is a multidisciplinary artist with a passion for addressing Diversity and Tolerance issues in both her work and everyday life. Presently she is the Artistic Director of the G-Rock Project which provides and creates opportunities for Emerging, Renown, and Legendary Women in Rock. She co-hosts a radio show entitled "G-Rock Radio" that focuses around highlighting women in Rock. Her original theatrical piece “HATE: An American Love Story” addresses issues of gender, sexuality, race, and faith. Some of her performance credits include: Dreamgirls, RENT, Little Shop of Horrors, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, Harlem Duet. She has toured and taught Music, Theater, and Musical Theater for over a decade, on several continents. Christina works with DIAC, the Diversity & Inclusion Arts Collective that seeks to identify and create sustainable measures to address Diversity & Inclusion and Audience Development/Retention issues in Florida theaters. Beyond Florida, Christina hopes to continue this work of identifying D&I issues with performing arts institutions (particularly theaters), and helping come up with sustainable and ever evolving methods of addressing them.
Originally from Bombay, India, Farah Bala is an actor, producer, coach and educator based in NY. She received a Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress (alongside theater veteran Anna Deavere Smith) and an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been seen on stage & screen in the US and South Asia. Throughout her career, Farah has found ways to connect art with social change, while consistently facilitating dialogue towards a more inclusive artistic representation in today’s media. She has engaged in discussions around the current dynamic of diversity & inclusion at Ford Foundation, Asian American Arts Alliance, Rising Circle Theater among others. Farah is profiled in Umbrage Edition’s award winning book, Green Card Stories - one of 50 profiles of recent immigrant stories from around the world. www.farahbala.com
is the managing director of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California, the leading midsized professional theatre company in the Bay Area. He was previously the general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Southern California, the managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company, associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret. Prior to graduate school, Michael was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company and the Playground Theater. He holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He is active in both the League of Resident Theatres (Diversity & Inclusion Committee) and the National New Play Network (Finance and Diversity & Inclusion Committees). He is the chair of the Mill Valley Arts Commission, the Outreach Chair at Christ Episcopal Church Sausalito, and serves on the board of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association.
lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY from 1998 to 2014 and now lives in her hometown of Saint Paul, MN. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2006. Brunette is a leader in the field of arts non-profit and philanthropy with a focus on cultural work at the intersection of art and social change. Her professional work has put her in leadership roles at the Walker Art Center, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Blue Man Productions. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Senior Program Director of Lambent Foundation, which focuses on innovative grantmaking and programs that explore the intersections between art, culture, creativity and justice. In 2013, she consulted as the Director of Education, focusing on youth leadership and empowerment through the arts at Hospital Audience, Inc. She serves as the Board President of CVA Action, a nonprofit dedicated to continuing the legacy of the College of Visual Arts. Furthermore, Shannon is a Continuing Education faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In April 2015, she joined the leadership team at Penumbra Theatre as the General Manager supporting the strategic planning and vision of the Artistic Directors.
is the Managing Director for Cara Mía Theatre Co. in Dallas, Texas. She joined the company in 2014 and recently became Managing Director in early 2015. Before joining Cara Mía Theatre Co., Ariana served as the Operations Manager for Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Texas for five seasons where she contributed to its growth from small theatre to a mid-sized regional theatre. Ariana is also a dedicated theatre artist having directed with Undermain Theatre, Echo Theatre and Cara Mía Theatre Co. She has appeared as an actress in various productions throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She received her Master’s Degree in Drama from Texas Woman’s University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
amanda delheimer dimond
believes that people coming together to tell and bear witness to stories has the power to change the world. She has dedicated herself to creating spaces where meaningful story sharing can take place. After completing her Master’s in Theater and Spanish at the University of Chicago in 1999, Amanda spent a couple of years working in Los Angeles and Mexico before returning home to Chicago. She has served as the Artistic Director of 2nd Story 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 as a director, movement director, teaching artist, and playwright. When she’s not running 2nd Story or making plays at Lifeline, Amanda spends her time working as a Strategic Planning Consultant with Lookingglass Theatre Company and directing the Goodman’s summer 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.
