The TONYC Team includes the staff based in our DUMBO office, and our Jokers working with theatre troupes throughout New York City.
The TONYC Jokers have facilitated Forum Theatre projects in partnership with dozens of social service organizations and city agencies throughout New York. They have conducted workshops and trainings for community groups, universities, and staff at non-profit organizations. International experience includes collaborations with Cardboard Citizens (U.K), New Haven-Leon Sister City Project (Nicaragua), Jana Sanksriti (India), Center for Theatre of the Oppressed—Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Katy Rubin, Founder and Executive Director
Katy Rubin is a joker, director, actor and circus artist. She has facilitated and directed Forum and Legislative Theater workshops and performances in partnership with various communities including homeless adults and youth; LGBT homeless teens; people living with HIV/AIDS; recent immigrants; and court-involved youth and adults. Katy trained with Augusto Boal at the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed—Rio de Janeiro, and later with Jana Sanskriti in India, Mind the Gap in Yorkshire and Cardboard Citizens in London. She has trained facilitators in Nicaragua, the Netherlands, Norway and New Orleans as well as NYC. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Boston University School of Theater.
photo credit: Will O'Hare
Sophie Nimmannit, Joker and Program Director
Sophie Nimmannit facilitates workshops and troupes, including ensembles at Queens Justice Corps, Justice Community Plus (Staten Island Youth Justice Center), Hetrick-Martin Institute, and the Ali Forney Center. Sophie has been a Brooklyn-based theater artist and physical theater performer since 2003, enthralled with making ensemble-devised original works, and occasionally playing with puppets.
photo credit: Will O'Hare
Devyn Mañibo, Community Engagement Coordinator
Devyn Mañibo is a JC raised and BK based maker, organizer, and educator. She is passionate about fostering and sustaining spaces for her communities to tell their stories wholly. She works to disrupt constructs of time and geography, while centering ideas and practices of interdependence, ancestral embodiment, and processes of healing. She can usually be found causing some kind of ruckus in the streets or in the kitchen, and eating a lot of goat milk ice cream. She is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she received her BA in New Media, Performance, and Queer Studies.
photo credit: Julia Schonberg
Moon Lowery, Joker
Moon, aka Alex Lowery, has been with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC since 2010 as an actor with the Concrete Justice troupe. He has worked as a joker with troupes at The Door, in Hunts Point, Queens Justice Corps, and most recently The Fortune Society and CASES Brooklyn troupes.
photo credit: Gio Gaynor
Rebecca Kelly Golfman, Joker and Creative Advocacy Coordinator
Rebecca Kelly Golfman is an actor, activist, and racial justice educator dedicated to using art as a tool for social justice. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at Wagner College teaching the course Race, Art, and Activism and co-founder of the NYC Artists of Color Collective. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Wagner College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Becca Lynch, Joker
Becca Lynch, Joker and Founding Member, has been practicing Theatre of the Oppressed since 2007, with TONYC since 2011. In New York City and in Los Angeles she has worked with youth, people with experiences of homelessness, LGBTQ groups, and immigrant communities to create Forum and Legislative Theatre. Internationally, she trained with Jana Sanskriti in Kolkata, India, and Amani People’s Theatre in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a BA in Theatre and Psychology from the University of Southern California.
photo credit: Will O'Hare
John Leo, Joker
John Leo is a Founding Member Joker of TONYC. He has studied Theatre of the Oppressed with Falconworks and in Guatemala with Stephane Gue. He is also a hospital Clown with Healthy Humor, Inc's Red Nose Docs and has toured with Clowns Without Borders to Mexico & Guatemala. Mr. Leo also teaches and creates subversive physical comedy: tinyDANGEROUSfun! variety show & co-created the award winning Handshake Uppercut. He is a graduate from the Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre. Awards: Gold Medal, NY Clown Olympics; Best Comedy & Best Physical Theatre, SF Fringe Fest; Encore Award, Boulder Fringe Fest; "Must See," Chicago Fringe Fest; Individual Artist Project Award; Rasmussen Foundation. johnleo.net
photo credit: Will O'Hare
Kate Clark, Joker
Kate Clark is thrilled to be working alongside such a great team. She graduated from Saint Michael's College with a BA in Theatre and English, and has pursued professional acting, directing, and community-based theatre ever since. She most recently finished a national tour with Missoula Children's Theatre, during which she facilitated week-long residencies with 50-60 local students in a full-scale musical. One can find her learning new web-development tricks on her laptop at a nearby cafe, or doing vocal warm-ups and practicing Shakespeare on the F train.
