Born and raised in LA, Alysia Alex is a contemporary art and design advocate with a background in art business, production management, and arts programming. She earned her BFA in Art History from SAIC, her MA in Art Business from Claremont Graduate University and currently serves as the Artist Relations Manager at a lifestyle brand called Ban.do.
She happily wears many hats but advocating for the success of artists and art leaders paired with working to make art and design a more accessible part of people’s lives continues to be essential to the work she does. She thrives in ever-changing environments that require her to think quickly and multi-task effectively. She’s a quick learner, a go-getter, and a natural leader who takes responsibility seriously but always finds time to laugh. She believes that no task is too small, collaboration and communication are everything, and that there is still something new to learn.
Carolina Gamero uses poetry, strategic communications, and creative programming, to bridge arts and activism. As a Senior Communications Specialist for the California Immigrant Policy Center, Carolina has advocated for inclusive pro-immigrant measures like expanding health care for undocumented Californians. Her passion for elevating pressing issues through a human lens has led her to uplift stories through graphics, social media campaigns, and earned media. She helped produce a three-part documentary series, “The Right To Thrive: Immigrant Voices in Healthcare,” which shared experiences with undocumented and refugee Californians in their journey to access health care. In addition to immigrant advocacy, Carolina was member of the 2017-2018 cohort of ACTIVATE, an arts advocacy fellowship based in Los Angeles, coordinated by Arts for LA. As a fellow, she collaborated with Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights to strengthen and expand the reach of their bilingual programming, via their “Children’s Storytelling Hour.” Carolina is also a poet and member of the Melrose Poetry Bureau and has led public engagement programming with the group, including holding a “type-in” with vintage typewriters at the steps of City Hall for National Poetry Month. Carolina has her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of California San Diego.
Sedona Heidinger entered the Los Angeles art scene in June of 2017, where she interned concurrently with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. After graduating with her MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, she was hired as the Administrative Assistant for the Registration and Collections division at LACMA. (Will she ever fully understand the intricacies of TMS modules? Is such knowledge even attainable by one mortal being?) An Arizona native, Sedona studied Art History and French at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she wrote her bachelor’s thesis on Victor Hugo and his relationship with architecture. During her graduate studies in DC, she served as a curatorial intern at the Arlington Arts Center and a research intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum before returning to the West Coast. She is thrilled by the opportunity to join an innovative and diverse group of arts professionals and is committed to learning from and supporting everyone she meets. Her involvement in the arts has always extended beyond the visual; a lifelong choral singer, she has also loved working in theatres and writing and editing for local publications. Sedona lives in Hancock Park with Daniel and Sherlock: one is a punk musician, and the other is a rescued Mini Schnauzer mix, but she will let you decide which is which.
Through her work as an administrator in the arts sector, Rachel endeavors to be a force in producing programs that bring about systemic change to the implementation of arts education programming. Her passions lie in advancing the ubiquity of arts education, expanding access to arts participation for every child, and engaging art learners of all ages. Her personal experience and logistic skills have moved her to give back to society and enlighten others on the importance of arts education. Led to the eld of arts administration as the answer to the question of how best to utilize her dynamic skill set, she is committed to working in nonprofit arts organizations. She has her B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in Studio Art.
Chelsea Larkin is a Programming Associate at the Getty Research Institute, where she develops public and private programs. Chelsea received a master's degree in Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University's Peter F. Drucker School of Business, where she gained a strong foundation in the practices of running and expanding an arts organization with an emphasis on the social responsibility of art and culture. As a native Southern Californian, Chelsea has worked with many Los Angeles arts institutions, including ForYourArt, the Da Camera Society, and Photo LA, to create opportunities for engagement. She is currently a member of the Foresight Committee for the California Association of Museums.
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Erick has a diverse background in the arts with experience as an actor, vocalist, stage manager, and administrator. Before joining The Broad Stage as their House Manager, he has held a variety of roles in non-pro t cultural organizations including Administrative Manager for Dance at Harvard University, Manager of Programs at The Boston Children’s Chorus, Program Coordinator at the National YoungArts Foundation, and Education and Outreach Coordinator Mission San Luis: A Living History Museum. Erick has an undergraduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. He lives in Mid-Wilshire with his husband, Bryan, and dog Henry.
Dervla Nilgün McDonnell is a first-generation American from Baltimore, Maryland.
