Featured Artists


Elena Estér, Actor, Dancer

Elena is an actress and dancer from New York City and has studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse/SF and HB Studios. Her experience includes the lead in a feature film currently in production, theatre, short films, commercials, music videos, dance productions, and modeling. She recently finished a successful run of the world premiere, TBA Awards Recommended production of Ageless by Quantum Dragon Theatre. A multi-faceted artist, Elena is a champion salsa dancer and instructor and has performed around the world. Passionate about languages and traveling, Elena speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish, English and a bit of Mandarin Chinese and would love to continue to perform and participate in productions around the globe.

Valedi Kacupi, Actor, Singer

Valedi Kacupi is a SAG-AFTRA actress living in San Francisco. She was born and raised in Albania, then grew up in Athens, Greece, where she lived for a decade before moving to the United States. She speaks Albanian, Greek, English and Spanish. She studied finance at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte before pursuing her acting career. She loves the water, and the outdoors. Acting is what makes her feel most alive

Lauren Garrick-Crossley, Actor, Dancer, Mother

Lauren Garrick-Crossley was born and raised in the San Francisco, Bay Area. She is an actress, student, and single mother of two. With a degree in Health Education from SF State (Go Gators!), Lauren is now pursing her MFA at Academy of Art University and is ecstatic to be reunited with her true passion in acting. As an actor, she aims to be an inspiration to her children as well as foster youth community. Lauren knows that anything is possible when you believe in yourself.

Jeremy Marquis, Actor, Singer

After receiving a BFA in Performing Arts - Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jeremy Marquis is currently a Graduate Acting student at Academy of Art. Marquis performed in a number of productions selected for the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, ULL's Spark: Festival of the Arts and was Assistant Director of a play and radio drama for the Festival International de Louisiane. He has also appeared in sold out performances of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's New Venture Theater performances of The Color Purple. And he loves homemade brownies. His passion for performing arts and observations of his own life have been enough motivation for him to seek and create opportunities of creative expression; to positively influence lives and perspectives to inspire a better world.

 

Elsie Arisa, Actor

Elsie Arisa is an attorney-turned-actor. Elsie studied law at the University of Minnesota Law School with a concentration in Business Law. Throughout her time in law school and college, she was involved in Minnesota's theatre scene and she gradually transitioned to on-camera work. She was drawn to theater because she had a hunger and passion for drama and she believed that learning about different characters and exploring their motivations, allowed her to better understand and relate to the people around her. Upon completing her legal studies and passing the Minnesota Bar exam, she relocated to California, to fully pursue her acting career. She is currently enrolled at the Academy of Art University's MFA Acting program.

Valerie Quade, Actor

Valerie Quade is a SAG/AFTRA actor who began her career in Los Angeles in 1990 where she studied acting, and worked as a background artist and day-player. Her first big theater role was in a mystery dinner show where she played the lead, Victoria. Further into her budding career, she earned small rolls in film and television. In 2008 she packed her bags and moved to San Francisco's East Bay. Since then, she has earned roles in projects she admits are her passion, smaller independent films, as well as print. Her latest film role was that of Karen in 'Chasing Ponies', an independent feature film which was shot in 13 days by a group of young Estonians. Valerie currently owns and operates My Housing Wizard, a residential real estate brokerage, but continues to moonlight as an actress for independent films and print work. Valerie defends equality and women's rights. As the daughter of a social worker/activist mother and educator father, Valerie was raised in an egalitarian household. Valerie considers herself privileged to have grown up in a progressive household headed by her social worker/activist mother and professorial father. She is honored to take part in anything that raises awareness about women's issues

Shahd Elkhier, Actor

Shahd Elkhier was Sudan born, Minnesota raised. She is new to the city of San Francisco and excited to get involved. Recently graduated with an Associates in Theater and is currently working on her Bachelors in acting at the Academy of Art University. Recent credits include Prometheus Bound with Uprising Theatre Company, Ronald Reagan: Time Travelerwith Fringe, and A Lysistrata with North Hennepin Community College. Elkhier would like to thank all her family, friends, and professors for their love and support.

Kristina Haddad, Livestream Host, Actor, Acting Coach

Kristina is an actor and acting coach with more than 30 years of experience in film, television, and theater. Credits include: Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess with the Zohan", "Late Night With Conan O'Brien", "A Big Love Story", "Valley of the Dolls", series regular on "The Exceptionals"; "Tracktown" starring Rachel Dratch and a long list of independent films (Sundance, AFI). She's performed in dozens of plays in Los Angeles, including the acclaimed "AmerWrecka" (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and "Mom" (directed by TV veteran Ellen Sandler). She is proud to debut her one-woman show, "Miss Ethnic Non-specific" in 2017. She previously performed her one person environmentally themed show "Save Sheldon!" throughout the United States. In addition, her voiceover work spans video games, radio, television, and the web (Credits include Mafia II, Shari's Berries, Ronzoni). She has trained extensively as an actor including with the Actor's Lab, the Brian Reise Acting Studio, Upright Citizens Brigade and is a graduate of the two-year acting program at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. As a coach with The Actor's Lab, she is passionate about guiding actors to their most truthful, organic, and spontaneous work, while helping them deepen their emotional connection. She is also deeply passionate about family, friends, protecting animals and nature, food, music and laughter! Kristina is drawn to work that carries a message, and is thrilled to be participating inThe Courageous Vulnerability #MeToo event. The importance of this movement is profound - the widespread acknowledgement and dialogue about sexual harassment and assault that the #MeToo movement has facilitated is the catalyst for deep change

 

Sana Ganjoo, Actor, Singer

Sana Ganjoo was born in India and came to the U.S. when she was 6 months old. She grew up (and still lives) in the East San Francisco Bay Area, where she also studied at the University of California, Davis. She has been studying and performing at Berkeley Improv for over a year, and is excited to further her acting journey with The Alchemy of Imperfection. "This project speaks to my soul, because in my personal life I am always questioning our purpose in this world, and my liberty and right to be who I am. I truly believe every human has an incredible story to tell, and I suppose that's why I act; I want to help expose people's stories to the rest of the world. I feel blessed to be a part of this project."

 Samantha Garcia, Actor  Samantha Garcia is a Mexican American who grew up living in numerous cities across the country and has always been interested in theater. New to the acting scene, Sam is excited to make her theater debut in  The Alchemy of Imperfection ! She feels that it is important for women to speak out and be involved in community efforts, protests and/or productions like this one. A big, big thank you to Cara for this opportunity, I'm looking forward to performing for all of you!

Samantha Garcia, Actor

Samantha Garcia is a Mexican American who grew up living in numerous cities across the country and has always been interested in theater. New to the acting scene, Sam is excited to make her theater debut in The Alchemy of Imperfection! She feels that it is important for women to speak out and be involved in community efforts, protests and/or productions like this one. A big, big thank you to Cara for this opportunity, I'm looking forward to performing for all of you!

 Regina Oliver, Actor, Dancer, Mother  Regina Oliver is a SAG-AFTRA actress from the Bay Area. She began auditioning for roles at the age of 5 and began studying the art of theater in 2007. Regina is a mother of two boys, Mesziah J. and Brandon J. Prior to her most recent work being cast as a co-star on the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" season 2. Regina has had many leading roles in numerous theater productions, along with working behind the scenes for Fox entertainment. In the future, she plans to be in motion pictures, Broadway plays, and finish off as a director and writer focusing on creating inspirational subjects for woman and young adults.

Regina Oliver, Actor, Dancer, Mother

Regina Oliver is a SAG-AFTRA actress from the Bay Area. She began auditioning for roles at the age of 5 and began studying the art of theater in 2007. Regina is a mother of two boys, Mesziah J. and Brandon J. Prior to her most recent work being cast as a co-star on the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" season 2. Regina has had many leading roles in numerous theater productions, along with working behind the scenes for Fox entertainment. In the future, she plans to be in motion pictures, Broadway plays, and finish off as a director and writer focusing on creating inspirational subjects for woman and young adults.

 Elsa Faith, Singer/Songwriter  Elsa Faith is an up and coming musician based out of Portland, OR. Originally from Singapore, Elsa made her way to the Pacific Northwest back in 2006 when she took a leap of faith and auditioned to become a member of the band Soul Distraction. From there, Elsa became a member of the bands Madame Torment and Synful Syrens. Music is at the core of Elsa's life. Coming from a family of musicians, she credits her older brothers for introducing her to Aerosmith, Patsy Cline, Guns n' Roses and many more bands that have influenced her style. By the age of 8, Elsa was teaching herself keyboards, and writing her own lyrics, and later on guitar, which became her main instrument of choice. Elsa was especially moved by The Cranberries and can still remember the pure and raw emotion she felt when she first heard "Ode to My Family" at 13 years old. It's Elsa's hope to bring these raw emotions to life in her own music. Her distinct, edgy voice and melancholy lyrics are a perfect combination-sure to give you goosebumps. Music is not only a creative outlet and soulful journey for Elsa, it has also brought big opportunities. Elsa has opened for artists such as Lita Ford and LA Guns. She also performed for the United Nations Representatives for the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Fundraiser and the Republic of Singapore President at the YWCA. Elsa was also awarded Honorable Mention at the 16th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest. Check out Elsa Faith's latest single, "Tattoo"-now on Spotify and iTunes.

