Dr. Lisa B. Thompson, present and over her center!

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell

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Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez    ~   Cecelia Gay   ~    Victor Villalobos   ~   Jose Lozano    ~   Indiia Wilmott

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Adam Roberts      ~         Robert Matney        ~           Dana Wing Lau              ~           Catherine Ashton

Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez is a theatre director/actor, dancer, and writer. Luis' work blends cultural exploration, historical research, and unconventional performance art, driven to unpack the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx experience. Since 2008, Gutiérrez has served as the artistic director of ProyectoTEATRO, whose mission is to engage recent immigrants, bicultural communities, and first-generation families through cultural arts programming in Spanish.

Cecelia Gay currently works as a Key Second Assistant Production Accountant at HBO. She's worked as a teacher at Austin School of Fashion Design, has tutored private design students, and has consulted extensively in costume, fashion, and makeup design. Cecelia received her degree from Miami International University of Art and Design. Cecelia has experience with Florida Grand Opera, KidsActing, Austin Shakespeare and House of Torment!

Victor Villalobos is a CPA who operates his own firm and helps Oracle with SEC Reporting Analysis. He also serves on the board of  [enter Ginger's non-profit here]. Victor worked as the Sr. Accountant at Tower Rock Oil & Gas, and as Staff Accountant at The Long Center. He graduated from UT Austin with a Master in Professional Accounting in Financial Reporting & Assurance and a Bachelor of Business Administration (double-major: Business Honors and Accounting).

Jose Lozano is a videographer, editor, photographer, and all-around creative artist. He has worked with many Austin theatre companies, but spends most of his time producing and collaborating on corporate, wedding, and music videos. He is the founder of Magic Spoon Productions (magicspoonproductions.com). We will forever appreciate the outstanding promotional spots Jose created to help launch ATX Theatre during the 2020 pandemic!

Indiia Wilmott is an actor, voiceover artist, director, dramaturg and community leader who has worked in just about every aspect of theatre in the Bay Area and in Austin. She also serves on the board of New Manifest Theatre. She has worked at The Museum of the African Diaspora, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, and The VORTEX. She is the founder of the Austin Black Theatre Alliance and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Minerva Villa has been in the education field for twelve years. She recently earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Instructional Design and Leadership with an emphasis in technology. She also holds a BFA in theatre. She works as the Curriculum Designer and Trainer at Jolt Action, a Texas-based multi-issue organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos in our democracy. 

ADVISORY BOARD:

Adam Roberts is founder of Resolution Creative, a multimedia consulting firm specializing in arts and artists. He is also LITERALLY a musical genius. And he is founder and Artistic Director of TILT, a theatre company that smashes stereotypes about living with disabilities. He teaches voice and singing and CAN TAP DANCE -- oh, yes and orchestrate and conduct and ... There's truly nothing he can't do. Plus he is a kind soul and trustworthy friend. 

Robert Matney is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Yonder. He is an expert on topics at the intersection of the Internet, culture, communications, and art. He was an author of the 2018 Senate Intelligence Committee Disinformation Report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and has provided featured content and keynotes for an array of conferences, summits, and events. Robert is also an actor in Austin who specializes in classical theatre.

Dana Wing Lau is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She also serves on the board of Women in Film & Television. She is a commercial and film actor as well as an audiobook narrator. She is pitching her own TV food show this year.​​​ Dana's other creative endeavors include writing, yoga, baking, learning ukelele, practicing and relearning instruments she used to know how to play (piano and violin), practicing (and relearning) languages, and traveling.

Catherine Ashton is founder of Giant Squid Group, a non-profit fundraising consultancy specializing in grant-writingHer company serves nonprofits of all sizes, offering no-nonsense management training on fundraising best practices, road maps, resources, and more through workshops, private coaching and consulting. Catherine's got a playful way of cutting to the chase helps clients unearth their authentic voice as an organization, making fundraising more natural.

ASKING:

Simone Raquel Alexander (she/her) is a freelance artist, arts administrator, and arts advocate. Simone has spent the last four years in Austin working in the nonprofit field and theatre community. She serves as Producing Artistic Director and Founder of New Manifest Theatre Company, where she has brought together an ensemble of interdisciplinary artists. Simone serves as the Development Director of Ground Floor Theatre, establishing and overseeing corporate and individual giving. Simone also serves as the Visitor Relations Manager at The Contemporary Austin museum, where she manages the frontline staff. Simone has volunteered through service on the B. Iden Payne Awards Council as a member and Marketing Chair, on the UTeach Fine Arts Council Advisory Committee, and the ACC AAS Tech Theatre Advisory Committee.

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deep board experience

fundraising expertise

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Lawyer

California/high tech connection