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Roberta Uno
Roberta UnoDirector

Roberta Uno is a theater director and the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at the California Institute of the Arts. She was the Program Officer and then Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation 2002-2015. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of directing and dramaturgy. New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a ‘new world’—one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America’s shifting demographics. View the Archives

A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, she is currently collaborating on new works with artists including Dalhak Brathwaite and Dionna Daniel. Her publications include The Color Of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance, UK: Continuum Press, 2002; Unbroken Thread: Plays by Asian American Women, Amherst: UMass Press, 1993. She is the editor of new editions in 2015 of Monologues for Actors of Color: Women and Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, UK: Routledge and the forthcoming Contemporary Plays By Women of Color, UK: Routledge.

Kapena Alapai
Kapena AlapaiProject and Development Coordinator

Kapena Alapai is the Project and Development Coordinator for Arts in a Changing America. Originally from Puʻuanahulu Hawaiʻi, he graduated from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani Hawaiian Language College at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. He is a graphic artist, arts administrator, and cultural practitioner whose passions have always been centered around Art and Hawaiian Studies. With a background in arts and culture education, he is always looking for ways to connect these two fields. He works with passion, dedication, and an open mind to new possibilities that a strong collaboration can bring.

Kassandra Khalil
Kassandra KhalilProgram Coordinator

Kassandra Khalil is the Program Coordinator at Arts in a Changing America. Concentrating on Caribbean Communities and the culture of resistance while at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Kassandra channeled this interest into organizing arts programming for the Haitian community. She served as Program Coordinator at Brooklyn-based nonprofit Haiti Cultural Exchange from 2012-2014 and currently works at FiveMyles Gallery as a Media Consultant. Her interests in cultural programming focus on visual arts engagement, cross-cultural, and cross-generational connection building. As an artist, her work follows her Haitian cultural identity while evoking a humorous perspective of life in New York. Raised in Tampa, Florida, Kassandra now lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Daniela Alvarez
Daniela AlvarezEducation and REFRAME Coordinator

Daniela Alvarez received her BA in The History and Theory of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts. She is currently the Getty Graduate Intern in Public Programs at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on performance art and the use of an artist’s body to resist and challenge political and social constructs. Her activities include the staging of public interventions and program production in a pirate radio station. A native of Los Angeles, Daniela is also an alumni and program representative for the LAUSD Korean/English Dual Language Program that promotes early bilingual education in public schools.

Elizabeth Webb
Elizabeth Webb Creative Producer

Elizabeth Webb is the Creative Producer for Arts in a Changing America. An artist and filmmaker, her work is invested in issues surrounding race and identity, often using the lens of her own family history of migration and racial passing to explore larger, systemic constructs. She recently completed a hybrid documentary film that traces the production and construction of racial identities within a family (her own) where members operate on both sides of the “color line.” Elizabeth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a dual MFA in Film/Video and Photography/Media at California Institute of the Arts.  She participated in the Whitney Independent Study Studio Program from 2016-2017 and currently resides in Houston, TX, where she is a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Rosa Boshier
Rosa BoshierEditorial and Development Fellow, CalArts

Rosa Boshier received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at Mills College and is earning a Creative Writing MFA at CalArts. Her belief in art as a tool for community resiliency is reflected in her career in nonprofit administration and her creative projects. Works in progress include a historical fiction novel exploring immigration, xenophobia, and cultural identity against the backdrop of Britain’s 1970s economic crisis, the Punk movement, and the escalation of Colombia’s civil war, as well as a play about the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Her writing is featured in The Rattling Wall, New Delta Review, and Redline Editorial.

Morgan Camper
Morgan CamperPerforming Arts Fellow, CalArts

Morgan Danielle Camper grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she has received dance training since the age of three. She graduated from The Baltimore School for the Arts with a concentration in theatre performance and continued her studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre. Morgan has performed in many plays including Bound and Gagged (Washington DC) and Waldy Street, which toured in Atlanta, GA. Morgan has taught acting and dance to K-12 schools and was the competitive dance coach of Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. Morgan has also recently captured a feature role on TVone’s For My Woman. She is a MFA 3 actress at CalArts and is currently working on The Hendrix Project directed by Roger Guinevere Smith. She currently teaches acting for the CAP CABLE program and has joined the cast of Lets Talk Sex Work which toured June of 2017. She recently snagged the lead role of Betty in Gunshot Medley which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland August 2017.