Elsa Faith, Singer/Songwriter

Elsa Faith is an up and coming musician based out of Portland, OR. Originally from Singapore, Elsa made her way to the Pacific Northwest back in 2006 when she took a leap of faith and auditioned to become a member of the band Soul Distraction. From there, Elsa became a member of the bands Madame Torment and Synful Syrens. Music is at the core of Elsa's life. Coming from a family of musicians, she credits her older brothers for introducing her to Aerosmith, Patsy Cline, Guns n' Roses and many more bands that have influenced her style. By the age of 8, Elsa was teaching herself keyboards, and writing her own lyrics, and later on guitar, which became her main instrument of choice. Elsa was especially moved by The Cranberries and can still remember the pure and raw emotion she felt when she first heard "Ode to My Family" at 13 years old. It's Elsa's hope to bring these raw emotions to life in her own music. Her distinct, edgy voice and melancholy lyrics are a perfect combination-sure to give you goosebumps. Music is not only a creative outlet and soulful journey for Elsa, it has also brought big opportunities. Elsa has opened for artists such as Lita Ford and LA Guns. She also performed for the United Nations Representatives for the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Fundraiser and the Republic of Singapore President at the YWCA. Elsa was also awarded Honorable Mention at the 16th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest. Check out Elsa Faith's latest single, "Tattoo"-now on Spotify and iTunes.

 
 Suzette Blake, Actor  Suzette is a seeker of the truth. At the tender age of four this is something that she realized. Born in Portland Oregon and raised in Longview Washington, she is practically a native to Oregon. Since moving back to the City of Roses in 2016, Suzette has accomplished a wide range of goals and tackled many important topics near to her heart. As an actor she leaves nothing unexplored and questions everything, getting to the bottom where there is no lie left. Slipping into other skins and living there to tell a story is what brings her the greatest joy, and makes her feel fully alive. She plans to continue her career as an actor in one of the two cities of dreams: Los Angeles California or New York City, going wherever her dreams take her. Go it alone? She will not. As the great Toni Morrison once said, "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game".

Suzette Blake, Actor

Suzette is a seeker of the truth. At the tender age of four this is something that she realized. Born in Portland Oregon and raised in Longview Washington, she is practically a native to Oregon. Since moving back to the City of Roses in 2016, Suzette has accomplished a wide range of goals and tackled many important topics near to her heart. As an actor she leaves nothing unexplored and questions everything, getting to the bottom where there is no lie left. Slipping into other skins and living there to tell a story is what brings her the greatest joy, and makes her feel fully alive. She plans to continue her career as an actor in one of the two cities of dreams: Los Angeles California or New York City, going wherever her dreams take her. Go it alone? She will not. As the great Toni Morrison once said, "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game".

 Kate Rogers-Miottel, Actor  After 14 years away from her creative zone Kate is back at it and embracing it all. Culturally, she is many things: French, Native American, English and African American. Professionally , she is classically trained. During her career, Kate has played roles from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams and worked in various American Repertory theaters in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is currently work shopping her one-woman play "This Dark Horse" that tackle issues very similar to THE ALCHEMY OF IMPERFECTION. Collaborating with Cara was an absolute no-brainer as her dynamic content speaks to us all, universally.#thetimeisnow

Kate Rogers-Miottel, Actor

After 14 years away from her creative zone Kate is back at it and embracing it all. Culturally, she is many things: French, Native American, English and African American. Professionally , she is classically trained. During her career, Kate has played roles from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams and worked in various American Repertory theaters in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is currently work shopping her one-woman play "This Dark Horse" that tackle issues very similar to THE ALCHEMY OF IMPERFECTION. Collaborating with Cara was an absolute no-brainer as her dynamic content speaks to us all, universally.#thetimeisnow

 Wilhelmina Hayward, Actor  Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American based in her hometown Portland, with a background in journalism and filmmaking. She recently received her MA in Directing Film in London, UK. While in London, she worked on various film projects and took acting classes at the Actor's Centre, which consequently burgeoned her love of the theater. Her passion lies in exploring issues of identity and belonging through the art of storytelling. She loves to discover stories with other kindred, curious minds and to get those stories onto the silver screen.

Wilhelmina Hayward, Actor

Wilhelmina is a Chinese-American based in her hometown Portland, with a background in journalism and filmmaking. She recently received her MA in Directing Film in London, UK. While in London, she worked on various film projects and took acting classes at the Actor's Centre, which consequently burgeoned her love of the theater. Her passion lies in exploring issues of identity and belonging through the art of storytelling. She loves to discover stories with other kindred, curious minds and to get those stories onto the silver screen.

 Tarin Chenvanich, Actor  Tarin was born in Bangkok, Thailand, yet, while growing up she had opportunities to study abroad in Oregon, Japan and London. Her passion for Arts and Performance guided her to major in Communication Arts and minor in Performance Arts during her Bachelor's degree in Thailand. While in Thailand, she also had experiences in performing in varieties of music video, commercial and short film. One of her biggest successes was being a supporting actor in a Thai TV series, Full House. The series did not only attract Thai audiences, but also received popularity from international audiences in countries such as, China and Indonesia. After graduating with a Master's degree in International Marking from King's College London, Tarin decided to move to Oregon. She continued her acting trainings in Meisner and On-Camera techniques. When she has time, she flies to Los Angeles to participate in acting and Improvisation workshops. Her interests in culture, arts and performance led her to find her true happiness in acting. Currently, she is building her acting experience and working diligently to achieve her dreams.

Tarin Chenvanich, Actor

Tarin was born in Bangkok, Thailand, yet, while growing up she had opportunities to study abroad in Oregon, Japan and London. Her passion for Arts and Performance guided her to major in Communication Arts and minor in Performance Arts during her Bachelor's degree in Thailand. While in Thailand, she also had experiences in performing in varieties of music video, commercial and short film. One of her biggest successes was being a supporting actor in a Thai TV series, Full House. The series did not only attract Thai audiences, but also received popularity from international audiences in countries such as, China and Indonesia. After graduating with a Master's degree in International Marking from King's College London, Tarin decided to move to Oregon. She continued her acting trainings in Meisner and On-Camera techniques. When she has time, she flies to Los Angeles to participate in acting and Improvisation workshops. Her interests in culture, arts and performance led her to find her true happiness in acting. Currently, she is building her acting experience and working diligently to achieve her dreams.

 
 Jana Crenshaw, Singer/Songwriter  Jana Crenshaw (aka Jana Losey) is a singer-songwriter and composer with experiences that include starring in a Broadway show, a #1 video on MTVs LOGO channel, producing her own reality show, and extensive national and international touring. Jana moved to Portland in 2008, and began composing music for theater, working with productions at Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, CoHo theater, and working with local groups Hand 2 Mouth, Liminal, and Adrienne Flagg's NoteTo Self. Jana is currently thrilled to be working on new music - with many upcoming singles to be released this year! Please get in touch and stay tuned!

Jana Crenshaw, Singer/Songwriter

Jana Crenshaw (aka Jana Losey) is a singer-songwriter and composer with experiences that include starring in a Broadway show, a #1 video on MTVs LOGO channel, producing her own reality show, and extensive national and international touring. Jana moved to Portland in 2008, and began composing music for theater, working with productions at Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, CoHo theater, and working with local groups Hand 2 Mouth, Liminal, and Adrienne Flagg's NoteTo Self. Jana is currently thrilled to be working on new music - with many upcoming singles to be released this year! Please get in touch and stay tuned!

 Donna Mejia, Dancer, Choreographer, Professor  Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder, Colorado specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies from Smith College on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012 and received the Fulbright Association's 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance Scholarship. She tours globally to teach, lecture, direct and perform.

Donna Mejia, Dancer, Choreographer, Professor

Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder, Colorado specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies from Smith College on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012 and received the Fulbright Association's 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance Scholarship. She tours globally to teach, lecture, direct and perform.

   Islam Meligi, Actor, Singer  Islam Meligi is originally from Cairo, Egypt. He moved to the bay area in 2012 to pursue his education. Currently, he is a student at San Francisco State Universtity, majoring in computer science. Islam decided to enter into his acting career when he realized that living only one life is not enough. As an actor, personifying the experiences, feelings and situations of other people allows him the sense of expansive understanding and adventure. His goal is to use his skills as an actor for change. Helping women to speak up and and to be heard is something he feels will make the world a better place. He is happy to be part of this project.

Islam Meligi, Actor, Singer

Islam Meligi is originally from Cairo, Egypt. He moved to the bay area in 2012 to pursue his education. Currently, he is a student at San Francisco State Universtity, majoring in computer science. Islam decided to enter into his acting career when he realized that living only one life is not enough. As an actor, personifying the experiences, feelings and situations of other people allows him the sense of expansive understanding and adventure. His goal is to use his skills as an actor for change. Helping women to speak up and and to be heard is something he feels will make the world a better place. He is happy to be part of this project.

 Cory Crouser, Writer, Photo-Journalist, Actor and Content Creator  Cory is a writer, photo-journalist, actor and content creator who believes his days are best spent "neck-deep in narrative."  Although he considers his works of written fiction "a bit too rough for toilet paper" and his journalistic pieces - which have appeared in a variety of print and digital publications across the country - "passable," Cory maintains that the foremost purpose of story-telling is to facilitate an empathic relationship between apparently disparate people by illuminating the common and universal elements of the human narrative. He says of his writing, "if the light hits it right a polished turd might still shine." For the success of his video production work he credits his talented and intrepid colleagues, and for his myriad failings as an actor he blames "bad genes."  If you have a story to share, track him down; he'll be the guy with the ink-stained pockets - it's a safe bet he's got a pen.

Cory Crouser, Writer, Photo-Journalist, Actor and Content Creator

Cory is a writer, photo-journalist, actor and content creator who believes his days are best spent "neck-deep in narrative."

Although he considers his works of written fiction "a bit too rough for toilet paper" and his journalistic pieces - which have appeared in a variety of print and digital publications across the country - "passable," Cory maintains that the foremost purpose of story-telling is to facilitate an empathic relationship between apparently disparate people by illuminating the common and universal elements of the human narrative. He says of his writing, "if the light hits it right a polished turd might still shine." For the success of his video production work he credits his talented and intrepid colleagues, and for his myriad failings as an actor he blames "bad genes."

If you have a story to share, track him down; he'll be the guy with the ink-stained pockets - it's a safe bet he's got a pen.

