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Abe Abraham received his BFA in Dance from the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. As the artistic director of Abanar, Mr. Abraham creates video-art works that feature dancers from some of the leading dance companies in the world, including New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Complexions, Shen Wei, Stephen Petronio, and Dutch National Ballet. Mr. Abraham's most recent work Salt Water, has been presented in over fifty exhibitions and festivals around the globe. Awards for Salt Water include Best Experimental Film at the Sydney World Film Festival and The Harlem International Film Festival, Best Film at the 31st Minimalen Short Film Festival, The Pearl 19 Award at Tanz International Film Festival in Berlin, Best Editing at ANSFF, the Nova Art Prize in New York City, the Malamegi Lab 12 Art Prize in Milan, and the Premia Della Giuria at the Cinematica Festival in Ancona, Italy. In November 2019, Salt Water was presented at the Oscar/Bafta qualifying Leeds International Film Festival.
Adam Jellicorse
Alithea M Howes
A visual and performing artist finding beauty in the small and strange.
Living in inwood gives me the opportunity to be inspired by both urban environments and breathtaking natural beauty. My parents, both designers, gave me a love of travel, a knowledge of art history, and an interest in almost every art form there is.

Amara Dieter
Amara Dieter is a competitive Irish dancer and Irish dance teacher based in Washington Heights. When not dancing or teaching, Amara runs Amara's Home Bakery, a vegan bakery specializing in breads and custom treats.
Angela Abreu
Dominican Writers Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit literary arts organization founded in 2015 with the mission to amplify Dominican American stories. Since its inception DWA has provided support to emerging writers by offering access to the tools and resources required to become published authors. Via their programming they have fostered and mentored emerging writers through the process of developing their craft. Many of our alumna have gone on to self-publish, publish within the BIG FIVE, win awards and fulfill their literary dreams. DWA is a grassroots organization that creates engaging programming to inspire their audience to read and support Dominican writers.
Under DWA, the imprint of DWA Press has published 100+ of writers in the genres of poetry, creative non-fiction, comic, memoir, children's and speculative fiction.

DWA is also the creator of the Dominican Writers Conference EST. 2019, a conference created to showcase and empower future Dominican writers. DWA is devoted to sharing, promoting, supporting, and developing Dominican writers—and, in turn, creating community.

Anna Benoit
Anna Benoit is an NYC based actor originally from Springfield, IL. She graduated from the Lyric Theatre program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Nathan and Julie Gunn. In addition to performing, Anna is passionate about teaching and bringing the arts to children. She has worked closely since high school with youth groups and camps dedicated to giving artistic opportunities to children.
Anna Tonna
A native of New York City, mezzo soprano Anna has bowed at the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico,Festival Ibero Americano de las Artes, Música de Cámara of New York, Festival de Segovia, Fundación Juan March and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Spain. She has been heard in such title opera roles as Carmen, as well as Dorabella in Cosí fan tute, and as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She performs music by composers from the Hispanic World, and is active as an arts educator in the Tri State area.
Aviva Geismar
Aviva Geismar is a choreographer, dancer, dance educator and artistic director of Drastic Action, a NYC-based contemporary dance company. Since 1989, she has been creating a body of thought-provoking works, grounded in a full-bodied physicality. Her dances have been performed in numerous national and international venues including The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Symphony Space, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Studio 303 (Montreal). From 2006-2010 she led “Dancing to Connect,” an intercultural performance and education project, developed in collaboration with Battery Dance company which brought Drastic Action to numerous cities across Germany. In 2016 “Dis/Location (Fort Tryon)” explored the immigrant experience in Washington Heights through creation of a site-specific piece and creative dance workshops at a local school. Her current multi-phase project, “Dis Place,” explores our national legacy of cultural and geographic displacement in the form of “urban renewal.” Aviva is an Associate Professor in the dance program at Queensborough Community College/CUNY.
Baayork Lee
Lee was born in New York City's Chinatown, to an Indian mother and Chinese father. She started dancing at an early age, and she made her Broadway debut at the age of five as Princess Ying Yawolak in the original production of The King and I in 1951. In a 2004 interview, she stated that Yul Brynner, the original king, was like a second father to her. After she outgrew her role in The King and I, she continued to study in ballet, modern, and afro-Cuban dance. She appeared in George Balanchine's original production of The Nutcracker, where she met ballerina Maria Tallchief, whom she idolized.
While attending the High School for Performing Arts, she met fellow student Michael Bennett. Around the same time, she appeared in Flower Drum Song. Although Lee aspired to become a professional ballerina, she was rejected from companies because of her height; she is 4 feet 10 inches tall. Though she was offered a scholarship to Juilliard, Lee instead pursued her career in theatre. Her Broadway appearances included Mr. President, Golden Boy, and Here's Love. Her next three shows were all choreographed by her friend Michael Bennett: A Joyful Noise, Henry, Sweet Henry, and Promises, Promises. In the last, she performed the dance number "Turkey Lurkey Time" (with Donna McKechnie and Margo Sappington). Lee was the dance captain for Promises, Promises and recreated the choreography for subsequent touring productions, starting her future path as a choreographer.

