Ensemble Member, Cornerstone Theater
Nephelie Andonyadis first worked with Cornerstone Theater Company in 1995, when she designed the set for Sid Arthur in collaboration with the community of Watts. Since then she has designed the set or costumes for many Cornerstone productions throughout California including California the Tempest, Flor, Café Vida, Plumas Negras, Bliss Point, Boda de Luna Nueva, Jason in Eureka, Los Illegals, Three Truths, Order My Steps and The Unrequited. She has been a member of Cornerstone’s ensemble since 2010. Current projects include Cornerstone’s Institute, to be performed later this summer in the Oakwood community of Venice, California. Over the past twenty years, Nephelie’s set and costume designs have been seen at many TCG member theatres across the country including Playmakers’ Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Center Theatre Group, The Guthrie Lab, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and others, and at other venues including the Getty Villa, in Malibu. She lives in southern California, outside Los Angeles, where she is a Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Redlands.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici
U.S. Representative, First Congressional District of Oregon
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 7, 2012. She represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. Strengthening public education is one of Suzanne's top priorities and one of the reasons she got involved in public service. Suzanne spent hundreds of hours volunteering in public schools before serving in the Oregon State Legislature, where she passed legislation to reduce testing in the state. As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in Congress, she is dedicated to setting national policies that give educators and students the resources they need to succeed. Suzanne served a lead role in the passage of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind and creates new K-12 education policies. She is also focused on making college more affordable and closing the skills gap. Suzanne is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus, which aims to encourage innovation and creative thinking by integrating arts and design with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. Suzanne also serves as a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and she is the top Democratic member on the Subcommittee on the Environment. From this position, she is working to address the causes and risks of global climate change, and to ensure that policy decisions are based on science. As a representative of coastal Oregon, she is also working to draw attention to issues that affect this unique region, including ocean acidification, early tsunami warning systems, weather forecasting and monitoring, and debris removal.
Suzanne first moved to Oregon from Michigan in the mid-1970s. She worked her way through college in Eugene, first at Lane Community College, and then at the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor's degree and law degree. During college and law school, Suzanne worked at Lane County Legal Aid Service. After law school, Suzanne was an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., where she was in the Credit Practices Division of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She met her husband, Michael Simon, in Washington, and in 1986 they settled in the Portland area. Suzanne joined a law firm and worked there until her children were born. Suzanne was elected to her first term in the Oregon House of Representatives in 2007 and in 2008 she was appointed and then elected to the Oregon Senate. In January 2012, Suzanne won the special election to represent Oregon's First Congressional District. She was elected to her first full term in November 2012 and was reelected in November 2014. Oregon's First Congressional District includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties as well as part of Multnomah County. Suzanne and Michael have been married for thirty years. They have two grown children and a cocker spaniel named Charley.
Costume Designer, Center Theatre Group
CTG Costume Design - different words for the same thing, Nightingale with Lynn Redgrave, “13”, Stuff Happens, Living Out, Stones in his Pockets, The Body of Bourne, Enigma Variations with Donald Sutherland (Toronto and London), Tongue of a Bird (Intiman and The NY Public Theatre), Neat, Mules, Dealer’s Choice, Blade to the Heat (Ovation Nomination), Bocon!, Black Butterfly, The Square Root of Terrible with PLAY, and The Affliction of Glory in Co-Production with The J. Paul Getty Museum; South Coast Rep - Madwoman in the Volvo (Pasadena Playhouse), The Injured Party, Shipwrecked!, A Feminine Ending, The Violet Hour, Everett Beekin, Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories and Three Days of Rain (Manhattan Theatre Club); Geffen Playhouse - Thom Pain (based on nothing), Shipwrecked!; Berkeley Repertory Theatre - The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Well, Tales of the Lost Formicans, Antony and Cleopatra, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Playboy of the Western World, Orphans, Ballerina, Hold Me!, to name a few. At Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - The Immigrant. Over 30 Productions as Resident Designer at Virginia Stage Company. Other theatres - Greenaway Court - Orphans (with Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg), La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, The Empty Space Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Sierra Madre Playhouse and Evidence Room.
