Yoruba Richen is an award - winning documentary filmmaker who has directed films in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut, and The Atlantic. Her last film The New Black won multiple festival awards and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. The New Black opened theatrically at New York’s Film Forum and aired on PBS's Independent Lens in 2014. She recently won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy nominated singer Andra Day. Yoruba received the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Producers Fellow. She is a featured TED Speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.
Moe Angelos (Performing Arts)
Moe Angelos is one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, who have written, performed and published six plays and other things that the internet can tell you all about. Moe has collaborated with the Builders Association as a performer and writer since 2000 and is now touring with The Builders’ show, Elements of Oz. She has been involved with the WOW Café forever and has appeared in the work of many downtown luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. To hear more, visit The Made Here Project and browse the artists.
Carlos Motta (Visual Arts)
Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities.
Jaime Manrique (Literary)
Jaime Manrique was born in Colombia, South America. His first three books—a novella and short stories, a volume of film criticism, and a book of poems (which won his country’s National Poetry Award)—were written in Spanish. Starting with the novel, Colombian Gold, he’s been writing his fiction, and most of his non-fiction, exclusively in English, though he still writes poetry in his native tongue.
Pati Hertling (Curatorial)
Pati Hertling is a New York-based curator and writer. Since 2005 she has been working on small, independent curatorial projects. Hertling has authored texts on artists and art. Texts include a short essay in the catalogue for modern at the Chelsea Art Museum, an interview with Jonathan Horowitz for an exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK, an essay for a Hayley Tompkins catalogue published by the Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK and a review of a Collier Schorr exhibition in Berlin for V Magazine. She is currently working on a publication on Art Law.
James Lecesne (Literary)
James Lecesne has been telling stories for over twenty-five years. He has created several his solo shows, including WORD OF MOUTH, which won the NY Drama Desk Award & NY Oter Cristics Circle Award). His short film, TREVOR, received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1994, and went on to inspire The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. James has also written for TV, he is the author of several novels for Young Adults and he was most recently seen as an actor in Gore’s Vidal THE BEST MAN on Broadway.
Rose Troche (Film)
Rose Troche grew up in the Midwest suburbs, part of a large Puerto Rican family. After making short films and videos, she made her feature debut with the groundbreaking lesbian love story, go fish, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.
Geoff Chadsey (Visual Arts)
Francisco. He has been in New York since 2003. He has had solo shows at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.
Caden Manson (Performing Arts)
Caden Manson is co-founder of Big Art Group and editor of contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video and set designed 13 Big Art Group productions that have toured nationally and internationally.
Geo Wyeth (Performing Arts)
Geo Wyeth is an artist and musician living and working out of New York City. Recent practices expand on narrative and popular music performance through experimentation with formal and conceptual ideas of repetition, interruption, amateurism and emotional representation, often with handmade props and sets.