is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals, a new Shakespeare (and Shakespeare inspired) theatre company in Washington State. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts Education and an MA in Theatre Production, both from Central Washington University. Before starting The Rude Mechanicals, Ellicia directed over fifty productions in educational theatre programs and local community theatres; some of her favorites include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Laramie Project, Once on this Island, Macbeth, The 39 Steps, and directing a production of David Mamet's The Revenge of the Space Pandas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. She taught in the public school system for thirteen years, and currently works with the students in the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center, teaching playwriting and leading improvisation workshops. Recognitions for her work include the Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab Fellowship with Seattle Rep (2011), The Outstanding Educator award (2014), two Educational Outreach awards (2008, 2012), and Outstanding Direction of a Musical (2008), all from The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and the Theatre of Puget Sound's Young Playwright's Award (2001). Ellicia lives in Richland, Washington with her two best guys: her husband, Geoff, and her son, Malcolm. www.rmtheatre.org
is a qpoc actress, poet, and youth development worker based out of Oakland, CA. After receiving their B.A. in History from the University of California Santa Cruz, Lisa moved to Oakland and began working with several different Bay Area youth development organizations including The California Shakespeare Theatre and Youth Uprising. Lisa’s work in youth development has focused specifically on youth leadership development and on building more robust programming for LGBTQIA2-S youth. Lisa has also worked for several different Bay Area Arts Organizations including LitQuake Out Loud and the Beast Crawl Literary Festival. They was also a member of 2010 Santa Cruz Team and 2012 Bay Area Unified Team at the Nation Poetry Slam as well as the 2010 Santa Cruz representative at the 2010 Women of The World Poetry Slam. They most recently performed as a part of Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up and as an ensemble cast member in The Love Balm For My Spirit Child, a theatrical performance based on the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to violence. They can also be seen in award winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s short film Black Is Blue.
nelson t. eusebio III
is a freelance stage director, producer and award-winning filmmaker. He is the former artistic director of Leviathan Lab, an Asian American creative studio. In 2008 he co-founded Creative Destruction, a NYC-based theatre collective. He has directed and developed work at theaters throughout the country, including the Public Theater/NYSF, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory, The Old Globe, and CenterStage. Nelson is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective, served as a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He was the 2012 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Nelson has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.
is a playwright, director, choreographer and performer based in Santa Monica. Larissa was awarded the NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, and numerous Ford and NEA Grants. Larissa FastHorse’s produced plays include Average Family, Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation, and Cherokee Family Reunion. She has written commissions for Cornerstone Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, AlterTheater, Kennedy Center TYA, Native Voices at the Autry and Mountainside Theatre. She developed plays with Arizona Theater Company, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union and Theatre Communications Group board of directors and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation.
has worn many hats during 15 seasons at La Jolla Playhouse: Associate Artistic Director, Director of New Play Development, Artistic Producer and now Resident Dramaturg. She inaugurated the Playhouse’s Page to Stage New Play Development program with Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife and has dramaturged such plays and musicals as Come From Away, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ether Dome, Glengarry Glen Ross, An Iliad, Hands on a Hardbody, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, among many others. Upcoming shows: The Healing Wars with Liz Lerman, Indecent with Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman and the Playhouse’s POP Tour for young audiences, Alice Chan, by B.D. Wong and Robert Lee at schools throughout San Diego. During five years at The Public Theater, she served as literary manager and dramaturged such plays as Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, Dancing on Her Knees and Two Sisters and a Piano by Nilo Cruz, David Henry Hwang’s The Golden Child and Tina Landau’s Space, among others, and co-curated the NEW WORK NOW! play festival. At Magic Theatre, she worked on Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India and Taylor Mac’s Hir. Affiliations: Sundance Theatre Lab, Native Voices at the Autry, San Diego’s Playwrights Project and UC San Diego Wagner New Play Festival with MFA playwrights. Education: Hunter College and Columbia University’s M.F.A. Theatre Theory/Criticism/Dramaturgy program.
