Fellows

The Miranda Family Fellowship

The Miranda Family Fellowship Program was developed to support emerging artists and arts administrators from underrepresented communities to access education and long-term support that advance their careers within theatre and tv/film. Each Fellowship collaborates with partner institutions to provide paid fellowships and scholarships as well as wrap-around programming to support artistic development, increase understanding of the business aspects of the entertainment industry, and connect 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
130 young artists from 7 different institutions,
and include actors, directors, writers, administrators, and more.

Click on ‘Filter Fellows’ below or use the search field to find your fellow.

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Based in: Bronx, New York

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Nayarit Alcantara is a multidisciplinary theater artist from New York. Her passion lies in the relationship between underrepresented communities and their access to the arts and her desire to reach the unreachable through strengthening community ties, inclusivity and representation.

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

Talent Unlimited High School
LaGuardia Community College
Hunter College

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

KCACTF Arts Administration National Winner 2018

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would say the way I show my artistry is by elevating others talent. I like being inclusive and empathetic towards others and helping bring their visions to life.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Here we are, Where to next?

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

Lake Tahoe Community College, University of Central Oklahoma

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

The Miranda Family Fellowship, before attending the Fellowship I had experience doing shows in college mostly working backstage in different departments such as Assistant Stage Manager, Costume, Hair and Makeup.

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR (Assistant, Casting), TECHNICAL (Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager)

Based in: New York

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m an administrative creative that’s dedicated to continuously learning in order to effectively collaborate with other creatives and accurately interact with their art.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

You can never learn too much.

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

Kennesaw State Univeristy, GA Film Academy

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR (Casting)

Based in: Fredericksburg, Virginia (DMV)

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I began my artistry through acting, but have grown to love devising, directing, producing, and I am also a makeup artist and content creator!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Finding the beauty in this world

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

Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA)
National Theatre Institute

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCING (Content Creator, Producer), Other (Makeup Artist)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m driven by a strong curiosity and love trying out new ideas, always eager to see things from different perspectives and bring unique approaches into my work.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Curious creator, sharing stories, embracing change

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

Hunter College

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, WRITER

Based in: New York

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a multidisciplinary theatre artist passionate about creating opportunities for underrepresented communities.

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

West Texas A&M (B.A. Musical Theatre), NYU Tisch Summer High School Program (Musical Theatre)

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR (Casting), DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE (Performer)

Based in: Flushing, Queens

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As a director I am passionate about storytelling and new works. Plays are made up of events. Discovering these events is the key to find the rhythm, the staging, and the design of the play.

As a Stage Manager I have a balance of being organized and flexible. I have worked on festivals indoors and outdoors. Working with a variety of different artists from dancers to musicians.

I truly like a challenge and thinking outside of the box. As a Set Designer I like to do abstract work and push the normalcy of the design.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

And we call it a day!

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

LaGuardia Community College, A.S. in Theatre
Hunter College, City University of New York, B.A. in Theatre

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

-I was a Co-Artistic Director of Emit Theatre which is an immersive educational theatre company committed to creating theatrical experiences through which learners of all kinds have the freedom to explore stories through direct interactions.
-I was a member of the Young Idea Cohort for 2022 as part of the IDEA Congress, an international arts education conference in Iceland.
-KCACTF Region 1 Festival 49 Stage management (Nominated) 2017
-KCACTF Region 1 Festival 49 Arts Administration and Management 2017
(LORT Diversity Leadership Initiative)

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DESIGNER (Set Designer), DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL (Stage Manager)

Based in: NYC / Austin / San Juan, PR

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an investigator; curious to learn what draws others in, what pushes them away, and untangling all forces at play. My goal is to understand the architecture of the mind—the building blocks of creativity—and the processes by which we imagine. The mind’s capacity to create, distort, and question the world around us fascinates me. The more I dive into these mysteries, the more my empathy for minds far different from mine flourishes.

Our universe is only as large as our perception of it. I believe film, theater, and music—really any medium capable of transcending time, space, and the constraints of reality—cultivate our awareness, expanding the universe we inhabit and life we get to live.

I view my artistry as a powerful medium to explore the hidden fears, prejudices, and complexities of the human psyche. I see myself as a custodian of a rich cultural Jíbaro heritage. My journey as an artist is deeply rooted in the folkloric magic of Utuado, but it’s also a reflection of my desire to push boundaries and craft work that resonates around the world.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Fundiendo, Fusionando, y Forjando Frutas Frescas

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

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
National Theater Institute – Playwriting
Waterford, CT

Yale University
Conservatory for Actors
New Haven, CT

Rice University
Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences
Houston, TX

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

Fabiola Andújar is a Miranda Family Fellow. Recent credits and awards include her role as Mary Adams in Love & Death (HBO Max, 2023), and Broadway World’s “Best performer in a play” Regional Award (2022). She is a former NCAA Division I athlete: a long-distance runner winning 3 conference titles as a member of Rice University’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams.

www.fabiolaandujar.com

Tags: ACTOR, MUSIC (Musician), SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Maryland-DC

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am dedicated to creating and facilitating art for folks of the global majority and LGBTQ+ creatives, as well as creating collaborative spaces where boldness, joy, and liberation are always in mind. Most of all, I make art for my family, friends, and the people who need to see art that reflects their lived experiences and embraces their inner child.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

A tes souhaits! Qu’elles durent toujours!

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

Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, Associate of Arts, Montgomery College-Rockville, Kennedy Center Directing Intensive 2021 and 2022

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

The first ten-minute play I wrote, Roots, was featured during the Fearless New Play Festival 2023. I directed and produced a show at Capital Fringe Festival in 2023. In 2020, I co-founded a theatre initiative Bedroom Broadcast, that hosted livestreams for DC Metro artists and students during the early years of the Covid-19 pandemic so they could continue to engage their creativity. Livestreams include Black Voices for Juneteenth, Student Summer Showcase, and Lights Up on Latinx. This was followed by a spotlight series titled Confetti, which highlighted local queer artists, their life journey, and how their identity impacts their art. We are now moving to in-person events under Confetti Collective.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCING (Producer), SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Process is crucial to me as an artist. My process centers and invests in health, equity, and community building with the ultimate goal of collective liberation.

