MEDIA

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Finding a home within the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival has shown me how artists can transmit wisdom into power. I started as a Social Media Marketing intern, conceptualizing social media campaigns, designing posts and making statements toward dismantling injustice within the theater community.

 

I later took on all administrative roles as well, including managing our general email, updating and maintaining the website, processing submissions, and handling all communications between the Festival Directors and 20 playwrights. In the last six months of my time there, I was considered a colleague to the Festival Director, Lenore Skomal, and am involved at every point of decision making, communication, productivity, and implementation.

 

As the only team member of color, I spearheaded a cultural shift within their organization as it exists Off-Broadway. Through my voice on social media, the curation of Artistically Speaking on Youtube (a video series that disrupts many inequities of American society through the power of connection and the creative processes of our playwrights), as well as leading our newly-founded Anti-Racist Advisory Board, my goal in my capacity within BBTF was to dismantle the current model that Off-Broadway is structured on, which is pay-to-play, financially prohibitive, inherently racist, exclusionary and oppressive. Click the graphic to see the full post, including full captions, sources, and any other graphics attached to the message.

I concluded my work at BBTF as Front of House Manager during the opening of their 2021 season at Theatre Row, which was postponed from 2020.

 

I am the Director of Digital Marketing and Design and a part of the CRAFT Courses strategic team of The CRAFT Institute - founded by Monica Ndounou - which is dedicated to curating culturally inclusive ecosystems throughout the world of arts and entertainment by transforming formal training and industry practices while promoting equitable success. I promote the CRAFT Courses through graphic design, editing videos, and making connections with other artists, amplifying the work of the global majority and culturally specific institutions, providing language to understand and to look at what has happened in multiple lenses through multiple narratives through multiple perspectives. Some examples of CRAFT Courses we have created include: Negotiating - Getting Paid What You Are Worth, Creating Culturally Specific Arts Institutions, Emotional Justice - Truth and Accountability Session, Acting and Directing as Social Justice Work, and How to Write A Black Musical Without Sacrificing the Tension and Truth of Black History.

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I was the East Coast Events Director at the Collegiate Association for Artists of Color, founded by Morgan Burns! The purpose of the Collegiate Association for Artists of Color is to provide creative support, a unified community, and equal opportunity platforms alongside instrumental tools for students of color to pursue their crafts fully on both an institutional level and beyond. 

C.A.A.C. events curates culturally inclusive events and programs in alignment with this mission. Sending hugs and acknowledgement to the folks that help make these events happen: Lauren Huynh, Zakiya Johnson, Roberto Méndez, and Axel Estrada. Fostering intersectional relationships for artists of color as well as a network of care and connection, we created CAAC's recurring events: Converse & Celebrate, UNPAAC with CAAC, Vibe Check, Speed Meeting, and Playroom. 

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We also partner with like-minded organizations and individuals to host a range of collaborative programming championing advocacy, education, and power for all people. These are found through  Creative Talkbacks, Performances, Professional Development Workshops, Open Mic Nights, and Transformative Lectures for Justice. Here are some of the events I curated last semester: 

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