Sedehi Diversity Project: Bios

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Kyra Smith '15 is a Theatre major (performance studies concentration) and Gender and Sexuality Studies double major. In the multicultural center she is a member of the Diversity Vanguard Community, BSA (Black Students Association), Vice-President of SQuAd (Students for Queer Advocacy), and has served as Co-Implementation Coordinator for the Feminist Collective for the past year. Within the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association) Kyra is a member of An Artist Collective and has appeared in several productions. On campus, she plays cello in Chamber Orchestra and Musica de Camera, is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity (the National Honorary Band Fraternity) and is a Dana Scholar. Kyra spent the fall of 2014 in Delhi, India.

Deanna Ibrahim

Deanna Ibrahim '16 is a double major in psychology and theatre with a concentration in acting. She recently transferred to Muhlenberg from Bard College, and in her first semester here she performed in Dance Emerge '14, the Informal Dance Concert '14, and Freshmen's First Pieces '14. Deanna  is passionate about using theatre to address local and global issues, and recently toured Europe with the theatre collective Girl Be Heard to perform at the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with Angelina Jolie in London, as well as performances commissioned by the Embassy in England, Switzerland, and Denmark. She is excited to use theatre to address issues of diversity with the incoming freshmen class. Deanna will be studying abroad at Queen Mary University of London in the fall of 2014.

Alex Michaels

Alex Michaels '15 is a Theatre design and Music composition double major going into his Senior year at Muhlenberg College. He has worked in several Allentown school district schools and finds teaching to be a passion. Alex is involved in several on campus activities such as the Muhlenberg Acafellas and MTA.


Jose Tirado

Jose Tirado '17 is a Theater Major (with a concentration in acting) who has received training in acting, directing, and cinematography from his native roots in Philadelphia. Jose considers himself a visionary, and doesn’t limit his artistic endeavors to acting. His love for humanity drives him to creatively innovate artistic mediums with the hopes of exhibiting his (and everyone’s) concerns both truthfully and artistically. Jose is the Co-President of Community Outreach in the Multicultural Council, member of Comunidad Latina, BSA, and Muhlenberg Fashion Society. 

Alyssa Haning

Alyssa Haning '16 is a theatre major with a concentration in acting and minors in music and business. On campus, she is an active member of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, appearing in various productions and serving as the Red Door Play Festival coordinator on the 2013-14 administrative board. Locally, she appeared in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of Urinetown last spring. She is also a member of Damsels in Excess, Muhlenberg’s all-female sketch comedy and improv performance ensemble, and of the Muhlenberg College Feminist Collective. This fall, she will be studying physical theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, but she is grateful for the opportunity to connect with this year’s incoming freshmen now within such a crucial setting.

Jakeim Hart

Jakeim Hart '16 is excited as ever to finally be a part of the Diversity Project! He could also not be grateful enough to be working with such intelligent and talented individuals. With a major in theater and a minor in Africana Studies, Jakeim is always looking for work in which his academic pursuits may intersect. To Jakeim, the Sedhi Diversity Project is extremely fulfilling in that aspect. He would like to thank his Mother and Father foremost for always contributing spirited debate and for being incredibly supportive.  He would also like to extend many thanks to his mentor and personal hero Professor Roberta Meek. Without her, he’d have no idea what’s really going on. Sit up, don’t relax, and try to think deeply about what you’re seeing here.

Sara Van Eerde

Sara Van Eerde '15 is a Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies double major. On campus, she serves as the president of the Outdoors Club and works in the Office of Residential Services as a Resident Liaison. Additionally, Sara is an active member of the Feminist Collective, Fun with Science, InAcchord and the MTA (Muhlenberg Theatre Association). This past spring, she was part of the Circus Workshop as an aerialist and performed in the studio production, The Adventures of Alice and Noah. She is so grateful to be part of this inspiring project with such lovely people and could not think of a better way to start her senior year.

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor '15 is a Theatre (acting concentration) and English double major. Last seen in Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre's production of Seussical, he is thrilled to be participating in this unique and deeply meaningful project. A frequent performer in the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, Luke is also a part of the Noteworthy A Cappella group and the performance ensemble SongSycle. Outside of the artistic community, Luke is a tour guide and student worker in the Admissions Office and is active as a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Luke studied at Queen Mary College University of London in the fall of 2013, where he took classes in performance studies and English.  

Malcolm McCain

Malcolm McClain (Project Manager) '17 is a Sociology major from Newark, New Jersey. He has a strong interest in theatre stage management and has been the Assistant Stage Manager for Muhlenberg’s Mad Forest and MSMT’s Doppelskope’s Gruff!. He is a member of Muhlenberg’s Black Student Association (BSA) and, as of Fall 2014, serves as the Vice President of Publicity on the Multicultural Council. He is excited to continue the conversation about diversity on Muhlenberg College’s campus and is willing to speak to anyone about issues involving diversity and difference.