Director, Ensemble Member, Cornerstone Theater
As a member of the Cornerstone Theater ensemble, Juliette has developed work for and with various communities such as the Los Angeles River community, the addiction and recovery community, the Hindu community, and seniors and their caregivers. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she has directed critically-acclaimed premiere and revival productions in theaters across the country including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory, Denver Theater Center and Seattle Repertory. She was an Artistic Associate and Director of the Hispanic Playwright’s Project at South Coast Repertory for seven years, developing work with writers such as Nilo Cruz, Octavio Solis, José Rivera and Karen Zacarías. As a film maker, she has garnered awards for her work nationally and internationally. She has been a proud member of the Latino Theater Commons Steering Committee. www.juliettecarrillo.com
Chris is a true alchemist who finds creative, fun and engaging approaches to introducing new knowledge and tools with her clients. A learner (and teacher at her core), Chris finds way to make new things feel familiar and build on what you and your teams already know. Using pictures, color, metaphor and stories, Chris turns the humdrum of day-to-day business and evaluation into useful and meaningful outcomes and descriptions of impact. With over 20 years of business planning, strategy consulting, public participation, stakeholder engagement and systems evaluation and analysis, Chris excels in supporting organizational transformation, using best practice methods, strategic illustrations and fun. One key differentiator for Chris is the use of strategic illustration to mobilize action with learning. While including art and pictures into her projects and processes, she adeptly weaves the way for her clients to focus on what matters most to them in the context of their learning and needs. Chris is the author of Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals (McGraw-Hill Professional), a go-to-resource for how to plan and execute great business ideas. Using strategic illustration and three simple design principles, Chris inspires the use of pictures, words and metaphors to realize business ideas and address challenges. Chris has worked in in leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors and is an addicted and determined entrepreneur, owning several businesses including Alchemy: the Art of Transforming Business, Conversation Cloud and Arlosoul: Visualize Innovation. Chris has an M.B.A from the Executive and Professional Education program at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and is a graduate of the 50 for Colorado executive education program at the LEEDS Business School at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Brett Ashley Crawford
Executive Director of the Arts Management and Technology Lab, Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Crawford has a 25-year career in theatre management and theatre education with a passion for arts-centric management, technology and diversity and inclusion. The highlights of her private sector work include 5 years working as Managing Director with Imagination Stage, an arts education and professional theatre located in Bethesda, MD, work as the managing director/production manager of Rep Stage and the Horowitz Center for the Arts in Columbia, MD, 3 years as managing director for St. Bart’s Playhouse in New York City plus myriad independent engagements in theatre, film, and arts festival work in NY, GA, TN, TX, and MD. From 2000 – 2006 she worked as an assistant professor and program director of the graduate Arts Management program at American University. She has also taught arts management and theatre history at University of Maryland, College Park, Towson University, Georgia State University, Auburn University and LaGrange College. Her academic areas of specialization include creative theories, marketing, audience development (investigated through system theory and organization operations), technology and the arts, the history American theatre management, particularly women producers and managers on Broadway. She has presented invited lectures and workshops across the United States and internationally on marketing and audience development, technology and the arts, and production management to audiences including guests of the Department of State, Arts Presenters, the University of Helsinki, and the Center for Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, MFA in Arts Management from Texas Tech University, with a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Artistic Director, The Public Theater
Oskar Eustis has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to 1989. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as a director, dramaturg, and producer. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise, and Larry Wright’s The Human Scale. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others. His production of Julius Caesar won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award in 1988, and in the quarter century since then he has directed and produced Shakespeare across the United States, in venues ranging from prisons to Broadway. Eustis received honorary doctorates from Rhode Island College in 1999 and Brown University in 2001.
Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group
Teresa Eyring joined Theatre Communications Group (TCG) as executive director in March 2007. Previously, she spent 20 years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She is a member of the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance and The Actors Fund. Under her leadership, TCG adopted a new strategic plan with a major focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as audience and community engagement. With this plan, TCG has articulated a new, unifying vision statement. In summary it is: A better world for theatre. A better world because of theatre.
Community Liason, Assistant Director, Center Theatre Group
Estela Garcia is a multi-disciplinary artist that specializes in physical performance styles whether she is performing, writing, teaching and/or devising. She grew up in South LA and went on to receive her B.A. from UCLA in Chicana/o Studies and her MFA for ensemble based devised theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. For the past three years she has served as Community Liaison for Center Theatre Group’s Community Programs where she helps with outreach, engagement and grassroots marketing. In addition, she worked as Community Liaison and Assistant Director for CTG’s Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven by El Teatro Campesino. Estela worked on SCR's community based project “Dialogues” as a teaching artist leading story circles in addition to being cast and puppet director for the production of The Long Road Today by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. For many years she collaborated on many award winning Rogue Artists Ensemble shows in a variety of roles and has devised work with students at UCI, Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge and Cal Arts. Estela teaches acting, mask performance, puppetry, ensemble play, movement and devising. Estela Garcia is in development for her one-woman show Remedios Varo: La Alquimista. As an actress she has worked for SCR, ARTEL, Rogue Artists Ensmeble, The Dell’Arte Company, The Grand Guignolers, and El Laboratorio de las Mascaras (MX). She has performed in venues such as Bootleg Theatre, LACMA, The Getty Villa, The Getty Center, El Portal, South Coast Repertory Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse.
Artistic Development Program Manager, Center Theatre Group
Patricia is a member of the artistic staff at Center Theatre Group (CTG) where they manage new play projects, specifically focused on collective and ensemble creation. Patricia most recently served as Assistant Department Director for Education and Community Partnerships at CTG for six years. Patricia has consulted on strategic planning processes for East LA Rep and El Teatro Campesino. In 2011, Patricia was selected by Theatre Communications Group as a Young Leader of Color where they work with other theatre professionals nationally on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion with a particular focus on the LGBTQ community. In 2012 and again in 2013, Patricia served as a fellow for the Salzburg Global Seminar on Young Cultural Leaders. Recently, Patricia was selected to be featured in Latino Leaders Magazine as a Club Leader for Los Angeles. They currently serve on the board for Get Lit, LA's leading non-profit presenter of literary performance, education, and teen poetry programs. Patricia has a MFA/MBA in Theatre Management from California State University, Long Beach and a BA in English with a minor in Theatre Studies from UC Berkeley. Their work explores the question of how can we encourage dialogue between communities and create transformation through art.
Elaine Grogan Luttrull
CPA, Minerva Financial Arts
Elaine Grogan Luttrull is the founding owner of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to improving financial literacy among artists and arts organizations through coaching, business planning, and education. She is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013), and she serves as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Elaine is the founding director of the CCAD Women’s Leadership Institute, and she previously served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School. Her presentations have been featured nationally by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Americans for the Arts, Playwrights of New York, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Foundation Center.
Director, Include Arts
Kirsty is Director of Include Arts, a training and consultancy organisation specialising in arts and disability and Co-Founder of Relaxed Culture, a series of national and international projects increasing access to culture for people with autism and learning disabilities. She worked as Access Manager for the Society of London Theatre and Theatrical Management Association, advising on access and inclusion for the UK theatre industry and across the West End. Kirsty also worked as Access Manager for the Unicorn Theatre (London) and developed a flagship Access programme which established the theatre as leaders in the field. In 2013 Kirsty ran the successful national Relaxed Performance Project, working with the Prince's Foundation for Children & The Arts, which aims to provide access to creative, safe and inspiring public theatre performances for people with autism and learning disabilities. Include Arts provides training and consultancy for clients including; Royal Shakespeare Company, British Council, National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, Picturehouse Cinema Group and Arts Marketing Association and works mainly in the UK and across North America.