Vincent St. Vincent, Joker
Vincent has been with TONYC since 2012 and is a Joker for the Housing Works Troupe and the Marrakech troupe in New Haven, Connecticut.
Aliyah Hakim, Joker
Aliyah, now going on four years with TONYC, is a Joker-in-Training based in Brooklyn. A passionate believer in the arts/community, she uses Theatre of the Oppressed among other means to inspire justice and action. A living and breathing creative tool, Theatre of the Oppressed in her belief offers a unique way to do this, creating troupes of community-actors who, performing both on and offstage, work together to shift the injustice we face in our collective lives. You might find her daydreaming and scribbling ideas into her phone about things like this on the M train, in which case you should definitely bid her 'hello!'
Charles Whitewolf, Joker
Charles Whitewolf, Joker: Charles has been an actor and joker with TONYC since 2013. They have worked with the Ali Forney Center Troupe, and Concrete Justice. Charles is a poet, skateboarder, and has been featured in video projects by Transparent director Silas Howard.
Max Freedman, Joker
Max Freedman was a Joker-in-Training with TONYC from 2012-15, and is proud to have been one of the first JiTs to graduate to full-fledged Joker status. His projects have included The Housing Circus (Concrete Justice), Memories of the Future (Majora Carter Group), Gender Sacred (LPAC), and Statistic (Harlem Justice Corps). He also shot and edited Concrete Justice's short documentary film, The Daily Lives of Street Vendors. Max is a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society, where he has spearheaded the development of a new outreach program using theater tools to teach American history to middle-school students. B.A. in Theatre, Northwestern University; M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies, Parsons School of Design, The New School.
Nivia Marrero Rolón, Joker
Nivia Marrero Rolón was born and raised in Jayuya Puerto Rico. She holds a BA in Theatre Education from the University of Puerto Rico and an MA in Applied Theatre from The School of Professional Studies in New York City. She works as an Early Childhood and Elementary Spanish and theater teacher. Nivia has also worked with the Latino youth of New York exploring themes of cultural identity through theatre.
Elizabeth Morgan, Joker
Liz is an artist and activist based in NYC. She holds both a B.A. and M.F.A. from Brown University where she was a graduate teaching fellow in the Theatre Arts department as well as the recipient of the Davis Wickham Prize for Excellence in Playwriting. She has studied theatre and dance abroad at the London Dramatic Academy and the Yeredon Center for Malian Arts. Liz is a joker-in-training with TONYC, an assistant teaching artist with Opening Act and a lead teaching artist with The Other Side. lizmorganonline.com
photo credit: Devyn Mañibo
Raquel Almazan, Joker
Raquel Almazan is an actor, writer, director in theatre/film/television productions. Her eclectic career as artist-activist spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, new work development and dramaturgy. She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and the creator/facilitator of arts programs for youth/adults, several of which focus on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within her lifelong project on writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country (Latin is America play cycle). raquelalmazan.com
Megan Fountain, Joker
As a community organizer, Megan has spent the last ten years using legal action, community action and art to build power with the Latinx immigrant community, to challenge worker exploitation and injustices in the prison-legal-immigration system. Theatre of the Oppressed is her favorite tool because it allows communities to reflect, act, analyze, build solidarity and create collectively.
Ashley Rogers, Joker
Storm Thomas, Joker
Storm Thomas is a playwright, performance artist, puppeteer, educator and award winning poet. Storm performed in the Off-Broadway production of Futurity (Mandolin) and was featured on the Season 3 premier of Lexus Verses and Flow. Storm has an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.