2017 National Conference Speakers

Charles Babbage

Art Director, Michael Curry Studio


Charles Babbage is the Art Director of Michael Curry Design; a company known for Lion King Broadway, multiple Olympic ceremonies, and Superbowl Halftime shows. He was hired in as a mechanic and stayed in that position until he was asked if he could paint too. Shortly after, he became the lead painter. A few months passed by and he was asked if he knew about 3D modeling. It soon became apparent that a more apt question to ask Charles is, "What can’t you do?" After only two and a half years at Michael Curry Design, he was promoted to art director.


Charles was curious and creative at a young age became captivated by movies and the entertainment world. He started painting and sculpting early and was running a metal lathe and airbrushing by age nine. While in high school he started working at a special effects company, an industry he stayed with for 20 years. He worked on films ranging from Mr. Holland’s Opus to Twilight.


Now, every morning for close to a decade, a line of colleagues forms at his desk, seeking answers and advice. His knowledge of technique, aesthetic, process, and product is seemingly limitless. It all stems from curiosity and a never ending quest to improve and refine. Every path he pursues leads to more questions and the only doubt encountered is thinking there is a single answer.


Charles will walk you through how he approaches a project in order for it to be successful from design through fabrication. The reason behind each step will be discussed to give a broader understanding and empower you to apply his approach to your own work.

Devon Berkshire

Director of Conferences and Fieldwide Learning, Theatre Communications Group


Devon leads the conference producing team at TCG, and has an expansive background in event management, non-profit administration, business development, and theatre. With TCG she has produced and helped to curate the programming for six national conferences, including the record-breaking 2016 Theatre Nation in Washington, DC; she has also been on the producing team of every Fall Forum on Governance since 2012, and TCG’s two Audience (R)Evolution Convenings. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and received her M.F.A. in acting from the American Repertory Theater’s (ART) Institute at Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre, after which she founded an arts-centric events production company, attended NYU’s summer intensive on events marketing, and did a stint planning business development events in the corporate sphere. Devon was a co-founder, former Producing Director and President of Studio 42, a NYC-based company dedicated to producing the most adventurous work of emerging playwrights from 2000-2015. She has performed off Broadway in New York, regionally, and internationally. Read more about her and her thoughts on theatre, producing, and parenthood on her blog: fempresario.wordpress.com.

Adrian Budhu

Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer, Theatre Communications Group


Adrian Budhu comes to TCG after five years at The Theater Offensive (TTO), an LGBTQ not-for-profit arts organization in Boston, MA. The strategies he implemented there have strengthened The Theater Offensive’s brand on a national scale, increased its profile in the community, broadened its support base, and built capacity and resources for its sustainability – retiring the organization’s debt, growing revenue from $0.5 million in 2011 to $1.3+ million in 2016, and building cash reserves. Other professional experience includes: GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, XAMOnline.com, Metro Boston Newspaper, and John Hancock Financial. Adrian lives in New York City with his fiancé Chris, a surgical resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Boston terrier named Jack. He’s an avid runner and completed numerous marathons fundraising over $200K to benefit LGBTQ youth, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless people, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and victims of domestic abuse. Adrian has won numerous awards for his leadership and activism. His prior affiliations include: the Boston Cultural Change Network (committed to collective action for social justice through Arts & Culture), the Boston Creates Leadership Council, where he advised and helped shepherd Boston's cultural plan into implementation; TCG’s Board of Directors (from which he has since resigned); and Point Foundation’s National Board of Directors.

P. Carl

Director and Co-Founder, HowlRound


P. Carl is the Director and co-founder of HowlRound—a think tank and knowledge commons actively making community among theatremakers worldwide through online resource sharing and in-person gatherings. Carl is also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College where he develops, dramaturgs, and presents an eclectic array of theatre from diverse artists from around the globe. Operating from the core belief that theatre is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence on the Emerson faculty, and a frequent writer and speaker on the evolution of theater practice and theory. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the former Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.

