People

 

Artistic Director

Laura Blatterman-Brown majored with Honors in Dance at Columbia before transferring to Saint Mary’s University of California.  During her time at Saint Mary's, Laura was able to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to work with some very talented artists at Dance for All and Cape Town Performing Arts College.  She trained at Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago,  Atlanta Ballet, South Carolina  School of the Arts, Debbie Reynolds, Mark Morris Dance and Steps on Broadway.  Laura has danced and toured with numerous professional and internationally known dance companies including Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Ballet Magnificat and Piel Morena Contemporary Dance to name a few.    Laura has founded and held a seat on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profits. She has taught dance on professional, educational, competition, and performance levels for 16 years. Among her accolades, Laura received the Dorothy Mullins Humanities Award for teaching dance to disadvantaged children. Laura is a Talent Manager for an entertainment group in Los Angeles and is the Artistic Director at Advocate Arts, an arts organization based in Atlanta combining performance and outreach with arts therapy and social justice.   Although Laura's passion is teaching and creating, she is especially proud to have shared the stage with the Joffrey Ballet. In her spare time she had made a living fighting against human trafficking, and as an author of children’s books and a contributing editor to Broadway World. When asked where she finds the time for so many ventures at once, she is known to respond, “You always make time for what is important.”

Board President

Melissa Browning is a writer, a teacher, a mother and an activist-intellectual. She is a community-based participatory action researcher. Melissa is a theologian and ethicist who usually has more questions than answers. She has one foot in the academy and one foot in community but when the pull is too great, community wins.

For the past 15 years her research, study and fieldwork has been tied to East Africa. Academically, she trained as a Christian Ethicist and Melissa’s primary research areas are in Feminist theology and ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics, and HIV and AIDS. Her most recent book, Risky Marriage: HIV and Intimate Relationships in Tanzania, builds on a year of fieldwork completed in Mwanza, Tanzania where women were asked to re-imagine Christian marriage as a space of safety and health for women. 

She balances her academic work with her commitment to the church and the world. Melissa is an ordained Baptist minister and has worked in faith-based relief and development with street children and refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. She loves to preach but is amazed by those who minister in congregations each week. She sees her own research and teaching as part of her vocation, as a way of living into her faith and celebrating her baptism.

Melissa lives in Atlanta, GA with her partner, Wes Browning, their daughter, Olivia, and their dog, Jack. Wes is a documentary filmmaker and owner of Sema Films.

Director of Visual Arts

Madalina Anton is a digital media creative specializing in photography and retouching. Her interests span several mediums and subjects ranging from commercial portraits to event/PR shots and musician promo photography to product retouching.

Madalina holds a Masters from Savannah College of Arts and Design and a Bachelors in Cluj Napoco in Romania.  Madalina’s work has been shown internationally including in the Gutstein Gallery and Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery.

"I enjoy creating clean, crisp and light, airy imagery and look to experiment with new techniques on every new project I begin. I look forward to expanding on my technique and to discovering new avenues for digital imaging."