Categories: Ensemble, Literary.

Christina Vega-Westhoff

Christina Vega-Westhoff is the author of Suelo Tide Cement, which won the 2017 Nightboat Poetry Prize and was published in 2018. She lives in Buffalo, NY, where she teaches writing and movement with The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, the Geneseo Migrant Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Young Audiences of Western New York. She performs… Read more »

Categories: Dance, Ensemble, Literary, Music, Theater.

Victoria Perez

Victoria Pérez is an accomplished theatre artist and teacher. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only theatre company in WNY dedicated to develop, nourish and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latino experience in order to preserve our roots. She serves as secretary on the board of the Arts… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Visual Art.

Marissa Lehner

Marissa Lehner is an artist and educator, who returned home to Buffalo after receiving her BFA from Alfred University. In 2010, Lehner and a small group of local artists founded Emerging Leaders of the Arts, Buffalo (ELAB). Marissa creates mixed-media interactive sculpture and large scale installations and exhibits in a range of galleries and unique… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Visual Art.

Kristin Brandt

Kristin Brandt is an emerging artist whose work has been on view at Artspace, Hallwalls, Buffalo Proper and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. She is the co-founder of the local not-for-profit Urban Canvas Project of Buffalo. Carrying a degree from Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA), Kristin is a dedicated fine artist, designer, and… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Visual Art.

Fotini Galanes

Fotini Galanes is best known for her unnamable intense themes that are said to “teeter strangely between the pure aesthetic experience and conceptual decay.” The artist’s motivation is personal and deeply based in vulnerability between the grotesque and exquisite. Obsessive in her method, Fotini draws with graphite and charcoal directly onto sturdy grounds, porcelain, paper… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Theater.

Aleks Malejs

Aleks Malejs earned both an MFA and a BFA in Acting and spent 10 years in NYC pursing her craft. Mentored by some of the finest actors and educators the industry has to offer, Aleks is a proud member of the AEA, the professional actor’s stage union. Since her arrival in Buffalo in the Spring… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Multimedia, Visual Art.

Mette Hata

Mette Hata has a master’s degree from Pratt Institute and a certificate in K-12 art education from Buffalo State College. Mette lived in New York City for nine years. She has traveled, lived, and shown her artwork on three continents, and enjoys meeting students of all ages and backgrounds. Mette’s teaching at Young Audiences is… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Multimedia.

Aitina Fareed Cooke

Aitina Fareed-Cooke’s beginnings may not have started off ideal. Losing her biological mother to drug abuse, dealing with low self-esteem and depression, left her feeling worthless as a child. However through the support of her adoptive mother, a few mentors, and youth programs during her teens, she was given the opportunity to strive. Aitina learned about the… Read more »

Categories: Ensemble, Visual Art.

Jeremy Stock

Jeremy has been drawing caricatures professionally since 2003.  He has worked all over the world, spending the majority of his time inside Darien Lake Theme Park in Western New York and Sea World California in San Diego.

Categories: Ensemble, Music.

Griffin Brady

Oswego native, Griffin James Brady, has a Master of Arts degree from Goddard College with a focus in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy.  His masters thesis and adjoining musical method books were inspired by his work as a touring musician and educator with groups such as the SAAKUMU Dance Troupe of Ghana, West Africa.  Upon founding… Read more »