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Bree Booth   

Bree Booth ’19 (Director) is a self-designed Africana Studies major. She is a former Co-President of the Black Students Association (BSA), and is also an Emerging Leader. She will be a barista at Java Joe's in the fall, and will be going abroad to Aix-en-Provence, France in the spring. She is excited to direct the Sedehi Diversity Project 2017 because she understands how important the project is in fostering conversations about diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism at Muhlenberg. She hopes this project continues to reach First Year students as they step into a conversation and an environment they’ve never encountered before…


Mikaela Esposito

 

Mikaela Esposito ’19 (Project Manager) is a junior double-majoring in Media & Communications and Theatre (concentration in acting). On campus, she works for the Office of Public Relations and is an active member of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association. She is also the Social Chair/Publicity Manager for Muhlenberg’s first and oldest co-ed a capella group, the Muhlenberg Dynamics. Additionally, she enjoys vlogging for her YouTube channel, reading about the performativity of gender, and pursuing her career as Disney’s number one fan. She is so excited to be the project manager for this project that has held such a special place in her heart since she first saw it performed when she was a freshman. She hopes she can help herself and others increase their knowledge and understanding of experiences unlike their own. Additionally, she hopes to strengthen the conversation on Muhlenberg’s campus, allowing space for all voices to be heard, accepted, and welcomed.


Melina Economos

 

Melina Economos ’19 is a Theatre major (concentration in directing) with an interest in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is from Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a member of the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association) and is in the performance ensemble Bag and Baggage Shakespeare Project. She is on the implementation committee for Feminist Collective and on the executive boards for Students for Queer Advocacy (SQuAd) and Muhlenberg Trans Advocacy Coalition (MTAC). She is excited for the opportunity to continue the conversations of diversity and intersectionality and make art with this wonderful group of people!


 Asher Gill  

Asher Gill ’20 is a sophomore majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Africana Studies. (She also may be looking to add a Theatre major with a directing concentration somewhere in there). She’s a member of Damsels in Excess, and loves comedy. When she’s not doing any of these things, she’s reading a book – and she can’t wait to kick off the Muhlenberg Intersectional Book Club this fall. Asher has a “sweet” heart, and the closest way to get to it is through Gushers candy and applesauce.


Sarah Jae Leiber  

Sarah Jae Leiber ‘19 is a junior double-majoring in Theatre (concentrations in acting and performance studies) and History, from right outside of Philadelphia, PA. She’s a member of the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association) and was the dramaturg on three plays last semester. She also works in the Theatre & Dance office as a marketing associate. Sarah will spend this semester abroad at Goldsmiths, University of London, returning to campus in the spring as Musical Director of the Muhlenberg Chaimonics a cappella group. She is absolutely thrilled to be involved with SDP, as it combines her greatest loves: making political/educational theatre, and collaborating with an insanely talented and passionate group of people.


Drew Maidment  

Drew Maidment ’18 hails from the great state of Massachusetts. He’s is a senior double-majoring in Theatre (concentrations in acting and directing) and Media & Communications. On campus, he is a Muhlenberg tour guide, a member of the MTA, and a proud member of the AcaFellas. Last fall, Drew studied at the Academia Dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy. This upcoming fall, he is very excited to be directing How I Wonder on the Muhlenberg mainstage. Drew is very excited to be working on this project with such a wonderful, beautiful collection of people. He hopes that he can help further conversation about diversity on campus beyond being an actor in the show, and to continue doing theatrical work that provokes progressive change.

 


Bree Ogaldez  

Bree Ogaldez ’18 is a senior Theatre major (concentration in acting), as well as a Music minor. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, for which she is the head of the diversity committee, a position that focuses on inclusion, as well as connections across campus between Phi Sig sisters and other diverse members of the student body. She spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina which reignited a passion for the Spanish language and culture. This has led to an increased involvement in the Spanish Club, as well as in a community service program which offers ESL lessons to Spanish-speaking members of the Allentown community. She is thrilled to be a part of this special production, which did so much to shape her view of diversity on the Muhlenberg campus.


John Smith  

John Smith ‘19 is a junior double-majoring in English and Theatre (concentration in acting), who is also invested in studying Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. On campus, John is involved with BSA (Black Students Association), the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association), Campus Delegates, The Emerging Leaders program as a Peer Mentor, the Writing Center as a Writing Assistant/Tutor, the College Box Office as a manager and TBD (To Be Determined, Muhlenberg’s sole musical improv ensemble). John is stoked for the chance to perform in such an influential piece of theatre; he hopes that those viewing will leave with a deeper understanding of diversity and a stronger inclination towards community building.


   

Julie Weiner '20 is a sophomore from outside West Philadelphia, PA. She is majoring in English with a certification in secondary education. At Muhlenberg, she is the Contributing Editor for The Odyssey Online and a part of the Education Society. Her passions include disability activism, classic rock (especially David Bowie and Elton John), Netflix, and reading. She is thrilled to be part of the Sedehi Diversity Project, which had quite the impact on her during her Orientation Weekend.