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Our staff
Alorah Beers (he/they)

Alorah Beers (he/they)

Teaching Artist

Alorah focuses on visual arts in their classrooms to navigate emotions and empathy among students. Alorah loves water colors because they are versatile and there is so much that can be done with them. A fun fact is that they play with fire! Alorah practices fire spinning with fans in his spare time

Amy Downing (she/her)

Amy Downing (she/her)

Enrollment Director

Amy is an actor, singer, and educator from Dallas, Texas. After receiving her BFA in Acting from Ithaca College she moved to New York where she worked as a local and touring performer before moving to Austin in 2004. In Austin she began her teaching career with many arts based non-profit organizations. She also continued to perform with a myriad of theatre companies, while also working in customer service. Her career with Creative Action began as an after school teaching artist and as an actor/educator in Interactive Performances. She has also assisted with volunteer coordination, event planning, and enrollment. As the Enrollment Director, Amy oversees the registration procedure for all family programs, as well as supports strategic enrollment planning, student recruitment, and family engagement strategies and efforts. In 2017, the Austin Critics Table awarded her the John Bustin Award for Conspicuous Versatility.

Anabel Gómez
Anabel Gómez

Anabel Gómez

Co-Director of Color Squad/Artistic Associate

Anabel co-leads Color Squad, a collective of teen visual artists, and also serves as a support for Teaching Artists through facilitating training, 1:1 meetings, and classroom observations.

Annelese Jones (she/her)

Annelese Jones (she/her)

Senior Director of Social Justice and Human Development
Annelese works to ensure that social justice and anti-racism are woven and sustained in our work and approach at Creative Action. She has worked for local Austin nonprofits in varying capacities such as supporting school communities, developing mindfulness programs, supporting incarcerated youth, and developing in-school social-emotional learning programs. Annelese loves to write and paint with acrylics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, solo Target runs, and trying out new food trucks with her sweet little family.

Carl Gonzales

Carl Gonzales

Out of School Time Artistic Associate

Carl Gonzales is an actor, singer, and director in Austin and surrounding areas. He has appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart, and has appeared on stage in productions such as “Into The Woods”, “Honk!” and “Doper than Dope” (Austin’s own “In Living Color”).

Carol Noriega (she/her/hers)

Carol Noriega (she/her/hers)

Office and Facilities Manager

Carol grew up in San Antonio but moved to Austin for college and has been here for 23 years. She enjoys going to see live music, checking out a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, hiking the greenbelt, going to the craft breweries in town, and eating at great local restaurants. She’s also a big Star Wars geek and enjoys sewing, drawing, painting, and needlepoint and crochet. Carol joined Creative Action as Office Manager in August of 2014. Her previous experience was in various administrative and student affairs roles at the University of Texas since 1995. Carol received her Masters in Education and BA in Sociology and Mexican American studies from the University of Texas.

David Walker (he/him/they/them)

David Walker (he/him/they/them)

Site Coordinator
David is the site Coordinator for Blanton Elementary. He has experience as a working artist and ESL instructor. A fun fact about them is that they studied Japanese for four semesters in Japan as an exchange student in college.
Emily Rogowski (she/they)

Emily Rogowski (she/they)

Teaching Artist

Emily is a teaching artist who is provides our elementary school aged kids with afterschool fun! She is an organized creative who never gives up no matter what challenges they are faced with

Erika Gonzalez (she/her/hers)

Erika Gonzalez (she/her/hers)

Senior Director of OST Programs

As the Director of Out-of-School-Time Programs, Erika oversees support staff of Creative Action’s afterschool programing. She also works with partners to coordinate programing.

Erika received a degree in Development and Family Studies with a minor in Peace Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. She brings over a decade of experience in the afterschool world and more working with youth from different backgrounds and circumstances. Erika enjoys collecting hobbies, going to live performances of all kind, and traveling. Besides gardening, she enjoys, paper crafts, fluid art painting and making polymer clay earrings.

