Stage the Change
2023 Keynote Speakers
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 Wade
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
William Earl Ray