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PANELISTS

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Carlton Turner Alternate ROOTS / Executive Director

Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non-profit arts organization based in the south. Carlton Turner is also co-founder and co-artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) (www.turnerworldaround. org). He is based in Raymond, MS.

Kinan Valdez El Teatro Campesino / Producing Artistic Director

Kinan Valdez is the Producing Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino. In addition to his work in theater as a playwright and director, Kinan is an award-winning filmmaker and a lecturer in the Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Meena Natarajan Executive/Literary Director Pangea World Theater

Meena Natarajan is the Executive/ Literary Director of Pangea World

Theater in Minneapolis. She is a playwright and director and has led the theater’s growth since it’s founding in 1995. She serves on the boards of NPN and the Consortium of Asian American Theater and Artists and is the past President of Women Playwrights International.

Kukuli Velarde Artist

Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian visual artist. Since early in her career her work has been exhibited throughout the USA and abroad. She has received recognition from The US Artists Foundation (2009), the Pollock Krasner Foundation (2012), the Leeway Foundation (2012), the Pew (2003) among others. She lives in Philadelphia.

Eduardo Vilaro Ballet Hispanico / Artistic Director

Eduardo Vilaro, a first generation Cuban-American, began as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico in August of 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. Vilaro has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985 and assisted founder Tina Ramirez with the development of dance education residencies.

Rio Yañez Artist

Rio Yañez is a curator and graphic artist born and raised in San Francisco, California. He is a curator of more than 10 exhibits and has exhibited his artwork from San Francisco to Tokyo. Yañez is a founding member of the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s first tortilla art collective.

Tomás Ybarra-Frausto Independent Scholar

Dr. Ybarra-Frausto was the Associate Director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, Chairman of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Smithsonian Council. He is the recipient of Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle, the Henry Medal by the Smithsonian Institution, and the NALAC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rodrigo Toscano Poet

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book is Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press 2012). His previous book, Collapsible Poetics Theater, was a 2007 National Poetry

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2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

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