Marlène is a Puerto Rican artist, cultural worker, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder and director of EMERGENYC, an incubator for emerging artists-activists in New York City and beyond, which she created in 2008 at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute. She is also co-founding director of Fulana, a Latina satire collective whose videos have been shown internationally and whose members lead satire and parody workshops for emerging artists. Through Mujer Que Pregunta, she uses Tarot as a tool for visioning, working with cultural workers at any point in their career to shape their ideas, clarify their purpose, and make sure their projects align with the goals of their practice. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Performance Network and the Board of Advisors of the Center for Artistic Activism. In 2018, she curated “Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance,” a live art series presented at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 exhibition.
George Emilio Sánchez
George is a writer, performance artist, and social justice activist. He has been the Performance Director of Emergenyc since 2008. He began making original pieces in 1992 and has continued making performance work and social justice projects to this day. He is currently in the process of crafting a new performance series titled “Performing the Constitution.” As the Abrons Social Practice AIR he works with youth groups on the Lower East Side to use the arts as a restorative tool while addressing the reality and trauma of gun violence. For the past two years, he organized and facilitated BANG BANG GUN AMOK, a 24-hour performance filibuster on gun culture. He is a Professor in the Performing and Creative Arts Department where he served as the chairperson for 12 years. George’s work has been presented by theaters and museums in over 25 states and has received support from National Performance Network, the Fulbright Program (Peru), New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.