An Important part of Roadside's Structure is its national Advisory Board of Leading Theater Practitioners and ScholarsJan Cohen-Cruz is a professor of theatre at Syracuse University. A scholar, practitioner, and teacher of grassroots, socially-grounded, and activist art, she wrote Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the U S , edited Radical Street Performance , and, with Mady Schutzman, co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics . As a professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts from 1988-2007, Cohen-Cruz produced community-based arts projects; co-directed Tisch's AmeriCorps project on violence reduction through the arts; coordinated the Drama Department's minor in applied theatre; directed Tisch's Office of Community Connections; and co-founded NYU's Department and Center of Art and Public Policy. Michael Keck is a composer, playwright, and performer whose music has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theater, Milwaukee Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Portland Center Stage, and many other American theaters. International credits include the National Theater of Croatia, the Barbican Theatre Center, and Bristol Old Vic. As an actor, Keck has performed in productions at the McCarter Theater, Berkeley Rep, La MAMA, primary Stages in NYC, and others. He is co-author, composer, and host of the Holidays for Children video series, and frequently tours his solo performance of Voices in the Rain . A teaching artist, he designs and facilitates creative writing and performance workshops in universities, community centers, schools, and correctional facilities.
Bill Rauch is the inaugural artistic director of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center in New York City Currently in development, the Center is the final piece of a plan to revitalize the World Trade Center. Previously, Mr. Rauch served as the fifth artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he commissioned diverse plays, some of which transferred to Broadway. He was also the founder of the Cornerstone Theater Company, a traveling company that toured to rural communities across the U.S. before settling in Los Angeles to work with urban communities. He received the TCG Visionary Leadership, Margo Jones, Helen Hayes, and Leadership for a Changing World awards. Rosalba Rolón playwright, director, and performer, worked extensively with Latino theaters in New York City prior to founding Pregones Theater in 1979, where she now serves as the ensemble company's artistic director. Born and reared in Puerto Rico, her artistic leadership fostered the development of an original Pregones repertory grounded in Puerto Rican traditions and popular artistic expressions that challenge static perceptions of culture. As a dramaturg and director, Ms. Rolon favors the art of literary stage adaptation, working from short stories, novels, and periodicals by Latino, Spanish, Caribbean, and Latin American writers. Her credits include The Red Rose , for which she won the 2006 Best Director's ACE Award and Betsy , which she co-directed with Dudley Cocke in a Pregones-Roadside collaboration. Her commitment to the development of Puerto Rican/Latino theater has earned her national recognition and multiple awards. Edward Wemytewa of Zuni, New Mexico is the founding director of Idiwanan an Chawe (Children of the Middle Place), the first and only Zuni language theater. He is an elected member of the Zuni Tribal Council, a playwright, performer, and visual artist whose prize winning paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in museums in Arizona and New Mexico. When the Zuni Pueblo reclaimed its schools from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs in the late seventies, Mr. Wemytewa worked with the Zuni school district to develop a Zuni language and cultural enrichment curriculum that involved the development of a Zuni alphabet. He grew-up in a traditional Zuni household, learning stories and songs from Pueblo elders, studied fine art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and has taught grassroots theater at Arizona State University. He is co-editor of the book Journeys Home: Revealing a Zuni-Appalachia Collaboration.