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.
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Emma Caterine, Community Organizer
Emma Caterine recently left Virginia to move to her dream city of Brooklyn, New York. She completed a B.A. in English and a B.A. in African-American Cultural Studies from the College of William & Mary. She has done work in the past with labor organizing, archival science, LGBTQI activism, radio and venue management, and volunteer coordination. Emma brings her diverse set of experiences to the position of Community Organizer and she works to support the leadership development of RedUP’s members through coordinated, collaborative campaigns. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Zen, Community Organizer for Creative Programs
Kate Zen has been involved in sex worker activism since 2008, and has been an on-and-off participant in the sex industry since a runaway at age 15, continuing to work in various sectors as a student at Columbia and New York University, while involved with immigrant rights and economic justice projects. A lover of arts and DIY media, with a special interest in migrant labor rights, housing & harm reduction for homeless youth, drug users, and people with mental illness, Kate is a member of the Best Practices Policy Project and the Sex Workers Outreach Project, and has previously worked with Streetwise and Safe, and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. As a teenager at the Asian American Writers Workshop and Urban Word NYC, Kate discovered the healing power of writing and performance, and is eager to share that experience, and build creative spaces for activism.
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.