Beth Crandall
Beth is a choreographer and dance educator based in NYC. Her experience ranges from Broadway, Off-Broadway and Broadway tours, to Tony Award-winning regional houses, to renowned fashion brand Gucci.
As a performer Beth was seen on Broadway in West Side Story, on national and international tours, at top regional theaters, in short films, on SNL and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Beth choreographed The Sound of Music and Matilda at The Muny. She was recently commissioned to choreograph the original work In the Pocket for Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She also recently choreographed West Side Story for the Abilene Opera.
Additional choreographic work on Broadway/Off-Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, High Button Shoes, The New Yorkers, and 1776. Other highlights: Footloose and The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, The Drowsy Chaperone and Because of Winn Dixie at Goodspeed Opera House, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Newsies at The Muny. She assisted the highly stylized Gucci Showtime campaign and Target’s 20 Years of Fashion for All for NY Fashion Week.
She earned her BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She is a year round faculty member at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and choreographs for The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC.

Blakely Slaybaugh
Blakely (he/him) is a NYC-based performing artist whose work has been seen globally with NBC, Target, French fashion brand Hermés, Cirque du Soleil, on Broadway and on Broadway Tours. Blakely won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Prez in The Pajama Game at the two-time Tony Award winning Arena Stage in Washington DC. His Broadway and tour credits include: Paramour, Pinocchio in SHREK: The Musical, and Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. He performed in High Button Shoes with Michael Urie for New York City Center's Encores! series, with Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller and Rosie O'Donnell in The Music Man at The Kennedy Center, as Robertson Aye in Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse, plus featured performances at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, The Muny, among many others. Most recently he made his Tribeca Film Festival debut portraying Rudy Giuliani in Rudy! A Documusical directed by Oscar nominee Jed Rothstein.

Blakely also enjoys sharing the arts with younger generations by teaching masterclasses around the country. He held the position of Associate Faculty for Northwestern University’s CHERUBS Intensive and taught acting at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. BFA: CCM (College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati). @BSlaybs

