Marla is a Haitian-born performer, published model, activist and student in her last semester of her Computer science degree at Fordham University. Her professional career launched after being named the Jimmy Award winner for Best Actress in 2015 which opened the door for her on and off-Broadway (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), television (Netflix’s Seven Seconds), and commercial credits. While finishing her degree, she has continued to push her creative voice in several disciplines and has made it her mission to make art that claims ownership of her Blackness and her Black experience unapologetically, and is committed to encourage all people to do the same.
Dimitri is an actor, award-winning editor, Diversity & Inclusion consultant, and national HIV spokesperson. He is currently featured in a national HIV awareness broadcast campaign titled “Keep Being You,” also featured in GQ magazine and Men's Health. Dimitri has also been featured in HIV Plus magazine, Them magazine, Thought Catalog, PAPER magazine, Teen Vogue, and on Good Morning America. Some acting credits include: The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and season one of The Last O.G. on TBS. As an activist, Dimitri has dedicated his life to the dismantling of white supremacy, and empowering communities of color to erase the stigma of HIV/AIDS.
Sarah is an amplifier for Black voices, actor, and educator living in Queens, New York. She has studied music, acting and psychology and is especially interested in applying research across disciplines. Goeke is passionate about spreading information and resources to empower Black lives.
Izzie is an activist, actor, and New Yorker currently working in Los Angeles, CA. She is highly involved in community activism and social justice, and works to integrate that into her art and acting career as well. Isabel has always been involved and devoted to inclusive Women’s Healthcare, working alongside Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and is equally as passionate about furthering the lifelong work of what it means to be a powerful, interdisciplinary, ally.
Dionna is a creative and fashion enthusiast from Cleveland, OH. She hopes to continue to curate experiences that elevate and educate her community of young people of color.
Victoria is an actor, learner, & activist marked by love. Having lived in six different cities across the country, she is very passionate about taking that information gathered over a lifetime to create safe & equitable spaces wherever she can. Victoria is devoted to ensuring that black creativity, beauty, voices, & lives are seen as valuable & necessary in the world today.
Chloe is an activist, environmentalist, and Brooklyn native. She spends her time researching women’s sexual, mental, and reproductive health in preparation for her Master’s degree. When she’s not busy discussing and teaching newly learned material, she’s growing vegetables in her garden and daydreaming about future adventures abroad. Chloe is determined to ensure communities of color worldwide have access to the health care systems necessary to navigate healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives.
DeAnne is in the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill. She is originally from Rochester, NY and a proud alumnae of Ithaca College. Some other credits include the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and the original Off-Broadway cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical. DeAnne is particularly passionate about advocacy and representation for the BIPOC and queer communities. She believes intersectionality is essential in the process of healing and redemption for Black and marginalized people. She is thrilled to be part of this collective and to align her artistry with activism to further the mission of COSpace.
Paul is a Colombian-American transnational, transcultural adoptee. His family of many colors made it obvious that race is a construct. He recently earned an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program, where he also worked on a student led diversity and inclusion initiative for the school. Paul is proud to be fighting for Black lives with Claim Our Space.
Taylor Rae is a Brooklyn-based actor, athlete and activist. She is an NYU alumni, having graduated with honors and a double major in Drama and English and American Literature. She utilizes her unique skillset as a boxer, actor and activist to educate, empower and amplify Black and Brown voices in all aspects of her life. Her “fitness activism” classes—combining the mental health benefits of movement with the opportunity to educate and raise funds to save Black lives—have been sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine, Popsugar, Carbon 38, Bala and more. She has a weekly newsletter discussing this work along with a new topic every week relevant to fighting racism. As an actor and model, select credits include the Broadway National Tour of Motown the Musical, the film The Dinner, now on Netflix, and campaigns for Olay Skincare, Benefit Cosmetics, Cole Haan and more. Taylor Rae has dedicated her life to educating herself and those around her.