MY STORY MY VOICE
The Human Arts Collective
Ripples to Waves
The Precious One
Basking in the Voids
MOLT / MELT / HEAT
Forgiving, Not Forgetting
A Suitcase Full of Hard Feelings
I See You
The Lost Girl
Be You, Unapologetically
My Mom Is My Hero
Returning Home Film and Arts Festival Coming This June
Meet the cast of
My Story, My Voice
Lillian (she/they) is an actor and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Lillian is a cat-lover and queer intersectional feminist; she was raised in Nebraska, went to Stanford University for undergrad, and got her MA at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. She might be the fastest eater and the worst bowler you’ve ever met. Lillian’s other current creative endeavors include revising their play Meat Suit (an absurdist comedy about embodiment in relation to gender dysphoria and chronic pain), acting in a few short films, and writing. By day, Lillian works in project management and design. At the stroke of midnight, Lillian turns into a gremlin (it’s true - ask her partner). You can connect with Lillian on Instagram (@lillianbornstein), their website, or on Patreon if that’s your jam. Big thank you to Landon Beard, Sabina Ksiezopolska, and the HAC team for their support on this project!
Kristin is a multi-disciplinary artist with degrees in theater/music and art/film. She lived and studied in New York for several years and has traveled the world working in the fashion industry with some of the largest designers in the business. She has called Dallas home for the past 12+ years but has continued her work on a national and international platform. She is a certified secondary education teacher and teaches both theater and film at a local private college preparatory IB academy in the DFW area. She was just named ‘Best Performance Artist’ of 2020 in the Dallas Observer.
Giovanna Cossalter Walters
Giovanna Cossalter Walters is an acting student in Shoreline Washington where she lives with her husband Joel and new puppy Wesley. She was working the 9-5 lifestyle in the nonprofit world and had a health scare. This changed her life and she decided to go back to the theatre world to pursue her dreams. Covid took her off stage but she was able to join productions she normally wouldn’t be able to such as this because of everything being virtual. She is so happy to be a part of My Story My Voice sharing her new skill of writing and a story that changed her life.
Nneka Damali is an actor and writer based in NJ/NYC. She is a graduate of Spelman College where she studied comparative women’s studies: exploring the ways in which institutional power and ideology affect marginalized communities. She was also invited to participate in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting: Summer Conservatory in 2018, where she was able to begin studying the craft on a deeper level. She is constantly leaning into her art as a way to bridge both academia and storytelling, which is centered on illuminating the lived experiences of marginalized women and her personal story through acting. Her hope is to continue her studies in a MFA program and further make space, elevate, and tell stories of those who are unheard.
Jack has worked for 40 years in nearly all aspects of film and theatre - Director, Composer, Union Set Carpenter, Puppeteer, Union Actor, Camera Man, etc. He is also “Fishcakes” in the electric swing and blues band” Fishcakes and the Fried Daddies.”
Stories help us believe in believing. Greetings fellow adventurers. I am Nick Freedson. A valiant knight hailing from the kingdom of Los Angeles, CA. I am an actor, playwright, and recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Theatre and Community. Frodo once told Gandalf that he wished none of this had happened. Gandalf replied, "So do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." I welcome you to sit around the bonfire and hear my tale and the wonderful epics of my fellow storytellers in the hopes that we may bring you joy in this challenging time.
Lila Klatz is a non-binary lifelong New Yorker in the first year of Pratt Institute’s Performance and Performance Studies MFA program. Lila is inspired by Devised theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Butoh, American Modern dance, Mindfulness, Social Psychology and Phenomenology. They are an activist, writer and dramaturg who believes and fights for diversity and justice. Lila is currently working on the development, image, and events planning for the start-up arts group The Human Arts Collective. Some of Lila's 2020 pre-COVID theatre credits include Stage Manager for "Superman and Serena" and Co-Dramaturg for Red Monkey Theater Group's "Hedda Gabbler." Their published dramaturgy research can be found in “American Musicals in Context” by Dr. Tom Greenfield in March 2021 (ABC-Clio).
