Tribeca Celebrates Pride is a one-day event honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and provoking reflection on what this milestone means for us as a community.
Intended to supplement the LGBTQ+ content playing across the festival, this day is dedicated to the visibility of all the identities within the queer family. The empowering program includes notable LGBTQ+ public figures as guest speakers and a series of topical panel discussions with queer luminaries and thought leaders. You'll hear established filmmakers share their stories and then meet the next generation of emerging voices with a screening of new LGBTQ+ short films.
The Tribeca team believes in celebrating activism in the arts. At last year’s festival we paid tribute to the women of Time’s Up and this year we are dedicated to bringing queer and allied New Yorkers together for an uplifting experience that exemplifies how fostering LGBTQ+ culture plays a role in moving society forward and creating a better tomorrow.
Join us later that night for the World Premiere of must-see Wigstock documentary Wig , followed by a drag show. (This is a separately ticketed event)
MORNING SESSION (10am-1pm)
Guest Speakers: Neil Patrick Harris | Asia Kate Dillon | Rivianna Hyatt on behalf of True Colors United
Conversations: Activism Through The Ages | Who Gets To Tell Whose Story | From Persecution To Asylum| Representing Hollywood
Screening: Stanley Stellar: Here For This Reason
AFTERNOON SESSION (1:30pm-6pm)
Guest Speakers: John Cameron Mitchell | Patti Harrison | Zackary Drucker | Kathy Tu & Tobin Low of WNYC’s Nancy podcast | Laura A. Jacobs on behalf of Callen Lorde
Conversations: Being A Multihyphenate | Queering The Industry | Out On Screen | Out In Sports | Out In Office
Screenings: I Think She Likes You, Momster, Ponyboi, Black Hat, Carlito Leaves Forever, Framing Agnes
Tribeca Celebrates Pride partners include The Stonewall Inn, NYC Pride, and The Human Rights Campaign. Co-hosts include ACT UP, Callen Lorde, Immigration Equality, NALIP, NewFest, Queer|Art, The Trevor Project, Trans Can Work, True Colors United and Vocal NY.
Allison VanKuiken is the Executive Director of Trans Can Work, a leading Workforce Development organization advancing transgender inclusion in the workplace. Prior to joining TCW, Allison has spent the last 20 years in leadership positions within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including the Human Rights Campaign and Equality California, two of the nation's largest LGBTQ advocacy organizations. As a member of the transgender community and as an advocate for diverse and inclusive workplaces, Allison uses their leadership experiences to help other leaders build truly inclusive cultures that can unlock the potential of a diverse team.
Fran Tirado is the Deputy Editor of Out, co-host of the podcasts Food 4 Thot ,Queerly Beloved, and is also the co-creator of the queer artist collective and event series Communion. He has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Cut, Remezcla, DAZED, Mic, NPR, The Advocate, The Gay Times, and been recognized as one of Brooklyn's 30 Under 30 for his work in editing, researching, documenting, convening, and creating community for queer people.
Stacy Lentz is an LGBTQ activist and Co-Owner of the Stonewall Inn, the birth place of the gay rights movements after the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Lentz has also helped organize 100's of events and fundraisers for LGBTQ organizations. She is currently is the CEO and Co-founder of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative a non-profit helping some of the most underserved members of the LGBTQ community. Lentz has been a featured TEDx speaker and has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and Various other news outlets discussing issues affecting the LGBT community.
John co-created Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which he received two Tony Awards and a Golden Globe nomination. John also directed Shortbus (2006); Rabbit Hole (2010) (Oscar nom for Nicole Kidman) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018). He is a series regular on Hulu’s Shrill. His new musical Anthem: Homunculus, written with Bryan Weller, will be released as a podcast series this spring starring himself, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson and Marion Cotillard. He is presently touring The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig.
