Stage the Change

2023 Keynote Speakers


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Mandy Gonzalez 

Mandy Gonzalez (Original Broadway cast of In the Heights; currently Angela Schuyler in Hamilton on Broadway). Mandy is also an author—she recently published her Young Adult novel series, FEARLESS, published by Simon and Schuster. 

In her quest to create positive change, Mandy is the proud founder of #FearlessSquad—a social media movement for inclusiveness and positivity. #FearlessSquad connects people around the world, encourages them to be their best selves, and helps them empower each other. 


Kimberly Howard_head_shot.pngKimberly Wade Howard

Kimberly is the Executive Director of Caldera Arts, harnessing the power of creativity to make lasting cultural and social change. Previously she led PGE Project Zero, Portland General Electric’s social impact initiative to empower the next generation to create cleaner, greener, more equitable communities and served as the Trust manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

She currently serves as chair of the Oregon State Board of Education; she also serves on the board of directors for Portland Playhouse, and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. In addition, Kimberly is an accomplished actress. She holds an MFA in acting from Columbia University and has taught theater at Walla Walla University.  


2023  Workshop Facilitators - TBA!


2022 Keynote Speakers

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp is best known for originating the role of “Mark Cohen” in the Tony Award-winning rock opera Rent.

Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist. Woody works as the Executive Director of The Museum at Warm Springs.

2022 Workshop Facilitators

Olyuinka Akinjiola: Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater

Antonio Anacan (#instaballet workshop facilitator)

Suzanne Haag  (#instaballet workshop facilitator)

Mic Crenshaw

Brent Florendo

Shaun Keylock (he/him)  

John Kish   

Marcus LeGrand  

Bess Goggins 

J.C. "Jace" Meyer-Crosby 

Johamy Morales (she/her)  

Chris Thomas  

Maiah Wynne (she/her)