I view myself as a facilitator, curator, and generator. I lean towards these titles to disrupt the visible hierarchy and invite a collaborative, conversation-based approach to creating work. As a facilitator, curator, generator – as an artist, I invest in the magic of theatre in hopes of liberating the process of both artists and audiences alike.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Let Love Fill Crevices of Doubt

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

Directing Mentee with Wingspace Theatrical Design – 2023 to 2024
Directing Apprentice with Irish Classical Theatre Company – Fall 2022
“The Directing Zoom” with Robert Icke & Lyndsey Turner – May 2020 to May 2021

Nicole Brewer’s Anti-Racist Theatre
Theatrical Intimacy Education – Basic Practices
Society of American Fight Directors – Recommended Pass in Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed, Single Sword, and Rapier & Dagger

B.A. in Theatre Arts with Minors in Arts Administration and English – SUNY Fredonia

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

My senior thesis, “Reconstructing Audience Etiquette: Investing in the Liberation of the Audience Engagement Experience” – ask me about my thoughts on theatre etiquette some time! I have many…. : )

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCING (Producer)

Based in: Staten Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Multidisciplinary theater maker who just wants to keep moving the form in interesting directions

Tags: ACTOR, DESIGNER, DIRECTOR, WRITER

Based in: DC Area

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a first-generation Guatemalan-American theatre artist and activist, currently based and originally from the DMV area. As an artist, I focus on pushing barriers and decolonizing theatre-making through performance, advocacy, and cultivating anti-racist practices in all theatre spaces. Furthermore, I believe in the power of storytelling. I am passionate about using performance as a tool to celebrate and showcase Latiné people, stories, and heritage on stage. I believe in empowering artists of color to live unapologetically and take up space.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Lo que es para ti, nadie te lo quita.

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

B.F.A. in Musical Theatre ’23, George Mason University
Overtures Musical Theatre Institute ’22, Signature Theatre

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

Recently, I made my professional debut as the Male Swing/Dance Captain in Spring Awakening at Monumental Theatre Company.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR (Theatre Marketing), DANCE/MOVEMENT, SINGER, OTHER (Activist)

Based in: Saratoga Springs, NY/ New York, NY

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am creator, a supporter, and an administrator interested in visual and performance art. I’ve been dancing since before I can remember, and find it vital to staying grounded in my other practices. I love to watch performances, and immersing myself with the arts. Museums are one of my favorite spaces to enact my ideas. As a native New Yorker, art accessibility has influenced my passion for bringing creatives together for new conversations around art. I strongly believe everyone, especially those who are underrepresented, deserve equitable opportunities and access within the arts. I admire the work of Latinx artists, and want to work towards amplifying BIPOC voices.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Exploring and experiencing art, my way.

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

Skidmore College pursuing a B.A. in Art History. Minors in Arts Administration and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies.
The Ailey School – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Cynthia King Dance Studio

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

2023-2024 Carole Marchand ’57 Endowed Intern at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DANCER, VISUAL ART (Curator, Visual Artist)

Based in: Saratoga Springs, NY

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor, singer, and arts administrator. Through performance and arts administration, I hope to find my own style that I can use to continue telling new stories. I am like a sponge that is soaking up all the experiences around me to create my own individualized style.

While theater is a large part of my life, I am specifically interested in whose stories are getting told and how they are conveyed. My identity is integral to my artistic expressiveness, and I hope to continue to sharpen my craft while expressing myself with the hopes of creating a connection for audiences who might see themselves in me.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Passion is Witnessed through Stage Presence.

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

Skidmore College, Aspire Performing Arts Company, Rosen Performing Arts Center

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

Arts Head Guide for Skidmore College Admissions, Peer Mentor, Skidmore Theater Season Selection Committee Member, Skidmore Music Student Advisory Board Member

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, MUSIC (Musician), SINGER

Based in: Chicago, IL

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer that is invested in sharing the stories and perspectives of many different people. When I work on a show, I hope to share a new perspective for my audience to connect to or reflect upon. Or an emotion or story that someone can connect with and realize they are not alone in a feeling or situation. I believe what is most interesting about this Earth is how everyone’s personal story is complex and interesting in its own way; but if you look at a broad outline of these stories, you realize how many similarities there are. I hope my art brings people together and opens their minds. Overall, I identify as an artist who strives to bring different perspectives to my audience in order to open people’s minds.

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

Roosevelt University CCPA (BFA Musical Theatre: Dance Concentration), National Musical Theatre Institute, and National Theatre Institute

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE / MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer), SINGER

Based in: N/A

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Performer, puppeteer, costume designer/creator, playwright.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Aint that just the way.

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

Skidmore Theatre

Tags: ACTOR, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: NYC

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an artist who loves to hone in on the relationships we have with each other, and explore those relationships to the larger world.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

To stay sensitive to the world.

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

Fordham University (Sociology major, economics minor) / in progress
National Theatre Institute Theatermakers 2023

Tags: ACTOR

Based in: Athens, OH

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a multi-hyphenate from Southern Brasil – land occupied by the Mbyá Guaraní people before colonization. I’m fond of works that exceed labels, push boundaries, and blur the lines between traditional drama/post-dramatic art, fiction/reality, feminine/masculine. I’m a Bachelor of Acting by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and a 3rd year Acting MFA candidate at Ohio University, where I additionally teach Acting for non-majors. I’m also the Co-Artistic Director for Vibrancy Theater, an Ohio University student company that aims to foster and highlight the work of BIPOC artists. I’ve recently written, produced and performed in “Men are trash and I’m a raccoon”, a campy and kinky autobiographical solo show about my experience on dating apps. I believe everyone should live their lives as a work of art – I don’t always get to, but I certainly try!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Men are trash, I’m a raccoon.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE / MOVEMENT (Strong Mover), PRODUCING (Producer), TEACHING (Teacher), TECHNICAL (Sound Editor), WRITER

Based in: Philadelphia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a playwright and poetic ethnographer based in Philadelphia.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Long lives fill us with longing.

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

Delaware County Community College, Temple University, Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwright’s Festival, National Theatre Institute

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

National Theatre Institute Alum 2023, Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwright’s Festival Participant 2022, Azuka Rising Writers Member, Matchbox Theatre Playwright’s Group Member

Tags: POET, TEACHING (Teaching Artist), VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: Boise, ID and Kingston, NY

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Calvin Pineda is a Guatemalan-American songwriter, composer, poet, and playwright with an eye towards the whimsical, pedestrian, and spiritual. They are from Boise, Idaho, and have a passionate love of the American Mountain West. Their plays have been performed at Boise Contemporary Theater and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. They record music under their own name, as well as with their bands: The Antacids; and PATRICIA. They are drawn to the antifolk genre for its offbeat and earnest approach to the unspeakable huge-ness of humanity, and apply its principles across disciplines. These principles are: to pay deep, near-obscene attention; to celebrate all forms of perceived mediocrity; and to remain unflinching in the pursuit of empathy. And to be silly. That too. They play the guitar, piano, kazoo, and accordion. Their current project, ‘El Chupidio,’ follows a second-gen immigrant family as they attempt to rid themselves of the demon living in a tape deck in their attic.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

We combat the great disease: loneliness.

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

A.A. Political Science – College Of Western Idaho
A.A. Philosophy – College Of Western Idaho
Certificate Of Completion – Kuna Theological Seminary
SITI Company Training – 2021
Advanced Playwright – Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute
B.A. Written Arts (in-progress) – Bard College

Tags: MUSICIAN, POET (Monologist, Poet), WRITER (Playwright, Songwriter)

Based in: New York / Boston

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Indescribable! Incommensurate! Transcendent!

