MEET THE TEAM

JAMES LECESNE (he/him)  Executive Director/Facilitator/Co-Founder

James wrote the short film TREVOR, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. He is the co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He has written three novels for young adults, and created The Letter Q, a collection of letters by queer writers written to their younger selves. Lecesne was the executive producer of After The Storm, a documentary film that tells the story of 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. An actor as well as a writer, James has created several award winning solo shows including The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Word of Mouth and One Man Band. jameslecesne.com

RYAN AMADOR (he/him)  Director of Operations/Facilitator/Co-Founder

Ryan is a recording artist, songwriter, and theater-maker with three full length albums and five EP’s of original music online. He is best known for his song “Instead” which has over six million listens on Spotify, as well as LGBT-related music videos “Define Me,” “Spectrum,” and “Loverboy,” which have been featured in Huffington Post Queer Voices. His most recent music video, “Like A Woman,” is a collaboration with global women’s rights organization VDay/1 Billion Rising, and calls men into the movement to end violence against women. Ryan is the recipient of a 2013 ASCAP Award for Songwriting and is a graduate of NYU’s Theater Department. He has directed and written theater pieces in New York City, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Abu Dhabi. Ryan and James are currently working on a musical about queer youth. ryanamador.com

JULIE NOVAK (she/her)  Media Producer/Facilitator

Julie is a musician, writer, and performer who enjoys making people laugh, feel loved and consider their role in making the world a better place. Trained with a background in theatre, comedy and improv, she is co-founder of TMI Project, a non-profit offering transformative memoir workshops and performances where participants are encouraged to share the parts of their stories that they usually leave out. She has performed all over the United States, including touring her one-person show, America’s Next Top, which had a successful run in the NYC Fringe Festival. Currently, she is the host of No One Like You, a radio show and podcast where she interviews everyday heroes who share uplifting stories about turning their kryptonite into their superpower. julienovak.com

EMMA JAYNE SESLOWSKY (she/her)  Media Producer/Facilitator

Emma is an Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter, and Webby nominated podcast host and editor who’s been featured everywhere—from Justin Bieber fragrance commercials to Coca Cola digital campaigns. Her single “Morning” premiered on PRIDE.com, who called it “a literal ball of queer sunshine.” When she’s not podcasting or singing, Emma’s performing all around the country, hosting comedy and music variety shows, and taking on song commissions for private clients. emmajaynesings.com

ZACH INFANTE (they/them)  Facilitator

Zach is an actor, writer, and producer based in New Jersey. They began their career as an actor working on Rick Linklater’s film School of Rock starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Recently, they became a Theater Bay Award Finalist, SFTBA Critic Circle Award Nominee and BroadwayWorld Award Winner for their performance in John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone’s new musical Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Repertory Theater & La Jolla Playhouse. Additional credits include: Alice By Heart (Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Jessie Nelson), Somewhere a plat by Matthew Lopez and A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Julie Taymor. Film/TV: GOTHAM, Alpha House, Carrie Pilby, Jeffrey. Podcast: Audible’s Sorry Charlie, Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (Webby Award Winner) & The College Tapes. zacharyinfante.com

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