Thank you for joining AGE’s conversation with Artistic Directors, Nataki Garrett and Hana Sharif!

Hosted by: Ruby Joy White
Technical Producer:  Jamila Aurora Dozier

March 1, 2021  1:00PM – 2:00PM (PST)


  • Audience Q&A to follow.
  •  The panel will be streamed through Zoom, you will receive the link information post registration. 
  •  This is a ticketed event for BIPOC* artists, activists, and consumers of art. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required.
    *BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (all genders and non-genders)


Nataki Garrett (she/her/hers) is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s sixth artistic director. Prior to her appointment in 2019, she served as acting artistic director for Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and was also associate artistic director of the California Institute of the Arts’ Center for New Performance, as well as Interim Dean of the CalArts School of Theatre and Co-Head of the Undergraduate Acting Faculty. She has been hailed as a champion of new work as well as an experienced, savvy arts administrator. As a sought-after freelance director, she has directed world and regional premieres across the country – her work has been seen at Dallas Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Pasadena Playhouse, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, and The Matrix Theatre Company in L.A., among many others. Nataki serves on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group as well as the nominating committee of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. She holds a BFA degree from Virginia Union University, and an MFA from CalArts.


Hana Sharif (she/her/hers) is the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s Augustin Family Artistic Director. Hana’s multi-faceted theatre career includes roles as an artistic leader, director, playwright and producer. Beginning her professional career at Hartford Stage in 2003, she rose from an entry-level artistic assistant to the associate artistic director within seven years. During that time, Hana also served as Hartford Stage’s director of new play development. Starting in 2012, she served as program manager at ArtsEmerson, a leading world theatre company based at Boston’s Emerson College. Hana has been Baltimore Center Stage’s associate artistic director since 2014, directing acclaimed productions of Pride and PrejudiceThe Christians and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Her other achievements at Baltimore Center Stage include strengthening community engagement, producing multiple world and regional premieres and helping to guide the theatre through a multi-million dollar building renovation and rebranding effort.


Ruby Joy White (She/Prince) is a stylish, 30-something sapphically-inclined, writer-violinist-dancer-Sagittarius-TOMBOY, based in Portland, OR. A radical imaginist, Prince is a cultural curator, and plans & executes creative events, art talks, festivals, and installations that center People of Color and all their intersections. Additionally, Prince hosts conversations on equity in creative spaces, engages with youth, and moderates panels in the Portland community. She currently serves as the Education Director for Portland’5 Centers for the Arts Foundation, is a Content Writer for Art for Ourselves, a copywriter, an editor, and a consultant for racial equity, queer equity, organizational structure & strategic planning trainings. Prince is an aspiring screenwriter.


Meet Jamila Aurora Dozier. She is  a Queer, bilingual Afro-Latina originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently based in Portland, OR. Jamila has extensive experience in equity work, strategic planning, education, youth and community engagement, social media, and web design. In the Portland community, she serves on the Human Rights Commission and works as a Policy Analyst at the Portland Housing Bureau. As a commissioner, Jamila serves as an advisory board member to City Commissioners and the Mayor of Portland on a variety of human rights issues including houselessness, policing, immigration, and discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability. As a policy analyst, Jamila works with marginalized Portland community members to develop policy and programs aimed at addressing anti-displacement and housing stabilization. In all the work Jamila does as an educator, Human Rights Commissioner, and policy analyst, she utilizes targeted universalism, centering populations who are most marginalized and vulnerable when making decisions and providing support to individuals.