<strong>LAUREN ADLER </strong>
LAUREN ADLER

Lauren Adler is an innovative teaching artist, youth director, and performer. Read more

<strong>FADIA AFASHE </strong>
FADIA AFASHE

Artist Fadia Afashe proudly describes herself not only as a visual artist, but as a writer, and activist as well. Read more

<strong>MEREDITH AKINS </strong>
MEREDITH AKINS

Meredith Akins has been a professional dancer, singer, and actor for the last twenty years. She has performed in the Broadway productions of Mamma Mia and Footloose. Read more

<strong>MASIH ALINEJAD </strong>
MASIH ALINEJAD

Masih Alinejad is a women’s rights campaigner, an investigative journalist, a TV reporter/presenter and documentary filmmaker. Read more

<strong>MICHELLE ANGELOSANTO </strong>
MICHELLE ANGELOSANTO

Michelle Angelosanto is a multi-disciplinary creative who loves designing, illustrating and getting crafty. Read more

BRIDGETTE AUGER

Bridgette is an independent media artist and filmmaker strongly committed to using art for social change. She works primarily in the Middle East and is on the creative team of Terrestrial Journeys, a theater program working with refugee women to process trauma. Read more

<strong>BAM NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL 2016</strong>
BAM NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL 2016

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 2016 Next Wave Festival dives into new genre amalgamations and forms that have been in flux throughout the Festival’s 33-year history. Read more

<strong>KIM BARKER</strong>
KIM BARKER

Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Read more

<strong>REG E CATHEY</strong>
REG E CATHEY

Reg E. Cathey’s numerous stage appearances include The Shawshank Redemption (London’s West End, Dublin), The Green Bird (Broadway), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizon), White Chocolate (Culture Project), Read more

<strong>SARAH CLEMENTS </strong>
SARAH CLEMENTS

Sarah Clements is student at Georgetown University with a double major in Government and Justice and Peace Studies. Read more

<strong>CÉLINE COUSTEAU</strong>
CÉLINE COUSTEAU

As director of CauseCentric Productions, Céline Cousteau produces humanitarian and environmental multi-media stories. She is also founder and president of the Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a non-profit organization. Read more

<strong>SIMON CRITCHLEY</strong>
SIMON CRITCHLEY

Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. Read more

<strong>EISA DAVIS</strong>
EISA DAVIS

Eisa Davis is an award-winning performer, composer, and writer. She sings her own original music on the albums Something Else and Tinctures, and in the music theater piece Flowers Are Sleeping, commissioned by Symphony Space. Read more

<strong>GLENN DAVIS</strong>
GLENN DAVIS

Glenn Davis performed in the Broadway production Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Richard Rogers Theatre), and Off-Broadway production Wig Out! (Vineyard Theatre). Read more

<strong>BRYAN DOERRIES</strong>
BRYAN DOERRIES

Bryan Doerries is a writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from suffering and loss. Read more

<strong>JAHA DUKUREH</strong>
JAHA DUKUREH

Jaha Dukureh is the Founder and Executive Director of Safe Hands for Girls, a nonprofit organization working to protect young women and girls who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Read more

<strong>YASMINE EL RASHIDI</strong>
YASMINE EL RASHIDI

Yasmine El Rashidi is an Egyptian writer. She is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and an editor of the Middle East arts quarterly Bidoun. Read more

<strong>EPIC THEATRE ENSEMBLE</strong>
EPIC THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Epic Theatre Ensemble is an artist-led company that creates theatrical events to inspire vital dialogue about social, ethical, and political issues. Read more

<strong>MONA ELTAHAWY</strong>
MONA ELTAHAWY

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. Read more

<strong>MAGDA GIANNIKOU</strong>
MAGDA GIANNIKOU

Magda Giannikou is an accordionist, a pianist, singer, composer, orchestrator, songwriter, and music producer. Born and raised in Athens, she began her musical training in classical music and jazz. Read more

<strong>PHOEBE GIANNISI</strong>
PHOEBE GIANNISI

Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry reflects a visual and classical background gained through studies in Architecture (1988, Athens) and later a Ph.D. in Classics (1994, Lyon). Read more

