I create. At the base, everything is about the interpersonal relationships created through the story — when you boil it down, my most important theme is human connection.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Make it silly, make it loving.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

B.A. in Musical Theatre and B.A. in English from California Lutheran University, NMTI from the National Theatre Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

In the fall of 2022, I will be attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts to receive a M.A. in Classical Acting in 2023.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Portland, Maine

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I enjoy being in community with other artist developing new ideas. I feel as though I will forever be learning about myself as an artist because I still have growing to do.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

It’s your life, go get it!

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

New England Film Academy; Acorn Academy; University of Southern Maine; National Theatre Institute.

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: Alpharetta, Georgia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, Writer, & Producer.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

“Yes, I Did Do That.”

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Cambridge High School (May 2015); Curious Theatre Company’s New Voices Program (July 2017); Yale University’s Summer Directing Program (July 2018); Prague Shakespeare Company’s Summer Shakespeare Company (June – July 2019); National Theater Institute (Fall 2020); Completely Ridiculous Productions’; Summer Conservatory Program (July – August 2021); Savannah College Of Art & Design (June 2022).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

One of my best undergraduate moments in college was executive producing In The Heights when people said I could not or that we did not have the talent to do so. I proved them wrong, & I am glad that I did.

www.alejandrofundora.com

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Producer)

Based in: Ann Arbor, Michigan

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor-creator-collaborator-musician who chases art in any form that it comes in.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

University of Michigan; National Theatre Institute; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A creative free-flowing artist who’s passion is bringing out the light in others through my writing and casting.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

California State University, Northridge

Tags: WRITER, OTHER (Casting)

Based in: Boston, Massachusetts

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I describe myself as a creative producer. I feel that as a Black Woman it’s dangerous to only excel in one thing, so I’ve explored directing, playwriting, acting, producing, costuming, and administrative duties. I’m constantly learning and trying to adapt my skills, because while there’s so much value within traditional lines of theater, I’m committed to creating new spaces that allow for true and constant equity. I describe myself as an artist of the future, someone dedicated to breaking down barriers and bringing stages and stories to all communities who need them.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

“The smallest seed, the biggest dreams”

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Emmanuel College; National Theater Institute

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

ASPIRE National Award Recipient for the Kennedy Center; Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Alternate (2020) & Semifinalist (2022); KCACTF Distinguished Achievement Award in Performance; KCACTF Region 1 Merit Award in Playwriting.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Producer)

Based in: Atlanta, Georgia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as an all around creative artist. Between music, acting, writing, and visual art, I love and live for the process of creating new worlds. When I create, I try to stuff as much whimsy into a piece as possible. I think whimsy is what makes the world go round, what makes folks really flex their imaginations. It’s a good day when I can work on a project, whether individually or a collaboration, that makes me believe in magic, even just for a little bit. Going forward I’d like to model my career after the likes of Paul Robeson or Ruby Dee; titans in their artistic endeavors, civil servants and activists, and with their minds always set to the task of better understanding and representing themselves and the world around them.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I’m learning how to fight back.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Cheyney University; National Theatre Institute Fall 20′; Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Cheyney Fine Art Honor Society

Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN, WRITER, OTHER (Visual Artist)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I describe myself as an actor, writer, creator, connecter, lover, someone is always trying to try something new and whacky.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Always deleting, always rewriting my story.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Collin College; The University of Texas at Austin; The Eugene O Neill Theater Center; Atlantic Acting School.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Lin Manuel Miranda Fellow, Content editor for CIWeb Group, have experience in stunt work, you can see me on Hudson and Rex on City TV on In March season 4 episode 12.

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: Los Angeles/ New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A sensitive, empathic, creative person, and an extremely hard worker who wants to develop my craft to be the best it can be.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Rest At End, Not The Middle.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

The National Theater Institute Fall 2020; The Taylor Acting Studio Summer Intensive; Vassar Powerhouse Summer 2022.

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: Washington, D.C.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I major in Musical Theatre, but I identify as both a Musical Theatre actor and a writer. I write music and stories— topics that inspire me are religion and the bittersweet feeling of getting older. With my writing I want to show that blackness in not a monolith, especially black womanhood. Beyond that I want to create spaces for all people of color in media for accurate representation that centers our joy— not our trauma. If I’m not creating stories, you can probably find me in the dance studio or in a vocal lesson. Singing and Dancing have been the nearest and dearest parts of me since I was very young. My dream is to perform and write the kinds of shows i grew up loving and seeing how we can expand them to be more inclusive.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Changed again, this time for good.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Howard University; National Theatre Institute; Howard Entertainment Program.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I campaigned and fundraised for a student produced mainstage musical at Howard for Fall 2022.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, MUSICIAN, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a laughing artist who searches for joy and vitality in everything! I am an actor because I believe that through our bodies and the power of language we can discover the path toward making freedom real. I ground my work in the inherited knowledge of Black Women/Femme artists, activists, and imagineers that came before me. I devote my craft equally to playful exploration and realizing the richness of humanity that flows from the story and sacrifices of my ancestors.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I was always everything I needed.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Yale Summer Conservatory For Actors (2019); UCLA Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and Minor in Theater (2020); National Theater Institute – Acting Track (Spring 2022).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Mabel P. Robinson Emerging Artist Award – Acting (2022); UCLA Campus Movie Fest Silver Tripod Award – Best Actress (2020); 1st person in my family to graduate from college!

nialatriese.wixsite.com/my-site

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Poet, Podcast Host)

Based in: Southern California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor and Performance Artist. Acting has been at the heart of my artistry and what has propelled me to explore other areas of creating theatre.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Forever Young, True, and Fully Alive.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

CSU Fullerton; National Theatre Institute; Diablo Valley College.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I received my certificate of completion in 2021 from the National Theatre Institute and graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts in 2022.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Theatre Collaborator)

Based in: Philadelphia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A collaborator, innovator, and risk-taker, who continues to tell authentic stories that are underrepresented on Stage, Tv, and Film. They seek not only to take up space, but create it. As a writer, Andres’ stories are ones based in Latindad, telling the stories of how Tradition meets Identity throughout a generation.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Curiosity doesn’t kill but enlightens change.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

National Theatre Institute Summer 2021 – Spring 2022
Acting: Forrest McClendon, Malik Work, Victor Cervantes Jr, Patrese McClain, David Jaffe, Maal West, Melia Bensussen
Voice: Alex Gemignani, Walton Wilson, James Rushin, Emily Erickson
Movement: Adesola Osakalumi, David Dorfman, Marya Ursin, Erin O’Leary, Rachel Jett
Playwriting: Josh Wilder and Ren Dara Santiago
– Intimacy and Stage Combat with Mitch Mccoy and Judi L. Ockler
– Devising Community/Building Connection with Kolton Harris

King’s College, PA – BA in Acting & Technical Theatre 2015-2019
– Related Coursework: Acting 3, Comedy Acting, Acting 2, and Acting 1

Walnut Street Theatre 2019-2020
– Acting 2: Scene Study with Jessica Bedford
– Acting 3: Advanced Acting with Jessica Bedford

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Marie F. Lusik Award for Excellence in Theatre, and Miranda Family Fellowship.

andresmartinez.org

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Poet)

Based in: Phoenix, Arizona

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a 25 year old Latina actress who loves to tell the stories of characters by diving into their lives and bringing it to life in any way I can.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Left behind a life I’ve never known. Pursuing a life I’ve always dreamed. I am dreamer, through and through. Forgot myself along the way, finding my roots everyday. I learned to risk, fail, and risk again. I’ll keep dreaming until I make it all a reality.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Phoenix College; National Theater Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I was cast as Cathy in L5Y (Spanish version) – here in Phoenix. It was the first time in Arizona that this has ever been done.

