Brian Boyles, Host/Creative Director/Co-Founder
Brian Boyles is the Director of Public Relations and Programs at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. After graduating from Tulane University, he relocated to New York City in 2001 and became active in the city’s spoken word scene. Beginning in 2003, he developed theater and multi-media events at the Williamsburg Art Nexus in Brooklyn, and the Sideshow Gallery. His collaboration with choreographer Luke Miller, The Pet Goat, was a Village Voice “Pick” during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. He has been a featured performer at the Charlie Parker Festival, the Vision Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Theater for the New City’s Summer Festival, and a contributor to Oxford American, The New York Theater Review, The Maple Leaf Rag, 11211, Offbeat, SLAM, The Brooklyn Rail, Gathering of the Tribes Magazine, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. A DJ and founding member of East Village Radio, he returned to New Orleans in 2006 and began developing programming at the Louisiana Humanities Center (LHC), including the “As Told By Themselves: The New Orleans Brass Bands” oral history project and the LHC’s acclaimed series on the history of the New Orleans mayoralty. In 2011, he was named to Gambit Weekly‘s 40-under-40 list.
Jarret Lofstead, Executive Producer/Co-Founder
Jarret Lofstead received his MFA in Writing from the University of New Orleans in 2002 and has since taught at Tulane, Delgado, Dillard, NOCCA, and Loyola University, where he currently leads courses in Writing and Digital Media. He is co-founder of the post-Katrina archive NOLAFugees.com and serves as Executive Producer of NOLAFugees Press|Productions. He is the co-editor of the collections Year Zero: A Year of Reporting from post-Katrina New Orleans, Life in the Wake: Fiction from post-Katrina New Orleans, Soul Is Bulletproof: Reports from Reconstruction New Orleans, and the novels The Parade Goes On Without You and The Least Resistance. His previous video clients include the Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy, the New Orleans Book Fair, and the Voodoo Festival.
Sergio Lobo-Navia, Video Director
Trained by Jesuits as far back as he can remember, Sergio Andrés Lobo-Navia graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2010. He currently serves as the Technical Advisor of the New Orleans Film Society; Technical Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project New Orleans; and Director of Photography for NOLAFugees Press|Productions. While at Loyola, Sergio helped manage and organize the Film Buffs Institute, which paid for the majority of his college education. Sergio’s photography for the New Orleans Film Society has been published in The New Orleans Times-Picayne, Gambit Weekly, and The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine. Originally hailing from Miami, Florida, Sergio currently resides in New Orleans’ Tenth Ward.
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Steven Grace, Audio Technician/Recording Engineer
Steven Grace is a graduate of Full Sail University and has worked as an event production professional since 2002, specializing in live audio and recording, projection, lighting, set design, and project management. He has worked major conventions, Mardi Gras balls, music venues, insurance seminars, live medical procedures, weddings, funerals, beauty pageants, and sporting events.