Discussion Panelists Nov. 9

Discussion Panelists Nov. 10

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Edie Meeks

Edie Meeks joined the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) in early 1968 and was sent to Vietnam just a few months later. There, Edie worked in the Intensive Care Units of the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon and the 71st Evac Hospital in Pleiku in the Vietnam War. Edie has a nursing career that spans over 50 years as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, the Board of Directors of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, and on Congressman Sean Maloney’s Veterans’ advisory board.

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Bob Staranowicz

Bob Staranowicz served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. While there, he befriended a nun and two boys who worked and lived, respectively, at the Kim Long Orphanage in Hue. He traveled back to Vietnam in 2008 and was reunited with them. Bob has authored a novel, Chapter One: The Story of Vic Charles, and co-written a play, Beyond the Etchings, which has been produced and performed by IVP. 

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Maria Salazar

Maria L. Salazar was born in Peru and grew up in New Jersey. She served in the United States Marine Corps as a Logistics Specialist and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2003 for an 8 month long deployment. She was honorably discharged in 2011 with the rank of E-5, having served 9 years. Upon entering the civilian sector, Salazar became a fitness and dance instructor and founded the nonprofit project Claymore Vets. Their mission is to use creative exploration with clay to provide veterans with a safe outlet to ignite interpersonal dialogue to foster re-connection and growth. You can learn more about Claymore Vets here.

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Kieu Chinh

Kieu-Chinh is a legendary Vietnamese-American actress with nearly six decades of international contributions to the motion picture industry. Chinh’s appearances exceed more than 100 film and television shows such as: M*A*S*H, China Beach, Dynasty, ER, NCIS: Los Angeles, A Yank In Vietnam, Operation C.I.A., The Joy Luck Club, and Journey From The Fall. Kieu-Chinh is president, co-founder, and co-chair of the Vietnam Children’s Fund (VCF) a non-profit organization along with the late Lewis Puller Jr., and journalist, Terry Anderson.  Since its inception in 1993, VCF has built 50 schools in Vietnam providing safe and high quality education for more than 25,000 students annually.

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Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has authored eight books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has won some of the top literary prizes of Vietnam. Born in Việt Nam in 1973, she grew up witnessing the war's devastation and its aftermath. Her debut novel and first book in English, The Mountains Sing, has been selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Signed copies of this book will be available for purchase exclusively for audience members of our panel discussion. Quế Mai currently divides her time between Indonesia and Việt Nam. For more information, visit her at www.nguyenphanquemai.com.

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Laura Le Thi Satira

Laura Le Thi Satira, an adopted Vietnamese girl from Hue, Vietnam, was raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she still resides. She has four beautiful children and one amazing husband. She is a yoga and gymnastics teacher and a crafter at heart who runs creative workshops in her community. She has a love for Brooklyn but one day she hopes to find herself in Vietnam again, serving and loving the land she came from.

Discussion Panelists November 11

Radio Play Team

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Lucki Allen

Dr. Doris “Lucki” Allen, Ph.D, served in three major job fields during her 30 years of military service: Entertainment, Public Affairs (journalism) and Intelligence. She is also an author and member of one of the most exclusive organizations in the world: The Military Intelligence Corp Hall of Fame. While in Vietnam, Allen advised supervisors of a potential large-scale attack planned for January 31, 1968, and her report fell on deaf ears. The report was submitted 30 days prior to the Tet Offensive, which occurred January 30, 1968, and is today remembered as a major intelligence failure of the war.

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Judy Jenkins Guadino

Judy Jenkins Gaudino  was in Vietnam from September 1967 to August 1970 with Army Special Services as a civilian Recreation Specialist under the Department of Defense.  A specialist in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Judy spent 15 years counseling Vietnam veterans and their families.

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Jeanne "Sam" Christie

 Jeanne “Sam” Christie served in Vietnam as part of the Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas (S.R.A.O.) unit of the Red Cross. Also known as "Donut Dollies," the women in the SRAO units tried to bring comfort and "a touch of home in a combat zone" to the soldiers in the field. She has served as a White House Advisor on Women's Health on behalf of civilian women serving in Vietnam and as a consultant on the television program China Beach.

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Ann Kelsey

Ann Kelsey served as a civilian librarian with Army Special Services in Vietnam. She returned in October 1994 as a member of a humanitarian group, Project: Hearts and Minds, delivering medical supplies to clinics and hospitals. She has been active in veterans' organizations and involved in documenting the oral histories of veterans.

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Niki Hatzidis

Actor playing "Jeanne"

Niki Hatzidis is a writer, actor and award-nominated playwright who has worked with IVP since 2017. It is a great honor to play a character so charismatic, effervescent and courageous as Jeanne Christie.

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Kate Szekely

Actor playing "Ann"

Kate Szekely is an actor and producer based in Jersey City. She received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has been working off- and off-off-Broadway ever since. She has been fortunate enough to travel and perform with IVP over the last three years, appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Cleveland International Fringe Festival, 59E59 Theaters, the Kraine & Under St. Marks, and- most recently- starred in IVP's immersive theater hit, Nellie & the Women of Blackwell at Wilderence. When she is not creating, Kate can be found teaching and practicing yoga, meditation and personal training. 

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Criena House

Actor playing "Lily"

Criena House [pronounced KRE-nuh] was last seen in the Off Broadway show - Puffs: Or The Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. Other credits: Chang(e) (HERE Arts Center), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre), The Lesson (Actors Studio Repertory). MFA: Actors Studio Drama School. Criena is also a clown, dancer and acting teacher. crienahouse.com @crienhouse

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Caroline C. Peters

Actor playing "Judy"

Caroline trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Shortly after graduating, Caroline discovered her passion for creating theater based on historic events. Her proudest accomplishment is being a co-writer and originating the role of Judy in the original In Their Footsteps at three NYC theaters and overseas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. 

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Meggy Hai Trang

Additional Voice Acting

Meggy Hai Trang is thrilled to be working with Infinite Variety Productions. A Vietnamese-American California native, Meggy is based out of NYC. Catch Meggy next on the award-winning pilot, Patient. 

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Jessica Schechter

Additional Voice Acting

Jessica Schechter is a certified theatre teacher in New York State and has been directing, performing and running drama programs for over 15 years.  She teaches in three different universities, works as a private acting and speech coach, and loves to devise and develop new works.  www.jessicaschechter.com

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Ashley Adelman

Director, Playwright, and Fundraising and Marketing Director

Ashley Adelman received her BFA from NYU TISCH and MFA from the Actor’s Studio. She is the founder of Infinite Variety Productions, which has produced work all around NY, DC, and WY.

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Andrew Dunn

Director, Editor, and Additional Voice Acting

Andrew J. Dunn is an actor, set designer, sound designer, podcaster, and more. He's thrilled to be working with IVP on their venture into technological art and is so excited for you to hear the culmination of months of recording and editing. Andrew has worked with IVP on Beyond the Etchings, These Shining Lives, Displeyst, and past live productions of In Their Footsteps. You can learn more about him at AndrewJDunn.com

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Kelly Teaford

Producer

Kelly Teaford is a producer, actor, and stage manager based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is committed to creating, facilitating, and contributing to compassionate spaces where artists and people with different life experiences, identities, home-bases, ages, and viewpoints can come together and connect. Production credits include In Their FootstepsEtchings, The Faces Behind the PhotosVeteran Voices: Reckoning, and Veteran Voices: Transformation. In addition to producing In Their Footsteps: The Radio Play, Kelly is currently acting in IVP's Displeyst, which will premiere on Zoom in December 2020. You can learn more about Kelly and her work on her website.

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