Seven Graham is Executive Producer of Ponyboi. Seven is a Brit who moved to Hollywood in 2015, to tell intersex and non-binary stories as a producer, director, writer, actor and world's first intersex stand-up comedian. Seven is Chief of Innovation at GapToof Entertainment and is currently working on three movie projects: Ponyboi (feature), developing their stage play, Angels Are Intersex, for screen, and Peace Girl about the 80s women's peace camp, at Greenham Common. Seven is an advocate and activist for intersex human rights.
Aaron C. Morris is the Executive Director of Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. Prior to becoming ED, Aaron led the organization’s law and policy programs. In his various roles with the organization, he has supervised Immigration Equality’s legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and lobbying efforts. Aaron is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the LGBT Bar Association. In 2014, he was named by the LGBT Bar Association as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. In 2017, he was honored with the Peter Cicchinio award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest.
Nicole Martinez is the Senior Director of Licensing Operations globally for Viacom Media Networks. In addition to her day-to-day work, Nicole has been avidly involved in supporting Viacom’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She currently serves as the Chair of EMERGE, Viacom’s LGBTQ and ally employee resource group, which engages Viacom’s employees through programming and community outreach and serves as a resource to the business at large. She is also a lover of travel and the outdoors and can often be found on a hike with her wife, son, and rescue pup, Bosco.
Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the author of "Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality." In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to her state’s nondiscrimination laws. Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Raúl Castillo is best known for his portrayal of Paps in the critically-acclaimed We the Animals, for which he was nominated for a Spirit Award, and for his role as Richie on the HBO series Looking. We the Animals won the NEXT Innovator Award following its premiere at Sundance 2018. Currently, Raúl is filming Knives Out, written and directed by Rian Johnson. He recently wrapped filming the second season of the STARZ original series “Vida” and the indie film El Chicano, which premiered at the 2018 LA Film Festival and will be released in 2019.
Chris Mosier is a trailblazing athlete and the first openly transgender man to make a Men's US National Team; he is now a men’s All-American duathlete and five-time member of Team USA, representing the United States in sprint triathlon and short and long course duathlon. Chris has mentored and inspired athletes around the world after being featured in multiple global Nike campaigns. He is the founder of TransAthlete.com, the leading resource for information on transgender inclusion in sport. Chris consults on inclusive sport policy and speaks around the globe about inclusion, allyship, masculinity, and his journey as a groundbreaking athlete.
Ellene V. Miles currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Intersectional Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Widely regarded as an multicultural marketing and publicity specialist, Miles has worked with virtually every major studio, executing comprehensive campaigns for several television series, films, lifestyle brands and corporate entities. Her role encompasses the strategic implementation of multicultural and LGBTQ+ focused initiatives, outreach, and ensuring that key audiences are recognized and engaged with an authentic and culturally resonant approach. A nearly 20 year veteran, Miles has also been a vocal advocate for diverse media to have access on par with all outlets.
Tiq speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, Buzzfeed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic. He is currently the Founder of Milan Media Group.
Kevin Huvane is a Partner and Managing Director of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Hailed as “one of the most influential people in Hollywood” by Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, Huvane’s personal clients are among the world’s most accomplished actors, directors, writers and musicians in film, theatre, and television. In addition to sharing management responsibilities for the agency’s overall business, Huvane oversees the company’s Lifestyle division, which includes CAA Culinary, Commercial Endorsements, and Speakers departments, as well as the CAA-GBG Global Brands Group joint.
Jeffrey has been involved with the distribution, curation, exhibition, and production of LGBT content since long before it was called that. Since joining The Film Collaborative in 2010, Jeffrey’s areas of specialty have included niche distribution, niche marketing, and festival/non-theatrical/special events distribution. Representative LGBT films include Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND; Javier Fuentes-Leon’s UNDERTOW (CONTRACORRIENTE); Desiree Akhavan’s APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, Deb Shoval’s AWOL, Jenni Olson’s THE ROYAL ROAD; Jeffrey Schwarz’s I AM DIVINE, VITO, and TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL; Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI and THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN; David Weissman’s WE WERE HERE; and many others. During that time, he has handled many non-queer films as well.
