Meet the Coaches
Virginie Bonhomme is a Haitian American multidisciplinary artist whose works range from painting, photography, music production as well as a self-published author. Her work is deeply rooted in self-exploration, family, and community. Self-taught, Virginie painted her first collection entitled Duende, then later grew the collection into a self-published book, Duende. Duende is a 3D art book. Virginie’s love for the arts encouraged her to travel abroad to study master painters. Virginie also teaches Art History to children to encourage creative confidence and knowledge of various artists.
Sarah Congress writes plays, television spec scripts, and the books for musicals. Her play The Angel Manual received a reading at the HBMG National Winter Playwright's Retreat (2019) and a portion of her book for the musical Lars's Hostel was selected to be in the New Work Series' Emerging Artist Theatre Program (Forthcoming, 2020/2021). In 2017 her comedy The Legal Secretary was presented as a staged reading at The Road Theatre Lankershim Center for the Arts in LA. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing (2013) from SUNY Purchase College, and has taken three independent studies in playwriting with David Henry Hwang (2017-18). She currently works in the Dean's office at Columbia University, School of the Arts.
Caro is an illustrator, cartoonist and muralist. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Bissel Gardens, providing virtual drawing, art and gardening classes for young adults. Previously, she taught art classes through Artists & Craftsman and in Japan.
Sneha Krishnan is an entrepreneur and visual artist who divides her time between New York and New Delhi, India. Sneha specializes in creative strategy, product design, and visual communication. She has successfully worked as a consultant for various creative start-ups and non-profits and co-founded a fashion-tech company that built 'smart bags' in 2016. Despite her diverse experience in fashion, technology, non- profit and venture capital businesses - she is an artist first. She holds her Bachelors in Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi and Masters of Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Brittany-Laurelle is an Actress, Storyteller and Theater Creator from Harlem, NY. She has appeared in commercials, indie films and onstage in plays, musicals and multi-disciplinary pieces. Her Theatrical training at La Guardia High School for Performing Arts, Adelphi University and UCB provided safe spaces to fine tune the art of storytelling. As an artist, Brittany-Laurelle creates space for vulnerability and connection through dynamic performance.
Baghir Ohlu is a composer/producer and music educator, based in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up between The Middle East and NYC, which played a major role in his perspective on origins of modern and ancient music. Watching a documentary on the origins of hip-hop while growing up, Baghir could not imagine that he would relocate to NYC one day and have one of the godfathers of Hip-Hop as his landlord. He produced music for some notable artists within the US like Erykah Badu and Phony Ppl and abroad and has held numerous workshops in Indonesia, Bali and Russia.
Sadie Sheldon is a multimedia artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Aquarium Collective and Majaks Theatre, as well as an MFA graduate from Tulane University. Her immersive installations reflect our rapidly changing landscape, magnifying the effects of post-consumer materials and plastics on the natural world. Sourcing materials from the city in which it’s created, her works explore community identity from the things we leave behind.
David is a writer, editor, and performing artist. He has authored, co-authored and/or edited more than 60 books and numerous magazine pieces and essays. His memoir, American Misfit, was released in 2017. He is the author of Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer and Chronic Disease. David has taught at The Cooper Union, Adelphi University, The United Nations International School, and throughout the New York City public school system.