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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 AlvarezREFRAME Content Curator

Daniela Alvarez received her BA in The History and Theory of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a student of the Aesthetics and Politics Master’s Program at CalArts. 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, program production in a pirate radio station, and working on her thesis. 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 currently resides in New York and is participating in the Whitney Independent Study Studio Program for the 2016-2017 term.

Ratri Anindyajati
Ratri AnindyajatiCalArts, Producing Fellow

Ratri Anindyajati is a creative producer and cultural manager from Jakarta, Indonesia, and currently based in Los Angeles. Her background of work included supervising the producing department at the Indonesian Dance Festival (IDF – Jakarta’s biannual international performing arts festival), and leading organizational involvements with the Salihara Theater, a multidisciplinary arts center in Jakarta. Ratri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently a candidate of MFA in Creative Producing at the California Institute of the Arts. Her main interest is to lead, produce and engage in local and international collaboration as well as multilateral cultural exchange and cooperation for arts and culture projects of sustaining significance.

Frederick Douglas Ramsey Jr.
Frederick Douglas Ramsey Jr.CalArts, Performing Arts Fellow

A native of Baltimore, MarylandFrederick 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). Before entering the MFA program in Acting at CalArts, Fred worked in the Pittsburgh Public School system as an educator. There he taught African American History, served as Strength and Conditioning Coach for all athletic teams, and Assistant Basketball Coach. Frederick is dedicated to empowering youth and serving his community through public service along with the utilization of his artistic gifts. 

Abigail Salling
Abigail SallingCalArts, Arts Management Fellow

Originally from Sonoma County, California, Abigail Salling is a BFA in the Creative Producing and Management program with a specification in Stage Management at California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, she serves as the Chief of Staff of the Students’ Union, sits on Academic Council as a student representative with faculty, and serves as the only student representative on the Presidential Search Committee. She hopes to go into arts policy after graduation.

Jazmin Urrea
Jazmin UrreaCalArts, Media Production Fellow

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’s work is known for having “her face on everything,” because she turns the camera on herself. Her images are not self-portraits; rather she uses herself as a vessel to challenge cultural pressures Latina women face. These events illuminate themes of identity, race, and gender through the use of exaggerated stereotypes in her work. Urrea is currently working in Los Angeles and pursuing her MFA in Photography and Media at CalArts.

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 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 and currently calls Harlem her home. (www.KristenAdele.net)
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.
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.
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 traveling the world and in search of her next adventure.