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Meet the Panelists


Panel #1: Theater Criticism in the Social Era 12-1pm

Sergio Lo Gatto Lives and works as a freelance theatre critic and cultural journalist in Rome/Italy. He is PhD Candidate at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he holds a permanent workshop in Critical Writing. He contributed to newspapers and magazine and is Chief Editor at Teatro e Critica.

Jose Solis has been writing about film and theatre since 2003 and his work has appeared in major publications including The New York Times, American Theatre, and TimeOut. He is a member of the Drama Desk, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Online Film Critics Society.

Steven Suskin was a reviewer for years with Variety and Huffington Post, and started New York Stage Review with Jesse Oxfield, who was the reviewer for the New York Observer.

Robert A. K. Gonyo is a theatre director, actor, podcaster, sound designer, voiceover artist, musician, and tour-guide residing in Queens. He is the producer of Go See a Show!, New York City’s independent theatre podcast (, as well as the producer of Apparitions, a podcast of new radio horror plays.

Panel #2: Accessibility in Theatermaking 1:45-3pm


Nikomeh Anderson is Creative Producer and Collaborator with Free The Arts Festival, and Multidisciplinary Theatre Maker. An actor/musician/poet, a choreographer and director, an advocate and cultural activist, a facilitator and educator. Education includes studying at New York University for Drama, Stella Adler Studio, Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, and more. Collaborations include The Icarus Project, Institute for the Development of Human Arts, and part of the Keep Issa Free Campaign. A proud member of the Brown Girl Brigade-Brown Girl Recovery.

DARIO D’AMBROSI, Teatro Patologico (Italy) – Director, actor, founder of the theatrical movement Teatro Patologico, focusing on inclusion of people with disabilities. In 2016, Dario created the very first academic program Integrated Theatre of Emotion, supported by University of Rome Tor Vergata. Fifteen of his plays have been presented at La MaMa, his Medea by Euripides, casting actors with disabilities, received the Wilton Prize as Best Show of the season in London (2015), and was presented at the headquarter of the United Nations of New York (2017).

Kyle Wright – Digital Projects Director at The Shubert Organization, Kyle works on understanding who your audience represents (overseeing strategy, data integration, analytics and partnership development for digital marketing and emerging in-venue technologies). He serves on the Board of CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit organization offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

Meredith Ganzman is a digital reporter and news writer at PIX11 News, and previously worked at the 92nd Street Y, where she was a digital content producer. Before that, she was the lead arts and entertainment reporter for The Jewish Channel. Meredith’s work has been published on, and She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Panel #3: Collaboration across Communities 3-4pm


Valeria Orani, Umanism – Administrative director, coordinator, and producer in public and private Italian theatre institutions, she moved to NY in 2015. Founder of 369gradi, to promote Italian culture n. In 2014, she founded Umanism LLC in New York, an open plat­form to support European arts in New York City and American arts in Italy. Together with Frank Hentschker, Director of The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, Valeria is curator of The Italian Playwrigths Project, dedicated to translation, performance, and publishing drama and of the American Playwrights Project, dedicated to promote American dramaturgy in Italy.

Aizzah Fatima is a New York City based writer and actor. Her comedy solo play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been produced all over the world, has been published by No Passport Press and became a film, with Emmy award winning director Iman Zawahry and being a finalist for the Sundance Writer’s lab. She was nominated for an Outstanding Solo Performance award (NYIT 2014), and for a Broadway World award for Best Play in 2016. She is the recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art grant, and has written the book for the musical The Ten Year Test. Her short film Stuff won the best comedy award (Asians on Film).

Erwin Maas is an award winning New York based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. An Off and Off Off Broadway director in NY, Maas is the Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), Artistic Associate & Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), Co-founding Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE), and the Programming Director for the Off Broadway Origin Theatre Company. He currently teaches at CUNY Brooklyn College (PIMA), is a core-member of Theater Without Borders, a member of Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics and of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn and DecadesOut.

Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre, has been creating theatre projects in post-war, refugee and disadvantaged communities globally since 1984, collaborating with local artists, and applying the arts to the peacebuilding process.  She is currently conducting programs promoting rule of law in Afghanistan through the US Institute of Peace, and working with Rohingya and Somali refugees in Malaysia.


Jay Stern is a film, theater and radio director and producer. His more than 30 short films have played at festivals across the US and Canada. Jay is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a founder of the World Wide Lab. Jay is the director of Quicksilver Radio Theater and a founder, producer, and co-host of the Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series. Jay holds a degree in writing from Columbia University and an MA from the European Graduate School, and studied with Peter Greenaway and Volker Schlöndorff, among the others.