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: New York City/ California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I identify as Latinx theatremaker with a passion and drive for empowering communities of color and creating equality and visibility in every and all spaces. My passion for the arts has catapulted me to become a multi hyphenate creative: actor, writer, singer, director, administrator. There is so much power in storytelling and I find joy in bringing the stories of underrepresented communities to the forefront. I want my artistry to inspire and uplift the global majority each and every day. I allow myself and the art I create to be meaningful, joyful, beautiful, vulnerable, messy and intentional. Although my identity as an artist evolves and changes with every step of my journey, I know the importance of my work and how vital it is in order to create change and visibility in the world. My community has done so much for me throughout my journey as an artist and I am excited to do the same for them as I grow and evolve in my craft.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Madera Buena: Beautifully Carved and Strong

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

California State University of Sacramento; National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center; Complicité

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Not allowing the social norm and noise to distract me from pursuing a life in the arts!

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Newark, New Jersey

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I believe I am someone who believes in the power of storytelling. I was taught that from a professor and it’s stuck with me always because whether I’m acting or writing, I want the story to come across and to have that story compel others to tell other stories. More specifically, as an Latina artist, it’s important for me to convey personal stories, not necessarily to my life, but more to my community. If I have the ability to create something in any shape or form, I want it to be something that comes from a need to tell it. That’s the kind of artist, in a jist, that I believe I am.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Only child, First Generation, Daddy Issues.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

RSAC- Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory- 2017; Kean University- B.F.A Theater Performance; NTI- Theatermakers- 2021.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

A fairly recent notable achievement is that I won the Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards which was mentioned in an article in American Theater Magazine.

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: Champaign, Illinois

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as an exploring artist. I love to go outside of my comfort zones to really tap into all of the things that I thought I could never do. I don’t want to just limit myself to just an actress who specializes in exaggerated drama pieces. I would like to explore other genres, such as comedy, horror, Moliere, Bertolt Brecht, etc. Leading more into an artist, I am exploring the aspects of being a playwright, and how I can tell the stories that I want to tell. As an African American, I would like to shed light into our history by writing plays that could be informative, but also entertaining and breathtaking.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Be Ready For Your Unimaginable Breakthrough.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

I went to Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where I majored in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance. I studied theatre my whole four years and did not change or think about changing my major. I then went on to study at the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT where I was accepted into the Theatremakers Program of Summer 2021. There, I trained 7 days a week, 10 hour days. I was introduced to numerous professionals in the industry teaching us all aspects of theatre and film. Now, I am an Apprentice at the National Theatre Institute where I continue to learn and grow as an artist.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

When I was 15 years old, I memorized a 32-page picture book called Sojourner Truth: Step, Stomp, and Stride in one week. I transformed it from third person to first person, and did the blocking, directing, and costuming. I then went to perform it in front an entire elementary school for Black History Month, and they absolutely loved it. This is a very notable achievement for me, because at first I did not think I was capable of doing that. However, I made a masterpiece come to life in 7 days at 15 years old, and I think that just amazes me every time I think about it.

Also, I was an Irene Ryan Nominee for two consecutive years in a row for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival of 2018 and 2019.

I had the honor to win “Outstanding Performance” for the role the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen in Alice In America-Land or Through the Big Screen & What Alice Found There” by Dennis Snee. Also, “Outstanding Performance” for the role of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and “Outstanding Performance” for the role of Catherine in The Theory of Relativity ​by Neil Bartman.

yvonnerose.weebly.com

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: Providence, RI

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, Writer, and Designer.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Albright College: Co-majored Theater and Biology, minor in Music.
National Theater Institute: Acting and Advanced Playwriting.
Brown University / Trinity Rep MFA: Acting.

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Visual Artist)

Based in: Massachusetts

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a multidisciplinary artist (actor, musician, songwriter, playwright, beader) residing in Massachusetts. I believe that storytelling is a practical foundation to healing, joy, and knowledge. For centuries, my ancestors were among the first storytellers on Turtle Island. They knew the importance of language and stories, and knew that they had the power to shift and change our realities. We are constantly surrounded by images and language. The type of language we’re using, the stories we are being told, and who they are being told by are critical when shaping a world of truth and connection. I draw together traditional knowledge systems with western scientific inquiry and a passion for climate justice in my work as an Art and Survival Fellow with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and Double Edge Theatre. Through my roles as Co- Director of the Anishinaabe Theater Exchange and Artist in Residence through the Ohketeau Cultural Center and Double Edge Theatre I work to illuminate the past, present, and future from the perspective of an indigenous (Ojibwe) woman.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

With love: I can’t stand you.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Lake Superior State University; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (National Theater Institute); Double Edge Theatre.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I was the recipient of the 2018 Female Leader in the Arts Award at Lake Superior State University. I am now a company member at the Double Edge Theatre and an artist in residence at both the Double Edge Theatre and the Ohketeau Cultural Center.

tomantha.com

Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN, WRITER, OTHER (Beader)

Based in: Atlanta, Georgia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I identify myself as both an actor and filmmaker (although primarily an actor), and am currently double majoring in both Theatre and Documentary Filmmaking at Spelman College. While most of my current artistic experience lies in the theatre—serving as an actor, stage manager, special effects make up designer, and co-director—I have also begun acting in front of the camera post-pandemic. With regard to my passion for film, having a heavy interest in both directing and cinematography, it is my goal to become an auteur director—being able to directly influence the aesthetics, cinematography, and even writing structure of the films I create.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Beautiful things come from “what ifs”.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Spelman College c/o 2023; National Theatre Institute; Michigan Educational Theatre Association; EVOC Theatre Group; HMG Film Agency; Creative 360 Studios.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Spelman College Spriggs Burroughs’ 2019-2020 Rising Star Award; Michigan Educational Theatre Association Excellence Award in Short Film and Superior Award in Solo Musical Theatre; NAACP ACT-SO National Competition Nominee; Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute Nomination.