Stephen Karam is the author of The Humans (Obie Award for Playwriting, Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Sons of the Prophet (Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Nortel Award, Hull-Warriner Award and 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist); and Speech & Debate, the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground. He wrote the libretto for Dark Sisters, an original chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. For film, Stephen has written screenplay adaptations of Chekhov’s The Seagull (starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan), and Speech & Debate. Stephen is a MacDowell Colony fellow, and the recipient of the inaugural Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Drama Desk Award. He teaches playwriting at The New School. Stephen grew up in Scranton, PA, and is a graduate of Brown University.
Libby King has been a member of The TEAM for over a decade. With the TEAM she has coauthored and performed in four award winning, critically acclaimed works. Particularly in the Heartland (Winner 2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Best Writing Award 2006 Shortlist, Dublin Fringe 2007 Best Production and Best Actor), Architecting (Winner 2008 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Winner 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award Top Ten 2009 Portugal’s Publico, Nominated for BEST ENSEMBLE Scottish Critics Award), Mission Drift (Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award, 2011 Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel, Guardian Best of 2011, Drama League for Distinguished Production of a Musical) and RoosevElvis (Time OUT NY’s best of 2013). In May, RoosevElvis will begin a four week run at ART. Libby has performed in venues all over New York (The Public, BAM, PS122, The Vineyard, CSC, Bushwick Starr, St. Mark’s Church, Judson Church, 3LD, Ohio Theatre, The Vineyard, etc.) and internationally (Royal Court, National Theatre, Barbican, Almeida (London), The Traverse, The Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh), Portugal’s Culturegest, Toronto’s Harbourfront, The Walker in Minneapolis, etc. She has worked with Moises Kaufman and Tectonic, the SITI Company, The National Theatre of Scotland, Clubbed Thumb, The Foundry, SOHO Rep and Yale Rep. Libby is currently collaborating on two upcoming projects with the The TEAM, Primer for a Failed Super Power and an Untitled Taylor Mac project. She was also a contributing writer on Anything that Gives off Light which will debut at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer. Last year, Five Plays by The TEAM was published by Oberon BOOKS and check out the documentary "The TEAM Makes a Play" by five time Emmy award winner, Paulette Douglas.
Artistic Director, Center Stage
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. He is the Artistic Director of Center Stage where he has directed One Night in Miami, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts (City Paper Top Ten Productions, 2013); The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man, for which he was named Best Director; and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. In 2014, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, and he was nominated for SDC's Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Theater Director. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love as well as A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, and Seize the Day. Beneatha’s Place, debuted at Center Stage in 2013 as part of the groundbreaking Raisin Cycle. His latest play, Marley, based on the life and music of Bob Marley, had its world debut at Center Stage in May 2015. His other directorial credits include Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, New York’s Public Theater’s production of Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, the World Premiere of Detroit ’67 (nominated for Best Director), and the World Premiere of The Liquid Plain at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its New York Premiere at Signature Theater. He has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London, and as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal. He served as the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Designer and Technologist
John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He currently advises dozens of technology businesses as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers—a world-leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century by Esquire, Maeda draws on his diverse background as a MIT-trained engineer, award-winning designer, and organization executive to bring people and ideas together. Throughout his career, Maeda has helped executives, inventors and designers push the boundaries of innovation in their fields through his mentorship, live appearances and celebrated books, including The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership. He has appeared as a speaker all over the world, from Davos to Beijing to São Paulo to New York, and his talks for TED.com have received cumulative views of over 2 million to date.
Today, Maeda is putting KPCB on the map as a leader in business and technology design, and demonstrating the economic impact of design in corporations. At the start of 2015, Fast Company named KPCB one of the ten most innovative companies in design—a position fortified by Maeda’s subsequent launching of the “#DesignInTech Report” (www.kpcb.com/design), which covers venture capital funding and M&A activity for design in the technology industry.
