Gina L. Grandi (founder and artistic director) worked in the San Francisco Unified School District for 13 years, teaching 4th grade, 5th grade, and high school Theater and Humanities. As a founding teacher of Metropolitan Arts and Technology HS, Gina designed and implemented the school-wide drama program; productions included After Juliet, Discontented Winter, and bi-annual student-devised work. After moving to New York, Gina served as the Program Director at Opening Act, a non-profit that provides free after-school theater programs for New York City’s most under-served high schools. She is currently a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at NYU in the Educational Theatre program and a member of the creative team of a space between.
M.J. Moneymaker (digital communications director and board member) is an artist/writer, analyst, learner, and U.S. Navy veteran. She works for OutRight telling LGBTIQ human rights stories using art, data, and copy for digital communications. She's worked on projects as a screenwriter; digital designer and producer; online advertiser; and marketer. M.J. has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in TV/Film Production. Previously, she worked as the Digital Contest Producer at WITNESS, as the Production Supervisor for NYC LGBT Community Center's TV Show, and for "Freeheld", the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Patti Veconi (resident dramaturg and board member) Patti Veconi is a Brooklyn-based music and drama teacher, director of youth theatre, and playwright. Her scripts are available through Eldridge Publishing in the US and Lazy Bee Scripts in the UK. Patti holds theatre degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA) and New York University (MA). Though her niche is writing in the adolescent voice, Patti’s short plays featuring older adults have also been produced in theatres around the country. (There’s just something about senior citizens and seventh graders.) She is also an avid vegetable gardener and award-winning quilter.
Gabrielle Gilliam (board member)
Suzanne Willett (board member)
What Our Members Are Saying
"What a fantastic evening in Kristine's Eggs on Ice reading!! Thank you so much y'all!!" ~ Thelma M. Reyes
"The casting was fantastic, and the light staging worked perfectly. The whole night was really helpful to me for continuing to develop the piece, especially the dramaturg-led talkback." ~ Francesca Pazniokas