McDonnell attended Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art in 2015. McDonnell studied Japanese and Mandarin Chinese throughout her undergraduate career and was twice awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to study abroad in Japan. McDonnell synthesized her passion for visual arts and language studies in her undergraduate thesis exhibition.
McDonnell continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Public Policy & Management, earning a Master of Arts Management in 2017. McDonnell’s final capstone project, “Millennial Engagement at the Phillips Collection,” focused on creating data-informed best practices to engage and steward millennials, fostering a new generation of supporters to replace an aging constituent base.
During graduate school, McDonnell worked at Future Tenant, a multi-disciplinary arts space in downtown Pittsburgh, rest as the Community Development Manager, overseeing educational programs and community partnerships, and then as the organization’s Executive Director.
McDonnell relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2017 to pursue career opportunities, as well as to full a lifelong dream of moving to California. She now works as Development Associate at the P.F. Bresee Foundation in Central Los Angeles, managing all institutional giving to the organization.
Nancy Moricette identifies as a Haitian American activist (actor/activist). She works extensively with nonprofit and for-profit organizations to create socially conscious inclusive programs. She is the founder of Áse Power Consult, a consulting rm which specializes in helping organizations build authentic, sustainable relationships across cultural and gender divides.
She is Co-Chair of the Los Angeles chapter of Indivisible Hollywood, a grassroots organization committed to providing artists with a space to campaign for progressive political leadership. She is certified in Anti-Racist facilitation by the People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance for K-12 Educators and in Educational Teacher Coaching from the National School Reform Faculty.
She starred in critically acclaimed productions at The Public Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists Theatre, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C., and most recently the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Her awards include The Philadelphia Theatre Critic’s Choice award and Helen Hayes Nomination for her portrayal of Jekesai in Danai Gurira’s production of The Convert. In the last ten years, she held arts residencies and designed community programs for El Museo del Barrio, The Hudson Guild, The Life is Precious program, The Ali Forney Center, Union Settlement Association and Center Theater Group.
Andrew Pearson is hailed as "one of LA's best dance artists" by Jeff Slayton of the LA Dance Chronicle. He is an international performer and creator with performance experience at notable venues including The Walt Disney Concert Hall and the FIAC Art Fair in Paris. Numerous schools throughout the country have commissioned his choreography, the LA Contemporary Dance Company, Elysium Conservatory Theater, George RR Martin’s Stagecoach Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and presented at many festivals including the Gdanski Dance Festival in Poland.
Andrew received his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine where he studied under and performed the works of Loretta Livingston and Donald McKayle. This training connects Andrew to the lineage of Los Angeles dance pioneers Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzky. After college, Andrew continued his relationship with LA dance performing with many companies including BodyTrac, Clairobscure, String Theory Productions, and six years with the LA Contemporary Dance Company with whom he also choreographed, taught, and worked as the Program Coordinator for their 2017 Summer Intensive.
As an educator, Andrew has taught guest classes nationally and internationally, and has served on the faculty of Orange County School of the Arts, The Nuevo School of Contemporary Dance, California State University Channel Islands, and currently teaches for the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (AMDA) and the Art of Acting Studio.
Renée Reizman is a research-based multidisciplinary artist at the crossroads of curation and social practice. She examines cultural aesthetics and their relationship between urbanization, law, and technology. Inspired by anthropological methods, Renée embeds herself in communities and searches for the object-oriented structures that shape culture and society.
In 2014, Renée co-founded ITSWOLF, a curatorial collective that created ad hoc communities through social practice. She has organized many exhibitions, performances, interactive installations, and workshops for Machine Project, The Women’s Center for Creative Work, 826LA, and the Room Gallery at the University of California, Irvine. She has exhibited work at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Art Slope Art Festival in New York, the FAR Bazaar in Cerritos, California, and Perform Chinatown in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Outline, The Awl, and Real Life Magazine. In 2017, she was an artist in residence at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska. Renée is an MFA candidate in Critical & Curatorial Studies at the University of California, Irvine and the coordinator for Graduate Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design.
An avid believer in the transformative power of the arts, Clarissa Rice, received a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Chapman University. As an undergraduate, Clarissa interned in the Education Department at Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and as a Gallery Guide at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) before serving as the Advancement & Events Intern at P.S. ARTS. Upon graduation, Clarissa joined the P.S. ARTS team full-time, eventually growing into her current role as Events Coordinator. Clarissa’s commitment to development is guided by a belief in the critical role of the arts in healthy, thriving communities– a reality she witnessed firsthand while volunteering on an archaeological dig in Linares, Spain.
