Founding Partner, Creative Development
Harold Steward is an arts administrator and cultural organizer from Dallas, TX. Steward is the co-founder and Director of Marketing for the Next Gen National Arts Network. He joined The Theater Offensive as the Managing Director in June of 2017 and oversees fund development, communications, and operations throughout the organization. Harold most recently served as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a division the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, which provides instruction and enrichment in the arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. Harold also founded Fahari Arts Institute in Dallas in 2009 after recognizing a gap in the landscape for local LGBTQ artists of color in Dallas. Fahari Arts Institute celebrates, displays, and produces the work of queer artists from the African Diaspora. Steward is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute in association with the Highlander Research and Education Center..
Steward is a recipient of the Apostle Alex D. Byrd Empowerment Award (Legacy of Success Foundation) and Best Theatrical Director (Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice.) He has also been recognized as an ‘Upstarter in The Arts’ by D magazine and as a notable Queer Local by the Dallas Voice.
Founding Partner, Public Policy & Community Engagement
Sara Mokuria is a Senior Research Associate with The Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she brings high-level experience in project management, program design and community engagement, combined with lifelong passions for justice, equity and arts and culture. Recently, she served as the local coordinator for the Race Forward: Facing Race Conference, project manager for Trans.lation Vickery Meadow and is a current board member of The Dallas Peace Center. She is also the co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutalit and co-creator of When Race Becomes Real: The Next Generation Speaks, and most importantly proud mother of Amari Tappin.
Currently she is teaching Special Topics in Applied Sociology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Sara is a Dallas native and is committed to helping her city become a beacon of racial and economic justice. She is a sought after project manager, trainer, and facilitator. Sara holds a Bachelor's degree from New School University and a two Master degrees from Simmons College.
Founding Partner, Program Development and Evaluation
Eric O. Reece, MSW is an educator and cultural organizer who has organized around a variety of social justice, racial and economic justice, public health and peace issues for over 18 years. Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas he was educated at Little Rock Central High School. He earned his BSE in Sociology from University of Central Arkansas and MSW from University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
Eric’s areas of specialties include program development and program management/evaluation. He has directed and supervised STD/HIV prevention programs and youth development. His expertise extends into areas of grassroots organizing and advocacy as well as development of training curriculums, coalition building to address structural inequities- for instance of multi-stakeholder initiatives around health and educational equity.
Eric provides services in the areas of Strategic Planning; building and strengthen Cultural Competency; Program Development utilizing Intersectional Frame work; Team Building Facilitation, Program Assessment and Evaluation; Organization Resource Development; and Cultural affirming Clinical Practices.