Who We Are

The get lit team

  • Diane Luby Lane

    Diane Luby Lane

    Diane Luby Lane is the founder and executive director of Get Lit – Words Ignite, a California-based arts education nonprofit that has transformed the landscape of teen literacy by empowering new generations in literature, self-expression and performing arts. She is also the founder of the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe and the most watched poets on the internet with over 300 million views. The Get Lit Players tour throughout the country, have appeared at the White House three times, collaborated with the United Nations, were featured with John Legend at The Hollywood Bowl and perform each year for over 50,000 of their peers, igniting schools and communities with art and social consciousness. In 2012 Lane created the now annual Classic Slam, the largest youth classic poetry festival in the nation. Lane’s Lit Kit, a standards based, in- school curriculum, has been adopted by schools throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is an actress with numerous commercial, TV and film credits and the author of the award-winning Get Lit Rising, published by Simon & Schuster and Words of Women, published by Samuel French. She is also the co-writer and co-producer of DANTE, an original adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, which stars Get Lit Poets. She was the playwright and star of the one-woman show Deep Sea Diving which she toured with Chicano poet and author Jimmy Santiago Baca. Lane is a TedX speaker, a graduate of the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy + Leadership Program, a Southern California Leadership Network Fellow and served on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Poet Laureate Committee. She is a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award. She attended USF and NYU, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, two dogs, and two cats. To book her for a speaking engagement, please visit www.dianelubylane.com.

  • Tess Jablon

    Tess Jablon

    Tess Jablon is the Operations Manager at Get Lit. She is a second generation Angelino, whose involvement in community and social responsibility began at age of 7. As a member of our Free Verse Advisory board for 2 years, Tess understood the importance of philanthropic involvement and the impact an individual can make. Now officially a part of the Get Lit Staff she hopes to bring her business knowledge to support the emerging artists at Get Lit. Coming from a Business Management background, she proudly served her creative clients by creating financial clarity through her grounded management style; allowing them to focus on what’s important – the art. Tess was also the founder of Accounting for Others (“AFO”), an internal charitable charter within her previous 150+ employee firm. AFO advocates and implements paid volunteering time off for individual employees and monthly group volunteering events in connection with various local non-profit organizations.

  • Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

    Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani

    Kelly Grace Thomas Vojdani is the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit – Words Ignite, and co-author of Words Ignite. She is a three-time championship poetry coach and was a high school English teacher for ten years before joining Get Lit. Kelly is also the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2016 Fellow for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Kelly’s poems have appeared in Tinderbox, Nashville Review, The Boiler, Sixth Finch, Muzzle, PANK, and more. Her book, BOAT/BURNED is forthcoming from YesYes Books.

  • Sam Curtis

    Sam Curtis

    Samuel Curtis is Head of Productions, Literary Riot, responsible for developing the film and digital media program for our new content studio, Literary Riot Media. He currently lives in Topanga, California, producing two feature music documentaries, anticipating releases in the spring of 2018 and fall of 2018; He has produced web series’ for Red Bull, MeUndies, and DreamworksTV. His work has screened at The Grammy Museum, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Actor’s Gang Theatre, The Sarasota Opera House, on national television on the CMT network, and at regional film festivals across the country. He also has a deep passion for folk music and produces live Americana shows throughout Los Angeles.

  • Monique Mitchell

    Monique Mitchell

    Monique Mitchell is the Head of Community Outreach for Get Lit. A Los Angeles native, Monique served as a Get Lit Player in 2009 and 2010 before moving to New York to attend Manhattanville College. She studied Communications with a concentration in Cinema Studies and Creative Writing, and she has since worked as a content creator for the DTLA-based production company Contend. Monique is excited to return home to the organization that built her foundation and altered her destiny, and she hopes to utilize poetry to impact and serve her local and global community.

  • Andrew David Stewart

    Andrew David Stewart

    Andrew David Stewart is the Social Media Coordinator of Get Lit – Words Ignite. He studied opera performance under Glenn Siebert at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he also began his career as a composer for film and theater. He has had multiple roles in arts based non-profits since 2010, where he was a musical theater educator and director. Since 2015 he has been working in social media with top level brands and clients. He is currently self producing a folk, nature, and classically inspired album. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast.

