Meet Our Socially Engaged Teaching Artists
Rogelio Gazga, (Ro for short) a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, has an extensive broadcast background. His wide mix of expertise stems from hands-on experience working as an award-winning news photographer and editor with Telemundo and NBC News Departments and Creative Services Departments, as well as Network Television work on Univision shows including Control, Despierta America, Don Francisco, and Christina. Rogelio is co-owner of SPI Creative / SPI-tv Media group, a full-service video production agency he launched in 1994. http://www.spi-tv.com
Video / Film
Ugochi Nwaogwugwu was born in the United States to two Igbo (Eastern Nigerian) parents. Ugochi is an international creative and independent teaching artist. Ugochi has written and performs her one-woman show about her family’s immigrant experience called, Season’s Of Separation (S.O.S.). She has also penned poems and essays that have been honored in international anthologies “A Storm Between Two Fingers,” “Golden Shovel Anthology” and “Not Our President.” She has written, performed and executive produced three albums titled, “African Buttafly,” A.S.E., and “Love Shot.” http://ugochi.com/
Chicago Hip-Hop artist “Thrills” was raised in Evanston and graduated from San Diego City College in California. He began his musical journey at an early age, and like most kids, he played various sports to keep himself off the streets. His parents were a great influence by encouraging him to stay in school and work hard toward his goals. After serving four years in the Navy, including being a Gulf War veteran, he decided to remain in California and develop his musical career. In 2004, he was part of a documentary called, “Rhyme Spitters” about underground rap battles. Today, Thrills is working with producer Phil “Absurdbeats” Alexander, and putting out music on his own label, Mayday Hillman Inc.
Charles “Thrills” Bryant
Ramon “Radius” Norwood, Producer/Artist/Photographer is a self-proclaimed “Jazzcatt with a drum machine.” He describes his style as improvisational aesthetics; expressing his reality within the moment through a variety of tempos, textures and multicolored soundscapes. Radius’ music creatively blends his South Side Chicago Roots and nomadic lifestyle, within various cultures and realms of electronic, hip-hop, house and jazz music. He is the founder of ETC Records and has rocked alongside many noteworthy artists including Anderson Paak, Jrocc, DJ Shadow, The Gritz Band (Erykah Badu), and many more. EtcRecords.com Instagram.com/etcmedia
Ramon "ETC" Norwood
Gloria A. Bernard, LCPC, ATR-BC, Bernard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist, and Registered Yoga Teacher, Level 1 Certified Kundalini Yoga Practitioner. She earned her Master’s in Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy from New York University in 2010. Prior to receiving her MA in Art Therapy from New York University in 2010, she worked overseas in East Africa for over a year with two healing arts organizations: Project Focus and In Movement: Art for social change.
Lional “Brother El” Freeman is a spontaneous composer, multidisciplinary creative, and educator who uses music and visual arts to express ideas while connecting people to a higher plane of consciousness. He developed outreach methods that teach multiple subjects to youth audiences centered around electronic music, science, and wellness. Formally trained as an Audio Engineer and Graphic Designer, he has acquired many different skills running The Beat Bank, an independent record label. His sets often include using sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers to create fully improvised and live beat-making. His unique style has been described as Chicago’s pulse, the breath of hip hop, the heartbeat of club respiration, and the clashing fusion of South Side meeting ancestral roots. https://mediakitforbrotherel.wordpress.com/
Lional “Brother El” Freeman
Habso is an award-winning author, and educator, and a former refugee. focused on mental health, identity and representation. Her storytelling is breaking barriers. Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, she was fortunate enough to emigrate to the United States, where she devotes much of her time and energy to advocate for children who share her background as a refugee. She firmly stands up for all children who have become so marginalized in the educational system that they lack equal access to a good education and a bright future. She pledges to combine causes that pained her with her skills and talent through storytelling. Habso is globally |recognized for her creativity in communicating to those who are Unseen, Unheard And Misunderstood. https://habsomohamud.com/
Author / Educator