Faustinus Deraet (he/him/his)

Faustinus Deraet (he/him/his)

Photographer

Faustinus Deraet is a photographer who helps students find their own voice through photography. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Faustinus immigrated to Mexico City at a young age. He obtained a degree in Computer Systems from Universidad Iberoamericana and after working seven years for IBM-Mexico, he returned to school to study photography at Escuela Activa de Fotografia. As a commercial photographer he has worked with Think Street, Tribeza mazagine, Noi Organics, Univision, and more. As an art photographer, Faustinus has two published books taken with a Holga (plastic toy camera) and is represented by Dauis Gallery in Austin. His photography is part of the Wittliff Collections, Mexic-arte Museum, and several private collectors. Faustinus loves music and to watch flemish TV series and movies. He also has a passion for travel and photography.

Freddy Carnes
Freddy Carnes

Freddy Carnes

Program Specialist

Freddy has worked at Creative Action since 2005!  Freddy is an actor, producer, director, writer, composer, and teacher who has won several awards and recognition for his work with children, including special recognition from Mayor Will Wynn and many B. Iden Payne award nominations. He has co-written and directed over 40 operas with elementary school children and has produced several CDs of his original songs.  Freddy was named the 2009 “After School Staff Member of the Year” by the Central Texas After School Network (CTAN) for his work teaching children Shakespeare and Greek mythology.  Freddy also has his own theater company, Freddy Carnes Productions, and has written and produced many original musicals including the Trojan War Trilogy: The Odyssey, Iphigenia and Aeneid full-length musicals (with script, music and lyrics by Freddy) for adults performed at the Dougherty Arts Center from 2010-2016.

Gem Williams (they/them)

Gem Williams (they/them)

Teaching Artist

Gem teaches interdisciplinary performing arts in the SPARK program at Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary. They recently graduated from New York University, and have been utilizing what they learned in their studio classes to teach. Gem works through the lens of community building and all-inclusive ensemble work with the kids in order to foster a safe and exploratory learning environment.

Gustavo Bernal (he/him)

Gustavo Bernal (he/him)

Teaching Artist
Gustavo is a film teacher for the after-school program, and works with students to develop a creative project throughout the school year. For him, filmmaking is a source of inspiration and creativity. In his spare time, Gustavo loves to travel, attend live concerts, and cook!
Isaiah Rogers (he/him)

Isaiah Rogers (he/him)

Assistant Site Coordinator
As an Assistant Site Coordinator, Isaiah ensures that all classes are having fun! He is a former student from the program and now gets to pass on the skills and tools he received to his students. Isaiah loves poetry and finds beauty in the ways we use words. He’s also part of an arts collective called Black Color Party.

Jaclyn Jaramillo (she/her/hers)

Jaclyn Jaramillo (she/her/hers)

Head of Marketing

As the Head of Marketing, Jaclyn helps to build the platform from which Creative Action’s story is told. In developing marketing strategies for our many programs and events, she works to ensure that the voice of Creative Action is carried far and wide—and aligns with our impact-focused brand. Prior to working at Creative Action, Jaclyn worked as a Content Strategist and Copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Having always wanted to make a difference, Jaclyn studied Religious Studies and International Security & Conflict Resolution at San Diego State University. She also studied at Örebro University in Sweden and Brandeis University where she received an MA in Global Studies. When she’s not sharing the incredible work of Creative Action, Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her two sons and getting to know Austin, TX a little better.

Jacqueline LaVigne (she/her)

Jacqueline LaVigne (she/her)

Program Manager

Jacqueline is a program manager with Creative Action and supports half of our Out of School Time campuses all around Austin. She was previously a site coordinator with Creative Action at Becker Elementary. This experience introduced her to the incredible community of South Austin which now inspires her work as she supports schools all around the city. Something Jacqueline likes to do in her free time is going on hikes all over Austin with her husband and their dog. Being in nature is her favorite way to recharge and connect with the earth.

Jacqui Calloway (she/her)

Jacqui Calloway (she/her)

Director of CLYTE
Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble (CLYTE) is a group of teen artists and activists who encourage youth to take a stand against dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying. As the Director of CLYTE, Jacqui works with the youth to write, produce, and tour an original play about healthy relationships and violence prevention to Austin-area middle schools and community events. She is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and has won two B. Iden Payne Awards here in Austin. Jacqui has previously taught acting at Austin Community College and Texas State University. She loves any kind of performance art that mixes mediums and disciplines – and says it’s so cool to see new, original combinations. The last play she did at The Vortex even incorporated claymation!

Fun fact: Jacqui performed at the Teen Choice Awards, and has been to the MTV Video Music Awards and the Country Music Television Awards!