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, OTHER (Filmmaker)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a multi-disciplinary theatre artist with experiences in acting, stage managing, sound, props, and projections design. I am most interested in being a well-rounded artist, collaborator, and human.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Art and therapy helped a lot.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Albright College | 2020 – 2022; National Theatre Institute Fall 2021 Semester | September 2021 – December 2021; Theatre Production Apprenticeship at Rep Stage | 2019-2020; Associate of Arts in Theatre at Howard Community College | 2017-2019; Theatre Production Internship at Howard Community College | 2019

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Jacob Albright Scholars Society (summa cum laude 4.0 GPA) | 2022
The Walling Leach Memorial Prize – A cash award given to a senior student who has excelled in theatre and who plans to continue theatre studies in graduate school and/or enter theatre as a profession | 2022
Gold A Award – Deserved recognition and honor to several seniors for outstanding leadership in campus activities other than athletics, and for contributions to the intellectual, literary, musical, artistic and/or social life of the College. Students are chosen who have enriched the cultural life of the College and promoted a more congenial atmosphere | 2022
KCACTF Irene Ryan Nominee for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow | 2022
KCACTF Irene Ryan Nominee for Iphigenia and Other Daughters | 2022
Talent Award in Theatre Scholarship Recipient | 2020-2022
Albright College Presidential Scholarship Recipient | 2020-2022
Howard Community College Arts & Humanities Division’s Outstanding Student of the Year | 2020
KCACTF Irene Ryan Finalist – Partner | 2020
KCACTF Monologue Slam Performance Award | 2020
KCACTF Theatre Technician Certificate of Merit | 2020
Valerie Lash Scholarship Recipient | 2019
KCACTF Irene Ryan Finalist – Partner | 2018

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Designer, Poet, Stage Manager, Production Manager)

Based in: Southern California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a Mexican-American playwright committed to telling stories that are hopeful, joyful and most of all funny.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Sueñalo, Dream Your Dream Into Reality

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

San Diego State University; NTI Summer TheatreMakers.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

President/Founder of Teatro Azteca SDSU, a BIPOC-run theatre group at SDSU, Written the Book/Lyrics to three full length musicals (which were performed through Teatro Azteca) during my undergrad.

Tags: MUSICIAN, WRITER

Based in: Maine

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an emerging artist, I am disciplined and curious, interested in the physicality and athleticism of theater, with a passion for singing and musical theater. As I continue to develop as a creator, I strive to make art that speaks to a greater human truth and that fosters a better understanding of myself and others. I hope that if I can honor that in my work that it will inspire others along the way.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Fall down? Don’t stop getting up.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bates College – B.A. Rhetoric, Film, & Screen Studies + Theater (double major); National Music Theater Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Aaron Antonali Memorial Scholarship – The scholarship, named after a STARS 2000 (theater company I worked with) member who passed 2002. Its purpose is to recognize excellence in the performing arts, technical arts, design and stage management. It is awarded to students pursuing a four-year degree at a college, university or technical school with a major or minor in theater arts.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Ciara Brown is an actor and singer. She also happens to be a software engineer. As a Black artist and woman in tech, she is passionate about creating art that empowers and uplifts people who have been historically excluded. To paraphrase Robert O’Hara, she loves theatre that makes you laugh until it chokes you.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER

Based in: Providence, Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am outgoing and spontaneous, yet sensitive artist. I love to share, collaborate, and bounce off energy. Dance is my happiness. Sometimes I feel I rely too heavily on dance because when I’m not dancing I feel stagnant, and I don’t think I should. I assume it’s the artist in me. To have the push of it’s never enough

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Keep pushing. They’re watching, be resilient.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Urban Connection Dance Company; Creative Arts at Park Unforeseen; Rhode Island College

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Getting the Miranda scholarship was one of my most notable achievements. I graduated, first in my family and I’m now an assistant teacher at my 6-12 middle and high school in Boston. I also choreographed a BLM piece called “Breathe” on the Rhode Island College Dance Company in my senior year of college. I’m currently learning how to drive and have a drivers test this month! I am extremely proud of this because nobody has ever taken the time and help me with driving and I finally took some initiative after a push from my old teacher. Being able to afford a car is my next goal (she did an article with BPS about the situation and teaching in this day and age and included me).

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Tags: DANCER, OTHER (choreographer)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I would describe myself as expressive. Someone who is proudly black and queer. One who is also passionate, with a natural interest in human behavior and humanity; constantly working towards changing the world… and using art to do just that!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Journey upward is well worth it.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

University of Houston – B.S. Human Resources Development, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – National Theater Institute (Actor training), Stella Adler Studio of Acting.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Motivational Speaker – University of Houston Ring Ceremony, Miranda Family Fellow ’20, Dean’s List – Human Resource Development

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: Providence, Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor and singer and who can dance. I have been performing ever since I was a kid, and have always had a love for the screen. With no film/television track for me as a kid, I fell in love with performing on stage. I continued to work on stage up until college and now am more focused toward film and television.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Making people feel love and joy.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Rhode Island College Theatre with a concentration in performance.

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Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER

Based in: Boston, Massachusetts

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as someone who is fighting towards bringing awareness to social issues and appreciation to other cultures, through art. As an immigrant, I’ve noticed the lack of representation there is not just within my own culture and country but others. I would love to open the eyes of everyone to not just look within their own cultures but others as well. Seeing media such as Latine music, Asian dramas and music and others is something that I have found extremely beautiful. There is a barrier between languages that I would love to break, because there is just so much art other than what Americans make. As I was growing up in Dominican Republic, I grew up a lot with American media, and I am sure others outside of America did too. But why is it only American media that we appreciate, why is English considered the universal language to some? There is so much art from across the world that unfortunately, others don’t know or care to watch, or sometimes it is hard to pursue the sharing of such art because of the lack of opportunities and platform there is. My biggest passion as an artist, is to be able to share the art of many cultures around the world, appreciation through their language, music and history.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Tough fighting bird, beautiful broken wings.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Academia de Formación Artística Amaury Sanchez’; Academia de Musica Patricia Logroño; Bunker Hill Community College; Rhode Island College.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Writing Award High School Diploma.

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Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Poet)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am the best actor in the world. I live on the set, the screen and on the stage. My skillset as a writer is dynamic and unmatched. I am an excellent reader- of scripts and of people. I am a teaching artist as well and have developed a brand titled “Most Turnt Nerd“ where I use music, theatre and film as curriculum aligned supplemental materials to encourage public school students grades 6-8 to be enthusiastic about learning.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I love producing thought provoking work.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, National Theatre Institute, Complicite Theatre (based in London, UK).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I played the title character Othello in front of sold out crowds in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m the first person from my hood to get a Master’s degree from Harvard and attend MIT. I completed scene work as the title character in Hamlet in Waterford, Connecticut and I completed scene work as the title character in Macbeth in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I started an educational arts brand called “Most Turnt Nerd” that the world will enjoy.

