MINO LORAFounding Executive Director
BOB BRASWELLFounding Managing Director
ZAFI DIMITROPOULOU DEL ANGELArtistic Director
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 HAYASHIDevelopment Director
AMBAR COLON FARGASEducation Manager
Ambar Colón Fargas was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in 2017 from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Following her graduation, Ambar moved to New York. Since then, she has worked with Teatro SEA and has recently continued her professional development completing their Technical Training Program. Ambar is passionate about social causes and civic engagement, and she is overjoyed to be with the People’s Theatre Project as the Program 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 ABREUCommunications Associate
REYNA BONAPARTETeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
SINDY ISABEL CASTROTeaching Artist
JEESUN CHOITeaching Artist
MARIA JOSE FAJARDOTeaching Artist
JIAWEN HUTeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
BEN JOHNSONTeaching Artist
He is also a circus performer who has been a featured clown on Cirque du Soleil’s world tour of Alegría, a ringmaster with the Zoppe Family Circus, and a clown with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
His film and TV credits include TBS’s The Detour, the children’s video project Flummox and Friends, and the independent films All the Others Were Practice, Betrayed, Messenge, Reversal of Fortune, The Brides of Frankenstein, The 14th Floor, and Inhouse: Sketching Reality.
Ben has over fifteen years of experience working as an educator and trainer in a variety of contexts. He has designed and facilitated workshops for business professionals, and professional development for schools, districts, and other educational organizations. He has also worked as a substitute teacher, an instructional aide in special education classrooms, a one-on-one aide for a student with muscular dystrophy, a circus coach across the country for students fighting cancer, and a teaching artist in public schools and community centers in Rhode Island, California, and New York.
Ben recently relocated to New York City from Oakland, CA with his wife and their two daughters. He has a BA in History from UCLA, and an MA in Teaching from Brown University. Check out benbjohnson.com for more information!
CHUK OBASITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
ZULEINETTE RALATTeaching Artist
ANGIE REGINATeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
MAX SINGERTeaching Artist
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.
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