James Leverett (Victim Art Panelist) - James Leverett began his career as an actor on Broadway and beyond. He was the first director of Literary Services at Theatre Communications Group, where he helped to initiate many publications, including American Theatre magazine. In 1988, he received the first Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas award for services to the field.
He wrote introductions to Harvey Fierstein’s Torchsong Trilogy and Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia, along with numerous pieces in other national and international publications, including Yale’s Theater for which he is a contributing editor. He has worked as dramaturg throughout the United States, most recently Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Berkshire Theatre Festival and the upcoming Bacchae by Euripides at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
He is Associate Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and visiting professor in the Theater Division of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Martha Coigney (Victim Art Panelist) - Until January 2003, Martha Coigney served as Director of the U. S. Center of the International Theatre Institute for 37 years. From 1987 to 1995 she was President of Worldwide ITI. Before ITI she worked at the Actors Studio (1956-59) and then for Roger L. Stevens (1962-65), a Broadway producer, before he became the founding Chairman of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was made Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1980 and Officier de l’Ordre National de Merite in 1999 by the French Government.
In 1995, she was awarded UNESCO’s Picasso Medal and was made Honorary President of the ITI for life. In 1998, she shared a “Tony” Award with ITI in recognition of the organizations work for theatre as a means of international understanding. In 2005 Martha Coigney received a Doctorate “Honoris Causa” from the Bulgarian National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. Currently she serves on several Boards, consults and participates in international theatre projects. As of this October Martha Coigney has studied and worked in theatre for 56 years.
Donna A. Gaffney, APRN-BC, DNSc, FAAN, SANE-A (Victime Art Panelist) - Dr. Donna Gaffney is a member of the faculty of the International Trauma Studies in New York City and on the Advisory Board of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. She has long addressed the issues of trauma in women and children's lives. In 1994 she collaborated with and was funded by the NYS Department of Health and the Division of Criminal Justice to design and implement the first forensic curriculum for evaluating and treating sexual assault survivors in NY. Dr. Gaffney is co-author of a pilot training program for the Democratic Republic of the Congo Sexual Assault Care Guide. She has consulted with the Air Force JAG School and trained Air Force Special Investigators at the USAF Academy and at bases across the United States. In addition to academic publications on the topic of sexual violence, Dr. Gaffney is the author of Adolescent Sexuality: A Guide for Clinicians and is a contributing editor for Sexual Assault Report.
Tom Viola, BC/EFA (Guardian Angels Speaker) - is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the nation’s leading industry-based not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1987, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families nationwide.
BC/EFA presents six major annual events each year – The Broadway Flea Market, The Gypsy of the Year Competition, The Broadway Bears Auction, Nothing Like a Dame, The Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Bares in addition to other on-going efforts and scores of other one-time fundraising events. BC/EFA supports seven programs at The Actors’ Fund of America: The AIDS Initiative; The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative; The Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic at The Aurora; The Dancers’ Resource,two supportive housing residences and The Actors’ Work Program. In addition, BC/EFA awards grants to over 400 AIDS and family service organizations in 47 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
Viola was the founding administrative director of Equity Fights AIDS in1988, saw through its merger with Broadway Cares in 1992 and has been Executive Director of BC/EFA since 1997. He co-wrote with Ms. Dewhurst and completed COLLEEN DEWHURST: HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY published by Scribner (1996) and is the co-author of BROADWAY: DAY & NIGHT, published by Pocket Books (1992). Mr. Viola lives in Manhattan with two madcap mutts – Maggie and Squirrel - and three shady cats – Ed, Earl and Puddy. He vacuums as often as he shaves.
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