Actress and producer Raven-Symoné one of Hollywood's most powerful and talented young stars is starring and producing RAVEN’S HOME, spinoff of the original hit show THAT’S SO RAVEN, and seen guest starring on FOX's hit series EMPIRE, ABC's BLACKISH, as well as Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava's animated feature, ANIMAL CRACKERS, She previously was a co-host of THE VIEW.Raven is a humanitarian involved with Girls Incorporated, a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold by providing vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas.
Staceyann Chin is a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. Widely known as a co-writer and original performer in the Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Café, one-woman-shows Off-Broadway, writing workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, and Border/Clash all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City. Her critically acclaimed solo theater piece MotherStruck, directed by Cynthia Nixon and produced by Rosie O’Donnell, opened in New York in December of 2015.
Asia Kate Dillon is an actor, writer and director who currently plays Taylor Mason, a non-binary gender identifying character, on Showtime’s Billions. Dillon is the first non-binary gender-identifying actor to ever be cast in a major television series and the first non-male identifying person to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Awards in the Best Supporting Actor category. They* will soon be seen in the role of The Adjudicator in the feature film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and is voicing the character of Valentina Romanyszyn in the animated series gen:LOCK. Other TV credits include Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, and Younger. * Asia Kate Dillon uses the singular they pronoun for non-binary gender identification.
Joanna has been a professional athlete for sixteen years and is currently a midfielder for the Washington Spirit in the National Women's Soccer League. She's utilized her platform to impact people around the world. She's a human rights activist, a professional speaker for leading organizations and she also serves as a Sport Diplomat, traveling the world and running programs in less developed nations that promote gender equality, conflict resolution, cultural understanding, and economic development. She's helped individuals and groups find their beauty by living an unabashedly authentic life based around deep-rooted acceptance and discovering a comfort in their own skin.
Premiering at SXSW, Roberta Colindrez stars in "Ms. White Light ". Roberta's character, Lex Cordova, is a young woman who counsels terminally ill clients who have trouble letting go. The cast includes Judith Light Zachary Spicer and John Ortiz. This Spring Colindrez returns as Irene for season three of “The Deuce”. This fluently bilingual performer looks forward to international work and the release of “Vida” in numerous international markets.
Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, and policymakers to increase visibility queer and trans people of color in both creative and sociopolitical spaces. In their current role as Program Director at True Colors United, Twiggy leads their Youth Collaboration programs, aimed at elevating youth voices and creating space for partnerships with young adults to lead the movement to end youth homelessness. Twiggy co-wrote the Sundance-selected documentary KIKI, sits on the Board of Directors for Doc Society, is Runway Choreographer on FX series, POSE. Her mission is to elevate the authentic representation of the House|Ballroom Community worldwide.
Joe Machota is the Head of the Theatre Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Machota represents many of the world’s leading directors, actors, and musicians including Scarlett Johansson, Ansel Elgort, Jim Parsons, Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Ben Platt, Channing Tatum, Sutton Foster, Casey Nicholaw, Joe Mantello, Michael Grandage, George C. Wolfe, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In 2016, Machota received The Boston Conservatory Alumnus of the Year Award. He has also been named to Out magazine’s “Out 100”, Variety’s “The Gotham 50” influential New Yorkers, and “Broadway’s 50 Most Powerful People.” Joe currently serves on the Board of BC/EFA.
Wade Davis is a former NFL player, public speaker, and corporate inclusion and cultural advisor on gender, race and equality. He consults for the NFL, NHL, and Google and advises Fortune 500 companies on building inclusive cultures.Wade launched initiatives with Planned Parenthood and the Ms. Foundation, and is a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation.Wade built a Men’s Gender Equality training to engage, educate and provide men with tools to be gender equality advocates and was a national surrogate for President Obama. Wade has taught at NYU and Rutgers, and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Northeastern University.