But, if I really had to, I would humbly describe myself as an artist who explores the space between certainty and ambiguity. I am fascinated by the question of why, as human beings, we have the innate capability to connect with those who are vastly different from us, and vice versa. How can we undo narratives and forms of epistemologies that continue to divide our communities and harm the earth on which we stand? How can we create new narratives that seek to establish bridges rather than distinctions between our lived experiences? How can I use the body, voice, and spirit to enact and rehearse the worlds that I want to see beyond the stage?

As an actor, playwright, and dramaturg, I find myself constantly asking these questions. How can I, a Queer Asian-American, realize the full humanity of the characters on the page to play them without the strictures of judgment? How can I write characters that exist beyond the scope of what I know and still afford them the specificity and nuance that all living beings deserve? How do I bridge the stories of yesterday to the stories of today in order to set the stage for the stories of tomorrow?

Certainty, confusion, and the thirst for truth constantly surround me like a never-ending whirlwind. Will I make it out of this? Will I see the light of day and be able to breathe once again without suffocating from the possibility that I know nothing in a world that asks me to know everything? Maybe, maybe not. Stay tuned to find out!

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Locked in a bathroom while flying.

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

Skidmore College, B.S in Theater w/ a Concentration in Playwriting.

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

I just workshopped my first full-length play The Year It Stops at Skidmore College!

Tags: ACTOR, DRAMATURG, SINGER, WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: Providence, Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

My name is Derek Alexander Rivera (He/Him) and I’m a first generation senior at Rhode Island College. Life can sometimes be very challenging and it has its ups and downs. Nothing thrills me more than having an opportunity to perform art. Any chance that I get to be on stage, I try to live life the fullest. In my everyday life, I’m very reserved and I feel like I’m lost a lot of the time. But the theater is where I am most comfortable. The theater stages become a second home for me metaphorically and physically.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

It’s A Wonderful Life, Enjoy It!

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

Rhode Island College

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

After Spring 2024, I will be the first of my family to graduate college! Attending college nowadays is very difficult and not accessible to everyone. Now I get to say I had an opportunity to get an undergraduate degree and I can’t wait to see where my path leads me to!

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER

Based in: Austin, Texas

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as a theatre maker to my core. Every aspect of the process amazes me in its magic, and I am simply at the will power of its creation. In every aspect of my artistry I bring vulnerability and honesty in hopes of creating something that will push others to do the same.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

“I played my part”

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

UT Austin BA theatre and Dance: emphasis in performer’s process
NTI Theatremakers 2023

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, POET, SINGER, WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: Saratoga Springs, NY/ Santiago, Chile

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, director, photographer, filmmaker and multi-media artist; in search of meaning and purpose.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

What is life? I don’t know.

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

Nido de Aguilas Highschool and Skidmore College.

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, VISUAL ART (Filmmaker, Multi-Media, Photographer, Visual Artist)

Based in: New Haven, CT

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an emotional artist that believes in crafting imaginative worlds that articulate understandings that are beyond words by any medium necessary. I am a Black-American that believes in coalition building for people of the global majority in order to create better healthier spaces for ourselves and our stories in the American theater. I believe in investigating gender because I don’t know how to live squarely in a boys or girls world. I am a director that believes in giving deep care to the media that we show children and developing a rich understanding of the world through it. I am a director that believes in the importance of respecting those who have built the ground I stand upon and nurturing the soil for others to start in a better place after me. Ultimately, I believe the stories we tell have the potential to inspire ourselves and our communities to be better tomorrow than they are today.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Prove to yourself: Yes, I can

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

Phillips Academy Andover 2020
National Theater Institute Theatermakers 2023
Yale University B.A. in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 2024 (in progress)

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DANCER, DESIGNER (Lighting Designer), DIRECTOR, SINGER

Based in: Atlanta, GA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m an artist who always wants to learn. I want to push boundaries and create a safe place for artist just like me to show their artistic abilities. I’m an artist who is always ready for a change and thrives on constructive feedback so that I can become a better creator.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Different Paths is What We’ll Follow

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

Spelman College Theater Program; Spriggs-Burroughs Drama and Dance Ensemble

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

Rising Star Awards ‘24 (2022) presented by Spriggs-Burroughs Drama and Dance Ensemble (Spelman College)

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER

Based in: Washington, DC; Kalamazoo, MI

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a Queer, Indigenous, Filipino theatre artist focused in directing, intimacy choreography, and new work development.
I prioritize highly collaborative, consent-based, and trauma-informed approaches to work centering marginalized peoples; I am particularly interested in artistry that is civically engaged and shocking, subversive, absurd, and boundary-pushing.

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

B.A. Kalamazoo College (Psychology and Theatre Arts)

Intimacy education includes:
Theatrical Intimacy Education
Intimacy Coordinators of Color
National Society of Intimacy Professionals (Canada)

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

Co-creator of the Youth New Play Project (Face Off Theatre Company, 2022) – annual youth playwriting and directing workshop series.

Director/deviser of the Abortion Monologues (Kalamazoo College, 2021-2023) – annual devised monologue series for local reproductive rights advocacy and fundraising.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region III (Kalamazoo College, 2019) Certificate of Merit for Dramaturgy for extraordinary achievement in design – STUDENT BODY by Frank Winters.

ynikayuag.com

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DANCE / MOVEMENT (Intimacy Choreographer, Intimacy Director), DIRECTOR, DRAMATURG, TEACHING (Educator), WRITER

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 (Casting, Management)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I would describe myself as vulnerable writer and being creatively open to expanding theatre in race, sexuality and mental health accessibility. I think in every angle of theatre, everyone should be able to see their lives on stage and/or screen. I am very happy to be a part of a time that celebrates black and brown artistry and that is open to take about mental health and how it shapes characters and artists.

I like bold theater, new theatre, scary and vulnerable theater. I want to write and be a part of artistry that speaks about mental health plight and how every day we try to overcome those challenges. Listening and reading about others plays and artistry opens my creative heart.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

You got’s to see HER in action

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

University of Vermont

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

Miranda Family Development Fellow at Vineyard Theatre; President of Women of Color Coalition at UVM; 2019 UVM Rising Leadership Recipient; UVM Class of 67’ Award

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR (Development), WRITER

Based in: Atlanta, Boston, New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

An experimental theater maker, combining movement, multimedia, and found sources to create truth.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Go before you’re ready.

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

The Boston Conservatory

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

I was the presidential scholar for theater at my school.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Acrobat, Aerialist, Mover), PERFORMANCE (Deviser), POET, VISUAL ART (Experimental Artist)

Based in: Washington D.C

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a radical creative Latina that combines both design and advocacy in my work. I strive to help Black and Brown communities and I am continuing the fight for radical inclusion.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Echale ganas porque si se puede!