Christian von Howard
Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based in New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Fred Benjamin, Fernando Bujones, Daniel Gwirtzman and his choreography has been produced in venues across the globe including Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the US. Christian is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, on faculty at the Alvin Ailey School, and serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and as a Fulbright Specialist (2019-2021) for the United States.
Christina Saffran
Broadway performer, Private voice teacher, singer national and international symphony orchestras including the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Herbie Hancock and the Super Sounds, singer countless motion picture soundtracks.
Christopher Priore
A pioneer of skywriting as an art medium, Christopher Priore is also an established contributor to innovative painting practices. His colorful dimensional paintings extend his career-long exploration of art that comes off the wall and out into the viewer’s physical space. The artist's solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in New York and nationally have been discussed in all forms of media. He holds an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Buffalo and raised in Pittsburgh, his home and art studio are in Washington Heights, in Upper Manhattan.
Darcy Rogers
Darcy Rogers was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She obtained a Masters of Fine Art with an emphasis in photography from the Academy of Art in SF, CA. She currently resides in NYC where she works full time and pursues photographic projects in her spare time. Her work emphasizes portraiture and environments.
Deborah Ziffer
Deborah Ziffer, the creator of Zeffa Designs, grew up in France, receiving her initial Art training in Montpellier and Paris, before continuing her studies in the United States. She lives and works in New York City.
Eh-den Perlove
Eh-den Perlove is an arts manager who has focused her career on organizations that support the works of oppressed groups. She has worked at The Public Theater, The Apollo Theater, and is currently on the executive staff of SheNYC Arts, a national nonprofit supporting the work of marginalized gender theater-makers. She has an M.A. in Business Design and Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Drama from Pace University. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Manchester.
Gabriel Bernal
Gabriel Bernal is originally from San Antonio, Texas! Previous credits: CINDERELLA (Red Mountain Theatre) GUYS AND DOLLS (TUTS), HAIRSPRAY, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY (Theatre Aspen) THE LIGHTNING THIEF (National Tour), WEST SIDE STORY, A CHORUS LINE, LES MISERABLES, PETER PAN (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (McCarter Theatre), and A LITTLE PRINCESS (Texas Music Theatre). BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas State University.
Garnet Henderson
Garnet Henderson is a dancer, choreographer, and journalist. Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she has lived in New York City since 2009. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Flea Theater, HERE Arts Center, the 92nd Street Y, the West End Theater, Arts on Site, Triskelion Arts, and Gibney Dance. She was a Women in Motion 2017-2018 Commissioned Artist. She has also performed in works by Mark Dendy, Jordan Morley, Faye Driscoll, Ori Flomin, Kyle Abraham, David Parker, Larry Keigwin, Reggie Wilson, Colleen Thomas, and Heidi Henderson, and appears in the feature film Shirley, directed by Josephine Decker and choreographed by Faye Driscoll. Garnet is a proud member of Dance Artists’ National Collective, where she has co-organized policy campaigns for the New York Health Act, the PRO Act, and a New York WPA.
J.F. Seary
J.F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor who has toured nationally NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, L.A., Grand Rapids, Atlanta and Orlando with her solo and ensemble poetry and theatrical performances. She has also performed in San Juan, PR, London and Seoul. Among her credits are King Lear, Is there Room in your Heart?, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vivisection, Soledad Speaks, Of Mothers and Men, HerStory and Is There Such a Thing as True Love? J.F. Seary co-wrote and co-produced the web-series The New York Effect. She recently joined Emit Theatre Company as an ensemble member in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Isle Full of Noises and La Canción en la Tormenta. J.F. Seary currently serves at the Director of Education at Emit Theatre Company and the Coordinator of the Bronx Memoir Project with the Bronx Council on the Arts. She is also a teaching artist and adjunct. J.F. Seary lives and creates in New York City. She is humbled by and eternally grateful for the continued love and support.
Jaynie Crimmins
Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, a New York City based artist, creates alternative narratives from quotidian materials. Her work has been shown at ART on PAPER NYC; and exhibited at the Sharjah Museum of Art during the Islamic Arts Festival in the United Arab Emirates; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NYC; Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC; the National Museum of Romanian Literature in addition to museums throughout the United States including the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, VA; Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA.

Crimmins has a long history of community work. Prior to the pandemic, she was volunteering in the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program. She holds two degrees in Art Education - a BS from the State University College at Buffalo and MS from the College of New Rochelle, with a minor in Art Therapy. She is represented by Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, GA; K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco; CA and shows with the Front Room Gallery in Hudson, NY; Azure Arts, Art Lives Here and Paradice Palase in NYC.

Jennifer Sanchez
I live and paint in NYC. During the pandemic, I’ve been making more collages out of necessity. In the beginning, supplies were limited. Plus, I needed a quick creation fix to deal with the anxiety of everything. Collaging is spontaneous, with patterns and ideas coming fast and plenty. I’m also painting even more color sketches. Playing with basic color theories to create dramatic spectrums

Both processes are easy going, playful and restorative; some much needed pandemic art therapy. But all my work is some sort of bright collage or mashup of ideas. All in the service of creating something that delights the eye.