 
 Debbie Gerber, Actor  Debbie Gerber is 3rd generation Russian American. Her childhood passion for acting was reignited when she joined Theatre West for several leading roles. She studied at ACT NOW with Jana Lee Hamblin and is presently working with Katie O'Grady at Studio NW. She has worked on feature films, short films and industrials. Debbie is married and lives in Lincoln City, OR, has a grown daughter Becca who lives in Grants Pass. Other than acting, she loves boating, kayaking and travel. She is on her way to Paris next month to explore life

Debbie Gerber, Actor

Debbie Gerber is 3rd generation Russian American. Her childhood passion for acting was reignited when she joined Theatre West for several leading roles. She studied at ACT NOW with Jana Lee Hamblin and is presently working with Katie O'Grady at Studio NW. She has worked on feature films, short films and industrials. Debbie is married and lives in Lincoln City, OR, has a grown daughter Becca who lives in Grants Pass. Other than acting, she loves boating, kayaking and travel. She is on her way to Paris next month to explore life

 Brandie Sylfae, Fundraising Host, Performer  Brandie Sylfae is an award-winning stunt performer, actor, and voice over performer born in Los Angeles, California. As a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Chuck Norris, she got her start in martial arts focused roles, including the television series  V.R. Troopers  and the feature film  Bloodmoon . While she still enjoys a good fight scene, she is proud of her recent work as the lead in the body positivity PSA  Glass Cage , the feature  Deep Blue , and playing opposite Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen in  The Hunger Games  in the feature  Woodstock or Bust . She began her training in the BFA program at Cal State Long Beach performing roles in Inherit the Wind, The Importance of Being Earnest and Agnes of God, and then continued her education with classes in Los Angeles where she was fortunate enough to train Shakespeare with Kate Geer, and improv with John Michalski of Second City and Paul Ryan at CBS Comedy on the Lot. Now residing in Portland, Oregon, she has had the great fortune to study with Nike Imoru, Jana Lee Hamblin, Robert Blanche, Ted Rooney, and is currently training at The Actor's Lab with Kristina Haddad. She holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University where she also worked performing basic cancer research. These days, in addition to acting, she focuses on charity work as the co-organizer of the  Portland chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance , an international nonprofit focused on equality, literacy, and human rights.

Brandie Sylfae, Fundraising Host, Performer

Brandie Sylfae is an award-winning stunt performer, actor, and voice over performer born in Los Angeles, California. As a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under Chuck Norris, she got her start in martial arts focused roles, including the television series V.R. Troopers and the feature film Bloodmoon. While she still enjoys a good fight scene, she is proud of her recent work as the lead in the body positivity PSA Glass Cage, the feature Deep Blue, and playing opposite Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games in the feature Woodstock or Bust. She began her training in the BFA program at Cal State Long Beach performing roles in Inherit the Wind, The Importance of Being Earnest and Agnes of God, and then continued her education with classes in Los Angeles where she was fortunate enough to train Shakespeare with Kate Geer, and improv with John Michalski of Second City and Paul Ryan at CBS Comedy on the Lot. Now residing in Portland, Oregon, she has had the great fortune to study with Nike Imoru, Jana Lee Hamblin, Robert Blanche, Ted Rooney, and is currently training at The Actor's Lab with Kristina Haddad. She holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University where she also worked performing basic cancer research. These days, in addition to acting, she focuses on charity work as the co-organizer of the Portland chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, an international nonprofit focused on equality, literacy, and human rights.

 Musa Starseed is an award winning filmmaker, artist, musician, dancer, youth mentor, and community leader living in Boulder, Colorado. Musa has dedicated the trajectory of his artistic gifts and talents to uplift, inspire, and motivate his community towards values such as, empowerment, health, expression, cultural competency, and integrity. He is a world traveler and his claim to fame is being the first to make a documentary about the history of Hiphop in Cuba called "Soulz Of Azucar" Musa Starseed has currently been accepted to a graduate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and he intends to write a book of empowering stories, poems, and principals for young black youth.  Soundcloud   Facebook

Musa Starseed is an award winning filmmaker, artist, musician, dancer, youth mentor, and community leader living in Boulder, Colorado. Musa has dedicated the trajectory of his artistic gifts and talents to uplift, inspire, and motivate his community towards values such as, empowerment, health, expression, cultural competency, and integrity. He is a world traveler and his claim to fame is being the first to make a documentary about the history of Hiphop in Cuba called "Soulz Of Azucar" Musa Starseed has currently been accepted to a graduate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and he intends to write a book of empowering stories, poems, and principals for young black youth. Soundcloud Facebook

 Rachael Massey, Actor  Rachael Massey has been falling in love with the stage ever since her first steps on it 14 years ago. She recently moved to Portland this year to begin her pursuit of a BFA in Theatre. From Shakespeare to musicals and now to activism, Rachael has dipped toes in all genres. She hopes that this piece will be a catalyst in her dream of making theatre more than just entertainment, but rather a conversation starter for topics often left ignored.

Rachael Massey, Actor

Rachael Massey has been falling in love with the stage ever since her first steps on it 14 years ago. She recently moved to Portland this year to begin her pursuit of a BFA in Theatre. From Shakespeare to musicals and now to activism, Rachael has dipped toes in all genres. She hopes that this piece will be a catalyst in her dream of making theatre more than just entertainment, but rather a conversation starter for topics often left ignored.

 
 Kristina Sophia, Singer, Recording Artist, Activist  Kristina Sophia is an internationally recognized singer, recording artist, co-founder of Musical Ambassadors of Peace (a non-profit dedicated to healing the wounds of war through the power of music) a sound healer and a mother. She has performed in over half of the States as well as Syria, Jordan, Venezuela, Palestine, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, before an audience of 60,000 Egyptians in the Cairo stadium and on the streets in war torn Iraq. Singing in several languages Kristina and husband Cameron Powers have worked internationally, building bridges of peace through the power of music and have been televised to millions throughout the Arabic speaking world. She is passionate about the power of music to heal on a personal as well as an international level. She has taught workshops in voice, drumming and sound healing for over 20 years.

Kristina Sophia, Singer, Recording Artist, Activist

Kristina Sophia is an internationally recognized singer, recording artist, co-founder of Musical Ambassadors of Peace (a non-profit dedicated to healing the wounds of war through the power of music) a sound healer and a mother. She has performed in over half of the States as well as Syria, Jordan, Venezuela, Palestine, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, before an audience of 60,000 Egyptians in the Cairo stadium and on the streets in war torn Iraq. Singing in several languages Kristina and husband Cameron Powers have worked internationally, building bridges of peace through the power of music and have been televised to millions throughout the Arabic speaking world. She is passionate about the power of music to heal on a personal as well as an international level. She has taught workshops in voice, drumming and sound healing for over 20 years.

 Wellington Bullings, Singer and Songwriter    Up and coming artist Wellington Bullings is establishing herself in the Neo-soul/jazz scene, finding ways to merge the two worlds. As a singer/songwriter from Boulder Colorado, she has drawn inspiration from the natural beauty of growing up in the mountains. Having been raised by a Jamaican father and a Scandinavian mother, she was exposed to many different styles of music at an early age. Because of this reason, her compositions integrate musical influences from many different cultures including: Reggae, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and folk music. Her deep love for jazz, however began at the age of twelve years old, when she got her hands on a Billie Holiday record. Blessed with a sultry voice and a captivating elegance, Wellington seduces her listeners with songs that elicits beauty and soothe the senses. Her musical influences are deeply rooted in R&B, Soul, jazz, and tasteful traces of Caribbean/Latin rhythms. In 2017, Wellington received the "Pathways To Jazz Grant," which offered her the funds to help finance her upcoming recording project "Because I Want To" (expected to be released at the end of Spring 2018). The project features all original material written and sung by Wellington. Each song underlines the themes of love, betrayal, perseverance, vulnerability, and an introspective view on human desire. As a woman deeply educated in the arts, Wellington has studied at Berklee College Of Music, performs consistently in Colorado, writes music for film and TV, and teaches voices lessons in the Boulder area.

Wellington Bullings, Singer and Songwriter

Up and coming artist Wellington Bullings is establishing herself in the Neo-soul/jazz scene, finding ways to merge the two worlds. As a singer/songwriter from Boulder Colorado, she has drawn inspiration from the natural beauty of growing up in the mountains. Having been raised by a Jamaican father and a Scandinavian mother, she was exposed to many different styles of music at an early age. Because of this reason, her compositions integrate musical influences from many different cultures including: Reggae, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and folk music. Her deep love for jazz, however began at the age of twelve years old, when she got her hands on a Billie Holiday record. Blessed with a sultry voice and a captivating elegance, Wellington seduces her listeners with songs that elicits beauty and soothe the senses. Her musical influences are deeply rooted in R&B, Soul, jazz, and tasteful traces of Caribbean/Latin rhythms. In 2017, Wellington received the "Pathways To Jazz Grant," which offered her the funds to help finance her upcoming recording project "Because I Want To" (expected to be released at the end of Spring 2018). The project features all original material written and sung by Wellington. Each song underlines the themes of love, betrayal, perseverance, vulnerability, and an introspective view on human desire. As a woman deeply educated in the arts, Wellington has studied at Berklee College Of Music, performs consistently in Colorado, writes music for film and TV, and teaches voices lessons in the Boulder area.

 Niki Tulk, Writer and Theater Maker    Niki Tulk is an ex-pat Australian writer and theater-maker, and a double PhD student in Theater, and Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and taught writing-as-making at places such as Parsons The New School for Design. She has poetry, fiction, and criticism published in Emergency Index, The Saranac Review, Rock River Review, The Sheepshead Review, The Feminist Wire, and The West Trade Review. She is currently fiction editor of Antipodes, and co-managing editor of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. Her novella Before Rain was a finalist for the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot prize.

