Thomas is the Founding Artistic Director of Poetry Well. For the past decade, he has pioneered the healing arts as a poet in residence at hospitals throughout New York and New Jersey, using expressive writing to restore dignity among patients and caregivers and bolster resiliency among clinicians and staff. A poet and author, his debut collection, Trespass, was a winning selection for the National Poetry Series.
Whitney is Director of Development at TDF, a nonprofit committed to making the arts accessible to all. Prior to TDF, Whitney was Director of Development at Theatre for a New Audience, a modern classical theatre in Brooklyn. She has worked as a fundraiser and administrator at The Arden Theatre Company, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Rep and the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. She is a Trustee Emeritus with SPACE on Ryder Farm and was a founder of Shakespeare in Clark Park. She holds a B.A. from Drew University and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.
Angelo is a lawyer, scholar, writer, and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. He is currently Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he specializes in government misconduct, racial justice, and immigrants’ rights issues. He is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, and a former law clerk to the late-Judge Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has published law review articles on constitutional law in the Nebraska and University of San Francisco Law Reviews, and his missives on a broad array of legal topics can be read in Slate, Jacobin, and Current Affairs. Originally from Miami, is based in Brooklyn, NY and may be reached most easily on Twitter, @VoltaireLaFlare.
Jerome Ellison Murphy
Jerome earned his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as Undergraduate Programs Manager. He co-curates the Bespoke reading series at Bureau of General Services Queer Division bookstore. His critical writing has appeared in The Yale Review, LA Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, Adroit Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary Review, and elsewhere, while his poetry appears in Narrative Magazine, LitHub, The Awl, The Cortland Review, Spunk, Bellevue Literary Review, and more. He previously served on the board of Lambda Literary Foundation, the world's foremost non-profit supporting LGBT literature.
Tom is the President of Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, a New York-based consultancy serving the arts and culture industries in the areas of marketing and revenue generation. TOCG clients range from small theatres and dance companies to the nation’s largest performing arts centers and producing organizations. Beyond his marketing and audience development focus, he is trained as a social worker, and utilizes a consulting philosophy that is based equally in healthy systems of human collaboration and community as it is in sound business practice. Tom serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama’s graduate Theater Management program.
Alexandra is an attorney specializing in nonprofit governance and compliance, and advises human services, cultural, environmental and animal welfare organizations throughout the tri-state area. Previously she worked in fundraising and development for a well-regarded regional Shakespearen theater and continues to be involved with several charitable organizations in New York and New Jersey. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hall University School of Law.