A visual artist and former teacher who moved to Philadelphia in 1974 and started her arts management career in 1978. From 1981 to 1999 she produced over 60 plays working as Managing Director of the Germantown Theatre Guild, Founder and Executive Director of Kopia Theatre at Cornucopia on Parkside Avenue, and co-founder of Venture Theatre where she was executive director for thirteen years. At Venture Theatre she worked with teachers and administrators at 15 different Philadelphia public schools to implement Theatre for Learning, a program that used theatre to teach across the curriculum. Her other positions have included 12 plus years as Development Officer at Art Sanctuary, Founding President of the Business Association of West Parkside, Member of the Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Council (Goode administration), and four years on the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Board of Directors. She also served on the Program and Board Placement Committees of PVLA (Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts). Betty returned to West Parkside in 2000 where she lives with her husband. She served for three years on the Board of the Friends of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and is a member of the East Parkside Historic District Coalition and the Mann Center Virtuoso Committee.
A critically acclaimed Off-Broadway Actor/Director/Playwright. He is also an award winning and bestselling writer of books, stagecraft, filmworks, spoken word recordings and nationally syndicated journalism. He has been featured on major television networks such as ABC, NBC and CBS and interviewed for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Orlando Sentinel, Courier Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper and Metro Newspapers, etc. He has taught at Colleges and Universities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and served as an Instructor at Freedom Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre and Venture Theater.
Natasha Cohen-Carroll graduated from Haverford College with a double major in English and Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. She was awarded the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship Grant and taught photography and theatre to children in Ahmedabad, India. Natasha is bilingual in English and French and advanced in Spanish. She has been an artist/counselor with the West Park Cultural Center’s Camp Ginkgo for the past two summers and has led stop-motion and poetry workshops throughout the year. She recently co-organized the Mustard Seed Film Festival with Hariprasad and is working on documentary film projects about community and culture.
Megan is a ceramic artist and recent graduate from the BFA program at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Megan has experience working with children in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. She specializes in wheel-thrown pottery and incorporates elements of drawing and painting with three-dimensional forms. Her work often features themes of sustainability, wellness, and (im)balance.
A handmade artist and accomplished public relations professional born and raised in Philadelphia. She is known and respected in the arts community and started her public relations career as Director of PR for Sharp With Art Group. She is also a blogger and events manager for Handmade Philly. Niesha is passionate about community service and volunteers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemon Society, Philadelphia Community Corps, and Mastery Charter School among others.