has worked in the field since 1981. She has led the marketing/communications teams at several companies around the U.S.: as Manager of Public Relations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland ('81-87), and Director of Marketing & Communications when OSF opened its Portland branch ('88-94), and through its transition to Portland Center Stage ('94-98); at StageWest in Massachusetts ('87-88); and as Director of Marketing & Communications at Seattle Repertory Theatre ('03-08). Cynthia was from 1998-2002 the Chief Operating Officer for eyescream interactive, inc., at the time the region’s largest internet marketing agency; and also served a year as the Communications Director for the City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development. She returned to PCS in 2008 as Director of Marketing & Communications, and is now the company’s Managing Director. Cynthia holds her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Humanities, and attended the University of Oregon, the American University of London, and Southern Oregon University.
is a life long education advocate beginning her second year as a board member of Childsplay, the ensemble theatre for young audiences in Phoenix, Arizona. Susan has served on a public school board, on the board of trustees of Lawrence University, and on the board of a preschool and kindergarten that intentionally creates diverse community. From being a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 60s, to running a Congressional office in the 90s, to working with a civic education organization, to participating in political campaigns, her assignments have often centered on issues of diversity. The celebration of diversity, whether socio-economic, ethnic, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, learning styles or educational needs, has been a consistent theme throughout her life and work. Susan has frequently been the initial voice in the room advocating for inclusion, for meeting people on their own ground, and for enriching all our lives and our learning by seeking out diversity. At this time when the diversity conversation has new urgency and new opportunity, Susan looks forward to strengthening her skills in facilitating useful dialogue that leads to action.
is the founder and Artistic Director of Teatro del Pueblo. He curates Teatro's Political Theater Series and the Latino/Asian Fusion Series with Pangea World Theater. He has been active as a director, playwright, and independent producer for both film and theater. As a playwright, he has written three plays for children, which have been produced at Stepping Stone Theatre and six full-length stage plays for adults, four of which have been produced. His community-based work has integrated the creation of art by community members in ways that engages community in social justice issues. His many honors include the 1993 Many Voices Residency Award from the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Travelers 1994 Leadership and Arts Award, 2009 Fransico Rosales community award, the 2012 Target Community Award and the 2013 Pro Lingua award. He is a proud member of the Twin Cities Theaters of Color Coalition and the National Latina/o commons.
is a Visiting Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and recently completed a workshop of Color Guard in The Ground Floor’s Summer Residency Lab. SK served as the Education Director and an Artistic Associate under Bonnie Metzgar at About Face Theatre in Chicago from 2009 – 2013 where they directed QUEERTOPIA: The Anti-Violence Project and wrote WHAT’S THE T in collaboration with an ensemble of LGBTQA youth. While at About Face Theatre, SK received a Windy City Times 30-Under-30 Award and a TCG Global Connections Grant. Last year, they played the role of Peg in The Inconvenience’s reprisal of Hit the Wall and became a LINKUP Artist In Residence Mentor for NIC Kay with Links Hall in Chicago. They recently returned from working as a Guest Artist on the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. This fall, they will play the role of Archer in Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco and will be working with Community Works in Oakland. SK is an Executive Co-Chair of the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance and a recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s Leadership U[niversity]: One-on-One Grant, Round 2.
is the Director of Community Relationships at The Lark where she oversees communications and community engagement strategies. She attended Vassar College receiving a BA in psychology and theatre. Throughout college, she worked as the Drama Office Assistant and as a Teaching Assistant for the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Anna joined Lark in 2005 and has served as Marketing Intern, Executive Assistant and Interim Development Manager. Anna has worked closely with Lark’s many constituencies as liaison to the Board of Trustees, planner of Lark’s Artistic Cabinet, member of the Literary Wing and director of Lark’s Apprenticeship Program, a program she designed to provide increased training and mentorship to emerging arts administrators. Also an actor, Anna has worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Desipina, Orchard Project and others, predominantly on new work. She was part of the 2012 NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp and is a participant in Theatre Communications Group’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institute and The New York City Cultural Agenda Fund’s Cultural Advocacy and Equity Program.
