Meet Our Team
Director, The Empathy Project
Emily holds her M.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University, is a proud member of
Actor's Equity and is represented by
Paonessa Talent in Chicago.
As a Milwaukee native, she feels it necessary to apologize to her family for mentioning Chicago in her bio. Emily hates "about me" sections.
Founder, Co-Artistic Director
Co-Director, The Humanity Project
Michael is a director, playwright and teacher. He loves nothing more than watching
a new play come to life.
Michael studied Architecture at The Cooper Union, holds undergraduate degrees in Theater and English from The State
University of New York at Brockport,
and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing
from Carnegie Mellon University.
Music is the answer.
Co-Director, The Humanity Project
Rachael is a Chicago-based actor & teacher, and is experienced in all theater operations, as well as social media and marketing.
Rachael holds a B.A. in Acting from SUNY Brockport, is a graduate of The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, a current M.F.A. Acting candidate at Northern Illinois University
and a proud member of
Actors' Equity Association.
Secretly she wishes she was a
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Head of Development
Karen is a Rochester-based accountant and financial planner. She has over 30 years of experience advising companies of all sizes and missions, and manages the finances for The Outer Loop, as well as many
other non-profit organizations.
Karen is also a mean Words With Friends player.
Tanzania Operations, The Humanity Project
Samwel is the Founder and CEO of
Supreme Tanzania Safaris, one of the top tour organizers and safari companies in Tanzania. In addition to being a guide himself, Samwel also runs the day to day operations of STS, as well as all Tanzania based
Humanity Project operations.
You will not find a kinder and more
generous human anywhere.
Director of Education
Jackson Kain Kibona is a Tanzanian actor, screenwriter, and film producer. He holds advanced certificates in acting for film and scriptwriting from The Tanzania Film Training Center. Jackson is also a huge
fan of movies, music, and soccer.
His hobbies include reading and listening.
Project Manager, The Humanity Project
Patrick is a civil engineer and an agriculturist in Mloka, Tanzania. He is also the project manager for all Outer Loop and Humanity Project activities in the Selous Region.
He is responsible for making sure the Ubinadamu Labor Clinic was completed
and is now open for services.
In addition to handling all of The Outer Loop's Tanzania-based projects, Patrick can show you some pretty amazing card tricks.
Outer Loop Artistic Apprentice
Caroline is a writer/actor from Los Angeles
County where she completed a year at
The Lee Strasberg Institute for Acting.
She is now based in the Chicago area
where she received her B.F.A. in Acting
from Northern Illinois University.
Why the move you ask? Well, the short answer
is Los Angeles isn’t really known for Theatre.
The longer answer requires coffee. Or wine.
Outer Loop Intern
Brendan is an actor from
He is currently attending
Northern Illinois University
as a B.F.A. Acting candidate.
In his spare time, he likes to bake sweets.
Board of Directors
President: Michael Herman
Vice President: Rachael Yoder
Treasurer: Karen Herman
Secretary: Brian Zorn
Board Member: Elizabeth Berl
Board Member: Sandra Mantione
Board Member: Lea-Beth Shapiro
Board Member: Rob Radest
Board Member: Maura Duff
Board Member: Diane Lent
Honorary Board Member: Asha Musa Dibuga
Honorary Board Member: Patrick Sanga
"THE OUTER LOOP CONSISTENTLY PRODUCES SUCH EXCITING AND VALUABLE WORK.
I'M SO PROUD TO BE INVOLVED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION!"
SANDRA MANTIONE / BOARD MEMBER