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Elsa Menendez

Elsa serves as Field Representative on the staff of US Senator Martin Heinrich. Formerly the Director of Performing Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, she has spent more than 35 years working in theatre around the world as writer, director, producer, performer, and educator. 

While at the NHCC Elsa co-founded Circo Latino Summer Institute as well as dozens of other projects and programs.  She has been co-facilitator of the Cultivating Women’s Leadership retreat through Bioneers, and a co-founder of the Women Leading Change initiative. A certified life coach and member of the Kellogg Foundation funded Coaches for Equity and Transformation cohort, Elsa also served as an Artistic Director and Core Artist of Tricklock Company and is a member of the Sofia Center’s Wild Leadership facilitation team.

Elsa is a consultant, facilitator and teacher of various local, national, and international workshops, symposiums, and retreats. Her mission is love and her passion is to connect and conspire with the widest range of collaborators. Elsa utilizes the wisdom of play, creativity, and the physical body to support leaders of all ages toward personal, community, and broader social liberation. Her latest creative endeavor is a project with POC artists investigating the impact of white supremacy culture on climate change, supporting national level artists to create locally inspired climate solution actions.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Elsa is the daughter of her Cuban immigrant father and her Puerto Rican mama. She is the proudest tía to four awesome nephews, Zen, Amadeus, Faustino, and Galileo and loves going on adventures in nature with these brilliant, kind, compassionate, creative, hilarious, imaginative boys.

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Dafina McMillan

Dafina has spent her career at the intersection of creative expression, arts management, technology, philanthropy, and communications. In addition to co-founding art + tech company, Crux, in 2020, she launched McMillan Works LLC, a consulting business rooted in organizational development, strategic planning, coaching, and the skillful orchestration of comprehensive projects, plans and initiatives.

Current and past clients include artEquity, the Center for Cultural Innovation, City of Albuquerque, Mariposa Strategies, National Black Theatre, New Mexico Black Leadership Council, and Penumbra Theatre.

While in New York, NY, Dafina was previously a program officer on the arts team of Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also served as the Director of Communications & Conferences for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatre. Prior to joining TCG, Dafina served as the Associate Managing Director of Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN. She held numerous leadership positions at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe), and consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives.

Dafina is an alumna of the Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the National Performance Network (NPN) and is a certified Zumba® instructor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Juli Hendren

Juli is a producer, director, writer, actor, devisor, and teacher who has worked across the United States, Canada, Europe, Uganda, China, and Colombia.  Juli works at learning and applying ethical international producing and collaboration practices. She strives to create space for creative, healing processes that are guided by the artists and communities.

Juli is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. She is the Dr. Kerry English Global Connectivity Manager for the Global Theatre Initiative, a partnership with Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and  The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University. Juli is a member of Theatre Without Borders and the co-director of Performance in the Peripheries. Juli is a facilitator for SonderWorx, a reality-based training organization working in empathetic communication, verbal de-escalation, and peaceful conflict resolution. She sits on the board of the New Mexico Arts and Justice Network. Juli is a founding member of Tricklock Company and The Revolutions International Theatre Festival. 

Juli was born in Houston, Texas and studied theatre at UNM. She has attended advanced trainings in physical theatre with Gardzienice Theatre Practices in Poland, corporeal mime and Grand Guignol at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and clown and bouffon at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creative Practices in Canada. Juli loves to travel, swim, study birds, witness theatre, and practice hot yoga. She finds great joy in teaching and learns from her students every day. She is married to the love of her life and frequent artistic collaborator, Aaron Hendren who is a writer, musician, and filmmaker.

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Revolutions Inc cultivates relationship, kindness, hospitality, and international diplomacy through the performing arts. Revo Inc strives to be an inclusive, anti-racist organization where the diverse identities and backgrounds of artists and audiences are explored, honored, and celebrated.