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Karen Olivo is a television, film, and stage actor currently playing “Satine” in Moulin Rouge, The Musical. Olivo’s “Anita” in the acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story earned her a Tony Award, for which she also earned Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations. Broadway: In the Heights (Tony Award, 2008 Astaire Award), Brooklyn The Musical, Rent (Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize). Additional theatre credits: Murder Ballad; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; and The Miracle Brothers. Television: “ Harry’s Law,” “The Good Wife,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Chase,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Conviction,” and “Law & Order.”
Olivo is an educator teaching at Northwestern University, NYU-Tisch, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as working as a visual artist and writer. In the Spring of 2020, Olivo co-founded the non-for-profit organization, AFECT, Artists for Economic Transparency, in the effort to educate the industry and promote discussion regarding entertainment industry structures and how they can be altered to better serve marginalized communities.
An Indianapolis native, Julie joined the Arts Council of Indianapolis as President and CEO in March 2019. With responsibility for Indy’s leading arts advocacy and services agency, she oversees ACI’s strategic plan, organizational administration, and programming including arts advocacy, grants and fellowships, artist services, public art initiatives, the Indianapolis Artsgarden and Gallery 924, the Indy Arts Guide, and arts education partnership with IPS. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for Strada Education Network, a national social impact organization headquartered downtown. Prior to returning to Indy in 2017, Julie spent 25 years advocating for arts and culture in Cincinnati through roles with Cincinnati Opera, ArtWorks (public art nonprofit), and ArtsWave (united arts fund). She also served as VP of Marketing for Downtown Cincinnati Inc., VP of corporate communications for Luxottica North America and its global OneSight foundation, and Executive Vice President of Dan Pinger Public Relations.
Manon Voice, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet and writer, spoken word artist, hip-hop emcee, educator, social justice advocate, and practicing contemplative. She has performed on diverse stages across the country in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art and poetry workshops widely. Her poetry has appeared in The Flying Island, The Indianapolis Review, The House Life Project: People + Property Series, Sidepiece Magazine and The World We Live(d) In anthology. She has been featured in publications such as Indy NUVO, The Indianapolis Recorder, Indianapolis Monthly, The Indianapolis Star, FAFCollective, and Pattern Magazine.
In 2018, Manon received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. In 2020, Manon Voice was a featured Art and Soul artist with the Arts Council of Indianapolis; a recipient of the 2020 Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis; the 2020 Activist in Residence for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Banned Books Week; 2020 featured poet and speaker for Spirit and Place Festival Public Conversation and is a selected artist for the 2021 On-Ramp cohort with the Indiana Arts Commission.
Mariel Greenlee is a freelance artist originally from Upstate New York. She received her B.A. in Dance from Point Park University and devoted 14 years as a professional contemporary dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope. She has choreographed for both theater and dance, working with Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Pittsburg Public Theater, and others. Mariel received the Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2007, and in 2010 she was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2017 she was chosen as a project choreographer for the Regional Dance America National Choreographers Initiative program and
is a 2021 fellow for the OnRamp Program through
the Indiana Arts Commission.
Jennifer Blackmer’s plays have been produced off-Broadway and across the country, and include Human Terrain, Unraveled, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (Joseph Jefferson award for Best Adaptation), Delicate Particle Logic, Borrowed Babies (David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award) and Predictor, which is slated for an NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright, and her screenplay for Human Terrain won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award through the Tribeca Film Institute. Jennifer is a two-time O’Neill finalist; her writing has been short-listed for the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship; and it has been developed by Seven Devils, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Repertory Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Lark, and Activate Midwest. Visit Jennifer online at www.jenniferblackmer.com.