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Doug Borwick
CEO, ArtsEngaged

Doug Borwick is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. and Engage Now! A Guide to Making the Arts Indispensable (available mid-2015). A leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, Dr. Borwick has served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Beijing and Singapore. Notably, he has been featured speaker for statewide arts gatherings in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin as well as for the Canadian Arts Summit in Banff, Alberta.

Dr. Borwick is past President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field. For three decades he served as Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Borwick is CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofits and of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to more effectively engage with their communities. Dr. Borwick holds the Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP.

 

Lynn Carruthers
Graphic Recorder

Lynn Carruthers is a graphic recorder and a professional audience member. She loves nothing better than to enter a theatre (size makes no difference), take her seat (ideally center mezzanine/first balcony), and quietly wait for the show to begin, soaking in the audience around her, the interior of the theatre, enjoying the anticipation of what is soon to come.  Lynn has been recording for fifteen years. Working with markers and paper, she uses hand written text, icons, and images to craft a visual record. More than just a simple record of the content of a convening/panel discussion, brainstorming, presentation, team meeting, graphic recording captures the spirit of the energy in the room. Lynn’s gift is her ability to listen deeply, to capture the very essence of ideas and insights, and to make the connections between them. Doesn’t matter what the topic or the size or make up of the group, Lynn’s work allows a group to see a conversation take place and brings a meeting to life as only visual communication can. Lynn’s work is archived in the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a guest lecturer and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts DMBA program as well as Stanford University's MBA program. She is the President of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (www.ifvp.org), the global organization of people like her. Over the years Lynn has been a subscriber of Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Theatreworks (Mountain View, CA), and looks for local live theatre in any city she’s lucky enough to have work in.

 

Teresa Eyring
Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group

Teresa Eyring joined TCG in March 2007. Prior to arriving at TCG, Ms. Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis from 1999-2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994-1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989-1993. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., in 1983. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in theatre administration from Yale School of Drama. Ms. Eyring is currently active as an executive committee member of the Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the follow-up process for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, a member of the National Advisory Council for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh and a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.

Martha Lavey
Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Martha Lavey has been an ensemble member since 1993 and artistic director since 1995. Under her leadership, Steppenwolf has doubled the size of its ensemble and diversified its base of artists, become a national leader in producing new plays and commissioning playwrights, added two new performance spaces, expanded and deepened its partnerships in public schools and the community, created
Steppenwolf for Young Adults and instituted a platform for engaging audiences after every performance. She has overseen the production of hundreds of plays and transferred dozens of Steppenwolf productions to Broadway and abroad, gaining national and international recognition for the company and Chicago as a vital theater destination. During her tenure, Steppenwolf was awarded
the National Medal of the Arts, the only theater to ever receive the honor, as well as the Illinois Arts Legend Award, Equity Special Award and nine of the company’s 12 Tony Awards. Lavey catapulted Steppenwolf to the forefront of new play development and production with a robust commissioning program that cultivates ongoing creative relationships with some of the most compelling playwrights today. Lavey oversaw the conception of and programming for the Garage Theater, an intimate space in 1998 that provide an additional platform for outside companies, new works and audience engagement. Several programs were established during her tenure, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, an innovative and influential program for young adults; The School at Steppenwolf, an acclaimed training residency based in ensemble traditions; The Professional Leadership program for emerging arts managers and designers; The First Look Rep of New Work for plays in development; and the Garage Rep, presenting Chicago’s vibrant Off-Loop theater companies, among others. Lavey was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People by Chicago Magazine twice, was selected as one of the city's 10 Most Powerful Women in the Arts by the Chicago Sun-Times and was awarded the title of ‘2010 Chicagoan of the Year’ by the Chicago Tribune. While leading one of the most acclaimed theater companies in the world, she has performed in more than 30 productions at Steppenwolf. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Theatre Communications Group, Three Arts Club, USA Artists and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award, an Alumni Merit Award and an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University.

Kevin E. Moore
Managing Director, Theatre Communications Group

Kevin E. Moore is an arts professional with over 20 years experience. Mr. Moore joined TCG is 2010. He served as managing director for Arizona Theatre Company, a LORT B theatre based in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona prior to joining TCG. He was with Arizona Theatre Company for ten years, starting as marketing director and finishing his time there as managing director. In addition, Mr. Moore has served in many capacities with organizations including the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Historic New Harmony in Indiana, Cincinnati Arts Association and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has served on grant panels for Theatre Communications Group, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Phoenix and was Founding Board Chair of Alliance for Audience, a service organization for the arts in Phoenix. He has also been a guest lecturer at Arizona State University. Mr. Moore graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Lisa Mount
Director, Artistic Logistics