jacqueline e. lawton
received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. Some of her plays include: Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Love Brothers Serenade; Mad Breed; Noms de Guerre. Her work has been developed and presented at Arena Stage, Classical Theater of Harlem, Pasadena Playhouse, Rorschach Theater Company, Round House Theatre, and Theater J, among others. She has received commissions from Adventure Theatre-MTC, National New Play Network, Round House Theatre and Theater J, among others. Ms. Lawton has worked as a dramaturg and research consultant at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Arden Theater, Ford's Theatre, Interact Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company among others. Currently, she serves as Dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory. She is a TCG Young Leader of Color and a National New Play Network Playwright alumna. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the 2015-2016 Kenan Institute's Creative Collaboratory Project. She serves as TCG’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Online Curator and is a proud member of Arena Stage's Playwright's Arena, Center Stage’s Playwright’s Collective, and the Dramatist Guild of America.
is on the Hair and Wig Run Crew at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is also a Hair/Wig and Costume Designer in the Rogue Valley in Oregon and in Los Angeles, CA. He is a licensed Cosmetologist and received his Certification in Costume Design in Los Angeles. He has worked at the Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, and Celebration Theatre. A big thanks to OSF for this opportunity.
has been a nonprofit arts administrator in the Twin Cities for the past 14 years. In her role as the Production Administrative Coordinator for the Guthrie Theater, she uses her organization and analytical skills to translate the artistic work of the Production Department to the detailed world of the Accounting Department. She was a founding member of the Guthrie’s diversity and inclusion committee and recently became one of the co-chairs of the committee. With a particular passion for youth outreach, she has been developing programs to increase the diversity in technical theater fields. Sara is a proud lifelong Minnesotan and has been busy enjoying the state’s 10,000 lakes with her husband and their 2 children.
is the Company Manager for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival completing his fifth season. His education is heavy on the business and logistics side of things, having graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA. He spent a majority of his life in Alaska and continues to be a partner in businesses there. Most of Michael’s work experience, however, has been in the nonprofit sector. He has served as a Development Director for a public radio station, and has held seats on numerous Boards of Directors for arts based organizations. He also created and helped to run an experiential education, outdoor leadership program for high school students. He has been married for ten years and has two wonderful boys.
serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre Co. in Dallas, Texas where he specializes in writing, directing and producing bilingual plays for the Latino community. Notable productions include The Dreamers: A Bloodline, written with Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s ensemble and named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheatreJones.Com, and Crystal City 1969, co-written with Raul Treviño and recognized as the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones.Com and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Lozano is a member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons’ steering committee, and recently accompanied a delegation of 20 US theatre artists to Cuba with the Theatre Communications Group. He was also recognized by The Dallas Observer as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture” in January 2014. Lozano was trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, by Fred Curchack from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alicia Martínez Álvarez with the Laboratorio de la Máscara in Mexico City, and Joan Schirle from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California. Lozano has studied with master teachers from around world including Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, France, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.
is an Obie Award Winning, Harlem-based artist currently the Director of Theatre Arts Program at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre since 2012. He has worked professionally as a director, producer and actor for the past 11 years. Directing Credits include: HandsUp, Hope Speaks Blacken The Bubble, Asking for More, Last Laugh and Enter Your Sleep. A Washington, DC native, he attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then New York University TISCH School of the Arts. In 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC and the Torch Bearer Award by Woodie King Jr. He is a founding member of Harlem9 and The Movement Theatre Company. He officially sits on the National Advisory Committee for Howlround.com. To learn more please head to jonathanmccrory.com.