Jenny Arffmann (she/her/hers)

Jenny Arffmann (she/her/hers)

Program Director of School Based Residencies

Jenny is the Program Director of School Based Residencies where she runs Artist In Action, a program which serves 6th -12th grades by offering customized social justice arts programming in any arts discipline. She also develops and oversees the Whole School Art Installations (serving Pre-k – 8th) which are SEL based and designed for the entire school community to participate in. Jenny worked at Creative Action previously as a teaching artist, for Spark and for Brave Schools and values the way the organization engages, and creates art with young people. It aligns with the way she teaches and with her own beliefs. She loves any kind of fiber art, weaving, needle felting, macrame, embroidery.

Jules Beesley
Jules Beesley (he/him/his)

Jules Beesley (he/him/his)

Associate Program Director of Spark Schools
Jules started as a film and TV editor and worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars before moving into Critical Media Literacy education work in NYC in 2011. He completed his Masters in Childhood Ed degree there, then moved to Austin and joined Creative Action and Spark Schools in 2019.
He has directed and coordinated Spark Schools at Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media and Performing Arts Institute–an arts integration collaboration partnering Theatre and Digital Media Teaching Artists with classroom teachers to teach students core academic subjects through the Arts.
Kade Miller (she/her)

Kade Miller (she/her)

Teaching Artist
Kade is a teaching artist and shares visual art with her class. She is also studying to be an art teacher at UT! She always wanted to pursue art as a career, and it wasn’t until she was applying for college that she thought about teaching as well. When Kade moved to Austin she discovered Creative Action to be the perfect job while studying, and has learned so much about what it means to be a visual arts teacher and why she’s passionate about it! In her free time, Kade loves to read! She is currently working on growing her library and has about 200+ books!
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Keri Boyd

Keri Boyd

Director of OST Program Operations

Keri is an educator with 15+ years experience working with students of all ages, with specialization in early childhood development. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas, she has also lived in NYC and Chicago. Currently, she is the Director of OST Program Operations. In her free time, she loves gardening with her toddler and newborn.

Laura Spraggins (she/her/hers)

Laura Spraggins (she/her/hers)

Site Coordinator

Laura Spraggins has a background in teaching art classes after school, touring immersive theater performances for youth, and facilitating arts-integrated curriculum in schools. She has a passion for storytelling in all of its forms. She believes that by sharing our stories and creating new ones together we can produce a more compassionate and just world.  She has a B.A. in theater, arts administration, and Spanish from Drury University. In addition to being an arts educator, she is a professional actor, stage manager, and props master.

Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Controller
Ligia Gonzalez (she/her)

Ligia Gonzalez (she/her)

Brave Schools Program Coordinator
As the Brave Schools Program Coordinator, Ligia builds relationships with schools, manages and updates the bookings for all Interactive Theatre Programs as well as manages set/prop/costume/supply maintenance. She also supports Spark Schools and all other the Art Residencies that the School Based department offers. A big part of what led her to join the Creative Action team was believing that the arts and social justice should intercept and having the desire to be part of the change. Outside of her work, Ligia loves playing Rugby, which she has played since she was 16!
Lindsay Palmer

Lindsay Palmer

Director of Public Art

Lindsay Palmer is an artist and educator working in Austin, TX. She received her BFA in sculpture from Texas Tech University, as well as receiving her MFA, also in sculpture, from The University of Colorado in Boulder.  Her work has been shown across the country and internationally, at galleries such as Box 13 Gallery in Houston, TX, The Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM, The Ice Box Gallery in Skagastrond, Iceland, and the University of Texas, San Antonio. She has completed residencies in Houston, Iceland, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Since 2013, she has been the Director of Color Squad with Creative Action.

Lise Wilson (she/they)

Lise Wilson (she/they)

Program Manager/ Training

Lise Wilson is a Canadian transplant to Austin with a BA in First Nations Studies/Native Studies with a focus on ethnobotany and deconstructing colonialism. She also has a background in dance, singing, theatre, and multi-media arts. Lise has a passion for guiding young people to find their voices and explore their creative selves through the arts. She also loves to get her hands dirty, building things, creating gardens or gathering medicinal plants in wild places. Hiking, swimming, camping, canoeing, singing with friends or dancing in her kitchen with her kids are some of the ways that she finds peace and joy.

