Michael Brewer After graduating from Queens College in New York with a BA in Film/Television, Michael Brewer embarked on a distinguished cinematography career lensing documentaries for PBS, ABC/Disney, History Channel, A&E Networks, Viacom, ESPN and others. His eclectic background as a world traveler and documentarian shapes his visual approach which strives to celebrate the beauty of the human spirit, while encompassing his signature cross cultural experience. PBS Networks have twice recognized him with an Emmy Award for his work on “Reverend James Lawson,” a short feature focusing on civil rights leader, Rev. James Lawson and The National Education Award for “Bahia: Africa in the Americas.” The Group W special series, “Evening in India,” won Michael a New England Emmy Nomination for Cinematography. Drawn to both non-fiction and narrative stories, Michael’s work has taken him to over thirty countries and generated substantial social awareness and revenue.
Jonathan Jerald is the LADADSpace Secretary and director of the District Gallery; a project of LADADSpace specializing in promoting work by contemporary, urban Los Angeles artists. His film producing credits include more than a dozen documentaries for The History Channel. Jerald is the former Managing Editor of Citizen LA, and has served as a regional editor for SEVEN, a weekly English language magazine published in Germany, and has been a contributor to California Magazine and Vanity Fair. Jerald served on the board of the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) for 10 years. He is a decorated veteran and honors graduate of the journalism program at San Diego State University, and was awarded an Aufnahmeprufung for post-graduate study at the University of Heidelberg.
Timothy Keating is the Board President and Treasurer of LADADSpace, the Vice President of the Los Angeles River and Business Association (LARABA) and he represents the Arts District on the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council for Los Angeles. Keating has overseen the planting of 150 street trees, the formation of the City Hall farmers market, and the regulation of filming in the Arts District that now brings substantial funding to both LARABA and LADADSpace. This year working with the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Los Angeles River & Business Association, and other community organizations, Tim is producing Uncommon Ground IV; a neighborhood planning charette to help create a Cultural Master Plan for the evolution of the Downtown Arts District, which includes gathering community input for the design and programing of the ADCA.
Anna Marie Piersimoni teaches New Directions in Digital Media at California State Northridge and is an independent consultant in media production and marketing. With an early career in arts administration, as well as broadcast and cable television production, she was the Director of Internet Communications for the American Film Institute, where she created and ran the Digital Content Lab, the California Digital Arts Workshop and helped develop a K-12 Screen Education Center. She holds a BFA from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in Connecticut and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
Wendy Sherman Southern California native Wendy Sherman is a curator, art director, and graphic artist. Wendy has curated exhibits throughout Los Angeles County at such venues as the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Losjoscos Gallery, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, and the Cal State University Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery. Wendy curated the LADADSpace ADCA exhibit; Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends and designed its corresponding catalog which, featured the work of thirty seven artists who created artwork based on an urban legend with special significance to them. Wendy is the founder of Art Slave; a design studio specializing in entertainment graphics. Her graphic arts clients include Frontier Records, Shout! Factory, Dionysus Records and Kung Fu Records. Wendy also served as the Secretary for the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) from 2013-2015. Wendy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Exhibit Design/Museum Studies from the California State University-Fullerton.
Diana Wyenn is a director, choreographer, and performer. Diana co-founded Circle Readings—a new play development program; is an associate artist with Ghost Road Company and Theatre Dybbuk; and serves on the steering committee of Directors Lab West. She has received recognition for her direction and choreography for Evidence Room, Sacred Fools, Unknown Theater—where she also served as associate artistic director from 2006 to 2008, as well as accolades for her direction of solo shows by Michael Kass and Kristina Wong. Diana spearheaded ARTmageddon, an artistic response to Carmageddon II, the second closure of the 405 Freeway, by partnering with Metro, the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and hundreds of LA-based artists and arts organizations and collectively threw a citywide celebration of the arts in Los Angeles. Her BFA in Drama is from New York University, and she is a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Guy Zimmerman has served as artistic director of Padua Playwrights since 2001, staging 30 productions of new plays, including three in New York City and three abroad, that have garnered awards and nominations from LA Weekly, Ovation, Garland, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Zimmerman has edited an anthology series for Padua Press, distributed nationally by Theater Communications Group, has produced and directed digital media productions of original plays, written a score of his own plays and has written for network television. His articles have been published in the LA Weekly, LA Theater Magazine, Backstage West, the LA Citizen, Cyrano’s Journal, Bedlam Magazine and the arts and culture website Times Quotidian. Guy received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing the doctoral program in Theater and Drama at the University of California.