Meet the Founders

Hannah Roodman

Filmmaker x Designer

For the past ten years Hannah has been directing and producing video,for the likes of Malala Fund, the UN, Alicia Keys Foundation, and the World Food Program. Hannah has presented her work internationally, at the TED Conference (2014) and the INK Conference (2014). Check out her work @ She is currently pursuing her MFA in the TransDisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design.


Nessa Norich 

Performance Lead | Theater Educator 

Nessa Norich is a theater artist who trained at the Lecoq school for physical theater in Paris. She has collaboratively created over a dozen original works of theater in NYC and Europe, at such notable venues as the Institute for Contemporary Art, The Battersea Arts Center, and the British Film Institute in London, the Edinburgh Fringe, Showbox Festival in Oslo, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and Magic Futurebox and Joe’s Pub in New York City. Her work has received critical acclaim most notably in the Huffington Post and the NY Times and has been recognized with a 2016 NY Innovative Theater Award. Nessa is co-artistic director of the award-winning theater company, The NY Neo-Futurists. Nessa is also the Education Director and Facilitator for Shine on in Schools, a workshop for Bronx Public elementary students that uses dance to cultivate imagination, self expression and empathy. Nessa has also taught Devised Theater at Columbia and Pace Universities.


Meirav Ong
Visual Art Educator

Meirav is a conceptual artist whose work focuses on the in-between; illuminating the spaces and moments between control and uncertainty. Her current work investigates how systems of influence simultaneously encourage and challenge our identity through concepts of body image, religion, and patriarchal systems to reveal shared realities about the human experience. Meirav is a graduate of University of Michigan (BFA, 2012) and recently received an artist’s grant to the Vermont Studio Center residency. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY and at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.


Mati Engel
Jewish Educator
Mati is currently pursuing her Masters in Theology at the University of Chicago. She splits her time between her academic pursuits and community-based art. She is currently producing and facilitating an installation piece called, "Women who Kaddish" to increase awareness surrounding Jewish women's perspectives on grief and loss. Previous to this, Mati lived in Washington D.C and worked as the Director of National Initiatives at the Embassy of Israel, after having studied Israeli politics as a Dorot Fellow in Tel Aviv. In 2014, Mati was named a "36 under 36" by the Jewish Week, after having successfully produced the "What I Be: Jews of NYC" photo series, which sent currents of controversy and conversations addressing mental health and social stigmas in the Jewish community.

With her studies and artistic pursuits, Mati is bridging the world of ideas and religious thought into the public discourse, utilizing the arts as a medium for community and connection. Mati was born in England, raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn and the Five towns. She is delighted to call herself a true New Yorker, with a Tel-Avivian edge"