Creator, Director, and Producer
Teya is the founder and artistic director of Theater of Witness. Since 1986, she has been creating Theater of Witness productions with people whose stories haven’t been heard—including prisoners and their families, refugees and immigrants, people affected by violence and/or abuse, and people healing from trauma. Their stories of strength and resilience inspire her.
Megan is a curator, educator and art critic based in Philadelphia, where she serves as Director of Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University. At Jefferson, she organizes a wide range of humanities programs, including the medical school’s humanities selective courses, a co-curricular health humanities certificate program and public events.
Jay started playing the piano at age seven and wrote his first musical composition at age eleven. He grew up in Philadelphia and received his Doctorate in Music Composition from Temple University. Jay excels as a jazz pianist, composer, singer, organist and educator.
Dax Mackenzie Roggio
Dax is a director, editor, photographer, and commercial drone pilot. He is also the managing director of Packafoma Philms, a digital cinema production company based in Philadelphia.
Raymond Holman, Jr.
Raymond’s photographs have appeared throughout Philadelphia. In response to his father’s dementia, he created a long-term project focusing on family caregivers and the challenges they face living with a person with dementia and the love they share.
Josh is a teaching artist who helps people express themselves and overcome challenges through drumming. Josh travels across the country leading workshops with children and adults. In addition to his work as a teacher, Josh also performs as a professional musician.
Matilda is grateful to be working on her second Theater of Witness project. Since June of 2017, she has loved learning about Philadelphia as she repairs books, supports a health and wellness project through the Free Library, tends to a cradle grave in the Woodland Cemetery and bikes around.
Beth has twenty years of experience working nationally as a theatre-maker, carrying a special concern for social justice. She is delighted to have spent the past year facilitating workshops, growing a baby, and apprenticing with Theater of the Witness. Beth’s passionate about creating opportunities where people weave new connections and unearth the healing medicine in stories.
Lucy is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She is inspired by everyone she has met through this production; they have taught her so much about the capacity to selflessly love and care for one another. Some of her favorite things are Hot Cheetos, sleeping in, and Hot Cheetos.
Samantha is an occupational therapy student at Thomas Jefferson University. She comes from upstate New York and has lived in Philadelphia for four years. Samantha is an avid traveler, cook and art enthusiast.
Rebecca grew up in New Jersey. She studied Art History and Political Economy at Tulane in New Orleans. She works for Thomas Jefferson University as the Humanities Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Life and Engagement.
David is the Education Coordinator for Jefferson Humanities & Health. He has previously worked in the arts as well as in education, teaching high school, adult education, and English as a second language. He studied English and Spanish at Syracuse University.
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