Lisa Mount refuses to specialize. As the Director of Artistic Logistics she works as a consultant with non profit arts organizations . Past and current clients include Childsplay, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the Rose Theatre. As an independent artist she produces, directs, and appears in contemporary performance work, including the acclaimed community story plays, Headwaters: Stories From A Goodly Portion Of Beautiful Northeast Georgia and Headwaters: Birth, Death and Places In-Between at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. She toured with the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra as rhythm banjo player from 1994 to 2006. Before embarking on her consulting career in 1997, Lisa served as the Managing Director of 7 Stages theater in Atlanta. She has served as the Board Chair for Alternate ROOTS, the Atlanta Theatre Coalition, and Georgia Shares, a workplace giving campaign. Lisa received the 1996 "Abby" Award from the Atlanta Arts and Business Council for Outstanding Arts Professional, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2008. In 2009, she was given the first Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies.

 

Carmen Morgan
Director, Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations

Carmen Morgan is a national consultant on diversity, inclusion, and equity issues. She has served as a facilitator, consultant, leadership and organizational development coach to staff, executives, and boards for over 100 non-profit organizations. For the past seven years, she has served as the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), where she addresses structural and organizational issues of inclusion and equity. With her guidance, OSF has implemented innovative programming, policies, and has created new organizational structures to support ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. In addition, Carmen currently serves as the Diversity Consultant for Theatre Communication Group (TCG) where she provides guidance for their diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming. Carmen is also the diversity consultant for Ashland Unified School District, Portland Center Stage, Theatre Puget Sound, and Cal Shakes theaters, where she has supported the successful launch of diversity and inclusion initiatives, conducted organizational assessments, and provides ongoing guidance, training, and capacity building in the development of new approaches, systems, and policies to support ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. She also provides customized resources and training around diversity and inclusion issues to theatres, non-profit organizations, and foundations nation-wide. Carmen is also currently the Director of Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations (LDIR), overseeing its national human relations and intergroup relations programming. She co-wrote and edited ExpandingLDIRship: A Resource Promoting Positive Intergroup Relations in Communities Through Awareness, Skills and Actions, which remains the center piece of LDIR’s community programming and training. Prior to her work with the LDIR program, Carmen was the Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international human rights organization, where she oversaw human rights work on the US Mexico border, gay liberation and sovereignty education work in Hawai’i, and tenant rights and economic justice work in California and Arizona. Carmen is a founding member of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), a former Human Services Commissioner, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Black Women for Wellness, a community-based organization serving women in South Los Angeles. Carmen remains a committed community activist who has worked within the non-profit sector, specifically around social justice issues, for over 20 years. As a founding member and current President of Liberty Hill Foundation’s Women of Color Giving Circle, Carmen combines her commitment to community, activism, and philanthropy.

 

Michael Rohd
Founding Artistic Director, Sojourn Theatre

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, a sixteen year old ensemble-based company and a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Exemplar Award. He devises and directs new work around the nation and is on faculty at Northwestern University where he helps lead the MFA Directing Program. He wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue (15th printing, Heinemann Press, 1998). He leads Center for Performance and Civic Practice, an ongoing body of activity comprised of research, programs and projects that aim to make visible the power of the arts to demonstrably increase civic capacity. His work with the Center, Sojourn, and in non-arts sector settings around the nation focuses on social practice and civic practice cross-disciplinary projects through collaboratively designed arts-based engagement and participation strategies. He is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. Recent/Current projects include leading a two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; BUILT 2.0, a Sojourn partnership with Planning Commissions around the country utilizing civic practice in public engagement settings to help communities deal with difficult conversations and resource allotment; and, collaborating with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn's model performance/engagement process/production How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes.

Seema Sueko
Associate Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse

Seema Sueko is the Associate Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse, a position she’s held since January 2014. In this capacity she directs on the Mainstage, runs the new play development program, and oversees Consensus Organizing, and other initiatives.
Prior to The Playhouse, Seema was the Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, an Equity company she co-founded in San Diego in 2004. In addition to directing and commissioning new works at Mo`olelo, Seema created Mo`olelo’s Green Theatre Choices Toolkit, funded by the inaugural TCG A-ha! Think it Do it grant, and the Consensus Organizing for Theatre methodology, which was featured in the American Theatre magazine’s January 2015 issue. She led Mo`olelo to its selection as the inaugural Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse and to awards from American Theatre Wing, NEA, TCG, Actors’ Equity Association, and NAACP San Diego Branch, among others. Other directing and acting credits include The Pasadena Playhouse, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory, 5th Avenue Theatre, Indiana Repertory, San Diego Repertory, and Native Voices, among others. She was the recipient of the inaugural Leadership U[niversity] grant from Theatre Communications Group and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which took her to Arena Stage as its Visiting Artistic Associate in 2013. As a playwright, she has been commissioned by Mixed Blood in Minneapolis and CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore.
Born in Pakistan and raised in Hawaii, Seema holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Shay Wafer
Executive Director, 651 ARTS