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Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, MUSICIAN, WRITER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a director, curator, and aspiring casting director. I delight in telling stories old and new, adapted and devised that celebrate bilingual tongues, same sex kisses, and unapologetic ladies.

I was born and raised in Madison, WI by a Dominican father and Jewish mother. I learned about ritual, storytelling, and performance from both community theater and backyard family gatherings filled with music and dance. After studying theater, environmental justice, and women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College, I discovered that I want to tell people-centered stories that uproot history and challenge us to think in new ways. When I am not dwelling in a theater you may find me listening to K-pop or practicing my amateur watercoloring skills.

As a director I am constantly working to dismantle the conventions of the craft as a crucial and necessary step in bringing forth new stories, myths, and dreams of utopia. I am not a fixer, I do not look to exert control over a room. I work instead as a curator of ideas, sharing, and learning. As an artist I seek to break convention, to create theater which is filthy, blunt, beautiful, hilarious, pink, fully sexualized, and vulnerable without feeling weak. My process is often filled with cast playlists, and Pinterest boards, Etude dance parties, and gesture work in order to create a room which is full of joy and is a celebration of the people who made it. Especially in times of uncertainty, my only non-negotiable is joy. I want to see countless instances of joy on stage.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Self portrait: happy, goofy, mixed kid.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Sarah Lawrence College; Advanced Directing program at the National Theater Institute; Internships with theaters such as: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Lookingglass Theater, and The Children’s Theater Company (MN).

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Tags: DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, OTHER (Curator, New Works Enthusiast)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would definitely describe myself as a messy artist. I think a certain amount of mess is crucial to growth. I write for the messy, the batshit, the weird, the raw; I write love notes, reminders and wake up calls to every part of myself. I create worlds and I tear chunks out of this one, that harms people and tries to rob them of their authentic selves, hoping each bit I tear is a foundational piece that’ll cause oppressive systems to cave in on themselves. I enjoy devouring stereotypes and labels. I write to help Black kids see that they’re not the only Black kid who self-harms, lives with a mental illness or needs/is deserving of rest and gentleness and a space to care for/nourish their own softness. I provide space and a microphone for the Queer and genderfucked voices I and other genderfucked Queers deserve(d) to hear, for the Black and Brown sex workers who love their work, who like their work, and/or who are indifferent ‘cause it’s just a job, and they’re doing their best. Because sometimes we’re just doing the best we can and need to know and be reminded that that’s enough. And that we also deserve better.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Wounded, I laugh. Beware my smile.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, AA and BA (African American Studies and Theater for Social Change (self-constructed major combining sociology and theater); National Theater Institute in Spring of 2016; Literary Internship at Cherry Lane Theater in Fall of 2017; Playwriting course with Kate Moira Ryan in 2017 (NYTW); Liberation Theatre Company’s Black Playwright’s Group in 2018; National Theater Institute (Advanced Playwriting Program), Spring of 2020; NY Writers Coalition Black Writer’s Program: Starting Points: Writing for the Stage and Screen course in 2021; NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, Fall 2020 to present (graduation this coming May); Arthouse Productions 2021-2022 INKubator Playwright’s Group member from October 2021- present.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

First staged reading was in Dec. 2017 during the National Black Theatre Keeping Soul Alive reading series. Received a commission to write a monologue for Echo Theater Company’s monologue book for young actors. I also received a weeklong residency at the O’Neill to workshop my first full length musical, Club Leather Queen.

Tags: WRITER

Based in: New Jersey

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a playwright, performer, vocalist and theatre artist from Columbus, NJ with a passion for empowering others through art.

In this world, I believe that respect and empathy for each other comes from celebrating the culture of others. Through my theatrical endeavors, I try to include my drive for activism in everything I write or create. I am at the heels of those before me, the world of theatre is opening up and creating a Miranda Holliday sized hole. The people who have started this journey, of racial, sexuality, religious, and gender inclusion can only excite me to push and make holes big enough for us all to fit in. I want to uplift and celebrate the cultures and societies of others we generally don’t pay attention to in western society. Some of the oldest and most important parts of our lives that influence us in mind, body and soul come from those groups of disenfranchised, discriminated peoples. And I know now, that it is the time. It is the time for me to sick out my hand and take hold of this progress. I can be the one to reveal the majesty of togetherness and understanding.

I am at the forefront of the new world order. I have been at the launch pad of American Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center with NMTI, as a rocket, and now I must soar! I was invited to join other people of color who have this same dream in mind, understanding, by Lin Manuel Miranda and his father Luis A. Miranda to join the Miranda Family Fellowship Foundation. I will do just that.

Musical theatre, to me, is the avenue to fulfill these goals. There is something about being able to use music to connect us. Even science has found that music is one of the things that trigger sense memory for people with memory loss and dementia. It is something that has a transformative property. It exists in all time and space. My ancestors used music to navigate the seas, the dense forest, and a way out of captivity. They used music to spread information, cultural and protective. And in some cases, music is all we have left of some ancient cultures. I want to be able to contribute to that list of things people will look at when deciding what life in my time was like. Music is omnipresent and omnipotent. There are songs that when you listen to them feel like they were written for you. I want to make others feel that.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Life is short, but it’s also long.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Albright College – BA in Political Science & Theatre. Minor in Religious Studies; NTI – Musical Theatre Track with an emphasis on playwriting; NYU – Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Off Broadway Debut as Ken in the Gallery Players Theatre production of “Aint Miss Behavin’ ” December 2021; Off Broadway Writers debut(s) at the Rattle Stick Theatre with original song “Speak Easy” Lyrics by Miranda Holliday, Music by Caitlin Thomas April 2022; 54 Below Debut with an Original song “If This Were My Story” from NYU Thesis Musical Musical “King of The Whites, Book and Lyrics by Miranda Holliday, Music by Ross Andrew Cohen June 2022; Kennedy Center American Theatre – Awarded Distinguished Performance, Distinguished Actor, Nationally Recognized Performance for “A Raisin in the Sun” November 2018.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, OTHER (Librettist, Visual Artist)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a New York-based multidisciplinary artist–writer, composer, actor, dancer, deviser, director. In my own creative work, I prioritize using the five senses to compose colorful and visceral experiences. When generating material I am often inspired by eavesdropping in on conversations in the street, or historical texts that cause me to reimagine the past. I am particularly passionate about new work development and especially excited by theatre-making methodologies that dig into the forgotten pieces of black history and the tangible magic of black futures. My artistic process leaves space to expand on stories through devising with other collaborators. I am interested in the ways that writing can lead us to deeper discoveries and explorations of how movement can be used to narrate a piece of work. Figuratively stripped down and dressed up at the same time, I feel that as a lyricist and composer I can be my most honest and vulnerable self.