Madi Palomo (she/her)

Madi Palomo (she/her)

Site Coordinator

Madi is the Site Coordinator at Ridgetop Elementary and is in charge of overseeing the safety and well-being of students and staff. She has a passion for teaching and connecting with young people through storytelling. Madi finds that this helps inspire and engages them to be their best creative selves.

She is also a professional actress and recently completed a national tour for the one-woman show, Cenicienta. Madi enjoys the performing arts, specifically theatre for young audiences and finds that theatre is one of the best ways to educate ourselves and others, and through watching or being in a play, we can connect more with our community.

Mariadejesus Torrez (she/her)

Mariadejesus Torrez (she/her)

Teaching Artist
Mariadejesus is a Spanish/English speaker who loves to teach about her Mexican Indigenous Culture. After working many odd jobs in retail, she wanted to make more of an impact on the community around her.  She reached out to her former teacher from creative action who told her she would be a perfect fit for the organization. She really enjoys painting because it gives many freedoms of blending and layering. Its difficulties can help you learn patience and to trust for the process. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. Some of her favorite activities include playing Dungeons and Dragons, painting, and napping.

Matilde Trujillo Gonzalez

Matilde Trujillo Gonzalez

Artistic Associate
Mesha Jefferson (she/her)

Mesha Jefferson (she/her)

Development Manager

Mesha manages the behind-the-scenes funding and data for Creative Action. After completing her Masters in Social Work, she wanted to work with a non-profit that aligned with her ethics and found that at Creative Action. Her favorite art medium is music because it is timeless. In her spare time, she enjoys rowing!

Nadia Rangel (she/her)

Nadia Rangel (she/her)

Senior Director of Program Operations

Nadia is a local Austinite who graduated with a BA in Sociology from Saint Edward’s University. She has taught in preschools for several years and has been with Creative Action since 2011. She worked as a teaching artist at various elementary schools and served as a site director for after school and summer camp before becoming the Senior Director of Program Operations. In 2016, she won the Central Texas Afterschool Network (CTAN) award for Out-of-School Time Staff Member.

Noah Martin

Noah Martin

Chief Programs Officer

Noah Martin is a teaching artist, director, and theatre maker based in Austin, Texas. His work with youth and adults is focused on collaborative theatre-making processes and arts experiences that build community and foster meaningful social dialogue. He is Director of Teen Programs at Creative Action and the Artistic Director of Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, a creative youth development program that brings together teens from around Austin to create and tour original shows about violence prevention and healthy relationships. He has created and directed dozens of original shows with people of all ages in Austin, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, including an annual bicycle pageant seen by hundreds of pedaling audience members. Noah holds a degree in theatre education from Western Washington University and a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Noel “Curly Fries” Gaulin (he/him/his)

Noel “Curly Fries” Gaulin (he/him/his)

Out of School Time Program Director II

Curly Fries is an award-winning performer whose one-man show tours nationwide. He works with young people to spark their academic, social, and emotional development using professional techniques and joy in the creative process. Curly Fries is in his twelfth year guiding and engaging youth for Creative Action. He oversees the robust platform for training, coaching, and curriculum development for part-time Teaching Artists in the Out-of-School Time department; and leads the development and delivery of Creative Action’s high-quality School Year Camps and Summer Camps.

Nube Martinez-Aguirre (she/they)

Nube Martinez-Aguirre (she/they)

Teaching Artist
Nube works to co-create safe spaces with and for the youth — utilizing artistic and social justice frameworks as a way to heal, connect, and create liberatory worlds. With so much love for the borderland and relatives that raised her, Nube’s upbringing and childhood wasn’t easy. She made it far, however. Her own experiences as a kid brought her to Creative Action with grand amounts of love and guidance to share with the youth. She loves to fix bikes at the local shop, ride her own bike while listening to her favorite playlist, make herbal medicine, tend to her garden, dance like a fool, spend time with her relatives, go swimming & contemplate and philosophize on life and death. The artist that most inspires them is “La tierra (the Land), which is the sweetest muse to me, the greatest artist I know. The intimacy of co-existing with the earth, wind, fire and water enliven me to create with intentionality, with the purpose of coming back to myself.”