Brad Carlin

Managing Director of Fusebox


Brad is the Managing Director of Fusebox, a non-profit arts organization that produces a contemporary performance festival in Austin, TX. He received a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in theatre from St. Edward’s University. Brad has worked in management and fundraising for SITI Company (NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theatre (Austin), and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio). He is an adjunct professor of arts administration at St. Edward's and an alum of the Theatre Communications Group New Generations Fellowship, University of Texas LBJ School Strategic Management Program, and APAP Leadership Development Institute.

Jeff Chang

Author and Executive Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University


Jeff Chang has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, and civil rights, and the socio-political forces that guided the hip-hop generation. As a speaker, he brings fresh energy and sweep to the essential American story, offering an invaluable interpretation at a time when race defines the national conversation. His next book,We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (Fall 2016), questions why we keep talking about diversity even as American society is resegregating, both racially and economically.


His previous book, Who We Be, is a powerful, challenging, and timely cultural history of the notion of racial progress, tackling pertinent themes of multiculturalism, student and political activism, the state of the arts, and the politics of abandonment. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, is only ostensibly about hip-hop: it’s actually a cultural and social history, and a provocative look at the end of the American century. It has garnered many honors—including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award—for its radical historicism and academic chops. Chang has also edited Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop—a look at the genre’s true pioneers and mavericks—and is now at work on two book projects: Youth (a Picador Big Ideas/Small Book) and an exciting biography of Bruce Lee (Little, Brown).


Chang has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by The Utne Reader. With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University. Chang also co-founded CultureStr/ke (www.culturestrike.net) and ColorLines magazine (www.colorlines.com), and was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ 360hiphop.com. He has written for The Nation, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Medium, among many others.


Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.(photo credit: Jeremy Keith Villaluz)

Amanda Delheimer Dimond

Artistic Director of 2nd Story


Amanda Delheimer Dimond believes that people coming together to tell and bear witness to stories has the power to change the world, and she has dedicated her career to creating spaces where meaningful story sharing can take place. She has served as the Artistic Director of 2nd Story in Chicago since 2007, where she has earned multiple awards for her work as a not-for-profit leader. She is also an Ensemble Member with Lifeline Theatre, and works around the city as a director, movement director, teaching artist, and playwright. Amanda spends each summer directing the Goodman Theatre’s program for teens. She was an inaugural recipient of the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Theatre Communications Group, which placed her in residence at Lookingglass Theatre Company, working with Executive Director Rachel Kraft. She was also selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of artEquity’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Facilitator Training, funded by the Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Catherine D'Ignazio

Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College


Catherine D'Ignazio is a scholar, artist/designer and software developer who focuses on data literacy and visualization for civic engagement. She is passionate about introducing data storytelling to artists, journalists, nonprofits and policymakers. Her research at the intersection of technology, design & the humanities has been published in the Journal of Peer Production, the Journal of Community Informatics, and the proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI). Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation, Turbulence.org and the Knight Foundation and exhibited at the Venice Biennial and the ICA Boston. Together with Rahul Bhargava, she designed and developed the free, open-source data literacy platform Databasic.io.


D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, a principal investigator at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab/Center for Civic Media. She holds an MFA from Maine College of Art, an MS from the MIT Media Lab and a BA (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Tufts University.

Emma Dunch

President, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creative World


During her 20-year cultural management career, Emma has worked with more than 125 creative organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia—serving every artistic discipline and in every management and consulting capacity. She is a sought-after subject matter expert on fundraising, financial management and strategic planning for cultural organizations and has presented on management best practices for Opera America, the League of American Orchestras, Dance/NYC, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University’s Heymann Center for Philanthropy, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Culture Business Sydney. She founded DUNCH in New York in 2008, offering fundraising, strategy and recruitment, and is editor of The Dunch Report, a monthly blog about cultural policy issues. www.dunch.com

Teresa Eyring

Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group (TCG)


Teresa Eyring joined TCG in March 2007. Prior to arriving at TCG, Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis from 1999-2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994-1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989-1993. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., in 1983. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in theatre administration from Yale School of Drama. Eyring is currently active as an executive committee member of the Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the follow-up process for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, board member of The Actors Fund and was previously a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.