Maeda began his career in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and proceeded to integrate formal design training into his technical background. While the web was being built the 1990s, Maeda led a research team at the MIT Media Lab to connect design with computer science, fostering the first generation of engineers who could elegantly design, and designers who could fluently code. He later became the 16th President of Rhode Island School of Design, where as chief executive he brought technology industry partnerships, lean operations management, and a relentless focus on diversity to help the institution regain its former leading position in the new economy. During his presidency, he received Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Innovation Award for catalyzing the national movement to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into STEAM by adding art as a priority area.
Maeda currently serves on the Board of Directors for wireless hi-fi innovator Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. Most recently he was advisor to John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc., where Maeda facilitated the advancement of eBay Inc.’s design culture at scale – that work culminating in a forthcoming Stanford GSB case study.
Maeda received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, with his MS thesis entitled “Concurrent Sparse Matrix Equation Solver for Three-dimensional Semiconductor Simulation.” He earned an MBA from Arizona State University and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan. He was awarded honorary doctorates in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and Simon Fraser University, and was the recipient of the White House’s National Design Award, the Blouin Foundation’s Creative Leadership Award, the AIGA Medal, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize, the Mainichi Design Prize, the Tokyo Type Director’s Club Prize, and induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. Maeda’s early work for print and the computer was accessioned into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and his contemporary art has been showcased in solo exhibitions in Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and NYC. Maeda can be found on Twitter discussing technology, business and design at @johnmaeda, one of TIME Magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district
Betty McCollum is a Democrat serving her eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, representing the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District. In 2000, Congresswoman McCollum made history as only the second Minnesota woman elected to serve in Congress since statehood in 1858. McCollum represents the residents of Minnesota's capital city, St. Paul, as well as all of Ramsey County and most of Washington County. Throughout her career in public service, Congresswoman McCollum has been a champion for excellence in education, protecting the environment, expanding health care access, fiscal responsibility, and robust international engagement that prioritizes diplomacy, development, along with a strong national defense. In the 114th Congress, Congresswoman McCollum brings a common sense, Minnesota perspective to her work as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she serves as the ranking Democrat on the Interior-Environment Subcommittee and as member of the Defense Subcommittee.
Kevin E. Moore
Managing Director, Theatre Communications Group
Kevin E. Moore is an arts professional with over 20 years experience. Mr. Moore joined TCG in 2010. He served as managing director for Arizona Theatre Company, a LORT B theatre based in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona prior to joining TCG. He was with Arizona Theatre Company for ten years, starting as marketing director and finishing his time there as managing director. In addition, Mr. Moore has served in many capacities with organizations including the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Historic New Harmony in Indiana, Cincinnati Arts Association and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has served on grant panels for Theatre Communications Group, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Phoenix and was Founding Board Chair of Alliance for Audience, a service organization for the arts in Phoenix. He has also been a guest lecturer at Arizona State University. Mr. Moore graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Carmen Morgan is a national diversity consultant and has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for the past six years on structural and organizational equity. In addition, she serves as a partner for Theatre Communications Group’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative where she helped to launch their national Diversity and Inclusion Institute. She also provides customized resources and trainings on diversity, inclusion, and equity to theaters nationwide. Carmen is also currently the Program Director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR). Carmen co-wrote and edited ExpandingLDIRship: A Resource Promoting Positive Intergroup Relations in Communities Through Awareness, Skills and Actions, which remains the center piece of LDIR’s community programming and training. Her leadership work in the arena of diversity and inclusion involves developing and directing program initiatives nationwide – programs that are proactive instead of reactive. She has presented at national conferences including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, National Association for Multicultural Education, Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations, Americans for the Arts, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, to name a few. Carmen is a founding member of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), a former Human Services Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, and is currently on the fundraising committee for Black Women for Wellness, a community-based organization serving women in South Los Angeles. She remains a committed community activist who has worked within the nonprofit sector, specifically around social justice issues, for almost 20 years.
