Briyana Clarel is a young, gifted and black queer focusing their energy on loving their communities through the arts, education and organizing. A performer and writer, they graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Sociology in 2013 before bringing their knowledge and passion to several youth-focused nonprofits in New York City as an educator, coordinator and fundraiser. While in New York, they organized the first Queer and Trans People of Color Holiday Fair, performed at the Dixon Place HOT! Festival and the Aroma Theatre Collaborative's first showcase. Their writing has been published in Love, Always: Partners of Trans People in Intimacy, Challenege and Resilience and After Ferguson, In Solidarity. Through the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program, Clarel hopes to develop arts-infused programs specifically for trans and queer youth of color to learn, grow and heal.