MINO LORAExecutive Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Mino has been living and working as a theatre artist, advocate, educator and non-profit arts administrator uptown since 2004.
In 2009 Mino co-founded People’s Theatre Project (PTP), and currently serves as its Executive Artistic Director. Mino launched all of PTP's public arts education programs for children and youth, partnerships with over 30 NYC schools and its professional producing work with immigrant artists in NYC. During her tenure with PTP, the organization has served over 11,000 people and has received numerous awards. Mino is currently leading PTP's capital project as the owner and operator for Inwood's first theater, set to open in 2026.
Over the years Mino has received various recognitions from elected officials and news publications. She was also identified by NBC Latino as one of “10 Latinos with Heart of 2012”. She was invited to lead a Tedx Talk at SUNY Potsdam and has served as a guest lecturer and presenter at Yale University, New School, Yeshiva University, Fordham University and others.
BOB BRASWELLManaging Director & Co-Founder
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
Leticia CortesYouth and Family Advocate
Sinny FelizOperations Associate
Fridda FernandezDevelopment & Communications Associate
JIAWEN HUArtistic Manager
EMMANUEL ABREUPhotographer & Videographer
Petrina AmpiereTeaching Artist
SINDY ISABEL CASTROTeaching Artist
Candaceia CharlesTeaching Artist
Tamelan ChauvetTeaching Artist
Jing DongTeaching Artist
CHUK OBASITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
Asha DeviTeaching Artist
VIDA TAYEBATITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
Amalia Oliva RojasTeaching Artist
Amalia Oliva Rojas (she/her/ella) is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, her community, and fellow immigrant women. She is a proud alumnus of the Vassar College Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program and CUNY Lehman College. Residencies Include Pen America's DREAMING OUT LOUD fellowship, New Perspectives Theater Company Women's Work Short and Full-Length Play Lab, NYU Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, EmergeNYC Program, Culture Hub's Thriving Changemakers, Beam's Center Lighthouse Artist Residency at Governors Island, among others.
In November 2022, her play A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Succeed in the Myth-Making Business was produced by Lehman College. Most recently, Amalia's play How to Melt ICE (or How the Coyote fell in love with the lizard who was really a butterfly) received the New York Women's Fund grant. How to Melt ICE was co-produced by New Perspectives Theatre Company and Boundless Theater Company in February 2023. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University as an inaugural Lily’s Lorraine Hansberry Fellow and as the recipient of the Dean Carol Becker Scholarship. She is happy to be an instructor at wonderful organizations such as Girl Be Heard, Writopia Lab and People’s Theatre Project!
Leila Kashani-SabetTeaching Artist
Marcela ArtunduagaTeaching Artist
Yekta KhaghaniTeaching Artist
Tyra MedinaTeaching Artist
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