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

Cumberland University

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

I was selected to be in the Creative Futures Collective in Nashville, an Avanzando Líderes Fellow and worked closely with UnidosUS and I was a conference speaker that discussed multi-generational perspectives about the challenges Latinx students face.

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, DESIGNER (Designer, Graphic Designer), PERFORMANCE (Theatre Maker), VISUAL ART (Visual Artist)

Based in: Chicago, IL

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a singer songwriter, specializing in musical theatre performance.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Loud Mexican gets even louder onstage.

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

Drake University – Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Graduating Spring 2024
National Theatre Institute – National Music Theatre Institute Fall 2022

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

2019 Rising Star Award in Chicago

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

Based in: New England/Boston

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Latinx and Middle Eastern actor, collaborator, and artist with special interest in film, performance and technical theatre. Specialties in technical theatre include stage management, crew, scenic, costume construction/design, etc. Specialities in performance include Shakespeare, devised work, movement, contemporary, etc.

Skills set aside, I want to immerse myself and work in artistic platforms to push for social change, make a statement, be loud, and be the representation I wanted to see as an artistic kid.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

With art, I will be loud.

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

Rhode Island College – B.A. in Performance and Technical Theatre

Community College of Rhode Island – A.A. in Theatre

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

– First-Generation college student
– Graduate of Rhode Island College with a B.A.
– Recipient of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Scholarship/Fellowship

Tags: ACTOR, SINGER, TECHNICAL (Technician), VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), OTHER (Collaborator, Creator, etc.)

Based in: Atlanta, Georgia

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’d describe myself as a creative. Haven’t found a specific label that fits just yet.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Our actions speak louder than words.

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

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Spelman College, and The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

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

I am currently a Spelman Leadership Fellow at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), DIRECTOR, WRITER

Based in: D.C.

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an interdisciplinary artist-scholar. I am a performer, director, producer, dramaturg/researcher, and writer with an interest in new work that explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, life, arts, and culture in an effort to illuminate the fruits of spirit, organize the collective, promote justice, reconciliation, and healing. I love work that is bold and funky and shows the complicated, beautiful mess that is life.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Faith inspires me to shine unapologetically.

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

Georgetown University with a B.A. in African-American Studies and Government with a Minor in Theatre Performance Studies, Woodbridge Senior High School (Center for the Fine and Performing Arts in Prince William County)

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

I am the NNPN Producer in Residence & BOLD Rising Director at Woolly. I am the Artistic Advisor to the Black Theatre Ensemble at Georgetown University. I had a monologue produced in Molly Smith’s directorial exit from Arena Stage called My Body No Choice. The monologue was called “A Rest Stop.” and performed across the nation.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer), DIRECTOR, POET, PRODUCING (Producer, Workshop Producer), SINGER, VISUAL ART (Digital Artist, Visual Artist), WRITER (AI Writer, Essay Writer, Playwright, Speech Writer), OTHER (Astrologer, Leader, Organizer)

Based in: New England (Providence, Boston)

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer who focuses on the complexities of gender and identity in my creative works, particularly in BIPOC communities.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Be creative, be vulnerable, be fierce.

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

Rhode Island College

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

I choreographed my own piece as a love letter to BIPOC trans individuals entitled “To Be Transparent” for the Student Choreography Showcase at Rhode Island College.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE / MOVEMENT (Choreographer), DESIGNER (Costume Designer), SINGER

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: ADMINISTRATOR (Casting), WRITER

Based in: Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Full of creativity and imagination.

I am a actor, singer, improviser, director and educator.

My goal is to make my world as fun as possible through art.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Don’t let fear keep you down.

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

Rhode Island College 2018-2022
The Theatre Gamm Fellowship program 2022-2023

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR (Coordinator), DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE (Improviser), SINGER, TEACHING (Educator)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an “artist” I would describe myself as being a student first. I’m a Black artist with the role of educating, informing and encouraging young people, especially Black folks to go back and learn about the artists before you, the path they took to instill Black aesthetics in their work, learn about their intentions of the work, what their mission was & how you can update that to keep driving forward today. My work and goals for my work will always be rooted in functionality, collectiveness and commitment. I believe in knowing where you’ve been to inform you on where to go.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

“Let the World Be a Black Poem”

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

Morehouse College

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR (Assistant, Casting), DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Music Supervisor), PRODUCING (Executive Producer), VISUAL ART (Cinematographer, Photographer), OTHER (Consultant)

Based in: Boston, New York City, Houston

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor / writer / director that is always searching for a new challenge in storytelling. I seek the truth in every character I play, story I create, and art I direct. I hope that I can help bring art to life in my own unique way.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Be kind. Live boldly. Create memories.

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

Johns Hopkins University (B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Minor in Theater Arts)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (National Theater Institute 2022)

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

Based in: Chicago, IL

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor/ writer/ director interested in the art of storytelling as a whole! My main focus has been queer cross-cultural stories and I feel pulled towards theatrical works that fully embrace the form and make the most of the magic that theater allows. As a writer, my goal is to uplift international/ immigrant stories and make use of the musicality of languages other than English. As an actor, my goal is to embrace characters fully and empathetically. As a director, my goal is to create spaces where process is valued, collaborators are welcomed, and always make space for growth. I truly love theater and believe in its power to change minds, open hearts, and bring people together.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

So much to learn, how exciting!

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

United World College in Mostar (IB); Northwestern University (B.A. in Theater and Creative Writing)

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

Directed my first full production last year at Northwestern (“The Baltimore Waltz” by Paula Vogel);
My first play “Things I Wish I Said Out Loud” was produced at Northwestern University this fall;
I had my Chicago acting debut this fall as well in the new play “Round Yon Virgin” at the Factory Theater.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Gymnast), DIRECTOR, DRAMATURG, SINGER, WRITER (Playwright, Songwriter)

Based in: NYC

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a Brazilian multi-hyphenate artist passionate about unearthing the forgotten, invisible narratives of my peoples. I am particularly interested in developing new works by women, queer folks, and people of color and, more broadly, in exploring how marginalized communities use theater as a tool to practice transformative justice. Invested in the erotic, the ritualistic, the playful, and the spiritual, I believe in the metamorphic power of storytelling and, above all else, aim to infuse my artistic endeavors with images, colors, and sensations that reflect the Latine experience.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

A Clowny Little Flower in Bloom

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

B.A. in Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College (2023); National Theater Institute Semester at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (2022); Comedy Studies Semester at The Second City (2022); Clown and Commedia Intensive at The Pandemonium Studio (2023); Alexander Technique Intensive at Balance Arts Center (2023); The Completely Ridiculous Conservatory at Completely Ridiculous Productions (2021); Private Vocal Coaching (Ongoing)

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

I performed at the 21st Monte Cristo Awards and recently served as Dramaturg and Assistant Director at the Co-World Premiere of Caridad Svich’s “Arbor Falls.”

www.leticiamonteiro.com

Tags: ACTOR, DRAMATURG, PERFORMANCE (Clown), WRITER

Based in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a creator. I create art with my hands and my writerly instruments. I am an Afro-futurist who believes that stories centering Black joy and Black survival are Afro-futuristic. I love a Miltonesque fall from grace. I love a family myth spanning generations — I love a becoming. I experience poetry, I capture it, I give it a home. I experience deadlines, I write in a café, I call it a play.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

I arrived. (I landed). I flew.