Bill Keith is the deputy editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he oversees all of the brand’s film and tv coverage and manages brand extensions and external partnerships. He is also the cohost of the weekly radio show Bullseye on Sirius XM 105. Prior to joining EW, he was an editor and writer at a variety of magazines and newspapers including Giant, GQ, the New York Daily News, Out and Time Out. He is a graduate of Tulane University and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Ilon grew up in Venezuela and began their career there as a medical doctor. In 2009, they came to the U.S. to continue their medical work but also sought asylum from Venezuela due to the dangers they faced living there as a queer person. Ilo has made New York City their home but lives the complex existence of an immigrant, especially as conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated, forcing their family to flee to other countries for safety. Ilo got their citizenship in April 2018.
Fabrice works on Free&Equal, the UN campaign for LGBTI equality. He leads a project on standards for Business which have received support from 250 of the largest companies worldwide. From 2001 to 2016 Fabrice was Sr Country Officer at the World Bank. He authored analyses on Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan & Tunisia. He holds a B.A. from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from AU in DC. Fabrice serves on the Boards of Outright Action International, Housing Works, Alturi, the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) & the KindRed Pride Foundation. He lives in NYC with sons Maxime & Eitan
David Paul Kay is a New York City based American contemporary artist & muralist. Originally from Eastern Europe David moved to New York City in 2008 where soon after he developed and became known for his new unique black and white signature style. Using vibrant lines David transforms walls, canvas, paper, fabric and other mediums into intricate kinetic surfaces. Artist's commissions and collaborations include two murals at Equinox Orchard street on LES NYC, mural at PayPal New York, Cadillac live art piece developed at ArtBasel Miami, TWO12 rooftop, G Lounge & Gallery , East Village Mural at Ideal Glass Gallery and more.
Tobin Low is the co-host and co-creator of Nancy, the podcast from WNYC Studios featuring stories and conversations about the queer experience today. Hailed as a top podcast by Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, and The Guardian, Nancy has been praised for its “empathetic sense of how it feels to be young, searching, and a work in progress” by Vulture. In 2018, Tobin was also selected by the LOGO TV network for being one of the top thirty individuals across the country demonstrating LGBTQ pride. Along with his co-host Kathy Tu, he is also a member of 2018's OUT 100.
Kathy Tu is the co-host and co-managing editor of Nancy, a podcast about the LGBTQ experience today. Prior to Nancy, Kathy worked on The Memory Palace, The Mortified Podcast, Masterpiece Studio, Radiolab, and others. And prior to that she was an EMT and law school grad.
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R is a Trans and GenderQueer-identified psychotherapist, public speaker, author, activist, and heretic specializing in trans, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ issues, as well as kink/BDSM, nonmonogamy, and sexworkers. They serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, have been featured in television, radio, print, at conferences, medical schools, and other organizations. Laura is the recipient of a 2018 Gay City News, the 2017 Community Health Center Association awards, and is coauthor of “You’re In The Wrong Bathroom! And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People”. www.LauraAJacobs.com
Congressman David N. Cicilline serves Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a member of the House Democratic Leadership as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). He is also a leader in Congress on issues of core American values, serving as Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Malcolm Kenyatta is Pennsylvania State Representative for the 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia County, on November 6, 2018. He is a product of Philadelphia public schools and a 2012 graduate of Temple University. His legislative priorities include raising wages to overcome systemic poverty, improving the educational system across the Commonwealth and improving access to quality healthcare for families. As the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. Rep. Kenyatta believes that maintaining a healthy democracy requires the involvement of every citizen.
Lesli Klainberg is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, one of the leading nonprofit film organizations in the U.S., and an award-winning producer/director of documentaries. Prior to her current role as Executive Director, Lesli was FSLC’s Managing Director and the Producer of the NY Film Festival. From 2008 through 2011, she served as ED of NewFest, NYC’s LGBT Film Festival. Starting with her first job at WNET in NYC, Lesli has also been part of the nonfiction community, producing/directing documentaries that have screened at leading film festivals, and had wide distribution via broadcast/theatrical release.
Phillip Picardi is the Editor-in-chief of OUT Magazine. Picardi is the youngest person to hold the role in the magazine’s history. He was formerly the Chief Content Officer of the newly-launched them., Condé Nast’s first-ever platform devoted to the queer community. He was also the Chief Content Officer of Teen Vogue. Under his leadership, TeenVogue.com traffic skyrocketed from 2 to 12 million monthly unique visitors in just two years. Picardi was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2017 and Out Magazine’s OUT100. He was also named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.
