Friday, October 21, 2016

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The Possibility Project staff leads, manages and directs the organization and our three programs in New York City. They also provide training, evaluation and technical assistance to the staff and artists of affiliate organizations that sponsor Possibility Projects in other cities.

Paul Griffin – Founder & President
Paul founded City at Peace-DC in 1994, and served as its Artistic Director for five years. He is now leading the growth and development of The Possibility Project. In 2009, he launched TPP’s Foster Care Program and in 2015, was Executive Producer for “Know How,” TPP’s film released in May 2015. He recently launched TPP’s new Youth Justice Program in fall 2015. With over 23 years of experience working in the field of youth development and the arts, he has overseen the creation of more than 75 original musicals written and performed by youth. He has presented workshops and performances for dozens of major organizations and events such as the Children’s Defense Fund, District of Columbia Superior Court, National Multicultural Institute, The American University School of International Studies, and George Mason Institute of Conflict Resolution. He has appeared in various media, such as “The Bob Edwards Show,” to speak about teenagers and their development. He has been honored at The White House as a Tomorrow’s Leader Today, and he received the Public Allies Changemaker Award and the National Hamilton Fish Institute Award for Service. Paul also teaches The Performing Arts for Social Change at Sarah Lawrence College where he is the Francis Ann Cannon Artist-in-Residence. E-mail Paul

Ciara Ayala – Program Manager
Born and raised in Texas, Ciara joined The Possibility Project in September of 2015. Ciara handles most administrative aspects of the four programs. She runs front of house and all box office related tasks for events & performances, manages the internship program, and maintains the organizational database & website. Before joining The Possibility Project, Ciara worked as a stage manager at The Juilliard School, working in all areas of the performing arts, she was the liaison between directors, designers, technicians, and actors to maintain the smooth running of rehearsals and performances. She has spent her summers working at the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, managing the intern company and assisting on all mainstage productions. During her time at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ciara was involved in the FAIR program – which focused on major diversity and inclusion efforts in the U.S. theatre scene. Ciara graduated from The University of Houston and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. E-mail Ciara

Meagan DuBois – Artistic Director, Saturday Program
Meagan was born in California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She became involved in music and theatre as a child and continued to perform professionally on the west coast for over 12 years. Her training continued while studying in various theatre programs throughout Nevada and Arizona. Meagan has worked on over 30 full-length Musical Theatre productions and went on to study at Arizona State University where she majored in Musical Theatre performance and studied acting and music composition. Meagan moved to New York in the fall of 2008 to pursue a career in Musical Theatre and studied under Dr. Scott Carlton, Tom Burke and Jennifer Waldman. Meagan first became involved with TPP in the fall of 2011 when she was brought on as an Assistant Artistic Director for the Saturday Program. She took over the role of Artistic Director for that program in fall 2013. E-mail Meagan

David Mila – Artistic Director, Tuesday/Thursday Program
David Mila was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was raised in Oviedo, Florida. Growing up he discovered his passion for baseball and the fine arts. From there he went on to receive training in modern and classical theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Upon graduating from the Academy he began to work with various Off-Broadway theatre companies such as, LAByrinth, El Repertorio Español, and is still currently a member of INTAR theatre’s Unit 52. David began working for The Possibility Project in 2013 as an Assistant Artistic Director for the Saturday Program. He is now the Artistic Director of the Tuesday/Thursday program E-mail David

Kenny Phillips – Artistic Director, Foster Care and Youth Justice Programs
Read a profile of Kenny. Kenny holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and has been involved in the arts since the age of four. He has studied music and theater passionately for over twenty years. During college Kenny began directing and producing shows alongside his pursuits as an actor and musician. Kenny first began volunteering for The Possibility Project as an acting coach in 2005 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From 2007-2009 he continued to work for TPP as the Artistic Director of that program. During this time Kenny also had the opportunity to mentor youth in the Big Buddy program, helping develop their afterschool curriculum and teaching classes in theater and conflict resolution. In 2012, Kenny relocated to New York to lead the Foster Care Program, and in fall 2015, he launched TPP’s first Youth Justice Program. E-mail Kenny

Maria Vosberg – Director of Development
Maria recently joined The Possibility Project in March 2016. As Director of Development, she will create and lead the implementation of the organization’s development and fundraising strategy to sustain and expand The Possibility Project. Before joining The Possibility Project, Maria was Deputy Director of Development for Citizen Schools New York-New Jersey where she managed the government and foundation fundraising portfolios and local communications, policy advocacy, and data analysis and reporting. Born and raised in Iowa, Maria began her development career as a part-time associate for The Des Moines Social Club, an organization aimed at using the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement. Maria earned her B.A. at Simpson College where she majored in international management and Spanish. E-mail Maria