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JOIN US ON OUR NEW JOURNEY!

COME CELEBRATE THE NEW MENTOR ARTISTS - MAPP

Let's celebrate a decade of MAPP artist- mentor community- based programming with exciting new projects!

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Get involved in innovative programs that provide creative education training and development to students, teachers, and the community.

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JOIN US AT MAPP!

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EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITIES!

CONTRIBUTE TO MAPP

Help bring creative education to every corner of the world ... It's all about US!!

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THANKS TO YOU MAPP IS POSSIBLE

Appreciation and gratitude goes out to all our contributors!

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MAPP is a proud fiscally sponsored 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Participate

How can you impact a community?…  MAPP Founder/ Director Thomas Dean Kellogg (see bio) has spent over 20 years, building, developing, and implementing community- based mentored theatre arts programs locally, nationally, and internationally! . Start a MAPP program now!

Learn

Benefit from MAPP programming… MAPP lessons and programs are tailored to the needs of each community. Lets have a conversation to discuss what that is. Below are examples of what kind of programs are offered, to give you a starting point!

Mentor

Giving back is at the heart of mentoring, and is the main point of all MAPP work. Learn the Art of Mentoring through our MAPP mentor artist orientations and then participate in a MAPP community program!

Give

MAPP is a creative education movement and  an organization of active supporters and participants. Donations are an important part of building community programs. Proudly, we have received financial support from community trusts, private foundations, and individual donors. We would like to talk to you about becoming a part of our efforts!

Please join us for the future of our children, our communities, and the world !

About MAPP

Empowering marginalized youth and communities through arts based literacy programs.

We are an arts education provider and events producer that partners with schools, tribal councils, not-for-profit community development organizations, human rights and social justice advocates, and colleges and universities, to bring unique creative workshops, arts programming, and live presentations to marginalized communities throughout the world.

  • Vision

    Our vision for MAPP is to create a mentor based creative arts movement.

  • Mission

    Our mission for MAPP is to provide creative training and community programming throughout the world.

  • Values

    Our values are creativity, courage, and commitment.

OUR TEAM

Thomas Dean Kellogg

Thomas Dean Kellogg

Founder / Director

has conducted theatre workshops in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hungary, Russia, Great Britian, Turkey, and Spain. With his award- winning multi-disciplinary company, theatre fofo, he has devised, staged, and participated in festivals around the world. He has been a guest artist at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab West, in Los Angeles, California, sharing his innovative theatre philosophy and techniques. For nearly two decades, he has worked with cultural and social service organizations, to bring arts-based literacy training, artist- mentored playwriting workshops, and professional presentations of the work to marginalized and disadvantaged youth and their communities throughout North America. He has implemented and led artist- mentored theatre workshops in juvenile detention centers, drug rehabilitation facilities, alternative schools, and orphanages. Over the past decade, he has expanded MAPP’s Young Native Playwrights Initiative, to include over a dozen Reservation and Urban Native communities throughout the United States and Canada. More recently, he has worked with human rights and social justice organizations to introduce multicultural programming with international refugee, Native American, Latin American, LGBT, and Euro- American participants. As a public speaker, he specializes in cross cultural dialogue and the importance of arts education for all.

Karen Maria Schleifer

Karen Maria Schleifer

National Operations Director

has been heavily involved with the arts since childhood. Starting her performance career on Broadway in the original production of Annie, she became involved with the USO and UCP telethons and found her passion for social awareness and fundraising. She studied musical theatre at Wagner College and completed a B.A. in Literature at the State University of New York at Purchase. While at Purchase she worked as a TV Production assistant with NBC and ABC news. She combined her skills in television and administration in Los Angeles, consulting and assisting executives at such notable companies as Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, NBC television, Maverick Records, Yahoo, Inc. and Warner Music Group. She met Thomas Dean Kellogg in Los Angeles, and returned to the theatre, producing (and performing in) theatre fofo productions of Echo Greco, Eat the Bunny, Hasta La Muerte, The Caliban. She also directed the live, drive-in-drama Mayhem at Mayfield Mall, which was featured in People Magazine. Karen has been actively involved with National Multiple Sclerosis Society for years, where she has raised money with her MS Walk Team Schleif-of-Life in honor of her brother who suffers with the disease.

Myra Donnelley

Myra Donnelley

Co Founding Producer/ Development Consultant

Myra has experience in youth development including extensive community arts work in New York City, Western Massachusetts, Amarillo, TX, and Portland, OR. She ran a small professional theatre company in Portland, OR, from 1993-1999 and oversaw the development and construction of two performance venues. She is a grant writer and fundraising consultant for individual artists, and not-for-profit theaters. Donnelley has been a playwright, theatre practitioner, and development director for over 25 years. For five years critical years, Myra worked diligently with Thomas Dean Kellogg as a producer, grant writer, and development consultant, helping Mentor Artists- MAPP to build a solid foundation for sustainable community arts education.

Contact MAPP, we will be happy to answer any of your questions…

Zilah Mendoza Hill

Zilah Mendoza Hill

Associate Artist

ZILAH MENDOZA has nationally originated such roles in theatre as Ana in Lisa Loomer’s hit Living Out (The Mark Taper Forum and 2nd Stage); Matilde in Sara Rhul’s Pulitzer nominated The Clean House (Yale Repertory Theatre); Electricidad in Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad (The Mark Taper Forum); and Perla in Juliette Carrillo’s Plumas Negras (Cornerstone Theater Company). She has garnered national recognition for her New York performances, receiving an OBIE, a Garland, and a Lortel nod, for her work in Living Out. She has received numerous backstage awards for her work in Los Angeles. Ms. Mendoza has had recurring and guest starring roles on such shows as The King of Queens, MAD TV, Law & Order, Medium, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey’s Anatomy, 24, Nip/Tuck, The Closer and Modern Family. She has been active with MAPP for 8 years, mentoring and performing in multiple communities throughout North America, as well as playing a strong role in community development.

Andrew Mersmann

Andrew Mersmann

Media Consultant

is an internationally published author.( Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference -November 2009-, winner of Society of American Travel Writers 2010 Gold Award “Best Guide Book”, translated into Chinese and Russian), and travel writer/editor. He spent a decade as Editor in Chief of PASSPORT Magazine, a national travel magazine, and has consistently freelanced in travel, lifestyle, food/restaurant reviews, and health for many years. Mersmann writes a daily blog (about volunteerism topics)—ChangeByDoing.com. Mersmann’s public speaking engagements have been as varied as the Smithsonian Institution, Oprah and Friends on Sirius Satellite Radio, and the New York Times Travel Show to the 92nd Street Y, career panels for budding journalists, and NY1 television as a guest expert on Travels With Val.

Sharon Trautwein

Sharon Trautwein

Regional Director - Northwest

Sharon Trautwein is a theatre education professional who has been teaching theatre for 17 years. Working in Vermont, Seattle, Wyoming, and Idaho, her experience spans the educational spectrum. She taught ages 3 -18 at the Youth Theatre Northwest, spent three years teaching at-risk children at the Mae Olsen Education Center. She taught theatre at both the University of Wyoming and at the University of Idaho. She spent three years teaching theatre at the Moscow Charter School and has toured children‘s theatre productions and taught with the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Sharon’s passion for education took her all the way to the Everest region of Nepal where she helped build a safe space for women to attend college.