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Meet PST's Admin-Artists:
"The Power Streeters"


Gabriela 'Gabi' Sanchez (she/her/ella)
Co-Artistic Director &


For over a decade, she has worked with multiple influential arts and culture organizations in the city including Conflict Resolution Theatre, Taller Puertorriqueño, Norris Square Neighborhood Project, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and dozens more. Gabriela has been awarded for her long-term commitment to art for social change work. Gabriela oversees projects and programs and is directly involved in PST’s strategic planning.


Erlina Ortiz (she/her/ella)
Co-Artistic Director, General Manager &

Resident Playwright 

Erlina has received awards and critical acclaim for her heartfelt and humorous plays exploring various contemporary social justice themes. In her leadership roles at PST, Erlina manages programs and projects and is directly involved with their execution and implementation. Erlina believes being an artist is a superpower, she believes in using her powers for good. 


Asaki Kuruma (she/her)
Website and Newsletter Editor

Asaki is a costume designer/ shop manager, who has been working in theatres around Philadelphia and beyond for nearly two decades as a performer, stage manager, and all things around the costume. Asaki has been involved with Power Street since its first production, MinorityLand, supporting various aspects of the operation ever since. Asaki has a MA in Theatre and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Villanova University. Asaki currently leads PST’s website and newsletter strategy and works closely with PST productions and programs.


José Alicea (he/him)
Marketing Director & Cultural Curator

José is an arts and culture curator dedicated to supporting artists' growth and development. He has mentored and amplified artists by curating events in intimate venues and joyful virtual platforms reaching audiences from North America to the Caribbean. José is the Soulteri Manager leading efforts in the creation and execution of all digital programs including Power Talks, Storyteller Spotlight and Barbershop Poetry, SundaySoul- monthly open mic series, Songs for the Soul Podcast, Poetical an anthology series, and SouletriFest- multidisciplinary arts festival. 


Dr. Cynthia Estremera Gauthier
(she/ her/ella)
Consultant, Director of Racial Equity and Engagement at Strategy Arts

Dr. Cynthia has fostered dialogue in marginalized communities while supporting the development of coalitions and collectives working to solve societal issues. Her focus is on strategies of inclusivity that empower those who face oppressive systems to be decision-makers and the drivers of solutions. Dr. Cynthia leads our community engagement strategy with the support of Ayanna Woods.  

Jaleigh Croft (she, her, ella) 
Development Assistant

Jaleigh has over seven years of academic and professional writing experience. Her work focuses on social issues affecting BIPOC, women, people with disabilities, those who are financially insecure, and those who are undocumented. Jaleigh focuses on grant writing, organizational systematization and admin support for PST.


Robi Hager (he/him)
Public Engagement Coordinator

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Sabriaya Shipley (she/they)
Educational Coordinator


PST "Primos" are amazing people who worked with, contributed, and played a huge part of PST's growth and development over the years, and we cannot thank enough for the time and talent they poured into. 


Krystal Rosa

Fellow Temple Alum, Krystal Rosa, was Power Street's Social Media Coordinator. After working on PST's show, Las Mujeres as Lena, she wanted to be part of their tribe. Krystal started out as an intern which then led to her role as Social Media Coordinator. Krystal has been part of the Philadelphia theatre community for years and has learned so much thanks to the opportunities provided by PST! To follow Krystal's artistic journey, visit her artist website and find her on Instagram @sometimesimkool.   


Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez is an actress, costume designer, and former resident artist of Power Street Theatre. Best known for her portrayal of the eccentric and iconic artist Frida Khalo in Erlina Ortiz' play Las Mujeres. This Puerto Rico native actively worked with Power Street and in Philadelphia theatre since she first moved here in 2014. You may recognize Diana from productions such as: Morir Sonyando, Shelter in Place, She Wore Those Shoes, Out of Orbit, Philly Young Playwrights’ El Jefe, One Day Old, and La Fabrica’s production of A 2.50 la Cuba Libre de Ibrahim Guerra under the direction of Jose Aviles. Most recently Diana appeared in Teatro del Sol’s production of La Gringa. Diana is grateful for the opportunities and blessings she has received from the Philadelphia theatre community and first and foremost - the Power Street family.


Anjoli Santiago

Anjoli Santiago is a Temple graduate and was a successful teaching artist and actor for seven years in Philadelphia working with several theater companies in the area. She relocated to New York to be a full time Special Education teacher in the South Bronx and get her Master’s in Education from CUNY City College. Her journey then carried her to the world of non-profit education and she is proud to be an Education Coordinator with Classroom Champions. There Anjoli works to innovate programming and bring support to teachers nationwide. Working with Power Street Theater, Anjoli brought her knowledge to build and enhance the education outreach experience. You may recognize Anjoli as Sor Juana from  Las Mujeres, Deborah in MinorityLand and Cali in Children's Festival.

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Lori Felipe-Barkin


Kat Heilman
Developement Assistant

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Jen Cleary
Development Support/
Advisory Board Member

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Tamanya Garza
Advisory Board Member

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Quiara Alegría Hudes
Mentor and Advisor

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Adrienne Mackey
Advisory Board Member

Would you like to support innovative theatre, community building, and creative education? Email if interested in joining PST's Advisory Board!


Donnell Powell
Advisory Board Member

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Pratima Agrawal
Former Advisory Board Member

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Akeem Davis
Former Advisory Board Member


Quinn D. Eli
Former Advisory Board Member 

Power Street Theatre is sponsored by;

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Independence Media Foundation 2022
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PST is fiscally sponsored by the Culture Trust of Greater Philadelphia.

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