PATTI HARRISON is an LA-based writer, actor, and comedian. She is currently a writer on the Netflix series BIG MOUTH and appears on Hulu’s SHRILL and Comedy Central’s UNSEND. Previously she wrote for HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE and the upcoming AMC series DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE.
Jacob Tobia is a writer, producer, and author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story with Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. From interviewing former US Presidents to working with queer and trans youth, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is messy as hell. A member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the OUT 100, Jacob has been featured on The Daily Show, MSNBC, MTV, The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, Playboy, The Guardian, and Jezebel, among others.
DIRECTOR AND WRITER, Leilah Weinraub's film SHAKEDOWN (2018) chronicles the “high-femme performances” in the Los Angeles-based underground black-lesbian strip club Shakedown. The New Yorker claims that “Shakedown is neither an experimental art film nor an anthropology of gay, black femme performance in L.A. Rather, Weinraub sought to capture a moment and turn it into cinema.”
Nneka Onuorah is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, television producer, and activist of Nigerian-American descent. She is known for her film, “The Same Difference,” a documentary about internalized homophobia within the black lesbian community. She is a two time GLAAD award nominee in the category of “Best Documentary.” Her credits include Producer on the Netflix original docu-series "First and Last," and "My House," a documentary-series about the black queer vogue scene on Viceland. She is currently directing a feature documentary for HBO and touring with her film "Burning Down The House" about the Afro-french dance community in France.
From the board room, to film/TV sets and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality. She currently stars as “Candy” in the Golden Globe-nominated FX hit series “Pose.” Ms. Ross combines her passion for acting with her skills as a producer in her newest endeavor, and she has returned to the executive producer chair for the “King Ester” short-form web series. As the Founder of Trans Tech Social Enterprises, Angelica’s advocacy and activism through TransTech creates social impact, bringing empowerment to marginalized communities.
Travis Chamberlain is Managing Director of Queer|Art, a New York-based non-profit that supports the creative and professional development of LGBTQ artists through models of mentorship and community exchange. He is formerly the Associate Curator of Performance, New Museum, New York, and Artistic Director, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn. His curatorial work encompasses performances, residencies, exhibitions, and community organizing, with a focus on the excavation of marginalized cultural histories and the advancement of emerging queer voices.
As an asylum winner and an advocate for Trans rights, Ms chambers continues to work with Immigration Equality to lend her voice to those who are still hiding in the shadows. She is a proud product of the hard work and dedication of Immigration Equality. She currently resides in Queens and is focused on her career and helping those in the transgender community.
Tre'vell is the Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out Magazine. Prior, they were a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, covering diversity in Hollywood with a focus on Black and queer film. A sociology graduate from the nation’s headquarters for black male excellence, Morehouse College, Anderson also received their master’s in journalism from Stanford University. Their work has been recognized by the National LGBTQ Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Better Brothers Los Angeles among other groups. Anderson is president of the National Association of Black Journalists of Los Angeles.
River Gallo is a Salvadoran-American filmmaker, writer, actor, and intersex advocate. He graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Gallo is the CEO of Gaptoof Entertainment, a multi-media production house in Los Angeles, which focuses on re-envisioning POC–, LGBTQIA–, and female–narratives.
ALOK is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. Their eclectic style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. They were recently the youngest recipient of the Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. In 2017 they released their inaugural poetry chapbook FEMME IN PUBLIC. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 400 venues in more than 40 countries.
Ser Anzoategui is a non-binary Latinx/Chicanx actor/playwright/artivist. Anzoategui wrote and performed at Rio Hondo College from 1999-2004 and graduated from LMU with a BA in Communication and Fine Arts in 2005. Anzoategui’s theatre recognition led to being cast in a recurring guest star role on Hulu's Emmy® nominated “East Los High” as the openly queer character Daysi Cantu. Following “East Los High,” Anzoategui landed roles on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Fosters,” “Shameless,” and more. They are playing a significant role in empowering and advocating for local community as well as educating the larger society through entertainment. They currently play Eddy on the Starz series "Vida".