I am a lover of stories with soul, poetry, magic, music, mess, female friendship, queerness, movement, experimentation, weird and wackiness, and non-linearity.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Watercolor woman–her waves ring melodies.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Sarah Lawrence College; National Theater Institute.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Composer, Deviser)

Based in: Bridgeport, Connecticut (and seasonally in London, England)

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist and a creative, I would describe myself as an interdisciplinary multi-hyphenate (Artist and Scholar). I am an African studies scholar and researcher. As an artist, I am a writer, actor, producer and filmmaker. First and foremost, I am a writer. Some people think to write, I write to think. I write for theater and I also write poetry. I trained/have training in acting. I then describe myself as a writer who acts (and an actor who writes if that makes sense). I edit videos. From time to time to time I sing as well. In totality as an artist, I identify as a storyteller. I am Nigerian and Gambian, born and raised in the US. My cultural identity is very important and central to me and my craft(s)/artistry. I am enamored with quotes and find them so divine, so they inspire me in my craft(s). The quote that inspires me immensely as an artist, creative and human being is by Salman Rushdie which goes “Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless because they cannot think new thoughts.” The African proverb made famous by Chinua Achebe “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” speaks to me as an individual and interdisciplinary multi-hyphenate. The final quote which provides motivation and hope for the future for me as a human being is “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” As an interdisciplinary multi-hyphenate (Artist and Scholar), my scholarship, research and artistry feed into and cross each other.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Who do I say I am.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

SOAS University of London Masters of Arts in African Studies (September 2022)
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts – Concentration: Theater Arts; Complement: Creative Arts/Creative Writing – (May 2021)
National Theater Institute Theatermakers Summer Intensive – Track: Acting – (Summer 2020)
Bard College Berlin, Berlin, Germany – Semester Study Abroad – Program: Arts & Society Berlin Program- (Spring 2020)

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

BA Commencement Class Speaker- 2021

Academic Interdivisional Award – 2021

Community Service Award (Founder of On-campus Random Acts of Kindness Club since 2018) – 2021

Senior Thesis High Honors – Partly scholarly and partly artistic thesis where my one-act play (first play) was written, produced, casted and directed by me. Studied the writings of three African women: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria, Wangari Maathai from Kenya and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia. In particular, explored the stories they tell and analyzed aspects of gender, race, education, acculturation and identity. Then drew from this for artistic process.

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Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Filmmaker, Producer)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor and musician.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Sorry. I didn’t go to preschool.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Northeastern University; National Theatre Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Founded New Renaissance Theatre Company at Northeastern University to give a safe and inclusive performance space for artists of color.

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Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN

Based in: California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Striving to empower and represent BIPOC and women all kinds through stories of identity, family, and joy.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Unapologetic Chicana Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

California State University Fresno (BA in Theater Arts – Acting Emphasis ’21); National Theater Institute (Advance Playwright ’20); National Theater Institute (Theatermakers – Playwright ’22)

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Meritorious Achievement (’20); Awarded Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the California Arts Council (’21); Was a top 12 semi-finalist for Concord Theatrical’s 46th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival (’20)

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Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Lyricist, Poet, Sound Designer, Model)

Based in: Lima, Peru

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a playwright and when I write, I do my best to (1) reflect the state of emergency of our planet, (2) use an imagined theatre world to encourage action as a way forward, and (3) acknowledge systems of oppression that aggravate the consequences of climate change for marginalized communities. Correspondingly, as a Peruvian woman, I am interested in telling stories that center Latina women’s experiences. When I write, I sense a connection between women’s liberation, and the earth’s liberation.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Holding a hand-crafted mirror up to our apocalypse.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Macalester College (theater and dance major); NTI (Playwrights Summer intensive).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Staging an original musical with the help of latinx community at Macalester College.

Tags: WRITER

Based in: Amherst, Massachusetts

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Jasper Peter Pershing is an actor/playwright whose journey began as a young boy navigating life as a Haitian American. His personal experience leads his playwriting and screenwriting through historical narratives developed at Hampshire College, and the theater programs of the National Theater Institute. Which included a stint studying Shakespeare in London. Under the mentorship of Djola Branner his method of ” Re-Telling the Tale”, Jasper explored his own narratives of selfhood. While at NTI through the support of the Lin Manuel Family Foundation, he reached into memories of his own and before his time. By using the power of Sankofa, he asked himself about his Haitian heritage. He to this day calls upon his ancestors before writing a page. Exploring these parts of himself never known, playwriting gave Jasper Peter Pershing a sense of power and narrative control he had not experienced before. Now, as a storyteller, he meets himself where he is, having found a confidant and unique voice as an actor and a playwright.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Island waters, queer bound, always enthused.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

I am currently in my final semester of my senior year at Hampshire college, studying playwriting and acting. I also am an alumni of The National Theater Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Word Festival finalist, NTI alumni, produced playwright.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Casting)

Based in: Washington, D.C.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Midwestern gardener: visual artist, director, dramaturg, writer.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Northwestern University for Theatre and Asian American Studies.

Tags: DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Visual Artist, Dramaturg)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m writer, producer, and performer. I seek to tell new, compelling stories that expand our notions of what’s possible and question the ways we relate to ourselves, others, and the social and political systems under which we live. I’m passionate about cultivating innovative, bespoke artistic processes that are interdisciplinary, anti-oppressive, and deeply collaborative.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Untethered, I try to be love.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

I received a BA in Theater from Swarthmore College, with a personal focus on social justice performance theory and practice. I also earned a Special Major in Race and Gender in Education.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I am an Associate Line Producer at The Public Theater, working on Readings and Artistic Developments.

I was awarded PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship in 2021-2022, and Shadowproof Magazine’s Marvel Cooke Fellowship in 2021.

Tags: WRITER, OTHER (Theatremaker)

Based in: Walla Walla, Washington

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as a creative mainly focused on music composition. Writing and performing music in all its forms is what drives me. Although I haven’t gone through vigorous training in the art of composition, I would like to pursue a career in this field. I had no previous experience before my time at the National Theater Institute, due to my family not allowing myself or my siblings participate in theater as it went against their religious beliefs. However, what I was able to experience and learn sparked my love for writing and storytelling. My number one inspiration would be Jonathan Larson and his incredible legacy, specifically his ability to write so passionately about what he knew. In the same way, I believe sharing stories from the perspective of a minority in a world where we are ignored is more than important. I strive to contribute to these stories with my own experiences as well as speaking out for those whose stories were erased.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Art blooms even through unbearable pain.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

NMTI Fall 2019; Whitman College Class of 2022.