  • Raul Herrera

    Raul Herrera

    Raul Herrera is the Education Coordinator and Get Lit Player Coach. As a Mexican-American spoken-word artist, playwright and educator, Raul Herrera has been involved with Get Lit for over 8 years facilitating growth within students across the nation. Herrera has served the organization as a Get Lit Player, Literati Fellowship member, teaching artist, and is currently Get Lit’s Education Coordinator. In 2014, he received the Pentathlon award given to the overall speaker at the California State Championship of Speech and Debate for Community Colleges. His writing is featured in Get Lit Rising, Coiled Serpent published by Tia Chucha Press and, in 2017, he wrote Dante, a modern Hip-Hop adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, produced by Tim Robbins and The Actor’s Gang Theatre in Culver City. Raul plans on continuing his pursuits in screenwriting and education.

  • Mila Cuda

    Mila Cuda

    Mila Cuda is the Get Lit Player Co-Coach and the current youth poet laureate of the West Coast. Her first book, Dishwater Blonde, was released this past June. She is the former captain of the LA Brave New Voices team, a two-time Classic Slam champion, and ranked fourth in the world for collegiate slam poetry, as part of the Wellesley College CUPSI team. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, Rookie, Huffington Post, and PBS. Mila is a spider nerd and glitter enthusiast who loves her dogs despite her allergies

  • Marcus James

    Marcus James

    Marcus James is a Get Lit Teaching Artist who speaks on trans* issues, culture, acceptance, and more. Marcus attended El Rancho High School and now attends the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in film and media studies. At El Rancho High School, he served as captain of his high school’s Academic Decathlon team, and copy editor and reporter for the school’s newspaper, El Rodeo. His work has been published the Los Angeles Times, and he is an active advocate for the LGBT community.

  • Hanna Harris

    Hanna Harris

    Hanna Harris is a Get Lit Teaching Artist and a professional spoken word artist and educator. She has performed at LACMA, Warped Tour, Dodger Stadium, live on KPFK, and at over 40 schools in the LA area. She is a Teaching Artist at Get Lit, and her work has been featured in Melancholy Hyperbole, Bluepepper Magazine, and Teen Ink. She was the recipient of the 2016 Can Poetry Save the Earth Prize, as well as being a two-time Editor’s Choice recipient & Poet of the Month. She has taught workshops at UC Santa Barbara and was featured on Refinery 29’s Obsessee. She was recently named a Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador of Los Angeles by Urban Word. 

  • Khamal Iwuanyanwu

    Khamal Iwuanyanwu

    Khamal Iwuanyanwu, also known as Atlas Speaks, is a Reseda based Teaching Artist, poet, musician, and VFX editor who tells his own personal story through multimedia in hopes that his audience can find peace in knowing they are not alone. His topics range from inequality to mental illness as he believes that there is nothing that should be left unspoken. He has worked on projects with organization such as the United Nations and ACLU and strives to support groups aligned with his ideologies of peace and prosperity for everyone under the sky.

Teaching Artists

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    Arielle Estoria

    Born and raised in foggy Northern California, Arielle Estoria Leda Wilburn is a Writer, Speaker and Creative. Through various aspects of storytelling: Spoken Word, Event Hosting, Acting and Voice Overs, Arielle orchestrates each art form out of a “Words not for the ears but for the soul” motto. This motto stems from her dedication to remind her audience that words are meant to be felt and not just heard, her ultimate purpose behind her work and in life is a diligent pursuit of instilling and reminding people of their worth through words. Arielle is the Co-Author of two self-published collections of poetry: Vagabonds and Zealots (2014) and Write Bloody Spill Pretty (2017) which can both be found on Amazon.com and in 2016, released her EP of poetry and music titled Symphony of a Lioness.
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    Austin Antoine

    Austin Antoine is a multifaceted performance artist that blends the lines between music, poetry, and theatrics. Austin commits to mixing all of his passions with abilities that span from singing soulful solos to conquering an opposing rapper in a contest of improvised wit. After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in acting, Austin has sustained artistic success through touring performances, rap battles, musical collaborations, and hosting creative workshops. His work can be seen with Sofar Sounds, Guinness Book of World Records, TeamBackPack, ThatLowd, Joomanji, and TheyGotTime.
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    Brian Sonia-Wallace