Lisa Mount refuses to specialize. As the Director of Artistic Logistics she works as a consultant with non profit arts organizations, and facilitates dynamic meetings for groups large and small. Past and current clients include Childsplay, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and Theatre Communications Group. As an independent artist she produces, directs, and appears in contemporary performance work, including the acclaimed community story plays, Headwaters :: Stories From A Goodly Portion Of Beautiful Northeast Georgia, Headwaters: Birth, Death and Places In-Between, and Headwaters: Didja Hear? at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. She toured with the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra as rhythm banjo player from 1994 to 2006. Before embarking on her consulting career in 1997, Lisa served as the Managing Director of 7 Stages theater in Atlanta. She has served as the Board Chair for Alternate ROOTS, the Atlanta Theatre Coalition, and Georgia Shares, a workplace giving campaign. Lisa received the 1996 "Abby" Award from the Atlanta Arts and Business Council for Outstanding Arts Professional, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2008. In 2009, she was given the first Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies.
Assistant Teaching Artist, Center Theatre Group
Victoria has always loved art. When it came time to choose a career, her family encouraged her to follow her creative interests. After working for a clothing manufacturer, she was convinced that the theatrical side of the fashion industry was better suited for her interests and personality. Subsequent to her departure as an Assistant Technical Designer, she was exposed to the community programs of Center Theatre Group. Eventually, her involvement in the community programs lead to her participation in Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven as a performer. The following month, Victoria was hired as an Assistant Teaching Artist under Center Theatre Group’s Education and Community Partnerships Department for the Designing Costumes for Theatre series. She, along with Jesus Reyes and Manuel Prieto, has shared with parents from East Los Angeles - throughout the course of eight workshops - what Costume Design entails. In the summer, Victoria will be interning for Los Angeles Music and Arts School. Under this internship, she will earn her first credit as a Costume Designer, and experience first-hand the labor behind the stage curtains. After her internship, she will be working as a Recreation Instructor, sharing her knowledge of clothing construction with the children of South Los Angeles - as she has found teaching to be another great enjoyment of hers. Victoria recently received her Associates of Arts Degree in Fashion Design from L.A.T.T.C. and anticipates with open arms daily discoveries of cultural enrichment during her journey in the world of the arts.
Ambassador Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Ambassador Samantha Power is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance U.S. interests, promote and defend universal values, and address pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Prior to serving as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House. In this role she focused on issues including UN reform; LGBT and women’s rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; human trafficking; and democracy and human rights.
Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and UN reform. She was also the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Ambassador Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008), the basis for the award-winning HBO documentary, “Sergio.” She is also the recent co-editor of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011).
Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker Magazine. Ambassador Power immigrated to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine. She graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is married to Cass Sunstein, with whom she has two young children.
Program Manager, Community Partnerships, Center Theatre Group
Jesus oversees Center Theatre Group’s community programs, which provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience theatre as a part of their daily lives and explore and share their talents, creativity, stories, and aspirations. As Program Manager, Jesus spearheaded the design and implementation of “The Shop,” a community-based initiative to provide residents of Boyle Heights access to theatre through programming at partnered local libraries and CTG’s costume shop. He was a co-project manager of CTG’s Community as Creators program which brought together professional artists and residents of Montebello, Leimert Park, and Boyle Heights to create works of community-based theatre. Jesus studied theatre arts at San Jose State University and was a Los Angeles County Arts Commissioner from 2009-2014, representing the first district. He is the co-founder and creative artistic director of East LA Rep, and worked with Teatro Vision as a director, actor, and literary manager. He is the recipient of the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Fellowship, the Latino Arts Network’s Maestro Award and a TCG Future Leaders mentorship grant.
