Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Board

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TACOMA MUSICAL PLAYHOUSE welcomes our new members to TMP’s EDI Advisory Board.  We thank you for giving your time, energy and skills to help TMP become a more welcoming and inclusive theater.

 

EDI Advisory Board     

 

 

Deshanna Brown (she/her) is an advocate and artist. Working to create stability for youth and their families. She is the facilitator of Amara’s DEI council, and apart of Wellspring’s DEI Community Resource Group. She is a Court Appointed Advocate- CAA for Pierce County Juvenile Court and a member of the Diversity Collective team, providing services and resources to families of color.

 

 

 

 

Russell Campbell is Deputy Director for the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Russell has decades of experience working directly with communities and organizations to address issues regarding health equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural humility. Russell works globally with community-based organizations, local state and federal government agencies around developing, implementing, and advancing health, equity and inclusion programs to improve organizations and communities.

 

 

Matthew Michael Flores has had over 20 years of experience in community theater in Washington State. He has taken part in all aspects of theater from stage managing, tech crew, running lights, acting on stage, costuming, and directing. Having worked for a South Sound theater for five years, he provided customer service, and helped run the “Students on Stage” program, Matt was the actor liaison and ran the box office, Matt has had endless opportunities to work with many diverse artists, families, and people from the community. He also serves as a member at large for the Evergreen Playhouse’s Board. He currently resides in Olympia, works in Tacoma, and has traveled up and down the I-5 corridor to participate in all aspects of theater.

 

Dr. Brittany D. Henderson (she/her/they/them) is an educator and artist, working over the last 15 years of her career to create more inclusive environments and support services. Brittany’s dissertation research described and analyzed the strategies, processes, and behaviors higher education leaders used to build and execute a successful strategic diversity plan. She currently serves as the Dean of Student Affairs at Cornish College of the Arts and is the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.

 

 

Deanna Martinez has incorporated Social Justice, the Arts, and Education in every iteration of her career since graduating from the University of Washington. First, she worked in the non-profit sector utilizing Hip Hop arts to promote Social Justice. Then, she taught middle school in the Clover Park School District. Now, she coaches, directs, and acts in theaters throughout the Sound. She values her multi-ethnic background as a Boricua-Hawaiian woman, which she believes has increased her empathy in seeking justice and true equity for all people.

 

 

Demmarie McKay has been a part of the Tacoma Musical Playhouse for seven years. She has worked the lighting board and has been working on many of the Camp TMP, productions running and designing lights. Demmarie has her Bachelors’ Degree in General Psychology, and is currently in a double Masters Programs, for Mental Health Counseling and Addiction Studies. Demmarie is thankful to be involved with the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.