Community LiaisonRead Bio
Dominic J. Dupont is a Native New Yorker born and raised in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the young age of nineteen Dominic was arrested, charged and ultimately convicted of murder. He was subsequently sentenced to a prison term of 25 years to life. In prison Dominic Learned the value of good programming and saw the benefits others were reaping from it. With this understanding and a goal of changing his perception and behavior Dominic immersed himself in a myriad of programs that helped him embrace the values of leadership, mentorship, empathy, compassion, and integrity. During his incarceration Dominic has held the titles of director, coordinator, facilitator, educator, and mentor.
After serving 20 years, 7 months, and 18 days in the New York State Prison system, Dominic was granted an executive clemency in December 2017, by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo based on Dominic’s leadership and positive impact with the prison system. Dominic was released on January 22, 2018, and immediately began implementing what he had learned during his incarceration to make himself an asset and resource to his community.
Since his release Dominic has shared his story, experiences, and analysis across multiple venues and to a variety of audiences, including Vice and HBO’s documentary titled “Raised in the System”. He continues to live the mantra, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” and has continued to engage communities across the country to find ways to learn from his story.
In conjunction with his various accomplishments, Dominic also holds an Associates in Psychology from Ashworth College.
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LCSW and Sex Therapist, St. Louis, MORead Bio
LCSW and Sex Therapist, St. Louis, MO
De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson is licensed in the state of Missouri as a Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the field of mental health since 2004. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and live as whole persons.
She is a graduate of both Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, and endeavors to positively impact all those with whom she interacts. As the owner of Sankofa Sex Therapy, LLC, she helps individuals and those in all types of relationships reach their goals.
She conducts workshops about sexuality and intimacy building and is an Executive Committee Member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network.
Tesa ArozquetaRead Bio
Tesa Arozqueta is the Director of Outreach at the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV). With a team of community liaisons, they engage and listen to communities across the city to increase awareness about resources, build stronger support networks, inform services and practices, and promote prevention, access, inclusion, healthy relationships, love, safety, help-seeking, and care. This work touches service partners across systems inside and outside of government, community based providers, and law enforcement. Tesa's prior work over the last 16 years in New York non-profit organizations covers various children and family programs including foster care, juvenile detention, residential mental health programs, and support programs for vulnerable families and independent youth. Tesa is a former singer/performer, the daughter of a Mexican physics professor and a Xicano rights activist, grew up in Tucson, Arizona and moved to NYC in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona.
Craig ManbaumanRead Bio
Craig Manbauman is a veteran of the United Staes Air Force. He is a social-science essayist and poet. Craig currently resides in Queens, NY.
Hailey NolascoRead Bio
Hailey Nolasco is a first generation Brooklyn resident of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She is a public servant dedicated to advancing the ideals of integrity and social cohesion to increase public safety. Ms. Nolasco is a criminal justice reform advocate that focuses on furthering the advancement of women of color, reducing mass incarceration, ending gun violence, increasing youth empowerment, and creating safer, healthier, and more resilient communities.
In both her personal and professional life, she has worked on coalition building, policy analysis, strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation in public and not-for profit sectors at federal, municipal, and grassroot levels. Hailey is a results-driven leader with the proven ability to conceptualize and execute innovative, sustainable program initiatives. She has worked on creating interventions targeting domestic violence and gun violence and has developed and spearheaded programs to mentor and empower young women throughout the City.
Recently, Hailey has founded Civically Engaged, a community-based organization to
address the challenges and enhance the lives of young women of color who have been disproportionately affected by systemic oppression and help them recognize that CIVIC ENGAGEMENT is POWER! Having experienced adversity throughout her years as ayouth and as an adult, Hailey knows the importance of relatable positive influencers in the lives of young people to help get them back on track.
Hailey holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in both Management and Operations, and Criminal Justice Administration, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Staten Island. Hailey is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Brooklyn College.
Saloni SethiRead Bio
Director of Policy at Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence
Tiffany MurrayRead Bio
Tiffany Murray is the Program Manager for Save Our Streets Bedford-Stuyvesant. Tiffany has been involved with S.O.S. and the Save Our Streets Clergy Action Network since the beginning of 2013. Previously, Tiffany worked for Catholic Charities Community Services working with individuals with mental illnesses, trauma, and addictions. Prior to that time, Tiffany worked with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, at risk youth, and with families around end of life issues while working as a Chaplain. Tiffany earned a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Destiny MabryRead Bio
Destiny Mabry is a survivor, motivational speaker, actress and advocate to end domestic violence from Bronx, New York. After dealing with her own struggles with abusive relationships and sexual assault, she began sharing her story. She has been featured on MTV News, BET, National Public Radio and NYC Media. Destiny is passionate about facing social issues head on. She feels it’s important for the youth to know they have the power to be a catalyst for change within their communities, and themselves. She currently works as a Peer Educator for the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, facilitating youth workshops throughout the city.
Rukeyah S. JonesRead Bio
Rukeyah S. Jones
Rukeyah S. Jones has been a Peer Educator at The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence for three and a half years. Her favorite thing about being a Peer Educator is being able to talk to teens about dating violence, particularly helping them to unpack their ideas, thoughts and values. When she’s not working, she’s an avid reader, enjoys traveling the world and spending time with her loved ones.
David GaskinRead Bio
David Gaskin is the Program Manager for Save Our Streets Crown Heights. Which is one half of Save Our Streets Brooklyn. David arrived at S.O.S after working with diverse groups including people in the criminal justice system, alternatives to incarceration (ATI) and re-entry programs, people impacted by H.I.V/AIDS, Chemical Dependency and victims of Domestic Violence. David is also a former gang member who now promotes healthy masculinity among young black men.