I use colorful geometric patterns to create paintings that dazzle. Visual impact is what I’m after; the macro and the micro. They look precise from a distance, but get closer and you’ll see their looseness. Each mark reveals the rhythm and attention needed to craft the painting, and provides a sneak peak into the studio. Wobbly grids, sinuous blobs and transparent colors indicate little desire for perfection, but great care in organizing. That discord interests me.

Jennyfer Parra
Jennyfer Parra

is a photographer, creative director, and digital designer who specializes in travel, documentary and lifestyle content.

She currently lives between New York City & Dominican Republic, creating campaigns and documenting the world around her.

Jiawen Hu
Jiawen Hu is a New York-based theater maker originally from Hangzhou, China. She has been working on community-based theatre projects with underrepresented groups including Chinese females, English Language Learners, immigrants, and LGBTQ communities in New York and Shanghai. Her credits as a performer, deviser, director, and stage manager take her to Whitney Museum, NBC New York, Judson Church, The Lark, Queens Museum, Dixon Place, and University Settlement.
Joanne Isaac
Joanne Isaac was born and raised in Queens, NYC and New Jersey. She earned her BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, and her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. For many years she worked for contemporary art galleries, and currently as a Museum Administrator. Her collages and carved and painted objects are Influenced by her interest in Expressionism, science, non-repeating patterns, and visual narratives. She lives and works in New York City.
Jose Ozuna
José Manuel Ozuna was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and began his dancing career at the age of 19.

Upon relocating to the USA, José received his certification as a Medical Assistant while continuing to dance.

As a member of the Contemporary internship program at the National Bellas Artes institution, he had the opportunity to work with Marianela Boan recognized as one of the most important artists of the contemporary Cuban dance. Ozuna also had the opportunity to work with Awilda Polanco winner of the Bienal of Cuba in 2005.

His first big break came when hired to perform in the musical West Side Story, held in Santo Domingo by Carlos Veitia. Over the last years, Ozuna has participated in several productions such as Talentos y uncion, The Casandra, Amoi de bohio, Cosechando Ilusiones, the musical Chicago by Jhon Kander, Carmen, In the Heights – Spanish Permier, On Your Feet! Promo and will perform in the upcoming production of Evita. He has been trained in Jazz, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Pilates, Afro Jazz and Ballet.

Kate Pressman
Kate Pressman (she/her) is a New York-based playwright. Her plays include: Pair (finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Play Conference, 2021), Twenty-Six Seconds (studio presentation at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Culture in a Changing America Symposium, 2019), and Piano for Four Hands (Roundabout Theatre New Play Reading Series, 2021). She co-founded the theater company 23.5 degree tilt with Elizagrace Madrone in 2021 and their Spring 2022 production, Marta Nesspek Presents… was a series of shorts, written, illustrated and puppeteered by Kate, with actors providing live voice-overs and original compositions by various composers.
Katherine McClintic
Katherine McClintic is a choreographer, poet, and founder of the online dance community Inbox Dance Party. She has lived in Uptown Manhattan for 10 years. She works in TV, Film, and Theater in NYC and LA. Most recently she published a book of poems "Ending The War on My Body". Ending the War on My Body is in production to become a multi-media performance event combining Katherine's choreography and poetry through film, dance, music, and visual art in collaboration with many amazing artists.
Kathleen Holloway
After graduating from the photography program at The Art
Institute in Seattle, Kathleen Holloway moved back East to pursue a
career as a photo editor for the entertainment industry. After 20
years of working with photographers, Kathleen is finally following
her dream of showing her own work. She employs a variety of
techniques, including the use of encaustic wax, to add depth to her
images and reveal the beauty of the photographic prints.

