MEET OUR PANEL MEMBERS
Those of you who’ve been following us here or on Facebook may have noticed that we’re hosting a moderated panel discussion after each performance.
Erik Milk, great-nephew of Harvey Milk (left) and recently-elected member of the board of directors of the Milk Foundation, will be joining us from New York. Erik is in his early period of appearances that include speaking about his great uncle and working with high school students on anti-bullying campaigns. He is excited to be joining us for the Eastern U.S. premiere of “I Am Harvey Milk.” Erik will be at all three performances.
State Representative Karla Drenner, the first openly gay representative of the Georgia General Assembly, is also slated to join us. Dr. Drenner has been a voice of progressive action in the Georgia House of Representatives for 13 years. During her tenure, she has championed many issues, including renewable energy, environmental protection, education, small business, job creation and occupational and personal safety. Representative Drenner is serving her seventh term in the Georgia General Assembly and serves the 85th district, which includes the cities of Clarkston and Avondale Estates as well as Scottdale and other communities in unincorporated DeKalb County. Karla will be on the Friday evening panel.
State Representative Keisha Waites is an openly gay representative of the state assembly (District 60) with an educational background in political science. She has served on the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, the boards of the Atlanta Commission on Women, the National Women’s Political Caucus-Atlanta Chapter, Georgia Stonewall Democrats, Fulton County Democratic Party Executive Board, and NAACP-Atlanta chapter. Outside of politics, Waites has worked on a contract basis as an intergovernmental affairs officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and for the U.S. Small Business Administration as a commercial loan specialist. Waites distinguishes Harvey Milk as one of her biggest inspirations. She will serve on the Saturday afternoon panel.
Kathie deNobriga is a consultant, working both nationally and locally, specializing in strategic planning, building organizational capacity, staff/board retreats, and creative conflict engagement. She is a certified mediator. A Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership program, Kathie has served as an elected official of the City of Pine Lake since 2002, and has been an advocate and practitioner for arts and community development. She is also a board member for Art in the Public Interest and Alternate ROOTS. Kathie was featured in a GAVoice article in April of 2012. “Out In Office: Meet Ga.’s Only Openly Gay Mayor” noted Kathie’s strong belief that more artists should run for public office. Kathie will be on the Saturday evening panel.
Lynwood Scott Miller studied at the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and the Medical College of Georgia. He moved to San Francisco in 1973, saw Harvey in the parades, rallies, and protest events, and met him in the famous camera shop that helped launch Harvey’s political career. Lynwood was part of the candle-light vigil on the evening of the assassinations, at which the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus gave its first performance. Lynwood is currently a Clinical Study Coordinator of HIV vaccine research at the Emory HOPE CLINIC, a presenting sponsor for the weekend’s performances. He will be at all three panel discussions.
Founding artistic director Jeffrey McIntyre, whose vision for the AGMC was inspired by Harvey and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, will also be present. Jeffrey served as Artistic director of the chorus twice (1981-1984 and 1991-1994) and once as interim AD prior to the appointment of current director, Kevin Robison. Jeffrey and Kevin recently recorded the story of the founding of the chorus for NPR’s StoryCorps. You can learn more about the history of the AGMC and his key role in it by visiting the previous blog entry where you can hear the discussion. Jeffrey will be at all three panel discussions.
I am thrilled that we will have all of these great people in our presence. After each performance, we’ll take a break and begin the panel discussion/Q & A about ten minutes later. To participate, all you need to do is move down front!
Kevin Robison, Artistic Director