Irene Kapustina: Founder, Artistic & Executive Director
An immigrant herself, Irene has undergone every stage of immigration process. Her path to adjusting to American life and embracing the role of an active citizen made Irene passionate and determined about helping displaced populations. She uses her academic, stage, and life experiences to provide opportunities she wishes she had during her time of assimilation.
Irene was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. Upon completion of two years at Belarusian State University (majoring in International Relations and Economy) Irene came to the US. Active participation in Chicago’s storefront theatre scene prompted Irene to enter Loyola University Chicago’s B.A. in Theatre program; during that time she also attended Second City. Irene’s sustained interest in practicing theatre in non-traditional settings and her passion for education, community development, and international relations led her to the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies, where she obtained her M.A. in Applied Theatre degree.
Irene has directed at The Drama League, The Kraine Theater, The Barrow Group, The Players Theatre, TADA!, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place, Manhattan Rep, Hunter College, and other venues; site specific work includes Tallulah Lounge and the Museum of Sex in New York. Irene’s most recent work, POOR PEOPLE, a stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel POOR FOLK, was presented at the FringeNYC 2015 and was characterized as “a detailed and heartfelt encounter with loneliness and longing that draws shockingly strong parallels between 19th century St. Petersburg and 21st century New York” (FringeReview) and told with “with clear-eyed compassion and unflinching emotional truth” (TheatreIsEasy) by using “every theatrical tool available… to summon the bittersweet beauty of Dostoevsky’s writing to the stage” (New York City Artists).
Irene is now based in New York City where she develops, directs, and produces professional theatre and various applied and educational theatre projects under TAP’s umbrella.
Emma Klauber: Founder
As a New Yorker for a decade, Emma has immersed herself in the New York City public school system as a tutor, student teacher, and arts administrator. Emma is passionate about using theatre to bring various populations together and lead the multidisciplinary cross-cultural investigation.
As a graduate of New York University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Emma is passionate about using theatre in community and education settings. In addition to working as Director of TAP, she is the Arts Education Program Director at The Town Hall, acting as the sole administrator of Town Hall’s Education Outreach Programs. Under Emma’s leadership, Town Hall teaching artists logged more than 5,000 teaching hours in 25 public schools in all five boroughs. She is working to expand the reach of Town Hall’s Education Programs to include seniors and community groups throughout NYC.
Kathleen Powers: Producer and Art Director
Kathleen Powers is equally comfortable in the world of Global Personal Care Packaging, Performing Arts and Historic Preservation. With her 30 year experience in Art Direction on global brands such as John Morrell, Nathan’s Famous, Rice-A-Roni, to AXE Personal Care for Men, she knows intimately the personal hygiene habits of teenage boys and the real ingredients of a hot dog. When she isn’t crafting brands across the US and Canada for Unilever, she is a Board Trustee of the Montclair Historical Society – currently art directing their rebranding, name change and website relaunch for 2017. Finally Kathleen is a Literary Artistic Associate at Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey, where she reads and advises on new work for the 100 seat theater. As well she is an Artistic Associate at both 16th Street Theater and Curious Branch Theater, both in Chicago, IL.
Tatiana Tsoir: Business Consultant and Accountant
With 10 years of professional experience behind her, Tatiana has developed particular expertise in the emerging field of startups by helping newly formed entities with great ideas to prepare business plans and develop budgets and projections for investors and by participating in investor presentations. In addition, Tatiana founded and obtained a 501(c)3 status for a non-profit organization, Society for Financial Independence Inc., which will help women and immigrants learn the basics of money management, budgeting and planning.
Graduating from Hunter College in the midst of the recession, she passed the CPA exam within a year and started working for a small CPA firm, where she got extensive hands-on experience in auditing, advisory and tax preparation for businesses & individuals. After leaving the firm, Tatiana continued working with her clients and expanded her services to them, as well as acquired new clients through referrals. To further deepen her knowledge in the accounting field she obtained MBA in Taxation at CUNY’s Baruch College and now her firm, Linza Advisors Inc., founded in 2009, is rapidly growing. A proud mother of two, Tatiana spends most of her free time with her family traveling and exploring nature.
Tasha A. F. Lemley: Digital Designer
Tasha is the founder of social enterprises Chai Wallah, LLC, and The Contributor street newspaper. She has experience as a homeless outreach worker and spent years photographing and interviewing people who live on the streets. Most recently, she’s a freelance audio producer and wants to continue telling the stories she hears. She’s the executive producer of The Mr. Mysterio Podcast—an episodic narrative podcast—and field producer for NPR affiliate WPLN’s forthcoming podcast, Versify. Passionate about community and diversity—she’s looking for the answers we have for each other and those we can find together. The more she gets outside of the familiar, the more she learns about herself. www.sanshouses.com
Isabel Moore: Production Assistant
Isabel is originally from San Francisco, where she grew up in a theater-loving family and acted in plays throughout childhood. Although she no longer acts, she remains passionate about the power of theater to spark meaningful conversations and affect social change. Isabel joined The Angle Project as an intern in November 2016, and was in charge of transcribing the refugee interviews that informed the script of Lost & Guided. She also compiled excerpts from the interviews for a monologue project and is organizing post-performance panels and discussions. Isabel works full-time at a start-up in Manhattan, and enjoys collaging in her free time. Inspired by her work at The Angle Project, she has raised money for refugee relief organizations through her art sales.