Michael Joel Constantin Darling is a sculptor, faculty member and technical director at Cal Arts. Born in Wisconsin, he has worked in off-Broadway theatre in New York since 1999. He also served as the technical director for the Ontological-Hysteric Theater from 1999-2003 and has been a touring technical director/production manager in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia for Richard Foreman, the Target Margin, and the Foundry Theater. Michael has also done extensive design work both in theatre and fine arts on both the east and west coasts.
Leslie Tamaribuchi is the Director of Enrollment and Advancement at CalArts School of Theatre. She also teaches fundraising, cultural policy and leads the sustainability seminar with Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts .She worked with Cornerstone Theater Company for ten years serving as managing director from 1995 to 2001. She produced dozens of experimental, community-engaged, and site-specific theater projects and was responsible for the company’s strategic development. She currently serves on Cornerstone’s board, and on the board of the Watts Village Theater Company. Leslie has served as a panelist for the Creative Work Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.
Evelyn Serrano, is a Cuban interdisciplinary artist, educator, independent curator, community organizer, and mother currently living in Los Angeles County, California. She also directs the NOMAD Lab Arts Project, in Santa Clarita, CA. Serrano obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, School of Art, in Valencia, California. Prior to that, she studied visual arts, design, art theory, epistemology, and literature in Havana, Montevideo and Miami. She has exhibited her work in many solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In addition, she is honored to have worked with talented artists, choreographers, writers and performers in many exhibitions, projects and art events she has organized and curated throughout the United States as well as in Montevideo, Tel Aviv, Tijuana, and La Habana. Serrano currently teaches at the CalArts School of Art and the School of Theater, and has lectured and led workshops at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, the CEART in Mexicali, the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, the University of Texas in Dallas, and the Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial in La Habana. Her work is focused on context-specific practices that advance the impact of the arts as a tool for social change.
Emily Hopkins, Executive Director, Side Street Emily’s personal mission is to be a teaching artist—focusing on hands-on learning, to help give artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors. Side Streets teaches artists how to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves with education programs that encourage self-reliance and creative problem solving in a contemporary art context. They operate out of two vintage Spartan trailers, a school bus and a FEMA trailer. Emily grew Side Street’s youth education programs from a small, after school vendor to the nationally-recognized, standards-compliant program it is today. In 2007 the Side Street’s woodworking program was made curricular for every 3rd grader in the Pasadena Unified School District. Emily is also a curriculum consultant to the Pasadena school district she specializes in integrating visual and performing arts standards into core curriculum. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts with a major in fine arts (sculpture and installation) and a minor in writing. Side Streets was recently awarded the 2010 Metlife Foundation Grand Prize Winner for Innovative Space Awards. Congratulations! (Check out this KPCC interview for a visual tour of the Side Streets bus)
Brett Hall, Timeless Travel – Brett has been remanufacturing beautiful travel vehicles for more than 45 years. As founding Vice President of the American Orient Express Railway Company, he oversaw the rebuilding of more than 50 luxury railcars for the company’s fleet of rail-cruise trains. In 2003 he started Timeless Travel Trailers, specializing in customized remanufactured trailers for personal and commercial use. The company operates a 13,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, an acre-large storage area and employ over 25 craftspeople and technicians. TTT’s warehouse, where it performs the work, can house nine to 14 trailers at a time. Projects have included a mobile kitchen for a film set in Canada, a breakroom for a London-based company, an art gallery, a trailer for an extreme sports team, a student housing project at the University of Denver and other projects in Europe and Australia. He will advise Sam’s Spartan Revival on structural design.
Travis Semmes is President of Mobile Solar Power, an industry leader in mobile solar generators, used at job-sites, festivals and off-grid homesteads. Environmental Building News™ recognized Semmes’ generator as one of the Top-10 Green Building Products in 2009. An avid environmentalist and outdoorsman, Travis’ interests range from chickens, home brewing, the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Center for Creative Land Recycling.