    Brian Sonia-Wallace is a LA native poet, educator, and author. He is currently working on a nonfiction book for Harper Collins about new life for poetry in the midst of decaying Americana, and his work on this topic has been profiled by the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, BBC, and others. Brian was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence for Mall of America and Amtrak Trains, and he creates typewriter installations in unexpected places around the world as RENT Poet. As an educator, Brian regularly teaches poetry and performance at UCLA as a guest lecturer, in residencies with schools through Get Lit, and at 24th Street Theater. He believes everyone needs a poem.
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    Hazel Rose

    Hazel Rose is an artist and educator from San Francisco. She is honored to have been working as a teaching artist with Get Lit since her arrival to Los Angeles in 2017. She studied Peace and Conflict Studies at U.C. Berkeley and has taught expressive arts for more than ten years in the Bay Area. She worked as a poet mentor at Youth Speaks, a curriculum consultant at SF Jazz, and a Mindfulness and Hip Hop teacher at the Mindful Life Project. She is also a recording artist and performer whose work has been featured on outlets like VIBE and URB Magazine. She is deeply passionate about the transformative and healing power of creativity.

Advisory Board

  • Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • Ned Colletti
  • Paul Cummins
  • Jesse Dylan
  • Malissa Feruzzi Shriver
  • Brad Koepenick
  • Katherine Moore
  • Jessica Oyelowo
  • Ed Pearl
  • William Plaschke
  • Leslie Poliak
  • Karen Redman
  • Tim Robbins
  • Luis J. Rodriguez
  • Yosi Sergant
  • Rebecca Woolf
  • Jonathan Zeichner
  • James Zukin

Board of Directors

  • Gary Romoff, Chairman of the Board, has had a diverse & fascinating career in the agriculture business. He started at Sunkist & Dole and now owns a business that invests in permanent crop real estate (ranches) in Yuma, AZ, Central Valley, Coachella Valley, and Northern San Diego County. He is a proud Get Lit parent and passionate about spending time with his family. Education: BS, Finance, San Diego State, 1990; MBA, USC, 1994.

  • Paul Jablon is President of The Jablon Group, Insurance & Financial Services. Jablon specializes in counseling high net worth individuals and families in the areas of estate planning, business succession and charitable planning. A graduate from California State University at Northridge with a degree in Kinesiology, Paul started his career as a physical education educator. After earning his California Lifetime Teaching Credential, he taught biology and physical education. He was a Master Teacher for the graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Paul draws on his teaching experience to explain and communicate difficult, complex estate planning issues to his clients and their advisors.

  • Diane Luby Lane is Founder/Executive Director of Get Lit-Words Ignite, Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit presenter of literary performance, education and teen poetry programs, and the Get Lit Players, an award-winning classic teen poetry troupe, who perform for over 10,000 teens each year. Get Lit partners with the Magic Poetry Bus, the official project of California Poet Laureate, Carol Muske-Dukes. Lane is author of Words of Women, a compendium of original monologues for women published around the world and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and national commercials. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show, Deep Sea Diving (AKA Born Feet First), has toured high schools and colleges across America with poet Jimmy Santiago Baca. In recognition of her work as an educator and creator of Get Lit’s ground-breaking literacy curriculum, Lane received the James Patterson Page Turner Award for promoting literacy and the KNX Hero Award. In 2012, Lane was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.

  • Jill Rosenthal, Esq. received her law degree at Georgetown University after graduating summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley. She spent 20 years working as an attorney in prestigious law firms, and then as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for The Sports Club Company, before moving on to establish The Rosenthal Firm specializing in independent investigations. During Rosenthal’s time at UC Berkeley, she taught several courses focusing on the oral interpretation of classic poetry, an approach that aligned perfectly with Get Lit’s curriculum. In 2011, Rosenthal met Get Lit’s founder Diane Luby Lane at a dinner party and became an enthusiastic supporter of Get Lit’s mission. She is also a devoted “mentor “ to the “Get Lit Players” and even accompanied them to the White House in 2011 at the invitation of First Lady Michele Obama. Rosenthal has had several of her own poems published in literary journals including, most recently, the Columbia Journal of Literature and Art.