Antonio VargasRead Bio
Antonio's body of work include acting, directing, choreographing, hosting and MCing, designing and reimagining spaces, and creating experiences. He has worked for schools, theater companies, event planners, and national and international corporations. Love is his purpose. Connection is his mission.
Chris Henry CoffeyRead Bio
Chris Henry Coffey
Chris Henry Coffey, is an accomplished stage, TV, and film actor who as worked with Theater of War Productions for several years and also serves as facilitator. Recent theater: Happy Hour a new play by Neil LaBute (LaMama, ETC); Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square & Primary Stages); The Dining Room(WCP, Connecticut Critics Circle, Best Ensemble); the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at 2ST, (dir. Davis McCallum); Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman - Robert Falls, Dir); How Shakespeare Won the West (Huntington), Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues (Old Globe); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Westport), The Front Page (Long Wharf); major roles at the Alley, DTC, Yale Rep, Williamstown, others. Selected film: Diverge (upcoming), Little Tin Man, Epilogue (Tribeca FF 2013), Neil LaBute’s BFF (Tribeca FF 2012) and David Schwimmer’sfeature Trust (“one of the year’s best” – Roger Ebert). Recurring and guest stars: “Law & Order: CI”, “The Good Wife”, “Cupid”, others. Graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Peter DeLaurierRead Bio
Peter DeLaurier is a theater director who has served as facilitator for Theater of War Productions.
People’s Light: Artistic Associate; recent productions include Morning's at Seven, The Matchmaker, Richard III, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, The Cherry Orchard, Ghosts, The Trip to Bountiful, The Winter’s Tale, and Of Mice and Men. Also: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Man from Nebraska, King Lear, Sherlock Holmes in two productions, Anne of Green Gables (which he also adapted), Holes, In the Blood, Hard Times, A Christmas Carol (also adaptor), Romeo & Juliet (also director), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Voir Dire, Abundance, Sister Carrie and Kabuki Achilles.
Theatre Includes: Acted and directed extensively with the Lantern Theater - An Iliad, Underneath the Lintel (twice), Skylight, QED (twice), Uncle Vanya, Heroes, Emma and Train Driver, (Directed 36 Views, Sizwe Bansi..., The Island and Vigil) and many other local theatres. Cofounded Delaware Theatre Company. Artistic Director of New Stage Theater, Jackson, MS. Awards: Two Barrymore Awards and six nominations.
David BradleyRead Bio
David Bradley has served as facilitator at Theater of War Productions and is a theater director.
People’s Light: Over 30 productions as director, including The Diary of Anne Frank, Row After Row, Of Mice and Men, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, Tom Sawyer, Young Lady From Rwanda, Doubt, The Giver, and three pantos.
Theatre Includes: A Fierce Kind of Love (Temple Institute on Disabilities); Voices of Voting (playwright/director, Committee of 70);Miracle Worker, This Wonderful Life, Holes, Iron Kisses, He Held Me Grand (Indiana Rep); Red Herring, Mauritius, According to Goldman, Unnecessary Farce (Act II Playhouse); The Exonerated (Delaware Theatre Company); Time Machine (PIFA/Philadelphia Young Playwrights).
Other Arts: Founding Director, LiveConnections; Artistic Director, Living News (National Constitution Center); consulting artist for Outside the Wire, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Animating Democracy; Faculty, Arcadia University.
Training: Yale University.
KJ SanchezRead Bio
KJ Sanchez is founder/ CEO of American Records. As a playwright, KJ’s been produced at (select list) Berkeley Rep, Playmakers Rep, Asolo Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Frontera Rep, Round House, Cornerstone Theater Company and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages and Here Arts. Her plays are published by Playscripts. KJ has directed (select list) in NY: ReEntry at Urban Stages and Unity 1918 by Kevin Kerr at the Gene Frankel Theater, The world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Upstairs Concierge at The Goodman in Chicago and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Venus in Fur, Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers and Martin Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on the Sun (LCT Award, Best Direction) at Cincinnati Playhouse, Harvey, Noises Off and The Diary of Anne Frank at Milwaukee Rep, and two plays by Quiara Hudes: Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre (DC) and 26 Miles at Round House Theatre. She is the director, co-author and producer of ReEntry, which has been performed at theaters across the country as well as over 50 military bases and hospitals in the US and abroad. As an actor KJ performed across the country including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally including the Toga-Mura Festival in Japan and the IberoAmericano Festival in Bogota, Columbia. KJ is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award. She is an Associate Artist with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Civilians as well as a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. This fall KJ will be an Associate Professor at UT Austin and head of the MFA Directing program.
Ellen McLaughlinRead Bio
Ellen McLaughlin's plays have received numerous national and international productions. They include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor, Septimus and Clarissa,and Penelope. Producers include: the Public Theater, The National Actors' Theater and New York Theater Workshop in NYC, Actors' Theater of Louisville, The Actors' Gang L.A., Classic Stage Co., N.Y., The Intiman Theater, Seattle, Almeida Theater, London, The Mark Taper Forum, L.A., The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Getty Villa, California., and The Guthrie Theater, Minnesota, among other venues.
Grants and awards include: Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Berilla Kerr Award for playwrighting. T.C.G./Fox Residency Grant -- for Ajax in Iraq, written for the A.R.T. Institute.
She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Breadloaf School of English, Yale Drama School and Princeton University, among others.
Ms. McLaughlin is also an actor. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run.