<strong>KELI GOFF</strong>
KELI GOFF

A multi-platform journalist and screenwriter, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in Time, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and the web editions of Elle, The New York Times, and New York magazine. Read more

<strong>ALICIA HALL MORAN </strong>
ALICIA HALL MORAN

Alicia Hall Moran is a classically trained singer and performing artist. Read more

<strong>ISABELLE HUPPERT</strong>
ISABELLE HUPPERT

French actress Isabelle Huppert appears as Aphrodite, Phaedra, and Elizabeth Costello in Phaedra(s) presented as part of the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival. Read more

<strong>ANYA KAMENETZ</strong>
ANYA KAMENETZ

Anya Kamenetz joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning. Read more

<strong>ALEXANDRA KEHAYOGLOU </strong>
ALEXANDRA KEHAYOGLOU

Alexandra Kehayoglou crafts wool rugs as unique works of art with a hand-tufting process that takes several months to complete. Read more

<strong>LENA KITSOPOULOU </strong>
LENA KITSOPOULOU

Lena Kitsopoulou was born and lives in Athens. She graduated from the Karolos Koun Drama School in 1994. Read more

<strong>EFI LATIFI </strong>
EFI LATIFI

Efi Latifi believes that all people are born happy and that creative education is the way to maintain happiness. Read more

<strong>PANAYOTIS LEAGUE</strong>
PANAYOTIS LEAGUE

Panayotis League is a performer, composer, and ethnomusicologist specializing in the music and oral poetry traditions of Greece, Brazil, and Ireland. Read more

<strong>JACOB LIEF </strong>
JACOB LIEF

Jacob Lief is founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that takes vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from cradle to career. Read more

<strong>WESLEY LOWERY </strong>
WESLEY LOWERY

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post, covering law enforcement and justice. Read more

<strong>RICHARD LUI</strong>
RICHARD LUI

A news anchor at MSNBC and NBC News, Richard Lui is a thought leader at the intersection of media, social impact, and storytelling. Read more

<strong>BANDA MAGDA</strong>
BANDA MAGDA

Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Read more

<strong>DANIEL MASTERSON</strong>
DANIEL MASTERSON

Daniel Masterson is a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University, where he specializes in comparative politics, political economy, refugee studies, and the modern Middle East. Read more

<strong>CHARLES MEE</strong>
CHARLES MEE

Charles Mee has written the plays Big Love, True Love, First Love, bobrauschenbergamerica, Iphigenia 2.0, Trojan Women 2.0, Orestes 2.0, Summertime, and Wintertime, among others. Read more

<strong>RENATA MELILLO-TOWNSEND</strong>
RENATA MELILLO-TOWNSEND

Renata Melillo Townsend, is the Assistant Director of Education/Public Engagement at the New Victory Theater and a member of the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, in residence at Lincoln Center Education. Read more

<strong>JESSICA MINDICH</strong>
JESSICA MINDICH

Jessica Mindich is founder and CEO of the Caliber Collection®, a jewelry line made with the serial numbers from illegal guns and metal from shell casings from some of the toughest cities in America. Read more

<strong>THEMIS PANOU</strong>
THEMIS PANOU

Themis Panou graduated from the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens and from the “E. Chatzikou” drama school. Read more

<strong>MARIA PAPADIMITRIOU</strong>
MARIA PAPADIMITRIOU

Maria Papadimitriou is known for her ability as an artist to investigate collaborative projects and for collective activities that highlight the interconnection between art and social reality. Read more

<strong>HAMID RAHMANIAN</strong>
HAMID RAHMANIAN

Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow. His work centers on film and graphic arts and has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. Read more

<strong>GINI RETICKER</strong>
GINI RETICKER

Gini Reticker is an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated director and producer with a distinguished career that spans more than twenty years. Read more

<strong>GLORIA REUBEN</strong>
GLORIA REUBEN

Gloria Reuben is an actress, jazz singer, and social activist with an impressive list of credentials in television, film, theater, and music. Read more

