Thomas West

Executive Director

With several years of experience as both a justice-centered performing arts producer and professional opera singer, Thomas previously held positions as a special projects producer at The Juilliard School and as the founder and Executive Director of the NY-based Collaborative Arts Ensemble. In 2014, he was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts by President Barack Obama.

Meet the Team

Stephanie Mareen

Special Projects Producer

Stephanie is a classically trained actress with many years of experience in both performance and production. Past work experience includes working as both a production assistant and artistic administrator at Elan Artists and as an assistant to the Unit Manager at Red Seven Entertainment GmbH in Cologne, Germany.  Stephanie graduated from The Juilliard School in 2017 (Group 46) and maintains an active freelance career as a German Vocal Coach for shows on Broadway and for television shows on Netflix and the BBC.

Sarah Tackett

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

An experienced arts administrator and theatre professional, Sarah has a long-term commitment to and passion for mission-driven work, working with art organizations in Kentucky, Washington, New York, and North Carolina. She holds a BA in English and Performance from Transylvania University and an MFA in Arts Administration from Seattle University.

Alex Curran-Cardarelli

Summit Project Manager

Alex Curran-Cardarelli is a writer, film producer, and manager for events in arts and culture. She graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in English with a focus on creative writing and art history. From 2018-2021, Alex lived in Lao PDR and worked for the Luang Prabang Film Festival as a festival coordinator and then as its Managing Director. She later worked at the Tribeca Festival as an industry coordinator. Alex is also the producer of the anthology film MEKONG 2030 (2020) and has written for publications such as CityScene Media Group and U.S. Figure Skating.

Harper Joseph

Social Media Intern

Harper Joseph was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She received a degree in theatre from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Classical Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. During her free time, she enjoys yoga, pilates, singing, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, cooking vegan food, and writing. Check out her food website Vegan(ish).