Alexis Clements (Director/Producer)
Alexis is a playwright and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. An alum of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, she has been awarded a Dramatists Guild of America fellowship, two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize, and she has been a resident at the Millay Colony. She is also founder of the multi-disciplinary arts project New Acquisition, which produced projects from 2007-2010. Her creative work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK in venues ranging from the Dixon Place to the Highline Park in New York to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She recently served as a fellow at the Cultural￼￼￼ Strategies Initiative, and also as a co-editor of Women in Theatre Magazine Online, published by the League of Professional Theatre Women. She also co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation. Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in publications such as Salon, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, The L Magazine, Nature, Frontiers, In the Flesh Magazine, and Travel New England. She is a regular contributor, focused on art and performance, to Hyperallergic.
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Bennett Singer (Consulting Producer)
Born and raised in Chicago, Bennett Singer is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. With Nancy Kates, he produced and directed Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; was broadcast nationally on PBS and Logo/MTV; is currently streaming at PBS.org; and won more than 20 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and prizes at LGBT film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Turin, Reykjavik, Vienna and other cities. The film has been shown at more than 500 campus and community screenings and by dozens of social-justice organizations, including GLSEN, HRC, The National Black Justice Coalition, the NAACP, the ACLU and Amnesty International; it also serves as the basis for presentations at workplaces committed to diversity and inclusion. Singer’s additional credits include the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series on the history of the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize II; With God On Our Side; and The Question of Equality, all broadcast on PBS. He was a consulting producer on Codebreaker, a documentary/drama on Alan Turing, and co-director of Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length PBS documentary about voting in America. Hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca, the film had a dual premiere at the 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions; was featured in the New York Times’ Op-Docs series; and won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. Singer served for eight years as Executive Editor of TIME Magazine’s Education Program and has created curriculum materials to accompany dozens of film projects, including The Diary of Anne Frank, The Laramie Project and Boycott. The recipient of a Fellowship in Video from New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2014 Yaddo Fellow, Singer is the editor of numerous books, including Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian, an award-winning anthology for young people, and LGBT Stats, a compendium of facts and figures slated for publication by The New Press in 2016. He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his husband, filmmaker David Deschamps.
Jeanette Sears (Cinematographer)
Jeanette is a New York-based filmmaker, transplanted from a small town in Ohio. She has worked on various fiction and documentary films, music videos, and videography events. She is a recent graduate of the City College of New York, with an MFA in Media Arts Production (Cinematography emphasis). Jeanette is a graduate of the Ohio State University’s Film Studies undergraduate program, and moved to New York to pursue her passion for filmmaking. While attending the City College of New York, she began a documentary project, Generations of Silence, which is currently in production. The film examines the experiences of four LGBT veterans and their struggles in serving in the US Military from before, during, and after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Jeanette has always had an interest in anything involving a camera, and this stands true today. She is a freelance cinematographer, videographer, and photographer.
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Sarah Nakano (Production Assistant)
Sarah is currently studying visual art at Cooper Union in New York City. Originally from Minnesota, she is particularly interested in issues related to sexuality, community, race, and Asian American feminism.
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National Advisory Board
Erica Cardwell is a black queer essayist, culture critic, educator, and 2015 LAMBDA fellow. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Bitch, Hyperallergic, and Ikons Magazine. She will complete her MFA in Nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence in 2016. Erica tweets at @EricaCardwell.
Julie R Enszer, PhD, is a scholar and poet. Her scholarship is at the intersection of U.S. history and literature with particular attention to twentieth century U.S. feminist and lesbian histories, literatures, and cultures. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Southern Cultures, Journal of Lesbian Studies, American Periodicals, WSQ, Frontiers, and other journals. Enszer is the author of three collections of poetry, Lilith’s Demons, Sisterhood and Handmade Love . She is also the editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry and of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal.
Jen Jack Gieseking, PhD, is an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, environmental psychologist, and American Studies scholar. S/he is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments, with a focus on sexual and gender identities. Jack’s work pays special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice. S/he is working on her second book project, Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008. S/he is Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Jack also writes about her research as a blogger with the Huffington Post Gay Voices. Jack uses both she/her/her’s and he/him/his pronouns.
Hillary Kolos is the Director of Digital Learning at the DreamYard Project in the Bronx, NY. As a graduate student in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, she worked as a research assistant for Project New Media Literacies and researched gaming culture. Hillary graduated from NYU with a BFA in Film/TV. She interned at Maysles Films, Big Mouth Productions, and POV and went on to work on projects for Learning Matters, Aardman Animations, and filmmaker Paul Devlin. In addition, she has consulted for the Pearson and Adobe Foundations and taught after-school classes in several New York City public schools.
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is a separatist, zinester, archivist, writer, and black-dyke-participant of intentional, community-specific, collective spaces. A coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and collective member of WOW Cafe Theater as producer of women of color theater, namely, Rivers of Honey. Shawn is a Librarian appointed as Assistant Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY. From (the people’s republic of) Brooklyn, Shawn founded the Queer Housing Nacional List, and has since purchased a home designated for queer women of color (QWOC) with her wife in the Bronx. A board member of Fire & Ink, a national organization for LGBT writers of African descent, and founder of Lambey Press, independently publishing QWOC; Shawn is a co-editor of upcoming special issue of Sinister Wisdom focused on the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.