MINO LORAFounding Executive Director
BOB BRASWELLFounding Managing Director
ZAFI DIMITROPOULOU DEL ANGELArtistic Director
Born in Mexico and raised in Greece, Zafi studied dance and performing arts from her early years. As an educator she has facilitated theatre making workshops and classes in public schools across the world. As a performer, she has been a member of many ensembles in Europe and the United States, including the Troubleyn theatre company and the Athens Epidaurus festival. As a director, Zafi specializes in creating methodologies that center underrepresented artists and develop original work through an anti-oppressive lens.
Her latest works, Las Mariposas, Somos Más, and Doña Mañana have been performed in venues and theatre stages across NYC including The Riverside Theatre, The Whitney, and New York Theatre Workshop. In 2020 she was selected for the New York Foundation of the Arts’ (NYFA) Emerging Leaders Program Cohort. BA Acting, Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun; MFA, Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International.
ABE JOHNSONEducation Director
Abe holds an M.A. from NYU Steinhardt in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities. Abe graduated with his culminating project, a curriculum entitled Let’s Talk About Identity: Self-Assessment to Self- Determination. He is passionate about the merging of social justice, theatre, and education as a means of self-awareness and self-determination. Outside of grad school, Abe was a supporting Artist for CO/LAB (Creative Opportunities without Limits and Boundaries) Theatre Group, which provides creative and social outlets for actors with developmental disabilities. Abe was also the Assistant Director and Music Director for National Queer Theater’s production Speechless, a devised documentary theatre play based on the collection of stories from people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Prior to that he was the Music Director for DREAMers, a play that explores freedom, oppression, and identity as undocumented youth respond to the announcement of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It was developed with The Civilians Education Department in partnership with Make The Road New York, and was written and directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin. He has served as part of the Program Committee for the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, is part of the Education Collaborative for The New York Immigrant Coalition, and is a proud member of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus.
AYA ESTHER HAYASHI, Ph.DDevelopment Director
REYNA ERIKA BONAPARTEEducation Manager
JOSHWALD MARTINEZ-PERALTAArtistic Manager
ESDRAS SANTANAYouth Advocate
Esdras Santana is a proud resident of Washington Heights for 39 years now. She is the mother of two teenagers and served as PTA president for six years during their elementary/middle school attendance in the neighborhood. Esdras graduated from the Ward Acting Studio in 2007, is trained as a joker with Theatre of the Oppressed, and has studied Williamson Physical Technique at the Actors Movement Conservatory. She is currently participating in her 5th Uptown Action production and is a founding member of the Uptown Action Leadership Team. Esdras has been a labor/postpartum doula and childbirth educator since 2001. She enjoys working closely with new and expectant parents and is committed to supporting them through the birth and parenting process.
EMMANUEL ABREUPhotographer & Videographer
Rachel BeecherTeaching Artist
SINDY ISABEL CASTROTeaching Artist
JEESUN CHOITeaching Artist
Keisha GillesTeaching Artist
JIAWEN HUTeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
Eunji LimTeaching Artist
Lorena Marin OrtizTeaching Artist
I’m an actress, dancer, musician and teaching artist originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Graduated from Circle In The Square Theater School and have been part of several productions in NYC. I’m on the board of directors of Something From Abroad Theater Company created by Latinx immigrant women.
My main goal as a teaching artist is to open the path of creativity to students by allowing them to have a space where they can truly be themselves and find communion within the arts, heritage and healing. My work is deeply influenced by my Colombian upbringing that allows me to be creative and connected to my roots.
Olivia MurphyTeaching Artist
CHUK OBASITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
VIDA TAYEBATITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
CHANNIE WAITESTeaching Artist
Channie Waites is an applied theatre practitioner, performing and voice-over artist, educator, director and facilitator. She has worked and collaborated with youth, senior citizens and social justice leadership programs in the United States, Rwanda and South Africa, as well as facilitated workshops within supportive housing communities and corrections facilities. Channie has toured and performed professionally in the United States and abroad. She is the actor for Literature to Life’s one-person adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Channie recently inhabited the role of Prospero in The Tempest with Connecticut Free Shakespeare and Dandelion Productions. She also co-created and facilitated workshops related to the themes in the production of The Tempest. Channie has received several honors and acknowledgements for her audiobook narrations including most recently Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott, nominated for a 2020 Audie. She provided the video description for the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro. In 2021 she facilitated and directed a remote devised piece for People’s Theatre Project’s Luna Ensemble titled The In Between of Fullness.
Channie was a co-founder of Capacity Arts, a theatre collective that created highly interactive historical dramas and developed tailored leadership workshops to lift-up untold stories, build empathy across dividing lines, and deepen participants’ analysis of historical and present-day conditions. Channie has been program director for The International Theater Project (ITP) –Rwanda since 2013 where she has co-directed five original plays devised by youth and led professional developments at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and the Rwinkwavu Community Learning Center and Library in Rwanda. Channie has a M.A. in Applied Theatre from the School of Professional
Studies-CUNY and has a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Anthropology and Dance from Penn State University.
Kerry WarrenTeaching Artist
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