Tags: MUSICIAN, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an artist because, the fact of the matter is this: my living as an artist in a country which silences black creativity is my rebellion. The act of me, a black woman, traversing a world of harm with my chin pointed toward the sky is ART. My creations act as afterthoughts to my experiences and as forethoughts to the unknown. I grasp at the loose ends of all the things I never understood to create meaning. Sometimes my art is pretty for pretty’s sake. Sometimes it’s strange, or funny or ignorant. Sometimes it is deeply spiritual and calls out to my ancestors who have never allowed me to lose sight of home. My art is private & intimate as much as it is public & for the consumption of others. My art allows me to view life from a place of compassion so that I may continue to reap the bounty of this very existence.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Burnt. A black girl’s worst nightmare.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bowdoin College; National Theatre Institute

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

In my senior year of college I wrote, directed, and produced a 50-minute original play titled “The Adoration of Anikka” for my honors. The play was performed with a seven person cast and debuted at Bowdoin Theatre over zoom for a live online audience. You can learn more about the process and watch some of the show on my website below. Additionally, due to my contributions to theatre and my outstanding talent in Acting, I received The Alice Merrill Mitchel Prize through Bowdoin College.

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Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Producer, Visual Artist)

Based in: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am enamored with storytelling. With the feeling that comes when you are changed, big or small by art. When that art creates an emotional response inside of you and collectively unites you with all other humans experiencing the same. I feel tugged by the worldly experience of being a child, a teenager, a young adult and in the future experiencing age in its fuller form. I enjoy expressing the intimate moments one has with yourself as you watch yourself grow and change and persevere in my poetry, writing, and acting. I believe collaboration and equity are two of the foundations integral to create art and further loving and prosperous spaces for that art.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Obsessed with the uncovering, learning, vulnerability.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

University of Arizona, National Theatre Institute, Atlantic Acting School.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

My play was selected to be premiered alongside a group of other student playwrights at the National Theatre Institute. I am represented by Authentic Talent Agency.

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Poet)

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Based in: Los Angeles/ New York

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A multidisciplinary artist raised in Central Islip NY. Currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at the California Institute of The Arts. Set to graduate May 2022 , a woman setting goals and holding herself to a high standard because I seek to walk in my power and greatness always. In my work, I portray human complexities. I embody the heartbeats of those who so graciously whisper their stories into my ears whether that be through acting, dance, or writing. I tell stories that are human, flaws and all. I am artistic vessel.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Beauty; now looking into her eyes.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Suffolk county community college – AS in Acting; City College of New York – BA in Acting and Dance Performance; National Theatre Institute- NMTI; California Institute of the Arts : MFA Acting

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Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER

Based in: Mobile, Alabama

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I describe myself as an actor and teacher. I love teaching people the craft!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Colorful pallets that love so softly.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

A B.A. Alabama State University and a MFA from UNC Greensboro.

Tags: ACTOR, OTHER (Teaching Artist)

Based in: Atlanta / New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a multi-hyphenate artist that specializes in performance, directing, and playwriting. My work is diverse and centers marginalized communities with a hyper focus on Black stories. I strive not only to tell my own stories, but to also create space for other historically marginalized voices to tell theirs. With my dynamic background working in both theater, and non-theatrical industries, I have acquired a broad level of experience that translates to how I approach my artistic work. I am a curious, and malleable individual that enjoys new experiences and challenges. As the industry moves in a direction towards change, I strive to continue to learn as much as I can about this space in order to be a catalyst for the changes I would like to see in our future.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The definition? She creates her own.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Georgia State University (Undergrad- Theater Minor); The National Theater Institute – Music Theater (Post grad); Trained at Pinch N’ Ouch Theatre and BGB Studios in Atlanta.

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Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Performer)

Based in: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I love storytelling. I am a multifaceted artist who engages in art that not only provides opportunities for BIPOC but enriches, educates, and evokes change. I am an artist who is focused on Art that showcases the multifaceted identities and experiences of BIPOC so that we need not ever be confined to a single story.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Second year of training at the Sanford Meisner Center; BA in theatre arts from CSU Dominguez Hills; National Theatre Institute.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Music is my life so as an artist I incorporate music in everything I do. I’m constantly getting ideas for songs and compositions wherever I go, whatever I see and whatever I hear. I’m always seeking ways to improve my craft by working with various musicians and forcing myself to be open minded to styles that I might not even be comfortable with. In all I do I always incorporate my church and gospel influence as well as my west African roots in my music which allows me to be unique yet still diverse.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

God first; Family, music and survivor.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

BA in Music (focus in composition) Piano Major from Rhode Island College

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Graduated college with academic honors. I received this very Miranda Fellowship along with leadership awards and piano awards in college. I composed several music videos including one dealing with black justice that’s gained local and national recognition.

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Tags: MUSICIAN, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Composer, Director of Music, Rapper, Visual Artist)

Based in: Providence, Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an open minded, collaborative triple threat. I am an inspired choreographer and actor continuing my training with the goal of becoming the best human and performer that I can be — to help myself and others laugh, cry, celebrate — and just feel, through the connections that Theatre and Dance can bring.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Smile every second, and enjoy creation.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

I double majored in Dance Performance, and Musical Theatre at Rhode Island College.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

During my undergraduate career at Rhode Island College (RIC), I had the opportunity to work and perform with respected award winning choreographers and companies Such as Alex Beigleson, Alexandra Beller, Billy Siegenfeld, Teena Marie, 10 Hairy Legs, Rennie Harris, and dance film maker, director and choreographer Marta Renzie.

In 2018, I was cast for the dance film TUMULT, choreographed in collaboration, filmed and directed by Marta Renzie. The following year I was cast for Marta’s next film, Through Mables Eyes, my first paid dance film credit. Both dance films have gone on to win awards in film festivals. In 2019 I was awarded the Certificate of Merit Outstanding Ensemble Member for my performance as a Phantom in my institution’s production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

During my last year as an Undergraduate, I was given the opportunity to direct my college’s Growing Stage slot in May of 2020. I directed, filmed, and edited the production of I and You by Lauren Gunderson. Opening night was originally scheduled on May 8th in our black box theatre, but because of the pandemic those performances were cancelled. Fortunately, I was given the following growing stage directing slot in the fall of 2020, but instead of performing for an audience, we had to film our scenes in an empty theatre. This was difficult at first as we transitioned what we worked on for stage into film, but we were able to finish filming in time to debut the production for streaming in early December 2020.

After graduating from RIC, I had the opportunity to work as a dance captain/coordinator at the Trinity Repertory company’s Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) Move program in 2021. Currently in 2022, I am a full time teacher, teaching dance at both PVD Prep, and Nuestro Mundo public charter schools in Providence, Metamorphosis Dance Company, and a co-teacher at theatre workshops with Studio Playground.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER, OTHER (Artist, Choreographer)

Based in: Seattle, WA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a writer, director and actor. At the moment, I’m loving living in other people’s visions of what empathy looks like as an actor. I’ve found that traditionally coming of age, meant ceasing imagination or exploration of self that doesn’t makes sense to others. In this world, adults ritualistically pay to see someone perform or watch someone dance, not often experiencing this freedom themselves. Selfishly, creating grants me freedom, experience, knowledge, joy and power. I will constantly learn as I evolve and in turn, become a strong artist.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

A casual death; the apprehensive 20’s

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

National Theatre Institute Fall Semester 2019; Eastern Washington University – BA in Communication Studies & Public Relations, Double Minor in Journalism & Theatre 2018

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

V’s credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Public Works productions of Winter’s Tale (Perdita), Twelfth Night (Viola), and As You Like It (Celia).