Jamie Lynne Lazan
Jamie Lynne Lazan is a NYC-based, multidisciplinary artist traveling in the shoes of an artist, educator, and activist. She has been recognized as a community builder, artistic director, and changemaker having founded and developed the multimedia startup, The Human Arts Collective (THAC). Since graduating from Stella Adler Studio of Acting and SUNY New Paltz with degrees in theatre, film, and human services, Jamie has utilized her art to impact socially conscious artmaking and facilitate compassion around the stories we hold within. Producing, writing, and acting for her poetic film “When Will the Chameleon Speak;” winning awards for her writing and poetry; directing youth with The New Group; writing a narrative on anxiety in youth; stage managing with Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre, to name a few. An enthusiastic mover and shaker, Jamie believes in sharing stories that bring light, provoke thought, and resonance to our souls.
Mary Kate Magee
Mary Kate Magee is an actress, writer, artist, and model currently based out of Philadelphia. Mary Kate studied Visual Art and Film at Fordham University and Syracuse University’s Florence Center. Since graduating in 2019, Mary Kate has worked in the film and media industry, contributing to several movies and commercials, writing screenplays and poetry, and modeling for lifestyle photoshoots. In her spare time, she loves dancing, learning languages, reading, cooking, adoring all things French, and watching videos of bunnies. You can connect with her on Instagram: @marykate.magee and Twitter: @marykate_magee and check out her work on these websites: Acting: https://mkmagee97.wixsite.com/marykatemagee Modeling: http://marykatemagee.com/ Art: https://mk-magee.myportfolio.com/ Food Blog: https://mkmagee97.wixsite.com/mmmk
Liza Miller is an actor, singer, and teaching artist in NYC. In addition to Scene 1 with The New Group, Liza works with other arts education organizations that place after-school and in-school residencies, and summer theatre and music programming for NYC public schools. These include ArtsConnection, Opening Act, and Community Word Project. She is currently pursuing her MSed in Educational Theatre as an Arthur Miller Foundation Scholar. Liza runs her own private voice and acting studio. Performance Credits include: Theater: Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Twelfth Night (The Schoolhouse Theatre), Warsaw (Alvin Ailey & NYMF), Booth! The Musical (Skirball Center for Performing Arts),The Who’s Tommy (Debaun Center for Performing Arts), Flim Flam (York Theatre), Chicago (Weathervane Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel (Provincetown Playhouse), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chicago Theater), Film: Mr. Blue Sky. TV: “We the People” (NBC). Training: Master’s in Classical Acting, LAMDA; Bachelor of Music – NYU.
I’m Romina, a 23-year-old theater major that just got fired as a hostess at the American Girl Doll Cafe. I moved to New York about a year ago in the hopes of starting a career, but instead found love and a pandemic. Although this isn’t the usual sequence of events, It’s the hand I was dealt. I was always told I was lucky by my dad, cause I found a four-leaf clover in our backyard and a sand dollar on the beach. The sand dollar broke shortly after I found it and the four-leaf clover lays pressed in a book we can’t find. My dad would say that with good luck comes bad, but I’ve come to believe that life is just messy. Luck doesn’t follow a pattern, but a perspective.
Kayci is a NYC based artist of Caucasian & Latinx decent. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance and a minor in Asian Studies. Although primarily a performer, Kayci also has a passion for producing and writing. Recently, she produced and starred in her own short play (Perfection = Overrated) performed at The Hudson Guild Theatre. In her spare time, Kayci tries to create new content. To stay caught up on all things Kayci or for more info, check out Kayci’s World on YouTube (or visit her on Instagram @kayci.r0se).
Born in Philadelphia PA, Todd is an energetic Rapper, Song Writer, Author, Actor, Speaker and Educator. Driven by a passionate commitment to motivate, encourage, entertain and educate others he released his 1 st rap album in 2013. Since then he has written multiple songs, completed 16 music videos, performed with the Delaware Shakespeare Company in addition to other local theatre productions and played in a key role in a feature length film. Todd published his first book in January 2019. Todd is unwavering in his dedication to artistic expression and communication designed to liberate and empower others as a lifestyle. His academic accomplishments include a PhD. from Philadelphia's Drexel University, in Couple and Family Therapy and a EdD. from Wilmington University, in Educational Leadership. And he’s Just getting started.
"Expose yourself to high standards and great expectations with regularity. The results will please you and bless those you love. Integrity and character will win you the gold medal every time!"
- S. Todd Townsend
Meet the cast of
My Story, My Voice