Maria James-Thiaw is a published performance poet and playwright with 15 years of teaching experience in higher education and a passion for the arts. Maria wrote Reclaiming My Time: The American Griot Project and coined the phrase "historiographic poetics," a form of poetry that sheds light on historical events. This dynamic spoken word artist is also the author of three collections of poetry and has been teaching creative writing workshops in the community for 20 years.
Executive Director of Programming &
Janet Bixler is an enthusiastic storyteller and seasoned theatre director with a gift for playback and devised theatre. Bixler was the director of Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project. Her influence has stretched from middle school to college classrooms and beyond. As a certified teacher and the owner of U-Cre8 she taught kids how to find their voice and express their truth on stage. She volunteers as a host and workshop leader for Untitled storytelling group and is a full-time theater director at Central Penn College in Summerdale PA.