Shay Wafer, Executive Director 651 ARTS since 2011; has demonstrated a stalwart dedication to the arts and community development through many years of service to the field. Her passionate vision is balanced with pragmatic experience, as she has held senior level positions at a number of non-profit arts organizations with a focus on African Diasporic programming, and community engagement. She has served as the Vice President of Programs for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, as the managing director of Cornerstone Theater Company, LA Theatreworks and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. She was a founding partner of Marla Gibb’s Crossroads Arts Academy and Theatre, and the co-founder of Colored Girl Productions. She has served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, as a NEFA National Theatre Project Advisor and on grant panels for NEA, MAP Fund, Mellon Foundation and Kresge Foundation. She is a graduate of Howard University and Yale School of Drama, o.

Reverend Michael Walrond
Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church (Harlem, NYC)

Michael A. Walrond, Jr. is the seventh Senior Pastor of the historic First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. A native of Freeport, New York, Rev. Walrond pursued his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion. During his matriculation at Morehouse, Rev. Walrond accepted his call to ministry and began to work diligently through education and service to prepare for a life in ministry. He continued his studies at Duke University School of Divinity, as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and earned a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in Theology. Rev. Walrond served Duke University as the University Minister and Director of the African American Campus Ministry for eight years and as the Senior Pastor of Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina for seven years. While there the congregation grew from twenty five members to nearly five hundred. Presently, Rev. Walrond, who is also affectionately known by the congregation as Pastor Mike, serves as the leader, pastor and teacher to the “ever evolving community of visionaries & dreamers” at First Corinthian Baptist Church. Within two years of his leadership at FCBC, the church experienced a tremendous amount of growth, tripling its membership, and inevitably necessitating the addition of a second service. Over the past eight years, membership at FCBC has grown from three hundred and fifty disciples to over seven thousand, and has led to the creation of several new ministries and initiatives. Pastor Mike’s vision for discipleship wholeness and community wellness has launched vision teams including- HEALED HIV/AIDS Ministry, Social Justice, DTV Drama, Clothing, Celebrate Life Recovery Ministries, and Business and Culinary Arts Vision Teams. The dynamic preaching, teaching and discipleship of Pastor Mike led to the need for an additional service in 2010: Freestyle Fridays, a service that celebrates the art of improvisation and creativity. Pastor Mike’s foresight and passion for the Harlem community has shaped the vision for FCBC’s, newest innovation; the FCBC Dream Center. Rev. Walrond played a vital role in getting the ‘New York City Living Wage’ legislation passed through the city council. In the spring of 2012, Rev. Walrond was appointed as the first National Director of Minister’s Division of the National Action Network by Rev. Al Sharpton. Rev. His work has been recognized by many media publications including – The Harlem Torch, Positive Community Magazine, The Amsterdam News, and by Newsweek Magazine as “One of the Lord’s Foot Soldiers”. Rev. Walrond is married the Rev. Dr. LaKeesha N. Walrond, who serves as the Executive Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Michael III and Jasmyn Dominique.

 

Ethan Zuckerman
Director, MIT Center for Civic Media
Co-Founder, Global Voices

Ethan Zuckerman is an activist and scholar whose work focuses on the global blogosphere, free expression and social translation in the developing world. He is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. In this role, Ethan contributes both to the understanding of the role and power of civic media in the broader media ecosystem, and builds tools that help communities around the world share their perspectives and stories. Prior to joining MIT, Ethan was a longtime fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society where he focused his research on the impact of technology on the developing world. His projects included a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and the use of web 2.0 technologies by activists. In 2004, he co-founded Global Voices, an award-winning international citizen media network. Global Voices maintains an online newsroom, which reports from over 100 nations via weblogs and a translation network that publishes content in 12 languages. Global Voices offers trainings in citizen medium podcasting and videocasting throughout the developing world, and runs an advocacy project that supports free speech online. Ethan has also been involved with founding several internet start-ups including: Tripod, an early pioneer in the web community space; and Geekcorps, a non profit group that provided technology assistance to governments and companies in the developing world. Ethan graduated from Williams College with a BA in Philosophy in 1993. In 1993-4, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Legon, Ghana and the National Theatre of Ghana, studying ethnomusicology and percussion. Ethan was given the 2002 Technology in Service of Humanity Award by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and named to the TR100, TR's list of innovators under the age of 35. In 2004, Ethan was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He lives the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts with his wife Rachel. He serves on the boards of regional and international organizations that focus on technology and education, including on the sub-boards of the Open Society Institute's Information Program and US Program.

 

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