Niki Tulk, Writer and Theater Maker

Niki Tulk is an ex-pat Australian writer and theater-maker, and a double PhD student in Theater, and Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and taught writing-as-making at places such as Parsons The New School for Design. She has poetry, fiction, and criticism published in Emergency Index, The Saranac Review, Rock River Review, The Sheepshead Review, The Feminist Wire, and The West Trade Review. She is currently fiction editor of Antipodes, and co-managing editor of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. Her novella Before Rain was a finalist for the 2017 Miami Book Fair/de Groot prize.

 Egemen Kesikli, Musician and Singer  Egemen Kesikli is a Turkish composer, conductor, and educator, who has been honored with numerous performances across North America, Asia, and Europe. Egemen's music has been heard Forum Wallis , New York Composers Concordance, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Izmir International Music Festival, among other festivals and venues. He received honors and recognition from the American Composers Orchestra, ASCAP, Beethoven Club Memphis, the Eczacibasi Foundation, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Egemen has received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Master's in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor's in Music Theory & Composition from St. Olaf College with Departmental Distinction. His primary teachers and mentors include Carter Pann, Dan Welcher, Daniel Kellogg, Donald Grantham, Guher & Suher Pekinel, and Timothy Mahr.

Egemen Kesikli, Musician and Singer

Egemen Kesikli is a Turkish composer, conductor, and educator, who has been honored with numerous performances across North America, Asia, and Europe. Egemen's music has been heard Forum Wallis , New York Composers Concordance, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Izmir International Music Festival, among other festivals and venues. He received honors and recognition from the American Composers Orchestra, ASCAP, Beethoven Club Memphis, the Eczacibasi Foundation, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Egemen has received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, Master's in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor's in Music Theory & Composition from St. Olaf College with Departmental Distinction. His primary teachers and mentors include Carter Pann, Dan Welcher, Daniel Kellogg, Donald Grantham, Guher & Suher Pekinel, and Timothy Mahr.

 
    Adam Revell (pianist) began playing piano at the age of 4. He plays a wide range of musical genres; jazz, classical, electronic, funk, salsa, hip-hop, R&B, and other styles as well. He was keyboardist for The Motet, John Common, Conjunto Colores, Quemando, Eminence Ensemble, Ayo Awosika, Kim Dawson, and Rob Drabkin. He has appeared on stage with Wynton Marsalis, John McNiel, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Bill Evans, Jamie Janover, Kyle Hollingsworth, and many others. In 2010 his four-piece progressive jazz ensemble, Essence Rider released their album, 'Triple Leaf' on the Dazzle Records label. Revell holds a degree in classical piano and a master's degree in jazz, both from the University of Colorado right here in Boulder. Revell works as a freelance artist in the Denver/metro area, and is a private piano instructor in Louisville

Adam Revell (pianist) began playing piano at the age of 4. He plays a wide range of musical genres; jazz, classical, electronic, funk, salsa, hip-hop, R&B, and other styles as well. He was keyboardist for The Motet, John Common, Conjunto Colores, Quemando, Eminence Ensemble, Ayo Awosika, Kim Dawson, and Rob Drabkin. He has appeared on stage with Wynton Marsalis, John McNiel, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Bill Evans, Jamie Janover, Kyle Hollingsworth, and many others. In 2010 his four-piece progressive jazz ensemble, Essence Rider released their album, 'Triple Leaf' on the Dazzle Records label. Revell holds a degree in classical piano and a master's degree in jazz, both from the University of Colorado right here in Boulder. Revell works as a freelance artist in the Denver/metro area, and is a private piano instructor in Louisville

  Nicholas Raabe (vocalist) is a 26 year old Boulder Waldorfian with broad interests and ambitions. He took part in music, theater, and vocal performance from a young age. Recently, he returned after graduating from business school in Taiwan prior to 4 months of work and travel in Australia. Nicholas has been living and traveling in Asia and Europe, gathering experience and learning languages over the last 7 years.

Nicholas Raabe (vocalist) is a 26 year old Boulder Waldorfian with broad interests and ambitions. He took part in music, theater, and vocal performance from a young age. Recently, he returned after graduating from business school in Taiwan prior to 4 months of work and travel in Australia. Nicholas has been living and traveling in Asia and Europe, gathering experience and learning languages over the last 7 years.

  Kelly Pointdexter (vocalist) has been performing musically in one way or another since childhood. As a singer/songwriter, her original works include many styles of music from reggae, R & B, to folk rock, jazz, and even choral music. Kelly's love of world music and rich vocal harmonies are threads that weave together a delightful tapestry of sound and a call for conscious optimistic connection/social change.

Kelly Pointdexter (vocalist) has been performing musically in one way or another since childhood. As a singer/songwriter, her original works include many styles of music from reggae, R & B, to folk rock, jazz, and even choral music. Kelly's love of world music and rich vocal harmonies are threads that weave together a delightful tapestry of sound and a call for conscious optimistic connection/social change.

    Jonathan Raabe (vocalist) Born in the year of the snake, Jonathan Raabe is a Boulder native, a graduate of CU's music school and recently returned from a 7 year trip to Taiwan where he taught Salsa, Swing and Tango Dancing, did vocal coaching, started an export company, studied Mandarin Chinese, found his soulmate, and was blessed with a Son. Jon is an experienced a'capella arranger and and accomplished Jazz and classical vocalist

Jonathan Raabe (vocalist) Born in the year of the snake, Jonathan Raabe is a Boulder native, a graduate of CU's music school and recently returned from a 7 year trip to Taiwan where he taught Salsa, Swing and Tango Dancing, did vocal coaching, started an export company, studied Mandarin Chinese, found his soulmate, and was blessed with a Son. Jon is an experienced a'capella arranger and and accomplished Jazz and classical vocalist

 
  Nicola Halse (actor) by profession, is trained to undertake evaluations, feasibility studies, market research and develop strategic plans. Currently, she coordinates marketing activities, accounts and other administrational duties for Romax Technology; a renewable energy engineering company. In her spare time, she volunteers at USA Rugby revising their forthcoming strategic plan. Her passion lies in the theater scene where she has been involved for over 20 years as an actor, director and stage manager. She recently directed an award winning production of  A "Midsummer Night's Dream"  in Nottingham, England. Favorite roles have been as The Woman of Ill-Repute (Sonia) in " Godspell " and an evil school teacher in the musical  "Smike" . Her versatility is demonstrated by various roles in English pantomimes -children's plays - including the rear end of the cow Daisy, Snow White's Magic Mirror and Snoozy the Dwarf (in the same production), the leading  man  in  "Jack and the Beanstalk " and a fairy in Dick Whittington! She would love to transfer the magic and joy of English pantomimes to the U.S. -any volunteers out there wish to assist?

Nicola Halse (actor) by profession, is trained to undertake evaluations, feasibility studies, market research and develop strategic plans. Currently, she coordinates marketing activities, accounts and other administrational duties for Romax Technology; a renewable energy engineering company. In her spare time, she volunteers at USA Rugby revising their forthcoming strategic plan. Her passion lies in the theater scene where she has been involved for over 20 years as an actor, director and stage manager. She recently directed an award winning production of A "Midsummer Night's Dream" in Nottingham, England. Favorite roles have been as The Woman of Ill-Repute (Sonia) in "Godspell" and an evil school teacher in the musical "Smike". Her versatility is demonstrated by various roles in English pantomimes -children's plays - including the rear end of the cow Daisy, Snow White's Magic Mirror and Snoozy the Dwarf (in the same production), the leading man in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and a fairy in Dick Whittington! She would love to transfer the magic and joy of English pantomimes to the U.S. -any volunteers out there wish to assist?

   Carah Aviva Wertheimer (actor) was born on a Tuesday and began her TV career at age 4 with two appearances on Romper Room, both times gobbling down the snack before grace. Following this debacle, she spent the next several years soothing her soul by crooning "I Want to Be Loved By You, Boop Boop Be Do" in the tradition of Ginger from Gilligan's Island, using a play microphone her father made for her. Her background includes post-modern dance, physical theater, and improvisation. Notable Boulder County roles include the Cat in the Hat at Lafayette Library and the Easter Bunny at Nyland Co-Housing. She performed with Comedy Sportz, co-created educational children's theater, and has authored a one-woman musical, "Training Bra and Balsamic Vignettes." Fluent in pig latin (grass fed), ubbie dubbie, op language and gibberish, she still finds that no one understands her. Next lifetime she'll be born in France, where they care less about saying grace, and more about living it.

Carah Aviva Wertheimer (actor) was born on a Tuesday and began her TV career at age 4 with two appearances on Romper Room, both times gobbling down the snack before grace. Following this debacle, she spent the next several years soothing her soul by crooning "I Want to Be Loved By You, Boop Boop Be Do" in the tradition of Ginger from Gilligan's Island, using a play microphone her father made for her. Her background includes post-modern dance, physical theater, and improvisation. Notable Boulder County roles include the Cat in the Hat at Lafayette Library and the Easter Bunny at Nyland Co-Housing. She performed with Comedy Sportz, co-created educational children's theater, and has authored a one-woman musical, "Training Bra and Balsamic Vignettes." Fluent in pig latin (grass fed), ubbie dubbie, op language and gibberish, she still finds that no one understands her. Next lifetime she'll be born in France, where they care less about saying grace, and more about living it.

  Russ Nielson (actor) Russ has been acting in film and theatre for the past 14 years. His most recent performance was in "Grapes of Wrath" at the Vintage Theatre playing the role of Miley Graves. His other credits include Benjamin Slade in "Aunt Abby's Secret Recipe". Vinnie in "The Odd Couple". Setting/1st murderer in Macbeth and his most favorite Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He can be seen in the webseries "Misanthropicon"

Russ Nielson (actor) Russ has been acting in film and theatre for the past 14 years. His most recent performance was in "Grapes of Wrath" at the Vintage Theatre playing the role of Miley Graves. His other credits include Benjamin Slade in "Aunt Abby's Secret Recipe". Vinnie in "The Odd Couple". Setting/1st murderer in Macbeth and his most favorite Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He can be seen in the webseries "Misanthropicon"

 
  Shay Aguilar (actor) is a freelance choreographer from the Denver Metro Area specializing in, but not limited to, hip hop dance and Michael Jackson impersonations. As a Mentor and Talent Coordinator for Quinceanera Magazine as well as No "Mo" Violence Cultural Dance Group, this young lady is no stranger to her community! Performing in events such as Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, the Westword Music Showcase, Auditions for Americas Best Dance Crew, and other notable occasions.