<strong>ANDRES ROTMISTROVSKY</strong>
ANDRES ROTMISTROVSKY

Andres Rotmistrovsky’s bass guitar is heard on more than fifty albums, and he has worked with acclaimed artists including Joan Baez, Sertab Erener, Ruben Blades, La Mala Rodriguez, Eva Ayllon, Leon Gieco, and Marta Gomez. Read more

<strong>IAN ROWE</strong>
IAN ROWE

A proud product of the New York City public school system, Ian Rowe is a social entrepreneur and leader who has worked for more than twenty years in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to effect positive change in the lives of young people worldwide. Read more

<strong>JOYDEEP ROY-BHATTACHARYA</strong>
JOYDEEP ROY-BHATTACHARYA

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was educated in philosophy and politics at Calcutta University and the University of Pennsylvania. Read more

<strong>GEORGIA SAGRI</strong>
GEORGIA SAGRI

Georgia Sagri lives and works in New York and Athens. She studied music at the National Music School of Athens; she holds a BA from Athens School of Fine Arts and an MFA from Columbia University. Read more

<strong>HAL SCARDINO</strong>
HAL SCARDINO

Hal Scardino began his career as a film actor in Los Angeles and New York in the early 1990s. Read more

<strong>KANEZA SCHAAL</strong>
KANEZA SCHAAL

Kaneza Schaal is a New York City–based theater artist. Her new work Jack&Jill is a multimedia comedy of errors that draws on social codes and trainings—from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. Read more

<strong>ERIN SCHRODE</strong>
ERIN SCHRODE

Erin Schrode is a citizen activist, community organizer, and vocal advocate for environmental action, public health, social justice, and responsible consumption, and just ran an unprecedented campaign for the U.S. Congress in California’s District 2. Read more

<strong>DAVID SCHWAB ABEL</strong>
DAVID SCHWAB ABEL

David Schwab Abel is an award-winning journalist with the Boston Globe, a teacher, and a documentary filmmaker. Read more

<strong>ANDREW SIEBENGARTNER</strong>
ANDREW SIEBENGARTNER

Andrew Siebengartner has been teaching Latin and Greek to students in grades 6–12 at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn for seven years, while also completing a PhD in Classics at Princeton University. Read more

<strong>ELIZABETH SIMMONS</strong>
ELIZABETH SIMMONS

Elizabeth Simmons is an actor and teacher in New York City, has been a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center, and has performed in new works at the Studio Theatre, Source Theatre, Rep Stage, and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, among others. Read more

<strong>KATERINA STEFANIDI</strong>
KATERINA STEFANIDI

Katerina Stefanidi has been a pole vaulter since she was 10 years old. She has competed as an international elite athlete for over 10 years. Read more

<strong>SOUL STEPS</strong>
SOUL STEPS

Soul Steps was founded in 2005 by dancer, choreographer, and producer Maxine Lyle. Based in the New York City area, Soul Steps showcases the African-American dance tradition known as “stepping.” Read more

<strong>CARIDAD SVICH</strong>
CARIDAD SVICH

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. Read more

<strong>CHRISTOPHER SWAIN</strong>
CHRISTOPHER SWAIN

As part of his mission to protect threatened waterways, Christopher Swain was the first person in history to swim the entire lengths of the Columbia, Charles, Hudson, Mohawk, and Mystic rivers, as well as Lake Champlain, the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek, and large sections of the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Read more

<strong>STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS</strong>
STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS

Stefanos Tsivopoulos, is a Greek artist and filmmaker living and working in Athens, Amsterdam, and New York. Read more

<strong>IMANI UZURI</strong>
IMANI UZURI

Rave reviews are pouring in for Imani Uzuri’s new album, The Gypsy Diaries, from Ebony to All About Jazz to Time Out New York. Read more

<strong>CARRIE MAE WEEMS</strong>
CARRIE MAE WEEMS

Through photography, video, installation, and performance works, Carrie Mae Weems has created a complex body of art that investigates family relationships, gender roles, racism, classism, and politics. Read more

<strong>SAMIRA WILEY</strong>
SAMIRA WILEY

Samira Wiley is best known for her SAG Award–winning performance as inmate Poussey Washington on Orange Is the New Black. Read more

<strong>LEE WOODRUFF</strong>
LEE WOODRUFF

As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Read more