The Team

Audacia Ray, Founder and Director
Audacia Ray is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning sex worker-run $pread magazine for three years and founded the Red Umbrella Project in the summer of 2010. She is the editor of RedUP’s literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work, as well as Ceyenne Doroshow’s book Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook. She leads media, memoir, and advocacy trainings at RedUP, and sometimes tells her own stories at RedUP’s public events. She has a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and a MA from Columbia University and has previously done communications work for the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

For inquiries about collaboration, press inquiries, and other thoughts about our programs, email: audaciaray@redumbrellaproject.org


Balder Rosado, Community Organizer

Balder Rosado is an energetic organizer who has roots built into queer organizing. A native New Yorker and a former FIERCE and Streetwise and Safe member, Balder grew up realizing the importance of community, community support, and people power. But Balder’s skills go beyond organizing. Excellent baker and cook, amazing writer and film enthusiast and a natural geek, Balder has lived a life developing his overall skills and tries to implement them into his everyday life. Balder has the future hopes of becoming a radical horror film director while still holding on to his organizer roots and community. At RedUP, he does organizing around the Access to Condoms campaign and our work in the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts. You can reach him at balder@redumbrellaproject.org.

Nicolette Dixon, Theater Workshop Facilitator
Nicolette is an ardent believer in storytelling as self-empowerment and the fastest route to empathy building. She has been leading improv and storytelling workshops with RedUP since fall 2012.

Ceyenne Doroshow, Trans Women’s Theatre Ensemble Coordinator
Ceyenne Doroshow was raised in Brooklyn and has fought for her survival as a black transgender woman. Learning to cook became a source of power for Ceyenne, and several years ago when she was in prison on a prostitution charge, she began writing a cookbook on scraps of paper. Post release, she met Audacia, began telling her story at the Diaries, and worked with RedUP to publish her bookCooking In Heels: A Memoir Cookbook. She now works with Nicolette to co-lead theater workshops.

Eliyanna Kaiser, Advocacy Advisor 
Alongside Audacia, Eliyanna is the cofounder of the Speak Up! Media and Advocacy Program. Audacia and Eliyanna codeveloped the media training and advocacy workshops, as well as the guides that complement these workshops. She lives with her wife and their twin sons in Manhattan, and volunteers her expertise to RedUP.