Lanxing Fu

Co-Director of Superhero Clubhouse


Lanxing Fu is a Chinese-American writer, director, and performer. She is co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a New York City based eco-theater company, currently working as project director for the Living Stage as artist-in-residence with University Settlement. Other work with SHC includes, co-creator of PLUTO (no longer a play), (The Brick), and JUPITER (a play about power), (La MaMa ETC). She has collaborated on and led interdisciplinary theater projects about contemporary consumerism, globalization, and the environment through research in Sri Lanka, Morocco, Turkey, and the United States with a grant from The Center for 21st Century Studies, as previous associate director of Critical Point Theatre, and as an ensemble member of Building Home, led by Jon Catherwood-Ginn, working in the New River Valley. She participated in JACK's "Creating Dangerously" series, led by Virginia Grise and Kyla Searle, has trained with SITI Company for two years, and is an alumnus of Orchard Project's Core Company. She holds a B.A. in Humanities, Science, and Environment and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech.

Jill Garland

Vice President, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creative World


Jill is a nonprofit arts management executive whose leadership has benefited some of the nation’s most prestigious performing arts institutions, resulting in $145M raised. At DUNCH, she has worked with Primary Stages and Huntington Theatre Company. Previously, she was The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival’s Senior Director of Development, where she and her talented team raised over $18M annually. She was the long-time Director of Development at Playwrights Horizons and led its $33M capital campaign to build a new home and establish an endowment. She earned a B.A. in Theater at Empire State College, and began her career in arts administration at Theatreworks/USA, and as the Managing Director at Naked Angels Theater Company.

Anand Giridharadas

Author and New York Times columnist


Anand Giridharadas is a New York Times columnist, writing the biweekly “Letter from America.” He is the author, most recently, of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare from Death Row the white supremacist who tried to kill him (optioned for movie adaption by the director Kathryn Bigelow). In 2011 he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left.


His datelines include Italy, India, China, Dubai, Norway, Japan, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria, Uruguay, and the United States. He has also written for The Times's arts, business, and travel pages, and its Book Review, Sunday Review, and magazine.


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised there, in Paris, France, and in Maryland, and educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard. He worked briefly as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, before becoming a journalist in 2005, reporting from that city for the International Herald Tribune and The Times for four and a half years. He was appointed a columnist in 2008. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17, writing two articles on money and politics under the tutelage of Jill Abramson.


He appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Morning Joe, and The Daily Show. He has given talks on the main stage of TED and at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Institute, Summit at Sea, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the Asia Society, PopTech and Google. He has received honors from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Jelly Helm

Founder, Studio Jelly


Jelly Helm is the founder of Studio Jelly, a Portland, Oregon-based brand insight and creative agency that's worked with companies like Nike, Starbucks, Wikipedia and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, and helped engineer a highly successful marketing campaign for the city's Major League Soccer team, the Portland Timbers.


Before opening his studio, Jelly Helm was Executive Creative Director of Wieden+Kennedy, working on brands like Nike, Google, and Starbucks. He was also Founder and Director of W+K 12, Wieden+Kennedy’s experimental in-house school. He was also a founding faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter. In 2015, he was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business.

Russell Jones



Russell G. Jones has worked for over a decade as facilitator, moderator and as a teaching artist creating programming, workshops and curriculum for Artsgenesis, the ABC+ Program, Developing Artist Theater Company, The National Black Theater, Community Word Project, Labyrinth Theater Company, Periwinkle National Theatre, The Liberty Partnerships Program at Bank Street Teachers College, Bronx Academy of Letters and The Cleveland Public Theater. Russell has been a member of The Labyrinth Theater Co. since 1995 where he has taught in the Master Class, Ensemble Workshop and Intensive Ensemble. He was the Program Coordinator for the 2014 Intensive Ensemble and served on Labyrinth’s Board of Directors. He is the founder of BLIND SPOT a multi-platform campaign that facilitates cross cultural dialogue and critical thinking so more of us can recognize and resist internalized and systemic oppression.


