Founder & Producer
Tom is a playwright, author of five books and 20+ year visual artist. His plays have been developed and produced at such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, IRT Theater, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY and many others.  He was the founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival (2017), the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010) and a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010). He has exhibited his artwork and spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.  www.tomblock.com

Layla Zami

Assistant Producer

Layla is an innovative academic and artist working with words, music, performance, and video. Born in Paris, France in 1985, Layla gains inspiration from a rich and complex Jewish-Russian-German and Afro-Caribbean-Indian cultural heritage. Layla holds a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Humboldt-University, Berlin and a M.A. from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs. She was a Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University (IRWGS), and at the UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance. Together with Oxana Chi Dance Art, Layla has performed in theaters, universities and festivals across the globe. She currently serves in the Dance/NYC Research Task Force and Symposium Programming Committee.  www.laylazami.net

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Shalia Skjong

Special Events Producer, Website and Social Media Manager

Shalia serves as a Program Associate for Jaffe Management and assists with coordinating the annual New York Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition, bringing together thousands of DPMS, MDs, Podiatric Assistants, Students, Residents, as well as over 250 exhibitors to Manhattan. She also assists with coordinating semi-annual seminars for the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance “The Q Group” in venues across the nation and Canada. Previously, Shalia was the Secretary and Chair of the Internship Committee of the United Nations Association of Boulder County. Prior to those roles, she served as the President of the UNICEF Campus Initiative, as well as the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Peace Corps at her university. 

Emily Gregor

Special Events Producer and Social Media

Emily is a magazine journalist, graphic designer, event planner, and world traveler. She is passionate about editing and likes working with people to help them reach their full potential. She thrives by creating beautiful and unique content alongside a hardworking team. 
Emily has worked in video production, event management, news media, magazine publishing, and social media, and she have experience creating both print and digital content.  www.emilygregor.com

Mirjam Linschooten

Graphic Design and Social Media

Mirjam's interdisciplinary practice includes installation, publications, collage, drawing and photography. She has worked as an artist and art director in Paris, until she moved to Amsterdam in 2015. 
As a visual artist her work is concerned with tactics of representation, questioning the way memory and history are constructed through various forms of collecting, interpreting, and display. 
Mirjam was named a Fulbright Scholar
and has been the recipient of Mondriaan Fund support, as well as Prins Bernard Culture Fund and the European Culture Fund. 
Mirjam completed her Bachelor in Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (NL) and her MA at the DutchArt Institute (NL).   www.mirjamlinschooten.com