Global Arts Corps Team

Michael Lessac
Artistic Director, Founder

Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac
Executive Producer, Founder

Robert Lear
Senior International Producer and Chief Administrative Officer

Grant Rosenberg
Managing Director
USA, France

Bella Wood
Director of Youth Engagement and Development Associate


Yvette Hardie
International Producer
South Africa

Elena Tadros


Joel Plotch
Film Editor
USA, France

Josh Alexander
Film and Producing Consultant

Associate Artistic Directors

Arben Bajraktaraj
Kosovo, France

Bob Berky

Nick Boraine
South Africa / USA

Andrew Buckland
South Africa

Khuon Det

Jeton Neziraj

Associate Teaching Artists

Associate Artists work with the Global Arts Corps in workshops and on the development of our theatre productions and films both within and outside of their home countries.

Julia Dearden
North of Ireland/Northern Ireland

Edward Edwards

Dave Feldman
Technical Director, Lighting Designer

Sibulele Gcilitshana
South Africa

Vincent Higgins
North of Ireland/Northern Ireland

Robert Koen
South Africa

Alan McKee
North of Ireland/Northern Ireland

Ryan McParland
North of Ireland/Northern Ireland

Clement Mensah

Thembi Mtshali-Jones
South Africa

Eileen O’Higgins
North of Ireland/Northern Ireland

Neno Pervan

Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle)

Global Arts Corps Board of Directors

Lauren Embrey – President of the Embrey Family Foundation, is an artist, activist, and philanthropist with a passion for film, theater, and human rights.

John Kelly – Chief Operating Officer of Pepper Hamilton LLP – a national law firm, formerly a Big Four executive.

Arlene Lear – former Senior VP of Counterpart International, spent 37 years strengthening global civil society and community self-reliance, giving voice to marginalized groups such as refugees, minorities, and the economically disadvantaged.

Michael Lessac – Artistic Director / Founder, GAC

Stuart Oken – Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.

Victoria Sharp – Physician and creator/director of health programs targeting marginalized patients with HIV, with substance misuse and those with histories of incarceration.

2018 International Advisory Council Members

Alex Boraine [Board Member 2012-2018], Former Deputy Chair, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Co-Founder, International Center for Transitional Justice

Aya Cash, Critically-acclaimed Actor

Youk Chhang, Executive Director, Documentation Center of Cambodia, and Founder, Sleuth Rith Institute

William Crawley, Journalist, BBC

Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson, UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Max DuPreez, Journalist, Former Executive Producer, Special Report on the Truth Commission, South African Broadcasting Corporation

David Edwards, Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, and Founder, Le Laboratoire

Frédéric Fritscher, Journalist, Le Monde

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Research Chair for Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, Author

Berte Hirschfield, Consultant, Intertribal Education and Community Center, Central Wyoming College, Founder of nonprofits related to child welfare and the environment

Julie Katzman, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank

Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations International Children’s Fund from 2010-2017, author, academic, and former American diplomat, Foreign Service Officer, and political advisor

Norman Lear, Preeminent Television Writer, Producer, Activist, Founder of People for the American Way

Doug Mackenzie, Partner Emeritus of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Faculty Member, Stanford School of Engineering

Walter Murch, Oscar-winning Film Editor, Sound Designer

William Nix, Chairman, Creative Projects Group and Film and Television Producer

Rhea Perlman, Award-winning Actor, Children’s Book Author

Corinne Portier, Journalist, Radio Télévision Suisse

Xavier Ricard-Lanata, Anthropologist, Philosopher, Published Author, High Civil Servant, French Agency for Development

Marie-Louise Ryback, Program Director, Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative, Salzburg Global Seminar

Tim Ryback, Director, Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

Bun Rith Suon, Cambodia Consultant, Line Producer

Donald Steinberg, CEO, World Learning, and Former Deputy President for Policy, International Crisis Group

Kathleen Turner, Award-winning Actor, Advocate, and Board Member, People For the American Way Foundation

Desmond Tutu, Chair of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus

Truth in Translation Advisory Board

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Ambassador Barbara Masekela
Cyril Ramaphosa
Anthony Lake
Max du Preez
Glenda Wildschut
Albie Sachs
Charles Villa-Vincencio
Mamphela Ramphele
David Hamburg
Vincent Mai
Mary Tiseo
Pieter-Dirk Uys
Julie Katzman
Sibongile Khumalo
Melanie Verwoerd
Wilhelm Verwoerd
Jonathan Moore
Don Steinberg
Victoria Sharp
George Bizos
Rica Hodgson
Piet Meiring
Peter Storey
Reverend James Morton
Douglas Tanner