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2018 EMERGING ACTOR / JOSHUA

Photo Taken By: Kissenia Chara-Williams

Photo Taken By: Kissenia Chara-Williams

Joshua, 20

From: Brooklyn

Focus: Acting

Joshua is a 20 year old actor and visual artist from Brooklyn. Joshua takes pride in his unique style of drawing and being completely self taught. He dreams of starring in a large action film as a superhero, such as Miles Morales in Spiderman, inspiring youth with a positive message. For now he spends hours upon hours creating stop motion films, where he can create his own story while balancing school and work. He’s taken improv 101 at Upright Citizens Brigade building his foundational knowledge in acting. In the Art Start program, Joshua hopes to explore different art forms including, acting, sculpting and stop motion videos in order to be more than ready to take on the world as a successful actor.

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / KEYA

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Photo taken by Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Keya, 18

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: Dance, Music, Theater

Keya is an 18 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She dreams of being on Broadway: singing, acting and dancing, a triple threat. In the Art Start program, she looks forward to becoming a piano playing pro, meeting like minded people and developing a strong relationship with her mentor. Keya believes that for an artist, confidence and passion are key along with ensuring that whatever you’re doing is contributing to your own happiness.

2017 EMERGING PERFORMING ARTIST / GARIYANA

Photo taken by Canon

Photo taken by Canon

Gariyana, 19

From: Brooklyn

Focus: Acting, Music

Gariyana is a 19 year old performing artist from Brooklyn. She enjoys writing songs, singing and dancing. She prides herself in her ability to comfortably speak to and perform for large audiences. She credits this to her theater background. With Art Start she plans to continue developing her voice when it comes to both singing and songwriting whilst pursuing acting/improv classes. Aaliyah is her biggest inspiration because of the way she was able to inspire and touch so many people at such a young age.