  • Alexander Trivas has taught English and Global Studies in independent schools for over 15 years. Currently he works at The Brentwood School in Los Angeles where he has spearheaded numerous service learning enterprises as well as annual poetry events. He holds his undergraduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Education and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. When he is not evaluating his students’ writing, he serves as a de facto editor for his wife’s (Tracy Trivas) books. In his spare time, he writes poetry and children’s books. He recently launched onebillionpoets.com, a social networking site for teens around the world to share and discuss poetry.

  • Ellen Picataggio has the hospitality industry in her blood. Her family emigrated from their native Korea to Las Vegas in 1971, and purchased their first hotel, the Minuteman, that same year. In 1979, the Cho family relocated to the quaint beach resort community of Lincoln City, OR, following their purchase of the historic Surftides. As principal of the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel Group, Ellen oversees the brand identities and design development of the Los Angeles hotel and its restaurant TART, as well as Surftides. She also is overseeing the design of the group’s newest restaurant concept, Saint Martha. Additionally, Ellen donates her time and expertise in support of her alma mater, assisting with branding and design for the Pinecrest Chalet—a historic Northern California family resort purchased in 2012 and currently being restored by the Cal Alumni Association. She is also a board member to NAKA (National Association of Korean Americans), a non-profit, civil and human rights organization providing a voice for Korean American youth and is a continuing supporter of LAYN (Los Angeles Youth Network), an organization that administers and houses homeless teens in Los Angeles. In her free time, Ellen is a devoted mother to her two sons, Graeme and Magnus.

  • Carolyn Rodriguez is a vice president and program and administration manager of the Marketing department at City National Bank. She joined City National in 1989 as part of the Controller’s department before moving to Marketing. Carolyn heads the bank’s award-winning flagship literacy program, Reading is The way up®. Since its start in 2002, this nonprofit initiative has donated more than $1.2 million in grants directly to teachers in elementary, middle and high schools in five states, and provided more than 500,000 books to classrooms, libraries and nonprofit organizations, which have benefitted more than 600,000 children. She has spent a large portion of her life volunteering to enrich the lives of children. Her passion is mentoring at-risk youth, which she has done since 2007. She has volunteered as a surrogate with the LAUSD’s Division of Special Education, sitting in on Individualized Education Programs and making educational decisions for children who are in foster care, homeless, or on probation. Carolyn also serves on the advisory board of Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services and the Children’s Defense Fund-CA Leadership Council.

  • Suzanne Stern Gilison is a passionate advocate for the arts with a professional background in business as well as museum administration. After an early career in tech and financial services public relations, Suzy returned to her true passion, the arts, and joined the Education Department at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) where she developed programs for visitors with disabilities and special needs. Suzy then moved back to Los Angeles where she joined the Development Department at LACMA and was instrumental in expanding the museum’s donor base to young art enthusiasts and collectors. She is active in local and non-profit organizations such as InsideOutWriters, The Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, the Los Angeles Opera and the Brentwood School. Suzy earned a B.A. in English Literature from Tufts University and B.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston.

  • Cristina Pacheco is an activist, producer, and nonprofit consultant based in Los Angeles. Cristina works at the intersection of social justice and arts practice. Previously, she served as the Director of Programs at Arts for LA where she created the ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program, training community arts advocates in areas of policy, leadership, coalition building, and communication. She has produced live theater, innovative art exhibitions, and other immersive events to amplify justice-oriented movements. Cristina was one of the organizers of the Women’s March in Los Angeles and continues to organize locally as one of the founding members of Artivists LA, a collective of artists supporting resistance efforts. She also serves on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity for the City of Los Angeles and on the Board of Directors for The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. www.cristinapacheco.com

  • Naveena Ponnusamy is a nonprofit development and communications executive with experience in local and global organizations. She currently serves as the chief development officer of Venice Family Clinic and was previously the executive director of development for the RAND Corporation. Naveena has also served in leadership roles at the University of Southern California including as assistant dean of external affairs for the USC Marshall School of Business. Previously in her career, she worked at Edelman's New York office where she managed communications strategies for a variety of clients in the nonprofit, corporate and economic development sectors. Naveena holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA from New York University.