He has directed for the stage at The New Black Fest @ The Lark The National Black Theater, Intar, The Pure Pop Festival, The Cleveland Public Theater, Mass Transit Street Theater and 48 Hours in Harlem @ Harlem School for The Arts.


Jones is an Auldeco, Obie and SAG Award winning actor that has been seen on stage (Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage, The Public/Mark Taper Forum) on film (Side Effects, Traffic, The Ticket) and on TV (Godless, Louie, Law & Order and The Americans).

Carra Martinez

Director of Community Engagement at the Guthrie Theatre


Carra Martinez is a theater artist, educator, community engagement coordinator, and scholar. In Minneapolis, Martinez is the Director of Community Engagement at the Guthrie Theater. She has participated as a director, collaborative performer, and dramaturg at local institutions like Teatro del Pueblo, The Playwrights’ Center, and the University of Minnesota. Additionally, she worked as the Director of Praxis at Penumbra Theatre. In Austin, Texas, Martinez served as the Artist and Scholar-in-Residence at Fusebox Festival. She also performed with Austin companies like Salvage Vanguard Theater, Refraction Arts Project, and Rude Mechs. Martinez has taught for 19-years at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate-levels. She holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a PhD in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Mount

Director of Artistic Logistics


Lisa Mount refuses to specialize. As the Director of Artistic Logistics she works as a consultant with non profit arts organizations focusing on strategic thinking and organizational advancement. She regularly facilitates dynamic meetings for groups ranging from 20 to 200 participants. Recent and current clients include Theatre Communications Group, Cleveland Public Theatre, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance/USA, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Reynolda House and Gardens, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. For ten years, she organized the professional development workshops for the Performing Arts Exchange for South Arts. As an independent artist she produces, directs, and appears in contemporary performance work, including the acclaimed community story plays under the Headwaters banner at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. She produces Sautee Nacoochee’s annual field day, The Holler Games, and creates a variety show gone astray each summer titled Auntie Q and her Wayward Girls. 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, and currently serves on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Jeremy Pickard

Founder, Superhero Clubhouse


Jeremy Pickard founded Superhero Clubhouse in 2007, and has since become a leading voice on theater and environmentalism. In 2015 his essay "On Eco-Theater" was published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich. Jeremy is the lead playwright, co-creator, and co-director of the Planet Play series, Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century!, Salty Folk, and The Meanies. He continues to teach and direct for the annual Big Green Theater Festival, which he co-created with The Bushwick Starr in 2009. Originally from a small town outside Syracuse, NY, Jeremy is a founding member of Climate Lens, a committee member for the Broadway Green Alliance, and serves on the board for The Dragon's Egg. Education: Ithaca College, National Theater Institute, and SITI Company. He wears many hats including director, performer, writer, and producer.

Robert Schenkkan

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright and screenwriter


Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and WGA Award winning, three-time Emmy nominated writer. Author of Fifteen plays: All the Way, The Great Society, Hanussen, Shadowplay, By the Waters of Babylon, Handler, A Single Shard, Devil and Daniel Webster, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, Final Passages, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Heaven on Earth, Tachinoki, The Dream Thief, and The Kentucky Cycle; a collection of one-acts, Conversations with the Spanish Lady, and a musical, The Twelve. His newest play, Building the Wall, is currently running off-Broadway and around the country and the world. Films: Hacksaw Ridge (six Oscar nominations and the Humanitas Award). The Quiet American. TV: All The Way, The Pacific, The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse, and Spartacus. Robert is writing a movie about the Manhattan Project for Robert Redford, and another film about the KKK for Joseph Gordon Levitt and Netflix.