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

Howard University – English and Latin (2016-2020)/National Theater Institute – Advanced Playwriting ( Spring 2022), Santa Fe Institute – Foundations and Applications of Humanities Analytics (2023)

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

PERIPLUS Collective Fellow, National Theater Institute Fellow, Member of the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive

Tags: DIRECTOR, MUSICIAN, POET, TEACHING (Teaching Artist), WRITER

Based in: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Detailed. I’m enthralled by granularity and consider that the foundation of my approach to artistry. I orient my craft around specificity because it’s in the fine tuning of small choices, aggregated over time, that truly demonstrate transformation. Only when a character’s transformation is honored in detail does the story as a whole become reflective to an audience member; they begin to see themselves in the idiosyncrasies, and project meaning in them that make the moments infinitely more personal. That’s what I’m after.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

It Will Never Be Perfect. Start.

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

University of California, Berkeley
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

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

Lead Engineering Researcher of Parade Fabrication & Design, Walt Disney Company (2023)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Family Fellowship (2022)

National Theater Institute TheaterMakers Intensive Fellowship, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT (2022)

Sara Huntsman Sturgess Memorial Prize for Outstanding Artistic Accomplishment, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2021)

Tags: ACTOR (Actor, Voice Actor), DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer), DESIGNER (Book Designer, Graphic Designer), DIRECTOR, MUSIC (DRUMMER), POET, PRODUCING (Producer, Project Coordinator), SINGER, TECHNICAL (Engineer, Mechanical Prototype Engineer, User Experience Design, Web Designer), VISUAL ART (Animator, Art Curator, Storyboard Artist, Videographer), WRITING (Screenwriter, Songwriter)

Based in: Washington, DC

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m musician and arts administrator who is passionate about community-building around the arts and the behind-the-scenes work that makes it happen. I am currently focused in fundraising and development, and I’m dedicated to using my experience to build resources for artists and connecting artists to them and each other.

My primary background is in classical singing, but I have a deep love for all music, theatre, fine arts, and learning about how they are made. I especially love art by and about queer people of color and art that leans into the unconventional or strange to tell its story.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Queer love and storytelling are magic.

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

Ithaca College

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, MUSICIAN, SINGER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a writer that hopes to make works that are witty, mischievous, and deeply rooted in bringing the feelings and thoughts that are often unsaid into art, whether it be a depiction of the person that pretends to be on the phone in a crowd with a friend so people don’t realize they didn’t have friends to come with, or the day to day of the family of someone who was brutally taken away from them beyond being featured in a true crime podcast as “declined to interview.” I also make many playlists and poorly drawn diagrams in the name of “process” for plays a little too much compared to how much I’m actually writing them.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Mom, Law School Will Never Happen

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

Columbia University (B.A. Sociology, Barnard College)
National Theater Institute (Theatermakers Summer Intensive, Playwriting)

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

After the rights were too expensive for an existing script I had proposed to direct, I was given the chance to adapt Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (thanks to wonderful support from an amazing organization, production team, and cast) for production with The Columbia University Players. It reimagined the main characters as women of color in New York City in 1976 and fed my 70’s music obsession 🙂

New Play Exchange Profile

Tags: WRITER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I strive to carry the power, love, and resilience of those who came before me into every aspect of my art. Whether it be embodying a new character or modeling for a shoot, I am grateful to carry the pride of who I am into all I create. <3

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Using chisme to take down systems.

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

Molloy University/ CAP21 Conservatory- BFA Musical Theatre
National Theatre Institute- Theatremakers, Acting
ZACH Preprofessional Company

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre (expected May 2024)
The Wimberley Play Festival Outstanding Performer Award for Emma in “People, Places, & Things”

www.gabriellevillarreal.com

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT, SINGER

Based in: New Jersey

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A multidisciplinary artist that loves the process of creation in all its forms and views theater-making from a wholistic lens

What is your Six Word Memoir?

When my words fail, art speaks

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

Albright College – Bachelor of Arts in Theater & Political Science/ Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute – NTI program

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

I have been nominated three times for Irene Ryan’s

jadaweedon.com

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, POET, TECHNICAL (Stage Manager)

Based in: New York City, Jerusalem

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Actor, singer, dancer, composer, Musical theatre writer, director, instrumentalist.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Random Confessions of a Knafe Lover

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

Ashtar Theatre; Williams College; National Theatre Institute

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

I won the award for Excellence in Vocal Performance at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music in 2017; I lead one of the first musical operatic productions of One Thousand and One Nights in Palestine in 2015; I wrote, composed, arranged an entire musical that debuted at 62′ Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown, MA.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Composer, Musician), POET, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: New York City (Yonkers)

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a theater and dance artist who drinks water. As an actor, I like to explore the common humanity rather than politics that belong to a certain country. As a dancer, I believe every movement is dance and we all live in a state of oriented not knowing. I love making works that cross the line between theater, dance and puppetry. As a Chinese who came to this country at 18, I still use chopsticks.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Don’t settle. Don’t settle. Don’t settle.

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

Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BFA Contemporary Theater)
Sarah Lawrence College (MFA Dance ’25)
National Theater Institute (Fall ’22)
O’Neill Puppetry Conference
Sandglass Theater Summer Intensive
Double Edge Theater Winter Intensive

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

I was one of the very first international actors to join AEA after open access. (international actors were not eligible before)

www.yitongzhu.com

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, PERFORMANCE (Puppeteer)

ALUMNI

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, VISUAL ART (Filmmaker)

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.

linktr.ee/Katherinebenitez

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, DIRECTOR, POET

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, POET (Spoken Word Artist), OTHER (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, PRODUCING (Producer), WRITER

Based in: West Haven, CT

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

An emotionally driven artist who brings empathy to everything she does. Whether it be in the ticket booth or on the stage, she always tries to carry herself with a smile.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

It’s all going to be ok!

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

University of Connecticut (BA Theater studies – Arts Administration & Dramaturgy), Manhattan Film Institute (Acting track), National Theater Institute (Acting)

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

Just got promoted to the Assistant Manager of Guest Services at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk!

