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Abe Rybeck
Abe Rybeck

Founding Director The Theater Offensive Boston, MA he/him/his Abe’s main work is uniting artists, neighbors, community groups and local businesses to collaborate on OUT performance work in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the South End. Programs Abe founded include True Colors: OUT Youth Theater; A Street Theater Named Desire (an AIDS-activist guerrilla theater troupe performing in gay cruising areas); Come As You Are, a national performance series.

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Ali Hoefnagel
Ali Hoefnagel

Artistic Program Director Dreams of Hope Pittsburgh, PA They/Them/Theirs Ali Hoefnagel is a performer, arts administrator and teaching artist living in Chicago.

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Amanda Kibler
Amanda Kibler

Education Director Project Pride Kansas City, MO She/Her/Hers Amanda Kibler earned her M.F.A. in theatre for young audiences from the University of Central Florida. Before joining The Coterie, she worked as an actor, director, and teaching artist at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, FL, and Visible Fictions in Glasgow, Scotland. She was previously the Associate Education Director at The Rose Theater in Omaha where she co-directed Pride Players.

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Anthony Rodriguez
Anthony Rodriguez

Arts Coordinator The Door New York, NY

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Benita Ramsey
Benita Ramsey

Executive Director Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance San Bernardino, CA mixed pronouns

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Brian Guehring
Brian Guehring

Education Director Omaha Theater Company at the Rose Theater, Pride Players Omaha, NE He/Him/His Brian Guehring is the award winning Playwright in Residence and Education Director of the Omaha Theater Company, whose education department does drama and dance education outreach for every single child in over 71 local schools each school year (reaching over 27,000 students).

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Brian Wild
Brian Wild

Executive Director Proud Theater Wisconsin He, Him, His Brian Wild has been working in theater since the age of 8 and has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions since 1977. Wild is the founder and Executive Director of Art and Soul Innovations, Inc., and co-artistic director of the Madison and Sun Prairie Proud Theater chapters. He served on the planning committee for Any Given Child, a national arts incubator program.

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Briyana Clarel
Briyana Clarel

MFA Candidate, Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities Austin, TX they/them Briyana D. Clarel is a young, gifted, and black queer writer, performer, and educator dedicated to making the arts, education, and healing accessible to all. Briyana is the founder and director of The Starfruit Project, an initiative bringing creativity for radical healing and brilliant growth to communities of color.

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Claire Rutkauskas
Claire Rutkauskas

Associate Director of Education Playhouse on the Square, Q&A Memphis, TN She/Her/Hers

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CoryBarrett
CoryBarrett

Executive Director CIC Denver, CO He/Him/His Cory is the founder / Executive Director / Principle Consultant for Cooperative Innovation Consultants, LLC, a justice human services agency based in Denver, Colorado and the parent organization for ENCORE Youth Theater. As a Mental Health Clinician and Organizational Development Consultant for over two decades, As a classically trained Tenor, Cory has had the pleasure of performing as a solo artist and ensemble member across the US & Europe.

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David Zak
David Zak

Executive Director Pride Films and Plays Chicago, IL He/Him/His

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Deejay Gray
Deejay Gray

Founding Artistic Director TheatreLAB Richmond, VA He/Him/His Deejay Gray is an actor, director, and teaching artist born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. In 2012, Deejay founded the award-winning ensemble theatre company TheatreLAB, Richmond’s home for unexpected and evocative performance, with a mission to provide opportunities to young and emerging artists.

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Donny Acosta
Donny Acosta

Interim Education Manager About Face Youth Theater Chicago, IL He/Him/His

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Evalyn Perry
Evalyn Perry

Artistic Director Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Toronto, Ontario she, her, hers

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Evelyn Francis
Evelyn Francis

Interim Executive Director The Theater Offensive Boston, MA she/her/hers Evelyn is a theatre artist, award-winning educator and established arts administrator with experience working directly with over 10 Boston area arts organizations. Evelyn’s M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College culminated in a thesis, which examined the effects of devised work in the lives of LGBT youth.

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