MINO LORAFounding Executive Director
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, PTP’s Founding Executive Director Mino Lora has been living and working as a theatre artist, activist, educator, and arts administrator in NYC since 2000. She has worked with young people in NYC, Dominican Republic and South Africa and been a guest lecturer and speaker at Yale University, The New School, Columbia University, Fordham and SUNY Potsdam. At PTP, she is responsible for company oversight, government and community relations, funder cultivation, and board and public relations. BA, English Literature and Theatre, Manhattanville College; MA, Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation, The Graduate Institute; Certificate in NonProfit Management (CUNY).
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
Leticia CortesYouth and Family Advocate
JIAWEN HUInterim Artistic Manager
EMMANUEL ABREUPhotographer & Videographer
Petrina AmpiereTeaching Artist
SINDY ISABEL CASTROTeaching Artist
Candaceia CharlesTeaching Artist
Tamelan ChauvetTeaching Artist
Jing DongTeaching Artist
Keisha GillesTeaching 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.
Sandiana MervilTeaching Artist
CHUK OBASITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
Asha DeviTeaching Artist
Jacob RodriguezTeaching Artist
Olivia MurphyTeaching Artist
ESDRAS SANTANATeaching Artist
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.
VIDA TAYEBATITeaching Artist & PTP Company Member
Kerry WarrenTeaching Artist
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