Shay Aguilar (actor) is a freelance choreographer from the Denver Metro Area specializing in, but not limited to, hip hop dance and Michael Jackson impersonations. As a Mentor and Talent Coordinator for Quinceanera Magazine as well as No "Mo" Violence Cultural Dance Group, this young lady is no stranger to her community! Performing in events such as Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, the Westword Music Showcase, Auditions for Americas Best Dance Crew, and other notable occasions.

   Emily Anne Bowman (violin) is an active performing musician and educator. She served as assistant conductor for the Colorado Ambassador Orchestra tour of Europe in the summer of 2008. She has also conducted with the High Plains, Boulder, and Longmont Youth Symphonies and taught orchestra at Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Shepherd Valley Waldorf School and New Vista High School. Ms. Bowman currently performs on viola with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Free Range Quartet, the Eldorado String Quartet and on fiddle with the group Bogblossom. Ms. Bowman received her formal classical training from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and the University of Colorado College of Music, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Viola Performance in 1997. She was awarded the Gabor Ormai Award for performance upon graduation. Ms. Bowman is on the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings, teaching violin, viola, and fiddle

Emily Anne Bowman (violin) is an active performing musician and educator. She served as assistant conductor for the Colorado Ambassador Orchestra tour of Europe in the summer of 2008. She has also conducted with the High Plains, Boulder, and Longmont Youth Symphonies and taught orchestra at Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Shepherd Valley Waldorf School and New Vista High School. Ms. Bowman currently performs on viola with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Free Range Quartet, the Eldorado String Quartet and on fiddle with the group Bogblossom. Ms. Bowman received her formal classical training from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and the University of Colorado College of Music, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Viola Performance in 1997. She was awarded the Gabor Ormai Award for performance upon graduation. Ms. Bowman is on the faculty of Boulder Suzuki Strings, teaching violin, viola, and fiddle

  Margot Krimmel (harp) studied folk harp with Sylvia Woods, jazz harp with Deborah Henson-Conant and classical pedal harp with Denver Symphony harpist Helen Hope. Infusing their expertise with her own swing/jazz/blues guitar background, Margot has a fresh, innovative approach to harp. Accolades include first place awards from the Longs Peak Scottish Highland Festival and the Pop and Jazz Harp Festival. She has two solo recordings, Songlines and St. John's Tide, and guest appearances with a diversity of artists including cowboy songster Lon Hannah (#2 on the April 2006 Western Music Album charts), prepared guitar wiz Janet Feder, devotional chant master Robert Gass and the European release The Art Of Harp. Of all Margot's musical pursuits her work on White Birds with Beth Leachman is the apex. Recorded with Jim Ratts at Raven Studio, the project deepened her love of music and friendship with Beth.

Margot Krimmel (harp) studied folk harp with Sylvia Woods, jazz harp with Deborah Henson-Conant and classical pedal harp with Denver Symphony harpist Helen Hope. Infusing their expertise with her own swing/jazz/blues guitar background, Margot has a fresh, innovative approach to harp. Accolades include first place awards from the Longs Peak Scottish Highland Festival and the Pop and Jazz Harp Festival. She has two solo recordings, Songlines and St. John's Tide, and guest appearances with a diversity of artists including cowboy songster Lon Hannah (#2 on the April 2006 Western Music Album charts), prepared guitar wiz Janet Feder, devotional chant master Robert Gass and the European release The Art Of Harp. Of all Margot's musical pursuits her work on White Birds with Beth Leachman is the apex. Recorded with Jim Ratts at Raven Studio, the project deepened her love of music and friendship with Beth.

  Arthur Bragg and The Renaissance Project (choir) The Renaissance Project, led by Arthur Hampton Bragg, is a Boulder, Colorado-based choir of about 24 skilled amateur and student professional singers that focuses on Renaissance motets, other Renaissance pieces, and music of a similar aesthetic. The mission of The Renaissance Project is to create opportunities for people to sing, learn about, and perform great choral music of the Renaissance and other periods in a small-choir setting.

Arthur Bragg and The Renaissance Project (choir) The Renaissance Project, led by Arthur Hampton Bragg, is a Boulder, Colorado-based choir of about 24 skilled amateur and student professional singers that focuses on Renaissance motets, other Renaissance pieces, and music of a similar aesthetic. The mission of The Renaissance Project is to create opportunities for people to sing, learn about, and perform great choral music of the Renaissance and other periods in a small-choir setting.

 
  Jesse Manno (acoustic musician) is a composer, producer, improviser, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in Boulder, CO, where he is Music Director of the University of Colorado Dance Department. His work with numerous Theatre and Dance companies has been presented all over the U.S. and in several European and Asian countries, with support from Meet the Composer Inc., PBS, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. As a specialist in Balkan and Middle Eastern Music, he performs frequently with the regional ensemble SHEREFE, which just released a new album called SALA SALA.

Jesse Manno (acoustic musician) is a composer, producer, improviser, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in Boulder, CO, where he is Music Director of the University of Colorado Dance Department. His work with numerous Theatre and Dance companies has been presented all over the U.S. and in several European and Asian countries, with support from Meet the Composer Inc., PBS, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. As a specialist in Balkan and Middle Eastern Music, he performs frequently with the regional ensemble SHEREFE, which just released a new album called SALA SALA.

  Kristina Sophia (acoustic musician) is a world-traveler, pioneering co-creator of Musical Missions of Peace, and co-star of Singing in Baghdad. She has sung in the Cairo stadium for an audience of 60,000 Egyptians and performed in the war-zones of Iraq with partner Cameron Powers. She has taught singing, healing sound and voice therapy for 15 years and has 2 critically acclaimed CDs.

Kristina Sophia (acoustic musician) is a world-traveler, pioneering co-creator of Musical Missions of Peace, and co-star of Singing in Baghdad. She has sung in the Cairo stadium for an audience of 60,000 Egyptians and performed in the war-zones of Iraq with partner Cameron Powers. She has taught singing, healing sound and voice therapy for 15 years and has 2 critically acclaimed CDs.

  Cameron Powers's (acoustic musician) musical and linguistic careers recently led him to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq by sharing Iraqi love songs on the streets of Baghdad in 2003. In 1973 Cameron lived in Greece and studied Greek language and Greek music. Returning to Boulder, Cameron began the study of Arabic music with various local bands: "The Silk Route," "The Boulder Bouzouki Band," "Solspice," and "Sherefe." In his travels, he has also studied with Nasser Musa, George Lammam, Haig Manoukian, Faruk Tekbilek, Nabil Azzam and Simon Shaheen, as well as with numerous musicians whom he has met in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Now back from multiple trips to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine, he and his partner, Kristina, have been traveling throughout the US, helping people better understand the Middle Eastern, Arabic, psyche. Funding to help support refugee Iraqi musicians preserve Iraqi musical culture by passing it on to Iraqi children has passed through the non-profit organization, Musical Missions of Peace, which was designed and built around Cameron and Kristina's work

Cameron Powers's (acoustic musician) musical and linguistic careers recently led him to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq by sharing Iraqi love songs on the streets of Baghdad in 2003. In 1973 Cameron lived in Greece and studied Greek language and Greek music. Returning to Boulder, Cameron began the study of Arabic music with various local bands: "The Silk Route," "The Boulder Bouzouki Band," "Solspice," and "Sherefe." In his travels, he has also studied with Nasser Musa, George Lammam, Haig Manoukian, Faruk Tekbilek, Nabil Azzam and Simon Shaheen, as well as with numerous musicians whom he has met in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. Now back from multiple trips to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine, he and his partner, Kristina, have been traveling throughout the US, helping people better understand the Middle Eastern, Arabic, psyche. Funding to help support refugee Iraqi musicians preserve Iraqi musical culture by passing it on to Iraqi children has passed through the non-profit organization, Musical Missions of Peace, which was designed and built around Cameron and Kristina's work

   Brett Bowen (acoustic musician) has been playing world percussion, and specializing in Arabic and Turkish drumming, for 20 years. With many performing and recording credits on his resume, Brett has played throughout the western U.S. with numerous bands such as Kairo by Night, Desert Wind, Slickrock Gypsies, the Saltanah Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Kara Nomadica, Zuruna, Tito Malaga, Beth Quist, and has recently been recording and touring with the amazing Kailin Yong Peace Project.

Brett Bowen (acoustic musician) has been playing world percussion, and specializing in Arabic and Turkish drumming, for 20 years. With many performing and recording credits on his resume, Brett has played throughout the western U.S. with numerous bands such as Kairo by Night, Desert Wind, Slickrock Gypsies, the Saltanah Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Kara Nomadica, Zuruna, Tito Malaga, Beth Quist, and has recently been recording and touring with the amazing Kailin Yong Peace Project.

 
  Berivan Sart (belly dancer) is a native of Paris, France and speaks Turkish, Spanish, French and English. She has a strong interest in music and dance of many types. She was the pianist for the Paris based contemporary tango quintet "Los Lobos del Tango" for two years and likes to play percussion, as well. Berivan's family has a mix of Turkish and Kurdish ancestry and she learned belly dancing in the many Turkish weddings she attended in both France and Turkey. Currently she teaches Spanish at CU Boulder and is in the process of completing her Master's in Hispanic Linguistics.