Zackary Drucker is an artist, producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMa PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy nominated producer for the docu-series This Is Me as well as a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Transparent.
Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix’s "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Television: “Genius Junior,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “American Horror Story,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Glee," “Doogie Howser, M.D.," among others. Film: Downsizing, Gone Girl, The Smurfs 1 & 2, the Harold & Kumar films, Starship Troopers, among others. Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk Awards), Assassins, Cabaret, Proof. Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards and his guest-starring role on "Glee."
Jason L. Walker is the HIV/AIDS Campaign Coordinator at VOCAL New York where he builds political power among low income communities of color, particularly those living with HIV and LGBTQ youth. Jason has won key legislation that has assisted more than 15,000 members of his community access housing. He is also the co-creator of VOCAL's first youth organizing project, Queerocracy. His success to advancing an array of social justice issues has earned him numerous recognitions from POZ Magazine, the National Black Justice Coalition, PFAW, and most recently City & State New York as their 2018 LGBT Leaders on the Rise.
Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series “Vida,” which earned 100% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show, which will return for a second season this spring, will feature all Latina directors, including Saracho, who will make her television directorial debut, and as was the case in season one, will have a writing staff comprised of all Latinx writers. Named one of “TV Scribes to Watch” by Variety in 2018, Saracho’s television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” HBO's “Looking” and “Girls,” and “Devious Maids."
Brad Calcaterra, the creative director of The STUDIO, works closely with diverse actors encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and nurture those innate attributes into film and television careers. In 2010, Brad created ACTOUT, an ongoing critically acclaimed workshop specifically designed to tackle challenges faced by many LGBTQ and other historically marginalized actors in the entertainment industry. For over a decade, Brad has helped launched the careers of many actors including; Laverne Cox, OITNB, Jamie Clayton, SENSE8, Trace Lysette, TRANSPARENT, MJ Rodriguez, POSE, Eve Lindley, ALL WE HAD, Angelica Ross, POSE, Joslyn DeFreece, STRANGE ANGEL and Logan Rozos, DAVID MAKES MAN.
Simon Halls is a founder and a partner at SLATE PR, the entertainment industry’s leading PR agency. With more than 450 clients, he and his partners manage the media relations activities for such luminaries as Sam Mendes, Ridley Scott, Ang Lee and Ryan Murphy. The company also oversees release and awards campaigns for their film and television clients. To date, Simon's clients have received 9 Academy Awards and 54 Academy Award nominations.
Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is the Creator & Executive Producer of the Golden Globe nominated FX series POSE. A 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. Steven earned a BA in Cinema, and a Masters in Student Affairs & Diversity, from Binghamton University. While attending UCLA, Steven served as Research Assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions. In 2016 Steven was a Staff Writer on Freeform’s Dead of Summer, and his short film, Afuera, premiered at the LA Film Festival. Variety named Steven a TV Writer to Watch in 2018.
Jordan Roth is a multi-faceted creator, thought-leader and tastemaker across the worlds of theater and fashion. He has won four Tony Awards and is President of Jujamcyn Theaters, overseeing five Broadway theatres featuring some of the most influential shows on Broadway today including The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Mean Girls, Frozen, Hadestown and upcoming Moulin Rouge. He's the creator and star of the online satire series “The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth,” addressing hot-button topics and featuring singing celebrity guests. He also developed the editorial platform Warmly, Jordan, sharing conversations between Jordan and cultural tastemakers.
Rivianna is a Program Officer at True Colors United. Before that, they spent a few years as a founding member of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness, where they talked (a lot) about the role of people with lived experience in the movement to end homelessness. Previously, they did outreach and positive youth development work in Hollywood with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In 2015, they founded Beyond the Balcony - a program for young people looking to develop careers in theatre arts. Rivianna is a graduate of Mills College and City College of San Francisco.