Kelsey Kincaid
Kelsey Kincaid is a contemporary/modern dancer from Houston, TX now residing in New York City. She has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, Theater Under the Stars, and Hope Stone Dance, among others. She is currently working as a freelance artist.
Kirby Fields
Kirby Fields is the Artistic Director of UP Theater. UP Theater offers fully produced professional theater to its community in Northern Manhattan, and develops new plays – employing many theater artists who live here. Despite our parochial concerns, UP is no “community theater.” We eschew crowd-pleasing chestnuts in favor of daring new work that challenges its audience’s preconceived notions about what they think they think.
MaryBeth Rodgers
MaryBeth Rodgers is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, where she double majored in Dance and Economics with a minor in Classical Civilization. She has worked with Matthew Westerby Company, Buglisi Dance Theater, Michael Mao Dance Company, People’s Theatre Project, Pied Piper Children’s Theater, and JUNTOSCollective, and has worked on Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She has studied at the Ailey School, the Graham School, Hubbard Street Chicago, and Movement Invention Project. She has received artistic grants from Fordham University’s Deans and the Martha Hill She is the co-founder of Artist After Hours, and currently teaches and choreographs for theatre and concert dance.
Matthew Couvillon
South Louisiana native, Matthew Couvillon, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A. in dance. Couvillon continued his studies at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Jazz Master, and Broadway veteran, Chet Walker. As a performer he has performed Nationally and Internationally with West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Cats and numerous other shows. For the past 12 years, Couvillon has been working as associate choreographer to Tony winners, Bob Avian (A CHORUS LINE’s co-choreographer), and Baayork Lee (original cast A Chorus Line).

As an independent choreographer, Couvillon's work combines his proficiency in concert dance with a contemporary theatrical approach, centering around the emotions and experiences of the LQBTQ+ community. His choreographic approach is based on three elements: impeccable story structure / dance technique, unique characters, and a greater message, which transcends the subject matter and leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

Mehawee Sayampol
Methawee, or Plu Sayampol is a professional dancer, dance instructor, choreographer, performing drag artist and an aerialist. Plu is originally from Bangkok, Thailand and has been dancing and performing in NYC for 15 years. Plu is currently a proud faculty member, teaching open Jazz and Theater Jazz classes at the prestigious Steps On Broadway dance studio and also traveling the country performing as his drag persona, former national title holder, Pattaya Hart.
Michael Blake
In a career spanning three decades, New York City saxophonist Michael Blake has created an impressive body of work in the field of contemporary music. As a leader he has over a dozen albums to his name, featuring the saxophonists riveting compositions and imaginative arrangements. His original music embraces sonic dimensions beyond the traditional structures that define the art form of jazz. A constant force on the New York music scene, Blake’s music has brought him widespread critical acclaim. On both the tenor and soprano saxophones, Michael continues to refine and develop a personal style that is immediately identifiable. His most recent projects include Blake & Brass XL, a modern brass quintet featuring tuba virtuosos Bob Stewart and Marcus Rojas and Chroma Nova, a group with Brazilian percussion and strings.
peter bulow
Visual artist who had previously shown at Nomaa and received grants from Nomaa
Richard Hollis
Richard is an actor living and working in New York. He's been based in Washington Heights and Inwood since moving from the UK 13 years ago.
Roberta Berman
Roberta Berman (playwright, director, multi-media artist) Plays: (Inner Dialogue, Talking While Thinking About Writing, Dialogue at 3am, Love Child-A Family Saga); Art films: (Midnight to Midnight and Prehistoric Blues) with scores composed by Frank Ponzio; Co-founder, director, writer of Co-Motion Mime Company (Boston, 1978-79); Percussive Sculptures, inter-active art: (exhibits include Lincoln Center Gallery, Studio Gallery 88, NYC, Jazz clubs with guest artists, Marie Christine @Vivien Beaumont Theatre, Crowns @Arena Stage, Wash. DC; Haifa Univ., Israel, Fulbright-sponsored. Sculpture textbook (The Art of Shop) published by Bank Street College.
Rosana Rodriguez founded Yogiando NYC in 2017. She created the first fully bilingual Spanish/English yoga studio in a Washington Heights where she was born and raised. This Dominican yogi’s mission is to create wellness that is affordable & accessible to the LatinX community and people from EVERYwhere of all sHaPeS, shades and SizEs. Offering yin yoga and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) a deeply relaxing practice targeting the connective tissues while promoting a meditative state in dual language.
Sarah Leñador
I’m Sarah Leñador, a Cypriot-Puerto Rican dance-artist based in NYC. My dance company, BABEL, launched in 2017 to a sold out evening-length performance. We now partner with social-justice organizations to translate stories of injustice into dance-films and facilitate embodiment workshops.

