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Amira Mustapha is a Ghanaian-American Bronx-based artist who, in 2010, founded Art Defined Productions, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to create a platform for literary and performance artists to explore, create, develop, and see their work come to life. As part of her mission, Amira has developed a successful and well-attended monthly spoken-word showcase and open mic called Poetic Affair, which also highlights a featured artist. Additionally, Amira is spearheading a community for artists to grow and prosper through a mentorship program forthcoming in 2021.  


Amira Mustapha has been awarded multiple Community Arts and Arts Fund Grants from the Bronx Council on the Art since 2013. She also garnered yearly support from the “nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers” Poets and Writers, Inc since 2014. In 2019, The Bharati Foundation Leadership Award was presented to Amira for her service, dedication, and commitment to connecting resources to those in need.

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Founder &

Executive Director

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Project Coordinator

Angela is a Dominican-American actor, director, filmmaker, writer, and photographer based in NYC. She is a recent graduate from Lehman College with BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts, Theatre track. She is a recipient for the City Artist Corps Grant where she produced and starred in Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s, The Love Hate Club, written by Juan Ramirez, Jr..


She completed the Labyrinth Theatre Company intensive workshops directing a devised piece called Over the Wall. Recent credits include: ECHOES (various) with Primary Stages at 59E59, The Love Hate Club (Mia) part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival and Future Classics Festival, Chain Theatre’s One Act of Kindness (Amila), Love Stings (Director) with Conchshell International Film Festival, Radial Gradient with 20by20 Fringe Lime Arts Productions, Calling Puerto Rico (Debra) with 24 Hour Plays. She starred as Jada in the award-winning Best Bronx Film Alone With My Demons, part of the 2020 NYC Quarantine Film Festival. Recently, she finished filming a recurring role in the upcoming web-series #30s. To learn more, visit

Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx playwright, monologist, director, screenwriter, filmmaker, poet and producer. His play Calling Puerto Rico made Second Round for the Austin Film Festival, is a Miranda Family Voces Latinx Finalist with Repertorio Español, a 2020 BAPF Finalist and a recipient of the 2019 BRIO Award.


Notable produced works include Ridin‘ Shotgun (Best Play Downtown Urban Arts Festival), The American Dream (NAV Playwrights Festival, BBTF), Wall (LaTea, Cimientos), Stroke of Madness (Ingenio Milagro, Cimientos) and Don Juan (Dixon Place). Semi-finalists include Jimmy’s Tab (2011 Princess Grace). His horror short Alone With My Demons won Inwood Art Works’ NYC Quarantine Film Festival’s Best Bronx Film. He is a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the founder of The PlayPen collective and R&R Productions with his wife Cristy Reynoso. He is a film assessor, script reader, dramaturg and teaching artist. He received his B.A. from Lehman College and his MFA from NYU Tisch.

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