Select Page

Our Staff

William Blackford

COO

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, William moved to Portland, Oregon to get a change in scenery and pursue a degree at Portland State University. Many years and two degrees later, his passion for development work and public service led him to a fellowship at Mercy Corps and a year of service in AmeriCorps working with affordable housing residents and youth. In 2016, William left Portland to begin his two years of service in the Peace Corps in Thailand where he deepened his knowledge of international development and had the opportunity to connect with and teach Thai youth about life skills, gender equity, and sexual reproductive health. After the Peace Corps he moved to New York City to work at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists with Global Kids. So much time in so many organizations gave William a unique perspective on nonprofit strategy and development and an excitement for bringing professional efficiency to the nonprofit world. William is eager to bring his passion and knowledge to help Seen&Heard grow and build for years to come.

EBONY T. PERRY

Alumni Program Coordinator/Instructor

Ebony T. Perry is an interdisciplinary artist and practicing certified Yoga instructor born and raised in southern California. She currently studies Yoga Therapy Rx at LMU and specializes in the visual and performing arts, with a life-long dedication to art and wellness education. Ebony also holds a B.A. in Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Art and Design, and an A.A. in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting & Production from Marymount California University. As a first-gen youth seeking an outlet, during her first time as a student at university, and beyond, she became heavily involved in a variety of creative community projects, from theatre productions to managing a gallery. Ebony continues to produce, consult for, collaborate on and help direct several freelance art and creative design projects as part of her personal practice and trade. With her versatile background and profound passion for wisdom and expression; Ebony seeks to continue generating and paying forward unique and meaningful art content that enkindles deep-rooted thought and inspiration, while continuing to highlight the transformative healing power of the arts on people’s lives.

Erika Schweizer

Instructor

Erika has been in the improv community since high school and has trained at the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and performed stand-up at Comedy Clubs, including the World Famous Comedy Store. Erika has a BA in Human Development and Psychology and believes that laughter is the BEST medicine – from reducing stress, boosting the immune system, finding healing, improving memory, and just making you feel good. Comedy is an art form that can help combat fear, cultivate optimism, and help with communication – finding your own voice to share your story, point of view, experience, beliefs, and feelings. Currently, you can find Erika working closely with our new students as their Instructor in being a part of developing their professional character through performing arts training.

see&hear more

Stay inspired. Subscribe to the newsletter.