Elizabeth Scott

CEO, nRapt Enterprises LLC/ Industry Advisor, DUNCH: Cultural Leadership for a Creartive World


As Industry Advisor at DUNCH, Elizabeth advises cultural organizations, global technology platforms, and the funding community on digital and media innovation and essential adaptive change. She is also co-founder and CEO of nRapt, an early stage "second generation" performing arts content aggregation and engagement platform. From 2011-2014, she was Chief Media & Officer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she stewarded program production and distribution, including “Live from Lincoln Center” on PBS. Previously, she spent 12 years as a senior media executive at Major League Baseball, where she ran the MLB Productions business unit and its award-winning programming portfolios. She served as Executive Producer for MLB on Sony Pictures’ Oscar®-nominated major motion picture, “Moneyball”— a project that aptly augured her passion for mining actionable insights from digital data in the cultural sector today.

Andrew Simonet

Founder of Artists U


Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer, and the founder of Artists U. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater. His projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. His work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The New England Foundation for the Arts. His work has been produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.


In 2005, Andrew founded Artists U, an artist-run incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. Artists U has programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina, and does workshops and community building nationally. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist, published by the Ford Foundation. He is an artist leader of Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program. Andrew currently writes, creates performance, and is the producer for Barbacoa, a documentary film about undocumented citizen, restaurant owner, and activist Cristina Martinez. His first novel, The Rubber Room, will be published in 2019. Andrew lives in Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth, a theater director, and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

Cheryl Strayed



Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon. (photo credit: Joni Kabana)

Elizabeth Streb



Elizabeth Streb has dived through glass, walked down (the outside of) London’s City Hall, allowed a ton of dirt to fall on her head, and set herself on fire, among many other feats of extreme action. She founded the STREB EXTREME ACTION COMPANY in 1985 and established SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn, NY in 2003. Her goal has been to create a motion lexicon that all humans recognize. She calls it POP ACTION and it exists as a fusion of dance, hardware invention, sports, gymnastics, and the American circus. Her work speaks of and to intrinsic human potential and reinvents the radical art of culture.


Streb holds an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a B.S. in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport, and two honorary doctorates. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award in 1997, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 and a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2013. She is a member of the board of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations. Major commissions for choreography include: Lincoln Center Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MOCA LA Temporary Contemporary, the Whitney Museum of Art, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Park Avenue Armory, and London 2012, the Cultural Olympiad for the Summer Games. Streb has been a featured speaker at such places as TEDxMET, the Institute for Technology and Education (ISTE), POPTECH, the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the National Performing Arts Convention, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Chorus America, the University of Utah, as a Caroline Werner Gannett Project speaker in Rochester NY, and on NPR’s Science Friday.


In 2010, Feminist Press published her book, STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero. She is the subject of two recent documentaries. Born to Fly, directed by Catherine Gund (Aubin Pictures), premiered in 2014 and is currently available on Netflix and iTunes. OXD, directed by Craig Lowy, follows STREB at the 2012 London Olympics and premiered in 2016. In the spring of 2015, Streb was the subject of Alec Wilkinson’s profile in The New Yorker magazine, “Rough and Tumble.” (photo credit: ioulex)

Chay Yew



His plays have been produced at the Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Wilma Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, East West Players, Dallas Theatre Center, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Royal Court (London), Napoli Teatro Festival, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Singapore Repertory Theatre and TheatreWorks Singapore, to name a few. His plays are published by Grove Press and have been awarded the London Fringe Award, GLAAD Media Award, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award and the Robert Chesley Award. His directing credits include The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Empty Space, Portland Center Stage, Teatro Vista, East West Players, National Asian American Theatre Company, amongst others. His opera credits include world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang’s Ainadamar (co-production with Tanglewood, Lincoln Center and Los Angeles Philharmonic); and Rob Zuidam’s Rage of d’Amours (Tanglewood). He also edited the anthology “Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays” for TCG. A recipient of the Obie Award for Direction, Chay is the Artistic Director of Victory Gardens in Chicago.

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