WHO ARE THE SLP FACULTY?
As a program evaluator and researcher, Elizabeth (she/her) has supported various nonprofit organizations in leveraging educational opportunities, particularly programs that engage young people in serving their communities. Elizabeth also works with individuals with disabilities in supported employment. Over the years, she has volunteered with literacy, mentoring, and academic tutoring programs, as well as community cultural programs, political canvassing, and voter registration drives. As a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University’s program in International and Comparative Education, she is keenly interested in education in relation to economic development and social justice.
Allie Cashel (she/her) is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and the co-founder and president The Suffering the Silence Community, a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging the power of art, media, and storytelling to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding the experience of chronic illness and disability. Alongside her work with STS, Allie is now leading the effort to bring SLP to schools throughout Vermont, empowering youth to become active citizens in their schools and communities.
Jack Dryden (he/him) is an artist and educator originally from Saint Louis, Missouri. Jack has taught acting, speech, dialect, improvisation, singing and directing to students all over the country, and has also worked as a mentor to elementary and middle school students in both theater and public speaking. More recently, Jack has become interested in student advocacy and uses his tools as a performer and artist to help his students in whatever capacity he can. He is proud to join the team at Service Learning Project (SLP).
Leah (she/hers) is thrilled to be applying her passion for problem solving to support students in tackling the challenges facing their schools and communities. She is currently a Principal at HR&A Advisors in New York, where she helps lead the Inclusive Cities practice and works with governments and nonprofits to make cities more equitable places to live, learn, and work. Leah previously served as a history and current events curriculum writer at The Choices Program and as a program assistant for the LGBTQ Representation & Rights Research Initiative.
Cameron Seefried (he/him) is a New York-based theatre maker and arts educator. Cameron holds a BFA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, where he was also the recipient of the Theatre Ed Area Award by the Performing Arts Department. Upon moving to New York, he ran an inclusive and accessible theatre program at The IDEAL School of Manhattan. He now works as a teaching artist with various organizations across the city, including Brooklyn Acting Lab, The Leadership Program, and Emit Theatre.
Olivia Sonell (she/they) is a queer writer, organizer, artist, teaching artist, and educator. She’s a graduate of the Master of Arts in Applied Theatre at CUNY and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Joker Training Program. As a teaching artist she has worked with the People’s Theatre Project, Creative Arts Team Youth Theatre, and the LGBTQ Network to explore youth-centered research and action. A passionate muslim feminist, they believe that only by working together to understand the world and act together to change it, will we live to see a world we want to live in. She believes this community building starts with the youngest of us and never stops.
Leslie (she/her) is so excited to bring her skills in theatre devising and production management to her SLP students and their projects. She has worked in various capacities supporting young people, from program managing a youth jazz troupe to making movies with the children she nannies. Leslie is currently finishing her Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies, where her work has centered around skill building with young people to be active and engaged members of their community.
Ania (they/them) is a queer and non binary performer, facilitator, theatre maker, teaching artist and clown. They are currently completing their Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY and are a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Professional Training Program). As an artist, Ania’s recent work celebrates LGBTQIA+ artists with a focus on gender diversity and they are currently a 2022 – 2023 NYC UFS Artist in Residence. They have toured to Palestine with Clowns Without Borders USA, and have taught clown internationally.