Osh is grateful for the late, Former First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, founder of Gallery 37, who provided him with his first job as an actor, singer, and writer--as a teen. Osh joined Teach For America and taught in Washington Heights, Harlem, and the South Bronx for five years, in addition to training new teachers for Teach For America. Osh holds a BA in Theatre and English and a BS in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago and an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Recently, Osh was a Guest Lecturer at Harvard University and is the recipient of a Harvard University Presidential Fellowship. For more information about Osh’s work as a professional actor, please visit http://oshghanimah.com
Chief Operating Office (COO)
Leslie met Osh while leading Teach For America-New York’s social innovation work, where she built a community of education innovators that put teachers and students at the heart of their solutions. She helped to launch Teach For America’s national flagship design thinking program, DesignCamp, as well as their annual Social Innovation Award. In her time at TFA, she has supported over 100 alumni entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality. Prior to TFA, she was a founding team member of the Edinburgh Institute, a leadership development consultancy based within Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. She vividly remembers every musical production she saw as a child growing up in Owenton, Kentucky, and is honored to be working with Broadway For All to support with the future of the performing arts.
Ali hails from just outside of Philadelphia. She graduated from Harvard University in 2011, receiving a Bachelor's degree in English with honors and a secondary in Dramatic Arts, and then earned her Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. After graduating, she began working at the Huntington Theatre Company, first in artistic producing and then in company management. She recently moved back to NYC to work in management at Roundabout Theatre Company. Ali previously interned at the American Repertory Theater and the Vineyard Theatre. She loves baking and yoga. She is a Harvard College alumni interviewer, as well as a proud Signet Society alumna.
DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING
Patrick Vassel is a director, writer, and teacher from Akron, Ohio. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Hamilton on Broadway. Broadway: Magic/Bird (Assistant Director). New York: Two Rooms (79 Clifton Place), Rum for Sale (Columbia University), The Gravediggers (Theatre East Reading), Connect (Workshop – Ten Bones), The Adventures of Boy and Girl (FringeNYC ’13), We the People: America Rocks! (TheatreWorks USA nat’l tour), Font of Knowledge (Shelby Company), The Little Dog Laughed (The Gallery Players, 1st NYC Revival). Regional/University: Lombardi (Palace Theatre, Wisconsin), Six Characters in Search of an Author (University of Notre Dame, Original Adaptation) As a co-writer/director: Nothing Left to Burn (Ars Nova ANTFest, The Public Theater New Work Now!, The Lark Playwrights Week 2015).
Maria and Osh have been collaborating since 2002 when they met at Loyola University Chicago as theatre students. Along the way Maria has helped Broadway For All with ideation, messaging, budget planning, fund acquisition and designing a vision for the organization's future. She was a founding ensemble member of Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, IL and continues to support the future of the arts -- a future that demands diversity and inclusion. Maria holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola and an MA in International and Intercultural Communication from University of Denver. She has 10 years of experience in strategic marketing & communications, event management, development, community relations, budget management and strategic planning for start-ups and large institutions across the nonprofit and higher education sector