Berivan Sart (belly dancer) is a native of Paris, France and speaks Turkish, Spanish, French and English. She has a strong interest in music and dance of many types. She was the pianist for the Paris based contemporary tango quintet "Los Lobos del Tango" for two years and likes to play percussion, as well. Berivan's family has a mix of Turkish and Kurdish ancestry and she learned belly dancing in the many Turkish weddings she attended in both France and Turkey. Currently she teaches Spanish at CU Boulder and is in the process of completing her Master's in Hispanic Linguistics.

  Tammie Beam (belly Dancer) has been captivating audiences with her graceful expression and love of the art of belly dance for many years. Growing up in Colorado, she began her study when she was 15 years old. After raising a family of her own and returning to college, Tammie recently resumed her study of the dance to find her passion still alive and well and her audiences still enchanted and appreciative.

Tammie Beam (belly Dancer) has been captivating audiences with her graceful expression and love of the art of belly dance for many years. Growing up in Colorado, she began her study when she was 15 years old. After raising a family of her own and returning to college, Tammie recently resumed her study of the dance to find her passion still alive and well and her audiences still enchanted and appreciative.

  Linda Lile, Ph.D. (essential oils and aromatherapy)    Luxuriate in the nurturing, deep relaxation and healing energy of essential oils and gentle body work with Linda Lile, (PhD,GTP,ABD). Linda is a highly intuitive multi-talented holistic practitioner and instructor. She has a depth of experience in a number of healing modalities including aroma therapy, gemstone therapy and several forms of gentle body energy work. She holds a PhD in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Craniosacral Therapy. Linda has been an international instructor of Gemstone Therapy since 1992. She has more than 25 years of experience as a healing arts practitioner.

Linda Lile, Ph.D. (essential oils and aromatherapy)

Luxuriate in the nurturing, deep relaxation and healing energy of essential oils and gentle body work with Linda Lile, (PhD,GTP,ABD). Linda is a highly intuitive multi-talented holistic practitioner and instructor. She has a depth of experience in a number of healing modalities including aroma therapy, gemstone therapy and several forms of gentle body energy work. She holds a PhD in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Craniosacral Therapy. Linda has been an international instructor of Gemstone Therapy since 1992. She has more than 25 years of experience as a healing arts practitioner.

    Heather Neher (certified massage therapist) is a graduate of Healing Spirits Massage Therapy Training Program, where she now assists in the classroom for current students. She offers Integrative Massage Therapy and Therapuetic Yoga Sessions and has been studying the body and healing for two decades. Her passion for meditation flavors and contributes to the healing and insights that come from massage and yoga. Inspired by her own meditation practice and experience, she listens deeply and is respectful of each body's unique needs and challenges. She specializes in Specific Pain and Injury Treatment and Deep Tissue work. She is also a Parenting Coach. Heather has worked in many settings including senior homes and has trained in Comfort Touch for the Elderly and Ill. She is often seen about town offering chair massage at various sites in Boulder County.

Heather Neher (certified massage therapist) is a graduate of Healing Spirits Massage Therapy Training Program, where she now assists in the classroom for current students. She offers Integrative Massage Therapy and Therapuetic Yoga Sessions and has been studying the body and healing for two decades. Her passion for meditation flavors and contributes to the healing and insights that come from massage and yoga. Inspired by her own meditation practice and experience, she listens deeply and is respectful of each body's unique needs and challenges. She specializes in Specific Pain and Injury Treatment and Deep Tissue work. She is also a Parenting Coach. Heather has worked in many settings including senior homes and has trained in Comfort Touch for the Elderly and Ill. She is often seen about town offering chair massage at various sites in Boulder County.

 

Featured Panelist

 
 Theo Wilson, Community Activist and Poet  Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15. Theo attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. In 2013, Theo began speaking with "Rachel's Challenge." In 2015, Theo went undercover online in the Alt-Right to investigate the roots of racial hatred in millennials. His TED talk on the topic has since received over 8 million views.

Theo Wilson, Community Activist and Poet

Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15. Theo attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. In 2013, Theo began speaking with "Rachel's Challenge." In 2015, Theo went undercover online in the Alt-Right to investigate the roots of racial hatred in millennials. His TED talk on the topic has since received over 8 million views.

 Windy Borman, Executive Producer, Director, Transmedia Strategist  Windy Borman, MST is a multi-award-winning director and producer, as well the founder of DVA Productions She is currently the Executive Producer and Director of "Mary Janes: The Women of Weed". Recent successes include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning documentary, "The Eyes of Thailand", narrated by Ashley Judd and twice honored by the United Nations; and producing "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia", which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing and directing "The Vagina Monologues," producing performances for Margaret Cho and Dr. Maya Angelou, and writing for Takepart.com and IndieWire: Women and Hollywood. Windy is an active member in Women in Film and Television with over 15 years experience producing and directing everything from feature films and shorts, PSAs, infomercials, event videos, and radio and print ads, to global socio-political actions, live events, film premieres and crowd-funding campaigns.  From 2003-2005 Ms. Borman dedicated two years to Teach For America, where she taught middle school drama and dance in the South Bronx. She founded DVA Productions in 2006 to produce films and digital media that give a voice to the voiceless and promote peace, justice and equality.

Windy Borman, Executive Producer, Director, Transmedia Strategist

Windy Borman, MST is a multi-award-winning director and producer, as well the founder of DVA Productions She is currently the Executive Producer and Director of "Mary Janes: The Women of Weed". Recent successes include directing and producing the 10-time award-winning documentary, "The Eyes of Thailand", narrated by Ashley Judd and twice honored by the United Nations; and producing "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia", which premiered at Sundance and on HBO. Other credits include producing and directing "The Vagina Monologues," producing performances for Margaret Cho and Dr. Maya Angelou, and writing for Takepart.com and IndieWire: Women and Hollywood. Windy is an active member in Women in Film and Television with over 15 years experience producing and directing everything from feature films and shorts, PSAs, infomercials, event videos, and radio and print ads, to global socio-political actions, live events, film premieres and crowd-funding campaigns.

From 2003-2005 Ms. Borman dedicated two years to Teach For America, where she taught middle school drama and dance in the South Bronx. She founded DVA Productions in 2006 to produce films and digital media that give a voice to the voiceless and promote peace, justice and equality.

 Amanda Rain, Communication Coach, Facilitator & Mediator  Speaking the Unspeakable®  Amanda Rain founded Speaking the Unspeakable® to inspire the courage to meet our challenges and empower our lives through effective communication. Her unique blend of rhetorical studies, speech communication, debate, activism, political advocacy, and dynamic life experience, weaves together a potent journey of personal growth and essential skill sharing. She inspires the willingness to face our personal and collective pain to free ourselves to walk with integrity and truth, connected as one human family. Her voice offers hope for the spirit and medicine for the soul.

Amanda Rain, Communication Coach, Facilitator & Mediator

Speaking the Unspeakable®

Amanda Rain founded Speaking the Unspeakable® to inspire the courage to meet our challenges and empower our lives through effective communication. Her unique blend of rhetorical studies, speech communication, debate, activism, political advocacy, and dynamic life experience, weaves together a potent journey of personal growth and essential skill sharing. She inspires the willingness to face our personal and collective pain to free ourselves to walk with integrity and truth, connected as one human family. Her voice offers hope for the spirit and medicine for the soul.

 Sarah Dobson, Sexual Assault Activist and Prevention Specialist  Sarah Dobson is the Violence Prevention Specialist at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). Sarah grew up in Baltimore, MD and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland. After graduating, she moved to Nicaragua and co-founded a peace education program for rural youth, and then worked as a Community Educator for sexual and reproductive rights. She earned her master's in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace where her research focus was engaging men to prevent street harassment. She has been a peace educator working with youth and adults in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. Sarah relocated back to the US in May to work for MESA in gender violence prevention and runs the Men Standing Up Program.

Sarah Dobson, Sexual Assault Activist and Prevention Specialist

Sarah Dobson is the Violence Prevention Specialist at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). Sarah grew up in Baltimore, MD and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland. After graduating, she moved to Nicaragua and co-founded a peace education program for rural youth, and then worked as a Community Educator for sexual and reproductive rights. She earned her master's in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace where her research focus was engaging men to prevent street harassment. She has been a peace educator working with youth and adults in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. Sarah relocated back to the US in May to work for MESA in gender violence prevention and runs the Men Standing Up Program.

 
 Blanca Gonzalez, Mexican Immigrant, Mother, Grandmother, Service Worker  Blanca is a Mexican American immigrant who came to the U.S. in the mid 90s. She is a sister, mother, grandmother, and a very graceful, independent woman with a powerful story to tell. From being a single teenage mother, two-time divorcee, an entrepreneur, or battling a rare genetic disease, Blanca can teach us all something about faith and going through hardships with a positive and determined attitude. She is currently partially retired, and ready to get involved in activism.

Blanca Gonzalez, Mexican Immigrant, Mother, Grandmother, Service Worker

Blanca is a Mexican American immigrant who came to the U.S. in the mid 90s. She is a sister, mother, grandmother, and a very graceful, independent woman with a powerful story to tell. From being a single teenage mother, two-time divorcee, an entrepreneur, or battling a rare genetic disease, Blanca can teach us all something about faith and going through hardships with a positive and determined attitude. She is currently partially retired, and ready to get involved in activism.

 Camilo Casas,Journalist, Sexual Assault Activist  Camilo Casas has been engaged in the movement to end sexual assault throughout his life. His work has included journalistic coverage of the issue, serving survivors in their recovery, and developing and implementing sexual violence prevention programming catered to boys and men. He is passionate about the uniquely pivotal role men must play in ending violence and oppression of all forms, and is deeply heartened by the blossoming of the #metoo movement. Camilo is the Strategic Director of United.Vote, a digital participatory democracy platform. In 2017 he became the first candidate in the United States to run for elected office on a liquid democracy platform.