serves as the Director of Communications & Conferences for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatre. Dafina is also leading TCG’s multi-pronged Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, a long-term program to transform the national theatre field into a more inclusive and diverse community. Prior to joining TCG in 2010, Dafina served as the Associate Managing Director of Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN. She’s held numerous leadership positions at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe) in NYC. Dafina also consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives. Dafina is an alumna of Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
is a teatrista and activist, and serves as the Executive Artistic Director for Teatro Luna: America’s All Latina/All Women of Color Theatre Company, as a steering committee member for the Latina/o Theatre Commons- a national network of scholars, artists, administrators, and Latino leaders advocating for the New American Theatre, and as a company member for Chicago Theatre Sweatshop. She currently spends her time creating, directing and producing new and original work for Teatro Luna which as of 2014 incubates ensemble in both Chicago and Los Angeles, and tours the globe with performances and education programs. She has directed performances in over 32 cities in the US and 3 countries. Most recently she co-developed, and directed the World Premiere of Generation Sex at the Los Angeles Theatre Center as well as the West Coast Premiere of Your Problem with Men by Emilio Williams as part of Encuentro 2014: A National Latino Theatre Festival. She believes in radical collaboration, the power of theatre to build community, and that telling your story is a catalyst for social change. She is a TCG Young Leader of Color alumni, a 2015 NALAC Leadership Institute graduate, a Kennedy Center Leadership Midwest alumni, and a recent Mellon Artistic Leadership Fellow at the LATC.
is the Audience Development Associate at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was a member of the LA Stage Alliance and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and was a Theatre Critic for a national LGBTQ Magazine.
is in his third season as the Associate Managing Director at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company where he is a charter member of DCPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. He was previously the Assistant General Manager at New York’s Public Theater, and has worked at BAM, Second Stage and Lookingglass Theatres. He has a BFA in Theatre Management from The Theatre School, DePaul University.
patricia silva mitchell
Born and raised in Brazil, Patricia Silva Mitchell has been living in Minnesota since 2005. She holds a
M.A. in Arts Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and has a strong background as a teacher and nonprofit arts administrator having worked at the YMCA, Children’s Theatre Company and Walker Art Center. In her current position at the Guthrie Theater she works directly with the Artistic Director and more recently has become the co-chair of the organization’s internal diversity and inclusion committee. She is thrilled to be involved in the artEquity Facilitator Training and is looking forward to learning and sharing with cohort members and bringing what she learns back to the Guthrie. As a new American, Patrícia dreams of visiting all 50 states of the union and she is looking forward to adding Oregon to the list as number 25 towards that goal!
kevin e. moore
joined Theatre Communications Group as the Managing Director in the fall of 2010. Prior to joining TCG, Moore was with Arizona Theatre Company where he worked for 10 years in various capacities, ultimately serving as Managing Director. In addition to Arizona Theatre Company, Mr. Moore is also a founding board member and former Board President for Alliance for Audience/ShowUp.com in Phoenix, a service organization for the arts in the Valley. He has also served on panels for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and has served on several planning committees for bi-annual meetings for the League of Resident Theatres. Mr. Moore has also served on the negotiating committee for contract negotiations between the League of Resident Theatres and United Scenic Artists, and has been on the Executive Committee for the League of Resident Theatres. He currently serves on the board of the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University.
cassandra "sandy" phillips
started her career in the fine arts, but after landing a job in her college's theater department as the Scenic Charge Artist, soon fell in love with the preforming arts. After an internship at Berkshire Theater Festival, Sandy enjoyed a successful freelance career. In 2011, Sandy accepted the position of Scenic Artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has since been a proud member of their team. Sandy has been published several times in Stage Directions Magazine and has been featured on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Website for her video blogs and commentary. The experience of working for a wide range of houses all over the country combined with her attendance at a small college have helped Sandy to flesh out an understanding of the performing arts as a team-based educational experience.
is in her 23rd year as Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, serves as Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama, and is on its faculty. She was previously Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, Associate Managing Director at Baltimore’s Center Stage, Managing Director at Ram Island Dance Company in Portland, Maine; and she has held various positions at Loeb Drama Center of Harvard University; TAG Foundation, an organization producing Off-Broadway modern dance festivals; and Boston University School for the Arts. Ms. Nolan has been an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, for which she has chaired numerous grant panels, and has served on other panels and foundation review boards including the AT&T Foundation, The Heinz Family Foundation, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and on numerous negotiating teams for national labor contracts. A Fellow at Yale’s Saybrook College, she is the recipient of the Betsy L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award from the State of Connecticut and the Elm/Ivy Award, given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community.