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR

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: 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, PRODUCING (Producer), WRITER

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, MUSIC (Musician), VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER

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, experience in stunt work, and you can see me in the New Hunger Games Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Film as the pompous Felix Ravinstill releasing in November 2023. As well as on Hudson and Rex on City TV (season 4 episode 12) as Gabriel Mustafa. I am also repped by Take 3 talent, David Dean Management, and The characters talent agency.

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: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As a biracial woman in the theatre, I consider myself an artist interested in advocating, diversifying, and forwarding accessibility and visibility in theatre. Additionally, as an artist who considers herself more than an actor, I look in other pockets of artistic work to stretch the bounds of what creativity means. There is so much to be learned from each position and person who holds that space and I strive to always call myself a collaborator in each role. But if we’re getting down to brass tacks, I consider and describe myself as an artist who cherishes other artists and always yearns to amplify and commune with the diverse voices around me.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Trifling (i)Tula: A Fun-Sized Life

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

Boston College – B.A. in English and Theatre
British American Drama Academy – Midsummer in Oxford Acting Intensive (2022)
National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center – Theatremakers: Acting Track (2021)
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar (2017 & 2018)

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

J. Robert Barth for “Excellence in the Arts” at Boston College: awarded to one senior in the entire graduating class that makes a significant and impactful contribution to the arts at Boston College

Part of the Management team for the NYC Premiere of “The Immersive Great Gatsby” coming straight from London

Executive & Creative Operations intern for Jujamcyn Theatres

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCING (Producer, Production Manager), SINGER

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: 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, PERFORMANCE (Theatre Collaborator), SINGER, WRITER

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, POET, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an actor and performer, I am drawn to identity-driven storytelling. And as a queer person of color, I am passionate about inclusive creative work. I want to tell stories that mirror the audiences watching — where people see themselves represented on stage and on screen.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Nothing a sweet treat can’t fix.

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

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
National Theater Institute
Waterford, CT

University of Southern California (USC)
School of Dramatic Arts
Los Angeles, CA

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

Sage Moore is an accomplished actor, singer, and dancer. She’s appeared in a variety of independent films, music videos, and a proof of concept pilot. She’s trained in stage, screen, and improv acting at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, National Theater Institute, and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

She is currently represented theatrically and commercially by Evolve Artists Agency in Los Angeles, CA.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCER, SINGER

Based in: Chicago

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a theatermaker committed to discovering new ways of using theatre to foster understanding! In my work, I often interact with themes of grief, queerness, kinship and identity with an affinity for comedy and a taste for the experimental. In addition to acting and playwriting, I also do long- and short-form improv as well sketch comedy. I like stories that make me sweat.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

this songs reminds me of you

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

Northwestern University, National Theatre Institute

Tags: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, WRITER

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.

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Tags: ACTOR, WRITER

Based in: Jersey City/New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I was born and raised in a small town in India called Yavatmal by my father who is a Master Yoga teacher, an eternal Yogi and my mother, a Government school Teacher who teaches in a village of India. I have been performing on the stage as an actor, self taught dancer and singing at the spiritual centers in India as a devotional singer since the age 3.

After graduating as an Electronics and telecommunication, I moved away from home to a new city called Pune in IndiaI where worked as a software engineer. On weekends I was training myself in classical Indian music as a singer and exploring the regional theatre. While five days I worked as an engineer on weekends I was mostly in classes training or performing in concerts as a contemporary singer or in temples and at the spiritual centers as a devotional singer.

After I moved to the US, I consciously decided to quit my full time engineering career and started my training as an actor with a few theatre companies in the New York City. My personal big breakthrough happened when I entered the clown classroom of my teacher and now also my mentor Christopher Bayes, where a voice whispered in my ear to pursue Clown as a doorway to what I was trying to search as an artist. Since then I have never stopped exploring Clown and studying with him. now I am classical trained Clown and also exploring the world of Commedia dell Arte with various clown teachers in the city. I have also found my solace in the Balinese masks and Balinese Art forms while training in Bali with my teacher and another mentor Budi Miller which I am currently trying to incorporate in my work. So far my written and performed worked so far has been commissioned by Rattlestick theatre company, O’Neil theatre and Broadway Coalition Advocacy to name a few.

Currently I am on on an apprenticeship program (Clown teacher) with Christopher Bayes at DGSD at Yale for the year 2023-24. And working on my solo woman show which is a work in progress. While training as an actor I have observed that there are not enough Clown teachers of color around. As a BIPOC Clown teacher I would like to fill that gap and create a space where people of color could feel courageous and brave to express through their whole body, mind and soul. Also a Clown teacher I often teach Clown during my India visits to the kids in the villages where my mother teaches. As an artist and a woman of color from India, the intention of any form of my performance has always been ‘an offering’ to my teachers, to the nature and at the feet of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. The way I create and perform is not separated from the culture, religion and roots I come from. And I want to see and explore how I could bring this way of thinking and being as an artist in this Western World and how it would be received and change/impact people’s minds.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Everything from Source, Nothing by Force.

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

● Apprenticeship : Christopher Bayes for the year 2023-24 at DGSD at Yale and Pandamonium Studio.
● Celebration Barn, Maine(Full Scholarship for residential three weeks program**):
The Visit’2023(Balinese Mask): Budi Miller, Clown Material & Bouffon : Aitor Basauri
● Broadway Advocacy Coalition: Arts in Action Festival(2022)
Theatre of the oppressed NYC, Releasing aging people in prison campaign, Touchdown NYC
People’s Campaign for Parol Justice
● The Pandemonium Studio: (One Year Full Scholarship by Christopher Bayes ,2020-21**) (2019-2023)
Clown and Clown Shows: Christopher Bayes (510 Hrs), Clown Teacher Training: Christopher Bayes,
Balinese Mask and Taksu : Budi Miller, Bouffon: Eric Davis
● The New York Drama Center Physical Scene Study Intensive: Jim Calder. Aitor Basauri: Clown
● Completely Ridiculous Productions (Summer 2020 and Winter 2021 Conservatories):
Fun of Failure: Gabriel Levey, Russian Etudes: Annelise Lawson, On Camera, Embodying Circumstance: Devin Shacket, Ralf Jean-Pierre: Improv Character & Energetics: Ato Blankson Wood, Getting Un-lost (Solo Shows): Kareem M. Lucas, Scene Study (BIPOC): Paul Pryce
● Encompass Collective: Seltape: Jakeem Powell, Devising artist process: Shadi Ghaheri
● Accent: Ron Carlos ● Lucid Body Level 1 and 2: Shayna Freedman
● Alexander Tech-works
Embodying the character with Animal study and Images: Jean Louis Rodrique, Kristof Konrad, Alexander Technique: Kristof Konrad
● National Theatre Institute – Fall semester (2021)
Shakespeare: Richard Digby Day, Directing: Jessi Hill, Acting: Forrest McClendon, Droznin: Rachel Jett, Singing: Anne Tofflemire,
Grotowski: Victor Cervantes Jr., Playwriting: Ren Dara Santiago, Building a character: Malik Work, Voice: Craig Dolezel, Walton Wilson, Alexander Technique: Erin O’Leary
● Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research, Pondicherry, India (2019)
Breath, Emotions, Rhythm: Vinaykumar K. J, Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts of Kerala, India): Akshay Sekhar
Koodiyattam/Mizhavu Drums: Eye Exercises, Kundalini Chakras, Underwater Exercises, Voice: Nimmy Raphel, Arvind Rane
● AK Studio, India (2019): Voiceover, Diction, Language Dubbing: Vikram Gokhale, Kedar Athavale, Manjiri Dhamankar
● The Barrow Group One Year Foundations of Acting Program and classes (2015-2018)
● Indian Classical Music (over 10 years of training): Padmaja Phenany Joglekar, Shruti Jakati
● Bachelor of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (2006-10): S.G.B.A. University, India

