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Melina Economos ‘19 (Director) is a Theatre major (concentrations in Directing and Performance Studies) with an interest in Women’s & Gender Studies. Melina is the President of Students for Queer Advocacy (SQuAd) and on the executive boards for the Feminist Collective, Muhlenberg Trans Advocacy Coalition (MTAC), and the Muhlenberg Disability Advocacy Group. She is also a member of the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association). Melina is excited to direct the Sedehi Diversity Project 2018 as the project continues an important dialogue about diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism at Muhlenberg. Melina hopes that the project reaches and impacts the First Year students as they enter their time here at Muhlenberg.


Armida Flores ’19 (Project Manager) is a Theatre major with a concentration in Stage Management. This is her 6th show with Muhlenberg. She previously worked on three MTA Studio Productions and was an assistant stage manager for Wig Out! in the spring of 2016. She is also part of the DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship Leadership and Worship Teams. As a student of color, this project, and the chance to share these stories, is extremely important to her and she wants to thank you, the audience, for showing up and listening.


James Briggs ’21 is an English and Studio Art double major with a concentration in Photography. Hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he leads Public Relations for Students for Queer Advocacy (SQuAd) and is this year’s Vice President of the Muhlenberg Trans Advocacy Coalition (MTAC). It was last year’s Sedehi Diversity Project performance that gave him the courage to speak up for himself, and he is honored at the opportunity to make this crucially needed art with such a talented and brilliant group of people.


Asia DeShields ’19 is a Theatre major and part of the Emerging Leaders program. She is a member of the acapella group Inacchord, as well as the Muhlenberg Gospel Choir. She also enjoys playing intramural volleyball and watching anime. In her past three years at Muhlenberg, she has grown to enjoy and appreciate having difficult but productive conversations in both classroom and informal spaces, and is very excited to be a part of the Sedehi Diversity Project in her final year at Muhlenberg.


Sophia Echevarria ’21 is an Anthropology major originally from Lancaster, PA but is now living in Harrisburg, PA. She is a proud member of the Emerging Leaders community, a member of the Muhlenberg Gospel Choir and a singer in the acapella group Girls Next Door. Sophia is honored and excited to be in the ensemble of the Sedhi Diversity Project this year. She learned a lot during her first year of college and is ready to put what she has learned into her work on campus, and this show is an important step. She hopes that it inspires the incoming first years in brave and inspiring ways, and she can’t wait to be apart of the impact that this show has on the Muhlenberg community.


Jordan Hill ’20 is a double major in Media & Communications and Theatre (concentration in Acting), from Silver Spring, Maryland. He has been a member of the MTA Board (Muhlenberg Theatre Association) as Social Chair and Arts Marathon Coordinator, a campus tour guide, and a member of TBD (To Be Determined, Muhlenberg's only musical improv group). Jordan will be studying abroad in Indonesia in the fall. He is beyond honored and thrilled to be a part of such an important and necessary project; he hopes it will foster respectful dialogue to help the institution and community to grow and succeed. 


Frederick Marte ’20 is a Philosophy and Theatre double major. On campus, he is actively involved in the Unchained Theatre Collective – which he founded – the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, Rejoice! Gospel Choir, the Office of Multicultural Life, and the Black Acting Methods Studio. Frederick has served as the Assistant Director for two mainstage theatre productions: Listen to Me, and for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. He has also acted in the mainstage production of Shadow Day, as well as in a staged reading of a Katherine Luther play, and has served as an ensemble member in Act Like You Know at Lehigh University. Frederick will be going abroad to the Dominican Republic in the fall to study more about his culture, and to work on an independent research project focusing on how blackness is portrayed through performance in this country. 


Rebekah Nachman ’20 is a Theatre and Psychology double major and has been a member of the R&B acappella group InAcchord, Jazz Improv Ensemble, Rejoice! Gospel Choir, and Opera Workshop for the last 2 years. Last semester she served as the Assistant Musical Director on the Studio production of 21 Chump Street. She is so grateful to be a part of SDP and is incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to create and be in a space where voices from all different backgrounds are highlighted and honored.


Robyn Phan ’21 is a double major in Neuroscience and Theatre, with a concentration in Acting. She is an international student from Myanmar, and seeing the Sedehi Diversity Project shaped a huge part of her freshman year. Robyn is a campus tour guide, a member of the Black Acting Methods Studio, and a tutor at Muhlenberg’s Academic Resource Center. She can usually be found with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in hand. She is so excited to be a part of the ensemble this year working with a group of amazingly talented people!!