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Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa is an award winning actor, comedian, playwright, and journalist whose career on Broadway, television, and in movies spans more than 20 years. If you think that’s a long time, just imagine how Alec feels. Luckily, he’s Filipino, which means he’ll look thirty when he’s fifty, fifty when he’s seventy and by the time he’s eighty, he’ll be too pooped to care. But enough with the Asian Math! Here’s the story on Alec Mapa.

Alec’s professional career started shortly after graduating from NYU when he starred in Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly. He performed in the Broadway production for nearly a year, opposite Tony Randall, before hitting the road with the first national touring company. Alec was certain the minute the tour landed in Los Angeles the worlds of movies and television would all come to the theater, discover a brand new talent, and make him a big fat star. He was wrong.

Alec was unemployed for nearly three years in Los Angeles, was flat broke, had a nervous breakdown and had to start all over again. He turned his career crises into a hilarious one-man show called I Remember Mapa, produced by the Mark Taper Forum. Alec’s tragic-comic monologue of triumph and loss won the LA Weekly award for Best Solo Show, enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles and has since played to sold out houses in San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Seattle. By speaking about the horrors of being unemployed, Alec found plenty of work as an actor, guest starring on shows like Friends, Roseanne , NYPD Blue, Seinfeld , and Melrose Place. Honest, you can look it all up at http://www.imdb.com.

Alec had the distinction of playing network television’s first gay Asian series regular character on the short lived CBS sitcom Some of My Best Friends. Alec then spent four seasons on the UPN sitcom Half and Half. His Wisecrack! Comedy special debuted on LOGO in 2005 and has played in heavy rotation ever since. Currently, he can be seen on reruns of the hit ABC comedy, Ugly Betty, as well as Desperate Housewives.

Alec has always returned to the theater. Other Broadway credits include Timon of Athens and A Little Hotel on the Side. Off Broadway, Alec appeared in Dogeaters and A Language Of Their Own , both with The New York Shakespeare festival/Public Theater.

As an out gay actor of Filipino descent, Mapa has long been a worker for causes benefiting AIDS and the gay, lesbian and Asian-American communities, including The Human Rights Campaign, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Lambda Legal, among others. For his dedication, Mapa was recently honored with the East West Visionary Award, the Rand Schraeder Distinguished Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles and the Davidson/Valentini Award from GLADD. He was also nominated for a Maggie Award for his editorial columns for The Advocate Magazine. Mapa was selected as the 2005 Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and was one of Out Magazine's "Top Out One Hundred" in 2004. Is it any wonder he’s “America’s Gay Asian Sweetheart”? Of course not, it’s no wonder at all.

Jessica Kirson

Jessica Kirson's unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. Once you have seen her amazing talent, it is easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall's Women in Comedy, Comedy Central's South Beach, Montreal, and HBO's Las Vegas comedy festivals. She was awarded, "Best Female Comic" by the MAC association in New York City and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for, "Best Stand-up Comedian" in NYC. Her Youtube channel, "The JessyK Show" has over 2.2 million views.

Jessica has been featured on various television shows, including, Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Fresh Faces," Nickelodeon's "Sixth in the Suburbs," Noggin's "LOL," VH1's "Awesomely Bad" Shows, Oxygen's premier game show "Can You Tell?," Bravo's "The Great Things About Being," The Women's Television Network's, "She's So Funny," NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Seasons 2 and 3, NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly", "The Dr. Oz Show", "Why We Heart Vampires", "When Vacations Go Bust" on The Travel Channel, TV Guide channel, two appearances on the "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", two appearances on ABC's, "The View", Showtime's, "White Boyz in the Hood", and NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice". She also has a one hour special on the Logo Channel called, "My Cookie's Gone" and has appeared on, "The Joy Behar Show" on CNN-HLN numerous times. She can be seen in the movie “School Dance” with Nick Cannon, Jim Breuer and George Lopez, coming out in July of 2014.

Anne Steele

Anne Steele is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter from NYC. Steele released her first EP of original music, titled What’s Mine, in 2015. Anne is currently on her What’s Mine Tour playing across the country including New York, Chicago, LA, San Diego, Dallas, Palm Springs, Rehoboth Beach, Boston, Atlantic City, Provincetown, and San Fransisco. She recently performed along side Cyndi Lauper at the Home For The Holidays concert at The Beacon Theater in NYC for the True Colors Fund. Anne’s brand new single, “Love Can Take Us There”, was released in 2016, with all proceeds benefitting the One Orlando Fund. The single was chosen as the official Provincetown Carnival Anthem for 2016.

“What’s Mine is a 6 track powerhouse EP full of dynamic and zestful make-you-wanna-move songs, but don’t be fooled by the catchy, candy-coated melodies – embedded in these dance-floor anthems is a poignant message at heart…If the music itself wasn’t already ambitious enough, Anne Steele’s songs are made all the more powerful by her thought-provoking lyricism, led by honest and impassioned beliefs.” – Julia Lamb from PapercutMag.com, March 17th, 2015

Not only has Anne Steele played legendary venues like Joe’s Pub in New York City and taken the stage with legends like Cyndi Lauper and Sandra Bernhard, she never forgets where she comes from; a place of true pride. She has channeled her purest form of pride into her new track, “Love Can Take Us There”, which is the official Provincetown Carnival Anthem for 2016! – Michael Cook, HuffingtonPost.com, Aug 18th, 2016

“With What’s Mine, every track is ready for the arena with Steele’s soaring voice perfect for the front row or the nosebleeds.”- Scally from Scallywagmagazine.com, March 11, 2015

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Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tavai Tuaolo was born on the Island of Oahu and now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Esera played in the National Football League for nine years after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1991 in the second round - 35th pick overall.  He was the highest Defensive Linemen ever taken in Packer history in 1991 and was also the first rookie in NFL history to start all 16 games, earning him a spot on the All-Rookie team in 1991. 

Esera was asked to sing The National Anthem in front of 80,000 screaming fans on a nationally televised Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. It was the 1st time in NFL history that that happened, though this would be the start of a long lasting singing career.

After leaving the Green Bay Packers in 1992 Esera went on to play with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 1998 Super Bowl contender Atlanta Falcons, and later ended his career with the Carolina Panthers.

Esera shocked the world in 2003 when he announced on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble that he is part of the LGBT community. Though he has thought of committing suicide, he was freed by three words “I AM GAY.” As an advocate, Esera signed with Greater Talent Network Speaking Bureau in 2005 and he travels the country educating people on homophobia in sports, hoping that his life story will help save lives. Esera’s message is: “Hate in any form is wrong.” He is also a father of two beautiful twins, Mitchell and Michele.

In 2006 Esera also wrote a book entitled “Alone in the Trenches” an autobiography of his life growing up with a secret that nearly took his life.

Esera resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is a chef and caterer. He donates chef dinners for charity; his last chef dinner raised $14,000 for the American Heart Association.

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DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, NY, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to dance floors for over a decade performing for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From nightclubs on both the east and west coasts, to private weddings and events, she is a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations and DJ’s for national non-profit events such as NCLR, HRC and Equality California, to name a few. She is the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, which are monthly events for women who love to dance. A true New Yorker (just listen to her talk), DJ Rockaway’s unique mix of music styles – dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro – allows her to play to all who love to dance and feel the music. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience – she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.

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