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Kyoung H. Park
Kyoung H. Park, Artistic Director

Kyoung H. Park is a North Korean writer and theater-maker, born and raised in Santiago, Chile, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. As Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, he has written/directed three full-length plays — disOriented, TALA, and PILLOWTALK — and created over 35 community-based, experimental projects including performances for new media. His work centers stories of (im)migration, queerness, identity and the ways these intersect in communities of color; it’s described as “intensely personal” by American Theater Magazine and “very much of this moment” by the New York Times. Read more.

Ishmael Thaahir
Ishmael Thaahir, Associate Artistic Producer

Ishmael Thaahir is a performer and artist born in Harlem. He earned his B.F.A. in Theatre from North Carolina A&T State University. When not performing, he has worked in arts education and as an Associate Artistic Producer for Kyoung’s Pacific Beat. He believes art is an invaluable component in community building. He aims to make theatrical arts accessible to everyone, as it can be a powerful way to give a voice to the often unheard marginalized communities we belong to.

Joe Tolbert, Jr.
Joe Tolbert, Jr., Community Engagement Strategist

Joe received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and completed his M. Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. As a Cultural Organizer and Consultant, Joe is the founder and lead cultural strategist of Art at the Intersections where he is a sought after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture through the building, implementation, and evaluation of cultural strategies. As a writer, he has contributed articles to Alternate ROOTS, Arts Black, and Quiet Lunch, among others. Read more.

Kaila Saunders
Kaila Saunders, Marketing & Development Associate

Kaila Saunders is a Afro wearing (most of the time) Afro-Latina. She earned her B.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College. She has also recently completed her Studio Engineering certification from the Black Bird Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Kaila believes that theater’s gotta be made, any means necessary.www.kailsaunderactor.com

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