is a director, administrator, and designer. Currently, Runfola serves as general manager of Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona, where he has been a member of the ensemble for 16 years. He began his tenure as Childsplay’s first full-time production manager and developed the company’s production department from the ground up. In 2010, through funding from the MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group, he founded the Sustainable Stagecraft Initiative, researching and developing sustainable practices for theatre production and has been invited to speak on the subject at conferences throughout the U.S. In his current role at Childsplay, Runfola oversees the production department as well as new play commissions and licensing, organizational strategic planning, and facility operations. He is a co-director of the company’s El Puente project, an outreach program funded by the the Doris Duke Charitable Trust that engages Latino families with the theatre. Recent directing credits include: Charlotte’s Web, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, and Rock the Presidents for Childsplay; Conviction for Black Theatre Troupe, The Motherf**ker With the Hat for Teatro Bravo, and A Steady Rain for Actors Theatre.
is a stage director, designer and adapter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he specializes in the creation of new work for the stage and devising imaginative interpretations of classic plays. He has designed and directed for the Guthrie Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theater Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theater Company, History Theater, Red Eye Collaboration, Open Eye Figure Theater, and many others. He has been an artistic associate at the award-winning Jungle Theater where he has directed and/or designed 20 productions, and was the co-founder and artistic director of the Mary Worth Theater Company (1994-2003). Joel has directed readings and workshops for the Playwright’s Center, and is a guest instructor in directing at the University of Minnesota. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he served as resident assistant director for three seasons. Joel is the recipient of a 2005 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship, two Ameriprise IVEY awards, and the 2007 Alan Schneider Director Award, administered by Theater Communications Group (TCG). www.joelsass.com
is an arts administrator and theater practitioner in Dallas, TX. Steward is Creative Development Director of Steward Cultural Development Group and the co-founder and Director of Marketing for the Next Gen National Arts Network. He is the current Performing Arts Coordinator for the South Dallas Cultural Center. Mr. Steward is also the Artistic Director of Fahari Arts Institute, a multidisciplinary, black queer arts organization in Dallas. He recently directed the award winning adaptation of The Bull Jean Stories by Sharon Bridgeforth and Freckle in My Eye, written and performed by Ashley Wilkerson. Steward is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute in association with the Highlander Research and Education Center. As an educator, Steward has taught and led trainings on: Creative Dramatics, Theatre of the Oppressed, as well as Arts Integration for various organizations, including: Big Thought, Dallas’ Soul Rep Theatre, Open Stage of Harrisburg, Harrisburg and Dallas Independent School Districts, and Southern Methodist University. Steward is a recipient of the Apostle Alex D. Byrd Empowerment Award (Legacy of Success Foundation) and Best Theatrical Director (Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice). He has also been recognized as an ‘Upstarter in The Arts’ by D magazine and as a notable Queer Local by the Dallas Voice.
has been an arts educator/director for 27 years in the San Rafael City Schools. She has developed an award winning theatre program, created a popular choral program, and taken on the challenging, but highly rewarding, leadership program in the past four years. Newly retired from teaching in the public schools, Christina has just been hired as the Executive Director of a non-profit, the Novato Theater, in Novato, California. This theater is in the process of being rebuilt and will open in 2016 with a focus on film, performing arts, and educational outreach. Christina is a singer/songwriter/composer, has written music for television and film, and recorded 3 CD’s. She is a playwright, and is writing a full length musical. She has two grown children and is newly married to a software engineer. Christina is passionate about providing a safe place for students and adults to create and express themselves artistically. From teaching high school students, she has learned that creating culture and community with healthy, supportive and honest dialogue and action is what works. Christina is looking forward to attending these artEquity retreats, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn in the OSF environment again!
