Casey Bruce is a writer, journalist and activist from Montgomery, AL. She has worked with numerous organizations, such as the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Obama for America, AmeriCorps VISTA, BCBGeneration and PureRed Creative. She has also collaborated on multiple projects with Edelman PR, such as the first and second annual Georgia Gives Day. Her blog, Creme de la Femme, along with screenplays, narrative shorts and essays, explore feminist issues from a 20-something perspective. A co-founder of Eidé magazine (a neosource fashion and lifestyle, ecommerce magazine), her articles and essays have appeared in Georgia Nonprofit NOW magazine, Atlantablackstar.com and Pink magazine. She currently works as the Communications Manager for the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC. She earned her ABJ in magazines and BA in film studies from the University of Georgia in 2011. She currently lives in Washington, DC.
Bridgette Burton is a young arts leader with hopes to continue a career in arts administration and seeks to find experiences that will enhance her growth and enable her to spread arts education across the world. Bridgette graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. During her time at the University, Bridgette was an active member of various organizations that ranged from the arts, to housing and leadership. Bridgette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After graduation, Bridgette started as a Front of House staff member with the nation’s premiere ensemble company Steppenwolf Theatre Company. It was in this experience that she received training as an Assistant House Manager, Concierge, and Bartender. It was also at Steppenwolf that Bridgette received training in Aesthetic Education, the pedagogy of Steppenwolf’s Education Department. In September of 2012, Bridgette began her position at her alma mater The University of Georgia as the new Head House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Office of Performing Arts Center. In April of 2014, Bridgette transitioned into the Assistant Box Office Manager position with the Performing Arts Center. Bridgette is currently in her first year in The University of Georgia Master’s of Public Administration Program with the intent to focus on Non-profit Management and Higher Education Administration.
Markel Davis is a short story author and award winning poet from Atlanta, Georgia. He is an avid writer and contributing writer for the365 Project. He attended Valdosta State University and received a Bachelor’s in Arts in English while minoring in Communications and African American Studies. When he is not writing, he works a talent acquisition specialist for MarketSource in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Al Heartley is a theater administrator, director, and diversity and equity advocate based in Cleveland, OH. He currently works as the assistant to the artistic and managing directors at Cleveland Play House where he was previously the education associate. Al has previously worked as the theater management apprentice and multicultural fellow at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has worked for Writers Theatre in Chicago. Al has directed in Cleveland and Chicago, most recently in Cleveland Public’s Theatre Springboard and Big Box Series where he directed Same Difference by Sam Roberson. Al was a 2012 Young Leader of Color for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and was a Small Group Facilitator for TCG’s Fall Forum on Governance. Al has also moderated a panel at the 2013 TCG conference in Dallas, TX about diversifying staff through internships and fellowships.
Al is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in Theater with a concentration in African American and Latina/o Theater. Al is a board member with YNPN Cleveland and the events committee chair for the chapter. Al is a member of South Euclid United Church of Christ where he is the chair of the Christian Education and Faith Formation Ministry, a member of the Nominating Committee, and an usher. Al loves to travel (Delta is his favorite airline), write about diversity, and read new plays.
Brittney (Holmes) Jackson is the 2-time National Bestselling Author of five novels, including the recently released, Searching For Right. Brittney has been the recipient of several literary honors including Essence Bestselling Author, Black Expressions Bestselling Author, the 2007 Yale Book Award, and the 2007 AALAS Best Young Adult Fiction Award. The visionary behind R.A.D.I.A.N.C.E., a growing mentoring organization for young women, Brittney is also a 2012 Teach for America corps member alumnae. She earned her ABJ in magazines and BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2012. She currently resides in Jacksonville, FL, where she is a dedicated educator with a passion for molding and inspiring young minds within the Duval County Public School System. Her favorite pastimes are leisurely reading and maintaining her blog, My Pen, My Passion. For the latest on the author and her appearances visit her website.
Kelundra Smith is a writer, editor, and digital engagement expert. She has worked with numerous nonprofit theatres, including Horizon Theatre, The Rialto Center, and Syracuse Stage, to create engaging campaigns in order maximize organizational usage of social media and digital communications for audience development. A graduate of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at Syracuse University, her journalistic work has been published on ArtsATL.com, BroadwayWorld.com, and in Dramatics Magazine, Black Masks Magazine, Stone Canoe Journal, and other regional publications. Currently, she creates digital content for Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Magazine Custom Publishing and she continues to work as an arts journalist. Visit her website to learn more.
Mandela “Scooby” Wise is a graphic designer and branding specialist. He has provided graphic assistance to individuals and organizations, including The Professional Atlanta Leaders Society Inc.,The University of Georgia’s NAACP Chapter, and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Wise is a 2010 alumnus of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and 2014 alumnus of Full Sail University with a Masters Of Fine Arts in Media Design. He currently resides in Lawrenceville, Ga.