  • Delta Wright‘s signature approach to designing interiors is based on her belief that every interior should be a portrait of those who live in them. Combining her technical grounding in architecture with an impressive creative pedigree, she exudes imagination and soul. Seeing home as a place of well-being, her environments radiate warmth through the use of sophisticated elements set against airy, relaxed interiors. Each project is crafted to elevate the soothing elements of nature – light, views and gardens. Her studio’s recent three-year collaboration with award-winning architect Hagy Belzberg was awarded “Best Large Residence, 2015” by Interior Design magazine. Over her 20-year career, her commercial projects include the models at the Commune-designed 8th & Grand in Downtown LA and the iconic Farmers Daughter Hotel. Delta is an honors graduate of Pratt Institute's master program in New York. Her conceptual and client-driven approach was honed through her 10-year partnership with bi-coastal firm Curated, which she cofounded in 2006.

  • Erika Abramshas nearly 20 years of experience across post production, accounting, and personnel management. She is a leader and multitasker who maintains a sense of humor, even in high pressure situations. She’s responsible for overseeing Encore’s 200-strong Burbank staff, who delivered more than 15K VFX shots in 2017, and also drives internal expansion strategies to support continued growth profitability, while interfacing with Encore’s Atlanta and Vancouver facilities. A firm believer in the link between happiness, trust and productivity, Erika encourages a consistently positive working environment and fosters a fair, family-like atmosphere at the studio. She joined Encore in 2016 after 12 years at Furious FX, where she held the dual role of VFX Producer and Operations Manager, juggling multiple shows and responsibilities. Prior to VFX, Erika spent nearly seven years in human resources, overseeing recruitment, hiring, personnel management and benefit administration for sizable companies. In addition to her role at Encore, Erika is on the Los Angeles advisory board for AIGA, a committee member for the LA Design Festival, a peer group member for the Television Academy and a community volunteer. A native Angeleno, Erika deeply loves tacos and is known both for her professionalism and amazing cookie baking skills.

Free Verse

Emerging professionals board dedicated to supporting Get Lit’s mission

  • Who We Are

    Bronwyn Leland Watson

    Bronwyn Leland Watson grew up in Washington state. After receiving her BA from Seattle University in theatre and philosophy she relocated to Los Angeles. Her accolades include directing three short plays as part of Susan-Lori Parks' 365 Project, having the playwright attend the staged reading, and receiving the Best Play Jury Award and Best Director Award in the Hollywood Short & Sweet Festival 2018. Since 2014, she has been with The Actors' Gang Theater Company. She is an associate company member, teaching artist, and director. This is her first year on Free Verse and she's thrilled to work with another nonprofit focused on empowering artists to emerge and share their stories.
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    Charles Jensen

    Charles Jensen directs the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, one of the largest and most prestigious open enrollment creative writing programs in the nation. He has volunteered widely in the arts and literary community with Arts for LA, Americans for the Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and Lambda Literary. He is the author of six chapbooks of poems and two full collections, most recently Nanopedia. He hosts a podcast for the Writers’ Program called The Write Process, in which one writer tells the story of writing one work from concept to completion.
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    Jason Blackwell

    Jason Blackwell is a Virginian boy living in Los Angeles who actively engages with the LA theater seen. In the real world, Jason works in philanthropy and gives money away at the James Irvine Foundation. If he is not seeing a play or wandering through a cultural festival, you will find him sweating it out on the tennis court, pretending to be a poet, or throwing back some whiskey with friends. Additional to being a member of Free Verse, Jason serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors of East West Players, a local culturally specific theater company. He is ecstatic to be part of the GET LIT team.
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    Katrina Frye

    Katrina Frye is the founder of Mischief Managed, an artist services company working with artists of all media to get their careers off the ground and money in their bank accounts. She strongly believes that artists are the architects of culture and transcribers of history. Katrina’s roster currently includes 10 artists, from composers to poets, from around the US. She has been working in arts administration and management for 10 years and has received her master's degree in arts management from the Claremont Graduate University. Follow her artists atwww.mischiefmanaged.info.
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    KC Fabiero

    KC Fabiero is an LA native and the principal at Environmental Charter High School. She has always had a passion for learning, serving others, and working to contribute to a larger purpose. In her 11 years of experience in education, she has developed a sense of urgency to serve and advocate for marginalized populations, particularly in education. Her call to lead continues in order to facilitate transformation and reimagine public education for students, parents, and teachers toward a more equitable education system.
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    Lynz Floren