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER

Based in: Boston/ San Diego

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Brazilian-Indigenous theater director focused on the development of politically urgent plays and the decolonization of people and spaces.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Deep roots spring up freshwater. Ynatkié!

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

United World College South East Asia; Whitman College; National Theater Institute; Akshara; MICHA

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Ben Rabinowitz Award; Most recently, she directed Emily J. Daly’s ep. of the MTARadioPlays (Rattlestick) and Project Transform (Hartford Stage) with Nilaja Sun.

ludcabrito.com

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER, OTHER (Educator)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a multifaceted artist. I began my Artistic journey at a young age as a dancer (mostly African and hip hop). It wouldn’t be till high school that I got training in other areas of dance. At a young age I also fell in love with poetry, using it to express myself and to tell my own life stories. I would eventually go on to performing my poems all around my hometown (Phoenix, AZ) at different events like church and school and for MLK Day. Growing up in the church I was always singing in the youth choir but it wouldn’t be till my time at NTI that I fell in love with musical theater. I wouldn’t describe myself as a singer but with musical theater I can definitely tell the story and make everyone feel it. I was introduced to acting by my father, he would put me in production ran by the city. Not until I got my own training in college was when I started defining myself as a movement artist. My acting derives from my body and then lives in my voice.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

“More than an artist an emoter” or “multifaceted black woman searching for excellence”.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Northern Arizona University; Alabama State University; NTI Summer Intensive

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

1st Place at All City Grand Slam; Lumberjack Academic Scholarship; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Theatre Arts Scholarship Recipient; Lin-Manuel Miranda Scholarship Recipient; Beta Phi Alpha Dancer Honor Society; Tonea Performance Award Best Actress 2018-2019.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER, OTHER (Poet)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an artist whose mission is to open doors and empower others. Through the work that I do and art I create, I hope to increase opportunities for everyone who wants to take part, further diversifying the theatre (yes, racially, but in many other ways as well) both on and off-stage and on and off Broadway. I am an artist who is always keen to acquire new tools for their toolbox; while I prefer to see myself as an actor, I also have a background in development (fundraising/special events/community outreach), choreography, directing, composing, and teaching. I am an artists who firmly believes that art, and specifically theatre, can be used as a tool to create change and political action. I am an artist who strives to follow in the path of many BIPOC artists who came before me by leaving the places where I support or create art better than where I found them for future BIPOC artists. I am an artist who inspires others to reach for the moon AND the stars and provides any information that I have to then continue to spread to the next. I am artist eager to grow and eager to learn. I am an artists who loves: people, food, art, love.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Road less traveled is possible with family.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

I went to Duke University, majored in Theater Studies and minored in Dance. I completed the Acting track of the Theatermakers Summer Intensive at the National Theatre Institute. I was an Acting Apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival. I also took acting courses at Michael Howard Studios if that counts!

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Kevin Gray Musical Theater Award (Duke); Don Walters Scholarship Recipient (Williamstown Theater Festival); Senior Development Fellow at Vineyard Theatre.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, OTHER (Choreographer, Composer, Teaching Artist)

Based in: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a proud Mexican-American actor, singer-songwriter, and musician.

Currently I collaborate and perform in film/tv and live theatre, while devising my own work that focuses on environmental and identity crises in the 21st century. My mission as an artist involves bringing more activism into the arts and creating an inclusive space where all communities can tell their story.

I will be living in Madrid until February 2023, where I will be studying and collaborating with other artists on future projects and working on my first EP!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The Answer Has Always Been You.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

The Groundlings Lesly Kahn & Co.; University of California, Santa Barbara (BFA, Acting); National Theatre Institute.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Represented by Working Entertainment and AKA Talent; Finalist in Warner Bros Actors and Training Program.

bettygalindo.com

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Songwriter)

Based in: New York City and Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as an Artist, capital-A. To me, that is all-encompassing and an identity that is ever evolving with me. Right now, my focus has been in acting and writer, but I describe myself as multi-faceted: actor, writer, mover, painter, illustrator, animator, musician, composer, singer, photographer, scientist, and literary scholar. The last two I know are a bit unconventional. My background in both have been extremely important in forming my identity and direction as an Artist, so I always like to include them rather than keep them as separate identities.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Bold face. Italics. Strikethrough. Underline. Caret.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

The George Washington University (2018); The National Theater Institute, NTI (2019).

Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Painter/Illustrator/Animator, Composer, Photographer)

Based in: New Haven, Connecticut

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am best described as a sarcastic singing social justice Boricua artist with comedy and improv skills that make up for my lack of height. I love people, and I love to make people laugh, learn, and feel seen. I want to give a voice to the voiceless and aid in telling the stories of people (especially women) of color who cannot tell it themselves. From personal experience, I feel that many Hispanics have difficulty both in expressing serious topics within their homes as well as feeling accepted/represented outside of them, which is a very unbalanced way to live. As a Puerto Rican artist from a broken low income home, I want to help break the mind frame of ‘we struggle alone, and you’ll be okay with that’ as well as help empower females who find themselves sharing similar struggles or upbringings.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I’m Dalí; like Salvador, not Parton.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

West Haven High School Theatre Workshop, Children’s Theatre, and Camerata choir; University of New Haven Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; National Theatre Institute Musical Theatre program.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Signed by Take3Talent for Commercial/Film/TV/Voiceover; Booked Gig as Theron on NBC New Amsterdam Season 4 Episode 6 // Receptionist on Law on Order SVU Season 23 Episode 17 available where streamed now.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Playwright, Voice Over Actor, Improv Actor)

Based in: Santa Cruz, California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, Singer, Poet, general creativity enthusiast.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Fig tree holds me, I jump!

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

National Theater Institute; California State University Fullerton.

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, OTHER (Poet)

Based in: Atlanta, Georgia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A story-teller who explores difficult people’s experiences through acting.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Always going, but how’s he doing?

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Ohio University; National Theatre Institute.

