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NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES VINCENT TORO Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater Arts Director 1300 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 271-3151 fax 210-2713480 vincentt@guadalupeculturalarts.org MARI TORRES Arts Council of Puerto Rico / La RED Member Director , , (787) 721-3257 marihutch@hotmail.com JOSE TORRES TAMA ArteFuturo Productions Performance Artist 2426 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 232-2968 jose@torrestama.com RORY TRAINOR Alverno Presents/Alverno College Logistics Manager P.O. Box 343922, Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922 414-382-6151 fax 414-382-6354 rory.trainor@alverno.edu ROSITA TRAN University of Texas at Arlington/UTA Dance Ensemble/Multitudes Dance Theatre 300 w. 1st street, Arlington, TX Tarrant, TX 76016 817-448-5519 rosa.tran@mavs.uta.edu CRISTAL TRUSCOTT Progress Theatre Artistic Director/Playwright P.O. Box 444, Prairie View, TX 77446 6462989059 cristal@progresstheatre.com MAURICE TURNER Turner World Around Productions Artistic Director 23710 Highway 18, Raymond, MS 39154 (662) 312-5230 mturner@turnerworldaround.org CARLTON TURNER Alternate ROOTS Executive Director 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 577-1079 carlton@mugabee.com Vincent Toro is a poet, performer, playwright, and director from New York. His work has been staged at INTAR, The Point CDC, the Songs from Coconut Hill Festival of Latino Playwrights, the Urban Pop Theater Festival, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and Repertorio Espanol, where he won 2nd prize in their 2009 Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting competition. Mr. Toro was also winner of the City of San Antonio‟s Best Director award for his staging of Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks, and was a finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. Mari Torres is currently Executive Director of the Arts Council of Puerto Rico, a non profit organization founded in 1993 with the purpose of promoting the arts and culture in Puerto Rico, through cultural, educational and international exchange activities. Since 1975, her professional development has been a combination of Business Administration and the Arts. She currently serves as a member of the Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin America and the Caribbean (LA RED), and the Permanent Fund for the Arts of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation. Ms. Torres was the consultant for the Programa de Las Américas of Arts International, a non profit organization based out of New York, exclusively dedicated to the artistic exchange in all disciplines and all regions of the world. José Torres-Tama is a writer, visual and performance artist who explores the underbelly of the North American Dream mythology. An NEA award recipient and Louisiana Theater Fellow, he received a 2010 Creation Fund from the NPN for ALIENS, IMMIGRANTS & OTHER EVILDOERS, a sci-fi Latino noir and multimedia solo exploring the criminalization of Latino immigrants in the U.S. American Theatre‟s March 2009 issue profiled his United Kingdom tour of his critically acclaimed post-Katrina solo titled The Cone of Uncertainty. In 2008, the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York awarded him publication funds for his first art book, "New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy," which documents his Ogden Museum of Southern Art exhibition of 19th century Creole pastel portraits. www.torrestama.com International Business Senior at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has danced with the UTA Dance Ensemble for four years. Cristal Chanelle Truscott (Artistic Director/Playwright) is founder of PROGRESS THEATRE. She has toured as an NPN Artist since 2001 when her premiere play, PEACHES, received an Creation Fund Grant. PEACHES is currently featured in the anthology "Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy: Theatre from the Hip Hop Generation" published by Theatre Communications Group. She is a graduate of the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (Houston, TX) and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts programs in Drama and Performance Studies, where she served as Assistnat Editor of TDR: The Drama Review. Cristal currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Network of Ensemble Theaters and is Assistant Professor and Director of the Theatre Department at Prairie View A&M UNiversity in Texas. Carlton Turner is the executive director of Alternate ROOTS, a 34 year-old southern based member service organization dedicated to supporting artists working in communities across the south. Carlton is also artistic director and co-founder, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the performing group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) a group composed of two brothers performing a theatrical blend of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and soul music. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is currently working with Mondo Bizarro to create a multi-year performance project on issues of race and racism in the United States. Attendees • Page 38 of 42

