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Nefeli Misuraca, Ph.D.

Nefeli Misuraca, Yale Ph.D. in art and literature, has been teaching for more than ten years collectively in Universities like Yale itself and La Sapienza in Rome. She has been a speaker at several academic and non academic conferences, giving lectures on cinema, baroque art, Italian literature, gender issues during the Renaissance, and, very recently, on the concept of beauty at La Sapienza. As a cultural critic, she has been a regular correspondent for The Cyprus Mail, the major English-speaking newspaper of the island, and is currently a regular correspondent for the Italian national newspaper il manifesto, where she also has her own blog on the homepage. gnosyart + mostre

As an editor and translator she has worked on several books for many publishing houses in Italy, among which On Kubrick, by Michael Herr,(minimum fax), The Trick is to Keep Breathing, by Janice Galloway (Gaffi), Samurai, nomad,* Memorie Mediterranee, by Edmondo De Amicis (Socrates). As screenwriter, film editor and director she has worked on a number of short and feature films and documentaries that have been accepted in international competitions like Berlin Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival and Locarno Film Festival.

Nefeli Misuraca is co-creator, together with Simone Barillari, of The Global Hamlet, the first people’s edition of a literary work, to be launched in 2015, with tens of thousands of people throughout the world translating, annotating and illustrating Hamlet on the internet in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch). It has been called "Wonderful, onwards and upwards" by Michael Dobson, director of The Shakespeare Institute and "Daring, extreme, visionary" by La Repubblica. Prestigious universities are championing and endorsing this project, among which are The Shakespeare Institute, Westminster University, Università La Sapienza di Roma, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universitat de València, Paris College of Art, Universidade de Porto, Universiteit Utrecht, and major European publishing groups like Feltrinelli in Italy, Anagrama in Spain and South America, Athenaeum in Holland, and La Table Ronde, an imprint of Gallimard, in France, have signed contracts to publish the resulting books.

Alan Fox

Alan Fox is NYC-based writer, actor, musician & model. He has appeared in a handful of TV and film projects, including Taylor Swift's "15" and the recently released feature film "The English Teacher" (starring Julianne Moore). His one-man show "Expectation" was an official selection of the 2014 United Solo Festival, and it has been staged at The PIT, THIS Theater, and the Cherry Lane Theater in New York. Alan's play "Dear Mr. President" was the winner of the Winter One Acts Festival at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. He is currently a student at Hunter College and finishing up his first novel. Follow Alan on Twitter and Instagram at @itsalanfox.

Liam Murphy

Originally from Long Beach, New York, Liam Murphy started out working for Cox Media (Telerep) in Manhattan, New York City, where he negotiated national advertisement campaigns for Viacom, Tribune, and other broadcast companies.

From 2006 through 2012, Liam was a National Sales Manager at CBS Television negotiating advertising campaigns. While at CBS, Liam created his own production company, REAL Change Productions. REAL Change Productions specializes in producing television content and media opportunities with celebrities and non profit organizations. In 2012, Liam left CBS to exclusively run REAL Change Productions full time.

Danna Pycher

Danna Pycher

Danna Pycher is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is also a motivational speaker and coach. Her first book 3rd Generation and Beyond is a beautiful, powerful book of life philosophies according to a third generation Holocaust descendant. " A must read for the young and old who are trying to find an identity or just need a reminder on how to appreciate the little things in life." She enjoyed many years in broadcasting as an on-camera host, reporter, and producer working in the fields of health reporting and corporate productions. Her curiosity about the nature of human beings is what guides her professional pursuits.