Our latest evening-length work, “United States, No Me Conoces,” personifies the BIPOC experience in the US by relating the two as ex-lovers. It expresses the heartbreak felt when the country you labor for, live in, and love pretends you’re not integral to its very identity. I was honored to perform an excerpt at Judson Memorial Church for immigrant workers on hunger strike, offering them affirmation that their stories are being seen and told, even as they protested the pandemic relief they were being denied.

It is my passion to ​​choreograph and perform distinct body narratives that resonate culturally and connect us intimately. Body language and micro-expressions lead the way in the creation process, being uncovered through somatic practices that bring emotions naturally to the surface in the body, so they stand true with the audience. When the movement is fully embodied the audience is able to return home within themselves, where they can encounter the mysticism of our lived experience.

Sindy Castro
Sindy Isabel Castro is an actress, educator, and theatre artist. She is co-founder of Jugando N Play, a multilingual theatre for young audiences, and is a 2022-23 LabWorks artist with the New Victory Theater. Sindy graduated with her MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY’s Schools of Professional Studies in 2019 and was awarded a Distinguished Thesis Honorable Mention from AATE for her thesis “¡BE PREBEARED! TEATRO EN EDUCACIÓN – THEATRE IN EDUCATION” in 2020.
Sindy is a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Children's Theatre, and the People's Theatre Project in NYC. She strives to use theatre as a tool for creating multilingual and multicultural spaces where young people are empowered to embrace their home languages and cultures. Sindy was an invited member of Young IDEA at IDEA Congress in Paris in 2013, a member of the TAD (Teaching Artist Development) Studio Cohort at Columbia College in 2014, part of the Intermediate Teaching Artist Lab at Lincoln Center Education in 2016, and a U.S. Delegate at the International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) in 2018 & 2020. She was a recipient of a DCASE Theatre and Dance Residency in Chicago for her project Stories from my Mother in 2016.

Stephanie Kallos
Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actor/teacher before turning her full-time attention to writing. She is the author of three published novels as well as several works of short fiction, plays, and essays. Her most recent novel, LANGUAGE ARTS, was adapted into a feature film by Kairos Productions.
Stephen Hill
Stephen Hill is a performer, choreographer, and dance scholar from Harlem, NYC. Hill has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance at Lehman College. He has previously danced as a guest artist for ModArts Dance Collective under the direction of Leah Tubbs as well as an apprentice for Forces Of Nature Dance Theater under Abdel Salaam, and has toured with Cirque Du Soleil’s CORTEO.

As the founder of The Choreojoey Project, Hill has choreographed and produced ballets presented for community audiences in NY since 2014. the ChoreoJoey Project began as a challenge to create and present innovative narrative productions. It often invokes the creative efforts of a rotating team of artists to display integrated mixed media dance performance. founded in 2014, it is committed to the preservation and use of jazz and West African dance in harmony with narration, poetry, and storytelling to create new ballets with contemporary sociopolitical and historical contexts.