Eloy Neira
Eloy NeiraCreative Content Fellow, CalArts

A native of Lima, Peru, Eloy Neira is a musician and writer. He holds a MFA in trumpet performance at CalArts, and a BA in music at McGill University. Currently, he is pursuing a second MA in Aesthetics and Politics, also at CalArts. As a musician, he focuses in the creation of bridges between different musical traditions (Afro, Indigenous People, Western Classical, Pop) with an intent to positively recognize diversity. As a writer, he is also involved in research concerned with the role of aesthetic products in the enhancement of full and diverse citizenship, the enforcement of human rights, and the building of a peace culture. Currently he is producing a CD based on Latin American composers’ works for trumpet and electronics, which materializes his bridging concern in terms of imagining new soundscapes honoring his roots.

Aydinaneth Ortiz
Aydinaneth OrtizMedia Production Fellow, CalArts

Aydinaneth Ortiz, best known as Aydi (pronounced I.D.) received her B.A. in Art at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently an MFA Candidate at the California Institute of the Arts. She works in digital and chemical-based photographic processes as well as traditional printmaking mediums such as relief, etching and serigraphy. Utilizing documentary, portrait, and street photography, she focuses on intersections between urban structures, familial relationships, and social contexts. Ortiz has exhibited her artwork in a wide range of venues, most notably at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, where she is now part of their permanent collection. In 2016 she had her first Solo Exhibition hosted at Avenue 50 Studio’s Satellite Gallery in Highland Park.

Kainoa Embernate
Kainoa EmbernateProgram Affiliate

Kainoa Embernate is an educator of Hawaiian language and culture from Hilo, Hawaiʻi. He holds a Master of Arts in Indigenous Language and Culture Education, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Indigenous Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. After graduating, he lectured at his alma mater and taught at the Hawaiian immersion laboratory school, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, in Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi.

Based in New York City, Kainoa is a source to cultural practitioners, culinarians, performing artists, writers, filmmakers and scholars looking to grow Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Oceanic presence in New York City and around the world. He is the Founder and Director of Hālau ʻŌlelo: Hawaiian Language Worldwide.

Former Team Members–Where Are They Now?

Kristen Adele Calhoun
Kristen Adele CalhounProgram Director
Kristen Adele Calhoun is the Producing Manager for The Center for Arts & Culture and The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationArt in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She is currently co-writing Canfield Drive, a play about Ferguson, Missouri under the commission of 651 Arts in Brooklyn and The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. As an actor, writer, and cultural organizer, her work exists at the intersection of activism and challenging the status quo. From 2015-2016, Kristen served an integral role in Arts in a Changing America as its founding Program Director. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. (www.KristenAdele.net)
Maia Paroginog
Maia ParoginogCommunity Arts Fellow
Maia is a visual artist working in 2D mediums, namely painting and drawing. Their work explores war, inherited trauma, and the imbalances between “first” and “third” world nations, the center and the periphery, the East and the West. Maia is currently working as an intern at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
T.J. Tario
T.J. TarioCalArts Fellow
T.J. is an award-winning pianist and composer and a recent B.M. graduate of the Juilliard School. T.J. is now continuing his M.F.A. studies in Composition & Film Scoring at the California Institute of the Arts.
Ratri Anindyajati
Ratri AnindyajatiProducing Fellow, CalArts
Ratri Anindyajati is a creative producer and cultural manager from Jakarta, Indonesia, and currently based in Los Angeles. Ratri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an MFA in Creative Producing at the California Institute of the Arts.
Frederick Douglas Ramsey Jr.
Frederick Douglas Ramsey Jr.Performing Arts Fellow, CalArts
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Frederick Douglas Ramsey Jr. attended Frostburg State University where he received his degree in Liberal Studies focused in Sociology and African American History with a minor in Theatre(Acting). He is currently an MFA candidate in Acting at CalArts.
Namiko K. Uno
Namiko K. UnoProgram Associate
Namiko holds a Master’s Degree in Global Development and Gender from The University of Leeds. Her passion for social justice is expressed by creating new narratives, which she has applied through strategic communication, community engagement, and resource development work in the non-profit sector. She is currently the Regional Network Coordinator at Burning Man Project, where she serves as the liaison to Burning Man’s global community.
Toran Moore
Toran MooreMedia & Logistics Specialist
Toran X. Moore is currently a Program Associate at Task Force. He is a 2017 MFA Candidate in Creative Producing and Management at California Institute of the Arts.
Abigail Salling
Abigail SallingArts Management Fellow, CalArts
Abigail Salling is in her final year of her bachelors program in Creative Producing and Management at CalArts, hoping to continue to a graduate program in the near future. She currently works in theatrical public relations at Lucy Pollak PR.
Jazmin Urrea
Jazmin UrreaMedia Production Fellow, CalArts
Raised in Compton for 9 years of her life before residing in Watts, Jazmin Urrea attended CSU Long Beach where she obtained a BFA in Photography with a Minor in Human Resources. Urrea is currently working in Los Angeles and a recent graduate of the MFA in Photography and Media program at CalArts.