Toya is a native Houstonian from an artistic family who grew up with both theater and music. She brings more than 15 years of experience in arts education and has directed plays, developed curricula, led advocacy efforts and implemented innovative teaching artist training programs both in and out of our city’s schools.
After graduating from Houston’s prestigious High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Toya attended Vassar College and further developed her interest in arts education, particularly in the use of theatre to help youth address issues relevant to their personal and civic development. Toya also holds an M.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. As a theater teaching artist, Toya has worked extensively and passionately with teenage girls in New York City.
A passionate performer and teaching artist, Liz uses theatre to connect with young people across all five boroughs of New York City. At the Museum of the City of New York, she directs High School students in the creation of a play inspired by primary resources from the Museum’s archives and exhibits. With the Urban Stages Outreach Department, Liz works to create new touring performances for young audiences in the New York City Public Libraries. She co-created “Blown Away By Poetry”, “South of the Border: Latin American Folktales” and “Tales of Snow”.
As a teaching artist with Making Books Sing, she uses drama to engage elementary school students in literature as well as social challenges. She was featured in TIME Magazine for Kids in the role of Alice from Alice’s Story, an interactive play about bulling. Liz also enjoys working with young women as co-creator of ‘Exploring Choice’, a series of theatre workshops designed for female survivors of trauma. Liz holds a BA in theatre from New York University and an MA in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Development and Marketing Associate
Kaitlin Hines is a fundraiser, writer, performer and all-around arts advocate living in Harlem. In her 8+ years in New York City, she has worked in nonprofit arts administration for Dance New Amsterdam, Doug Varone and Dancers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Adele Myers and Dancers, and Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama. She has written grants freelance for a number of dance and theater organizations, and has served as a consultant for fundraising on many independent projects.
While advocating for the arts, she continues to teach dance and perform throughout the city, as both a soloist and dance company member. She is currently a member of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective and has shown her own work at Greenspace, Dance New Amsterdam and Theater for the New City.
viBeStages Program Director
Noelle Ghoussaini is an American-Lebanese playwright, director and arts educator. She holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Performance Studies, French and African Studies from Northwestern University. She has lived, traveled, performed and taught throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Her work is dedicated to using arts to examine and re-imagine our society within a political, social and historical context.
viBeGirlsRadio Program Director
Andalusia Knoll is a multimedia journalist, popular educator and organizer. She is a program director with Brooklyn based VibeGirls Radio, a producer with the national Criminal Justice Dialogue Project Thousand Kites, and a freelance journalist who has reported for various news outlets including Democracy Now! Free Speech Radio News, and TeleSUR. She is in love with that little box of technology known as the radio and has conducted bilingual radio and video training with youth and social justice organizations across the United States and Latin America. When she’s not producing or teaching radio you can catch her riding her bike on the streets of Brooklyn.
viBeSolos Program Director
Mahayana Landowne is a New York based director looking to create work with dramatic visions that transcend daily life. Recent productions include: MIXED (Baruch Performing Arts), Impossible Country (Mudbone Collective), Baruch Voices (Baruch), Picasso Project (Luna Stage), Blue. (Vital Theater), Carcass (Diaspora Drama), The Heiress, (The Roundtable Ensemble at the Mint), Machinal (U. of Rochester), Post-Code (American Living Room, HERE), and Terrible Infant (Fringe Festival). Musicals include: Spring Bling, Summer in the Hummer, and The Dick Cheney Holiday Spectacular (Ace of Clubs), Western Unidad (Ice Factory Festival, Ohio Theater), Post-Code (American Living Room, HERE).
As a Director, she uses her skills to do creative grassroots organizing for social issues including the NYC Dance Parade which brings together over one hundred dance organizations to dance down Broadway, and many art action activities that promote participatory art culture. She also leads workshops in Creativity through Radiant Axis.