Camilo Casas,Journalist, Sexual Assault Activist

Camilo Casas has been engaged in the movement to end sexual assault throughout his life. His work has included journalistic coverage of the issue, serving survivors in their recovery, and developing and implementing sexual violence prevention programming catered to boys and men. He is passionate about the uniquely pivotal role men must play in ending violence and oppression of all forms, and is deeply heartened by the blossoming of the #metoo movement. Camilo is the Strategic Director of United.Vote, a digital participatory democracy platform. In 2017 he became the first candidate in the United States to run for elected office on a liquid democracy platform.

 Joshua Pollock was born and raised in Modesto, California. He grew up as a Jehovah's Witness. No longer a member of that community, he has had a deep interest in history, philosophy, literature, politics, and world religions. Currently he teachers as an online adjunct history lecturer for Modesto Junior College and works at Village Merchants in Portland, Oregon. He spent most of his adult life as a full-time single father with his daughter Rain.Two factors have greatly effected his view on gender relations and sexual violence towards women: Circumstances his daughter has faced with males, and the legacy of his own father. He lives in Southeast Portland with the goal of traveling to Europe and Southeast Asia this year.

Joshua Pollock was born and raised in Modesto, California. He grew up as a Jehovah's Witness. No longer a member of that community, he has had a deep interest in history, philosophy, literature, politics, and world religions. Currently he teachers as an online adjunct history lecturer for Modesto Junior College and works at Village Merchants in Portland, Oregon. He spent most of his adult life as a full-time single father with his daughter Rain.Two factors have greatly effected his view on gender relations and sexual violence towards women: Circumstances his daughter has faced with males, and the legacy of his own father. He lives in Southeast Portland with the goal of traveling to Europe and Southeast Asia this year.

 
 Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Native Peruvian, Sexual Violence Survivor, Mountaineer  Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, adventurer and passionate social entrepreneur, who has been enthusiastically working to provide the advancement of vulnerable populations. In 2009 she co-founded and launched the Gracias Foundation (now renamed to  Gratitude Alliance ), leading local grassroots social entrepreneurs in marginalized areas in Africa, Asia and Nepal. Since 2014, she has launched  Courageous Girls , her most personal initiative aimed to provide the healing and empowering of sexually abused girls through physical endurance, creative and mindfulness techniques. In 2016 she became the First Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest and her story of overcoming adversity with courage has been widely recognized as an example of perseverance.

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Native Peruvian, Sexual Violence Survivor, Mountaineer

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, adventurer and passionate social entrepreneur, who has been enthusiastically working to provide the advancement of vulnerable populations. In 2009 she co-founded and launched the Gracias Foundation (now renamed to Gratitude Alliance), leading local grassroots social entrepreneurs in marginalized areas in Africa, Asia and Nepal. Since 2014, she has launched Courageous Girls, her most personal initiative aimed to provide the healing and empowering of sexually abused girls through physical endurance, creative and mindfulness techniques. In 2016 she became the First Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest and her story of overcoming adversity with courage has been widely recognized as an example of perseverance.

 Keith "K-Dub" Williams,  Visual Artist, Educator, Mentor, Youth Arts and Sports Activist  For over a decade, K-Dub has been inspiring and investing in Bay Area youth to become actively engaged in building themselves and their communities. He has created and personally financed a movement that fuses visual arts, music, skateboarding, social activism, and community development. He was co-director of the Oakland High School Visual Art Academy for 8 years, working with students from more than 40 California schools to create community murals. In 2005, K-Dub created the first Neighborhood Games (Hood Games) at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, an amazing blend of grassroots movements celebrating skateboarding and the arts. He has since produced over 50 Hood Games events in inner-city communities, parking lots, and skateparks around Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Las Vegas, with thousands of youth participating. He has also produced Hood Games-themed art exhibitions in museums, public art spaces, and film festivals in Oakland, Napa, and American Canyon. He launched a movement to build a world-class skatepark in Oakland and founded  For the Town Skateboarding , a non-profit under the fiscal sponsorship of the Oakland Parks Foundation. A year later, Oakland's first world-class, permanent, concrete Town Park was opened to a crowd of hundreds of local youth and community members. It is now the site of many community events and remains a beacon for Bay Area skaters and local youth. K-Dub is now leading an effort to build five other skate sites and parks in Oakland, building relationships between local youth, city officials, major brands, and the broader community to ensure that youth have access to world-class facilities in their own neighborhoods. He empowers kids and teens to recognize that they not only deserve such facilities but also that they can actively participate in making it happen.  Skateboarding in Oakland - Town Park Story

Keith "K-Dub" Williams,

Visual Artist, Educator, Mentor, Youth Arts and Sports Activist

For over a decade, K-Dub has been inspiring and investing in Bay Area youth to become actively engaged in building themselves and their communities. He has created and personally financed a movement that fuses visual arts, music, skateboarding, social activism, and community development. He was co-director of the Oakland High School Visual Art Academy for 8 years, working with students from more than 40 California schools to create community murals. In 2005, K-Dub created the first Neighborhood Games (Hood Games) at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, an amazing blend of grassroots movements celebrating skateboarding and the arts. He has since produced over 50 Hood Games events in inner-city communities, parking lots, and skateparks around Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Las Vegas, with thousands of youth participating. He has also produced Hood Games-themed art exhibitions in museums, public art spaces, and film festivals in Oakland, Napa, and American Canyon. He launched a movement to build a world-class skatepark in Oakland and founded For the Town Skateboarding, a non-profit under the fiscal sponsorship of the Oakland Parks Foundation. A year later, Oakland's first world-class, permanent, concrete Town Park was opened to a crowd of hundreds of local youth and community members. It is now the site of many community events and remains a beacon for Bay Area skaters and local youth. K-Dub is now leading an effort to build five other skate sites and parks in Oakland, building relationships between local youth, city officials, major brands, and the broader community to ensure that youth have access to world-class facilities in their own neighborhoods. He empowers kids and teens to recognize that they not only deserve such facilities but also that they can actively participate in making it happen. Skateboarding in Oakland - Town Park Story

 Maralee McLean, Author, Speaker, Child Advocate  Maralee McLean is a child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of  Prosecuted But Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children  Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women's E-New and other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women's Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with APB speaker bureau and RAINN speaker bureau. She speaks at conferences, law schools and is a spokesperson for protective mothers. Her passion for advocacy developed through living a mother's worst nightmare. Fighting the system with body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children's rights in our courts. Maralee's story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN.  www.maraleemclean.com  Recent article  maralee-mclean-child-advocate-protective-parent

Maralee McLean, Author, Speaker, Child Advocate

Maralee McLean is a child advocate, domestic violence expert, national professional speaker, and author of Prosecuted But Not Silenced: Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children Courtroom Reform for Sexually Abused Children. Maralee has written several articles for the ABA Child Law Journal, Women's E-New and other publications on the problems of family courts not protecting abused children. Maralee is with Women's Media Center (WMC), SheSourceExpert, NPEIV (National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence) and is with APB speaker bureau and RAINN speaker bureau. She speaks at conferences, law schools and is a spokesperson for protective mothers. Her passion for advocacy developed through living a mother's worst nightmare. Fighting the system with body and soul, she gained the insight that this was not her nightmare alone. She organized a National Rally of Mothers at the Colorado State Capitol and has been involved in legislative work that spans over two decades. She testified before Congress to promote judicial accountability to better protect sexually abused children's rights in our courts. Maralee's story has been covered by many media outlets and internationally on CNN. www.maraleemclean.com Recent article maralee-mclean-child-advocate-protective-parent

 
   Sophia Bass, M.A., Activist, Blogger, Singer/Songwriter  Sophia recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Oregon Health Equity Alliance, an organization that focuses on health equity in the state of Oregon. Her work focused on improving health access for communities of color, immigrant and refugees, LGBTQ communities, and women in rural areas of Oregon. Sophia is a graduate from Concordia University of Portland with a M.A. in International Development and Service. Her graduate research project was conducted under the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, Oregon with advisement from Chanrithy Him, author of novel- When Broken Glass Floats. Her research examined issues of gender inequality and identity among Cambodian Refugee women who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. She has also worked as the Assistant to the Executive Director at Unite Oregon, interned at Jewish Women International (JWI), and conducted an internship at the United Nations. Sophia has lived, studied, and volunteered in Germany, London, Ecuador, and Thailand, and has traveled to 37 countries. While she has a deep love of international travel and global development, she is committed to improving cultural competency and equity among marginalized communities in Oregon.

Sophia Bass, M.A., Activist, Blogger, Singer/Songwriter

Sophia recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Oregon Health Equity Alliance, an organization that focuses on health equity in the state of Oregon. Her work focused on improving health access for communities of color, immigrant and refugees, LGBTQ communities, and women in rural areas of Oregon. Sophia is a graduate from Concordia University of Portland with a M.A. in International Development and Service. Her graduate research project was conducted under the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, Oregon with advisement from Chanrithy Him, author of novel- When Broken Glass Floats. Her research examined issues of gender inequality and identity among Cambodian Refugee women who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. She has also worked as the Assistant to the Executive Director at Unite Oregon, interned at Jewish Women International (JWI), and conducted an internship at the United Nations. Sophia has lived, studied, and volunteered in Germany, London, Ecuador, and Thailand, and has traveled to 37 countries. While she has a deep love of international travel and global development, she is committed to improving cultural competency and equity among marginalized communities in Oregon.

 Jordan Ching, Director, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker  Jordan Ching is a self taught director, entrepreneur, and co-founder of  Northbound Films . She first fell in love with the camera while studying abroad in China and hasn't put it down since. After graduating from college, she tried her hand at a corporate job and quickly realized that sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day was cruel and unusual punishment. She left that world and didn't looked back. Lorenzo, a college friend and now business partner, introduced her to the creative world and things never felt more right. Jordan, Lorenzo, and Jerome (the third co-founder) worked on a $150 music video together and Northbound Films was born six years ago. From Richard Branson's Necker Island to San Quentin prison, Northbound has taken them to places they've never even dreamed of. All of these unique experiences have helped shaped Jordan's style and perspective. She wasn't formally trained in cinema, so everything she's learned about directing and film production has been through experimentation and the internet. Jordan is excited for what's to come because she believes that this is only the beginning!

