Youth Arts New York is the parent organization of Hibakusha Stories
Linda S. Chapman, BFA, Founding President of Youth Arts New York, has served as Associate Artistic Director for New York Theatre Workshop from 1995 to the present. With her partner Lola Pashalinski, she co-wrote and performed in the acclaimed Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving. Most recent work includes co-writing the GLAAD Award winning Beebo Brinker Chronicles with Kate Moira Ryan, published by Dramatists Play Service. Professional affiliations include The League of Professional Theatre Women, The National Theatre Conference, The Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
Robert Croonquist, MA, Founder and Treasurer, taught multicultural, interdisciplinary global literature and culture for 20 years with the City University of New York’s Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education. Before that he spent six years at Hearthshire School, Mendocino County, California and presently serves as the President of its Board of Directors. He was a participating teacher in the American Forum for Global Education and studied with the Cloud Center for Sustainability Education. He studied in India on a Fulbright scholarship and taught in Istanbul, Turkey. He was Jamaica High School, Queens, NY, Teacher of the Year in 1998. He has been bringing artists into the schools in New York City for 25 years.
Daniel Osman, BFA, Secretary, is the owner and proprietor of the Dreamaway Lodge, a Berkshire legend for more than 90 years. He is an educator, theater professional and central figure in a flourishing Berkshire music and art community. He has worked in a variety of capacities with, among others, New York Theatre Workshop, Shakespeare & Company and Mixed Company. He participated as an actor and director of Shakespeare in the Schools from 1990 – 1995. He was most recently seen performing in Jean Genet’s The Maids.
Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, has been engaged in the nuclear issue for over 25 years, and has worked internationally as an educator for disarmament. Formerly an education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, she developed the disarmament education web portal for the UN’s Cyberschoolbus website. In 2005, she produced her first film, a feature documentary about survivors from Nagasaki entitled The Last Atomic Bomb. Her current film The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age highlights the twin technologies of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. In the film Nagasaki survivors and Fukushima evacuees share their stories with young people, bringing the continued relevance of nuclear dangers to current and future generations.
Sandra W. Parker, MFA, is a Tulsa-based educator, sculptor and painter. She received her BFA in Ceramics and MFA in Art Histroy from the University of Tulsa. Her teaching career spanned 35 years, and included Undercroft Montessori School, Philbrook Museum of Art and Immaculate Conception, all in Tulsa. She has served on many Boards and presently serves on the Board of Friends in Deed in New York City. She has been active with Youth Arts New York for five years.