Michelle O'Connor-Hill (Executive Director)
Michelle O'Connor-Hill (Executive Director)

Michelle is a professional artist, educator and applied theatre practitioner. Michelle has served as a teaching artist, educational outreach coordinator and curriculum writer for the 92nd Street Y, working with Grammy Award winning artists such as Natalie Merchant and Christian McBride, to bring arts-in education programming to under-resourced New York City Public Schools. Ms. O’Connor-Hill is a graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre at the City University of New York and is currently adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

Brisa Areli Muñoz (Artistic Director)
Brisa Areli Muñoz (Artistic Director)

Brisa Areli Muñoz is a facilitator, director and teaching artist. She is a graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre at the City University of New York. She works as a Curriculum Developer and Senior Actor Teacher at the Creative Arts Team, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of drama to inspire youth to learn more. She is passionate about expanding the body of practitioners and advocates who recognize the value in cross-sector partnerships between artists and communities, whether it be in the workplace, the educational system or elsewhere.

 

Marissa Metelica (Director of Programming)
Marissa Metelica (Director of Programming)

 

Marissa Metelica is a New York based theater artist and social justice educator. She is the Director of Programs at the Applied Theatre Collective, an adjunct professor at Drew University, and the theatre teaching artist for the DreamYard ACTION Project- an ensemble of Bronx teens that devises and performs social justice themed plays. Marissa has facilitated countless workshops with adults, young people, and institutions under the umbrella title of “Undoing Oppression.” Using theatre, games, and role play, her workshops are designed to augment participant cultural and interpersonal awareness, and explore best practices for creating equitable communities. Through her theatre for peace building practice, she has worked with Afghan women refugees in the US, and survivors of war and genocide in Rwanda, Uganda, and Northern Ireland.  

Nadia Siddiqui (International Strategist and Researcher)
Nadia Siddiqui (International Strategist and Researcher)

Nadia Siddiqui is creative and strategic thinker particularly interested in experiential learning, innovative problem-solving, and the links between cultural practice and justice, topics on which she has written and presented. She has developed projects in Afghanistan and the Middle East and on international policy relations. She has also produced successful art/design events in New York City that have garnered national and international attention. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Middle East Reserch Institute in Erbil, Iraq. Nadia holds an MSc. in Evidence-Based Social Interventions from the University of Oxford.

Lili Nikolova (Peacebuilding Initiatives and Research)
Lili Nikolova (Peacebuilding Initiatives and Research)

Lili has a Master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University, with a concentration in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Her research interests focus on participatory peacebuilding, civil society peacebuilding, economic conflict, poverty reduction, and mediation. For her Master’s degree, she has worked in Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She currently works as a freelance conflict resolution professional and serves as a volunteer civil court mediator at the Kings County Court in Brooklyn, New York. Lili believes that unconventional approaches to peacebuilding such as visual and performance arts, combined with conflict resolution, are powerful tools that can help integrate marginalized and underprivileged groups in their communities.