Our organizational community is built on fair-working principles and anti-oppression which we’d love to tell you all about. You can learn more about our team of worker-owners below.
Isha Aran, Social Media/Digital Strategist: Isha is an Albuquerque-based screenwriter and digital content manager/strategist. She is also a journalist who has written for Splinter, Jezebel, and The Juggernaut with expertise in a range of topics: race and representation in music and entertainment, food (ask her about curry), and politics, covering everything from the everyday catastrophes of the White House to teenage activists saving the world. She’s won a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award, and in 2017 she was named Journalist of the Year by Define American. She’s a nice person and a mean cook.
Charlinda Brewster, Senior Designer: Born and raised in South Minneapolis, Minnesota both my parents enriched my life with all mediums of art. I was involved in dance, theater, music and various art courses throughout my adolescents. My fondest memories are when my mom would take me to the rose garden near the lakes and we’d paint watercolors of the roses. As a creative I strive to keep challenging myself to find fun creative ways to express ideas. I charge my creative battery through traveling, taking walks in neighborhoods that are waiting to be explored and coffee… always coffee.
I love to work in a positive enriching environment that allows for independent projects and team collaboration. I value the opinions of those around me and welcome input on projects that help it successfully grow. I find communication, focus, and curiosity all important assets that I can contribute to a workplace. I am Marie Kondo approved, if you hire me I will spark joy in your office.
Carlos Johns-Dávila, Experiential Producer, is a Peruvian American multimedia artist based in Brooklyn who focuses on interactive sound and video in collaboration with dance. His work uses 360º video, motion tracking, and cultural sound artifacts to create immersive works of art with accessibility and community at the center of its creation. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music composition with a concentration in electronic music while joining the school computer ensemble, BEEP, in Philadelphia. He’s performed in the SEAMUS music festival, National Sawdust music festival, in residencies with Eyebeam, and more. He later obtained a Master’s degree in arts management and entrepreneurship from The New School where he later joined Kevin Cunningham at 3-Legged Dog Arts & Technology Center. He is currently working on an interactive video opera with Carla Dirlikov Canales and zero footprint 360º video dance installations with Navarra Novy-Williams in New York City. He is interested in bringing holograms to the stage with the Center for Psychic Technology and on The Last Gatekeeper with Germono Toussaint. His most recent work in audio engineering involves spatialized audio in Bayeté Ross Smith’s 360º video documentary shorts The Red Summers that is about protests and race riots in the United States from the early 20th century seen monthly on The Guardian newspaper website. For more information see www.virtualcarlos.com.
Nick Leavens, Executive Producer: Nick is a producer with experience with hundreds of live events throughout the United States. In addition to his role as a producer for Black Heart, he’s also a writer/director in film/theatre. He has been working in the field for twenty years and is the founder of INCISIVE LLC, a broad-based consulting practice for arts and social justice organizations specializing in Ethical Institution Building. Nick has worked at The Museum of Modern Art, Eyebeam, Atlantic Theater, Sheen Center, on projects with Anna Deavere Smith, Art Omi, North Star Fund, Lower East Side Film Festival, was the Founder and Artistic Director of |the claque| and Artistic Director of the New York Arab Comedy Festival. He's lectured at Ohio State University, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the University of Oregon. He specializes in strategic planning, creative consulting and concepting, artistic programming, project management, board development, audience engagement, building development, and organizational management.
Jose Marmolejos, Experiential Producer: Jose is a video producer, motion graphics designer, and live stream technical director with more than a decade of experience producing professional video content. He worked for years as an in-house video producer for both consumer and B2B digital media brands in addition to pursuing a broad array of contract video and photography work. Jose received a Media Studies degree from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and was based in his native New York City before relocating to Indianapolis in early 2021.
Austin Ross, Experiential Producer: Austin is Content Producer located in New Mexico. He has produced a number of documentaries, commercials and music videos as a freelancer and contract producer . Austin’s style of producing has led him to be a part of amazing projects with amazing people; leading teams to execution and advising through Development, Production and Post Production. Austin has received several awards in Film Festivals but his most recent success was having the short doc “The Reality Blorp” featured on Vimeo Staff Picks. In his professional and personal life Austin is driven by a deep rooted passion in people and collaboration, however he never works on a project that he himself isn’t personally excited about.
Blair Russell, Executive Producer: Blair is a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre and live performance whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. His most recent theatre projects include the 12 time Tony-nominated Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, Lizard Boy by Justin Huertas, and the concept recording of the new musical For Tonight. As Co-founder and Director of Operations for Resounding, he produces immersive audio based entertainment. Blair has been a guest speaker/artist at a number of institutions including the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and the York School in Monterey, CA. He was also a visiting lecturer for the semester long Atelier program at Princeton University where he collaborated with composer Georgia Stitt on her oratorio The Circling Universe.
Dr. Tunisha Singleton, Social Media/Digital Strategist: Tunisha is a coherent thinker, strategist and go-getter committed to making all forms of business equally meaningful, inclusive and fun for everyone. Armed with a PhD in Media Psychology, Tunisha is a professional 1-2 punch of art and science. She has 15 years of experience blended across traditional production and emerging aspects of entertainment including podcasting, social/digital media and XR/VR/AR. With an expertise in fan identity, digital communications and community engagement, Tunisha’s work focuses on using innovation and consumer insight to inform the design of content development and integrated marketing communications. She is super passionate about sports and leaps at all opportunities towards forging a robust relationship between sports and society through dope story-driven content to promote advocacy, action and authenticity. Tunisha aspires to work with more brands and non-profits on projects about building positive experiences, eSports, mental health, fandom, amplifying Black voices and race/gender/LGBTQ+ empowerment.
Jonathan Williams, Experiential Designer: is an award-winning developer, speaker, educator, and producer of immersive content leveraging future technology (VR/AR/360/XR) to create worlds and experiences via storytelling and animation. His catalog of experiences has led him to produce content for a wide range of brands including Google, Facebook, Verizon, Samsung, and Disney as well as real-time social content for athletes like Kyrie Irving during his promotion of the film, "Uncle Drew".