Meet our members
Co-founder and Artistic Director of 2050 Legacy, Aisha Jordan is a Performer, Singer and Arts Administrator with her BA in The Arts from Eugene Lang College and MA in Arts and Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Jordan’s body of work focuses on creating original works in social justice theater and collaborative performance. She has developed work with The Hemispheric Institute’s EmergeNYC program, Sekou Sundiata and Universes. She has performed at Teatro Escola SP, São Paulo Brazil, NYU, Mt. Holyoke College and with Mapp International. She also taught a course in social justice collaborative performance at The New School. She resides in Bronx, NY and works as a Program Associate for Fractured Atlas.
Project 2050 Alumni and 2050 Legacy co-founder, Liz Mazzei has been practicing interdisciplinary arts all her life. Liz is experienced in multi-cultural arts and theater performance arts as a musician, singer, actress, photographer, movement artist, visual artist and known drag king Loo D’flyest Priestly. Working at several different organizations and educational projects such as Westover Job Corps, Youth Action Coalition, The Imperial Court, Stonewall and ARHS Conjunto de Bomba, Liz works to provide services for emerging and established artists to hone their craft while perfecting her art in performance and more.
Frantz Jerome is a Poet and MC born and raised in New York City who is passionate about the past, present, and future of people of color. Through an active dedication to Hip-Hop and cultural equity he utilizes music, writing, and lyricism to address race, urban politics, education, and the importance of media and literacy in today’s technical age. Frantz’s art invokes the rich African-American tradition of celebration in the midst of hard times
Gabriel Gonzalez-Parent is an Activist, Educator, Multi-instrumentalist, Poet, Playwright, Bboy, Bomba dancer, Salsero, former Youth/artist coordinator for New World Theater’s Project 2050. Currently assistant director of the Capacidad program at the Fort River School in Amherst, Mass. González has performed in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Michigan, San Francisco, DC, and 5 college area in Massachusetts. At the Encuentro conference in Montreal at La Sala Rossa. Participant in the Occupy Philadelphia movement. Born in Puerto Rico. Raised in western Massachusetts in a musical/artistic family. González continues the tradition of utilizing art to give voice to those who are voiceless and shed light on injustices that others ignore.
Liana Eldora is a singer songwriter, musician, poet, Drag/Burlesque- androgynes entertainer. She has sung in chamber choirs and chorales around Massachusetts. Liana also attended Holyoke Community College as a Music Major with the concentration in Voice and Performance Art. While she does not hold a degree that hasn’t stopped her from being an active performer. In college, Eldora was trained in voice while learning to tell stories through music. She has a drive and an eye for performance that sets her apart from her peers. Her uniqueness makes her a one of a kind performer not to miss.
Ilana Warner graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in theater and was drawn back to theater as an ensemble member for the Crown and Scepter production of Hairspray at Symphony Space. Warner then went on to her first principle role in Braata Productions' Not About Eve that was selected as a part of the 2013 National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. She recently joined Braata’s ensemble piece The Black That I Am by Karl Williams. She diversifies her repertoire with improv and immersive work through her experience with her experience with "Play/Date" which went on to have a successful Summer 2014 run.
Michelle Perez is a spoken word artist born and raised in New York City. The daughter of West Indian and Caribbean transplants, she fuses the rich, lush heritage of her native islands with the gritty, grotesquely beautiful realities of NYC streets to form pieces unique to her experience; the experience of so many first generation children of the city.
Aileen Velazquez is a Lower Manhattan native. Velazquez attended the NYC High School of Art & Design. Her love of drawing and visual arts inspired her to develop her own line of custom jewelry called Honeycutt Jewelry. She currently works in retail striving to open her line of jewelry in stores around the city. She has performed in slams and urban word events around New York City and continues to write and perform today.
Jana Lynne Umipig (Catalyst Director)
Jana Lynne Umipig the creator of JoBG a Filipina American teacher, healer and visionary who has dedicated her life to creating artistic and spiritual experiences to activate, challenge and uplift the human spirit. She continually seeks avenues to develop artistic expressions in both visuals and performance that reflect both the beauties and struggles of humanity. Her life' work focuses on implementing non traditional teaching and community building tools integrating arts, spiritual/ cultural practices and activism advocating for the empowerment and humanization of all beings. She has worked with diverse communities throughout the US using this model of work with both youth and adults of all ages. Jana Lynne received her MA at New York University, Steinhardt's Educational Theatre Program for Colleges and Communities and received her BA in Theatre and Humanities with a concentration in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine and studied at the Accademia Dell'arte in Arrezo, Italy. She is a core member of the Center for Babaylan Studies and a Program Director at El Puente in Brooklyn, NY
Yasmina Mattison-Sudan (Company and Stage Manager)
Stage and Company Manger of 2050 Legacy, Yasmina Mattison is a current student at Holyoke Community College where she studies Public Policy. Yasmina began performing at a very young age with Umoja Too, a West African dance company that toured New England and Japan. She continued to perform with Starlight Youth Theater and Dream Studios. During her time at Amherst High School, Yasmina began to work back stage as a technician and head costumer. From 2005 and continuing on to today, Yasmina is a Ford-Tubman Conference board member, working to bridge critical, intellectual disciplines with the performing arts.
Rafael grew up in the educational and cultural oasis of Amherst, MA. A child of the multicultural based New WORLD Theater and Alumni of Project 2050, Rafael was influenced early by artists like Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Willie Perdomo, Alice Tuan, Sekou Sundiata, Jose Rivera, Lemon Anderson, Baba Israel and Danny Hoch. After receiving a Bachelors Degree of Independent Concentration (Acting/Directing for Theatre and Film) with a minor in Photography at UMass Amherst, Rafael completed the highly competitive Apprentice Acting program at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Subsequently, Rafael has completed additional training with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock in their year-long study at The Barrow Group; a master class workshop in Shakespeare and Restoration with former Julliard Prof. Robert Neff Williams; and attended the Studio 5 Michael Chekhov, Antonin Artaud International Fringe and Performance Study in Bali, Indonesia, led by Per Brahe, Akil Davis, and Aole T. Miller.
PAST MEMBERS & ALUMNI
Monique is a Project 2050 Alumni member, and has been creating art and working with artists for many years. Monique studies at Greenfield Community College taking classes in the liberal arts. She is skilled in various media such as film, music, web, and photography, and works with several local Massachusetts organizations such as Youth Action Coalition and Video Vanguards. Monique is a mover, dancer, poet and MC, and aspires to create strong foundations for artists and young people in the arts.
Efrain Colon has been dancing since a young age and continues to grace stages and television in the world of modern, hip-hop, jazz, breaking, and more. Efrain has been dancing with long –time friends and fellow Project 2050 Alumni Jeremy Wheat and Tim Costa. The trio has been seen in many forms on “So You Think You Can Dance” and UMass March Madness.
Ben Hart, German Moreno, Anoushka Ratnarajah, Kinga Walker-McCraven, DW Walker-McCraven, Jeremy Wheat and Anthony Wilson.