Formerly Deputy Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center, Ambreen has extensive background in social justice, community service, and innovative media programs including Magnum Photos, Associated Press, and PixelPress. Passionate about youth development, youth media, and trauma-informed care she received her M.S. degree with a concentration in media and culture from the New School.
Mary is an educator, facilitator and media maker with a focus in the intersecting areas of youth media, critical pedagogy and documentary filmmaking. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in media and human rights from The New School. Her professional experience includes working as a high school Spanish teacher and summer ESL instructor for migrant workers in Appalachia, a facilitator of sustainable development and social justice curricula in Central America with Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and a youth media instructor in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mary also designed and co-taught a semester-long documentary filmmaking workshop using mobile devices with New York City LGBTQ elders in collaboration with SAGE and The New School.
Kate is a documentary filmmaker, media organizer and educator with a commitment to supporting communities develop narrative agency. She has produced short and feature length films in collaboration with legal advocacy organizations, community organizers, investigative journalists and high school students.
Rachel is an educator and interdisciplinary media artist. She has taught in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from informal learning environments with middle and high school students to graduate level courses at NYU. Rachel has screened, exhibited, and spoke about her creative work internationally. Since 2014, she has been a member of The Illuminator, a political projection collective based in NYC. Rachel has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY), and is an avid cyclist, yogi and wanderer.
Laura is an educator, researcher and author. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Fulbright recipient, she researched youth living in high conflict urban areas and social entrepreneurship aimed at social inclusion. She is passionate about empowering youth through innovative educational experiences.
Betsy Cruz is a video producer with a passion for the arts and youth development. Before joining EVC, she worked in nonprofit arts administration and after-school education. She graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Communications & Media Studies.
Raino Isto is an arts educator, art historian, and curator. He received his PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, and currently serves as editor-in-chief for ARTMargins Online. His research and creative work focuses on public art, collective social action, and projects of archival recovery.
Brandon Nicholas is a portrait photographer & storyteller, and he's excited to be a part of the EVC family. A graduate of Morgan State University, and co-founder of The Each-Other Project
Raelene Holmes-Andrews is alumni of EVC. After completing three full semesters of EVC's youth documentary workshop, she went got her degree in Applied Sciences from LaGuardia Community College. Since then, she's returned to EVC to give back as the Youth Documentary Workshop Assistant while working towards her BA in Theatre at Lehman College.
Emmanuel Garcia comes to New York as an educator from Southern California. His focus is in facilitating engaging academic spaces for students to critically explore their environment. He has an MA in the Sociology of Education from NYU and is currently a sociology instructor for CUNY. Emmanuel is a media and instructional coach at EVC, guiding NYC teachers to incorporae video-project based pedagogy in their classrooms.
Ayaris is a filmmaker and teaching artist from the Bronx, her teaching artist work is rooted in social justice pedagogy supporting youth in reclaiming their narratives through various art forms. She believes film is a form of resistance and healing, that we need to capture our stories to reclaim our narratives and transform Black and Brown voices, in order to affect social change and liberation.
Ines is a graduate of EVC’s Youth Doc Workshop and YO-TV. At YO-TV, she co-produced ‘Still Standing,’ a documentary about the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Her experience at YO-TV helped her realized her passion to fight for social justice through filmmaking. This experience led her to obtain her BA in Fine Arts with a focus in filmmaking. Her passion for filmmaking and social justice steered her in the path to pursue a MA in Social Work, concentrating on community organizing, planning, and development.
Donal is an Irish filmmaker and teaching artist with 6 years experience working in NYC’s public schools. He has directed dozens of widely screened shorts and two feature films. He has received the Discovery Award from Dublin Film Critics Circle and was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Irish Film & TV Academy Awards.
Trained as a journalist at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Steve has taught media in high schools and universities, has produced documentaries, written Teaching Youth Media: Literacy, Video Production & Social Change, and numerous articles about media and education.