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES BENJAMIN TURNER The Living Word Project Performer/Creator 169 Pescara Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513 415 685 9897 bturner1116@gmail.com MICHAEL TURNER The Living Word Project Performer/Creator 420 Gateway Drive, Unit 1, Pacifica, CA 94044 650 393 3487 micboombiyay@gmail.com SCOTT TURNER SCHOFIELD VSA Arts of Alaska/Out North Artistic Director 3800 DeBarr Road, Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 279-8099 fax (907) 279-8100 scott@outnorth.org MARK VALDEZ Network of Ensemble Theaters National Coordinator 1709 N. Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042 323-255-2124 markvaldez@yahoo.com KINAN VALDEZ El Teatro Campesino Producing Artistic Director 705 Fourth Street, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 (831) 623-2444 fax (831)623-4127 valdezteatro@gmail.com SAMUEL VALDEZ Theater Director/Playwrite 1033 51st. St., San Diego, CA 92114 619-892-3179 saamul2003@yahoo.com ALICE E. VALDEZ MECA/Multi-Cultural Education and Counseling through the Arts Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007 (713) 802-9370 fax (713) 802-9403 alicevaldez@yahoo.com MORGAN VON PRELLE PECELLI Performance Space 122 Development Director 150 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009 (212) 477-5829 x307 morgan@ps122.org Hailing from the Bay Area, 'Halo' Benjamin Turner (Performer) is a well-known poet/spoken word artist, writer, lyricist, actor and dancer who placed as a finalist two consecutive years in the Youth Speaks Bay Area-wide poetry slam. In 2008, Benjamin competed with San Francisco team at the Brave New Voices International Poetry slam in Washington DC , helping win the team Honorable Mention at the festival. He later went on to compete the following year in Chicago, reaching final stage and becoming one of the top internationally ranked poets. Benjamin has performed in several venues throughout the nation including, but not limited to, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Opera House, and the Chicago Theater. Michael Wayne Turner III, better known as MyKeyRoc, is a poet, musician, actor, model, and classically trained dancer. Originally from Houston, Texas, MyKeyRoc has lived in New York, Los Angeles, and now the Bay Area. He was a finalists in the 2009 Youth Speaks Bay Area Teen Poetry Slam and went on to represent the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago, IL. His poetry has also been featured on/at tour through California and the entire southern region of the united states ...... His most recent works includes a music, and spoken word mixtape with phresh pham .He has also been featured at many universities such as USC, UCLA, Standford, TSU, WKU,UK, MTSU and Columbia College of Chicago. Scott Turner Schofield transitioned from NPN Artist to NPN Partner this year when he accepted a job as the Executive and Artistic Director of Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage AK (previously VSA Alaska at Out North). The process of installing a working artist in an administrative position was facilitated by Tim Miller. Schofield's passion for socially-engaged art and vision for community engagement for a stronger art market is now transmitted via performance, film, visual art, and music through Out North's mission: Art for Everyone, No Exceptions. See www.outnorth.org to see how. He continues to tour his solo performance work internationally: www.undergroundtransit.com Mark Valdez is the National Coordinator for the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a coalition of U.S. ensemblebased theater companies. He is a director and educator based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining NET, Mark served as the Associate Artistic Director for Cornerstone Theater Company. He has directed across the country, led various workshops and has participated in numerous panels. Alice Valdez is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso & certified to teach instrumental music all grade levels. She performs as a freelance instrumentalist on oboe, flute, and guitar. She is the founder of MECA & has been responsible for the administration of MECA, serves as the artistic director, liaisons with representatives of community-based organizations, and advocates for artists & arts organizations of color.Alice has directed 10 major public mural projects in Houston, Texas and supervises 35 admin and arts staff for In School, After School, Summer Arts Programs for children to adults and senior participants. MECA also provides the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and Residency series which is an integral connection to our National Performance Network partnership. Attendees • Page 39 of 42

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