mei ann teo
is a Singaporean theatre maker/educator/activist working internationally and is a professor of directing and dramaturgy at Hampshire College. Her work has toured the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium’s Festival de Liege, Beijing and Edinburgh International Fringe, Shanghai International Experimental Theatre, M1 Singapore Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She has developed and directed work at Crowded Fire, Berkeley Rep, The Public, The Goodman, amongst others. This year, she was at Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, is the Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Artist in Residence at the Performance Project of University Settlement in NYC where she is developing the stage musical adaptation of award winning comic book Dim Sum Warriors. She founded the IF China Documentary Theatre project in Beijing and is the co-founder of Mahjong Pictures in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in theatre directing from Columbia University.
is in her 5th season as the head of the Production department at California Shakespeare Theater, and currently serves on the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion workgroup. Prior to that she was the resident Master Electrician at the Magic Theatre, Center Rep Theatre, and Cal Shakes, along with other freelance work. In March of 2014, with support from Carmen Morgan, she and co-chair Cary Gillett, Production Manager at the University of Maryland, created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Production Manager’s Forum which is a network of Production Managers in North America. Since then, the committee has been working closely with USITT’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Gateway program to address the lack of diversity in production departments.
joined the staff of Hi-ARTS/Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2010 and currently serves as its General Manager. She is a graduate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes, is on the Steering Committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons and is on the Artistic Selection Committee for the Harlem Arts Festival and was on the Artist Selection Committee for El Barrio's Artspace PS109. She is a member of Women of Color in the Arts, a founding member of La Cooperativa of NYC Latin@ Theatre Artists and was a Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship Recipient. She is also the President & Founder of La Vega Management, a company that focuses on theatrical general management and producing. Tiffany received a MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland-College Park. She is a second-generation Nuyorican and was born and raised and currently lives and works in El Barrio, NYC.
joined the staff of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in November of 2014, as Director of Human Resources. She manages all HR functions and serves as a member of the OSF leadership team. Prior to joining OSF, she was Human Resources Director at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and was also Human Resources Director at The Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis. Her twenty plus years’ career in performing arts has also included work in production as a Costume Director. She has served as a non-profit operations and HR consultant, working with foundations and organizations serving young people. She was the Executive Director of Little Big Shot, a private foundation, hosting sports tournament-style fundraisers for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Sacramento, and Los Angeles, CA in 2014. Her most rewarding consulting project was with HOPE Farm in Fort Worth, TX, streamlining and formalizing operations as the organization prepared to open a second campus. She also assisted in designing and implementing a continuing education and resource support program for the parents and guardians of the young men participating in the HOPE Farm leadership and mentoring program.
is Deputy Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and has been with that organization since September 2007. She is responsible for overseeing GPAC’s programs, services, planning, and development activities. In recent years, she has helped lead the development of new initiatives around accessibility for people with disabilities and racial equity. Tiffany is active on the Core Committee of WHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh (Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy, Undermining Privilege), a multi-racial group focused on educating, transforming, and organizing white people for racial justice. Prior to her arrival in Pittsburgh, she was the Executive Director of the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum in Stevens Point, taught in an undergraduate arts management program, and served as a Development Officer at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point. A theatre person at heart, she has an MFA in Theatre Management from Florida State University and also worked as the Artistic Administrator at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
has a unique background and a strong passion for diversity and inclusion. With over 19 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, she has a wide variety of expertise including talent acquisition and management, employee relations, training, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and benefits administration. Amanda gained most of her experience in the non-profit world, where she has been able to impact not only her employer, but also the greater community by supporting and working for organizations doing great work. In her current role as Human Resources Manager for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, she is a leading member of the internal diversity committee as well as an external committee of large cultural institutions focused on inclusion. Amanda’s expertise and dedication to inclusion is incredibly valuable to the Guthrie, which is poised to strengthen its efforts in this area. She is thrilled to be involved in the artEquity Facilitator Training and is excited to gain additional knowledge that she can bring back to the Minneapolis theater community. Amanda currently lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband and daughter.