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

Lin Manuel Miranda Family Fellowship Award (2022-2024); Scholarship with Spy monkey(London): Clown musical Intensive(2023); Eugene O’Neill Scholarship award by Lin Manuel Miranda Family Foundation (2021); One Year Full Scholarship by Christopher Bayes (2020-2021); Voice Of Region Award, Winner Of Regional Singing competition (2005-07, India)

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE (Bouffon, Clown), POET, SINGER, 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, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER

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, VISUAL ART (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, DESIGNER (Designer), DIRECTOR, POET, PRODUCING (Production Manager), TECHNICAL (Stage Manager), WRITER

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: MUSIC (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: 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?

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).

https://masscharterschools.salsalabs.org/hows-school-a-teachers-perspective

Tags: DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer)

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: Los Angeles

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Hi, I’m M! I’m an arts administrator with a background in acting and technical theatre, and I’m currently living on Tongva, Kizh, and Chumash land (Los Angeles, CA).

As an arts administrator, I primarily manage educational programming. This programming includes: in-school dance education for Title I K-12 students; dance, acting, and music therapy classes for folks with neurological challenges like Parkinson’s, MS, TBI, and stroke; and performances that center stories of those experiencing breast cancer, mental health challenges, and restrictions to reproductive rights.

Across all aspects of my life, including my artistic career, I’m most interested in kindness, community, and connecting with nature. I believe that the connections we make with other beings are crucial in presenting work that is rooted in truth, understanding, and empathy.

I crave the beauty and warmth of small moments. If I could scoop up everyone I love and run away into the woods to make art with them forever, I would.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Please picture me in the trees.

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

•University of California, Santa Cruz – BA Theatre with a dual concentration in Acting and Theatrical Design/Technology
•Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – National Theater Institute
•Greg Fritsch – Meisner (2018-2020)
•CalArts – California State Summer School for the Arts (Acting)

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

I’ve been at my current job for over three years, and I’ve worked my way up from a summer intern to a full-time management position!

During my senior year at UC Santa Cruz (2020), I was selected for the single directing slot reserved for undergraduate students, and directed an incredibly fulfilling production of Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall”, my first full-length directing project.

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DESIGNER (Graphic Designer), PRODUCING (Producer)

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, POET, WRITER

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an actor.

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, MUSIC (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: ADMINISTRATOR, DIRECTOR, VISUAL ART (Curator), OTHER (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.

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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, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER (Librettist)

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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Composer), PERFORMANCE (Deviser), WRITER

Based in: Midwest

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a Theater-maker and Playwright (Writer) with interests in plays, musicals, devised works, and dramaturgy. I have extensive experience in acting, various types of writing, producing, devising, singing, video editing, and directing. I make works about what I care about. My cultural identity, in fundamental ways, informs the contexts of my works. As late Nigerian Writer Chinua Achebe shared “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” I say the history of the hunt can no longer glorify the hunter. Stories are power. How we think about stories is power. How we construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct stories shifts and plays with what is seen as power and universal. “Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, power to retell it, to rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.” This is why I do what I do. Not only to rethink past and present stories, but most of all to make new thoughts and illuminate more stories.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

World is wide; Life is wider.

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

SOAS University of London: Masters of Arts in African Studies (2022)

Bard College at Simon’s Rock: Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts with a minor in Creative Arts & Creative Writing (2021)

Bard College Berlin: Semester Study Abroad in Arts & Society Berlin Program (2020)

National Theater Institute: Theatermakers Summer Intensive Acting Track (2020)

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

Barrington Stage Company (2021)
House Management Intern & Celebration of Black Voices Festival Production Assistant

Senior Thesis High Honors (2021)
Partly scholarly and partly artistic thesis where my one-act 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 my artistic process.

BA Commencement Class Speaker (2021)

Connecticut Post Article (2017) www.ctpost.com/local/article/Classical-Studies-Magnet-Academy-success-story-in-11197189.php

Tags: PERFORMANCE (Theater-maker), WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: New York City

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am a proud black and Vietnamese actor, writer, and singer. When I was a kid, my sister and I would put on shows in our living room to perform for our family. That kid wanted to be an artist. That kid wanted to see people like himself on the big screen, small screen, and stage. Now, I’ve become the person he wanted to be. I made them proud and will continue to do so with what I create. My goal is to tell stories that empower, uplift, and inspire people of color. I want to show young POC artists—like my kid self—that there’s a space for them in a white dominated industry.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Be delusional until it’s not delusion.

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?

Northeastern University’s 2021 Huntington 100 (most influential people); Founder of New Renaissance Theatre Company at Northeastern which features and supports artists of color.

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Tags: ACTOR, MUSIC (Musician), SINGER, WRITER

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, DESIGNER (Sound Designer), DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Lyricist), POET, SINGER, WRITER

Based in: NYC and Lima, Peru

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

A playwright /performer/ songwriter whose work centers the earth, examines the ephemeral nature of our existence, and considers what love looks like for indigenous and LatinX women in the world today.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Con un poco de amor fue tejida mi piel.

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

They completed a major in Theater & Dance (and Latin American Studies) at Macalester College (MN, USA), studied playwriting at the National Theater Institute (CT, USA), and trained in acting at El Taller Formación Actoral de Roberto Ángeles (Lima, Perú).

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

Gretta is a National Theater Institute Fellow and the Literary Associate at the Latiné Musical Theater Lab.

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), MUSIC (Composer), WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: NYC, DMV

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As a Production Manager, my artistry comes from my love for creating a cohesive environment where collaboration and ideas can flow.