Jordan Ching, Director, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker

Jordan Ching is a self taught director, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Northbound Films. She first fell in love with the camera while studying abroad in China and hasn't put it down since. After graduating from college, she tried her hand at a corporate job and quickly realized that sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day was cruel and unusual punishment. She left that world and didn't looked back. Lorenzo, a college friend and now business partner, introduced her to the creative world and things never felt more right. Jordan, Lorenzo, and Jerome (the third co-founder) worked on a $150 music video together and Northbound Films was born six years ago. From Richard Branson's Necker Island to San Quentin prison, Northbound has taken them to places they've never even dreamed of. All of these unique experiences have helped shaped Jordan's style and perspective. She wasn't formally trained in cinema, so everything she's learned about directing and film production has been through experimentation and the internet. Jordan is excited for what's to come because she believes that this is only the beginning!

 Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, Spiritual Theologian, Episcopal Priest, and Activist  Matthew Fox ( www.MatthewFox.org ) is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. As a spiritual theologian he has written 35 books that have been translated into over 60 languages. Among them are     The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine  ,  Original Blessing ,  A Spirituality Named Compassion ,  The Reinvention of Work ,  Christian Mystics and The Pope's War . He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning. In joining the Episcopal church over 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 100 times and in dozens of cities in North America. Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. His latest books are Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action; Stations of the Cosmic Christ; and A Way to God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey. He teaches regularly at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Co and resides in Vallejo, CA.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, Spiritual Theologian, Episcopal Priest, and Activist

Matthew Fox (www.MatthewFox.org) is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. As a spiritual theologian he has written 35 books that have been translated into over 60 languages. Among them are The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, Original Blessing, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, Christian Mystics and The Pope's War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning. In joining the Episcopal church over 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 100 times and in dozens of cities in North America. Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. His latest books are Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action; Stations of the Cosmic Christ; and A Way to God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey. He teaches regularly at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder, Co and resides in Vallejo, CA.

 

Cameron Powell, Writer, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Tech Activist

Cameron Powell is a writer and author of several upcoming books, including the travelogue and memoir Ordinary Magic: Promises I Kept to My Mother Through Life, Illness, and a Very Long Walk, in which he recounted his extraordinary journeys with his late mother (www.OrdinaryMagicBook.com). He's now working a book on storytelling for anyone seeking to get hired or hire others, "High Performance Story: A Harvard Trial Lawyer Shows You How to Make Your Best Case" (www.HighPerformanceStory.com). Cameron is also six-time tech startup entrepreneur and a semi-pro karaokist with a yen for soul. Cameron was raised by a single mother, became galvanized, while at the University of Colorado at Boulder, to lecture against date rape, and completed training with Harvard Law School's Battered Women's Project. Cameron invites like-minded collaborators for his Cassandra Project (#MeToo on the blockchain), a technology-based means of making the movement long-lived, scalable, and accessible, as well as a technology to better align progressives' massive leverage in investment and spending with their values.

Imetai Henderson, L. Ac

Imetai Henderson has practiced Oriental Medicine and martial arts for over 30 years. The author of 'Falling Together' a book exploring the meeting of spirit and natural medicines with the body's intelligence, Imetai co-owns an acupuncture clinic serving lower income patients in the Boulder area.

Due to a primarily female clientele, he has garnered a large body of experience in the field of women's health.

Samah was born and raised in Saudi Arabia where a woman must have legal permission from a male relative to attend school, get a job, get married, or travel abroad. At age 22 Samah received a scholarship to study at Notre Dame de Namur University in the San Francisco Bay area for an English master's program. It took her a year and a half to convince her father to allow her study in the United States and enroll. One month after her studies began, Samah was ordered by her father to come home because he had arranged for her to be married. Soon after, she was accepted into NDNU Master's program for creative writing and her father canceled the scholarship, leaving her with no money and telling her that if she did not marry a man of his choosing, he will kill her (as is the custom in Saudi Arabia). NDNU allowed Samah to continue her semester, though she now had no way to pay for it. She applied for asylum and received help from the local bay area community to survive. The Oscar Romero Foundation raised money for her lawyer; professors at the university connected her with members of the Catholic-Worker House who gave her food and housing; supporters and local business owners donated to pay 90% of her school debt so she could continue at NDNU; the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, the St. Francis Center, along with other community members, gifted her a car; Powerhouse Gym offered her free boxing classes to manage stress; L.A. producers and filmmakers offered to do a feature documentary and feature film about her story. Now a graduate with a master's degree in creative writing, Samah's work is focused on empowerment and improving conditions for women in Saudi Arabia. She is currently writing a memoir of her experiences as a Saudi woman, booking public speaking engagements at schools and businesses, creating an animated short movie, and launching a new website, WeAreSaudis.org which will gather the silent screams and real life stories Saudi women.

 

Sarah Dobson, Sexual Assault Activist and Prevention Specialist

Sarah Dobson is the Violence Prevention Specialist at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). Sarah grew up in Baltimore, MD and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland. After graduating, she moved to Nicaragua and co-founded a peace education program for rural youth, and then worked as a Community Educator for sexual and reproductive rights. She earned her master's in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace where her research focus was engaging men to prevent street harassment. She has been a peace educator working with youth and adults in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. Sarah relocated back to the US in May to work for MESA in gender violence prevention and runs the Men Standing Up Program.

orothy Walters, Ph. D., spent many years as a university professor of English and Women's Studies. During that time she helped to set up one of the first women's studies movements in the country and was active in the early feminist movement. In l981 she experienced a dramatic spiritual transformation through spontaneous Kundalini awakening, an event that put her in close contact with the feminine divine. Since then, she has focused on writing prose and poetry about the spiritual journey, much of it inspired by Rumi. She has published several books relating to mystical experience

Carre Otis,

Women's Rights Activist, Author, Model, and Mom

Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. She first achieved fame when she appeared on the cover of Elle (France) in April 1986. She became an extraordinarily successful supermodel, headlining campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue (USA, France, Great Britain, Italy); Harper's Bazaar; Glamour; and Cosmopolitan. Carré grew increasingly concerned about unfair labor practices and poor working conditions in the modeling industry and has become an advocate for young women in and out of the industry. She's on the Advisory Board of the Model Alliance, a non-profit industry group working to establish fair labor standards for models in the U.S., as well as a long time Ambassador for National Eating Disorders Association. Carré's memoir, Beauty Disrupted, was released in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers. She has contributed to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Patheos, The Conversation and Vogue Australia. Her strong commitment to helping others reclaim physical and emotional health and develop positive body image is what makes her a powerful and inspiring voice for change in the world today. In December of 2013 she gave her first Ted Talk in San Francisco where she addressed several themes related to her activism.

 

Janet Lynne Roots grew up on the wrong side of the River Thames in London, but winning a place at a girl's grammar school in Chelsea at the age of 11 brought her into contact with the finer things in life. She continued her cultural pursuits by obtaining a degree in classical music-developing an international music copying business kept her in touch with her working class roots-and by editing academic journals in a beautiful house in Bloomsbury, London. Since coming to Denver in 1987, Miss Roots has published a volume of memoir, and helped hundreds of fledgling authors cultivate their dreams of publication. She is working on a murder mystery novel, which won third place in the 2011 Pikes Peak Writer's Contest. Set in London in 1951, its heroine is a bus conductress turned sleuth - who is also from the wrong side of the river

Antonio Papuzza (actor) has a PhD in Anthropological Sciences (University of Florence), has done research in economic and business anthropology in Europe, Africa, and USA on economic human behavior. He has run his own business in food and wine distribution in Italy; has covered positions in sales, marketing, and advertising with a few Italian and European companies. After contributing to the foundation of the non profit organization Peoples of The Earth, Antonio has consulted with international organizations, closed international deals as cultural business mediator (Italian government, Rosebud Sioux Lakota tribe in SD, USA), conducted cross cultural training programs in life, work, and business with Italian and American organizations that operate internationally. He has taught Business Anthropology in Europe and in USA. He currently works as a business instructor at CU Leeds where he teaches International Business & Management within the International Program. He works privately as a business consultant on the connection between business and culture with local entrepreneurs and with national and international companies in the field of cross cultural management (Ericsson, Harley Davidson, CEO International, Pearson, etc.).

 

Bonny grew up in Coton, a small village within short biking distance to the center of Cambridge, in England. With its church, public house, town hall, village green, stables and orchards, Coton was a microcosm of British life, and in some ways has changed little since the time of Jane Austin. Immersed in village life, with cosmopolitan Cambridge but a stones throw away, Bonny's teenage discovery of Jane Austin's novels struck a personal note, and added to the affection that Bonny developed for the ideals, culture and characters therein. Although she has traveled and lived in several countries, Bonny's heart remains in the fields and hedgerows, moors and fen lands, tea houses and manor houses and the glorious gardens of her British home.

Habiba Ashki Kabir has been on the Sufi path for over 35 years. Her spiritual work has taken her deeply into the heart of mystical Sufism. She has been a guest speaker and led practices at Naropa University, CU Boulder, DU, CSU and Colorado University at Colorado Springs. She has visited tombs of great Sufis, including Mohammed, upon him be peace, Rumi and Shems. She currently is the guide for the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi community in Boulder. She is the author of a soon to be published book called Embracing a New Planetary Consciousness. She lives in Boulder with her husband, Kabir, who is a teacher of Indian music, both privately and at

Naropa University.

Anna Clare Monlezun and Giovanni Taormina

His nearly 4 decades of fascination and the research of Leonardo da Vinci from the point of view of a working artist/artisan. A view into the tireless mind and the complex psyche of Leonardo. Hikaru will also be singing several classical Italian pieces backed by violin and harp.