Patrick Torres (he/him/his)

Patrick Torres (he/him/his)

Executive Director

As an artist, educator, and leader with more than 15 years of experience, Patrick believes in the power of the arts to transform lives and impact communities. In fact, Patrick joined the Creative Action team in 2011 as the Middle and High School Program Director where he developed and oversaw a number of youth focused programs, including an LGBTQ+ youth theater ensemble and a theater ensemble for formerly incarcerated youth. Most recently, Patrick served as the Artistic Director of the Raleigh Little Theatre in North Carolina and through the early part of COVID, served as the Interim Executive Director (January-June 2020). 

Ramses Vazquez (he/him/his)

Ramses Vazquez (he/him/his)

Teaching Artist

As a teaching artist, Ramses’ main mission is to spark curiosity, imagination, and most importantly creativity. He enjoys the art of performance and finds exploring different characters within us to be very fun. During his free time, Ramses enjoys long walks in nature and listening to music.

Rowan Fuentes (he/him/his)

Rowan Fuentes (he/him/his)

Teaching Artist

Rowan explores social justice and activism through the arts with his students. He prefers visual arts for the hands-on aspect—especially when it comes to drawing or painting. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games, drawing, and reading.

Ryan Manning
Ryan Manning (he/him/his)

Ryan Manning (he/him/his)

Program Manager
As a program manager, Ryan supports campus relations and supervises the onsite leadership of Creative Action’s Out of School Time programs at multiple sites across Austin. Ryan studied theater direction at Texas State University and the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theater. He has been an active theater artist and musician in Austin for the past five years. In the past he’s worked with youngsters as a guitar teacher, through his work with the Scottish Rite Children’s Theater, and as an after school volunteer for Creative Action.
Sam Reza
Sam Reza

Sam Reza

Deputy Director

Sam is a Las Vegas native with a BA in Studio Art focusing on painting/drawing. She has been in numerous solo and group shows and has a passion for poetry, politics and punk rock. Sam has an extensive background in nonprofits—from the arts to conservation to health and human services—and loves being a part of organizations that make a difference. Sam is using her knowledge and expertise at Creative Action to develop and implement new systems, streamline technology, and create a work place culture that is diverse, dynamic and fun.

Sandy Bowie (they/them)

Sandy Bowie (they/them)

Teaching Artist
Sandy builds community and encourages bravery through creativity in their classroom. They have volunteered with children’s organizations since they were a teenage and recently retired from a Chef career. Sandy is also visual artist, puppeteer, and activist who loves to make art, read, bake, swim and play.

Sarah Rose de Villiers (she/her/hers)

Sarah Rose de Villiers (she/her/hers)

Teaching Artist

Sarah serves both young students at Ridgetop Elementary, and the community of seniors & adults with intellectual challenges at the Alamo Rec Center. She is a practicing artist from South Africa who has painted & taught in several countries – including South Africa, Italy, Czech Republic & Peru. She is passionate about storytelling, cultivating imagination & learning along the way. Painting is Sarah’s favorite art language, but she is  just as happy to draw, collage, photograph and/or make videos. Her first solo art exhibition was a series of painted portraits of people that she met while traveling in South America, and her second exhibition was a collection of South African birds & botanicals.

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Savannah Reagor (she/her/hers)

Savannah Reagor (she/her/hers)

Marketing and Communications Manager

An artist at heart, graphic designer by trade and growing communications professional, Savannah is a Dallas-native with an MA in Advertising from UT Austin. Savannah combines her skills as a passionate creator with her desire to serve youth as Creative Action’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

Savannah is also a small-business owner, providing graphic design services to individuals, businesses, and organizations. In her free time, Savannah loves arts and crafts activities, and catering to her foodie lifestyle.

Sean Himmelberg (he/him)

Sean Himmelberg (he/him)

Teaching Artist
Sean works in after school care at Maplewood Elementary where he teaches students about music and film which ultimately results in a final share film! Here’s how Sean came to Creative Action. “A long time ago, I had this thought about how great it would be if there was a business that would encourage children to write their own screenplays, then take those screenplays and create a legitimate film using professional equipment and techniques. On a trip to Austin with a friend years ago, I met the person who is now my Site Coordinator, and learned that Creative Action comes as close to this business as I’ve ever found. Once I moved to Austin, I immediately felt drawn to apply and am happy to report that Creative Action has given me that exact opportunity to help children realize their imaginations with film.” In his free time, Sean enjoys writing & mixing music, writing & editing film projects, and playing video games.