Tags: ADMINISTRATOR, PRODUCING (Associate Production Manager, Production Manager)

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 (Casting), DIRECTOR, WRITER

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, DRAMATURG, WRITER, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist)

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: PERFORMANCE (Theatremaker), WRITER

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: MUSIC (Musician), SINGER, WRITER

Based in: Boston, MA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I would describe myself as curious, open minded and passionate musician. I am performer, teacher, accompanist, and director. I have a deep appreciation and love for art and music, which I want to share with others. I have expressed interest and enthusiasm for music from an early age and started getting professional training in piano and clarinet since the age of 6 at music specialized school in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I love to collaborate with artists and musicians from different backgrounds, experiences, trainings, who might hold similar or different views. I love to also incorporate my cultural identity into music and let people experience something new. I believe diversity and exchange in opinions, ideas is very important to keep art alive and breathing.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Live with Purpose. Create with Passion.

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

Kazakh Music Specialized School for Gifted Children named after Ahmet Zhubanov. Almaty, Kazakhstan. Piano and Clarinet Performance.
Rhode Island College – Bachelor in Clarinet Performance.

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

I was very lucky to be able to participate in many national and international competitions in Kazakhstan and United States. One of my achievements is my Clarinet and Piano debut at Carnegie Hall.

Tags: DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Accompanist, Musician), TEACHING (Teacher), OTHER (Collaborator)

Based in: Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I yearn for the sweet spot between closeness & isolation. My stories investigate the raunchy, blissful, awkward and often-time trauma filled world of blackness, woman-ness and adulthood in the 21st century. My art is filled with the cadence of my Caribbean/Southern-American upbringing and heavily remixed with the void of black internet culture. I like to say my work is for those who were raised in tradition but silently rebelled online.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Rude Gyal. Be Rude Black Gyal.

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

Bowdoin College; The National Theatre Institute

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

Some of my recent writing credits include “GRLZ MAKE GIRLZ MAKE GRLZ” a poem recently published in ISSUE V of Flurry Mag (a New York based zine created by and for BIPOC women & femmes). My recent acting credits include Pretense a short film by Tamara Aileen, Sweat by Lynne Nottage and Perseverance by Callie Kimball.

Tags: ACTOR, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER, OTHER (Makeup 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, POET, WRITER

Based in: Providence

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Dancer

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Dance speaks the language I cannot.

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

Rhode Island College

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

I’ve worked with short film maker Marta Renzi throughout the years and I’ve been a featured dancer in “Tumult”, “Through Mabels Eye’s”, “A Different Day”, and “A DAY’S WORK”. I had the opportunity to perform “A DAY’S WORK” live in New York City at the Performance Project University Settlement House. Currently, I am part of the Metamorphosis Dance Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where I perform for various events.

Tags: DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer), TEACHING (Teaching Artist)

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

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, TEACHING (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, PERFORMANCE (Performer), SINGER, WRITER

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: MUSIC (Composer, Director of Music, Musician, Rapper), SINGER, VISUAL ART (Visual Artist), WRITER

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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer), SINGER, VISUAL ART (Artist)

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: San Diego, CA

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Ludy is a Brazilian director of Indigenous descent, who loves telling stories. Her heart steers towards politically urgent work and plays that ask us to transcend the conditioning of surviving. How do we start living?

She has directed in Brazil and India. As an educator, she has worked with Hartford Stage and the National Theater Institute at the O’Neill. Her jam is socially engaged work, plays with music, and collaborative spaces that invite joy and growth.

Ludy is also a certified sea kayak guide leader and her cat has an Instagram.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

The sprout growing from the stump.

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

United World College of South East Asian (UWC), Whitman College, National Theater Institute + Advanced Directing, 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, TEACHING (Educator), WRITER

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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), POET, SINGER

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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer), DIRECTOR, MUSIC (Composer), TEACHING (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 (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, MUSIC (Composer, Musician), SINGER, VISUAL ART (Animator, Illustrator, Painter, Photographer), WRITER

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 (Improv Actor, Voice Over Actor), SINGER, WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: Santa Cruz, California

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I am an Actor, Singer, Poet, and backyard bird enthusiast. I am passionate about telling stories that serve my community, and I am so grateful that I get to do that through theater. I have loved performing since I was five years old, playing the Chair in my preschool’s dramatic reading of “Abiyoyo” (perhaps my favorite book, except “The Princess Bride,” of course). Most things about my life have changed since preschool graduation, but my love of being on stage, and reflecting the truth of human experience as best I can has only grown.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Fig Tree holds me, I jump!

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

California State University Fullerton, Class of 2022
Intern, Jewel Theater Co. Santa Cruz, 2022
NMTI Fall, 2017

Tags: ACTOR, POET, SINGER

Based in: Cambridge, Ma

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Choreographer & Dancer

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Challenge the status quo with intention.

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

Rhode Island College.

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

Lin-Manuel Miranda Scholar/ Reformer Pilates Certified

Tags: DANCE/MOVEMENT (Choreographer, Dancer, Injury Prevention, Pilates Instructor)

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: PERFORMANCE (Theatremaker), WRITER

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, MUSIC (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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (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: NYC

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I’m a NYC city based artist who specializes in dance. Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in New Mexico I always try to implement some of my cultural flavor into the art.

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

The Juilliard School Dance Division Class of 2022
Ballet Hispánico Dancer 2021-2023
Twyla Tharp 2023-2024

Tags: ACTOR, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), SINGER

Based in: New York City

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, TEACHING (Educator), WRITER (Songwriter), OTHER (Storyteller)

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, TEACHING (Teaching Artist), WRITER (Playwright)

Based in: Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

I enjoy working on art that shares an important story or makes people reflect within themselves. I also enjoy working on art that is fully immersed in a world of fantasy and adventure that completely removes the audience from the reality of the crazy world we live in.

My artist process thrives on collaboration, especially with people with a variety of life stories and experiences. I believe collaboration is an integral key in creating art that speaks volumes to a variety of audiences and not just the perfectionist inside our heads.

As an Azorean-American who is extremely proud of my heritage, I will never turn down the opportunity to showcase traditional music and stories from the islands of Faial where my parents and paternal grandparents were born and Pico where my maternal grandparents were born.

Whether I am on stage as a performer or behind the scenes in development or production, I am happy as long as I am part of the process of creating beautiful and meaningful art.

What is your Six Word Memoir?

Island girl with a city swirl!

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

Rhode Island College ’20 (Double Major: Musical Theatre and Mass Media Communications)

Tags: ACTOR, ADMINISTRATOR, DESIGNER (Prop Designer), MUSIC (Musician), PERFORMANCE (Narrator), SINGER, TECHNICAL (Novice Carpenter)

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, DANCE/MOVEMENT (Dancer), PRODUCING (Producer), WRITER

Based in: Providence, Rhode Island

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

My name is Rebecca-Anne Whittaker (she/her/hers) and making theater sets my soul on fire.

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 Showjumping 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.

Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting; Vassar College BA in Drama; National Theater Institute at O’Neill Theater Center; British American Drama Academy – Midsummer in Oxford Program

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, POET

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