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, REMAP: LA Co-Lead

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 the Education + REFRAME Coordinator for Arts in a Changing America and the Public Programs Coordinator 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.

Morgan Camper
Morgan CamperREMAP: LA Co-Lead

Morgan Danielle Camper grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she 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 The Hendrix Project directed by Roger Guinevere Smith at The Public Theatre in New York, and has taught acting and dance to students K-12 . She made her international debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland playing the lead role of “Betty” in Gunshot Medley.  Last year Morgan graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in acting from CalArts and has signed with CESD Talent agency. She has since joined the cast of Boney M directed by Edgar Arceneaux where they have recently made their international debut in Lagos Nigeria, participated in multiple Independent and USC student films and has begun looping for series such as Blackish, GrownishModern Family and AP Bio. Morgan is ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Co-Lead.

Elizabeth Webb
Elizabeth Webb Creative Producer

Elizabeth Webb is the Creative Producer for Arts in a Changing America. An artist and filmmaker originally from Charlottesville, VA, 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 has screened and exhibited in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Ecuador, Singapore, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria and Germany and was a recipient of the inaugural Allan Sekula Social Documentary Award in 2014. Elizabeth holds a dual MFA in Film/Video and Photography/Media from California Institute of the Arts and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program in Studio Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She recently completed a fellowship in the Core program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and is Fall 2019 Visiting Faculty at VCU’s program in Sculpture and Extended Media.

Genevieve Fowler
Genevieve FowlerProducing and Research Fellow

Genevieve Fowler is a LA and Chicago based director whose practice revolves around the dual tracks of radically inclusive community based work and postmodernist adaptation of classics for a contemporary audience. Much of Genevieve’s work in Chicago has been rooted in lifting up often unheard voices such as senior artists, special olympians, and youth from Chicago’s South and West sides. Genevieve received her bachelor’s in Drama and Greek and Roman studies from Vassar College and is currently a MFA candidate in directing at the California Institute for the Arts

Evelyn Hang Yin 尹航
Evelyn Hang Yin 尹航Media and Production Fellow

Evelyn Hang Yin 尹航 is a second year MFA student in the photography & media program at CalArts. She was born & raised in Hangzhou, China, and moved to California six years ago. Her work investigates how her personal experiences moving between two countries inform her cultural identity. She is currently developing her thesis project with a focus on early Chinese immigrant history and how those stories live today.

Juan Herrera
Juan HerreraJournalism and Media Fellow

Juan Herrera is an LA and Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and curator born in Venezuela, whose artistic practice as a bilingual/bicultural individual is invested in issues of sexual and cultural identity, working in performance, video, photography and installation. He received a BA in Letras (Literature) from Universidad Central de Venezuela, an MA in Spanish at University of Iowa and is completing an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In Chicago, Juan served as photo-editor in Fnewsmagazine and was curatorial research intern at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400. Currently, Juan is an MFA candidate at CalArts in Photography + Media, and Integrated Media program and was awarded the Lillian Disney Scholarship.

Vinhay Keo
Vinhay KeoCuratorial and Communications Fellow

Vinhay Keo is originally from Battambang, Cambodia. He received his BFA from Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and is currently an MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts. As an interdisciplinary visual artist, his work examines intersectional identities as an immigrant, a Cambodian-American, a brown-body, and a queer man. His practice unpacks the nuances of trauma in a historical and contemporary context in order to address the marginalization of minorities. He received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to study at Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art, Louisville Visual Art’s Rising Star Award, a Great Meadows Foundation grant, participated in workshops such as Anderson Ranch Art Center and Anne West’s writing reflection.

Sarah Sophia Yanni
Sarah Sophia YanniEditorial and Development Fellow

Sarah Sophia Yanni received a BA in Narrative Studies from USC and is currently in the MFA Creative Writing program at CalArts. Raised in the San Fernando Valley by Mexican and Egyptian immigrants, her hybrid writing deals with topics of bodies, bilingualism, movement and tradition. She is the author of ternura / tenderness (Bottlecap Press) and her work has been published by Dum Dum ZineMetatron Press and homonym journal, among others. She is interested in zine-making, mixedness and conversations around ethnic ambiguity.

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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an MFA from 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.
Derek Jackson
Derek JacksonSocial Media and Performing Arts Fellow, CalArts
Derek Jackson is a current BFA3 Actor at the California Institute of the Arts. His 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 and holds an MFA in Photography + Media and Integrated Media from 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.