Keshawnmellon.com

Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: Dublin, Ireland

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a writer and a theatermaker. I write because there is nothing else I can think of doing that would make as much sense as writing.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Read, write, never kill the dog.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA, USA; National Theater Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT, USA; University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Tags: WRITER, OTHER (Theatremaker)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actress, singer, screenwriter and songwriter based in Brooklyn. I gravitate towards characters that are nuanced, make me laugh, and/or, are a little bit magical. With my music, I’m told I fall somewhere between alternative, indie pop, and experimental R&B, but I like to think of it as “space folk” (even though that’s not a real genre). As an Afro Latina woman, I aspire to pay homage to my parents, whose support and sacrifice have been the building blocks for my success, and as lifelong nerd I aspire to pay homage to everything I’ve loved along the way.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Had no chill, ran too hot.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Sarah Lawrence College; National Theatre Institute; MN Acting Studio.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I’m repped by Paradigm Talent Agency for theatrical and my first single is out now!

anamirabal.com

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I like to consider myself to a singer/actor. I’ve focused my attention on opera for my undergraduate studies, but I’m trying to open myself to the possibility of doing more musical theater and acting work moving forward.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

You Say I Can’t? We’ll See.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Rhode Island college 2015-2020; Louisiana State University 2021- current.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Semi-Finalist Winner NATS (Student Competition National Competition) 2021; Third Place Winner NATS Student Competition (New England Region) 2021; First Place Winner NATS Student Competition (Boston) 2021; Third Place Winner Vox New England Competition 2019; Miranda Scholar Lin-Manuel Miranda Scholarship 2018-2019.

Tags: ACTOR, MUSICIAN, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Memphis, Tennessee

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Surface level, I’m a singer, writer, actor, director. Deeper, I’m a creator. Ever since I was young I’ve loved finding different ways to make things. Whether that be arts and crafts, crocheting, writing, learning new instruments, or computer science. I love to create and I love learning how to create and express myself through different artistic languages.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Lifelong Initiator: Forever Learning, Always Creating.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Drake University; National Musical Theatre Institute.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an artist-leader creating theatre that both protects and challenges. My primary areas of interest/experience are directing & casting, but I was an actor first and this informs all of my theatrical pursuits. I am empathetic, confident, and dedicated to uplifting all artists in a room with me. This definitely stems from my own experiences in theatre as a woman of color, and the ways in which I want to make theatre more welcoming and equitable. I am drawn to challenging emotional theatre, always with the care of audience and artists in mind.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Damn that hurt, it won’t again.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Gonzaga University (B.A. in Theatre Arts, minor in Public Relations); National Theater Institute (Advanced Directing, 2019).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Currently Assistant Artistic Producer at Milwaukee Rep. Previously: Casting Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and Directing/Casting Apprentice at Seattle Rep.

annikalpk.com

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: San Diego, CA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a storyteller, an actor a singer, and an educator. I’ve found a new love using the knowledge I’ve gained from theater to entertain and educate the younger generation and I hope to continue to do so in the future.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Do what makes your soul shine.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

National Musical Theater Institute ‘17, National Theater Institute ‘18

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Our Childhood Sucked The Play/Podcast Teak Fellowship, teaching creative writing Participating in Ya Tu Sabe Monologue Competition

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER (Storyteller, Educator, Songwriter)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a storyteller, through and through. As a queer Latina woman, I dedicate my time to works that give voice to underrepresented groups, while also utilizing my business degree to produce and promote the production of new works written and performed by women, artists of color, differently abled actors, members of the LGBTQ community, and those whose stories are not shared with wider audiences. The LGBTQ+ community is multifaceted and beautifully varied, as are the Latinx communities of south Texas. I grew up as a member of both of these communities, and it is pressing heavily on my heart to tell stories by and about members of these communities!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Organized Chaos: Cultivating Beauty from Darkness.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Business, Southwestern University 2020; National Theatre Institute – Theatermakers Acting Intensive, Musical Theatre Semester, 2018 – 2019; Stephen F. Austin High School.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, 2019.

savannahritz.com

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Mid-Atlantic/ Washington, D.C.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, farmer, creator. My interests lie in the natural world, anti capitalist art, collaboration and community.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Life is small. Try it all.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Alum of the National Theatre Institute and the National Theatre Institute Apprentice program.

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a proud Mexican-American actor, director, and writer.

I seek engaging, innovative theatre. I am interested in exploring the intersections of community, magic, and joy in our lives.

I grew up in the border town of Donna, Texas. It was there that I first discovered my passion for storytelling, and the need to uphold Latinx voices. I am committed to inclusion and diversity in the theater. My activism centers on the advancement and social development of Latinx communities through the Arts, holding space for immigrant communities to share their stories of love, life, and immigration through theater.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The universe is rooting for you!

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Yale University (B.A. Theater Studies); Theatremakers Acting Intensive at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Emerging Professional Resident 2019-2020

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

Represented by BRS/Gage Talent Agency; Awarded the Brigitte P. Fry Cup at Yale University for an outstanding contributions to the Arts.

gilbertosaenz.com

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SINGER, WRITER, OTHER, (Playwright, Teaching Artist)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I would describe myself generally as a storyteller. When I was young, my older brother got me into bboying (breaking and popping) – that was our way of expression and telling stories through choreography. Since college, I’ve focused on acting as a more intimate way to tell stories whether they’re my own or others’.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Chin up, and keep it pushing.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Columbia University (B.A. Psychology and Linguistics, 2019); Theatremakers Acting Intensive at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; on-camera audition class at MN Acting Studio; Miranda Family Fellowship acting workshops.

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

The Miranda Family Fellows Showcase; Represented by Elevate Entertainment.

hugojulianwehe.com

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DANCER, WRITER, OTHER (Producer)

Based in: Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a first generation Caribbean-American actor, singer, and writer. I grew up in South Florida, where I was practically raised in a barn. Seriously. If you had asked little me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you I’d be the first Black equestrian on the US Olympic Show Jumping Team. And while horses and the Florida sunshine will always have a piece of my heart, I’ve been making my way up north since undergrad at Vassar College. I’m currently pursuing my MFA in Acting at Brown University/Trinity Rep.

I work from a place of fierce curiosity and reckless joy. I’m committed to telling stories of liberation. I’m fascinated by the conversation between vulnerability, fortitude, and the stories we hold in our bodies. I am grounded by my ancestors and guided by the voices of the Black women who came before me. I am dedicated to lifting our legacy and unapologetically declaring our history, our healing, our song.

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

Vassar College; National Theater Institute; British American Drama Academy; Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA

rebecca-annewhittaker.com

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Washington, D.C.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Three words: curiouser and curiouser. In my art, I strive to mostly to observe and question; only then do I react and receive. I believe these qualities make me an astute poet, an experimental director, and an ever-growing actor.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Am I Less Human…or More?

Please share the education and/or training institutions that you’ve attended.

National Student Leadership Conference @ Yale (2017); Howard University (2018-2022); NTI (2019).

Do you have any notable achievements that you’d like to share?

I have released an original poetry collection on Amazon titled “Et Cetera”; I am on the dramaturgy team for the Broadway musical “Syncing Ink”.

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, OTHER (Poet)

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