Clarissa continues to be guided by this belief in her work as Events Coordinator, producing mission-based and values-driven fundraising events. By establishing long-term relationships with corporate partners and stewarding a dedicated volunteer committee, Clarissa has cultivated a community of supporters for P.S. ARTS.
Clarissa is also a member of the EAL/LA Protégé 2018 cohort. She considers herself lucky to call LA home and spends her free time taking in all the art the city has to offer, be it in a museum or gallery, movie theater, or at a concert.
I have worked at the crossroads of cultural production and social justice all of my life, and unlike bluesman Robert Johnson, I never had to sell my soul to the devil. In my 20+ battle tested years in the Nonprofit Arts Industrial Complex I have cultivated strong industry relationships, complex understanding of funding institutions and a commitment to the creative process (and a morbid sense of humor.) An extensive background in administration and production has enhanced my ability to work across creative disciplines in non-profit and commercial settings with surreal-like agility.
Under my Managing Directorship at Junebug Productions Theater Co., we presented artists, their community engagement activities and produced our Free Southern Theater Institute's programs. As the Director of Producer Services and Tech at Black Public Media, I served as the staff producer for our funded filmmakers to bring their projects to fruition and broadcast on PBS. There I worked with PBS’ National Minority Consortia, collaborating with producers of Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander films overseeing the PBS’ series Matters of Race and Colorvision. Later, as StoryCorps’ Senior Coordinator, I produced our mobile recording studio tour that traveled around the country collecting stories of everyday people for NPR’s Morning Edition oral history program. Experiences such as these have enabled me to work in a capacity where critical and quality storytelling is valued and not necessarily determined by commercial success. As a cultural organizer, I’ve been able to produce complex, creative narratives in the public sphere.
Joal is a civic curator and creative strategist facilitating the collaborative transformation of communities, systems, and institutions. He has worked alongside civic partners on projects imagining and building equitable new ways of working together and addressing shared complex problems. His methods for advancing a culture of interdependence and reciprocity include embedded research, service design, coalition-building, participatory art, and the practice of listening.
He has worked with non-profits, governments, and institutions in Oregon, New York, Miami, Utah, Washington, Louisiana and California, and internationally in Colombia, Venice, Ethiopia, and India. He has received an Autodesk Foundation Design Futures Fellowship, Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, and has been a Cultural Agent for the U.S Department of Arts and Culture. Currently, he curates shows for Summit Series and helps produce the largest creative collaboration in the United States with For Freedoms - the first artist-run SuperPac.
Felecia Lenee, better know as Fe Love to her fans is the host and creator of the Artist Eclectic pLAygROUND, a “pop-up” event space that supports new as well as established artists and innovative entrepreneurs primarily in the Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles area. She is on the Leadership Team for CompassionateCalifornia.org and co-founder of the Compassionate ARTS IN ACTION. She works as the Youth Program Director and Creative Strategist for the national project, Posts for Peace and Justice. Felecia has a B.F.A. from CalArts where she trained as an actress. Her goals are to support youth, with a focus on health, public safety, and social justice. Felecia’s recent public appearances highlighting youth include: March for Our Lives, Los Angeles, CA; Youth Action Summit, Memphis, TN, the U.S. Human Rights Network National Conference, Atlanta, GA. and the 26th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, at the White House. Felecia Lenee is a healer and a certified massage therapist with a concentration on energy balancing. She has been in 16 films, has over 25 years of performing live on stage as a host and entertainer, and in several podcasts promoting racial, gender equality and justice.
In the spirit of community and compassion!
William Zaluski is Gallery Educator II at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where he has taught, designed and supervised education programs since 2006. He periodically facilitates Evenings for Educators programs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is a member of the art collective, Gallery Teaching Lab. With an eye that traverses art collections, his interests focus on best practices in object-based education. He has presented courses and lectures, including on topics like “The Union of Art & Science,” “Students Ask and We Learn: The Questions Project” and “Teaching, Gainsborough and British Painting in Greater Los Angeles.” William volunteers as a studio assistant for elementary school classes at Inner-City Arts and facilitates drawing programs for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. He was a fellow with Activate in 2017-18.