    Lynz Floren combines his loves for audio-visual production, human development,t and creative expression in every project and role he takes on. As the multimedia manager for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, he oversees event setups and live webcast/recorded programs and has recently developed the organization's first podcast, Admitted: A Podcast for Law Students. Lynz is also a guitarist, a songwriter, and a business and life coach for creatives. He is honored to be serving a second year on the Free Verse Board.
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    Michael Green

    Michael Green is a practicing attorney, an educator, and a passionate leader currently working in civil litigation. After earning his bachelor’s from the University of California Santa Barbra, Michael worked relentlessly as a Teach For America corps member pushing to close the achievement gap. Working by day as a full time 4th grade educator and by night as an accelerated graduate student, Michael earned his master’s from Pace University, New York, while his students achieved significant gains in the classroom. After earning his JD at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Michael continues to serve the education community.
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    Michael Nelder

    Michael Nelder is a poet, speaker, and multimedia storyteller who is passionate about helping youth give life to their words and experiences. He is co-founder of a storytelling company called The Auditory Museum, where he helps individuals and organizations connect their stories to profitable outcomes.
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    Michelle Suzanne Snyder

    Michelle Suzanne Snyder is a native Angeleno who uses art and writing to inspire, inform, and remain committed to social justice. She is the recipient of both the Western California Journalism Society and Norm Strung Outdoor Writers Association excellence in journalism awards, and for the past seven years taught English language arts with an emphasis in literacy and creative writing. Her passion for language, culture, and education even landed her in Korea and China, where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL). Michelle is currently a nonprofit management master’s candidate at Antioch University in Los Angeles, and graduates in spring 2019.
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    Patricia Garza

    Patricia Garza is a member of the artistic staff at Center Theatre Group, where they manage new play projects as the artistic development program manager. Patricia most recently served as assistant department director for education and community partnerships at CTG for six years. Patricia is a Theatre Communications Group’s Young Leader of Color and was twice a fellow for the Salzburg Global Seminar on Young Cultural Leaders. Recently, Patricia was a recipient of TCG’s Leadership U Continuing Ed grant. They hold an MFA/MBA in theatre management from CSU Long Beach and a BA in English with a minor in theatre studies from UC Berkeley.
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    Yulia Rafailova

    Yulia Rafailova is an executive function coach dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults living with ADHD and other neurodiverse needs. She founded MindFull Education to teach families how to create the systems they need to successfully navigate relationships, school, and life’s toughest challenges. Yulia believes that imagination, creativity, and the arts are our most powerful tools to transform the way we imagine ourselves and how we relate to our world.

Community partners

  • The Actors’ Gang

    The Actors’ Gang

    The Actors’ Gang is an independent theatre founded by Tim Robbins and home to Get Lit’s monthly Open Mics, as well as the groundbreaking Prison Project, which brings commedia dell’arte to incarceration facilities across California. More at theactorsgang.com.

  • Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group

    Center Theatre Group is the largest performing arts organization in Los Angeles and home to the August Wilson Monologue Competition and so many other amazing youth outreach programs. We are so proud to partner with them! More at centertheatregroup.org.

  • Youth Speaks

    Youth Speaks

    Youth Speaks is the largest youth spoken word organization in the country, and maybe the world. Thank you for the guidance & inspiration! “The next generation can speak for itself.” More at youthspeaks.org.

  • Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts is a partnership created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. The program is designed to bring arts into some of the lowest performing schools in the country. More at turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.

  • Ash Grove

    Ash Grove

    The Ash Grove has been a major voice for the experiences, beliefs and feelings of the music community since 1958, offering support and performance space to the Get Lit Players since its inception, under the guidance of Ed Pearl. More at ashgrovemusic.net.

  • Wondros


    Wondros offers strategic consulting and a full suite of creative services for clients at the cutting edge of business, health care, philanthropy, public policy, and the arts. Wondros has been instrumental in the production of the Get Lit NOW weekly web series providing a platform for poets to respond to breaking news & celebrate free thought. More at wondros.com.

  • Taskforce PR

    Taskforce PR

    Taskforce PR creates culture that changes culture, consolidates power and builds momentum. Taskforce PR designs creative strategies, produces meaningful engagement, organizes communities online and offline, builds campaigns that inspire movements and changes prevailing narratives. They combine the quality, power and creativity of the commercial sector with the inclusive process, values and heart of the nonprofit sector. More at taskforce.pr.

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