Susan Luss
Susan Luss, (b. 1959, El Paso, TX) is an inter-disciplinary artist living in New York City, maintaining a professional studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Luss works with a range of materials and media. She intermixes and assembles these, creating adaptable works engaging the architecture of space, environment, natural forces, and shifting light. Her large-scale paintings on canvas, distillations of her wanderings, both physical and psychological, transform through environmental intervention.
Tarialy Hernandez
Independent artist, collaborating with different non-profits for community workshops.
Tiffany Dugan
Tiffany Dugan is a collage and book artist and writes creative non-fiction and poetry. Much of her visual art incorporates personal writing that she works into her collages, artist books, and paintings. Layering words and images, she explores the interplay of form and color until the original context is abstracted into new meaning, sometimes abandoning language altogether. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up as the daughter of an artist and, after her father's death, the struggles of preserving its legacy while embracing her own creative practice. Tiffany was the recipient of the 2019 Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship for creative non-fiction and a 2020 Denis Diderot Grant recipient for the Artist-in-Residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux. Tiffany lives in upper Manhattan.
Tom Sanford
The American artist, Tom Sanford, was born in New York in 1975 and spent his formative years in the United Kingdom. He has lived in West Harlem since 1994. Sanford's work, primarily paintings and drawings, have been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and art fairs over a career that spans the 21st century.
Tricia Bogle
Tricia Bogle (she/hers) was born in Missouri and moved to NYC in 1991. She fell in love with the city and has called it home ever since. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing & Philosophy (Loyola Baltimore), an M.A. in Political Theory, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Fordham). After earning her Ph.D., she taught numerous advanced courses in Gender & Sexuality, Law, Philosophy, and Bioethics at Montclair State University and other local institutions, exploring ways to negotiate what is human in a world increasingly mediated by technology. In the midst of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, she made the leap from academia to return to her roots as a full-time poet. These days, she can often be found sitting on a park bench in Washington Heights, sipping cafe con leche from her favorite local bakery on 175th, and reading translations of Basho out loud to the trees.
Uniqua ( Robin) Simmons
Uniqua Simmons
Uniqua Simmons born and raised in Harlem is a Certified Fitness Practitioner, Performance Artist, Self -Taught Jewelry Artist, Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary Artist. She writes and creates Art about her Culture, Muses, Wellness, Liberation, Community, Diversity, Healing & Peace, and empowerment work. Using Arts and Education for all abilities.
Creating personal and community quilts, fiber Art and decorative books are some of her favorite Arts to create and share.
She is an active Teaching Artist in diverse communities using Art, Fitness and Wellness to educate, heal, and create platforms to collaborate and exprees Arts and Culture.
She is the Creative Artistic Director of My Art M.A.D.N.E.S.S ( My Art, Making Art, Diverse, Necessary, Educational, Sustainable, Selfless) Unique Differences, DanceSense Wellness, Afya Afro Jazz, and Eclectic Butterfly Dance Theatre
Her Jewelry designs, Arts, Performance and Wellness have been shared, seen and exhibited in Essence Magazine, Essence Catalog, Brooklyn Museum Shop, Eileen Fisher, Gallery Vercon, The Brownstone Woman, Arsenal Gallery - Central Park, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Buunni Coffee West Harlem Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Emblem Health, Natural Awakenings , Daily News, The African Burial Ground National Monument, Dance Parade
Contact Information:,,,, IG- myartmadness, afyaafrojazz, FB Uniqua Simmons

Yolanny Rodriguez
Writer, actress and theater director, known for theater works done with women. Founded Teatro Las Tablas in 2006 to present theater in Spanish in Washington Heights and other interested communities with emerging and professional artists of all Latin America. Devised and started Alma Lab, a arts, culture and economic justice organization to share resources with BIPOC and Alaana, minority and immigrant. .
She is an active member of different community organizations. Among his recognitions is the "Visionary Immigrant Award" given by Mayor Bloomberg for his vision of theater as a tool for children with disabilities and his industrious contribution to the theater in Spanish in New York City.

Zara Lawler
Interdisciplinary flutist Zara Lawler’s recent highlights include interactive zoom music/spokenword performances during the pandemic and premieres featured in both the 2020 and 2021 Higher Ground Festival in NYC. Her collaborative music/dance/video project Symmetrical Lives, with violinist Maja Cerar and choreographer C. Neil Parsons debuted at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention (virtual) in August 2021. Past projects include the US premiere of Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni, Salvatore Sciarrino’s work for 104 flutists, directed by Lawler at the Guggenheim Museum and a Flute Jamboree directed by Lawler at the Kennedy Center. Lawler + Fadoul, her duo with percussionist Paul Fadoul, created a theatrical concert Clickable, featuring music and words of persuasion, that was incubated and premiered at nancy manocherian’s the cell theater in in November 2016, and was released as an album on Parma Recordings in 2020. Their debut album, Prelude Cocktail, featured world premieres by Katherine Hoover and Roshanne Etezady. Zara Lawler’s solo show, The Flute on its Feet, was featured at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May 2019. Lawler has a Master of Music from Juilliard, made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.