Youth Arts New York is the parent organization
of Hibakusha Stories

Linda S. Chapman, CV

President: Prior to her time at NYTW, Linda was an Associate member of The Wooster Group from 1983-94, where she served as Managing Director. She is also founding Artistic Director of Sang-Froid, Ltd. and one of the founding producers of Dyke TV and DTV Productions, a grassroots cable television program, and media center by and for the lesbian community. She was Administrator at Theater for the New City and was a member of Sonia Moore’s American Stanislavski Theatre. She is also co-writer and performer of the Obie Award-winning Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving, with her life partner of 40 years Lola Pashalinski, their two-character play about Gertrude Stein and her longtime companion Alice B. Toklas directed by Anne Bogart. Linda co-adapted Ann Bannon’s lesbian classic The Beebo Brinker Chronicles for the stage with playwright Kate Moira Ryan. The play was awarded a GLAAD Media Award and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A Lily Award winner, she is founding President of Youth Arts NY,Chair of the Lortel Award Committee for The League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the BOLD Theatre Women’s Leadership Circle, and has served on funding panels for TCG, NEA, The Princess Grace Foundation, Mellon Foundation, The Drama League, The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, and the Fox Fellowship, among others.

Robert Croonquist, MA

Founder and Treasurer: Robert taught multicultural, interdisciplinary global literature and culture for 20 years with the City University of New York’s Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education. A graduate of Stanford University, he spent six years at Hearthshire School, Mendocino County, California and presently serves as the President of its Board of Directors. He also sits on the board of San Francisco-based Life Frames, Inc. Robert studied in India on a Fulbright scholarship, taught in Istanbul, Turkey and was Jamaica High School, Queens, NY, Teacher of the Year in 1998. He is a facilitator of the work of Harry Hay, Joanna Macy, and of Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance.

Daniel Osman, BFA

Secretary: Daniel is the owner and proprietor of the Dreamaway Lodge, a Berkshire legend for more than 90 years. He is an educator, theater professional and central figure in a flourishing Berkshire music and art community. He has worked in a variety of capacities with, among others, New York Theatre Workshop, Shakespeare & Company and Mixed Company. He participated as an actor and director of Shakespeare in the Schools from 1990 – 1995. He has performed in Berkshire productions of Jean Genet’s The Maids and Fully Committed by Becky Mode, and recently celebrated 20 years as proprietor of the Dreamaway.

Kathleen Sullivan, PHD

Hibakusha Stories Director: Kathleen is an education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs; was the principal author of disarmament related curricula for the UN’s Cyberschoolbus website, and co-wrote with Peter Lucas Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Sullivan coordinated the Nuclear Weapons Education and Action Project of Educators for Social Responsibility. Her most recent films are the feature documentary The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age with Robert Richter and the short The Nuclear Age in Six Movements with animations by Amber Cooper Davies. Kathleen has led workshops and seminars on disarmament throughout the world, and is a Nagasaki Peace Correspondent and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador.

Sandra W. Parker, MFA

Vice President: Sandra is a Tulsa-based educator, sculptor, and painter. She received her BFA in Ceramics and MFA in Art History from the University of Tulsa. Her teaching career spanned 35 years and included Undercroft Montessori School, Philbrook Museum of Art, and Immaculate Conception, all in Tulsa. She has served on many boards including the Board of Friends in Deed in New York City. She has been active with Youth Arts New York since its formation.

YANY Board, Dreamaway Lodge
Kathleen Sullivan at Pioneer Works
YANY Board, Dreamaway Lodge
WITH LOVE to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, NY Society for Ethical Culture