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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 in 2017 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. Her interests in cultural programming focus on visual arts engagement, cross-cultural, and cross-generational connection building. A visual artist, Kassandra’s drawings and sculptures  explore how movement and gestures evoke personal and cultural memory. 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 her Haitian Diasporan community in New York. She served at Brooklyn-based nonprofits Haiti Cultural Exchange as Program Coordinator from 2012-2014 and FiveMyles Gallery as Media Consultant from 2016-2017. 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.

Daniel Alcazar
Daniel AlcazarMedia and Production Fellow

Daniel Andres Alcazar received his B.A. in Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently an MFA Candidate at the California Institute of the Arts. He works with photography, sound, video and installation. Alcazar’s work explores what it means to be American, the human condition in contemporary time, and the way images affect our everyday life. He is currently working on a photo book that further investigates the meaning of being American by traveling across the United States. Coming from an underprivileged background, Alcazar is a strong proponent of accessible art and art education.

Sarah Ibrahim
Sarah IbrahimMedia and Communications Fellow

Sarah Ibrahim received her bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism at Syracuse University and is earning a Film/Video MFA at CalArts. Raised in a very diverse background and household, she has been instilled with an inherent responsibility to widen representation in art and media. Her work is a testament to this, freelance editing for brand StyleLikeU’s documentary series That’s What’s Underneath Project promoting self-acceptance of people of all sizes, shapes, and colors; her documentary short UM MY NAME IS about black trans artist Zaire Cummings; and an ongoing animation series EACH AND EVERY SHADE about the experiences of colorism and internalized racism within her family.

Derek Jackson
Derek JacksonSocial Media and Performing Arts Fellow

Derek Jackson relocated from Boston to California in 2016 to continue his pursuit of an acting career. He is a current BFA3 Actor at the California Institute of the Arts and is extremely passionate about creating art with the direct intention of shifting culture and breaking the barriers between art and activism. Derek’s hope is to continue to find ways to use art as a catalyst to promote and provoke social change.

Silvi Naçi
Silvi NaçiCuratorial and Development Fellow

Silvi Naçi was born and raised in Fier, Albania (former communist country). Naçi’s practice investigates gender and cultural identity, family dynamics, and the consequences of patriarchy. Naçi works with performance, video, photography and installation. They studied at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca (Mexico), Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy), and graduated from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University with a dual degree in Fine Arts & Graphic Design. Naçi was a curatorial intern at MIT’s LIST Visual Arts Center, and served as Assistant Director at Samsøñ, Art Director at the Liquid Art House, and editor and staff writer at Big Red and Shiny. Currently, Naçi is an MFA candidate at CalArts in Photography + Media, and Integrated Media program.

Former Team Members–Where Are They Now?

Kristen Adele Calhoun
Kristen Adele CalhounProgram Director
Kristen Adele Calhoun is the Program Manager at the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI). She is also a co-producer of InterFest and Assistant Editor of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. From 2015-2016, Kristen served an integral role in Arts in a Changing America as its founding Program Director and previously served as a consultant for the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Ford Foundation. She is currently co-writing Canfield Drive, a play about Ferguson, Missouri under the commission of 651 ARTS and The St. Louis Black Rep through the National Performance Network. (www.KristenAdele.net)
Morgan Camper
Morgan CamperPerforming Arts Fellow, CalArts
Morgan recently graduated with her MFA in Acting from CalArts and has signed with AB2 talent agency. She is currently filming a web series entitled “The Sound of Girls,” and has just been cast in a new play directed by Edgar Arceneaux about 70’s music group Bonnie M. The play is set to begin its residency in August and tour internationally in 2019. Morgan will also be the assistant acting teacher and assistant director for the 2018 QLT summer program in Hawaii.
Eloy Neira
Eloy NeiraCreative Content Fellow, CalArts
A native of Lima, Peru, Eloy Neira is a musician and writer. He holds an MFA in trumpet performance at CalArts and a BA in music at McGill University. Currently, he is pursuing a second CalArts MA in Aesthetics and Politics. He is currently CalArts Student Union’s vice-president and his challenge is to further boost CalArts’ commitment to be an inclusive
space.
Abigail Salling
Abigail SallingArts Management Fellow, CalArts
Abigail Salling is a graduate of the Creative Producing and Management program at CalArts. While a student at CalArts, Abigail served on the Students’ Union and as Student Trustee. She now works as the Assistant to the Office of the President at CalArts, where she is able to merge her skills as an organizer and her passions for arts and policy.
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.
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.
Kainoa Embernate
Kainoa EmbernateProgram Affiliate
Kainoa Embernate is an educator of Hawaiian language and culture from Hilo, 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.
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.
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 is a recent graduate of the MFA in Photography and Media program at CalArts.
Rosa Boshier
Rosa BoshierEditorial and Development Fellow, CalArts
Rosa Boshier will be teaching a Latinx Studies course at CalArts in Fall 2018, and working with the Heidi Duckler Dance Company. She is currently co-writing a play called The Prida Project, an adaptation of the rare poetry, editorials, and plays of influential Cuban-American writer Dolores Prida, to be staged at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, September, 2018.
Toran Moore
Toran MooreMedia & Logistics Specialist
Toran X. Moore is the Programs Coordinator for the International Association of Blacks in Dance. He is also the choreographer for for Try/Step/Trip, a new spoken word musical by Dahlak Brathwaite, and is the former Program Associate at Task Force. He received an MFA in Creative Producing and Management at California Institute of the Arts in 2017.
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.
Aydinaneth Ortiz
Aydinaneth OrtizMedia Production Fellow, CalArts
Aydinaneth Ortiz received her BA in Art at the University of California, Los Angeles and MFA in Photography at the California Institute of the Arts. Utilizing documentary, landscape, and portrait photography, she focuses on intersections between urban structures, familial relationships, mental illness, drug addiction, immigration, 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 in Long Beach, where she is now part of their permanent collection.