Ride Hamilton, Festival Photographer

Festival Photographer Ride Hamilton has been involved with the Festival for more than 15 years and gladly donates his professional services. He believes in freely giving back to the artistic community whenever he can. Ride lives in New Orleans, has been a Harley-Davidson biker his entire life, and splits time between Santa Fe and New…

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Taylor Bradley, Publicist and Patron Manager

Publicist & Patron Manager Taylor Bradley has been working with the Festival since 2019. Originally from Los Angeles, her experience in the entertainment industry spans over 14 years. Taylor has been a Press Guide for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 2015 and has worked for C-Suite Executives at HBO, CBS, Disney,…

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Marian Hawk, Social Media Coordinator

Social Media Manager Marian Hawk (she/her) has coordinated the social media efforts of the Festival for over 6 years.  She lives in New Orleans where she earned an MFA in the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She holds a BA from Agnes Scott College and is a Fulbright Scholar for her time teaching…

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Karissa Kary, Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator Karissa Kary has been involved with the Festival  for more than 15 years as a director (marketing/communications), project consultant, and theater production and volunteer coordinator. An avid writer and theater and event producer (co-founder of both Greenlight Operations and The Bayou Playhouse), her travels and work have taken her to the Missouri Ozarks,…

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Tracy Cunningham, Managing Director

Managing Director Tracy Cunningham has a long history as an educator, an event planner, and working with non-profit organizations. She holds master’s degrees in both English and in Educational Leadership and has been a national speaker and teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project. Tracy is also Co-Director of the New Orleans Writing Marathon, a writing…

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Paul J. Willis, Executive Director

Executive Director Paul Willis has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. He has a B.S. degree in Psychology and an M.S. degree in Communication. He started his administrative work in 1992 as the co-director for the Holos Foundation in Minneapolis. The Foundation operated an alternative high school program for at-risk youth. Willis has…

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