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Ilana Becker

Ilana brings her experience as a project manager, organizational leader, creative producer, and theater director to ToGather Today. Ilana currently serves as the Associate Director of Gingold Theatrical Group and as the R&D Program Director for The Civilians. Over the past fifteen years she has worked with acclaimed theater companies in New York and across the country, among them Lincoln Center and Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Company of Fools, and as a theatrical literary agent. Ilana’s work in the arts centers around community-driven projects and it is that same passion for bringing community together, even when people are physically distanced, that inspired her vision for founding ToGather Today. Pronouns: she/her.

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Yonatan Dorfberger

Yonatan has an M.A. from Touro University Nevada in Camp and Leadership Administration, and has served as Camp Director for numerous organizations. Currently, he serves as the Director of Day Camp and Teen Services for Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton/Manhattan Beach. A masterful event planner, he is excited to exercise his community engagement and event planning skills in the virtual realm through ToGather Today. Pronouns: he/him.

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Melody Erfani

Melody brings more than a decade of experience as a marketing and business administration professional, along with creative media experience, to the ToGather Today team. Her marketing career most recently includes her role as Marketing Director for Silver Linings Technology. Melody is also an NYC-based theatre director, specializing in new works and classical adaptations. She trained at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and later received her MFA in directing at Actors Studio Drama School before founding Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, a non-profit theatre company dedicated to reaching the LES community and reframing classics in ways that are accessible to all. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Melody grew up in an Iranian-American family within a diverse community, and her fascination with other people’s cultures and customs has continued throughout her life. She is excited to support people in bringing their family’s rituals to life and creating new ones in our digital world through ToGather Today. Pronouns: she/her.

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Estefanía Fadul

Estefanía is a director, producer, and administrator. Born in Colombia and raised in New Hampshire, she is keenly attuned to the importance of connecting with loved ones across distance. Estefanía is the inaugural recipient of New York Stage and Film’s Pfaelzer Award, and an alumna of the O’Neill/NNPN’s National Directors Fellowship, Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Drama League Fall Fellowship and TV Directing Fellowship, Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, and NALAC Leadership Institute. She also co-leads the New Georges Jam, has produced productions around New York, and has served in an administrative capacity at organizations including Jujamcyn Theatres, SiteCompli, New York Stage and Film, and the New Victory Theater. Since March, Estefanía has pivoted her creative work online, directing, co-creating and producing Carla’s Quince with The Voting Project, an immersive zoom quinceañera party experience that inspired hundreds of audience members around the country to register to vote. Estefanía is particularly excited to bring this creative virtual experience along with her producing and management background to ToGather Today. Pronouns: she/her.

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Tracy Cameron Francis

Tracy has worked in creating and producing live events for over 15 years and is eager to shift her skills into the digital realm. In addition to directing and producing theatrical events she formerly managed an event venue for New York Foundation for the Arts where she provided personalized event planning for birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and art openings. Pronouns: she/her.

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Charles Herzek

Charles is an education professional who incorporates the best traditional practices with blended learning models and technology integration to facilitate student centered and student directed learning. He currently teaches and leads technological integration at Pelham Lab High School in the Bronx. Charles previously taught English lit and composition, as well as computers and debate, at Miami’s Hebrew Academy. He has also served as a professor at several Florida colleges. He completed his Masters in Education at Florida Atlantic University, and comes to ToGather Today with over a decade of education, research, and technological experience. Pronouns: he/him.

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Lana Russell

Lana is a community-driven creative producer, director, and educator who also brings ten years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry to her work at ToGather Today. Lana prides herself on having served as almost every job in the theater and has an MFA in creative problem solving (aka directing) from the New School for Drama. Most recently Lana was the Artistic Associate and subsequently the interim Artistic Producer at New York Stage and Film’s 2019 Powerhouse Season as well as the Associate Director on a Broadway-bound new musical. Lana realizes her mission of intersecting theater and community through serving as the founder and Artistic Producer of the[re]group, a theater collective committed to dismantling and reimagining our stories, creative processes, and the role of the audience. Lana loves bringing people together and cultivating live events that are innovative, responsive and vibrantly inclusive, and extends that vision to her work bringing you closer to your communities through ToGather Today. Pronouns: she/her.

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Avital Shira

Avital is a community organizer and theatre director whose work has ranged from organizing for President Obama’s re-election campaign and other non-profits to directing classic plays, new works, and musicals around the country. A graduate of Yale University and of Boston University’s MFA directing program, Avital has taught public speaking both at universities and in executive leadership contexts. She has spent much of quarantine thinking deeply about how we can build community and create engaging new memories while physically isolated, and is excited to apply her combination of organizing, community-building, and creative-media skills to her work at ToGather Today. Avital is also a cantorial soloist, and has led services in Jewish communities around the country, including at the northernmost synagogue in the world, Congregation Or Hazafon. Pronouns: she/her.

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David Thomas

David has spent his career using technology to tell stories to gathered audiences. For more than 20 years he has been a sound designer for live theatre, also working as a sound engineer and live-performance audio/video systems integrator. He earned his MFA in Sound Design from Yale University School of Drama in 2008, and has since worked at theatres across America and on Broadway. As a frequent traveler, David is all too familiar with the difficulties of being separated by distance. Raised in suburban North Carolina, David has also had a lifelong passion for computers since his parents brought home a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A in the early 1980’s. This has continued to fuel his ongoing interest in the power of technology and the ways it can be used to bring people together easily, reliably, and securely. Pronouns: he/him.