Sean Moran (he/him/his)

Sean Moran (he/him/his)

Human Resources Manager for Part-Time Employees
Sean Moran is theatre maker, actor, teaching artist, and tinkerer based is Austin, Texas. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He also took part in general studies at the Lorenzo di Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Since then, he has used arts-based curricula to provide programming for students from pre-Kindergarten to the post-graduate level.
As a teaching artist, he’s worked with Voices Against Violence, the Paramount Theatre, the Austin Tinkering School, and the Gathering Ground Theatre Collective. As a theatre maker and actor, Sean is a member of the Twin Alchemy Collective and the 14/48  Steering Committee. He’s performed with many of the theatre companies in Austin’s vibrant arts community.
In my spare time, I spend time with my wife and our close friends, playing with dogs Indigo and Violet, and being in nature, especially star-gazing through my telescope. I also love travel and watching documentaries about art and history.
Seleste Markert (she/her)

Seleste Markert (she/her)

Teaching Artist

Seleste is a substitute for teaching artists and provides a well balanced lesson plan. She has a wide range of education from culture, linguistics, art, psychology and many more. They have provided her with an open mindset allowing information to flow continuously. She prefers visual arts because there are so many varieties to use and mix together to create something new. Fun fact, Seleste has two dogs who are almost fully identical, but plot twist they are a year apart in age and from different parents.

Stephanie Chavez Noell
Stephanie Chavez Noell

Stephanie Chavez Noell

Senior Director of Community Programs

Stephanie Chavez Noell is the Senior Director of Community Programs at Creative Action. Stephanie oversees Creative Action’s work to support the community through sustainable and accessible programs, strategic partnerships, and intergenerational learning and connection through the arts. She also serves as a project manager and creative collaborator focussing on creating high quality and responsive community engagement opportunities for the organization and the greater Austin area.

Prior to her current position, Stephanie served as a Teaching Artist for Creative Action and as an independent artist and choreographer. Before moving back to Texas, she served as the Assistant Director of Development for the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles where she developed project management and fundraising experience producing its record-breaking biannual gala and auction. She was a performing artist and company member of CASA 0101 (LA), The Americas Theatre Foundation (LA), Hereandnow Theatre Company (LA), and Artistic Director of Woven Feet (Austin). Her experience as an arts educator goes back to her home, the border town of Brownsville, TX where she had her first job teaching dance at the age of 15. Arts education and practice continues to fulfill and support her life-long leadership development. Stephanie loves to make things with her hands like mending clothes, making piñatas, playing with her children, and painting with her family.

Stephen Belyeu (he/him/his)

Stephen Belyeu (he/him/his)

IT/ Data Director

In addition to being the IT/ Data Director at Creative Action, Stephen Belyeu is an Austin-based filmmaker, storyteller, and podcaster. He received his Bachelors in Film & Media Studies from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2005. Stephen has taught filmmaking and storytelling in Austin through organizations such as Totally Cool Totally Art, Austin School of Film, and the Austin Film Society. His debut feature film DIG won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival. Stephen has also served as Film Competition Programmer and Young Filmmakers Program Director for the Austin Film Festival. In 2017, Stephen launched his independently produced series, The Night Owl Podcast, which has been voted BEST PODCAST in the Austin Chronicle’s 2019 and 2021 readers’ poll.

Veronica Mognato
Veronica Mognato (she/her/hers)

Veronica Mognato (she/her/hers)

Artistic Associate and Co-Director of Color Squad
Before landing at Creative Action, Veronica lived all over the world including Australia, UK, Spain, Italy and more, working in different art spaces and cultures. Creative Action caught her heart more than any other job because of its care for the community and the use of art as tools for change. Veronica is currently in grad school studying clinical psychology—so in her spare time she is usually studying with her two cuddly cats, Lui and Valentino, on her lap! In her artistic practice she does paper embroidery and occasionally video/art installation. The meanings behind her artwork are usually about social dynamics, but occasionally they are just for pure fun!

Za’teriq Baldwin (he/him/his)

Za’teriq Baldwin (he/him/his)

Teaching Artist

Za’teriq teaches his own class and supports other Teaching Artists in theirs. He is an alumni of Creative Action’s teen programs and comes from a big family which includes six siblings! He is most inspired by  musical artists who take creative liberty within their music, such as Tinashe and Doechii.

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