Anna Deavere Smith
Actress, Playwright, Teacher
Anna Deavere Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. She received the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She was the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a MacArthur Fellow, and received The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. She is recipient of two Tony nominations, and two Obie awards. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has created over 15 one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews, most of which deal with social issues. Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, was performed around the country and on Broadway. Let Me Down Easy focused on health care in the U.S. Her current work-in-progress, the Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, examines the school to prison pipeline. In popular culture you have seen her in Nurse Jackie, Black-ish, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, and Philadelphia. Books include Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. Honorary degrees include those from Yale, Juilliard, the University of Pennsylvania, Barnard, Radcliffe, Wesleyan, Williams, and Northwestern. She sits on the board of trustees for the American Museum of National History, the Aspen Institute, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is University Professor at New York University, where she also directs the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue.
Director, Suzuki Company Member
Born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Baltimore, Maryland; in 1991, Steele joined Tadashi Suzuki's SCOT company in Toga, Japan where he has since worked as an actor, assistant director, teacher and translator, appearing in King Lear, Ivanov and Dionysus, among others. From 1998-2007, Mr. Steele also worked at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, appearing in Wilson's touring productions of Persephone, Woyzeck, The Days Before and the title role in Prometheus. Directing credits in the USA include: Mosheh, Hanjo, Epona's Labyrinth (all at HERE Arts Center), Aoi! (Japan Society, Prelude Festival, PS122), Death in Vacant Lot! (Watermill Center; LMCC), Blood Wedding (Williams College), The Bacchae (LIU), No Exit, Suddenly Last Summer, The Threepenny Opera (all @ CalArts). International credits include: Hanjo (Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara), Las Bacantes, La Opera de Tres Centavos (both @ UNCuyo, Mendoza), Aoi! (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona) and Opium (STUK, Leuven; Monty, Antwerp; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: co-created with Arco Renz/Kobalt Works). Currently a guest lecturer at Williams College, Steele will direct Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker for their ’62 Center series this fall. Steele also leads the summer training program in Toga for SCOT, and his translation of Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture is the Body was published by TCG in August, 2015. BFA: Northwestern University. MFA: CalArts.
Producing Artistic Director, El Teatro Campesino
Kinan Valdez is a 20-year ensemble member of El Teatro Campesino (ETC). Born and reared in the collective milieu of the famed social justice theater company, Kinan currently serves as ETC’s Producing Artistic Director. His accomplishments as a leader of the 49 year-old company have been a three-fronted effort: Preserving ETC’s expansive theatrical traditions and methodologies for new generations; developing the “Teatro Lab” – an experimental new works laboratory; and building an extensive educational theater program that reaches the underserved and marginalized communities of rural central California. Aside from working in the theater as a playwright and director, Kinan is an award-winning filmmaker, an educator at the University of California Santa Cruz, and a national organizer for the Latina/o Theatre Commons. He is the 2013 recipient of the Theatre Communications Group Peter Zeisler Memorial Award.
Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alum of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Lance is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology. WIRED magazine named him “One of twenty-five people helping to re-invent entertainment.” He has successfully self-distributed his films The Last Broadcast and Head Trauma to more than 20 countries while grossing over 5 million dollars in the process. The Last Broadcast, which he co-wrote and co-directed, became the first film to be distributed digitally to theaters in 1998. Always interested in experimenting with new ways to tell stories and reach audiences, Lance developed a cinema ARG (augmented reality game) around his second feature Head Trauma. Over 2.5 million people experienced the game via theaters, mobile drive-ins, phones and online. In recognition of these cinematic gaming innovations, BUSINESSWEEK named Lance “One of the 18 Who Changed Hollywood.” Others on the list included Thomas Edison, George Lucas and Steve Jobs. Lance is the Director of Experiential Learning and Applied Creativity at Columbia University, where he collaborates in a campus wide initiative entitled Learn Do Share an effort to R&D the future of learning and work by harnessing storytelling, game mechanics, design thinking and technology. Lance is a founding member and director of the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, which explores new forms and functions of storytelling. The lab’s first prototype, entitled "Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things" was developed by Weiler and renowned game designer Nick Fortugno. With 1,200 collaborators from 60+ countries Weiler lead the creative direction of the world’s largest connected crime scene which kicked off at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival.