Michelle is the founder of Applied Theatre Collective. ATC has led workshops with educators, mediators, urban planners, and social workers in Dohuk, Iraq; Bucharest, Romania, Eastern Tennessee, Southern Texas, Mexico and New York City. Michelle is Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, teaching courses that explore creative approaches to difficult problems and facilitation. Michelle is also faculty at The Churchill School and Center, a school designed to support young people with literacy based disabilities. Michelle received her MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York.
Brisa Areli Muñoz (Artistic Director)
Brisa is the co-founder and serves as the Artistic Director of Applied Theatre Collective, with whom she has facilitated work both nationally and internationally. Brisa has directed and facilitated work for The Public Theater, Carnegie Hall, BRIC Arts Media, Sojourn Theatre, CUNY Creative Arts Team, Hi-ARTS, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, New York City Children’s Theater, Vital Theatre, Atlantic Pacific Theatre & Thirteen O’Clock Theatre. She received her MA in Applied Theatre at City University of New York, and is currently an adjunct professor for Brooklyn College’s MFA in Performing Arts Management. Brisa serves as Manager of Community Partnerships for the Public Works program at The Public Theater.
Anh-Thu’s practice focuses on the intersection between transitional justice, national security, development, and human rights. She recently held the role of Director of Cooperative Programs and Partnerships for We See Beauty Foundation, which funds and accelerates worker owned cooperatives in communities throughout the Americas. She previously worked with the U.S. Accountability Project for the International Center for Transitional Justice on reparations and prosecutions relating to U.S. counter-terrorism policy, with the ACLU on national security and privacy advocacy, and with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia investigating crimes against humanity committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. An attorney by training, she studied at the University of Texas School of Law, where she was an Advanced Clinical Fellow in the National Security and Human Rights Clinic, with deep involvement in Guantanamo Bay litigation, leading a team of students contributing to arguments for Al-Odah v. United States from the district to Supreme Court levels.
Nadia Siddiqui is a founding member of Applied Theatre Collective. She is also a co-founder of the research organization Social Inquiry, currently based in Iraq. Her work focuses on the links between cultural practice, social dynamics, and justice. Nadia holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MSc. in Evidence-Based Social Interventions from the University of Oxford.
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 performing arts, combined with conflict resolution, are powerful tools that can help integrate marginalized and underprivileged groups in their communities.
Marissa is a theatre artist and social justice educator with numerous years of experience developing and facilitating workshops for youth and adults on the themes of inclusion, undoing oppression, power and privilege, and more. Marissa uses theatre to bridge awareness and and inspire thoughtful, embodied exploration of difficult social themes. In partnership with ATC, Marissa used Chekhov’s Three Sisters to devise a play about the 1921 massacre of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Ok. Marissa serves as an adjunct professor at Drew University, where she teaches “Applied Theatre: Sexual Consent.” Her theatre for peacebuilding and equity practice has taken her to Rwanda, Uganda, and Northern Ireland.
Augusto is a Mexican-American actor/teacher who is currently the Community Manager for Torre Reforme Latino at WeWork in Mexico City and is a resident facilitator/artist with The Applied Theatre Collective, Inc. Augusto was born in Monterrey, Mexico, but has spent much of his life living between the U.S./Mexico border and has led Fine Arts programming at several schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley where he is a co-founder of Creative Arts Studio, an after school program that inspires talents for community development. While living in the RGV, Augusto also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Theater Department at South Texas College. Additionally, Augusto worked for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago and Miami after which he studied at the CUNY MA in Applied Theatre Program in New York City. Augusto believes positive social change is achieved when individuals work together as a collective and believes in the power of theatre in education to generate social and individual growth.
Shamilia believes in theatre-making to inspire learning, spark movement, create community and preserve culture. She has worked with young people, adults and elders in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Atlanta as an independent facilitator and teaching artist with the Creative Arts Team, Making Books Sing, Hip Hop 4 Life and Two River Theater Company. Recently she has co-created participatory drama experiences for leadership, peace-building, emergent literacy and history education. She has also done Theatre for Development and Reconciliation work in Kigali, Rwanda with her recent alma mater, CUNY's M.A. in Applied Theatre Program.
Nery is a fine artist who is recognized by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California for advancing economics and social justice through the arts and is the founder and director of P.A.I.N.T-Los Angeles (Providing Artistic Input for Needed Transformation- Los Angeles) an arts organization focused on creating community and economic development through the implementation of public art and murals. Nery has led over a hundred mural projects throughout his career and his artwork has been featured in commercial films and exhibited on public walls and venues around the world.